One-Pot Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

January is National Soup Month!

To celebrate, let’s eat some soup!

I love tortellini and a month ago Raley’s had a super sale, 2 packages for $5. I bought 4 and put three in the freezer for later.

I have made a tortellini soup before and saw this one so thought I would try it it out. It comes from pinterest, but originally Gal on a Mission.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Teaspoon of Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp of Dried Rosemary
  • 28-oz Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 15-oz Can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano
  • 4 Large Basil Leaves or 1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 4 Cups of Chicken Stock
  • 1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
  • 20-oz of Three-Cheese Tortellini
  • 1/2 Cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese + extra for garnish
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh Basil (Optional) to garnish

Directions:

  1. Place the onion, garlic, rosemary, and olive oil in a 6-quart soup pot or dutch oven.
  2. Sauté over medium heat for 5 mins or until onions are translucent.
  3. Add in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, chicken stock, and heavy cream.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Simmer for 20 mins.
  6. Place the tortellini into the soup and cook for 12-15 mins or until the tortellini are tender and cooked through.
  7. Stir in parmesan cheese.
  8. Serve and garnish with cheese and basil.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious!

Another yummy soup recipe.

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

For more soup recipes, go to Crock-Pot Potato & Kielbasa Chowder

For more tortellini recipes, go to Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Crock-Pot Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I was given a crock-pot, and since then have been trying to find recipes as it makes life so much easier knowing I can be hard and work, and that when I get home and am tired I have dinner already made and waiting.

I got this off pinterest but it originally comes from D*** Delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 1-12.8 oz Package of Smoked Andouille Sausage or Kielbasa Sausage
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 3 Carrots, Peeled and Diced
  • 2 Stalks of Celery, Diced
  • 2-15 oz Cans of Great Northern Beans, Drained and Rinsed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 4 Cups of Chicken Broth
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 3 Cups of Baby Spinach
  • 2 Cups of Water

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 3-4 mins.
  3. Place sausage, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, beans, oregano, and bay leaves into the slow cooker.
  4. Stir in chicken broth and water until well combined.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  7. Stir in spinach until wilted.
  8. Serve immediately.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I loved it. It was delicious and healthy.

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Hasselback Potatoes

For more Crock-pot recipes, go to Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

For more soup recipes, go to French Onion Soup

Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I pinned this a long time ago and am finally getting around to it. This comes from the McCormick website.

I was just making it for me so I changed a few things around…hope it goes well.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Teaspoon of Oregano Leaves
  • 1 Teaspoon of Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon of Thyme Leaves
  • 3/4 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 2 Red Potatoes Quartered, for one I did 2 Yukon Potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Mix oregano, paprika, thyme, salt, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Toss potatoes with olive oil in a large bowl.
  4. Sprinkle seasonings mixture over potatoes.
  5. Toss to coat well.
  6. Spread potatoes in a single layer on a foil-lined baking pan.
  7. Bake 30-35 mins or until potatoes are tender and golden brown.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I thought they were good but a little dry.

I had to add lots of butter and a bit of pepper.

For more Pinterest recipes, go to Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

For more McCormick, recipes, go to Fajitas

For more potato recipes, go to Cheese Potato Crisps

For more recipes, go to Slow Cooker Pinto Beans

 

Creamy Tomato Spinach Pasta

Thoughts Before Cooking:

This first attracted me as it looked delicious and then when I saw how cheap Budget Bytes said it was, I was sold.

Only one issue, I don’t know where she is shopping but everything cost way more than what she said. I mean 1 onion for 25¢? 2 lbs of penne pasta for 89¢? 2 oz cream cheese for 48¢? Really?

Ingredients:

  • 1-15 oz can of Diced Tomatoes
  • 9 oz of fresh Spinach
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Dried Basil
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 1 lb of Penne Pasta
  • 1/2 Teaspoons of Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Pepper
  • 1 Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
  • 2 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup of Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  2. While waiting for the pasta, dice the onion and mince the garlic. Cook both in a large skillet with olive oil on medium heat until softened and transparent.
  3. Add diced tomatoes (with juices), oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and some pepper to the skillet of onion and garlic.
  4. Turn the heat down to low. Cut the cream cheese into a few pieces and then add them to the skillet with the tomato sauce.
  5. Use a whisk to stir the sauce until the cream cheese has melted in and the sauce is creamy.
  6. Add half the Parmesan to the skillet and whisk until melted in.
  7. Add remainder of the parmesan and whisk until melted in again.
  8. Add the spinach and gently stir it in, until it has wilted (about 3-5 mins).
  9. Add the pasta and stir until coated in the creamy sauce.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve warm.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was okay. Not bad but not anything I look forward to making again.

For more pasta dishes, go to Creamy Parmesan Spaghetti

For more recipe reviews, go to Fajitas

One Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

Thoughts Before Cooking:

On my flipboard I follow a recipe section as I’m always looking for new things to try out. This recipe was from Teen Vogue‘s “13 High-Protein Meal Prep Recipes to Make This Sunday“. They had gotten the recipe from the blog Chelsea’s Messy ApronThis sounded like the perfect recipe for my guy and I. Meat and protein rich for him, healthy and veggie filled for me.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Carrots (About 2 Cups)
  • 2 Red Potatoes (About 2 Cups)
  • 1 Medium Zucchini (About 2 1/3 Cups)
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers (About 2 Cups)
  • 1 Head of Broccoli (About 1.5 Cups)
  • 1 lb of Italian Turkey or Chicken Sausage
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Basil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Thyme
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/3 Cup of Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
  • 4.5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, for easy clean-up, and set aside.
  3. **Prep the veggies exactly stated to ensure they all cook at the same time.** Peel and very thinly slice the carrots.
  4. Wash (and if desired peel) the red potatoes. You want the pieces quite small.
  5. Halve the zucchini and then cut them into thick “coins”.
  6. Coarsely chop the broccoli.
  7. Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers and chop them into medium-sized pieces.
  8. Chop the sausage into thick coins.
  9. Pour all the veggies and sausage onto the pan.
  10. In a small bowl combine the seasonings, salt and pepper to taste, and the olive oil.
  11. Pour the seasonings and oil mixture on top of the veggies and sausage and toss to coat.
  12.  Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and toss veggies and sausage. Return to the oven for another 10-15 mins or until veggies are crisp and tender.
  13. Remove from oven and add freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

This was really good.

There was only one problem, THE POTATOES!

They took forever to cook. I don’t know why, so this actually took much longer than the 35 mins it said it would.

Next time I would cook the potatoes in the microwave first, even for a bit, so that it wouldn’t take so long.

For more healthy recipes, go to Cottage Cheese Toast

For more recipes, go to Chilaquiles

Ratatouille

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Thoughts Before Cooking:

Ever since I watched the movie Ratatouille, I have wanted to make Ratatouille.

I actually got this book The Wooden Spoon: Book of Home-Style Soups, Stews, Chowders, Chilis, and Gumbos for free. When I was leafing through I found Ratatouille and decided to make it.

Ratatouille is an interesting dish that can be classified as a soup, salad, and casserole.

Now you can do it two different way: layer it like Remy in Ratatouille; or cook it in a pot on the stove. I went the stove route as it was waaay to hot to be using the oven.

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Ratatouille is a marvelous all-vegetable stew, featuring eggplant, zucchini, and tomatoes. It requires a rather large casserole or pot for layering the ingredients, but it cooks down to less than  half the original volume. Serve with crusty bread and a variety of cheeses. Leftovers can be served cold as a salad or side dish.”

Ingredients:

  • 5 Quart Stovetop-to-oven casserole or stockpot
  • 6 Tablespoons of  Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Yellow Onions, Thinly Sliced
  •  2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 Eggplant, Peeled and Cubed
  • 3 Small or 2 Medium Zucchini, Sliced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Cut into Strips
  • 4 Red-Ripe Tomatoes, Peeled and Sliced
  • 1/4 Cup of Coarsely Chopped Fresh Basil (Do Not Use Dried)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Chopped Fresh Oregano, or 1 Teaspoon Dried
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Directions:

Oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  5. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  7. Cover and bake for 1 hour.
  8. Uncover the casserole and gently move the contents with a wooden spoon so that they settle.
  9. Serve in flat soup plates.

Stovetop:

  1. Warm 3 tablespoons of oil in the casserole over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Layer the vegetables in the casserole, using half of each vegetable in each of two layers.
  4. Sprinkle layers with basil, oregano, salt, and pepper; until all are used.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil over the top
  6. Simmer on stovetop for 1 hour, using a wooden spoon to gently move the contents from time to time, but without actually stirring.
  7. Simmer, uncovered, on the stovetop for 10 to 15 mins to thicken the sauce.
  8. Serve in flat soup plates.

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Thoughts After Cooking:

I really enjoyed it. It came out great and was delicious.

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For more soups, go to Italian Wedding Soup

For more casseroles, go to Brussels Sprouts, Turkey Sausage, & Pesto Pizza Casserole

For more salads, go to Garden Pasta Salad with Bocconcini

For more low-calorie dishes, go to Bulghur Salad

For more vegetarian dishes, go to Happy 4th of July Triple Berry Salad

For more recipes, go to Green Tea Frappuccino

Oven-Crispy Creole Seasoned French Fries

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With Superbowl Sunday coming up, I decided to share a tasty recipe that is sure to be a hit. I also just want to take this moment to share my support for South Carolina Panthers, go team!

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Moving on…

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Thoughts Before Baking:

So this recipe comes from this Food Network magazine. In the magazine they call it Emeril Lagasse’s Oven Crispy French Fries with Paprika-Parmesan Salt, but I decided that was too long for a title and renamed them.

I love fries!

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And I decided that I would give these slightly healthier ones a try. As I didn’t want to spend money buying creole seasoning when I only need one tablespoon, I decided to make my own. It only cost like 30¢ that way.

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Creole Seasoning Ingredients (from Epicurious)

  • 1/3 Cup of Paprika
  • 3 Tablespoons of Dried Oregano
  • 3 Tablespoons of Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons of Dried Basil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of Granulated Onion
  • 4 Teaspoons of Dried Thyme
  • 4 Teaspoons of Granulated Garlic

Directions:

  1. Mix all the spices together in a bowl.
  2. Store in airtight container for three months.

 

 

French Fry Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Baking Potatoes (about 1.5 lbs), scrubbed well
  • 1/4 Cup of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of the above Creole Seasoning, Emeril’s Original Essence Seasoning, or other Creole Seasoning
  • Salt
  • 1/2 Cup of grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon of Sweet Paprika (I couldn’t find any so I used regular)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Onion Powder

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Pat the potatoes dry and cut them lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices. Turn each slice flat and slice again lengthwise into 1/2 inch slices.
  3. Place the potatoes in a large mixing bowl and add olive oil, creole seasoning (or Emeril’s seasoning), and 1/4 a teaspoon of salt.
  4. Toss well to combine.
  5. Transfer the fries to a large baking sheet, arranging them in lines and not allowing any to touch.
  6. Roast the potatoes for 15 mins.
  7. Turn them over and roast another 15 mins or until brown and crispy.
  8. While potatoes are cooking, combine cheese, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  9. When potatoes are crisp and brown, sprinkle with mixture.
  10. Serve Hot.

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Thoughts After Baking:

I thought these fries were really good, but the sheet needs to be greased or else the fries all stick.

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I also thought the fries were better without the paprika-parmesan salt. But other than that, they were really delicious.

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For more holiday posts, go to Best-Ever Blueberry Muffins

For more recipes, go to Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Flavor Fused Popcorn

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Thoughts prior to cooking:

Now this is my own recipe I created one day when I was trying to add flavor to my air popped popcorn. It isn’t an exact recipe, as it is done more by feel than actually sizing them out.

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Ingredients:

  • Air Popper
  • Popcorn Kernels
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese (fresh not powdered)
  • Butter
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Dried Oregano

The first thing to do is to take as much butter you would wish on your popcorn and  melt it in the microwave. Leave it in so it cools a bit but not too much.

As your butter is in the microwave, prepare the popcorn according to your popper’s instructions.

When the popcorn is finished, toss the butter on top. Add a bit of Italian seasoning, oregano, and cheese. Mix it all up and add more cheese or seasoning, until it is flavored how you like it.

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Thoughts after cooking:

Well I made it so I loved it! I thought it was a nice change from just buttered popcorn. And it tastes better than those flavorers that you buy at the store.

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For more recipes, go to Zucchini-Tomato Soup