French Onion Soup

Thoughts Before Baking:

So this recipe comes from my sister blog theCatWhoWroteaBlog.wordpress.comNow my big sister blog TheCatWhoWroteaBlog usually does this with all the recipes in one post. I prefer doing one at a time so I won’t be reposting the whole thing.

However if you are interested in all the recipes pulled from the tenth book, The Cat Who Talke to Ghosts, just follow this link.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons of Butter or Margarine
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cooking Oil
  • 1 3/4 Cup of Thinly Sliced Onion
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Sugar
  • 3 14.5-oz Cans of Beef Broth
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • 4 Thick Slices of French Bread, Toasted
  • 1 Cup of Gruyére Cheese, Softened

Directions:

  1. Heat butter or margarine and oil in saucepan.
  2. Add onion slices and sugar.
  3. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden brown.
  4. Add broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Add salt and pepper.
  7. Put soup into 4 bowls and top with toasted bread. Sprinkle cheese on toast.
  8. Broil until cheese melts. Serves 4.

Thoughts After Reading:

I’m not a big French Onion Soup fan, but everyone in my family loved it. They said it was perfect and just how French Soup should taste.

What do I know?

For more on The Cat Who…Cookbook Recipes, go to Chocolate Whoppers

For more soup recipes, go to Hearty Lasagna Soup

For more recipes, go to Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hearty Lasagna Soup

Thoughts Before Cooking:

My husband and I love lasagna, so when I came on this recipe I knew it would be perfect. This recipe comes from 12 Tomatoes: Simple Recipes, Serious Flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lbs of Italian Sausage
  • 1 28 oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 10 oz Lasagna Noodles, Broken into Smaller Pieces
  • 8 oz Fresh Kale (Optional)
  • 4 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Stock
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1 Cup of White Onion, Chopped
  • 1/2 Cup of Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons of Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tablespoons of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Dried Basil
  •  1 Teaspoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:

  1. In a large stockpot heat the olive oil and brown the sausage.
  2. Once sausage is cooked, add the onion and cook until softened.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, add the basil, oregano, and red pepper.
  5. Stir in tomato paste until incorporated, then add the crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, water, and bay leaves.
  6. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 mins, then reduce heat and simmer for 25-30 mins.
  7. Add lasagna noodles and kale and cook for 8-10 mins.
  8. Transfer to bowls and top with cheese.

Thoughts After Reading:

I left my soup on the stove to cool so I good put it away in the fridge and when it had all the liquid was pretty much gone!

But otherwise it was really good and I would definitely make it again.

For more lasagna noodle recipes, go to Broken Lasagna with Zucchini-Tomato Sauce

For more soup recipes, go to Black Bean and Turkey Stew

For more recipes, go to London Fog Fauxccino

Black Bean and Turkey Stew

Thoughts Before Cooking:

I just got a crock-pot and my mother gave me this book to go with it. As I flipped through the pages I was looking for something that could cook all night while I was asleep, and be ready the next day for dinner. This recipe of stew/chili appealed to me.

Ingredients:

  • 3 15-oz Cans of Black Beans, Rinsed and Drained
  • 1.5 Cups of Chopped Onion
  • 1.5 Cups of Fat-Free Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Cup of Sliced Celery
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1.5 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 3/4 Teaspoon of Coriander
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper
  • 6 oz Cooked Turkey Sausage, Thinly Sliced
  • Cheddar Cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except sausage into crock-pot. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Stir in sausage and cook on low another 10-15 mins.

Thoughts After Cooking:

It was delicious and so easy. I loved it and will be making this again and again.

For more chili and soup recipes, go to Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

For more recipes, go to London Fog Fauxccino

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.

fantastic

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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