Month: February 2017

Tomato Beef And Pasta Soup

There are a few things I love to slow cook more than anything and soup is one of them. 

This soups cooks slow and low on the stove top for a few hours. For one the aroma filling your home is wonderful and I honestly feel as tho it flavors better. 

My poobear is sick with a nasty virus, there is nothing like a warm flavorful bowl of soup to help you feel better.

This is a real simple soup to make. This is a very large pot full, if you don’t need so much just cut the recipe in half.

Supplies: 

  • 2 large 8 quart pots (one for soup the other pasta)
  • 1 fry pan
  • Spoon with long handle
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Serving bowls

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of fresh market ground beef (cook till pink is gone, chop into small pieces, set aside)
  • 1- 18 ounce package of pasta shells – small (cook till tender, set aside)
  • 1/2 Vidalia sweet onion (peeled and diced very small)
  • 1 large elephant garlic (peeled and diced very small)
  • 2 stems of fresh oregano (leaves removed)
  • 5 fresh basil leaves (chopped small)
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 – 24 ounce cans of tomato sauce (keep one empty can)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Chop your basil


Your garlic


And your onions

In your large pot pour your 2 cans of tomato sauce, using one can fill with water 4 times and add it to your sauce.

Then add your onions, garlic, oregano and basil.


Stir, add your salt and pepper then bay leaves. 

Put your burner on low, cover and cook for about 2 hours. Stir every so often and taste test for flavor. Add salt and pepper as needed. My family loves pepper so I do add quite a bit.

Once time has ended, remove bay leaves, slowly add your cooked ground beef and pasta.

Serve very warm. Feeds about 8 hearty bowls. 

My daughter adds hot sauce to her soup, I add mozzarella shredded cheese. 

Garlic Biscuits

All over my Facebook are feeds about people using biscuits in all sorts of ways. 

So I decided to try and this is what I came up with. I accidentally bought honey biscuits. They are actually awesome. Yay me! Phew… 


Supplies:

  • 1 small lasagna pan
  • Spray butter
  • Knife and cutting board
  • Bowl and spoon for mixing
  • Oven mitts

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of honey biscuits (I used grands) yup I accidentally bought them 😀 (cut each biscuit into quarters)
  • 1 large garlic clove (peel and dice small)
  • 1 stick of butter melted
  • Dried oregano
  • 1 cup or more of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Spray butter (pam)

Preheat oven to 350°, spray your pan with butter, set aside.


In your bowl add your garlic.


Then butter.


Then biscuits and oregano. Add enough oregano so each biscuit has some, about 2 tablespoons. Stir till all biscuits are coated.


Place them in your lasagna pan spread evenly.



Bake till golden brown about 20 minutes.


Generously cover with cheese and place back in oven, bake till cheese is melted. Remove from oven and enjoy.

Serve warm.



Next time I will add diced onions and cheese throughout. Then more cheese once browned then marinara sauce for dipping.. Mmmmmm.. 🙂

Beef and Italian Sausage Lasagna

This is an easy lasagna to make with a lot of flavor without all the vegetables. Sometimes easier is so much better then all the fuss of sauting lots of vegetables plus some people just don’t like it. 


I am a huge fan of mozzarella cheese. Ooowey gooey stringy mozzarella is the best and this lasagna is packed full of it.

Supplies:

  • Large lasagna pan
  • Pan for cooking your beef
  • Spoon
  • Large pot for noodles
  • Medium pot for boiling sausage
  • Tongs and knife
  • Cutting board
  • Oven mitts

Ingredients:

  • 5 sweet Italian sausage links (boil till fully cooked and there is no pink, slice about 1/4 inch thick then cut in half again, set aside)
  • 1 pound or more of fresh market ground beef 
  • 1/2 sweet Vidalia onion (peeled and diced)
  • Olive oil
  • 5 stems of fresh oregano leaves removed
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 – 24 ounce can of tomatoe sauce
  • 1 large garlic clove (peeled and diced)
  • 1 box of lasagna noodles (cook till tender using manufacturers instructions, cool and set aside)
  • About 5 cups of fresh mozzarella shredded
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 300°

In your fry pan cook your onions garlic and meat till pink is gone. Add some olive oil to the pan for flavor. Salt and pepper to taste.


Add your diced sausage and saute for about 5 minutes.


Next add your diced tomatoes, tomatoe sauce and oregano, Stir to combine. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes on low. Stirring occasionally.

Now clear a large space to work, have your pasta, sauce and cheese close to your lasagna pan.

We are going to start layering. First spoon a small amount of sauce into your pan, just enough to cover the bottom, this keeps your pasta from sticking.

Lay 3 noodles along the bottom.


Next add your sauce and meats.


Then cheese, repeat till you reach the top and end with cheese.


Pack the top with plenty of cheese and fresh oregano.

Place in the oven, I put mine on a foil lined cookie sheet, at times it bubbles over and makes a mess. This prevents it.

Let it slowly bake at 300° for about 45 minutes or so. You want it to heat through and cheese bubbling.


Serve warm. Left overs can be put in the freezer, cut into serving sizes that are placed in freezer safe containers.

Applesauce Banna Bread

If you love bananas and applesauce you will love this super moist sweet bread. 

Perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning or afternoon tea. This bread is easy to make and so delicious.


Supplies:

  • 2 small bread loaf pans or 1 large, I used a large.
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Oven mitts
  • Mixing bowl, spoon and whisk
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Serving dish

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, peal and slice then cut into quarters, set aside
  • 1 – 1/2 cup of applesauce
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of butter softened
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 – 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of nutmeg
  • 1 – 1/2 cups of flour
  • Spray butter (pam)

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup of apple sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla

Preheat oven to 350°, Spray your desired baking pan with butter, set aside

Do not use an electric mixer.

To make your bread:

In your mixing bowl combine your egg, vanilla, butter, sugar and salt. Combine well.

Next add your flour, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir till combined.


Should look like this.


Now add your applesauce and stir very well.


Now gently fold in your bananas, do not over work.


Pour your batter into your baking dishes.

Place in the oven, bake for about 1 hour for a large bread loaf pan. When you push a butter knife through the bread it should pull out clean and spring back to the touch.


Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 40 minutes.

While cooling lets make your glaze.

In a mixing bowl add your powdered sugar, vanilla and applesauce. Whisk till combined very well.


Carefully remove your bread from your pan and place on a serving dish.

Pour your glaze over your bread.


Slice and enjoy warm or room temperature.

Easy Baked Tacos

This is one other food I made for the Superbowl. Tacos are very messy to serve so I tried this. Actually worked out great.

Taco bell makes these flat bottom corn shells, you can get them at your grocery store. Best thing ever!

Fill these will your favorite fillings toss in the oven. Yay! Not so messy tacos! Serve with sour cream. Perfect..

Preheat oven to 350°

Line a lasagna pan with tinfoil for easy clean up.


Place your shells in the pan. You get 10 in one package. Set aside.

Supplies:

  • Fry pan and spoon
  • Large pot to cook rice
  • Cutting board and knife

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound package of ground beef (cooked through with no pink and chopped small) salt and pepper your meat to taste
  • 1 package of flavored rice (my son is a huge chicken rice fan, I used that)
  • 2 cups of mexican blend cheese
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Hot sauce
  • 1/4 onion diced
  • Sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Start layering your shells, rice first.


Ground beef


Next add your corn, diced tomatoes and onions. Then add your hot sauce to taste. Its a favorite in our house so I added a lot.


Next cover with cheese, don’t be shy. The more the better.

Bake in the oven till cheese is melted. Serve warm with sour cream.

Cream Cheese Chicken and Bacon Ring

This recipie actually popped up on my Facebook page, it looked great but I wanted to make it my own so I changed it a lot.

I made this for the Superbowl, kids loved it. Super easy to make and I’m definitely making it again.

Pre heat oven to 350° then grease with butter or spray butter your large round pizza pan, set aside

Supplies:

  • Rolling pin
  • Fry pan and spoon
  • Cutting board and knife

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breast (cooked through and pulled apart with a fork)
  • 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper (remove membrane, wash and cut into slender strips)
  • 1/4 sweet onion (cut and sliced the same)
  • 1 garlic clove sliced
  • 1/2 package of thin bacon cooked through then diced
  • 1- 8 ounce package of cream cheese softened
  • 1- 16 ounce package of fresh Italian pizza dough
  • 1 cup or more of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 pats of butter
  •  Flour for dusting

Dust your counter top with flour and your rolling pin. Roll out your pizza dough to the size of your pizza pan. Place on your pan.


Cut slits at the center of your dough.


Spread all of your cream cheese.

    In your fry pan using 1 pat of butter, peppers, garlic and onion saute till tender. Use salt and pepper to taste.


    Now spread your chicken on top of your cream cheese.


    Next your bacon and pepper mixture.


    Then your mozzarella.


    Fold each point over and tuck under the opposite side.


    When complete should look like this.


    Next melt your remaing butter and spread over the dough of the entire ring then sprinkle dried oreagano.

    Place in the oven and bake till golden brown and cheese is melted.


    Slice and enjoy, serve warm.