2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cups cider vinegar
2 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon dry mustard
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (we add more since we like it EXTRA spicy)
Hello and happy Friday everyone! I know it has been quite a while since I posted. I have been under the weather for the last week and didn’t do any cooking, so I was so happy to finally cook!! I have been wanting to make this soup for so long but for some reason I just never got around to it. But since I have been under the weather soup sounded soooo good!!
Trust me I was so glad I made that decision. This soup is so good and is going to become one of my favorite comfort foods now. If you like soup and/or Italian flavors you have got to make this. I put crushed red pepper flakes in mine and it just gives it a little heat, but if you don’t like that you can omit them and it would be just as good.
Make sure to have some nice crusty bread to sop up all of that tasty broth, and have your appetite with you too!!
- 2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/8 pound (about 3 slices) pancetta, chopped
- 2 (4 to 6-inch) sprigs rosemary, left intact
- 1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact
- 1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 small carrot, finely chopped
- 1 rib celery, finely chopped
- 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
- Coarse salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
- 1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups water
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups ditalini
- 1 generous handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
- Grated Parmigiano or Romano, for the table
- Crusty bread, for mopping
OK you asked for it so here it is….Bobbi on a Budget TADA (and the crowd goes wild)! Ahem….OK let me reel myself back in and be a bit serious here. I was very happy when the votes came in and I saw that people wanted a budget post on a regular basis. With the economy the way it is and so many people out of work, it just makes sense that many of us can not afford to cook whatever we want whenever we want it. The dilemma? Trying to cook healthy (or at least healthiER) on a limited budget. That is something I struggle with all of the time. I love to use fresh produce and fresh herbs and, let’s admit, that isn’t “budget” cooking.
I am realizing that sale fliers are a wonderful thing (Ya, I know, who knew?). I have been so bad about just making a menu plan and shopping without even looking to see what was on sale. Now I am getting the hang of checking the sale fliers to the 3 local grocery stores and finding what meat, produce, etc. is on sale for that week.
A suggestion, look for things like canned tomatoes, tomato paste, stocks, beans, etc. All of things that are staples in your pantry. If you use dried spices a lot (I use a lot of cumin and coriander) grab those when they are on sale too. Again, probably not something you didn’t know but something I am having to learn quickly.
For the budget meals segment I will be trying to stay as close to $10 for a 4 serving meal as possible.
I took a little help from Melissa d’Arabian for my first post to get me started and in the swing of things. I have to admit I thought there was no way I could feed my 3 hungry guys for $10 but I was shocked and pleasantly proven wrong. With the white beans they end up being quite filling. They all loved this meal and there was enough for everyone. I was lucky enough to have the O Olive Oils that I won in the eRecipecards.com challenge, so I used the Tahitian Lime oil for this recipe. But regular olive oil is just as good.
Oh, the meal? Ah yes, the reason we are all here. I guess I should post the recipe so you can all enjoy!!
- 1 lime, zested and juiced, plus lime wedges for garnish
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for baking sheet
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 pound white fish fillets, (I used Tilapia) cut into finger-sized pieces
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
- Sauteed White Beans, recipe follows
- 1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
- Pineapple and Avocado Salsa, recipe follows
- Sour cream, for garnish
Sauteed White Beans:
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 white or yellow onion, finely chopped
- Kosher salt
- 2 clove garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans
- 1 tablespoon dried Mexican Oregano
- Freshly ground black pepper
Pineapple and Avocado Salsa:
- 1 (14-ounce) can sliced pineapple in juice, drained and juices reserved
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 small jalapenos, seeds removed and diced (You can just use one if you don’t like much heat)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium avocado, halved, pitted and flesh cubed
- 2 tablespoons minced cilantro leaves
I was watching 30 Minute Meals, like I always do, and saw a recipe that sounded so good. Rachael said it was like a warm hug for your tummy. With the weather being so chilly at night here now I figured this was just what we needed.
I liked the sounds of this recipe because it is a sort of risotto made with spaghetti. It just sounded so interesting.. Plus I love white beans. Once she threw the word “creamy” in the mix I was already salivating!
It is a super simple recipe to make, not very many ingredients, it just takes time. You need to be on top of things and watch your pot so you can add the chicken stock when needed.
I always have cannellini beans on hand so I substituted those for the Roman beans the recipe called for. I also left the carrots out. Since I am a huge bean fan I added 2 cans rather than the one can the recipe called for and it was a good thing because I kept nibbling on beans the whole time the meal was cooking!
Rachael really did hit the nail on the head by saying a bowl of this was a nice warm hug for your tummy. I know the weather is getting warmer so it may not seem like you need a “warm hug” but if it is cool or you just feel a bit under the weather, make this one. You won’t be sorry you did!
I know I have mentioned (more than once) that I love Mexican food. Well, it seems over this last week I may have over done it just a tad. I have been told I am obsessed and I guess now I will have to bow my head and agree with it. However, this recipe satisfied not only my love for all things Mexican it also satisfied my craving for a nice hot bowl of soup.
I grew up and lived most of my life in Southern California and I used to get so happy when it would rain because it meant it was time to light the fire, sip hot chocolate, and make some tummy warming soup or stew! Now that I live in Western Washington I have “soup weather” more often than not. Yes, by the end of winter I am not as thrilled with the idea as I was in the fall but I still love the first few months that I can indulge.
When I lived in San Diego there was a restaurant called Island’s. Their specialty was burgers with all sorts of different toppings, but they also had chicken tortilla soup. You could get a bottomless bowl of it and it was oohhhhh so good! Theirs was a bit spicier than mine but I was trying to accommodate the different palates in my home. If you want it spicy like I do just add more chili powder, jalapeno or even use Serrano peppers instead of jalapenos.
Although Mother Nature is giving us a reprieve from the rain and cooler weather today here in Western Washington (it is going to be 78 yessssss). The temp has definitely dropped enough to let us know Fall is on it’s way. I know I complained a bit about it, but that is just because we had maybe a month of Summer this year and I didn’t want to let go off it. However, with the drop in temperature, my love for Fall soups, stews, chowders, and chili is in high gear. I just have to balance them out so my family doesn’t get burned out on them. I think I seriously could eat them every night, but that is just me.
This is a recipe by Giada De Laurentiis that I have made a few times in the past. I love it, it is tasty and very healthy, and the big plus is my FAMILY likes it. What? My family, the WHOLE family actually likes something and it turns out it is healthy? Ya, I know, I was shocked!! Usually I have one straggler that just can’t jump on board with the rest of us. But there really is nothing to dislike about this chili.
I changed is the amount of chicken stock it calls for. With only 2 cups the chili cooks down too much in my mind and wont serve 6 people, which is what I needed to feed. So I added a couple extra cups. But if you are only feeding 4, or less, and like your chili super thick I would stick to the original recipe. I also more red pepper flakes just because I like a bit of heat