Spicy Sausage Pasta

19 11 2013

I am sure that you have all seen this recipe floating around on Pinterest. I know because that is how I found it. You know the one that says my husband asked me to make this 5 times while he was eating it. I am always skeptical of things that explode all over Facebook or Pinterest but decided to give this a try. I was pleasantly surprised that this recipe was amazing. Might have been a bit to spicy for the kids but my husband and I loved it. You can find this recipe over at kevin & amanda. It also tasted great the next day as leftovers, always a plus in my book.

Spicy Sausage Pasta

~ 1 Tbsp. olive oil

~ 1 lb. smoked sausage

~ 1 1/2 cups diced onion

~ 2 cloves garlic, minced

~ 2 cups chicken broth

~ 1 10 oz. can of Ro-Tel, mild

~ 1/2 cup heavy cream

~ 8 oz. penne pasta

~ 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper, each

~ 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

~ 1/3 cup thinly sliced scallions

1. Add olive oil a large skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Add sausage and onions and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

2. Add broth, Ro-Tel, cream, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.

3. Remove skillet from heat and stir in Jack cheese. Top with scallions and serve.

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Pasta Fagioli

14 11 2013

Now that the weather is starting to get a bit cooler my family and I want warm soup or other comfort foods for dinner. I am always game to try something new so we don’t get stuck in that dinner rut. So when I saw this recipe over at Skinny Taste I knew we would have to give it a try. The family loved it and my husband ate on it for a few days since he was carbo loading before his marathon.

Pasta Fagioli

~ 1 Tbsp. olive oil

~ 1/2 onion, diced

~ 3 cloves garlic, chopped

~ 1 celery stalk, chopped

~  1 carrot, finely chopped

~ 1 15 oz. can cannellini beans

~ 15 oz. can tomato sauce

~ 1 large bay leaf

~ 1 Tbsp. basil

~ 1 Tbsp. parsley

~ 1 tsp. oregano

~ 2 (14 oz. each) cans chicken broth

~ 2 cups water

~ salt and pepper to taste

~ 6 oz. dry Ditalini pasta or other small pasta

~ grated parmesan cheese for topping (optional)

1. In a deep pot, saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat.

2. Add chicken broth, water, tomato sauce, celery, carrots, basil, bay leaf, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a slow boil. Let simmer for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

3. Add pasta and cook uncovered until pasta is al dente, according to pasta directions.

4. Ladle soup into bowls and top with grated cheese.

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Sloppy Joes

12 11 2013

Are you a fan of the can of Sloppy Joe mix? If you answered yes or no you will love this homemade recipe. I have never been a fan of the can stuff, it always had a weird taste to me. My husband loves it! After I made this recipe my husband now has a new favorite Sloppy Joe recipe and for me this version doesn’t have a weird taste. Instead it has a layer of flavor that you can’t get from a can. The recipe I used is The Pioneer Woman’s recipe and what I love about it is you can control the heat. Make it as hot or mild as your little heart desires.

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Sloppy Joes

~ 2 1/2 lbs. ground beef

~ 1/2 of a large onion, diced

~ 1 whole green bell pepper, diced

~ 5 cloves of garlic

~ 1 1/2 cup ketchup

~ 1 cup water

~ 2 Tbsp. brown sugar

~ 2 tsp. chili powder (more to taste)

~ 1 tsp. dry mustard

~ 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (more to taste)

~ Worcestershire sauce, to taste

~ 2 Tbsp. tomato paste (optional)

~ Tabasco sauce (optional; to taste)

~ salt to taste

~ fresh ground black pepper, to taste

~ rolls

1. Add ground beef to a large skillet and cook over medium high heat. Cook until brown then drain most of the fat off.

2. Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.

3. Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Tate and adjust seasonings as needed.

4. Spoon meat mixture over the rolls and top with a slice of cheese. Enjoy!

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