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Tortellini Soup

September 21, 2017

tortellini soup

It’s that time of year for fall cooking!  Yesterday it was overcast and cool most of the day, and I was craving soup.  In looking at what I had in my kitchen, I decided to make Tortellini Soup which I love.  I never met a soup I didn’t like though.  Soups are comfort food to me, and they are easy to make.

tortellini soup

I always have white cannellini beans on hand which is a staple for Italian soups, and I use them often.  Of course, it’s hard to see from the pictures that they are in the soup.

I did not have carrots in the frig, but that is something I normally would put in this soup.  It tastes just as good without them, but if you had them I would definitely add them.  The great thing about soups, is that you can almost throw anything in a soup, and it will taste good.

 

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Tortellini Soup
This Tortellini Soup is easy to make and tastes great!
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20-30 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20-30 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, cook the chopped onions and minced garlic on medium heat with a very small amount of olive oil.
  2. Add the zucchini and herbs, then cook for approximately 5 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  3. Add broth, diced tomatoes and white cannellini beans and the rest of the spices and stir.
  4. Add the tortellini and kale and cook at low heat covered for approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese on top!
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Chicken Cacciatore

September 13, 2017

Chicken Cacciatore in Le Creuset

Chicken Cacciatore has always been one of my favorite dishes ever since I can remember.  My Dad used to make this all the time, so I have fond memories of eating this dish with my family.  This was one dish my Dad did very well, and one of many Italian dishes we cooked in our home.

Chicken Cacciatore over Pappardelle Pasta

I usually always serve Chicken Cacciatore over pasta, but it is also great with mashed potatoes.

 

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Chicken Cattetorie
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pat chicken dry and then dredge in flour, salt and pepper.
  2. In a skillet place a small amount of olive oil to coat the bottom and brown the chicken on both sides on medium heat.
  3. Take the chicken out and set aside.
  4. Place the onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and garlic on medium heat for approximately 8 to 10 minutes and add spices and crushed tomatoes.
  5. Add the chicken back in and coat chicken with sauce.
  6. Place in over at 375 and bake for approximately 40 to 45 minutes.
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Dinner, Entrees, Gluten Free

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

July 7, 2017

Chicken Enchilada Cassarole

My husband loves anything with my homemade spicy salsa in it, so I decided to use it partly as my enchilada sauce for my Chicken Enchilada Casserole.  I also mixed a bit of some store bought green sauce.  I like to make my green sauce when I can, but it can be time consuming since those tomatillos are so darn small.  If you get a good brand from the store, it can be just as good and much easier if you are in a hurry.

Chicken Enchilada Cassarole 2

I added black beans and corn to mine.  You can pretty much add anything to this dish and it will taste great!

 

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This Chicken Enchilada Casserole dish is easy to make and tastes great!
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 35 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 35 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Bake the chicken in the oven at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool, shred and set aside.
  2. Pour the green sauce into a bowl which will be used to coat both sides of the tortilla.
  3. Pour a little green sauce on the bottom of the casserole pan. Then coat approximately 6 corn tortillas and place in the bottom of the pan. Then add some of the homemade salsa on top.
  4. Add a layer of shredded chicken, chopped onions, corn, black beans, jalapenos, and cheese. pour some of the green sauce and the homemade salsa on top.
  5. Start the process over again. You should be able to get 2 to 3 layers depending on how tall your casserole dish is.
  6. Top with cheese and jalapenos. I added some feta cheese on the top as well, but you don't need to do that. I only added it because I had it.
Recipe Notes

Sheri's Homemade Salsa:

Add 6 to 8 Roma tomatoes, 6 jalapenos, approximately 4 to 6 garlic cloves, and if you like it really spicy add about 5 habanero peppers as well to a cooking sheet.  Lightly brush a small amount of olive oil to everything and place in the oven at 400 for approximately 40 minutes.  Check the oven frequently to ensure you did not over cook anything.  You will likely have to take the habaneros out sooner than everything else because they are smaller.

I don't take the skin off of anything.  Once I let everything cool, I cut the ends off the Roma tomatoes as well as the stems from the peppers.  Then I place everything in a food processor until everything is mixed together.  Then voila you have homemade salsa.

Many people like to add cilantro, but I usually don't since I have a few friends that are allergic.  It's just safer to leave out since it's seems to be a common allergy.

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