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Showing posts from March, 2012

Crockpot Pasta Fagioli Soup

2 cans beef broth
1 can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced
1 TBSP olive oil
1 1/2 tsp mined garlic
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 cup tubetti, ditilini or small shell pasta, uncooked

Put all but the pasta into the crockpot on low for 3-4 hours. Add pasta and continue on low for another hour or until pasta is tender.

Serve with croutons, Parmesan cheese, and fresh chopped basil.

Mexican Chicken & Black Bean Soup

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 TBSP butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 15oz. can corn, undrained
2 cups chicken broth
2 15oz. cans stewed or diced tomatoes
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained
1 cup salsa
1 TBSP ground cumin
2-3 TBSP cilantro, chopped

Melt butter in a soup pot. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and brown into butter until not pink. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add corn, broth, tomatoes, black beans, salsa, cumin, and cilantro. Bring to boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

Serve over tortilla chips and garnish with cheese and sour cream if desired.

*NOTE: Go vegetarian and omit the chicken and use veggie broth instead.

Cheesy Ham Breakfast Casserole

5 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chive-and-onion-cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/4 tsp salt
pepper to taste
2 cups refrigerated shredded hash browns from a 20 oz bag (I used Simply Potatoes)
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/4 cup roasted red pepper, diced
2/3 cup of ham
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp butter, melted

Spray a 8 or 9 inch square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese while slowly adding in the milk.Then beat in the eggs, mustard, salt, and pepper.Stir in the hash browns, cheddar cheese, roasted pepper, and ham.

Pour the mixture into the prepared square baking dish.Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees.Uncover the casserole and bake for 40 minutes.While it bakes, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and melted butter together in a small bowl. Remove casserole from the oven and sprinkle the bread crumb mixture even over the top of th…