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day 60: cooking it up/mixing it up: yummy tortellini soup with basil, sausage, and spinach

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

 

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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  • Project: day 60: cooking it up/mixing it up: yummy tortellini soup with basil, sausage, &  spinach
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
  • Would I do it again? most definitely! This soup is super easy, a big hit, and I could probably eat it twice a week! three-year old Morgan also had fun helping me in the kitchen with this one!
  • What I would do differently: I combined my mother in law’s recipe (thank you Barb, you know I love this one!), with the pinterest recipe, and a few other tweaks of our own, next time we might try kale! The pinterest recipe is below, and then our changes and additions from my mother in law are in red, our own changes in green. 🙂
  • Items used: Pinterest recipe from: http://www.fudgebananaswirl.com/sausage-spinach-and-tortellini-soup/

Ingredients

  • 1 lb turkey Italian sausage (I prefer hot, but sweet would be ok too) (we used chicken sausage, it was yummy!)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 40 oz low sodium chicken broth (we ended up using 64 oz)
  • 5 oz fresh spinach and 8-10 fresh basil leaves
  •  1 1/2 cups tomatoes, chopped (we used 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, with juice instead)
  • 9 oz store-bought cheese tortellini
  • 2 tb unsalted butter (optional) (we put the butter in the end for a richer flavor and also sautéed the garlic in butter in the beginning!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese sprinkled on top when serving

Directions

  1. In a large dutch oven (or stock pot), brown sausage over medium heat until fully cooked (approximately 10-12 minutes.)  Remove sausage, let cool and slice in to bite-size pieces, set aside.
  2. Add minced garlic to pot and saute for 3 minutes.  Add wine and broth, scraping brown bits from bottom of the dutch oven. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 minutes. Add tortellini and boil for another 5 minutes.  Add spinach, tomatoes and sausage.  Cook for 5 minutes, remove from heat.
  3. At this point, you can whisk in 2tb of butter, which adds a little extra richness to the soup.  If you are watching fat or calories, the soup is still delicious without adding butter.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂

day 35: cooking it up/ winter Thai chicken-coconut soup

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MY TAKE:

FROM PINTEREST:

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Project: day 35: cooking it up/ winter Thai chicken-coconut soup
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2
• Would I do it again? yes, however we changed the recipe a touch (in red below), and would even change it up a bit more next time (see below).
• What I would do differently: The soup was very good (probably 3 stars out of 4), but we changed up the original (the girls had the original recipe, but we spiced it up a bit for ourselves!). Next time we would add two cans of coconut milk, mushrooms, and two limes)
• Items used: Recipe below:

Serves: 4
Hands-on time:
Total time: 30 minutes

CATEGORY:
Under 45 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  •  2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, scrubbed and chopped into approximately 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup small white or red potatoes, scrubbed and chopped into approximately 1/2-inch pieces
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk (we did a cup, we love the coconut taste!)
  • 1/2 cup skim milk (we did a cup)
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 oz each)
  • 1/2 cup snow peas, cleaned and cut lengthwise (we used sugar snap peas since that was what we had on hand!)
  • 1 tsp red chile pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 1 to 2 tsp fresh lemon juice (we used lime since we like the flavor better)
  • 4 tbsp cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • Four ourselves and not the kiddos, we added Sriracha Thai hot sauce and fish sauce for a bit more flavor)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat oil in a pot over medium. Add garlic, onion, carrots and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper and sauté until onions are lightly translucent.
  2. Add broth and coconut and skim milks. Bring to a light boil.
  3. Add chicken, cover and let simmer for 12 minutes over medium-low to medium heat.
  4. Remove chicken and set aside. Add peas and chile flakes to soup. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. When cool enough to handle, slice chicken and add pieces back to the soup.
  6. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Add lemon juice, sprinkle in cilantro and serve.

until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂