Tuscan Zuppa Toscana

I made some Tuscan Zuppa Toscana and I have to say it is easy to make and very good.

Zuppa Toscana means Tuscan Soup and this is an Italian soup that is is full of flavors.

This soup is a creamy tomato consistency.

Tuscan Zuppa Toscana

Ingredients:

2 tbsp butter

1 small onion chopped

2 cloves garlic or 2 tablespoons of minced garlic

4 cups chicken broth

8 oz cream cheese

1 lb Italian sausage (mild or hot)

2- 14 oz can diced tomatoes I left one chunky and mixed one in the bullet for  2-3  seconds.

1 zucchini medium-sized chopped small

4 cups chopped spinach

2 tsp dried basil

2 tsp dried oregano

3 bay leafs

parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)

Instructions

Melt the butter over medium-high heat and add the onion, garlic, and Italian sausage to cook for 4-5 minutes or until onion is soft and meat browned.

 

Pour in three cups of the chicken broth then add the zucchini, basil, oregano, bay leaf, cayenne pepper (if using), and diced tomatoes.
Bring to a boil then lower the heat to simmer.
Place the remaining cup of bone broth and cream cheese in a blender and blend until smooth.  I used my bullet for this. Pour into the rest of the soup and stir.
Mix in the chopped spinach and once wilted serve the soup or allow to simmer for another half hour or more for the flavors to combine.
Serve topped with shredded parmesan cheese.

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Cabbage Soup Recipe

I made some cabbage soup last night for something a little different to eat and it was really good.

Recipe:

1 – cabbage cut into chunks

1  medium sized onion

Olive Oil a couple of tablespoons

Sautee the above

Two cans of diced tomatoes

A couple of dashes of red pepper depending on how hot you like things.

Carrots 5 large ones slice thin or a package of frozen ones that are sliced.

Celery 3 – 4  good stalks chopped up.

Garlic I used a tablespoon of minced garlic

2 cups of water

2 tablespoons of Chicken Bouillion I like the “Better than Bouillon” one.

1 can of  black eyed peas with juice

Cook unil your carrots are done.

The only thing I would do different next time is add in some good cooked sausage but I did not have any.

Cabbage Soup

 

 

Unstuffed Cabbage

My husband and I both love cabbage and we really like cabbage rolls.

I hate making them they take forever to get all rolled up.

I found a recipe for unstuffed cabbage rolls and let me tell you it was super good and something different to cook. I am always looking for something different.

1 –  2 # of 80% lean ground beef

1 Cabbage chopped into chunks

Dash of salt

Black Pepper to taste

1 cup chopped up onion

2 cloves of garlic minced

8 oz tomato sauce ( if you want it moister you can add more)

8 oz diced tomatoes

1/2 – 3/4 cup beef broth for flavor

2 cups cooked rice – Optional

All you have to do is brown the ground meat, sautee the garlic and onions.

Cut your cabbage into chunks. Combine everything and heat over medium heat in a large pan until the cabbage is done 20 minutes at the most. Make sure to stir several times.

This easy 30-minute meal it is quite the time saver and very tasty.

 

 

Pesto Chicken

Yesterday I bought the Power Pressure Cooker XL it is electric. I never wanted a stove top pressure cooker they always scared me.

The cost varies on this but starts around $90.00 – $130.00. Kohls had it on sale for $89.99 and I had 15% off scratch off so it ended up being $76.49

My first thing to try out was the Pesto Chicken.

Pesto Chicken

8 –  skinless boneless chicken tenderloins

1 – can of diced tomatoes

1- cup of chicken broth cup of water

1-  cup of water

1 – can of tomato paste

1/2 – package of frozen sliced bell peppers

1 – heaping tablespoon of Italian seasoning

1 – teaspoon of garlic powder

Salt and Pepper

3 – cloves of fresh Garlic

1 – package of fettuccini noodles

Make sure you stir it up good.

I set it on the Stew cycle once it builds pressure which takes 10- 15 minutes then the countdown of 10 – minutes cooking time begins. Once it is done cooking it goes onto the warm cycle so if your busy outside doing something it keeps your food warm.

The smell is amazing and it tastes really good.

I think I might get pretty spoiled to this whole pressure cooking thing.

 

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