As the weather starts to change, so does my cooking. Warm hearty soups replace summer’s repertoire of grilled and barbecued fare. This cozy soup recipe will warm you up this fall. It’s both satisfying and comforting.
Italian Sausage Soup
Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
1 lb. Italian sausage – mild or spicy (broken up out of skin or sliced with skin on) 1 large onion (cut into ½ inch dice) 4 cloves minced garlic (or more if you like) 1-16 oz. can crushed Italian tomatoes (or plain crushed tomatoes with a few shakes of Italian seasonings) 32 oz. chicken broth (Homemade if you can. See my favorite recipe here) 2 large (or 3-4 medium) zucchini (cut into a ½ inch dice) 2 T fresh basil (Use just 1 T if using dried Basil) 1/4 cup pasta noodles (like elbow macaroni) salt and pepper to taste
1. Brown sausage with onion and garlic in a medium frying pan (drain fat). 2. In a large pot, add crushed tomatoes, chicken broth, zucchini, basil, and pasta noodles. 3. Add sausage, onion and garlic mixture to the pot. 4. Simmer slowly for 1 hour. Enjoy!
Psst! Soup can be frozen for up to 2 months and then reheated for a quick weekday meal.
Low Carb Creamy Tuscan Chicken is rich and satisfying with lots of sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. I love the parmesan cream sauce. It is one of my very favorite low carb meals and it is perfect for the keto diet.
Prep Time 10 minutes / Cook Time 15 minutes / Total Time 25 minutes / Servings 4 / Calories 495
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut in half horizontally
1 1/2 teaspoons Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup white wine or chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (approximately 1/2 of a 4 oz jar )
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2-3 cups baby spinach
2-3 medium zucchini squash, zoodles (optional)
Place olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.Season chicken with lemon pepper.
Add chicken to skillet and cook 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.Remove chicken and set aside.
Add onion to skillet and cook for about 3 minutes to soften.
Add garlic and cook 1 more minute.
Add white wine or chicken broth and cook until reduced just a bit and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
Add heavy cream and bring to a simmer for 1 minute.Add Parmesan and stir until melted.
Add sun-dried tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.Stir in spinach. Cook and stir until spinach is wilted.Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Optional: Many italian dishes are served over a bed of pasta. I like to avoid the carbs and use zoodles instead. Make the zoodle noodles with either a mandoline or zoodle maker. Place on a paper towel to remove some of the excess water. Add 2 T of olive oil to a pan and heat on medium heat. Add zoodles to pan, and add salt and pepper to taste and stir for about 2 minutes. Add more slat/pepper to taste and stir again for two minutes or so until just a bit limp. Place zoodles on a plate and then add the chicken and sauce and serve.
1 lb fingerling potatoes, halved or quartered lengthwise
1 onion, cut in either slices or wedges
2/3 cup chicken broth
chopped fresh oregano for garnish
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Lightly oil a large roasting pan or line it with foil.
Place chicken pieces in large bowl. Season with salt, and spices (if you don’t have fresh rosemary and oregano, you can substitute with dried herbs but only use one tablespoon of each instead (half of the fresh amount). Add fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic. Place potatoes in bowl with the chicken; stir together until chicken and potatoes are evenly coated with marinade.
Transfer chicken pieces, skin side up, to prepared roasting pan, reserving marinade. Distribute potato pieces among chicken thighs. Drizzle with 2/3 cup chicken broth. Spoon remainder of marinade over chicken and potatoes.
Place in preheated oven. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Toss chicken and potatoes, keeping chicken skin side up; continue baking until chicken is browned and cooked through, about 25 minutes more depending on size of chicken pieces). An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Transfer chicken to serving platter and keep warm.
Set oven to broil or highest heat setting. Toss potatoes once again in pan juices. Place pan under broiler and broil until potatoes are caramelized, about 3 minutes. Transfer potatoes to serving platter with chicken.
Optional: Place roasting pan on stove over medium heat. Add a splash of additional broth and stir up browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Strain; spoon juices over chicken and potatoes. Top with chopped oregano.
I stumbled upon this recipe for Moroccan Lamb Meatballs and made it last night after browsing Pinterest and I will definitely make these flavor packed meatballs again. These lamb meatballs are simple to make and there are some fabulous spices in them. I served them with a simple salad and homemade yogurt sauce. Store-bought Tzatziki is great too. Shout out to Claire @Sprinklesandsprouts for the recipe.
Prep Time: 15mins
Cook Time: 5mins
Total Time: 20 mins
1small onion (I used a red onion)
1sliceof white bread ( I used a slice of whole wheat bread)
1/2tspcracked black pepper
2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil
500g/1.1lb lamb mince(ground lamb)
Peel the onion and garlic and place them in a food processor, then blitz until you have an onion mush. Use a spatula to push the mixture down from the sides.
Crack in the egg and pulse mix until you have an egg mush.
Remove the crusts from the bread, rip it into small pieces and add it to the food processor.
Measure in the cinnamon, oregano, parsley, cumin, allspice, paprika, smoked paprika, black pepper and salt, then pulse chop until everything is well mixed. Remove the blade.
Place the ground lamb in a medium bowl. Add the mixture from the food processor using a spatula. Use your hands to squish and squash the mixture together until it is well mixed.
Once the mixture is well mixed, use two teaspoons to measure out a ball of mixture. Roll it around in your hands and then set the ball aside on cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.
I aim for 36 meatballs.
Heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan. Once it is smoking hot, reduce the heat to medium and add the meatballs. (Use a screen to prevent splatters and ease in cleanup).
Cook for 2 minutes and then roll them all about to cook the other sides. They will take about 5 minutes in total to cook.
Hint: I have a pretty packed spice cabinet so I had all the ingredients. If you don’t, you can take a shortcut and buy spice mix. Williams-Sonoma has Ras El Hanout in a jar that has a similar but not equal combination of moroccan spices that you could use instead. Just replace the cinnamon, cumin, allspice, paprika and smoked paprika and pepper with 1 Tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon of Ras El Hanout.
This was my first time making lobster tails and it DEFINITELY wont be my last. It is easy peasy and oh so yummy. You can make these for a special occasion or to make an ordinary occasion special.
BAKED LOBSTER TAILS WITH GARLIC BUTTER
4 lobster tails
5 cloves garlic, minced
¼ c. grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
4 tbsp. Butter
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix together garlic, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, and melted butter and season with salt.
2. Using kitchen scissors, cut the the clear skin off the lobster and brush the lobster tails with the garlic butter seasoning.
3. Place the lobster tails on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake the lobster tails for 15 minutes. Enjoy!
My sister Tomi is a great cook and has the gift of hospitality. One Christmas she and her family were visiting us from the east coast and we decided to throw a cocktail party to introduce them to several of our neighbors and friends. At about 8pm the cocktail party turned into a dinner party and we looked at each other saying “What can we make for a party of 12?” Tomi quickly offered to whip up a hearty pasta dish sure to satisfy the hungry bunch. Sure enough, the super easy and delicious pasta was a hit.
I now make it for Sunday night dinner and always think of my sister when I make it. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S! The recipe below is modified for 6-8 people.
2 boneless tilapia fish fillets
1/2- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons EVOO
3-4 large sprigs fresh thyme
4-6 large green olives with pits
1 large egg