Monday, April 12, 2010

Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini

Includes everything I love about italian food; basil, tomatoes, garlic, pasta & yummy veggies. Oh, and of course, sausage!

  • This is based off a recipe I found on I tweaked it a little bit, and this is how I like it:

  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 32 0z. diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup thinly sliced carrots
  • 1/2 tablespoon packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced zucchini
  • 8 ounces fresh tortellini pasta
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

  • In a large pot, brown sausage. Remove sausage and drain, reserving 1 tablespoon of the drippings.

  • Saute onions and carrots in drippings. Add garlic and saute 1 minute.

  • Stir in beef broth, water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, oregano, tomato sauce, and sausage.

  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

  • Skim fat from the soup. Stir in zucchini, basil and parsley.

  • Simmer covered for 30 minutes. Add tortellini during the last 10 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese on top of each serving.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza

This is one of our favorite weeknight meals. Quick, easy, and really tasty.  I got the recipe off my friends blog and it got rave reviews from my husband who considers himself a BBQ chicken pizza connoisseur.    

California Pizza Kitchen BBQ-Chicken Pizza

Pizza Crust: (i like to buy the pillsbury refrigerated crust...super quick & easy! follow the instructions on the package for a crispy crust, otherwise it may turn out soggy.)

1 boneless chicken breast
1/2 c. BBQ sauce
1 1/2 tsp. olive oil
1 c. mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 c. smoked gouda cheese, grated
1/2 c. thinly sliced red onion
2 tsp. finely chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut the chicken breast into bite-size cubes. Heat a small frying pan with olive oil in it. Saute chicken for about 3-4 minutes over medium high heat. Once the chicken is no longer pink, add about 1/4 cup BBQ sauce to chicken & let it continue to cook.

Spread 1/4 c. BBQ sauce on lightly browned pizza crust (b/c you pre-bake it to prevent having a soggy crust). Sprinkle 1/2 c. mozzarella and all of the Gouda cheese over the sauce. Add the chicken next and then the red onions. Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 c. mozzarella around the center of the pizza & top with cilantro.

Bake the pizza for 8-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted. so yummy! happy eating!

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