Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chicken Sausage & White Bean Soup

With all of the crazy weather in Henderson lately, I thought soup sounded very yummy. So, with the rain beating on my window panes and lightning flashing across the sky I set to the task of creating something warm and delicious:
12 oz of Johnsonville chicken sausage, sliced
6 oz of frozen corn
15 oz can of white beans
4 cups of chicken broth
10 oz of condensed cream of potato soup
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
½ large white onion, peeled & diced
3 carrots, peeled & chunky chopped
3 red potatoes, peeled & chunky chopped
3 bay leaves
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
½ tsp crushed red pepper
1.      In a large fry pan, over medium-high heat add: sausage, onions, carrots, & potatoes. Cook until carrots & potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
2.      Next add: white beans, corn & 1 ½ cups chicken broth. Bring to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes.
3.      After 5 minutes, remove lid and add all seasonings. Then recover for remaining 5 minutes.
4.      In a medium saucepan, on medium heat, add: soup & remaining 2 ½ cups of broth. Bring to a simmer, then reduce to low & cover for 5 minutes.
5.      Next, turn your Crock pot on low. Dump contents of both pans in.
6.      Cover and leave it for 3-4 hours or until ready to eat.
This is so warm and delicious! I would suggest serving with some fresh made bread. If the soup is too spicy then cut the amount of crushed red pepper in half. Either way, it is amazingly flavorful and great for a cold night under a warm blanket.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cheeseburger Pizza

So, I was standing around the kitchen the other day trying to decide what to make for dinner when my totally rad mother called. Yes, I did indeed use the word rad. Anyway, she gave me an awesome idea for a pizza:
1 Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough
1 lb ground beef
½ large white onion, peeled & diced
8 oz of tomato sauce
½ can of spam, diced (optional)
2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1.      Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.      Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray.
3.      Next, line the pan with pizza dough. Bake for 5 minutes.
4.      In a medium fry pan add: meat & onion.
5.      Cook until meat is brown. About 10-15 minutes.
6.      In a small fry pan cook spam until brown. About 10 minutes. (exclude this step if you do not use the spam)
7.      Remove crust from oven.
8.      Top with tomato sauce, 1 cup of cheese, ½ tsp garlic, ½ tsp Italian seasoning, ½ tsp salt & ½ tsp pepper.
9.      Now, add: meat, spam (optional), & onion.
10. Add the remainder of the seasoning & the other cup of cheese.
11.  Return pizza to oven & bake for another 15-20 minutes.
12.  Remove from oven & let cool about 5-10 minutes before serving.
Alright, that is it. Absolutely delicious and it really does taste like a cheeseburger! But, I must give credit where credit is due. The idea definitely came from my totally rad mother and the name came from totally awesome husband! Thanks to my two favorite people!!!