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Chili, Soups and Stews

Rich, Creamy and Cheesy Cowboy Soup

Cheesy Cowboy Soup

INGREDIENTS

1 lb lean ground beef

1 (16 oz.) package velveeta, cubed

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

4 small potatoes, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeds removed, diced

1 (13.25 oz.) can whole corn kernels, rinsed and drained

1 (13.25 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (4 oz.) can green chiles

3 C. low-sodium chicken or beef broth

2 1/2 C. whole milk

1/4 C. all-purpose flour

1/4 C. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. cayenne, optional

bacon bits, optional

kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to tast

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter in skillet, then whisk in flour. Cook roux for two-three minutes, or until golden brown, then whisk in whole milk. Season with salt and pepper, then remove from heat and refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and cook ground beef, breaking it up as it cooks, until browned. Season generously with salt and pepper and garlic powder, then transfer beef to a separate plate and drain all but two tablespoons of fat.

3. Add onion, potatoes and bell pepper to Dutch oven and cook for ten-twelve minutes, or until veggies are softened and fork tender. Season with salt and pepper, cumin and cayenne, then add corn, black beans and green chiles.

4. Return beef to pot and stir in chicken or beef broth. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for fifteen minutes. Stir in refrigerated roux mixture, then add in cubed velveeta. Cover again and cook for another fifteen minutes, or until cheese is melted and soup is thick and smooth.

Serve hot, topped with cheese and bacon bits. Enjoy!!

Source 12 Tomatoes

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Somewhat Healthy Creamy Tortellini Soup

The Pioneer Woman’s Creamy Tortellini Soup

Ingredients

8 C. Low sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 1-lb bag frozen peas and carrots

10 oz cheese tortellini

1/2 C heavy whipping cream

Salt and pepper, to taste

Shaved Parmesan cheese and croutons, for topping.

Directions

1. Bring the broth to a gentle boil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add the frozen veggies to the pot and return to a gentle boil. Add the tortellini and cook until tender, three to five minutes.

2. Add the heavy cream and cook for about two minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and top with shaved Parmesan cheese or whatever your heart desires. Enjoy!

Source The Pioneer Woman Magazine Spring 2019

Poultry soup

Turkey or Chicken soup

Ingredients

4-6 C. Shredded turkey or chicken, cooked

4 C. Low-sodium Chicken broth (more if you like the soup more liquidity) 

1 tsp. Garlic

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

1/2 C. onion

1 C. Carrots

1 C. Celery

1/2 C. Turnips

1 tsp. Garlic

1 (14.5 oz) diced Tomatoes

1 tsp. Parsley

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper

1/4 tsp. Paprika

Optional: Potatoes, Rice, Egg noodles, gravy or crackers

Directions

1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and saute for two to three minutes or until they start to soften. Next add the remaining ingredients. Stir and cook for thirty minutes or until the veggies are tender.

Court’s Cooking Notes: Add more seasoning if needed and or adjust the soup according to your liking.

Recipe adapted from: The Joy of Cooking: Wartime Edition

Prepare. Cook it slow. Eat.

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup

Ingredients

4 boneless, skinless whole chicken breasts

1 Tsp. chili powder

1 Tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

One 28-oz can whole or diced tomatoes, with juice

3 C. low-sodium chicken broth (more if you like the soup more liquid)

One 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

One 10-oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles, such as Ro*tel

1 8-oz can tomato paste

1 medium onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 can chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, optional

1/2 lime, juiced

Fixings: avocado, sour cream, grated cheese, crushed tortilla chips and fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

1. Place the chicken in a slow cooker. Sprinkle on the chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin and some salt and pepper. Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, black beans, tomatoes with chiles, tomato paste, onion, chipotle pepper and red and yellow peppers. Stir, place the lid on the slow cooker and cook for five hours on high or eight hours on low.

2. Stir in the lime juice. Remove the chicken to a plate and use 2 forks to break it into chunks (or shred it finely). Return the chicken to the pot, taste and add more seasoning if necessary. Serve piping hot in a bowl with avocado, sour cream, grated cheese, crushed tortilla chips and cilantro leaves on top!

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Fun adventures and a new cookbook

A few weeks ago, I mentioned in one of my posts that my mom, grandparents and I were taking a trip to Pawhuska, Oklahoma to see The Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile for my birthday. I am happy to say that we all had a wonderful time! While we there my mom also bought me one of The Pioneer Woman’s cookbooks. To start things off with this new cookbook of mine I thought I’d try and share with you her butternut squash soup recipe.

The soup was a lot of hard work neither easy or quick for me but it was very worth it and of course it was delicious!

Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

2 medium butternut squash, peeled and seeded, sliced

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, finely diced

1/2 C. Heavy cream or half and half

4 C. vegetable or chicken broth

1/4 C. Maple syrup

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes, optional

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400º F. Line a baking dish with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Place butternut squash in the microwave for two-three minutes to soften squash before slicing. Slice the squash lengthwise down the center from top to bottom. Scoop out seeds from squash. Slice onion down center. Place squash halves and onion onto the previously prepared baking pan.

2. Sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil. Bake squash and onions in the oven for thirty five-forty minutes. Remove squash and onions and allow to cool down completely before peeling off the hard skin off.

3. In a large pot, cook the onion in the two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat until soft and lightly caramelized, seven to eight minutes. Add the squash and the chicken broth and cook the mixture until bubbly and the squash is tender.

4. Use an immersion blender to purée the soup in the pot until totally smooth. You can also transfer the mixture in batches to a regular blender; just don’t fill it more than halfway full since the soup is extremely hot! Carefully transfer the puréed soup back to the pot when it’s done.

5. Add the heavy cream, maple syrup, salt and red pepper flakes. Then stir it around and let it simmer for five minutes more. Give it a try and add more salt or red pepper flakes to your liking.

6. Eat! 😋

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks DinnerTime

Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This hearty beef stew recipe would make an excellent dinner for a cold winter evening. The preparation is so easy and quick that you won’t even realize you prepared it yourself. Don’t believe me on the quickness? Ha, I can prove it to you right now. All you have to do is throw everything into your slow cooker (including potatoes), simmer, and serve. After finishing with the preparation, your mind will be blown away by how fast and easy it all came together!

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS

1 lb lean beef stew meat

1/4 tsp coarse salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp flour

1 C peas

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 large yukon golden potatoes, peeled and largely diced

2 large carrots, peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 Tbsp tomato paste

2 1/2 C beef broth

1/4 C beer (I recommend using Guinness)

Directions

1. Sprinkle stew meat with salt and toss till well combined. Using a fork, prick the meat in multiple places to tenderize. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, but ideally, refrigerate overnight.

2. Toss the meat with flour. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then sear meat until browned on the outside.

3. While the meat is browning, mix together tomato paste, soy sauce, beef stock (use more if you like it soupier than stewy) and Guinness & red wine (if using) in the slow cooker.

4. Transfer the meat (browned or not) to slow cooker. Add garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves, and black pepper. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours or high three to four hours until meat is falling apart and tender.

Court’s Cooking Notes: If using peas, microwave for one minute and then stir them into the stew. Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Adapted from Aberdeen’s Kitchen

Clean Eating Taco Soup

This is a simple, healthy, & gluten free stovetop or a slow cooker meal that uses ground turkey (bison, beef, or venison) along with tons of clean eating vegetables and other wholesome ingredients like canned beans. The option to use homemade ranch and taco seasonings take this dinner to a whole new level. This fast, skinny, and low carb recipe is easy to prepare and will quickly become a family favorite!

Clean Eating Taco Soup

Ingredients

1 lb ground meat (turkey, beef, venison)

1 onion, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 small zucchini, diced

1 (14.5 oz) can corn

1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes

1 (14.5 oz) can of Goya black beans

2 C water

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional

3 Tbsp homemade taco seasoning or 1 packet

3 Tbsp of homemade ranch seasoning or 1 packet

Optional Toppings:

Sour Cream or Greek yogurt

shredded cheese

tortilla chips or crackers

avocado

lime wedges

Directions

1. In a large pot, brown the meat. Discard the fat. Add in the remaining ingredients and simmer for thirty minutes. Taste. Add more seasoning such as chili or cayanne powder, salt, or pepper if needed.

Court’s Cooking Notes

This soup is quite thick, feel free to add in more water or beef stock to “stretch” the meal further!

Crock-pot variation: Toss all ingredients including browned meat in crock-pot and cook on LOW for six hours.

Source Grounded and Surrounded

Cincinnati Chili

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of Rae Drummond she is also known as The Pioneer Woman. She cooks really good recipes. I also love her cookbooks. They are so very cute and I wanted one. So my mom bought me one of her cookbooks for my birthday. The title of the book is The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get it. In the book I found the first recipe that I wanted to try and will be sharing with you today. The recipe is called Cincinnati Chili.

This chili is very simple to prepare and packed with the delicious flavors of fall. It would make a great fall or even winter dish that would warm up your soul. Also, depending on your preference of taste you add more or less of ingredients. Enjoy!

Cincinnati Chili

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 large onion

5 garlic cloves

2 lbs ground beef

one 15-ounce can tomato sauce, and I used Goya

2 C beef broth

2 Tbsp white wine vinegar

2 Tbsp tomato paste

3 Tbsp chili powder

2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp whole cloves

1/4-1/8 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

two bay leaves

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 14.5 ounce canned kidney beans, optional

1 lb spaghetti, cooked, for serving, optional

Other optional toppings:

Sour Cream

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Green onions

Fritos

Crackers

Cornbread

Directions

1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for a couple of minutes, until they start to soften. Add the beef and cook it until it’s thoroughly browned. Drain the excess fat. Pour meat back into the pot

2. Combine the tomato sauce, beef broth, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, the other spices, Worcestershire sauce, and the bay leaves.

3. Stir until well combined. Reduce the heat to low and cook the chili for approximately one hour, stirring occasionally. Serve hot with a salad.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get it!

Skinny Vegetarian Chili

Outsmart the picky eaters in your family by serving them this healthy and full of flavor Vegetarian Chili. This recipe is so tasty that I practically forgot it was meatless. I am certain that your family will enjoy this dish without even realizing that it’s meatless. As beans is the substitute for meat in this chili which adds fiber, and at under 300 calories per serving, you can give yourself some leeway by adding your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Mexican Chili

Ingredients

2 15-ounce cans Ro-Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies

1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 16-ounce cans Bush’s® Chili Beans,

1 15-ounce can Goya black beans

12-ounces frozen yellow corn

1 small onion, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 4.5-ounce can diced green chilies

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp onion powder

½ -1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 Tbsp cilantro, fresh or dried

⅛ tsp black pepper

Optional toppings

Onions

Sour Cream

Cheese

Tortilla chips

Directions

1. Add all of the ingredients to a 6-quart insert crock pot and stir until well combined.

2. Cook on LOW for eight hours or on HIGH for four hours. Serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Source Skinny Mom

No crockpot Potato Soup

Tonight with some help from my Grandma (We call her Me-Maw), I cooked this yummy potato soup for my grandparent’s. They loved it!

I realize that this recipe is similar to the crockpot one that I have cooked a few times in the past except the only catch about this one is that you get to do all of the preparation/ cooking. But don’t fret about it being incredibly hard or too much work because this one is extremely easy, quick and it requires some labor, but it’s not too overwhelming. It’s perfect for those of you who are working on building  your confidence cooking with a stove and or don’t currently own a crockpot.

This wonderful potato soup recipe is rich, creamy and delicious, and made healthier without heavy cream.


POTATO SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

5 slices bacon, diced
3 Tbsp bacon grease (reserved) or butter
1 C diced white or yellow onion
1/4 C all-purpose flour
2 C chicken stock
2 C milk, warmed
1.5 lbs potatoes, peeled (if desired) and diced (I suggest Yukon gold potatoes)
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
1 tsp salt, or more to taste
1/2 tsp  black pepper

Favorite toppings:
thinly sliced green onions or chives
extra shredded cheese
extra bacon
sour cream

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat a large pot or skillet over medium-high heat. Combine the diced bacon and cook until crispy, stirring occasionally. Transfer the bacon to a separate plate, working with a pair of tongs, reserving about three tablespoons of bacon grease in the pot.  (Throw out any extra grease, or you can replace it with butter in place of the three tablespoons of bacon grease.

2. Also, if you are low on time, you can dice the potatoes and onion while the bacon cooks to save time.) Combine onion and saute for five minutes, occasionally stirring, until soft. Pour in the flour on top of the onion, and mix well until combined. Saute for an extra minute to cook the flour, stirring occasionally. Then stir in the chicken stock until combined.  Stir in the milk and potatoes until combined.

3. Continue cooking until the mixture reaches a simmer, but is not boiling. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for about ten-fifteen minutes or until the potatoes are tender, occasionally stirring every few minutes so that the bottom does not burn.  (The smaller you dice your potatoes, the quicker they will cook.) When the potatoes are tender, mix in the cheddar cheese and Greek yogurt (or sour cream), salt, pepper and cooked bacon bits. Taste and see if it requires more salt or pepper or cheese. Serve hot, garnished with desired toppings.

Source Gimme Some Oven

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