Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Vegetable and Tortellini Bake

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 sweet potatoes, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 C vegetable broth
1 tbsp flour
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 tsp ground pepper
1 C milk
1 C frozen corn
1 C frozen peas
1 package of cheese tortellini

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. In a large skillet, add olive oil, onion, peppers, sweet potato and garlic. Saute for 8-10 minutes on medium until potatoes are soft.
3. In a large pot, cook tortellini according to package directions
4. Add corn and peas to the potato, onion mixture
5. Cook for 3 minutes and transfer to a large mixing bowl
6. Add pasta to the vegetable mixture
7. Deglaze the skillet with the vegetable broth
8. Reduce heat to low and add milk, slowly whisk in flour
9. Once mixture thinkens, add soup and mix together well
10. Pour soup over pasta and vegetables and mix well
11. Place in a 9x13 pan, cover with foil, cook for 25 minutes
12. Let stand for 5 minutes and top with shredded parmesan

To Freeze:
1. Follow steps 2-10
2. Place pasta in a freezer safe casserole dish and freeze
3. When you are ready to make, thaw completely and bake for 25 minutes at 350

(inspired by Fall Tortellini Bake, by Chelsea's Messy Apron)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Tortellini and Vegetable Soup

2 tbsp butter
4 stalks celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground pepper
10 C vegetable broth
2 C water
16 oz crimini mushrooms, sliced
9 oz three cheese tortellini
Fresh grated parmesan cheese

1. Place butter, celery, onion, carrots and garlic in a large stock pot
2. Cook for 8-10 minutes, covered until vegetables are softened
3. Add pepper, broth and water and mushrooms and bring to a boil
4. Reduce heat to low and cook for 15-20 minutes
5. Add tortellini for the last 5-7 minutes per package instructions
6. Garnish with parmesan cheese in each bowl

(inspired by Three Cheese Tortellini and Mushroom Soup, by Skinny Taste)

Beef and Broccoli

1 lb carne asada, sliced into thin strips
1 C beef broth
1/2 C soy sauce
1/3 C brown sugar
1 tbsp sesame oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp onion powder
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp cooled sauce from the crock pot after being cooked
2 C frozen broccoli

1. Place beef in a crock pot
2. In a small bowl, combine broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, onion powder and garlic. Pour over beef. Cook on low for 6-8 hours
3. In a cup, stir cornstarch and sauce form the crock pot until smooth. Add to crock pot. Stir well to combine
4. Stir broccoli into the beef and sauce mix
5. Cover and cook an additional 30 minutes on high
6. Serve over rice

To Freeze:
1. Place beef, broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, onion powder and garlic in a freezer safe ziploc bag
2. When ready to cook, place the ziploc bag ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours
3. Then follow steps 3-6

(inspired by Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli, by BS Recipes)