Smoked Sausage, Cabbage and Oat Soup

A while back I shared how excited I was to find Quaker Steel Cut Oats at the grocery store.  They are significantly less expensive than the other brand I’ve seen and I like to use them for oatmeal in the slow cooker.

I never imagined I would use them in soup.

But then The Sweets Life linked up a recipe for Scotch Oatmeal Soup for Ingredient Spotlight: Cabbage.  I knew I had to try it.  The oats are kind of like barley.  They add heartiness to the soup.

I modified The Sweets Life recipe a little bit.  Hers doesn’t have any meat in it and I knew I’d get much further serving a soup full of cabbage to my family if I included some meat.  I was right.  They all ate the soup and liked it.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a pot:  [Read more…]

Bean and Bacon Soup – Ready in 10 Minutes

This soup is really just assembly only, as long as you’ve got the bacon and onions in the freezer. It’s a good one to keep in mind for those nights when you really don’t have time to cook, but everyone needs to be fed.

The bacon, onion and tomatoes add a lot of flavor to the beans.  It reminds me of the flavor of Italian Sausage and Bean Soup.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Diced Tomatoes

This post is part of a new series where you get to link up your recipes!  Each week I’ll focus on a different common pantry ingredient.  I’ll link to a few of my recipes that feature the ingredient and then give you a chance to link up to your blog.

Diced tomatoes deserve a spot among the Super Pantry Items, because they are so versatile and easy to use. They come in all kinds of varieties (fire roasted is one of my favorites), but even a simple can of plain diced tomatoes can really help pull a meal together.

Use them in soups, stews, pasta dishes, Mexican, Italian, casseroles, slow cooker meals…Endless possibilities. Here are a few of my recipes that use diced tomatoes: [Read more…]

Pepperoncini Pasta with Grilled Chicken

pepperocini pasta done

While I planning a meal for after church on Sunday, my eye spotted a jar of pepperoncini peppers hiding in the back of the pantry.  I had bought them to make Italian Beef Sandwiches, but decided they would be great in a pasta dish.  I decided to go with a very light broth, as opposed to the cream sauces I often make for pasta.  The piquant taste of the pepper added spice and flavor.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This soup smells so delicious.  It only takes about 5 minutes to put together, providing you’ve got the chicken already cooked.  I like to keep cooked chicken breast in the freezer for recipes like this.  I’ve made the soup twice, once on the stove top and once in the slow cooker.  Both ways worked fine, so you can do whatever is convenient for you.  [Read more…]

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