Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes – 15 Minute Meal

Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes

 

I created this sandwich a few weeks ago on a night when I was in a hurry.  I’ve fallen into a bad habit of working in the afternoon.  That’s not the bad part.  The bad part comes in when I finally look up at the clock and realize it’s already 5:30 and I haven’t started dinner.

I forget which meal this Italian sausage was meant for, but it worked perfectly in these sloppy joes.  And the good thing is, you probably have all the other ingredients in your pantry.

They also can be made in about 15 minutes.  Perfect!

This Italian spin on the traditional sloppy joe tastes a lot like pizza.  Which meant that my family loved them.  So did I.  They reminded me a lot of the flavor of Pizza Potpie.

I don’t have an ingredient photo this time, because I was creating in a huge hurry.  But, like I said, you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry.  With the exception of the Italian sausage, they are all very common ingredients.   [Read more…]

Sweet Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce in the Slow Cooker

This hearty pasta sauce is full of flavor.  Slices of sweet Italian sausage links, combine with bell peppers, onions and garlic in thick tomato sauce.

I like for most slow cooker recipes to not need any kind of browning or cooking on the stove, but this one does require some pre-cooking.  Thankfully, it only takes a few minutes to get everything into the crockpot.  I made this on a Sunday morning before church.  The hands-on prep only took about 15 minutes.

You could also continue cooking it on the stove, but I like the convenience of the crockpot.  No need to stir or tend the pot and you can leave the house while it’s cooking.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Italian Sausage Enchiladas – Don’t be afraid to substitute ingredients

Sometimes I make a recipe exactly as it’s written.  Maybe because I’m not familiar with the dish.  Or because it’s a baked good that will just work better if I follow directions.  Or because I like the results of that specific recipe.

But other times, I use recipes as a jumping off point.  I swap out ingredients for what I have in my pantry or fridge.  This is how I cook most often.  I love to read comments from readers that say something like, “I loved this recipe.  I used chicken broth instead of beef, added more veggies, skipped the green chilis and topped it with cornbread.”  It’s not the same recipe at all, but the reader loved it! She used her creativity and shopped her pantry to serve her family a meal that they all liked.  Success!

One reason I like enchiladas so much is that they are a prime candidate for substituting.  These enchiladas are a recent result of shopping my pantry and fridge for ingredients.  They are simple to make and my family loved them.

Here’s what you’ll need.  Feel free to substitute as needed.  The recipe makes about 9-10 enchiladas.  The picture above only shows part of the recipe. [Read more…]

Wimpys aka Sloppy Joes

When I was growing up, my family always called sandwiches like this Wimpys.   I’m not sure how old I was when I figured out that everyone else calls the Sloppy Joes.

When I made these, my intention was to just use a can of Manwich.  But I couldn’t find it anywhere in the grocery.  I looked in all the logical places, but no Manwich.

So, I decided to make some homemade.  This recipe is adapted from Simply Recipes.  Her recipe has ketchup and carrots.  I used chili sauce and red peppers.  Mine also has more meat, but I liked her base of seasonings although I skipped a few of the herbs and spices.  Change this up for your tastes and pantry.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Velma’s Chili from Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader

Have you read the Mitford series books by Jan Karon?  Father Tim and Cynthia feel like old friends and so do all the other characters that populate the small town of Mitford.

On my last library trip, I spotted the Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader.  It’s full of recipes mentioned in the books (Orange Marmalade Cake, anyone?) and also lots of excerpts.  Food and stories is a hard combination to beat.

One recipe that caught my attention was Velma’s Chili.  I did make a few changes to it.  For one, I used half the meat it called for.  Two pounds of meat for 6-8 servings sounded like too much.  I doubled it and made a few other alterations as well.  Here’s what you’ll need to make my version: [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Tomato Sauce

Where would the world be without canned tomato sauce?  It’s one of those ingredients we take for granted, assuming it will be there for us when we need it to provide the blank canvas for a new recipe or to highlight and support more prominent elements.

I’ve already sung the praises of the humble can of tomato sauce.  I’m looking forward to seeing all the ways you put this hard-working ingredient to use.  Here are a couple of my recipes using tomato sauce: [Read more…]

Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce with Two Cheeses

One of my favorite kind of recipes to create is pasta dishes.  Coincidentally, I also love to eat pasta.  This sauce has both Parmesan and Provolone cheeses along with fire roasted tomatoes.  Ever since I tried fire roasted tomatoes a few months ago, they’ve been a staple in my pantry.  They pack a bit more flavor than plain diced tomatoes.

The sauce may sound like it’s hard to make, but it comes together in about 15 minutes.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Refried Beans

My husband said these are the best refried beans he’s ever eaten.  I agree.  So good and easy, and much, much better than the kind that come from a can.  The recipe comes from Bethany’s blog, For the Love of Grub.  She says she found the recipe in a Pillsbury cookbook.  I made a few minor changes, but it’s still quick and easy.  I’ve made them twice already.  They’re a new favorite for us. [Read more…]

Pasta Soup

I’m not really sure what to call this soup.  I made it up one night to go with sandwiches.  I was looking for a minestrone recipe and decided to make up my own.  True confession: I’ve never eaten minestrone and really didn’t know what was in it.  I’m pretty sure this isn’t quite like minestrone, but it is really good.

The ingredients are simple and adaptable to what you have hanging around in your kitchen.  The soup comes together quick too.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti

We had friends over a few weeks ago.  It was very spontaneous and we went back and forth trying to decide whose house we would get together at.  Turns out both my friend and I were thinking of making a spaghetti dish, because that’s what we had ingredients for.  I’ll have to eat her version sometime.  Here’s my Baked Spaghetti recipe (actually a recipe my mom has made for years).

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