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CHICKEN TORTELLINI SOUP

Chicken Tortellini Soup - TSLC

Soup is one of my very favorite things to eat for lunch.  Give me a bowl of soup and a grilled cheese sandwich and I am happy.  I don’t care if it is summer or winter, soup is still my favorite.  This Chicken Tortellini Soup with a grilled baby swiss cheese sandwich is perfect.

3 cups chicken, cooked and chopped (I use whatever chicken pieces I have on hand and bake it in the oven for my soup)

2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth or about 3 or 4 cups

2 carrots, sliced

2 stalks celery, chopped

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano

2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Dash red pepper or hot sauce (Optional)

1 cup chopped fresh baby spinach, uncooked (could use frozen)

2 cups Barilla 3 Cheese All Natural Dry Tortellini

Grated Parmesan cheese ( I add about 1/2 cup of cheese to the soup but you can sprinkle it on top when you serve it, too.)

Combine chicken, broth, carrots, celery, onion, diced tomatoes, water,  black pepper, and red pepper to the pot.  Bring to boil, turn down to medium and cook until carrots and celery are tender. About 15 minutes.  Add spinach and pasta and cook another 10 to 12 minutes or until pasta is done.  Can add Parmesan cheese to the soup or sprinkle on top.  This makes about 10 – 12 servings.  Freezes well and keeps for several days in the fridge. Enjoy!

Note:  You could make this in the crock pot, too. Just cook on low for 6 or 7 hours and high for 4 or 5.  I would add the tortellini in the last hour or so.

Don’t forget to check out these soup recipes:

French Onion Soup
Ham and Black Bean Soup
Ham and Dumplings

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Roasted Beets and Sauteed Beet Greens

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This easy beet recipe is like 2 meals in one. You first have the roasted beets and then the delicious sauteed beet greens. I have always enjoyed beets they are a very versatile vegetable from a topping on a salad or a great side dish. This recipe was enough for 2 people, you may double it if need be.

 3 large beets with greens

3 tbsp of Olive Oil

1/2 tsp of garlic powder

1/2 a red onion

1 tsp of honey

chopped nuts (I used pecans)

cooked bacon slices or bacon bits

Cut tops off of beets and thoroughly wash beets, set greens aside. Arrange beets in a glass dish, then coat with olive oil and sprinkle garlic powder over them. Bake beets in a preheated 350 degree oven until you can easily slice beets with a knife. Some will take longer depending on oven, but for 3 large beets it took about an hour. Once beets are done, remove from oven and you will need to remove the skin from the beets. The beets will definitely stain your hands so either wear gloves or be ready for red fingers. While the beets cool, add 2 tbsp of olive oil to a pan, and 1/2 a red onion (you can add more if you love onion). Chop greens down to 2-3 inch pieces and add to pan to cook with onion and olive oil. Once all mixed add in 1 tsp of honey, cover and let cook on medium heat until nice and tender. I put it all together in a bowl and topped with pecans and bacon. Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out these recipes:

Fresh Mustard and Turnip Greens

Orange Beet Casserole

Baked Chicken with Peaches

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CROCK POT BLACK BEAN SOUP

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This hearty, healthy black bean soup is easily made in the crock pot or on top of the stove.  It makes a lot and freezes well.  I use black beans in dips, too.  They make a great soup served with cornbread.

1 pound package dried black beans

2 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth (can use beef broth or 1 can of each)

2 cups water

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 green bell pepper, finely chopped (could use jalapeno or chili pepper)

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 ham bone or 1 cup cooked ham (could use salt pork or bacon, too)

2 bay leaves

2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Pinch of cayenne or few drops of hot sauce

Wash beans and check to make sure there are not any bad ones in the package.  Cover with water and soak overnight. Next morning, rinse the beans and put in crock pot. Add chicken broth, water, onion, green pepper, garlic, seasoning meat (whatever kind you are using), bay leaves, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper, hot sauce or cayenne.  Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high 4 to 5 hours.  If cooking on top of the stove, bring to low boil and cook until beans are tender.  If you like thicker beans you can remove some and mash up and return to pot or crock pot.  Garnish with salsa, sour cream, green onions and cheese or whatever you like. Makes about 2 quarts. I make this in my 3 quart crock pot and it is about 3/4 full.  Enjoy!

Note:  You can add corn and tomatoes with green chilis to the pot or add them later if you don’t want them in the entire amount. I like to divide the beans up in separate containers and freeze some for dips or to use in other soups.   You could make half this recipe, too.

If you like this recipe, you might also like my recipe for Corn Chowder.

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HANDY LIST OF ITEMS TO REFRIGERATE AND ITEMS STORED AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

This is a handy little chart to have posted somewhere in your kitchen for easy access. Just click on the name of this post at the top where it says: HANDY LIST OF ITEMS TO REFRIGERATE AND ITEMS STORED AT ROOM TEMPERATURE  look at the bottom under the photo and click on “Print/pdf”. You can remove  any text you don’t want and print out just the chart.  Feel free to “share” this post to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest by clicking on the buttons below the post and Enjoy!  Once I have completed several lists, there will be a box in the sidebar on the website on the right hand side where the recipes are located that contains a list of them all for your convenience.List of Refrigerated and Unrefrigerated Items - Copy

Don’t miss these:

Freezer Storage Chart for Best Quality Usage

U.S. Dry Volume Measurements

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