Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

This hearty and delicious tasting Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage is perfect for chasing away the winter time blues. Made with some of the South’s favorite ingredients such as; smoked sausage, 15 different beans, fresh collard greens, onions, celery, green bell peppers, carrots, garlic, diced tomatoes with chiles,  Cajun seasoning, red pepper flakes, and Cayenne pepper served over white rice for the perfect balance of flavor.

This recipe for Spicy Southern 15 Bean Soup is definitely a go-to meal for those of us who love of beans and rice recipes. The combination of beans, rice, collard greens and smoked sausage are definitely a plus in my book. Add a bit of white cornbread and I’m in my own little word of happiness.spicy-southern-15-bean-soup-3First off I want to apologize and give you all a BIG Thank you for being here. I know it seems as if I have been a bit lax on sharing recipes and stories with y’all; for that I am sorry. We have had one crazy mess going on that started with a leaking pipe under the house foundation and ended with concrete floors being dug up, new tile laid in the kitchen, and all new carpet in the rest of the living area. Now hopefully we can get back on track and have a little less dramatic household in the future. Continue reading

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HEARTY WEDDING SOUP – MINESTRA MARITATA Recipe

Hearty Wedding Soup-Minestra Maritata is traditionally served in Italian homes during the holidays; such as Christmas, New Years, and even Easter. It’s the delicious combination of meats, vegetables, and broth is how it become known as “Minestra Maritata”; which lightly translates in Italian, to a marriage of meat and veggie.

My recipe today for Hearty Minestra Maritata – Wedding Soup combines nutrient-rich kale, endive, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, quality pork, sausage, chicken, Italian Sponges or Croutons, homemade broth, and the perfect blend of Italian herbs and seasoning to make this a hearty Wedding Soup you won’t soon forget.My recipe today for Hearty Minestra Maritata – Wedding Soup combines nutrient-rich kale, endive, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, quality pork, sausage, chicken, Italian Sponges or Croutons, homemade broth, and the perfect  blend of Italian herbs and seasoning to make this a hearty Wedding Soup you won’t soon forget. Continue reading

Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe

A  deliciously tender Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe is hard to come by these days; but I have one to share with you today, made with a quality marbled Chuck roast,  tender  seasonal root vegetables such as Yukon Gold potatoes, baby carrots, celery, onions, all slowly cooked in a rich broth made from red wine.

In every family, there is a cherished recipe for and American all-time favorite Sunday dinner; that favorite is the Pot Roast, some are tender and juicy if cooked correctly while others may leave something to be desired being more on the tough or stringy side if cooked too rapidly. You just can’t rush a good tender Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe; it takes a little patience on your part.

perfect-pot-roast-recipe-1One of the most important factors in my Perfect Every Time Pot Roast Recipe is the fact I take a little time choosing the right  cut of meat with great marbling. I generally use a Chuck Roast which can be tough is not treated correctly in the cooking process leading up to a stringy pot roast. So I always look for a decent amount of marbling to my Chuck roast to help keep it tender while I cook it slowly on low heat. Continue reading

Baked Rotini and Meatballs Casserole

Baked Rotini and Meatballs Casserole is the comfort food of any pasta and cheese lovers dreams, made with our favorite quality pasta, the families favorite hearty,thick, chunky homemade pasta sauce, delicious meatballs, and the cheesiest cheeses around. It just screams Delicious. This Baked Rotini and Meatballs turns any traditional pasta and meatballs into the most amazing baked cheesy casserole you will ever taste.

Be ready to have plenty of the Baked Rotini and Meatballs Casserole on hand to serve, because believe you me when I tell you that everyone always heads back to the Baked Rotini and Meatballs Casserole dish for seconds and yes sometimes thirds at our family dinner table. There’s just something about the combination of thick, rich, chunky, pasta sauce. with this huge meatballs, and gooey cheese that really get people going. at dinner.

Baked Rotini and Meatballs Casserole is the comfort food of any pasta and cheese lovers dreams, made with our favorite quality pasta, the families favorite hearty,thick, chunky homemade pasta sauce, delicious meatballs, and the cheesiest cheeses around. It just screams Delicious. This Baked Rotini and Meatballs turns any traditional pasta and meatballs into the most amazing baked cheesy casserole you will ever taste.Looking back these photos today,  I wish I had cleaned up the casserole dish a little for the photos, but really sometimes I think seeing real life is good for y’all readers. Let’s you know I am human too, I am messy, and it’s ok if you’re casserole looks a bit messy too. I mean, after all, we can’t be perfect all the time. can we? Continue reading

Bratwurst Cheddar Potato Soup

One of the things I love about fall and winter is the endless variety of soups is, not only do they taste fantastic but warm my belly and soul on a chilly Fall day. Bratwurst Cheddar Potato Soup is a creamy, cheesy, thick, hearty soup that combines most of our husband’s favorite  man approved ingredients; quality grilled Bratwurst sausages, deliciously sharp Wisconsin-style cheddar cheese, and chunky potatoes simmered to perfection. It’s the perfect idea for lunch, dinner, or even Game night with the guys this fall and winter seasons.

How can you go wrong with ingredients like grilled Bratwurst, Wisconsin-Style Cheddar Cheese, and chunky potatoes? Bratwurst is definitely a big favorite with my husband and family, so when I make this thick, rich and creamy Bratwurst Cheddar Potato Soup it never lasts long at our dinner table and I am definitely betting it won’t last long on your dinner table either. Don’t be afraid to serve some extra freshly finely shredded cheddar cheese on the top at the dinner table it only makes this even more tempting to cheese lovers.

bratwurst-cheddar-potato-soupBratwurst is considered a type of German sausage made from veal, pork or beef. The name Bratwurst is from the Old High German, Brätwurst from brät-, meaning  finely chopped meat, and Wurst meaning, sausage, although in modern times German it is often associated with the verb braten, which means to pan fry or roast. Continue reading

The Best Lasagna Soup

Mention a Homemade Lasagna and all I can think of are the wonderful layers and layers of pasta, slowly simmered homemade sauce, quality lean meats, creamy whole milk ricotta, fresh Italian herbs, and molten hot gooey cheeses piled high on my favorite plate. Now Mention Lasagna Soup and all I can think of is dang that sounds deliciously hearty and warm on a chilly fall afternoon.

When I was a child my grandmother Josie would make her own fresh pasta, and she always made tiny meatballs and then layered them between the sheets of fresh pasta and homemade sauce, so also I wanted something to reflect one of my favorite childhood meals that we would patiently wait for while she assembled and then slowly baked in the oven.

Over the last few years, I have seen recipes upon recipes for Lasagna Soup, but I wanted a recipe for Lasagna Soup that reflected my family recipe for Homemade Lasagna. I wanted something simmered for more than 10 minutes, heck I wanted, “The Best Lasagna soup”, not something tossed together in 15-20 minutes. I’ve said it before, nothing tastes better than a recipe slowly cooked with tender loving care, letting all the ingredients marry together to become a post of old-fashioned goodness.

lasagna-soup-1There’s an amazing fact about Lasagna that many may not know, Lasagna did not originate in Italy at all. Lasagna has been traced back by food historians to the Ancient Greek period. The name Lasagna, or “Lasagne” is derivates from the Greek word ‘Laganon’; the first known form of pasta. “Laganon” was not a traditional lasagna as we know it with traditional Italian ingredients but it was made of layers of pasta and sauce. Technically,  Lasagna would get its name from the method in which it was made, not for the ingredients that were used. Continue reading

Cajun-Style Tomato Gravy

Cajun-Style Red Gravy is one of the most delicious tomato gravies you will ever taste; made with a homemade roux never cornstarch, vine-ripened tomatoes, the Holy trinity of celery, onions peppers, Cajun spices and often served over grits, fresh hot homemade biscuits, fish, chicken, meatloaf, and even fried steak for a pure Cajun-Style comfort food experience.

cajun-red-gravy1There are many versions of this yummy Red gravy here in the South such as Cajun Red Gravy, Southern Tomato Gravy, Creole Sauce, and piquant sauce all will have slightly different ingredients, textures, thickness, and tastes. Depending on where you are located here in the South will depend on how you make your Red Gravy/Tomato Gravy  Continue reading