Mom’s Club Recipes
November 5, 2010 § 2 Comments
I belong to a Mom’s Club and last month five of us decided to start an email recipe swap. We’re all looking for healthy and simple dinners that will make the whole family happy (which in many families is ”Mission: Impossible,” but we have to try, right?)
Luckily, my guys are open to eating pretty much anything…although Peter wouldn’t touch the fancy spaghetti squash dish I made last night. I think his exact words were “no eat dat stuff.” His loss ;-P Now there’s more left over for me. Pete thought it was great, but a little strong in the garlic department. Hey, there’s no such thing as “too much garlic.” It keeps you healthy!
In any case, I’ve asked the other moms’ permission to include their recipes on my blog, and they’ve been kind enough to agree. It’ll be nice to have the recipes in one spot instead of having to search through emails. And since I don’t have a printer hooked up at home, that’s exactly what I’d end up doing.
I’m going to post the recipes verbatim, exactly as they were emailed, but I will provide my comments if I made any replacements/changes.
There will be a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Some will be family recipes, others will be from a cookbook (and noted as such). I haven’t made all of the recipes myself yet, so some may be posted without any of my insightful commentary or pictures. Ha ha! I’m sure you’ll survive, and possibly be thankful :-)
Today, I’ll share a recipe for pasta fagioli.
I made this dish last week, but I replaced the ground meat with an extra 15-oz. can of kidney beans and I used orecchiette pasta, which made it a really hearty and filling dish.
Sarah’s Pasta Fagioli
1lb. ground beef (I use turkey – sarah) (I replaced with 15 oz. can of kidney beans – pwa)
1 onion, diced
1 large carrot, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can kidney beans
1 15 oz can great northern beans
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 12 oz can tomato-vegetable juice (V8)
1 tblsp white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 lb pasta (I used orecchiette - pwa)
Brown beef or turkey Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic and saute 10 minutes. Add everything else except pasta. Simmer 1 hour. Cook pasta separately and add at the end. Simmer all together as long as you want.
(Note: Since I didn’t use meat, I sautéed the onion in about 4 tbsp. olive oil until translucent, then added the carrots and celery and sautéed for about 10 minutes, then I added the garlic and sautéed for about another 2 minutes. I then added everything else, except the pasta, to simmer for an hour – pwa)