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Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe, Copy Cat recipe that you can make at home for a fraction of the price #Soup, #CopyCatRecipe, #OliveGarden, #Kale
One of my favorite things to do is go out to eat, someone else cooks it, cleans up and all I have to do is enjoy it!  But, I always feel sick once the bill comes and I realize I have paid as much for one meal as a whole cart of grocery’s .   In order for me to stay home and raise my kids, eating out is one of the things we have cut out.  We try to fit it in our budget at least once a month.  So instead I have learned to make some of our favorite restaurant meals at home.   One of our favorites is the wonderful zuppa toscana sausage, potato soup at Olive Garden.  I made it this weekend for my family, and I thought I would pass this thrifty recipe on to you! This recipe will make a LARGE pot of soup and normal feeds my family a few meals. Or we share with friends!

Start out  with  1.5 lb of  your favorite brand of Italian sausage.  I always buy the mild, but if you like it a little spicy get the hot. This is my family’s favorite, we find it at Walmart.

009Put the sausage and one medium onion (diced) into a large soup pot.  On Medium heat brown the sausage and onion.

012I like to let mine get a little “crisp” around the edges, it seems to hold together better in the soup.

013Once the meat is cooked you will need to drain it, because it will  have a lot of grease on it. You can even rinse it if you want, but I just normally drain it.  I like to have a little bit to help flavor the soup.  ( One time I did not drain it and the soup was really oily…did not work so well)

011You will need 6-8 medium potatoes.  Wash them really well, and then dice with the skin on.

014To the pot you just cooked the Sausage in add

  • 6-8 cups chicken broth ( if you do not have it you can substitute water, but broth tastes MUCH better)
  • the diced potatoes with skin on
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 Teaspoon black pepper ( if you want to spice up ad some red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon)

015While the pan is still cool add in 3 cups of  heavy cream ( you can substitute with whole milk or half and half , but the cream is best)

It is important to add this while the broth is still cool, if you add it to a boiling pot the cream will curdle

UPDATE*** I have now found I like to add the cream at the VERY END just before serving. You might try this option as well. 

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Now add the drained, cook sausage back to the pot, and turn on medium heat.

019Slowing bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring every few minutes so you do not scald the cream.

Once it comes to a boil turn down to medium / low heat so it can simmer for 20 minutes

017While your soup in simmering, wash your Kale very well, it has lots of green leaves for dirt to hide in.

I had never eaten or heard of kale before this recipe, but we LOVE it now!

018Once you have washed it, take off the stock, it is not very good for eating.  You just want the Kale leaf.  Then chop the kale into small bite sized pieces.

You will need about 6 cups, uncooked.

020Once the soup has been simmering for 20  min, add the  6 cups of chopped kale, cover again and simmer another 30 mins.

You will see the soup has a orange look to it, that is from the little bit of grease left from cooking the sausage, it is just a light layer but stays on top the pot.  If  you rinse the meat you will not get that thin layer, it is personal choice, taste fine either way.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Soup Recipe, Copy Cat recipe that you can make at home for a fraction of the price #Soup, #CopyCatRecipe, #OliveGarden, #Kale
You can top with a little bit of grated cheese, and enjoy!  My whole family loves this and I hope you enjoy this recipe too!

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Panda Express Chow Mein Recipe, Copy Cat Recipe for Panda Express Chow Mein #PandaExpress, #ChowMein, #recipePanda Express Chow Mein Noodles ~Copy Cat Recipe

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Recipe box week 21

List of the recipes shared this week ~ add those you like to your weekly menu
or just pin those you want to find later.

pretzel skeletons, halloween snack, #Halloween, #halloweensnack,#Halloweengoodies,#halloweenparty, #thriftyhalloweensnacks, #thriftysnackideas, #pretzels, #candycoating, #halloweencandy, #falltreatideas, #halloweentreatsPretzel Skeletons, cute Halloween snack

Apple Butter Recipe,  How to make apple butter,Quick and Easy Apple Butter, #Apples, #FallRecipesFAST Apple Butter recipe

Fall Recipes, Cookie Pizza Recipe, Money Saving RecipesFall-Tastic cookie pizza

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Making food for my family to eat has become the chore of my world!
The hard part is the decision for something delicious and appealing to the multiple senses.
I know I am not alone in this daily struggle.
Here are a collection of ideas for us all

Breakfast

IMG_1073Breakfast Enchiladas

Main Dish/Entree

Cashew Chicken & Broccoli 

Homemade Alfredo sauce

shredded.pork.tacos

Cafe Rio Sweet shredded Pork copycat recipe & Homemade flour tortilla with Cilantro Ranch dressing

Chicken taco meat

Stuffed shells or Lasagna roll-ups

Ham rolls

chickenApricot Almond Chicken

Side dish

Yellow squash with Bacon

Steak fries

Jalapeno Popper Dip with Bacon, a quick and easy dip that is warm  and cheesy and will have your party guest asking for MORE, #PoppersDip, #JalapenoDip, #Party, #RecipeJalapeno Popper dip with Bacon

Dessert
homemade caramel popcornCaramel popcorn

Better than Megan Fox cake

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Fall-Tastic Cookie Pizza

I love cookie pizzas! I have to admit my all time favorite is a sugar cookie dough with a cream cheese base, topped with fruit. But, my kids went ape over this large sugar cookie covered in creamy peanut butter, drizzled with a homemade milk chocolate ganache and topped with a variety of goodies, then drizzled with melted frosting. We officially welcomed fall with this tasty pizza. Using store bought cookie dough and most of the ingredients I had on hand, made this a snap to throw together. This is a great recipe to get your littles involved too. Change it up by adding your favorite toppings and watch the excitement on your kids’ faces as you make this giant sized cookie pizza.  :)

*See Notes*

Ingredients

  • 2 (16.5 oz.) sugar cookie cookie dough
  • 1/2 cup Jiff creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • approx. 1/4 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter candies
  • approx. 20 red colored M&M’s
  • approx. 1/4 cup candy corn
  • approx. 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • approx. handful of pretzels
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla frosting, melted ( I used Pillsbury brand)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a 16 inch pizza pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray.

Cut dough into approx. 1/2 inch slices; press slices to the bottom of the foil-lined pan to form a crust.

Bake cookie for 25 minutes or until cookie reaches a light golden brown color. Remove cookie from oven and let cool completely.

While cookie is cooling, make ganache by heating 1 cup heavy cream over medium high heat; whisky continually until you start to see a slight boil. Reduce heat to low and whisk in the 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Continue whisking until chips are melted. Cook a couple minutes longer, remove from heat; set aside.

Gently and carefully remove the foil from the bottom of the cookie. Place cookie onto desired serving plate. (I just put it back on the pizza pan.)

Spread cookie with peanut butter. Give that ganache a whisk and drizzle it over the peanut butter, don’t be shy, drizzle with love.

Next, top the pizza with Reese’s candies, candy corn, white chocolate chips and pretzels. Melt three tablespoon of frosting in your microwave; drizzle frosting on top of all the goodies. Drizzle with more ganache if desired.

Place cookie in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Bring to room temp before serving.

Notes

You will have approx. 1 1/2 cups chocolate ganache left over. Store ganache in a sealed container and place in your refridgerator. Ganache will set and become thicker as it cools. Uses for ganache are endless. You  can eat it straight from the container, fill the middle of a cake or frost it, dip sliced apples in it, etc. The uses are up to you, but you won’t be sorry you have extra left over.

I also used red M&M’s to bring some color for the photo. I bought a small bag, you know, the ones by the check out counter,  picked out the red ones and ate the rest so they wouldn’t go to waste. ;)

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Apple Butter Recipe,  How to make apple butter,Quick and Easy Apple Butter, #Apples, #FallRecipesIf you like apple butter (or just want your house to smell fabulous) then fall is the best time to make it.  We have an apple tree and it does not produce the best shaped apples.  Most of them are rather small, and have worm holes but the apples taste great.  These “ugly” little apples are great for making apple butter.  If you do not have an apple tree check your local farmers markets, or even the grocery store as apples tend to be stock up price in the fall.   The best part about this recipe is it is fast, and NO NEED TO PEEL THE APPLES… just core them and your on your way.

Apple Butter Recipe, made with the peel on

Ingredients:

  • 6 Medium Apples (or 10-11 small apples), cored and cut into quarters
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 Cups Granulated Sugar

Directions:
The first step is to make applesauce by cooking the apples in 1 cup of water in a large saucepan for about 10-15 minutes until the apples soften. Don’t bother to peel the apples it won’t affect the texture and saves a lot of time.  Cook them with the lid on.
With a blender, blend the apples until smooth and return to the saucepan with the rest of the ingredients.
Simmer gently, for approximately 2 hours, stirring often to prevent the mixture from burning on the bottom of the pan.
The apple butter is ready when it darkens, thickens and when a spoon drawn through it leaves a clear trail.
Transfer into sterilized mason jars leaving about 1/4 inch headspace.
Seal with two-piece vacuum seal lids and heat process the jars in a water bath for 5 minutes.
Store in a dark, cool place.

Makes 3 Medium Jars
Keeps for up to 6 months, keep refrigerated once opened.

Apple Butter Recipe,  How to make apple butter,Quick and Easy Apple Butter, #Apples, #FallRecipes

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Homemade Apple Chips

IDEAS ON USING & PRESERVING APPLES

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Making food for my family to eat has become the chore of my world!
The hard part is the decision for something delicious and appealing to the multiple senses.
I know I am not alone in this daily struggle.
Here are a collection of ideas for us all

Breakfast

Breakfast Pizza bites

Crockpot oatmeal

Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal Recipe, Quick and easy healthy meal ideas #Oatmeal, #Blueberry, Greek Yogurt RecipesBlueberry Overnight Oatmeal ~ this is good with other fruits as well

Lunch

school lunch idea, keeping an apple from turning brown, #apples, #schoollunch, #schoollunchidea, #packalunch, #lifehacks, #rubberbandSliced School Lunch apple

Dinner/Entree

French dip sandwich in the crockpot

Lime Chicken and spinach quiche

cilantro lime marinade recipeCilantro Lime chicken

Italian zucchini over rice

porcupine meatball recipePorcupine meatballs

Creamy Zucchini casserole

Honey Pineapple Orange grilled pork chops

Salads/Sides

Tomato basil salad

Fried Zucchini with Progresso bread crumbs

How to eat an Artichoke

BLT Pasta Salad Recipe, Quick and easy perfect meal for a hot summer day #pasta #BLT #Summer Recipe #saladBLT pasta salad

Caramel Apple salad ~ made with fresh apples

Dessert

brownies with zucchiniBrownies with hidden Zucchini

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