Monday, October 15, 2007

Week 33 Recipes

Pizza Margerita

-your favorite pizza crust
-fresh mozzarella, sliced thinly
-fresh tomatoes, sliced thinly
-fresh basil
-olive oil
-parmesan cheese (optional)

This is about as simple as pizza can get! Drizzle a bit of olive oil on your favorite pizza crust. Top with sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and basil. Bake until done. Serve with parm cheese, if desired.

Zuppa Toscana
Clone of Olive Garden's soup (serves 6-8)

1 lb Italian sausage (ground)**
2 large or 3 medium russet baking potatoes**
1 large onion, diced
4 slices bacon, cooked & diced very small**
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups kale or swiss chard, chopped small
2 cans chicken broth
1 qt water
1 cup heavy whipping cream

In a skillet, cook sausage. Set aside. Peel potatoes and slice in half, then in 1/4 inch slices.

In a large pot, bring chicken broth and water to a boil. Add onion, potatoes and garlic. Cook on medium heat until potatoes are done.

Add sausage and bacon and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Turn to medium low heat, add cream and kale. Cook on low heat for another 10 minutes. Taste, then add needed salt and pepper.

**note: Next time I will use 3/4 lb sausage and 4 potatoes. This recipe makes it like Olive Garden, but we prefer more potatoes and less meat. For the bacon I use the pre-cooked bacon they have now in the stores. Then I just take out my 4 slices, microwave for 1 minute and dice. Easy-cheesy.

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