Lasagna Soup

With temperatures starting to head downwards and into the negatives, it’s nice to warm yourself up with a delicious bowl of soup. In making this soup I found it to be one of the most flavourful soups I think I have ever had. This soup is delicious, packed with flavor, and is a sure fire way to warm you up on those cold winter nights. I stumbled upon this recipe while looking on Pinterest. I found this recipe on a farmgirl’s dabbles‘s blog. I did, however, change up just a couple things. This soup pairs really well with a loaf of french bread but is also really good by itself.

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Directions

  1. Place olive oil in a large pot over meat.
  2. Add in sausage, making sure that you break it into small pieces, and brown (about 5 minutes)
  3. Add onions into the pot and cook until softened (about 6 minutes)
  4. Add garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook (about 1 minute)
  5. Add in tomato paste and stir well to incorporate and cook (3-4 minutes, or until tomato paste turns a reddish brown color)
  6. Add in diced tomatoes (I used fire-roasted garlic if you would rather you can use just plain fire roasted tomatoes, I found with having garlic ones it adds to the flavor), bay leaves, and chicken stock making sure you stir until ingredients are all combined.
  7. Bring the ingredients to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer for 30 minutes
  8. Once the 30 minutes is about up, start cooking your pasta. I found that it is just easier to cook the noodles in a separate pot to prevent overcooking. Also if you like your soup more noodles, I suggest making 1 1/2-2 boxes of noodles.
  9. While noodles cook: start making the cheese topping. In a small bowl, stir ricotta, parmesan, salt, and pepper together, making sure everything is evenly incorporated.
  10. Once noodles and cheese are done, ladle desired amount of broth and noodles into your bowl then add a spoonful of the cheese topping onto the top of your soup. To img_4930finish off your bowl you can sprinkle some basil and extra shredded parmesan on top.

 

Soup:

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs. Italian sausage
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 28-oz. can fire roasted (plain or garlic) died tomatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 8oz. Mafalda or fusilli pasta
  • 1/4-1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • optional salt and pepper, to taste

Cheese Topping:

  • 8 oz. (1 cup) ricotta cheese (I used part-skim)
  • 1/2 grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pinch of ground pepper

 

ashley
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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

What’s life without a good chocolate chip cookie? Especially one that comes fresh out of the oven… cue the heart eyes and mouth watering face. Anyway since I have been little chocolate chip cookies are the one thing that has been my absolute favorite. The secret to these delicious cookies is something very simple yet, makes a difference. Usually, chocolate chip cookie recipes call for normal table salt,  but in this recipe, I use sea salt. The difference is subtle but you get a bit more of that sweet and salty mix that will surely make your taste buds do a happy dance. In this recipe, I have also included the double batch which is what I usually make when I make mine. With the double batch, you should get about 20 large cookies.

So here we go…

 

You are going to start all of the necessary prep work before you begin making your cookies. You will start by taking out ingredients, measuring cups/measuring spoons (1 cup, 1/4 cup, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon), cookie sheet(s), and one-two prep bowls (one if you will be using a stand mixer, two bowls if you will not be).

before starting with any of the food you will need to…

1. preheat your oven to 350° F.

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Once you have set your oven next we will begin working with the ingredients.

 

 

2.In a separate bowl, which will become your ‘dry ingredients bowl’ you will need to mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Put this bowl to the side until later on when you will be needing it to mix into the ‘wet ingredients’

img_4852-13. In a stand mixer or your ‘wet ingredients bowl,’ you will need to beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla together.   TIP: if your take the butter out of the fridge or freezer, place it in the microwave at 1/2 power (defrost) for 15 seconds. Check your butter to see if it is now softened. If the butter is still hard, place it in the microwave for another 15 seconds at 1/2 power. Make sure that you do not melt your butter in the microwave

 

4. Once you  have completed step 3, add eggs; and beat well making sure ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.

5. Slowly add in dry ingredients to your wet ingredients making sure you incorporate all of the ingredients together. If you are using a Kitchen-Aid mixer I like to put it on the first or second setting as I slowly dump in the ingredients.

6. Once the wet and dry ingredients have been incorporated add in the chocolate chips, this can be done with a spoon or on a slow mixer setting (I like to use the speed 1 or 2 on my kitchen aid mixer). Make sure you do not over mix your cookie dough.

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7. Once everything is mixed in I like to take a medium- Pampered Chef scoop (about 2 Tablespoons) to scoop out the cookie dough onto my cookie sheets.

 

8. Place your cookie sheet in the oven and bake 8-10 minutes.

 

img_48729. Optional– once you take the cookies out of the oven take a pinch of the sea salt and sprinkle over the cookies for an even more sweet and salty taste.

While making these cookies I experimented with the pan I used a little bit. For the first batch, I used a Pampered Chef stoneware cookie sheet. This made my cookies very thin with a crunchy outside. If you like your cookies thin than I suggest trying a stoneware pan out. The other pan I used was a regular nonstick baking sheet I believe that I bought it at Walmart. This made my cookies thicker. When I make my cookies I usually tend to like them thicker, but it’s all what you prefer.

This recipe is pretty simple and gives you mouthwatering cookies that everyone in your house will surely enjoy! Make sure you grab one once they had a couple minutes to cool because once everyone hears you made fresh chocolate chip cookies they will surely disappear in minutes. I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you have any comments, tips, or anything else you would like to share, please comment.

 

Ingredient list— Single batch

‘dry ingredients’

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

‘wet ingredients’

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter–do not melt

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 cups chocolate chips

Ingredient list— Double batch

4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 cups (4 sticks) softened butter

1-1/2 cups packed light brown sugar

1-1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 eggs

4 cups cholate chips

ashley