Hearty Minestrone

Hearty Minestrone
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • ½ cup water, more if needed
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup elbow macaroni
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix onion, garlic, and ground beef. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  2. Transfer ground beef mixture to a stockpot. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and carrots. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until carrots are partially cooked (about 10 minutes). Add zucchini, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper; and simmer until carrots are tender, (about 10 more minutes).
  3. Stir macaroni into soup; simmer until macaroni is cooked through but firm to the bite (about 10 minutes). Garnish with Parmesan cheese to serve.

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Italian Meatloaf

Bill loves this meatloaf.  However, when trying to get it out of the pan, the bottom did stick a little (so you may have to spray the pan down first).  It also drained off the grease while it was cooking (about half way through and again when I pulled it out of the oven).

 

Italian Meatloaf
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup dry bread crumbs (I'm going to try a full cup next time I make this)
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Italian-style seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained (I used the ones with basil and oregano flavoring)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs and ketchup. Add in the Italian-style seasoning, oregano, basil, garlic salt, diced tomatoes and cheese. Press into a 9x5 inch loaf pan, and cover loosely with foil.
  3. Bake 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

We recently got a part of a cow that was butchered. With one of the roasts we received, we tried to make Italian beef for sandwiches. Now, no school (even girls schools) really teaches you how to make a good Italian beef sandwich.  This was our first attempt, and I have to admit it was pretty darn good.

 

Slow Cooker Italian Beef
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 3 - 5 lb roast
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix broth, salt, ground black pepper, oregano, basil, onion salt, parsley, garlic powder, bay leaf, and salad dressing.
  2. Place the roast in slow cooker, and pour the salad dressing mixture over the meat.
  3. Cover, and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours. About an hour before you plan to serve, remove the bay leaf, and shred meat with a fork. Cover and cook for another hour. Serve when ready.