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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Easy Meatloaf

Easy Meatloaf
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons barbeque sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ⅔ cup dry bread crumbs
  • ⅓ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 5x9 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the egg, ketchup, barbeque sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, onion, parsley, garlic, and seasoned salt. Mix in ground beef, bread crumbs, and Cheddar cheese. Spread into the loaf pan. I also added an additional 2 tbsp of bbq sauce over the top of the meatloaf.
  3. Bake 55 minutes in the preheated oven till the internal temperature reaches at lease 160 degrees F.

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1 lb Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed.
2 cups onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups sliced mushrooms
4 cups chicken broth
15 oz can Italian seasoned diced tomatoes
15 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup mafalada pasta (bowtie or rotini noodles can also be used)
2 cups fresh spinach chopped
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Garnish: 4 T fresh basil sliced

In a soup pot over medium heat, crumble sausage and cook until no longer pink; drain. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms; cook and stir until tender. Add broth, tomatoes with juice and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil; add pasta. Simmer until pasta is just barely tender, about 11 minutes; stir in spinach and cheeses. Remove from heat; allow to cool. Garnish individual servings with basil. Serves 6.

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