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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Holstein Housewares Pound Cake Maker Giveaway and A Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe Too!

I love things that make my life easier. Who doesn’t? I also love things that make baking desserts easier and not heating up my entire house. That is why I am currently in love with my Holstein Housewares Pound Cake Maker!

pound cake maker

You can seriously make pound cake now in about 10 minutes, and that’s including preheating! It took me longer to find the ingredients in my pantry than it did to make a pound cake!

pound cake sliced

Seriously! Literally, you mix the ingredients together, add to the Holstein Housewares Pound Cake Maker, wait about 8-10 minutes and done! I frosted and decorated after it cooled off. I’m including the pound cake recipe I used, because I never knew I could make chocolate pound cake! Also, let me just say, yum.

Chocolate Pound Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup water
  • 1¾ tsp salt
  • 1¾ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients together.
  2. Slowly add wet ingredients.
  3. Add to Holstein Housewares Pound Cake Maker and bake for 8-10 minutes.

This pound cake maker is so easy to use. I will be making pound cakes to take camping with us this weekend. That’s how good and easy they are to make! Since I am in love, I want one of you to get one of these too. I have arranged for one lucky winner to win one! Here’s what you need to do:

Holstein Housewares Pound Cake Maker Giveaway

Ground Beef Stew

Ground Beef Stew
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 3 carrots, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into ¾-inch chunks
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 8 wedges
  • 16 oz. beef broth
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Combine ground beef, salt and pepper and brown. Drain.
  2. Add carrots, potatoes, onion and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Stir in zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, thyme and Worcestershire sauce. Cook 5 to 10 minutes
  4. Combine water and flour in a bowl. Gradually add to stew and stir. Stir until bubbly and thickened.