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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Mini Meatloaves

Mini Meatloaves
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 can (8 oz) Tomato Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 pound ground chuck beef (80% lean)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • ¾ cup Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside. Combine tomato sauce, brown sugar and mustard in small bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine all remaining ingredients in large bowl. Add ¼ cup reserved sauce mixture (from above) to meat mixture and mix in. Divide meat mixture evenly and place into prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake 25 minutes or until no longer pink in centers (165°F). Top each mini loaf with 1 tablespoons sauce; bake 5 minutes more or until sauce is set. Serve with remaining sauce.

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Smoked Sausage-Potato Hash

Smoked Sausage-Potato Hash
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 (1 pound) package smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 (32 ounce) package frozen Southern-style hash brown potatoes
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook sausage until browned. Remove from the skillet.
  2. Add the onion to the drippings in the skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat until tender but still crisp.
  3. Stir in the hash browns and heat through.
  4. Return sausage to the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and serve.