This recipe is absolute GENIUS. It was a genius idea for me to make it on Super Bowl Sunday too. I am usually cooking while my family is watching the game- and commercials- in another room. This year, the meal was cooked and ready to go; it was kept warm in the pressure cooker with the lid in place while I was sitting on the sofa with everyone. 🙂
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. I increased the garlic and used ground turkey and whole wheat spaghetti. I also made it in my stove top pressure cooker instead of an Instant Pot. We enjoyed it with garlic bread and Caesar salad. Great.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
For the Sauce:
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2-4 garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
- ¼ teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 basil sprigs, plus more thinly sliced for serving
- 8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti (not thin spaghetti), broken in half
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
- 1 cup ricotta (optional)
For the Meatballs:
- 1 pound ground turkey (or substitute veal, pork or beef)
- ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- 2 tablespoons chopped basil
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 to 2 garlic cloves, finely grated or minced
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a stove top pressure cooker or Instant Pot on sauté. Stir in garlic, red pepper and black pepper, and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.
- Stir in tomatoes, salt and basil sprigs; cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, make the meatballs: In a large bowl, mix together ground meat, bread crumbs, Parmesan, chopped basil, egg, salt and garlic. Roll into 1 1/4-inch balls. (I used a large cookie scoop and placed them on a large plate, shaping them into balls when I placed them into the pot.)
- Pour 1 cup water into sauce in pot, scraping up any browned bits on bottom of pot.
- Scatter uncooked spaghetti over the sauce.
- Drizzle remaining 1 tablespoon oil over spaghetti, stirring gently (try to keep the spaghetti on top of the sauce), then top with meatballs.
- Cover and cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Manually release the pressure, then remove the cover and stir to separate the spaghetti.
- Stir in 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
- At this point, the pasta will be almost but not quite cooked through. Place the top back on the pressure cooker (loosely) and let it sit for 3 to 10 minutes, until the sauce has thickened and spaghetti is al dente but not mushy.
- Serve dolloped with ricotta, if using, and sprinkled with thinly sliced basil and more Parmesan if you like.
Posted in Holiday, Pasta, Pressure Cooker, Quick, Recipes
Tags: basil, dinner, ground beef, ground turkey, Instant Pot, Italian, meatballs, parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano, pasta, pressure cooker, ricotta, spaghetti, Super Bowl, whole wheat
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This classic recipe is going to be my new go-to chili. It was easy to prepare, a little bit lighter, using ground turkey and omitting cheese, and is only mildly spicy- a crowd-pleaser. The heat can easily be increased by adjusting the amount of chili powder to taste. It had a wonderful combination of seasonings including cinnamon and cocoa powder.
I used all white beans but this dish would be delicious with any type of beans or an interesting combination. 🙂 We ate it over brown rice with cornbread and green salad on the side. It would be perfect to serve at a Super Bowl feast!
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit. It was part of a “sleeper hit recipe” collection from the magazines’ archives. The collection contains tried and true favorite recipes from back in the day that may be passed over due to blurry, low-resolution (aka unappealing!) photos. I’m happy that they brought them to my attention. I’ll have to try others. 🙂
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
- 4 T chili powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp coarse salt, plus more to taste
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 3 cups chicken stock or beef stock
- 1 cup (8 oz) tomato sauce
- 3 15-ounce cans small white beans, such as Cannellini, rinsed, drained (or any combination of beans such as kidney and/or black beans)
- thinly sliced red onion, for garnish
- chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
- plain low-fat yogurt or light sour cream, for garnish
- Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions; sauté until light brown and tender, about 10 minutes.
- Add oregano and cumin; stir 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high.
- Add turkey; stir until no longer pink, breaking up with back of spoon.
- Stir in chili powder, bay leaves, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon. Add tomatoes with their juices, breaking up with back of spoon. Mix in stock and tomato sauce. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add beans to chili and simmer until flavors blend, about 10 minutes longer.
- Discard bay leaves. Taste and adjust seasoning, as desired.
- Ladle chili into bowls. Pass red onion, cilantro and yogurt/sour cream toppings separately.
Note: Chili be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium-low heat before serving with toppings.
Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Holiday, Recipes, Soups, Stews, & Chowders
Tags: black beans, cannellini beans, chili, cilantro, cocoa, cocoa powder, cumin, dinner, ground turkey, kidney beans, lighter, red onion, stew, Super Bowl
Who isn’t a fan of an ice cream sandwich? We love every variation in my house, so, naturally, I had to try this version using vanilla cupcake tops.
This recipe was adapted from Food and Wine, contributed by Candace Nelson. I made the cupcake tops using a muffin top pan to give them more surface area- genius, right?
We gobbled up these all-American treats for dessert during the Super Bowl this year. I filled half with salted caramel gelato and half with vanilla bean ice cream. The vanilla ice cream-filled sandwiches were our favorite.
Yield: Serves 6
- Preheat the oven to 325°, preferably on convection. Coat a standard muffin pan or a muffin top pan with cooking oil spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt.
- In a small bowl, whisk the milk with the vanilla.
- In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter with the sugar
at medium-high speed, scraping down the bowl once or twice, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- At medium-low speed, beat in the eggs one at a time until incorporated.
- At low-speed, beat in the dry ingredients and the milk mixture in 3 alternating additions until smooth.
- Spoon about 1/4 cup of the batter into each prepared cup.
- Bake the cupcakes for 15 minutes if using a muffin top pan, or about 18 to 25 minutes in a standard pan, until a toothpick inserted in
the centers comes out clean.
- Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then cool
completely on a wire rack, about 1 hour.
- Working with 1 cupcake at a time, carefully slice off the cake top. Reserve
the cupcake bottom for another use.
- Arrange the top smooth side down
on a platter. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes. Freeze the tops for 1 hour.
- Spread 1/4 cup of the ice cream
onto each of 6 cupcake tops.
- Close the sandwiches with the remaining cupcake tops and gently press together. Wrap individually in plastic wrap.
- Freeze for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Note: The ice cream sandwiches can be wrapped in plastic and frozen for up to 1 week. Let soften at room temperature for 10 minutes before serving.
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Posted in Baking, Cupcakes, Good Sweets, Good Eats (Desserts), Holiday, Ice Cream, Recipes
Tags: cupcake tops, cupcakes, dessert, gelato, ice cream sandwiches, muffin tops, pistachio, salted caramel, sorbet, Super Bowl, vanilla, vanilla cupcakes
I love a quick skillet dinner- especially on a weeknight. This delicious family friendly meal is from my friend Mollie @Frugal Hausfrau. I have made it a couple of times, most recently for our Super Bowl celebration. Our meal has to complement the mandatory Super Bowl guacamole. 🙂
Even though it could be served as is straight from the skillet, we ate it in both soft and hard shell tacos. (The hard shells won as the favorite, by the way.) I think that eating it as a pre-mixed taco filling made it even more of a crowd-pleaser. I modified the recipe by using ground turkey and by increasing the beans, onions, and garlic. Great!
Yield: Serves 8
- 1.25 pounds ground turkey or ground beef
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, to taste
- 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Sriracha
- 1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes (I used Trader Joe’s fire roasted diced tomatoes)
- 1/4 cup salsa (I used Trader Joe’s garlic chipotle salsa)
- 1 can (15.5 oz) black beans, rinsed
- 3/4 cup white Basmati rice
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack
- 1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
- hard or soft taco shells, for serving, if desired
- 1/4 cup sliced scallions, for garnish, as desired
- sliced avocado, for garnish, as desired
- chopped cilantro, for garnish, as desired
- In a large skillet with a lid, over medium high heat, add ground meat and cook, crumbling as it cooks.
- As soon as it starts to give up the juices, add in the onion and bell pepper, continuing to cook until the vegetables have softened and the meat is cooked through.
- Add the garlic, stirring for a minute or so until it becomes fragrant.
- Add the chili powder, cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper; briefly stir.
- Stir in tomatoes with the juice, salsa, black beans, and hot sauce.
- Toss the rice on top and add the 1 1/4 cup of water. Gently stir together, bring to a boil.
- Cover with lid and reduce to a bare simmer. Cook for 25 minutes until rice is just done. If possible, don’t lift the lid or stir until rice is finished.
- Turn off the heat. Using a spatula, gently turn the mixture from top to bottom. Add cheese to the top. Cover with lid and let sit for five minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
- Serve in warm taco shells garnished with green onions, avocado, and/or minced cilantro, as desired.
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Posted in Casserole, Holiday, Recipes, Tacos
Tags: avocado, black beans, cheddar, cilantro, dinner, easy, ground beef, ground turkey, kid-friendly dinner, Mexican, Monterey Jack, one-pot, scallions, skillet, sriracha, Super Bowl, Tacos
This is the last “soup” that I have to share (for now!) in my cozy soup series. 😉 It would be perfect for any Super Bowl Sunday feast. It was layered with flavor.
The recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Sam Sifton. The original recipe was adapted from the one that a Louisiana firefighter named Jeremy Chauvin entered into a national cook-off run by Hormel Foods in 2017, and that took home the prize for America’s Best Firehouse Chili. It uses a roux as a base, making it a chili “gumbo.” I substituted ground turkey for the ground beef.
Yield: Serves 8 to 10
For the Chili:
- 2 tablespoons neutral oil, like canola or grapeseed
- 3 pounds ground beef or ground turkey, ideally coarse-ground
- 1 tablespoon coarse salt
- 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons chile powder
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3 tablespoons steak sauce (I substituted soy sauce)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes
For the Gumbo:
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 large yellow onion, peeled and diced
- 2 medium shallots, peeled and diced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
- 3 ribs celery, trimmed and diced
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 6-ounce cans tomato paste
- 2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
- 1 to 2 cups tomato juice
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon apple-cider vinegar, or to taste
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce, or to taste
- sliced scallions, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and/or tortilla chips, for garnish, as desired
- corn bread or corn muffins, optional
- Make the chili. Heat the oil in a large skillet or heavy-bottomed pot set over medium-high heat. (I used an enameled cast iron pot.)
- Working in batches, cook the ground meat, stirring often, until it has begun to brown at the edges. Using a slotted spoon, transfer browned meat to a bowl.
- Pour off excess fat, turn heat down to medium and return the browned meat to the skillet or pot.
- Add salt, peppers, chile powder, turmeric, oregano and cumin, and stir to combine.
- Add steak sauce/soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and diced tomatoes, and stir again. Cover the skillet or pot, and cook, stirring a few times, for 15 minutes or so.
- Make the gumbo. Place a large pot with a heavy bottom over medium heat, and put the butter and oil into it. When the butter is melted and foaming, sprinkle the flour into the pan, and whisk to combine. Continue whisking until the mixture is golden brown, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
- Add the onion, shallots, bell peppers, celery and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables have started to soften, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
- Make the chili gumbo. Add the beef mixture to the pot with the vegetables along with the tomato paste, tomato sauce, tomato juice and ketchup, and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 45 minutes, then add apple-cider vinegar and hot sauce to taste.
- Take the pot off the heat, and serve, or allow to cool and refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to cure. Heat before serving.
- Serve garnished with scallions, shredded cheese, and/or tortilla chips, as desired.
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Tags: apple cider vinegar, bell peppers, chili, firehouse, ground beef, ground turkey, gumbo, ketchup, roux, shallots, Super Bowl, tomatoes, turmeric, Worcestershire sauce, yellow bell peppers
When a family friend posted a link to this “tried and true” recipe on Facebook, I knew that I was going to make it for sure. Not only is she a wonderful cook, but she also endorsed it by saying that she’s been making it for ten years!
This hearty and healthy stew-like soup is really another wonderful variation of vegetarian chili. The recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Molly O’Neill. I increased the amount of carrots, omitted the cayenne pepper, and cut the carrots prior to roasting in order to decrease the preparation time.
We ate it as a stew served over brown Basmati rice and topped it with Greek yogurt (others with sour cream) to temper the heat. The author suggested extending the ragout with either coconut milk or stock to give it a soup-like consistency, if desired. Yum!
- 2 pounds carrots, peeled, cut in half and quartered
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 medium onion, sliced thin
- ¾ teaspoon ancho chili powder
- ¾ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
- 1 cup red lentils
- 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- brown Basmati rice, for serving, optional
- plain Greek yogurt or sour cream, for serving, optional
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, preferably on convection roast.
- Lay the carrots in a roasting pan and toss with 3 tablespoons oil. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of pepper. Roast for 12 minutes.
- Turn the carrots, add the onion and roast an additional 15 minutes, until the carrots are brown and tender.
- When carrots are cool enough, cut them in 1/4-inch dice.
- Warm 2 tablespoons oil in a saucepan. Add the carrot-and-onion mixture, the chili powders and the cayenne pepper, if using. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
- Stir in the lentils. Add the stock and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes, until the lentils are falling apart.
- Season with remaining salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with rice, or as a thick soup. Garnish with yogurt or sour cream to temper the heat.
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Posted in Recipes, Soups, Stews, & Chowders, Vegetarian
Tags: ancho chile powder, carrots, chili, chili powder, chipotle chile powder, legumes, lentils, Mediterranean, ragout, red lentil, roasted carrots, soup, stew, Super Bowl, vegan, vegetarian