Tuscan Sausage Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a pretty regular occurance at our house it’s quick easy and can serve a large group when we need it to! So I prepared a variation on traditional spaghetti with this Tuscan Sausage version that includes red peppers and just a little tuscan spicy heat! Enjoy!

1lb spicy sausage casing removed

1 medium red bell pepper thinly sliced

1 md yellow onion thinly sliced

4 servings spaghetti noodles

2 tsp spicy tuscan seasoning

1 Tbsp chicken boullion

1 tbsp butter

1 can crushed stewed tomatoes

1/4c. Parmasan cheese

2 tsp. Parsley chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

In a large pot boil water seasoned with a little salt, once boiling add pasta and cook 9-10 minutes until soft. Drain pasta reserving 1c. of pasta water

While pasta is cooking, In a large sauce pan add 1Tbsp butter melt, and add onions, red peppers, and a tsp. of spicy tuscan seasoning. Cook until crisp tender 3-4min. Add sausage and cook crumble into pieces as it cooks. Once meat is cooked through add tomatoes, 1 tsp tuscan seasoning. Heat through add 3/4 c pasta water and chicken boullion. Allow to simmer until thickened.

In a large bowl combine pasta, and sauce. Toss to coat add 1/2 of the parsley and half of the parmesan cheese and stir into mixture. Add additional pasta water if too thick. Salt and pepper to taste. Coat noodles well. Plate up and add additional parmesan cheese and parsely as desired!

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Beef and Cheese Tostada’s

I have been seriously neglecting my blog this year. I apologize to my regular followers who are looking for new content. I have a ton of stuff saved up to share and tonight I’m going to start with a fresh and tasty dinner recipe for your family to enjoy!

Tostada’s remind me of a flat taco. They use the tortilla toasted so that it’s crispy and can act like a plate for all of the yummy toppings. This is a quick and easy to prepare meal that your family will be sure to love. Here’s what you need, Enjoy!

**Preheat oven to 450°F

1lb lean ground beef

1Tbsp southwest seasoning

1 tsp. chili powder

2 Tbsp. beef bouillon

1 small green pepper

1 small yellow onion

1 Roma tomato

2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

1 Lime

2 Tbsp. sour cream

1 tsp. Siracha hot sauce

8- small flour tortillas

1c. shredded Cheddar Jack cheese

salt, pepper, olive oil, and water

Dice the tomato, chopped cilantro if needed. Thinly slice half of the onion and finely chop the remaining half. Thinly slice the pepper, and quarter the lime. In a small bowl combine the tomato, onion, and cilantro. Squeeze the juice from half of the lime over the top and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

In a small bowl combine the Siracha hot sauce and sour cream, stir in a small amount of water until the mixture is thin and can be drizzled like a dressing.

In a medium sauce pan add a small amount of olive oil, beef, southwest seasoning, and chili powder. Stir until combined and meat is broken apart. Once cooked through add the thinly sliced onion and green pepper and cook until veggies are tender. Add beef bouillon and a 1/4 c of water stir over medium heat until thickened and set aside.

Prick the tortilla’s with a fork and drizzle with olive oil, place in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the oven for 3-4 minutes until brown and crispy, remove from the oven, turn the tortilla’s over and place back in the oven to toast the other side.

Once tortilla’s are toasted you can assemble you tostada. Layer tortilla, cheese, beef mixture and then top with homemade salsa and sour cream dressing. If desired you can add another squeeze of lime on top just before serving! Enjoy!!

Marble Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Sometimes it’s just nice to be in your kitchen. After a quick inventory I realized I had everything I needed to make a homemade marble cake with a light fluffy vanilla frosting. I literally had everything! Who can resist that!

This delicious cake is moist and not to heavy the vanilla and chocolate flavors are perfect together and the light marshmallowy frosting adds just enough sweetness. And I’m here to tell ya making a cake for no real reason other than just to have some cake is awesome!

Here’s what you need:

Cake

2 1/4c. Flour

1 2/3 c. Granulated sugar

3 1/2 tsp baking powder

2/3 c. Butter or Shortening

1 1/4c. Milk

1 tsp. Vanilla

5 egg whites

3 tbsp cocoa powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350°F Grease and flour a 9 x 13in glass cake pan.

Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder in a large mixing bowl add butter milk and vanilla mix on medium speed till well blended. Add egg whites and mix on high speed 2 minutes scraping the sides of the bowl as you mix. In a medium bowl reserve 1 2/3c. batter. Pour remaining batter into the cake pan. Add cocoa powder and baking soda to reserved batter mix well. Spoon onto the top of the vanilla batter and use a butter knife to swirl together for marble effect. Bake 40-45 minutes.

Frosting

2 room temperature egg whites

1/2 c granulated sugar

1/4c. Corn syrup

2 Tbsp. Water

1 tsp. Vanilla

In a large mixing bowl mix egg whites on high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside. In a medium sauce pan stir together sugar, corn syrup, and water. Heat to a boil covered. Uncover and boil 4-8 minutes or until candy thermometer reads 240°F. On medium speed slowly pour syrup mixture into the egg whites and mix until glossy peaks form. Add vanilla and mix well. Place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.

Cool cake completely before frosting. Enjoy!

Homemade pizza

Tonight’s menu…homemade pizza! I love the variety of ingredients that can be used to make fresh pizza. Everything from pineapple to pepperoni…veggies, and my favorite cheese! Pizza can bring something to the table for every appetite. 

Pizza’s creation dates back to ancient times when Neolithic people would add vegetables to flat bread to make them more palatable and the recipe grew developed and changed from era to era ever since! 

Modern day pizza is thought to have originated in Italy when the Queen consort of Italy, Margherita of Savoy,  and the Neapolitan pizzamaker Raffaele Esposito created the “Pizza Margherita“.

This dish consisted of a crust topped with basil mozzarella and tomato. The colors of Italy.
Enough history for tonight…here is a great recipe for pizza crust that doesn’t take long periods of rising and kneading to make a fabulously tasty crust. I add premade pizza sauce and the veggies and cheeses that we enjoy the most! 

Start with:

1 pkg dry active yeast

1 tsp. Granulated sugar

1c warm water

2.5c bread flour or all purpose flour

2 tbsp olive oil

1tsp salt

Preheat the oven to 450F, in a medium bowl stir together yeast sugar and warm water. Let stand for 10 min. Add flour, oil and salt. Beat until smooth and let rest for 5 min. 

Turn over onto a floured surface and roll it out into the desired shape. Transfer to a lightly greased pizza pan add toppings and bake 15-20minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!