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Italian Chili Soup, Netta Belle’s Choice

Chili soup is an all time favorite and one popular for contest of “Who makes the best Chili”. Chili is a favorite at my house, however, having tried the Mediterranean herbs, Italian Chili Soup has become our favorite.  It seems once away from the hot pepper spices of chili powder it is hard to go back to the hot, spicy and spirited chili.  But we like chili! Iitalian chili soup X.JPG 1

Italian Chili Soup
 
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A fantastic new flavor for chili soup. Enjoy a delicious bend of Mediterranean herbs, beans, ground turkey and ground sausage for a winter time treat.
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Recipe type: Soups
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ½ pound ground sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups low-fat chicken broth
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 ounce can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 11-12 black olives, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Flavour-Enhancer Spice Blend
  • 1 teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • Perorino Romano Cheese
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  2. Saute ground turkey and ground sausage until browned and crumbled.
  3. Pour meat onto a toweling paper to absorb the grease.
  4. In a large kettle, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  5. Add the onion and garlic, cook 5 minutes or until onion is soft and translucent.
  6. Add the meat to the onions.
  7. Pour in the ketchup, balsamic vinegar, both, tomatoes and juice.
  8. Cook for 20 minutes.
  9. Stir in the beans, olive slices, tomato paste, herbs and spices.
  10. Heat for another 30 minutes.
  11. Serve chili with 1 tablespoon of Perorino Romano Cheese on top.
Notes
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Italian Chili Soup

Italian Chili Soup, Netta Belle’s Choice

This is the fix!   Why not have chili and the Mediterranean herb flavor.

Additions for your Italian Chili Meal:

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Green Beans, Red Potatoes and Pasta


Green Beans, Red Potatoes and Pasta

     Fresh green beans from the garden are crisp, delicious seasoned with oil, lemon, pecorino romano cheese, and herbs. Many cook fresh green beans ‘all day’ with bacon or ham and maybe with potatoes.  The idea was canned and overcooked green beans were  best!  My thoughts of frozen green beans just didn’t have the right taste.

     Seasoned potatoes, steaming pasta and warm fresh bread are considered comfort foods in times of stress.  Foods higher in carbohydrates causes changes in the brain; serotonin, a brain chemical for giving feelings of well-being, is increased. Stress drains the serotonin in the brain giving rise to negative feelings.  Coffee, chocolate, and sweets are first thought for stress, however the sense of well-being is short-lived with a sugar-high, blood sugar level drops leaving frazzled. feelings.*  Green beans are rich in nutrients of folate, manganese and vitamins: C, K, A, B6.  Pasta is a complex carbohydrate as potatoes.  They are digested slowly providing energy over long period of time.³

Green Beans, Red Potatoes and Pasta

Green Beans, Red Potatoes and Pasta

Green Beans, Red Potatoes and Pasta
 
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A comfort food dish of pasta and fresh green beans and red potatoes and light sauce.
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Recipe type: Vegetables and Pasta
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 quarts of water
  • 4 cups fresh green beans (about ½ pound)
  • 2-3 cups red potatoes, sliced ¼ inch
  • 8 ounces farfalle pasta
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 1 tablespoons celery, diced
  • ½ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Red Pepper Flakes
  • ½ teaspoon Netta Belle's Choice Pure Granulated Black Pepper
  • Netta Belle's Choice Purified Pacific Ocean Sea Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons salt-free butter
  • ½ cup pasta water
  • ¼ cup grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Bring water to boil in large kettle.
  2. Add green beans, bring back to boil 6 minutes.
  3. Remove with a slotted spoon, drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking.
  4. Set beans aside.
  5. Add potatoes to same water, cook until soft.
  6. Remove potatoes with slotted spoon, drain and set aside.
  7. Add pasta to vegetable water cook per package instructions.
  8. When al dente, save 1 cup pasta water.
  9. Drain pasta and rinse briefly with cold water
  10. Heat olive oil and butter in 12-inch skillet.
  11. Cook onion, garlic and celery until soft and onion translucent.
  12. Add green beans, potatoes and pasts to skillet.
  13. Sprinkle seasonings, except cheese, and pasta water over and stir to blend,
  14. care not to mash potatoes.
  15. Simmer to heat through.
  16. Pour into serving dish or serve from the skillet.
  17. Sprinkle the cheese over the vegetables and pasta.
Notes
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Serve a simple salad: spring lettuces, tomato, avocado, green onion and black olives with your favorite salad dressing.

                                                 Tomato Avocado Salad
                      Tomato Avocado Salad

Reference:
*Yeager, Selene and the Editors of Prevention®, 2007. The Doctors Book® of Food Remedies.  New York: Rodale, Inc. (Yeager 2007, p. 600)

 

 

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(July 19, 2013)

 

Planting Kitchen Herbs for Preserving

Pot is ready for setting out the herbs.  Planting kitchen herbs in containers.

Planter is setting in the full sun, with some afternoon shade.Planter is setting in the full sun, with some afternoon shade. This has 2 parsley on the left, 3 basil in the center and 1 variegated oregano in front.  These herbs are often identified as Mediterranean  selection.

Because this was a large plant and will grow taller, it was placed in separate pot.

Because this was a large plant and will grow taller, it was placed in separate pot. Rosemary will be used  on meat, poultry, fish, pasta and some vegetables.

This is a trial and error pot.  There may be too much spreading of these plants for the pot.

This is a trial and error pot. There may be too much spreading of the large leaf Greek oregano and smaller leaf English thyme. Oregano and thyme are used in soups, on meats, or pasta dishes.

Planted herbs for preserving

Oregano, basil & parsley planting & ready for preserving

 Containers of fresh herbs are ready for  using. They can be grown in the house if there is sunlight and warm. Planting kitchen herbs for preserving can be done by drying, storing in glass jars or freeze.

Drying herbs

Drying herbs in a hot and dry place                                                                                  

Jars of dried herbs

Jars of dried herbs: parsley, thyme, oregano & rosemary                                                                                                  

Rosemary & thyme for freezing

Ready to freeze rosemary and thyme                                                                                                                                                                                                                           cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® Spices, bring you great recipes, outstanding herbs and spices for your cooking experience.

Netta Belle's Choice 6 pack of Herbs and Spices

Netta Belle’s Choice 6 pack of Herbs and Spices

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