Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Perfect rainy day meal

Today we had the perfect meal for a windy, rainy, cold day. Pasta Fajoili soup, herb drop biscuits, and blueberry cobbler with fresh whipped cream. The weather quickly turned this morning and so after A finished a few chapter of "Little House in the Big Woods" while I was making lunch, she quickly went to work creating the cabin right there in our living room....complete with bar-stool turned hollow tree for smoking meats, and fish from her fishing game strung up on yarn and hanging inside over the yellow dish towel and driftwood fire. It was a great afternoon and we even decided to use vegetables form our root cellar (read pantry and fridge) to create a fabulous soup while pa (read dad) was out hunting (read working LOL). Here is the recipe for this delicious soup.

1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion- chopped
4 medium carrots thinly sliced (match sticks)
3/4 to 1 cup diced celery
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 cup cooked white beans
1 cup cooked red kidney beans
1 cup water
32 oz beef broth
1 jar marinara sauce
1 1/2 tsp oregano
5 tsp fresh parsley
dash pepper
4 oz dried macaroni pasta ( I actually think this would be better using smaller noodles, but hey you work with what the store sells out her in the bush LOL)

Brown beef in large stock pot until almost browned. Add in onions, carrots and celery. Saute. Add in 2 cans diced tomatoes. Simmer for 10 mins. Stir in beans, water, beef broth, marina sauce, oregano, parsley and pepper. Stir. Add dried pasta. Simmer 45 mins to 1 hour until vegetables are tender.

I served this topped with shredded parmigiana cheese and a side of herb drop biscuits A and I stirred together.

It was the perfect meal for a rainy evening and we followed it with blueberry cobbler and fresh whipped cream. Yumm!

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