Friday, September 21, 2007

Zesty Turkey Tomato Soup

  • 1/4 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1 C Mexican diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 C uncooked whole wheat spiral pasta
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh basil
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp chopped jalapeno pepper, optional
  • shredded cheddar cheese, optional

1. In a large saucepan, cook the turkey, zucchini and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
2. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, pasta, basil, cumin, pepper and jalapeno if desired. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 13-15 minutes or until the pasta is tender. Garnish with cheese if desired.

Robyn's notes: I left the jalapeno pepper out because he and I are both of the opinion that too much spice in foods is just a way of covering up bad cooking. This was really spicy even without the pepper, so we were both glad I didn't use it. I used farfalle (bowtie) pasta because it was what I had in the house. There wasn't much liquid in the soup, but it was good anyway. And the liquid was the spiciest part.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lazy Lasagna

  • 1 C spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 C cottage cheese
  • 3/4 C shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 C cooked wide noodles
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

1. Warm spaghetti sauce; stir in cottage cheese and mozzarella. Fold in the noodles. Pour into two greased 2-cup casserole dishes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
2. Bake, uncovered, at 375°F for 20 minutes or until bubbly.

Robyn's notes: sooo easy! I used lasagna noodles broken in half before cooking them. Added: I've made this any number of times over about 13 years. It holds up. Mostly I use egg noodles, because I tend to have them on hand.

**** 4 Stars: Very Good. Enjoyed by us both, I will make this frequently