Fall Comfort

Hello, I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying fall. Please say you’re enjoying fall, I miss out on it in So Cal! Missing the crisp air at this time of the year doesn’t keep me from enjoying fall recipes. I have an easy comfort food that you can enjoy throughout the upcoming week and it smells great. We all know fall is about the smells 😉

First, I get out my trusty crockpot. I use a Ninja crockpot because it has a stove stop function as well as a slow cook function. But this can be done with any crock pot or on a low simmer via the stove top. This is a mix-up on an old favorite. All day spaghetti sauce is full of flavor and is great to make in bulk so it can be enjoyed in the days to come. This can me made easy by using store bought ingredients or make it from scratch, this is your masterpiece. I used store bought ingredients because I was looking for simple comfort. Let’s go see the next steps.

Next, either find your spaghetti sauce recipe or buy a favorite. My family favorite is Prego Traditional (I don’t leave it at just the jar). My family loves a good meat sauce as well, so let’s start there. Ok, the crock pot is out and you have your sauce. Now, get some Italian spices fresh or jar. Don’t forget the Bay Leaf! Please don’t forget the garlic and fresh onion (I use a purple onion). Now we are ready for the step by step. Look Below.

  1. Chop the onion and garlic or use pre chopped garlic. Warm the crock pot using the high heat stove stop function then put the onion and garlic in the pot (remember I am using the one pot method) Place your meat on top so the flavors can get inside the meat. Add a pinch of Italian spices. Cook the meat as you normally would for a meat sauce. Once browned you can either drain or continue to cook down (This is my favorite especially if using turkey).
  2. Now is the time to add the sauce, stir everything together (still on the stove top function) Add more Italian spices and drop the Bay leaf on top. Switch to the slow cooker function (low) and walk away.
  3. Check on it about halfway through if you can, if not don’t worry the crock pot will do its job. I stir everything with a wooden spoon and scrape the sides of the pot during this halfway point. Add more spices if I feel it needs it (we eat flavorful), and walk away again. My low slow cooker function is an 8 hour timer and warms for an hour after.
  4. Once the beautifully smelling sauce is done, I keep it in the pot and start cooking the noodles on my stove top. I put in a loaf of garlic bread or whip up a side salad.
  5. ENJOY! And enlist your helpers to do the dishes. You have been cooking all day 🙂

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite fall comfort food is. I love my crock pot this time of the year. The house is full of fall aromas and cooking is made more simple.

If I have inspired you please tag me on your social media #sewmuchglitter with your version of this fall comfort favorite. I am active on Instagram/Facebook so please check it out @sewmuchglitter and say HI! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you are notified of new posts. I love to gain inspiration from others and I enjoy inspiring you as well, if you have any fun fall traditions let me know. I am excited to share more of mine with you soon!

Sewmuchglitter

Sunday Dinner

Hello and happy Sunday! I hope everyone finds themselves well. With a light at the end of a tunnel there is still a ways to go. If you are like me, you are sick of cooking and cleaning up during this time at home. I miss a few favorite resturants, and we also find odd things in our pantry or the fridge after stocking up. Let’s get creative! I love soup and I could eat it for any meal. My favorite soup when dining out comes from the Olive Garden but my family does not feel the same way. This prompts me to get creative. I enjoy using my crock pot or insta pot for this reciepe, there is less clean up, those odd foods find a purpose and it satisfies my taste for the Olive Garden.

Minestrone soup is my favorite soup and has many variations. Please enjoy this recipe and substitute aspects as you like. The basics of minestrone soup are tomatoes, vegetables and pasta or a variation of. Here are the ingredients I use for my soup:

  1. Ground Turkey 1-2 lbs
  2. Onion, Garlic, Salt, Pepper, Italian seasonings and Bay leaf
  3. Chicken stock 2-4 Cups (broth, bullion or water will work but season accordingly)
  4. Red Kidney beans drained
  5. Can diced tomatoes ( I choose seasoned)
  6. Vegetables! 1/2C-1C as desired: chopped celery, sliced carrots, chopped zucchini, chopped frozen spinach
  7. Pasta: elbow macaroni, tortellini and shells are all great options. We are ready to get cooking!

Whatever cooking method you choose, remember that you want the flavors to marry so it has that home cooked (I’ve been cooking all day) kind of taste. I use my crock pot and simmer on low for about six hours. I have a ninja crock pot that also has a stove top function.

  1. chop the onion and garlic toss it in the pot to let sweat on low. Add the ground turkey and brown. Start adding the seasonings (I start with 1 teaspoon of each) Stir together but don’t add the bay leaf until the end.
  2. Add the chopped vegetables followed by the tomatoes (not drained) kidney beans and stir.
  3. I now add my chicken stock, stir and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. I turn my crock pot to low (remember I was on low stove top function) and add the pasta, stir and top off with 1 bay leaf. If you desire, add more seasonings. Set a timer for 4-6 hours and walk away!

This is a perfect Sunday dinner or midweek pick me up meal. It’s great to serve with garlic toast and/or salad. We love Parmesan cheese so we top our bowls off with shredded Parmesan. The leftovers are a hit and I mix up my ingredients so it feels like a new recipe when my love of soup isn’t shared. Some great substitutions are frozen vegetables, no meat, pancetta, cheese stuffed tortellini or rainbow rotini.

Don’t foget to check me out on Facebook/Instagram for other projects. Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite easy recipe is. If you try this delicious minestrone soup, show me (tag me @sewmuchglitter) I can’t wait to see yours!

HAVE A GREAT DAY AND STAY WELL!

Carrie F.

sewmuchglitter