Pasta Fagioli Kidney Bean
Pasta Fagioli Kidney Bean
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Another Italian recipe, and I like the use of the kidney beans, and I will prepare those from dry beans in my pressure cooker. I will adjust the prep and cook times after I make this. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Pasta Fagioli Kidney Bean
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Another Italian recipe, and I like the use of the kidney beans, and I will prepare those from dry beans in my pressure cooker. I will adjust the prep and cook times after I make this. On my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First, prepare the beans, you can certainly use canned beans or make from dry. I will use my pressure cooker for these.
  2. Place the fresh thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf in a a herb bag, or just use some cheesecloth tied with some kitchen twine. Set aside.
  3. In a thick walled pot, heat the oil on medium heat. When hot, add the onion, pancetta, and garlic. Saute until the onion is softened, then add the broth, beans, and herb bag. Cover and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, then remove and discard the herb bag.
  4. Remove 1 cup of beans and let cool for about 5 minutes, then mash with a potato masher or place in a blender and puree them. Set aside. These are used to thicken the soup.
  5. Add the dry pasta to the soup and bring to a boil and place the lid on, cook for about 10 minutes or until the pasta is tender, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  6. Add the mashed beans back to the pot and stir in, season the soup with black pepper to taste, and red pepper flakes if desired. Simmer for about 5 minutes.
  7. Serve with grated Parmesan for individuals to sprinkle on their own bowls. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Taco Soup
Taco Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended by her. Feel free to add or remove any of the ingredients. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Taco Soup
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This recipe comes from a good friend and is highly recommended by her. Feel free to add or remove any of the ingredients. On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, cook the ground beef, when browned and just cooked through, drain most of the fat off, not all, that is flavor.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, simmer for at least 30 minutes, but for a great soup, simmer about an hour with the lid at a slight angle.
  3. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost if making the shortcuts. Spend some time and make the shortcuts, the result is a dish you made, not simply heated from canned items.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning, Ranch Dressing Mix, Fried Corn, Pinto Beans, Red Kidney Beans, Chili Beans, Tomato Sauce.

Variants: These can be anything, think about how you make a taco, make it your own. 1. Use fried corn in place of canned corn. 2. Use Chili Beans in place of kidney beans. 3. Use roasted, seeded, and diced chilies in place of Rotel.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone, and her recipe is here.
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Oyster Mushroom Soup
Oyster Mushroom Soup
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This is an excellent soup and is a great use of these delicious mushrooms. This has lots of possibilities and can be tailored to your liking. I look forward to creating some tasty soups with this recipe as a base. I made this on 5 June 2018 with a variant, I added peppered Vietnamese sausage (Cha Hue), diced, to the soup. Perfect.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Oyster Mushroom Soup
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This is an excellent soup and is a great use of these delicious mushrooms. This has lots of possibilities and can be tailored to your liking. I look forward to creating some tasty soups with this recipe as a base. I made this on 5 June 2018 with a variant, I added peppered Vietnamese sausage (Cha Hue), diced, to the soup. Perfect.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Trim off the root ends of the mushrooms, rinse and squeeze dry, then tear the larger ones into 2-4 pieces, chop any of the large stems.
  2. In a medium size pot, add the water, ginger, and mushrooms and bring to a boil. Once at a boil add the salt boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and slowly pour in the beaten egg around the pot, no stirring yet, wait until the egg is starting to set, about 1 minute then sprinkle in the spring onion and give the pot a gentle stir.
  4. I went with a Variant and added some diced peppered Vietnamese sausage (Cha Hue). Simmered for about 15 minutes to let the sausage heat through.
  5. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and drizzle with sesame oil as desired, and sprinkle with white pepper, also to taste.
  6. Serve with additional spring onions if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Add 160 to 250 grams diced Vietnamese sausage.

Inspired by the recipe Quick Oyster Mushroom Soup from Spice the Plate

Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Wedding Soup
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This sounds very good! Pasta, chicken, beef meatballs, cheese, spinach, yep, sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Italian Wedding Soup
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This sounds very good! Pasta, chicken, beef meatballs, cheese, spinach, yep, sounds really good! On my to cook list for sure. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1-2 hours 1-2 hours
Ingredients
For the Beef Meatballs
For the Chicken
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing we need to do is make the meatballs. Add all the Beef Meatball ingredients to a mixing and mix with your hands to combine. Shape into 1/2 to 3/4 inch meatballs, Place meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about an hour.
  2. For the chicken, place in a large pot and cover with water to an inch over the chicken. If you want to make the chicken broth, use skin on chicken breasts, add a sliced carrot, onion, celery, and some peppercorn, these are additional ingredients needed and NOT listed in the ingredients list. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce to a low boil and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temp, this will provide you juicy chicken and a nice broth.
  3. When the chicken is cooled to room temp, remove from the pot and shred, then set the chicken aside. I using just water, discard that, if using the added ingredients, pour the broth through a strainer and set aside, discarding the contents of the strainer.
  4. Now onto the soup preparation. Melt the butter in a large pot, add the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic and cook for about 10 minutes until the veggies are softened.
  5. Add the broth you just made and additional water to make it 12 cups total, or just add 12 cups of broth you made from powder. Bring to a boil and taste, reduce heat to low, taste, and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as desired. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  6. Carefully add the meatballs and continue simmering for about 7-8 minutes, then add the pasta and cook for another 5 minutes, then add the spinach, then add the spinach.
  7. Simmer for another 30 minutes to heat the chicken through. If you simmer longer the flavors will blend more. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I make the beef meatballs. I will say fair cost for now.

Variant: 1. Add a handful or two of mushrooms, halved Straw mushrooms comes to mind, or sliced or chopped mushrooms of your choice.

This recipe is for Italian Wedding Soup is provided by Brown Eyed Baker.

Shchavel Borscht (Sorrel Soup)
Shchavel Borscht (Sorrel Soup)
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This is a Russian soup and sounds wonderful, and since I have never seen sorrel here, I am going to use spinach 🙂 On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Shchavel Borscht (Sorrel Soup)
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This is a Russian soup and sounds wonderful, and since I have never seen sorrel here, I am going to use spinach 🙂 On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. If using pork loin, use the 14 cups of water, if using chicken, use 8 cups of water and 6 cups of chicken broth.
  2. Add the water (or water and broth if using chicken) to a large pot and bring to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, dice the pork or chicken into bite size pieces.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the pork or chicken and salt, then reduce to a simmer and partially cover and cook the pork for 30 minutes, or the chicken for 10 minutes. Skim off any foam that forms at the top.
  4. When the meat is done cooking, add the potatoes and bay leaves and bring up to a low boil for about 15 minutes or until you can easily pierce a potato piece with a fork.
  5. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a non stick pan with the oil and when hot, add the onion and cook that until golden brown then add that to the soup pot.
  6. After adding the onion, lightly beat the eggs, and while stirring the soup pot, slowly pour in the eggs.
  7. When the potatoes are fork tender, add the sorrel and dill and bring the soup pot to boil and hold for 3-5 minutes to wilt the sorrel and make them good and soft.
  8. Ladle into bowls, top with a spoon of sour cream or mayo, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Pork loin is about 55 Baht/500 grams, chicken breasts would be about 30 Baht/500 grams. For 8 servings this is about 22 cents per serving using pork, and about 19 cents per serving using chicken.

Shortcut: Sour Cream.

Variants: 1. Use spinach in place of sorrel. 2. To make this vegetarian, simply not use the meat and use vegetable broth in place of the chicken broth.

This recipe for Shchavel Borscht (Sorrel Soup) is from Natasha's Kitchen.

Crab & Shrimp Soup
Crab & Shrimp Soup
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I made this on 26 Feb 2018 on a whim. I used fresh chicken stock I made in my pressure cooker (perfect), added some veggies, imitation crab and some shrimp, easy and delicious!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Crab & Shrimp Soup
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I made this on 26 Feb 2018 on a whim. I used fresh chicken stock I made in my pressure cooker (perfect), added some veggies, imitation crab and some shrimp, easy and delicious!
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the stock and water to a large pot and add the potatoes and bay leaf, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes or so until the potatoes are nearly fork tender.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat a non stick pan with a splash of olive oil and when hot, add the onion and diced celery. Stir often, you are not trying to brown this, just softening up onion and celery.
  3. When the onion and celery is softened, add that to the pot with the potatoes.
  4. When the potatoes are just about fork tender, add the chopped up crab sticks to the pot and just let the soup simmer on low heat. Add the broken spaghetti. Season with pepper to taste.
  5. While the soup is simmering and the spaghetti cooking, clean the shrimp. When the spaghetti is cooked, add the shrimp and the chopped celery tops.
  6. Turn off the heat and cover and the hot soup will cook the shrimp in a few minutes.
  7. When the shrimp are pink, remove the bay leaf, ladle into bowls and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this next time I get the imitation crab, for now, with 6 to 8 servings, this is low cost.

Shortcut: Chicken Stock (Pressure Cooker).

Variants: 1. Add bite size pieces of whitefish. 2. Add diced carrots, daikon, or mushrooms.

Just a soup I threw together, worked out great, Lee Thayer.
Thailand.

Cream of Carrot Soup
Cream of Carrot Soup
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This original recipe comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Cream of Carrot Soup
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This original recipe comes from a good friend, and it sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the stock to large pot and add the carrots, bring to a simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. When the carrots are good and tender, use an immersion blender to blend up the carrots, or as I will do, use a potato masher for a good work out 😉
  3. Then stir in the cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and the cheese and simmer to melt in the cheese.
  4. When the cheese is melted in fully, serve and garnish with fresh grated or shredded Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Original recipe, and photo, provided courtesy of good friend, Mary Weinberger. Original recipe is here.
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Basic Chili II
Basic Chili II
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This is a revision to my basic, yet delicious chili, that I have been making for 40+ years. I received a chili mix packet from a good friend in Texas, and I used that spice mix to make a pot of chili yesterday, 2 Feb 2018. The taste is nearly spot on with my basic chili but some of the steps are a bit different so I decided to post a second Basic Chili. I also used red kidney beans I cooked in a pressure cooker to reduce the time. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Basic Chili II
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This is a revision to my basic, yet delicious chili, that I have been making for 40+ years. I received a chili mix packet from a good friend in Texas, and I used that spice mix to make a pot of chili yesterday, 2 Feb 2018. The taste is nearly spot on with my basic chili but some of the steps are a bit different so I decided to post a second Basic Chili. I also used red kidney beans I cooked in a pressure cooker to reduce the time. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. For the beans, you can use canned (drained), make from dry by soaking and simmering, or by soaking and using a pressure cooker. If using dry, use 500 grams dry.
  2. In a large pot, add the minced pork or ground beef and chop up with a spatula and brown. Drain off most, not all of the fat, the fat adds flavoring. Pork is just starting to cook at this point.
  3. Add the beans, these were right out of the pressure cooker and drained.
  4. Add the tomatoes and juice, tomato paste, water, spices and mix. Let chili simmer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Pork mince is about 85 Baht/kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 42 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Kidney Beans (Pressure Cooker).

Inspired by a packaged chili mix.

Quick Vietnamese Beef Pho (Phở)
Quick Vietnamese Beef Pho
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Pho is pronounced 'fuh'. Traditional Vietnamese Pho is a time intensive process to make the broth, the broth is everything in pho. This is a quick version, using ready made beef broth so this will not be exactly like the long simmer time to make directly from beef bones. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Quick Vietnamese Beef Pho
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Pho is pronounced 'fuh'. Traditional Vietnamese Pho is a time intensive process to make the broth, the broth is everything in pho. This is a quick version, using ready made beef broth so this will not be exactly like the long simmer time to make directly from beef bones. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Broth
For Serving
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Peel the onions and cut into quarters from top to root, and peel the ginger and cut into quarters lengthwise.
  2. Using a gas stove, use tongs to hold the onion and ginger pieces over high flame to char the pieces, do this until all the pieces have charred spots on them. If no gas stove, place on a baking sheet directly under the broiler for a few minutes to start them to char. Rinse under running water to remove any loose or overly charred bits. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, you are going to dry roast some items, add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and coriander seeds and turn on the heat to medium low and toast them for 1-2 minutes and they will become very aromatic, stir them to preventing burning.
  4. When the items in the pot are toasted and aromatic, add the broth, charred onion and ginger, soy sauce, and fish sauce. Bring this to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. While the broth is simmering, place the beef in the freezer for 15 minutes, this is to firm it up in order to be sliced thinly. When the beef is firm but not frozen through, remove the beef to a cutting board and using a very sharp knife, slice across the grain, so take the steak and cut into several pieces, then turn each piece on its side, then thinly slice, goal is slices 1/4 inch thick or less, try and keep them uniform in thickness to they are cooked evenly. When all the beef is sliced, cover and place in the fridge.
  6. In another pot, fill about halfway with water and bring to a boil, then drop in the noodles and cook to the package instructions, 1 to 4 minutes depending on the width. When tender, remove and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Toss the noodles with just a spoon or so of a neutral tasting cooking oil to keep from sticking together.
  7. When the broth is ready at 30 minutes, a little longer does not hurt 😉 place a strainer on another pot, pour the broth through the strainer, discard the contents of the strainer, place the broth back on the heat on a low simmer, you still need to keep the broth very hot in order to cook the beef, but not boiling.
  8. Prepare the topping by putting the spring onion, lime wedges, chili slices, bean sprouts, and herbs of your choice into individual bowls and placing in the center of the serving table.
  9. Divide the noodles between serving bowls, top with slices of beef in a single layer to ensure even cooking.
  10. Ladle the piping hot broth over the noodles, pouring evenly over the beef, this will cook the beef.
  11. Let people add their own toppings as they choose, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get a good cut of beef. For now I will say fair cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Hachee with Chicken Hearts
Hachee with Chicken Hearts
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This is a Dutch-Indonesian fusion recipe with chicken hearts and or chicken liver in a broth served over egg noodles. I made this on 25 Jan 2018, absolutely wonderful dish!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Hachee with Chicken Hearts
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This is a Dutch-Indonesian fusion recipe with chicken hearts and or chicken liver in a broth served over egg noodles. I made this on 25 Jan 2018, absolutely wonderful dish!
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. If using fresh egg noodles, soak them in hot water. If using dry egg noodles, cook those in a pot of boiling water until tender. Set aside. I used dry Japanese noodles and boiled them.
  2. Rinse the hearts and livers, trim the top of the hearts as desired. Place only the hearts in a pot and cover with about 1 inch of water. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a gentle boil for 10 minutes, skim any foam off that forms on the top of the water. Here the hearts are in first, untrimmed as that is flavor in the fat, I trimmed them after they were removed from the broth.
  3. Three minutes after the hearts are simmering, add the liver, they take less time to cook. Here the hearts and livers are removed to drain, perfect broth on the right.
  4. At the 10 minute mark, remove the hearts and livers and drain, set the pot of broth to the side. Cut each heart and liver in half.
  5. While the hearts and livers are cooking, add the onion, garlic, and candle nuts (if using) to a mortar and pound with a pestle to form a paste.
  6. In another pot, add the onion mixture from the mortar, saute until a light yellow color, then add the hearts and livers, broth you made, and the coconut milk. Season with a teaspoon of pepper and salt to taste. Simmer until meat is heated through and is piping hot, about 5-7 minutes. I added some chopped spring onion and cilantro as well.
  7. To serve, place some drained egg noodles in bowl, ladle on the meat and broth, garnish with chopped spring onion and or cilantro. Steamed bok choy would also be a good addition to add as well when serving. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Chicken liver will cost about 55 Baht/500 grams and hearts will cost about 35 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 66 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. This can be prepared with just hearts, just livers, or a mix of both. 2. A blender can be used in place of a mortar and pestle. 3. Add some chopped spring onion, and or cilantro to the pot after adding the coconut milk. 4. Just saute the onion and garlic, that worked well for me.

This recipe for Hachee with Chicken Hearts is from Pisang Susu.
Netherlands.