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.

Pasta Fazul
Pasta Fazul
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From what I understand, this is a classic Italian dish of cannellini beans, tomatoes, and pasta. Sounds good and on my to cook list for sure. I will use dry beans when I make this so I will add a cook time after I have made this.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 20 minutes
Pasta Fazul
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From what I understand, this is a classic Italian dish of cannellini beans, tomatoes, and pasta. Sounds good and on my to cook list for sure. I will use dry beans when I make this so I will add a cook time after I have made this.
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
5 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the beans, feel free to substitute Great Northern if that is all you have available. How you cook the beans is your preference, use canned or cook using dry beans. I will prepare these from dry using a my pressure cooker. You will need 2 cups cooked beans.
  2. Once you have the cooked beans, heat a pot with the oil and when hot, saute the garlic, onion, carrot, parsley, basil, and oregano until the onions are softened and the carrot is near tender.
  3. Add the tomatoes and 1/4 cup of the retained juice and mix in, season with salt and pepper as desired. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Then add the cooked beans, mix in, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, Stirring often.
  5. While that pot is simmering, heat another pot of salted water, when boiling, add the pasta and cook until tender. Drain pasta well and toss with the butter and cheese.
  6. Add the pasta to the pot with the beans and mix in.
  7. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese for topping if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

American Goulash II
American Goulash II
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This is another variant to American Goulash, there is hundreds of ways to make goulash, and many countries have their own variants, all are good and ingredients are based on locality. You will need to use your stove top and a slow cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
American Goulash II
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This is another variant to American Goulash, there is hundreds of ways to make goulash, and many countries have their own variants, all are good and ingredients are based on locality. You will need to use your stove top and a slow cooker for this. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a non stick pan, add the ground beef, onion, red pepper flakes, paprika, and salt and pepper as desired, brown the beef until just no longer pink, no need to over do this, just lightly brown the beef.
  2. Add the beef to your slow cooker, then pour in the soup and tomatoes, stir. Cook on Low setting for 2 hours.
  3. Add the dry pasta, stir into the mixture, top with the cheese and cook for another 1-2 hours.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Tomato Soup.

Variants: 1. Add some mixed vegetables. 2. Add some sliced or minced mushrooms.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Creamy French Onion Mac & Cheese
Creamy French Onion Mac & Cheese
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This sounds really good and no canned soup needed, which is always a bonus. On my to cook list. If you cannot find Gruyere cheese, just go with a mild Gouda or additional Swiss cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Creamy French Onion Mac & Cheese
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This sounds really good and no canned soup needed, which is always a bonus. On my to cook list. If you cannot find Gruyere cheese, just go with a mild Gouda or additional Swiss cheese.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10
Cook Time
80 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F). Lightly butter a 8x8 baking dish.
  2. In a large non stick pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter on medium low heat. When melted and hot, add the onion and a pinch of salt as desired. Cook the onion, stirring occasionally until golden brown and reduced in volume, about 30 to 40 minutes. When cooked, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. While the onion is cooking, heat a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, drain then set aside.
  4. Same pot used for the pasta, add the 4 tablespoons of butter and heat over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the flour and whisk constantly for 1-2 minutes until golden brown and smooth, then slowly pour in the milk, also whisking constantly until smooth, about 5 minutes. Now slowly pour in the evaporated milk, and you guessed it, whisking constantly until thickened.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and add the cheeses to the pot, reserve 2 tablespoons of Parmesan for later use, whisk until the cheese is melted into the sauce. Whisk in the nutmeg, mustard, and season to taste with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. To the pot, stir in the pasta and the onion and mix to coat well. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle the reserved Parmesan on the top.
  7. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until the top is golden brown.
  8. Cool for 3 to 5 minutes, serve and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some Swiss and Gouda cheese, Gruyere would be a long shot where I live. I will say Low cost for now.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Old Fashioned Goulash II
Old Fashioned Goulash II
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Sounds great, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Old Fashioned Goulash II
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Sounds great, on my to cook list. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef in good sized pot with the onion and garlic, drain fat.
  2. Add the peas, carrots, corn, seasoning salt, pepper, cumin, and give it a quick mix. Then add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and chopped tomatoes with their juice, another quick mix.
  3. Add the broth, bay leaves, and macaroni. Give it a quick mix and set heat to just simmer. Cover pot and simmer until the pasta is cooked and tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Top with the cheese, cover, and remove from heat for 10 minutes.
  5. Give it a stir and serve.
Recipe Notes

Beef will cost about 125 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 92 cents per serving.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Seasoning Salt.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
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This is probably the most popular homemade soup in Laos, and this is a westernized version of. This is from my friend who is Lao, the only part to make it westernized is the use of macaroni instead of the rice noodles. This recipe to make it more available to those in the US, use macaroni unless you are familiar with making rice noodles, this recipe does not cover that. Servings, prep, cook times, and some quantities are approximate until I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
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This is probably the most popular homemade soup in Laos, and this is a westernized version of. This is from my friend who is Lao, the only part to make it westernized is the use of macaroni instead of the rice noodles. This recipe to make it more available to those in the US, use macaroni unless you are familiar with making rice noodles, this recipe does not cover that. Servings, prep, cook times, and some quantities are approximate until I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
For Seasonings
For Garnish
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. You can go with a whole chicken (in Asia, remove the head and feet first), in the US, remove the giblet pack, save those for a snack later. Now you can boil the chicken whole, or you can cut it into the standard pieces or I will just go with two breasts and two quarters (separated), no need for the wings or back.
  2. In a large pot, add the water, onion, lemongrass, and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, carefully lower in the chicken, using pieces would be much easier than a whole chicken. Return to a gentle boil and cook the chicken through (you are making the broth). Chicken cooking on the left, quail eggs cooking on the right.
  4. While the chicken is cooking, open and drain the drain the eggs if using canned, or hard boil them if using fresh, shortcut for hard boiled is Recipe Notes. Prep the pork balls by simply slicing each in half. And then measure out the dry macaroni.
  5. When the chicken is fully cooked, carefully remove the chicken and the lemongrass bundle from the pot. Then add the dry macaroni and let that cook.
  6. While the macaroni is cooking, use two forks and shred the chicken, removing skin, bones, and any gristle, good snack for your dog 😉
  7. When the macaroni is tender, add the chicken, eggs, pork balls, spring onion, and cilantro to the pot, reduce heat to a simmer and use the Seasonings as listed to taste. Let this simmer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Ladle soup into bowls and use the Garnishes listed as you desire to taste. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I gather up all the ingredients. I will say Low cost for now.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Variants: 1. Use 1-2 Cornish game hens in place of chicken. 2. Omit the eggs or the pork balls, or both.

Recipe inspired by good friend, Khanthary Singnhoth, and her recipe is here.
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Old Fashioned Mac & Beef Casserole
Old Fashioned Mac & Beef Casserole
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Sounds like a good hearty meal. This dish can be changed in many ways to make it different each time. On the to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Old Fashioned Mac & Beef Casserole
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Sounds like a good hearty meal. This dish can be changed in many ways to make it different each time. On the to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
  2. In a pot of salted water, cook the macaroni to just tender, drain.
  3. In another pot, heat the butter then saute the garlic, thyme, jalapeno pepper, and paprika for about a minute, then add the onion and saute until just translucent.
  4. Add the ground beef and season with salt and both types of pepper. Cook until the beef is no longer pink and browned. Sprinkle in the flour and mix in and cook for another minute or two.
  5. Add the tomatoes and cook for a few minutes to soften them up then add the macaroni then the milk, stir and mix well, adjust salt and pepper to taste. Stir in half the cheeses.
  6. Pour into the prepared baking dish, top with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until heated through and the top is starting to brown.
  7. Remove from oven, let rest for 5 minutes, serve.
Recipe Notes

For the beef figure about 150 Baht for 500 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Change the cheese to Swiss or a 4 cheese blend. 2. Change the meat to ground chicken or ground pork. 3. Add chopped bell pepper. 4. Add sliced mushrooms. 5. Instead of baking, just prepare on the stove.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Macaroni Salad II
Macaroni Salad II
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This is an excellent macaroni salad, I made this on 11 Jan 2018. This is a very versatile recipe that you can make different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This is an excellent macaroni salad, I made this on 11 Jan 2018. This is a very versatile recipe that you can make different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Heat a pot of salted water to boiling, add and cook the macaroni until tender, drain and rinse under cold water, set aside to cool.
  2. While you are cooking the eggs and pasta, prep the vegetables.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the mayo, vinegar, and mustard until smooth.
  4. Add the garlic, onion, celery, bell pepper, eggs, and parsley. Mix to coat then add the pasta and mix to coat.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours before serving as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add 100 grams or so of shredded or cubed Cheddar or Swiss cheese. 2. Use any color bell you like.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Bleu Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese
Bleu Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese
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Bacon and Bleu cheese, and mac, I think we have a winner here! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Bleu Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheese
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Bacon and Bleu cheese, and mac, I think we have a winner here! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, egg, salt, pepper, and cayenne until combined then set aside.
  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until just tender, drain, and return to pot and add the butter and reduce the temp to low, toss the pasta until the butter is melted. Pour in the milk mixture and stir until well mixed. Raise the heat to medium, stirring occasionally for about 3 to 5 minutes or until the sauce comes to a simmer.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and stir in both cheeses until melted and mixed in, then stir in the bacon.
  4. Serve, garnish additional bacon and Bleu cheese if desired.
Recipe Notes

Bacon would cost about 150 Baht, the Bleu cheese about 150 Baht, and the Cheddar about 90 Baht. For 3 servings, this is about $3.82 per serving, not a cheap meal but sounds really good for a once in a while treat.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pizza Mac & Cheese
Pizza Mac & Cheese
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Mac & Cheese, always a classic, and this version sounds really good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Pizza Mac & Cheese
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Mac & Cheese, always a classic, and this version sounds really good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C. Bring to a boil a large pot of salted water, add the pasta and cook until just tender, drain.
  2. Add butter to the same pot and melt over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Sprinkle with flour and cook until golden brown, about a minute more. Add milk and bring to a simmer. Let thicken then add 1 cup mozzarella, the Gouda, and Parmesan and stir until melted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the macaroni and stir until completely coated, then stir in the chopped pepperoni, 1/2 cup pizza sauce, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Transfer to a baking dish and spoon remaining pizza sauce on top. Top with remaining mozzarella and pepperoni slices. Bake until cheese is melted and golden brown and the pepperoni crispy, about 15 minutes.
  5. Garnish with basil and Parmesan and serve.
Recipe Notes

Only thing that is expensive is the cheese. Figure about 120 Baht for the Mozzarella, 90 Baht for the Gouda, and 90 Baht for the Parmesan. For 6 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Shortcut: Pasta Sauce.

Adapted from an internet recipe.