aromatic rice pilaf

August 31, 2019

prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 25 minutes       total time: 40 minutes       serves 4-6spiced-jasmine-rice-pilaf

ingredients
2 T unsalted butter
2 T olive oil
1.5 c minced yellow onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 T minced fresh ginger
2 T ground cinnamon
1.5 c basmati rice
3 T tomato paste (or tikka masala curry)
3 c chicken or vegetable or beef broth
1/2 c chopped fresh parsley

directions

  1. in a large pot, melt butter over medium-high. add onion, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon. cook and stir 5 minutes or until onion begins to soften.
  2. stir in rice and tomato paste/tikka masala curry. cook and stir 3 minutes or until rice is well-coated and smells nutty.
  3. stir in stock and 2 T salt. bring to boiling, reduce heat to low. simmer, covered, 10-12 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid has evaporated.
  4. let stand 10 minutes. fluff with a fork. stir in parsley. serve immediately or at room temperature.

source – better homes and garden sept. 2019, pg. 120

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prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 30 minutes (if you don’t let it simmer for hours), 2-3 hours (if you want to let the tastes meld)20141204-slow-roasted-bolognese-01

ingredients
3 T EVOO
1 medium onion, minced (about 1/2 c)
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut in coins
1/2 c celery, minced
2 tsp kosher salt
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1/2 c dry red wine
1 can tomato paste
2 14-oz. cans diced tomatoes
4 dried bay leaves
ground pepper, to taste

directions

  1. heat olive oil in a 3 to 4-quart pan over medium heat. stir in the onion, carrot and celery, season hem lightly with salt and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent.
  2. crumble in the ground beef and pork and continue cooking, stirring to break up the meat, until all the liquid the meat has given off has evaporated and the meat is lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  3. pour in the wine and cook, scraping the bottom of the pan, until the wine is evaporated, 3-4 minutes.
  4. stir in the tomato paste and cook a few minutes, then pour in the tomatoes, toss in the bay leaves, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  5. cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is dense but juicy and a rich, dark red color. this will take about 2-3 hours – the longer you cook it, the better it will become. (most likely, a noticeable layer of oil will float to the top toward the end of cooking. once finished, the oil can be removed with a spoon or reincorpoartedint he sauce, which is what is traditionally done.)

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one pot lemon orzo shrimp

December 7, 2018

makes 4 servings       prep time: 10 minutes       cook time: 30 minutes      total time: 40 img_6604edit2minutes

ingredients
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 T olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
16 oz orzo pasta
3 c  chicken broth
1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
1/2 c frozen peas
1.5 T lemon juice
1/4 c grated parmesan cheese

directions

  1. season shrimp with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
  2. heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. add garlic, onion, and oregano, and cook, stirring often, until onions have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. stir in orzo until lightly browned, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. stir in chicken broth and 1/2 cup water. bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. stir in tomatoes, peas, lemon juice and shrimp until shrimp is warm, about 1-2 minutes. sprinkle with parmesan.
  5. serve immediately.

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makes 4 servings       time: 30 minutes

ingredients
1 c evoo
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 jalapenos, seeded and thinly sliced
1 T red pepper flakes
2 c tomato sauce
1 c dry white wine
20 shrimp (21-25 count, peeled and deveined)
1 lb linguine
4 T fresh marjoram, roughly chopped
1/4 c parsley, roughly chopped
salt and ground pepper

directions

  1. in a large saute pan, add half of the oil and heat over medium heat. add the garlic and jalapenos and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.
  2. add the red pepper flakes, tomato sauce, wine and bring to a boil. lower the heat and simmer for 4 minutes.
  3. add shrimp to the sauce and simmer until cooked through, about 4-6 minutes. add the linguine to the boiling water and cook until al dente. drain and toss into the sauce with the shrimp.
  4. place the pan over medium heat and cook for 45 seconds stirring to mix well.
  5. serve garnished with marjoram leaves and remaining 1/2 cup oil.

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stuffed pepper soup

September 9, 2015

yields: 8 servings   total time: about an hour

ingredients
2 lbs lean ground beef
8 c beef broth (i used 5 bouillon cubes and 8 cups of water to cut down the amount of salt)
2 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
2 c rice, cooked
2 green bell peppers, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c brown sugar
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
parsley and basil
1 T worcestershire sauce

directions

  1. in a large skillet, brown ground beef with onion and garlic until beef is no longer pink.
  2. pour grease from meat away and then dump meat into a large stock pot.
  3. place stock pot on stovetop and add remaining ingredients except rice.
  4. turn heat up to medium high and bring soup to a boil.
  5. reduce heat to low, cover with lid, and simmer for 35-45 minutes.

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