Italian Sausage White Bean Soup


Recipe found on Simply Scratch
My Rating:
4 out of 5

My Review: Our soup turned out a bit greasy since we used ground Italian sausage instead of links. The flavor of the broth reminded me of pizza, I enjoyed the white beans a lot, and there was a nice amount of veggies included.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound Italian sausage, casings discarded (we used ground Italian sausage)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced (about a heaping cup)
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced (about a cup)
  • 3 medium carrots, grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • a pinch or two of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) entire can diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 or 15 ounce) can navy beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth or homemade
  • 3/4 cup small baby pasta shells (we used elbow noodles)
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt (more or less to taste)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (more or less to taste)
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (omit this like we did if you are also dairy-free)
  • chopped fresh parsley, for serving

Lahmajoon (Armenian Pizza)


Recipe found on Taste of Home
My Rating:
2.5 out of 5

My Review: I was expecting this to be popping with all kinds of exotic flavors but, it was rather bland. It honestly just tasted like ground beef with fresh veggies thrown on top. It wasn’t bad or anything… just a little underwhelming.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup drained petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried mint
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 pound extra-lean ground beef (95% lean)
  • 12 flour tortillas (8 inches)

Honey Ginger Pineapple Summer Veggie Chicken Stir-Fry w/ Caramelized Cashews


Recipe found on Half Baked Harvest
My Rating:
4 out of 5

My Review: I would suggest an extra dollop of peanut butter if you make this recipe. I liked this stir-fry a lot but, it would have been even better if I could taste the nuttiness of the peanut butter more. The caramelized cashews and pineapples were my favorite part.

Ingredients You’ll Need:

Honey-Ginger Stir Fry Sauce

  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter melted (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons hot chili sesame oil
  • 2-4 tablespoons honey depending on your taste
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons ginger grated
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced or grated (depending on your taste)
  • 1/2-3/4 cup raw cashews

For the Stir Fry

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 4 baby bok choy halved
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen broccoli
  • 2 red peppers sliced
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 2 zucchini chopped
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple diced
  • 4 green onions chopped


23 thoughts on “Recipe Reviews #51

  1. I love this post.i read your blog fairly often you”re always coming out with some great stuff.i shared this on my Facebook and my flowers loved it keep up the good work . Very Greek and very nice.


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  2. The white bean soup looks and sounds so good. I really need to make some soups this season because it’s rather cold.
    The pizza almost looks like a tostada, Alex and I make tinga, which is like chicken in chipotle sauce, you grab a tostada, add the chipotle chicken, lettuce, sour cream, cheese,and some salsa and voila. Yummy goodness. Lol. We also omit the chicken very once in a while and replace the chicken with refried beans as a β€œvegetarian” option

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    1. It’s getting pretty cold over here, too and I am all about the soups!! What’s your fave kind of soup? πŸ™‚

      I love tostadas!! I’m gonna look up tinga now. πŸ˜€ Maybe we can try to make it next! Sounds super yummy!!!


      1. I usually make the Mexican soups which are super simple but lately I’ve been wanting to start making different kinds of dishes so well see if I can find a few and summon the courage to try them lol
        Awesome!.I hope you like tinga if you’re able to make it!.

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