Creamy Chicken Soup

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This rich and Creamy Chicken Soup, loaded with veggies, is a healthy and easy to make meal that your entire family will love.

This rich and Creamy Chicken Soup, loaded with veggies, is a healthy and easy to make meal that your entire family will love.This is the time of year I love to cook big meals. Gone are the days of endless fresh and local produce choices. Winter time in the Pacific Northwest is a time when most everything stops growing and we have to rely on what I consider the basics for my fruit and vegetables. That is why I’m especially fond of hearty soups. Not only do they incorporate lots of fresh veggies, but they are so comforting and satisfying, its easy to forget that we still have many cold and wet months ahead of us before the local produce makes its way back.

This rich and Creamy Chicken Soup, loaded with veggies, is a healthy and easy to make meal that your entire family will love.This time of year I love stocking my freezer with prepared meals. I don’t know if it has to do with the possible threat of getting stuck at home because of that once a year snow storm, but it just makes me so happy to cook meals in big batches and store them for another day. This soup is a perfect freezer meal because you can double or triple the batch and then just freeze what you don’t plan on eating that night for another day. Not all soups, especially ones with pasta, freeze that well. This soup, however, does.

This rich and Creamy Chicken Soup, loaded with veggies, is a healthy and easy to make meal that your entire family will love.I prefer to use chicken thighs because the meat is so flavorful and it shreds really well. Even though I add a bit of olive oil to my pan, the chicken almost always sticks. Have no fear… the part that sticks to the bottom is the best part!  I use a little white wine to release all of that wonderful flavor and I can definitely taste it in the final soup. I prefer to chop all of my veggies by pulsing them in the food processor. Not only does that save me time, but I think having a wide variety of sizes, from minced to chopped, not only enhances the texture of the soup but also the taste.  I also continue to use the same pot to cook the chicken, then the vegetables, then the roux which turns into a cream gravy and then eventually the soup. By keeping all the ingredients going in the same pot, you don’t lose any of those wonderful flavors along the way.

This rich and Creamy Chicken Soup, loaded with veggies, is a healthy and easy to make meal that your entire family will love.

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This rich and Creamy Chicken Soup, loaded with veggies, is a healthy and easy to make meal that your entire family will love.
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Recipe type: main
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 5 T butter, divided
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 4 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 T flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. In a heavy bottom dutch oven over medium high heat, cook chicken thighs in olive oil for about 15 minutes, flipping once. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly on a plate. The chicken likely stuck to the pan. Deglaze the pan by adding the white wine over low heat and scraping the bottom of the pan until all of the cooked bits have been loosened. Transfer the cooked chicken bits in white wine to a separate cup.
  2. Add one tablespoon of the butter to the dutch oven and and set heat to high. Add onions, celery and carrot and allow to cook until slightly golden brown while stirring only occasionally for a total of about 10 minutes. While vegetables are cooking, shred chicken meat. When vegetables have finished cooking, remove them from the dutch oven and set them on the same plate as the chicken.
  3. Return the pan to the stove and melt the remaining 4T of butter over medium high heat. Add the garlic and allow to cook for about a minute, then add the flour and stir to combine to make a roux. Allow to cook for a few minutes until fragrant.
  4. Add the milk and heavy cream to the roux and whisk constantly until thoroughly mixed. Allow to cook while constantly whisking until thickened. Whisk in the chicken broth. Add shredded chicken and cooked vegetables to the broth and stir. Add salt, to taste, and pepper, as desired.
  5. Serve with a warm crusty bread or some rosemary crackers.

This rich and Creamy Chicken Soup, loaded with veggies, is a healthy and easy to make meal that your entire family will love.
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20 of my Favorite Holiday Recipes

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‘Tis the season when all friends and family come together to celebrate the holidays and there’s no better way than with 20 of My Favorite Holiday Recipes.

'Tis the season when all friends and family come together to celebrate the holidays and there's no better way than with 20 of My Favorite Holiday Recipes.

The holidays are a time for catching up with loved ones, sledding, wrapping gifts, making crafts, and spending an obscene amount of time in the kitchen. I actually prefer to cook most during the summer when the fresh produce is abundant, but there’s something magical about warming the kitchen with your oven and seeing a poof of flour fly through the air as you attempt to make that fifth batch of cookies. We through all of our healthy judgement out the window, knowing we can once again redeem ourselves at the gym in January. Oh, how I loathe how crowded the gym gets in January. I’ve actually been really good these past few months with my sugar intake, but I’m about to totally let loose and enjoy myself all the way through January 1st like I do every year at this time. I think you should too!

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

Tangerine Glazed Ham

Tangerine Glazed Ham

Cream Cheese Cookies

Cream Cheese Cookies

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

Whipped Ricotta Spread

Whipped Ricotta Spread

1-Hour Dinner Rolls

1-Hour Dinner Rolls

Chocolate Peppermint Cheese with Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Peppermint Cheese with Chocolate Ganache

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Crockpot Candy

Crockpot Candy

Five Minute Fudge

Five Minute Fudge

Italian Ricotta Cookies

Italian Ricotta Cookies

Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Red Velvet Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Country Cinnamon Apple Dumplings

Country Cinnamon Apple Dumplings

Toffee Almond Snowballs

Toffee Almond Snowballs

Asiago Cheese Ball

Asiago Cheese Ball

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake

Pumpkin Turtle Cheesecake

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cranberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Best Sugar Cookies

Best Sugar Cookies

Eggnog Sugar Cookie Bars

Eggnog Sugar Cookie Bars

Chocolate Covered Mint Patties

Chocolate Covered Mint Patties

 

'Tis the season when all friends and family come together to celebrate the holidays and there's no better way than with 20 of My Favorite Holiday Recipes.

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Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

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Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

Brussels sprouts, much like beets, are a vegetable that I never even tried until well into my adult years. Now, every time I eat them I seem to love them more and more. Now, don’t get me wrong. Put a plate of boiled Brussels sprouts in front of me and I will likely gag, but deep fry them, smother them with cheese, or cook them with a wonderful smoked meat like bacon and I’m a happy girl.

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

I decided to partially bake the bacon first because I simply can’t stand bacon when the fat hasn’t been completely rendered. Along those same lines, I didn’t want to scorch the heck out of my sprouts in order to get the bacon to the proper doneness. This method proved to work perfectly.

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

Doesn’t that just make you feel more comfortable knowing that the bacon is already well on its way to perfection by the time you mix it with the raw sprouts? I know it gave me the warm and fuzzies.

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

By the way, do you call them brussel sprouts or Brussels Sprouts? I admittedly had to turn to the internet to explain it to me, because I didn’t want to look like a total dummy by forever immortalize my lack of knowledge by spelling it wrong on my photos. Don’t my roasted brussels with bacon look yummy? Now imagine how good they were with that balsamic reduction drizzled on top. YUM!

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.

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Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.
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Recipe type: Sides
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 1.5 pounds brussel sprouts, outer leaves removed and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper, as desired
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Add chopped bacon pieces to baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.
  2. While bacon is cooking, toss Brussels sprouts in olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. After 15 minutes of cooking, remove bacon from oven and add Brussels sprouts to the baking sheet. Toss with the bacon and continue cooking for 30-40 additional minutes until the sprouts are golden brown.
  3. While the bacon and sprouts are cooking, heat balsamic vinegar in small saucepan over medium heat until reduced by half.
  4. When sprouts and bacon are done, remove from oven and transfer to a serving dish. Cover with reduced balsamic and serve hot.

Roasted Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts are an easy and flavorful side dish perfect for a weekday family dinner or a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal.
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Easy Dinner Recipes

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I’m sharing over 20 Easy Dinner Recipes that your family will love, especially during this busy time of year when school and sports dominate your schedule!
I'm sharing over 20 Easy Dinner Recipes that your family will love, especially during this busy time of year when school and sports dominate your schedule!

I am sharing over 20 Easy Dinner Recipes that your family will love, especially during this busy time of year when school and sports dominate your schedule!

There we were. Enjoying countless hours of sunshine, enjoying BBQs with the neighbors, complaining about the heat. Then, it was all over in a flash. Summer was over. Next thing you know, the mornings were cold, the days were shorter, and the leaves were changing from green to every color on the spectrum from red to yellow. Fall has arrived. And with fall, comes busy and hectic schedules. Gone are the days of letting the kids sleep in. Now, we have school, homework, and sports. This is the time of year when we need to get back on our game. We need easy dinners that the entire family will love. Otherwise, we’re scrambling to pick something up on the way home, and that’s not good for anyone. Well, rest assured that I’ve got you covered. I’ve got over twenty recipes below that will not only make your mouth water, but can be made quickly on a busy weeknight. Enjoy!!!

Skillet Enchilada Bake

Skillet Enchilada Bake

Beef Stroganoff Ravioli Skillet

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Chicken Mozzarella Pasta

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Pepperoni Bubble Up Pizza

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One-Pot Southwest Macaroni

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Pizza Muffins

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

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One Pot Spinach Artichoke Pasta

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Baked Chicken Street Tacos

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Smoky Tex Mex Sloppy Joes

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Triple Grilled Cheese

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Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese

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30 Minute 2 Ingredient BBQ Wings

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One Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

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French Spaghetti

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One Pot Cheesy Pizza Pasta Bake

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Baked Orzo with Chicken

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Easy Beef Sliders

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Slow Cooker Pineapple Brown Sugar Pulled Pork

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Shepherd’s Pie Loaded Baked Potatoes

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Slow Cooker Meaty Marinara

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Breakfast Egg Muffins

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Bubble Up Carbonara

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Pesto Tuna Avocado Bowls

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These unbelievably delicious Pesto Tuna Avocado Bowls are an easy and healthy lunch low in carbs and high in healthy fats and omega 3s.

These unbelievably delicious Pesto Tuna Avocado Bowls are an easy and healthy lunch low in carbs and high in healthy fats and omega 3s.

Not that long ago, I had a basil plant that needed to be used up and I made the best damn pesto I’ve ever enjoyed. You see, I didn’t have pine nuts or parmesan on hand which are the ingredients in traditional pesto, but I made due with what I had and used an aged gouda and macadamia nuts. Oh my God. I was content eating that stuff with a spoon! The recipe you’re seeing on this post was totally just going to be my lunch, but as I started making it and salivating accordingly, I realized it was going to be too delicious not to share.

These unbelievably delicious Pesto Tuna Avocado Bowls are an easy and healthy lunch low in carbs and high in healthy fats and omega 3s.

I adore avocados. I grew up in California, so avocados are my thang. I also grew up eating tuna and avocado sandwiches. I don’t know if that’s a common thing everywhere or just in SoCal, but tuna and avocado are meant to be together much like peanut butter and jelly. One just doesn’t taste right without the other. I have not problem with sandwich, but every so often I like to pretend I’m watching the carbs, so I drop the bread or the pasta for a single meal.

These unbelievably delicious Pesto Tuna Avocado Bowls are an easy and healthy lunch low in carbs and high in healthy fats and omega 3s.

Now, you can use your favorite go-to tuna. I really like the white albacore packed in oil at Trader Joe’s. But this particular tuna happened to be the fancy (expensive) stuff packed in a glass jar. I’m willing to pay big bucks for food, but this stuff is regularly like $7 per jar and that’s a little too rich for my taste. I did, however, come across it when it was like half off, so of course I indulged.

These unbelievably delicious Pesto Tuna Avocado Bowls are an easy and healthy lunch low in carbs and high in healthy fats and omega 3s.

I topped this beautiful tuna avocado bowl with a big ol’ dollop of my fresh pesto and added just the right amount of capers because they are oh-so-tasty and add just the right amount of salty vinagar-y tang to this lunch for me to call it perfect. And, low and behold, this lunch is packed with omega 3s and healthy fats, especially when you remember that my particular pesto had macadamia nuts in it. YUM!

These unbelievably delicious Pesto Tuna Avocado Bowls are an easy and healthy lunch low in carbs and high in healthy fats and omega 3s.

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These unbelievably delicious Pesto Tuna Avocado Bowls are an easy and healthy lunch low in carbs and high in healthy fats and omega 3s.
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Recipe type: main
Yields: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1 (six ounce) can tuna, drained (or high quality tuna in glass jar, if available)
  • 2 tablespoons pesto (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon capers
Instructions
  1. Split avocado in half and remove pit.
  2. Divide tuna between both avocados and place in well where pit was.
  3. Top each half with one tablespoon of pesto and then sprinkle each half with capers.
  4. Enjoy!

These unbelievably delicious Pesto Tuna Avocado Bowls are an easy and healthy lunch low in carbs and high in healthy fats and omega 3s.
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More Than 30 Slow Cooker Recipes

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You’ll never have to worry about what to make for dinner on a busy weekday night after you see this More Than 30 Slow Cooker Recipes roundup.

You'll never have to worry about what to make for dinner on a busy weekday night after you see this More Than 30 Slow Cooker Recipes roundup.

I long for the days of summer when everything you prepare is either cold or cooked on the grill. When the days are longer, everything just seems easier. Its the remaining nine months out of the year that are challenging. If your family is anything like mine, the days are a blur after the constant rush to get everyone off to school and work, only to be followed by hours of sports, extra curricular activities, and homework. Getting a healthy dinner on the table is a constant battle, let alone ensuring the refrigerator is stocked with enough groceries to keep everyone happy. Fortunately, I’ve teamed up with an insanely talented group of food bloggers to put together a massive list of recipes that can all be cooked in your slow cooker i.e. crockpot.

I have several recipes on my site that I love to make in the slow cooker including my chicken enchilada stack, creamed corn, carnitas, turkey breast, and even a whole chicken. If you’ve been in a cooking rut lately because there simply is not enough time in the evening to make a decent meal for your family, take a look at the tasty recipes below and get ready to enjoy the wonderful feeling of walking into your home and smelling a delicious home cooked meal… that you made.

Slow Cooker Tikka Masala – Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Easy Barbecue Beef Brisket – A Dash of Sanity

Easy Barbecue Beef Brisket {A Dash of Sanity}

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup – Wine & Glue

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup {Wine and Glue}

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crumble – Fake Ginger

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Crumble {Fake Ginger}

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake – Domestic Superhero

Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake {Domestic Superhero}

Slow Cooker Chicken Posole – Love Bakes Good Cakes

Slow Cooker Chicken Posole {Love Bakes Good Cakes}

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken – Self Proclaimed Foodie

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken {Self Proclaimed Foodie}

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili – Like Mother Like Daughter

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili {Like Mother Like Daughter}

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore – Culinary Ginger

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore {Culinary Ginger}

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie – Let’s Dish

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie {Let's Dish}

Balsamic & Red Pepper Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin – White Lights on Wednesday

Balsamic & Red Pepper Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin {White Lights on Wednesday}

Pork Tinga – Bread Booze Bacon

Pork Tinga {Bread Booze Bacon}

Slow Cooker Clam Chowder – Kleinworth & Co.

Slow Cooker Clam Chowder {Kleinworth & Co.}

Slow Cooker Honey-Soy Chicken Drumsticks – Belly Full

Slow Cooker Honey-Soy Chicken Drumsticks {Belly Full}

Slow Cooker Cheesy Rice and Casserole – Mandy’s Recipe Box

Slow Cooker Cheesy Rice and Chicken Casserole {Mandy's Recipe Box}

Slow Cooker Brownie Dessert – That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Slow Cooker Brownie Dessert {That Skinny Chick Can Bake}

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork – The Recipe Rebel

Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork {The Recipe Rebel}

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese – Wishes and Dishes

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese {Wishes and Dishes}

Slow Cooker Meaty Marinara – Lemons for Lulu

Slow Cooker Meaty Marinara {Lemons for Lulu}

Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Pitas – The Love Nerds

Crock Pot Chicken Caesar Pitas {The Love Nerds}

Slow Cooker Meatball Subs with Parmesan, White Cheddar Queso – Cooking and Beer

Slow Cooker Meatball Subs with Parmesan, White Cheddar Queso {Cooking and Beer}

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes – 365 Days of Baking and More

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes {365 Day of Baking and MOre}

Vegan Sloppy Black Eyed Peas – Cravings of a Lunatic

Vegan Sloppy Black Eyed Peas {Cravings of a Lunatic}

Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn – Eazy Peazy Mealz

Slow Cooker Mexican Street Corn {Eazy Peazy Mealz}

Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs – Big Bears Wife

Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs {Big Bears Wife}

Slow Cooker Chinese Pork – Just Us Four

Slow Cooker Chinese Pork {Just Us Four}

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken – Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken {Cupcakes and Kale Chips}

Crock Pot Italian Chicken – Lemon Tree Dwelling

Crock Pot Italian Chicken {Lemon Tree Dwelling}

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken – Yummy Healthy Easy

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken {Yummy Healthy Easy}

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken – Carlsbad Cravings

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken {Carlsbad Cravings}

Chili’s Copycat Spicy Queso Dip – Ashlee Marie

Chili's Copycat Spicy Queso Dip {Ashlee Marie}

Fall Apart Roast – High Heels and Grills

Fall apart Roast {High Heels and Grills}

 

You'll never have to worry about what to make for dinner on a busy weekday night after you see this More Than 30 Slow Cooker Recipes roundup.
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Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta

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This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.

This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.

This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.

I absolutely love smoked meats. Not only do we regularly smoke our own foods like beef jerky or salmon, but I’ll often buy smoked meats from the deli to pair with distinct cheeses and fruit for a meal all on its own.  When you get a really good smoked meat, you can often pair it with bitter greens as well for an amazing balance of flavor. Yesterday when I was at the store, I stopped at the deli counter and picked up some Black Forest Ham.  Then, I did the unthinkable: I took home some brussel sprouts to go along with it.

This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.

Why was this an unthinkable action? Well, because my husband detests brussel sprouts. He is a lover of veggies and will eat just about every type of vegetable I serve up, raw or cooked, but the man just can’t stand brussel sprouts. Me? I want to love them, but have only once or twice enjoyed the way they were prepared. The remaining times left a bitter taste in my mouth (pun intended). But I had this wonderful ham, and what could possibly go better with a bitter green than a perfectly flavored smoked ham? You can totally slice your brussel sprouts, but its way more fun to attach the slicing blade to your food processor and throw them in. I let my son to that part and he thought it was so much fun.

This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.

The recipe starts by getting some butter and olive oil nice and hot on the stove. That’s a good start to any recipe, right? Then I added some pine nuts, lots of chopped garlic, and my sliced ham which I sliced into smaller strips. I let that go over high heat just until I started to see some awesome golden brown color.

This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.

Then I added all of those sliced brussel sprouts. Now, any time I make a pasta + veggie dish, my instincts want to start with more pasta and less veggies. What happens, though, is the pasta expands as it cooks and the veggies often shrink or wilt. Trust this recipe. A full pound of brussel sprouts and only 8 ounces of pasta might not seem right, but the final dish is perfectly proportioned (in my opinion) with a perfect balance of ham to brussel sprouts to pasta.

This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.

Once those sprouts wilt and turn a nice golden brown in color, toss in the cooked pasta. Here’s the trick to have it all work perfectly well together: before you drain your pasta from the salted boiling water, scoop out a good half cup of the pasta water. Then, after you stir the pasta with the ham and sprouts, add a little bit of that pasta water to make it perfectly moist. If you’ve never done this before, you must. Then you can thank me later for the tip. This also made it so that I didn’t have to add any salt to the dish – the ham and the salted water added just the right amount.

This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.

And because any good smoked meat deserves a strong hard cheese to go with it, I added some grated parmesan to the top. In fact, after I took the photo below, I added even more because I’m a lover of hard cheese.

This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.

Wanna know the best part of my story? My husband looked at what I made and asked “what’s that?” and I told him “it has brussel sprouts in it.” Turns out, despite his incredible dislike of that vegetable, it looked so good to him that he not only took a bite, he ate an entire bowl! I’m sure all that wonderful ham and pasta helped make up his mind.

This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.

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Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta
 
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This super tasty and satisfying Ham and Brussel Sprout Pasta with pine nuts is full of flavor, easy to make, and will quickly become a favorite fall meal.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces pasta
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces Black Forest Ham, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup raw pine nuts
  • 1 pound brussel sprouts, thinly sliced
  • grated parmesan, for serving
Instructions
  1. Boil water with 2 tablespoons salt. Cook pasta al dente. Before you drain the pasta, scoop out about 1/2 cup of salted pasta water, reserve for later.
  2. In large saute pan, melt butter and oil over high heat. Add ham, garlic, and pine nuts. Cook over high heat, stirring only occasionally, until everything just starts to brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add brussel sprouts and mix well to combine. Continue to cook, stirring only occasionally, and reducing heat as necessary to avoid burning, until the brussel sprouts begin to wilt and brown.
  4. Remove from heat and add the cooked and drained pasta. Stir to combine. If mixture needs to be moistened, add some of the salted pasta water (a couple tablespoons at a time) until the mixture is perfectly moist.
  5. Top with grated parmesan. Serve hot. Enjoy!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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25+ 30 Minute Back-to-School Meals

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You're going to love this post where I share 25+ 30 Minute Back-to-School Meals that are absolutely perfect for this time of year!

You’re going to love this post where I share 25+ 30 Minute Back-to-School Meals that are absolutely perfect for this time of year!

30 Minute Back-to-School Meals - Over 25 mouthwatering recipes that you can cook up in less than 30 minutes!

Summer is winding down. Half of my friends have already sent their kids back to school, but I still have a few weeks before my little ones begin that next chapter in their young lives. I pretty much always have food on the brain, and my thoughts are quickly switching gears from summer barbecues to feeding my family a delicious dinner right in the middle of the soccer practice and homework chaos. This is the time of year when we all need fresh ideas on how to feed our family good food FAST.   Head on over to the NEXT PAGE where I’ll share with you over 25 mouthwatering family friendly meals that are quick and delicious!

25 30 Minute Back to School Meals | Self Proclaimed Foodie
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BLT Pasta

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BLT Pasta made with your favorite pasta, cooked cherry tomatoes, garlic, arugula, and bacon in a cream sauce is an easy and delicious meal time solution.

BLT Pasta made with your favorite pasta, cooked cherry tomatoes, garlic, arugula, and bacon in a cream sauce is an easy and delicious meal time solution.

BLT Pasta made with your favorite pasta, cooked cherry tomatoes, garlic, arugula, and bacon in a cream sauce is an easy and delicious meal time solution. 

I love BLT anything. I love pasta anything. That is why this meal was destined to happen in my kitchen.BLT Pasta made with your favorite pasta, cooked cherry tomatoes, garlic, arugula, and bacon in a cream sauce is an easy and delicious meal time solution.

This meal was surprisingly easy to make and when you combine tasty ingredients in a pot to make  creamy and delicious comfort food kind of meal – that is the ultimate meal time solution. Seriously, this pasta dish has everything that you could want in a pasta dish. Crisp and flavorful bacon, juicy red tomatoes that are cooked in garlic and bacon grease (yes please), and bitter spicy fresh arugula. I told you about how I got a great value on this Wright Brand® Bacon at Walmart when I wrote my post last week about Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. Like I said in that post, I was pretty pleased to see that there was actually a full pound and a half of bacon in the package (24 ounces versus the standard 16 ounces you usually see with other brands). One can never have enough bacon, right? Bigger better bacon – the three B’s to live by.

BLT Pasta made with your favorite pasta, cooked cherry tomatoes, garlic, arugula, and bacon in a cream sauce is an easy and delicious meal time solution. 

This much arugula might normally be a bit too much for some people to handle, but the salt from the bacon complimented the bitterness perfectly and the cream sauce held it all together.BLT Pasta made with your favorite pasta, cooked cherry tomatoes, garlic, arugula, and bacon in a cream sauce is an easy and delicious meal time solution.

And of course, the perfect ending to the meal is a nice helping of finely grated romano cheese. YUM!BLT Pasta made with your favorite pasta, cooked cherry tomatoes, garlic, arugula, and bacon in a cream sauce is an easy and delicious meal time solution.

BLT Pasta
 
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BLT Pasta made with your favorite pasta, cooked cherry tomatoes, garlic, arugula, and bacon in a cream sauce is an easy and delicious meal time solution.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta
  • 16 ounces bacon slices, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 ounces grape tomatoes, halved
  • 7 ounces arugula
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) fresh Romano cheese, finely grated
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta about 1-2 minutes less than recommended cooking time in boiling salted water so that it is slightly al dente. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a heavy bottom pot, cook cut bacon over high heat, stirring occasionally, until grease starts to foam. Then reduce heat to low and cook until bacon is crisp. Remove from oil and allow to drain on paper towel.
  3. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease. Over medium heat, cook the tomatoes and garlic until the tomatoes start to release their juice and the garlic browns. Stir in arugula until it wilts, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add sour cream and cooked bacon. Stir to combine. Toss in cooked pasta.
  4. Serve with grated romano cheese.

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Wright® Brand® Bacon. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Damn Good Whole Ham

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You have never fully enjoyed how wonderful ham can be until you’ve made this moist and flavorful Damn Good Whole Ham that shreds right off the bone.

You have never fully enjoyed how wonderful ham can be until you've made this moist and flavorful Damn Good Whole Ham that shreds right off the bone.

I’m not gonna lie. This damn good bone-in whole ham?  I nailed it.

You have never fully enjoyed how wonderful ham can be until you've made this moist and flavorful Damn Good Whole Ham that shreds right off the bone.

I made a ham just like this for Christmas dinner, but I was so exhausted from making a huge 14-person dinner, and the dark Portland skies weren’t providing enough window light for photos, that I did the unthinkable and just served the damn thing without photographing and blogging it. I’m actually glad I didn’t because I made this second ham in anticipation of Easter because, of course, when you have a food blog you have to enjoy holiday foods in advance of the actual holiday, and this ham turned out even better. It all starts with a big bone in cured ham. Now, because its cured, you can just slice it up and eat it. But you’re not gonna do that for a holiday meal. And you really shouldn’t, because you can turn it into something spectacular.  I get my pork and my beef from a ranch in Eastern Oregon and I can tell you that getting your meat from a good source is step one to a damn good meal. Step two is to score the fat layer. This takes only minutes to do and will make all the difference in the world to your ham. Why? Because it will help your fat more easily render and all those juices will get into the meat and make it even more tender.

You have never fully enjoyed how wonderful ham can be until you've made this moist and flavorful Damn Good Whole Ham that shreds right off the bone.

So, I totally struggled on how to photograph this ham. I mean, its just a big hunk of meat. If you’re familiar with my blog, you know I don’t use a lot of props. Its all about the food, baby. The one thing I really wanted to come across in the photos was how awesome the simple pineapple, brown sugar, spicy brown mustard glaze is as well as how the meat just shreds right off the bone.

You have never fully enjoyed how wonderful ham can be until you've made this moist and flavorful Damn Good Whole Ham that shreds right off the bone.

Before I made my Christmas ham, I actually called all the delis in the neighborhood asking if they could spiral cut my ham before I cooked it. You see, I think we’ve all been brainwashed by those ham companies who shall remain nameless to believe that a large ham will only turn out if its honey baked and spiral cut. Fortunately, no one would spiral cut my ham for me, which was such a blessing because it turnout out so insanely good.

You have never fully enjoyed how wonderful ham can be until you've made this moist and flavorful Damn Good Whole Ham that shreds right off the bone.

I’ve screwed up more hams in the past than I’d care to admit. I either didn’t heat it up enough and it ended up being served cold or I cooked it at too high of a temperature and it dried out. The trick, my friends, is low and slow. Cover that bad boy up in a nice little foil wrap to keep the moisture in while it gets nice and hot inside, then slather it up with the finger-licking-good glaze during the final steps.

You have never fully enjoyed how wonderful ham can be until you've made this moist and flavorful Damn Good Whole Ham that shreds right off the bone.

I will have you know that I cooked this ham on my smoker which, I believe, made it even better. But don’t you worry if you are smoker-less. This will cook just fine in your oven or on a gas or charcoal grill. But, if you don’t have a smoker, I highly recommend you go get one. Once you do, you’ll find yourself asking why you waited so long to get one. Every time I make a ham like this, or some damn good roast chicken, or some killer ribs, or an outrageously delicious pizza, I kick myself for not buying that smoker years earlier. Regret is never a good thing, people.

You have never fully enjoyed how wonderful ham can be until you've made this moist and flavorful Damn Good Whole Ham that shreds right off the bone.

Have you ever had an Easter or Christmas ham that looked that good?  Ugh. YUM.  I made this big ass ham for my hungry family of four, so of course we had plenty of leftovers. I used the leftover ham to make some classic eggs benedict, a denver omelet breakfast casserole, one night I just fried some up in some avocado oil and we fought over who got the last piece, and I used the bone to make an easy bean soup.

You have never fully enjoyed how wonderful ham can be until you've made this moist and flavorful Damn Good Whole Ham that shreds right off the bone.

Damn Good Whole Ham
 
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You have never fully enjoyed how wonderful ham can be until you've made this moist and flavorful Damn Good Whole Ham that shreds right off the bone.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6-8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 whole bone-in cured ham
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
Instructions
  1. Note: total cooking time will depend on your size of ham, but you can plan on about 30min/pound.
  2. Score the outer fat layer of the ham in a diamond pattern. Only let your knife go as deep as the fat and make the lines of the diamonds run about an inch apart. This will allow the fat to more easily render and it will also allow the pineapple glaze to better sink into the meat.
  3. Insert a meat thermometer into your ham and wrap the entire ham in foil. Cook the ham in the oven or on grill at 275 degrees F until the thermometer reads 130 degrees F.
  4. Combine the pineapple, brown sugar, and mustard in the blender to make a glaze.
  5. Once the ham its 130 degrees F, leave the ham on the foil but open it up. If there's excess liquid, drain off as much as you can. Pour the pineapple glaze all over the ham, trying to keep as much on the ham as you can. Leave the foil open but this time make more of a bowl with it. Continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 150 degrees F.
  6. Remove from oven or grill and allow to rest at least 15 minutes before slicing. Ham should fall off the bone. When done, reserve bone to make some leftover ham soup.

 

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