• Sick Day Ditalini Soup

    Don’t you hate it when your head is stuffy and your throat hurts and all you want to do is order ramen from Korean Frying but realized you had ramen the night before so now you have absolutely no dinner plans and go digging through cabinets and Google to make something magical come together?

    That happened a few nights ago. I had bought a box of ditalini pasta because the idea of soup sounded good a few grocery trips ago. I had half a box left (no idea what I used the half in??) so I went searching for a recipe and found a pretty easy looking soup that I had most of the ingredients for.

    There’s some of the ingredients. Not pictured are some spices, garlic, and the celery I was supposed to put in it but found out I didn’t actually have.

    Pretty easy peasy. Dice up your onion and carrots, garlic, and imaginary celery. Saute it in your big purple pot (because EVERYONE should have a big purple pot). Add in broth and beans.

    Add your tomatoes, parsley, oregano, salt/pepper….all that good stuff.

    Dump in pasta and cook about 10-12 minutes until pasta is tender. Then dish it up and top with some parmesan cheese!

    Super yummy and just what I wanted.

    Here’s the full list of ingredients…

    • 1 1/2 cups Barilla Ditalini, dry
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 cup onion, diced
    • 1 cup carrots, diced
    • 1/2 cup celery, diced
    • 2 cloves
    • 48 fluid oz chicken broth
    • 19 oz cannellini beans, canned, drained, rinsed
    • 4 large plum tomatoes, diced (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
    • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped and divided
    • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
    • black pepper to taste
    • salt to taste
    • 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, freshly grated and divided

  • Crock Pot Taco Soup

    Yesterday I posted about trying to get back into the clean eating and a good starting point grocery list. Of course after I posted about the shopping I found THIS awesome blog. I can see this make the actual meal planning process so. much. easier! Check it out… Themed meal planning. I had to come back and share it too. It can really work with any kind of diet. There are so many options you could use and yet having the initial framework to build your menu makes finding recipes super easy.

    In that post she starts her week with Monday being Soup Day. There are about 9 million different soup recipes. I hadn’t planned on planning like this right away but I’ve been craving some taco soup so why not?!

    crock pot taco soup

    Crock Pot Taco Soup


    1lb ground turkey (or beef if you want)

    1 packet taco seasoning (or be clean and make your own)

    2 cans diced tomatoes – I used 1 mexi and one Italian because its what I had

    2 cans beans drained – use what you want..I used 1 black, 1 white northern

    1 can diced green chilis

    1/2 diced onion

    A couple shakes garlic powder

    Chicken broth (about 1 – 2 cups until its more soupy than chili-y. Unless you want chili…then ignore the broth)

    Frozen corn – I forgot to add this but I wanted to. Oops!

    Tortilla chips and cheese to top with if you want

    Do it – 

    Cook your meat with your taco seasoning. Add to crock pot with the rest of your ingredients except for the chips/cheese and let simmer for a few hours. Not very scientific. I put mine on medium for about 3 hours. When it’s hot and you’re hungry scoop into bowls, crunch a few tortilla chips on top and add cheese if you want it. So yummy and perfect now that the weather is cooling off.

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