Cabbage Sausage Pasta

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Half a box of pasta, a pound of sausage, and some green cabbage that was tucked in the fridge added up to a winning last-minute meal a few weeks ago. It was such a hit with my family that I decided to make it again and write up the recipe to share with you all.

My family loved this dinner so much, there may have even been an argument over who was going to eat the leftovers. I love it so very much when a dinner created from whatever happens to be on hand turns out to be this delicious.

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Pasta with Sausage

The magic that sausage adds to a pasta dish can’t be overstated. Sausage adds incredible flavor to pasta recipes and I find myself using it regularly.

As I learned with my cousin’s Pizza Soup recipe many years ago, a little bit of sausage goes a long way toward flavoring a dish. You don’t need to buy a fancy sausage either! I keep several packages of basic breakfast sausage (mild and spicy varieties) on hand in the freezer for quick and easy dinners.

There are endless ways to use everyday breakfast sausage for easy dinners with minimal effort and the sausage recipes here are a testament to that.

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Cabbage Pasta

Pasta with cabbage is another of my favorite ways to cook pasta. The cabb

The Easiest (and tastiest!) Chili Recipe Ever

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This easy chili recipe is filled with beans, tomatoes, corn, and plenty of Mexican spices. I’ve made this chili with meat and without and it’s delicious both ways.

I’m sharing the easiest chili recipe I make with you today, because as simple as it is, it remains my go-to dinner plan when we arrive home from traveling and I don’t have time or motivation to head for the store.

The easiest and tastiest chili you'll ever make!

Simple Chili Recipe

Originally, this was simply an assortment of canned goods that I combined one afternoon when we had just arrived back in town and there wasn’t a bit of fresh food in the house.

After every single person at the table commented on how much they enjoyed the meal, I decided to scribble out a list of the ingredients and make it again. I’ve tweaked the ingredients a little bit here and there but no matter what, it comes out delicious every time.

The convenience of this recipe can’t be beaten. Ten years later, with the same nine cans of beans, tomatoes, green chile, and corn, it all still adds up to a comforting, warm, satisfying, and healthy meal.

Lazy Day Chili - a.k.a. Nine Can Chili

Best Easy Chili Recipe

I’ve made many chilis in my day and many, like Hearty Pepper Chili, Whit

10 Minute Southwest Chicken Soup

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Loaded with our favorite Mexican flavors; this Southwest Chicken Soup is slightly spicy with chunks of tomatoes, corn, black beans, and tender chicken.

I topped our steaming bowls of soup with a handful of shredded cheese and the entire family gave this meal two thumbs up.

Southwest Chicken Soup - you can make it in just 10 minutes!

Southwest Chicken Soup

Dinner in just TEN minutes. Seriously. I even timed myself making this soup the second time because it came together so fast. And it was good!

Like everyone else I know, I love having a go-to list of meals that require little to no effort to get on the table. This Southwest Chicken Soup is a winner of a quick and easy dinner!

Within just a few minutes, this soup will be hot and ready to eat! Loaded with all of our favorite Mexican ingredients and flavors, we make versions of this soup at least once a month throughout the cooler months of the year.

10 Minute Chicken Soup

About all that you will need to make this soup is a handful of pantry ingredients and some leftover chicken. This is the ultimate last-minute dinner and it’s a popular one here.

You can use a grocery store rotisserie chicken, a roasted chicken, shredded chicken, or a couple of leftover grilled or baked chicken thighs.

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Egg Roll in a Bowl Ramen

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Egg roll in a bowl ramen is an irresistible skillet of deconstructed egg rolls tossed with ramen noodles and I’m telling you now that you are going to love it.

I’ve been holding out on you, my friends. I first made this over a month ago and I’ve made it four more times since then. It was an immediate family favorite from the very first bite, and right now, I can’t get enough of it.

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Egg Roll Ramen Skillet

The key to stress-free stir-fry recipes is prepping everything in advance. And this egg roll in a bowl with ramen works the same way. You’ll want to have the ingredients prepared and lined up next to the stove before you turn on the heat.

The bulk of the prep time for this recipe is spent slicing the vegetables. If you can find a bag of shredded matchstick carrots at the store, you’ll have everything prepped in just minutes. (And if you need to slice the carrots yourself, don’t stress, it honestly doesn’t take all that much time or effort!)

egg roll bowl with ramen noodles

Once everything is assembled and ready to cook, the actual cooking time is barely ten minutes. You’ll need a large, deep skillet to stir fry. I typically use a pan like this one or this one

The Tomato Soup You Are Going To Crave

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This is, without doubt, bar none, the best tomato soup I have ever tasted. I’ve been making this soup almost weekly to satisfy the craving for the past six months. It’s that good. 

If you have someone in your family who doesn’t like tomato soup, this three-ingredient crockpot recipe is the one you can use to convince them otherwise. It has made diehard fans of me and my boys.

The BEST Tomato Soup

3 Ingredient Tomato Soup

Inspired by a spaghetti sauce that my friend Christi told me about years ago, Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce, this crock-pot tomato soup recipe includes butter as a key ingredient. And let me tell you, it makes a world of difference.

You’ll need just three ingredients to make this recipe: tomatoes, onion, and butter.

The fats from the butter balance out the acidity of the tomatoes and onions beautifully. This is not the sweetly acidic version from a can that you may have experienced as a child. This crockpot tomato soup has a rich, savory taste you will relish.

This is a slow cooker recipe, but you’ll notice I’ve also included stovetop directions. So, feel free to make it however you find the most convenient. I reach for the crockpot most often myself, but for an easy lunch, the stove is my go-to.

Crockpot Tomato Soup

Slow cookers or crockpots are an appliance of which I have more than one. If you are an avid slow cooker user like I am, you might understand the need for more than one. So, let’s talk about my favorites:

First up is this 6-quart slow cooker that has a locking lid. These crockpots are fantastic for transporting foods. Mine has gone everywhere from church potlucks to barbecues, game nights to Thanksgiving dinner. However, fair warning, these slow cookers run crazy hot. Low is closer to a boil than a simmer, the warm setting actually simmers. So trust me when I say HIGH is high.

My everyday slow cooker is this 8-quart Crockpot. It’s my go-to appliance for cooking large roasts and big batches of chili. Fun fact: did you know that a full 4-quart cooker, actually cooks more slowly than a half-full 8-quart cooker?

For just cooking a few pounds of chicken to shred for enchiladas or other smaller recipes, this 3-quart version is perfect.

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