Instant Pot Apple Chicken Sausage

Back in the day there was an artist named Bob Ross whose show ‘The Joy of Painting’ was on PBS for over 10 years.  In my neck of the woods it was on Saturday afternoons. Bob had the most hypnotic voice. It could lull you into the most relaxed state (a nice nap for me)……all his talk about happy little trees and happy little accidents. Instant Pot Apple Chicken Sausage was one of those happy little accidents. 

Instant Pot Apple Chicken Sausage

Sometimes in the grocery store, an item will lure me to buy it. Aldi’s……Saturday morning……walking by, minding my own business…..BAM……..a perfect package of back pepper fettuccine. How could I resist????

Not a clue in the world as to what I would use it for….. I just had to buy it. Continue reading “Instant Pot Apple Chicken Sausage”

Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine with Bacon

Carbs and cauliflower, add a dash of bacon and Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine with Bacon ……Delish! 

Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine with Bacon

There is something about roasting vegetables that brings out a natural caramelized sweetness, such is the case with cauliflower. Cauliflower has been the “it” veggie for quite sometime. Sauces, sides, pizza crust, and even a sub for mashed potatoes……..which by the way is excellent. Continue reading “Roasted Cauliflower Fettuccine with Bacon”

Minestrone Salad

Soup turned salad……..Minestrone Salad.

Minestrone Salad

Thick Italian minestrone is a combination of vegetables, pasta, beans, and tomatoes. Perfect for a snowy winter warm up.

But, it’s summer….and, its hot. I really don’t want soup. But the flavors of Minestrone sound really good…..lets try a salad!!

Minestrone Salad

Since there is no set recipe for minestrone…..according to Wikipedia. so add what you like. It’s usually made from in season vegetables. But, to be true minestrone according to cookbook author Angelo Pellegrini,minestrone must have beans.

Minestrone Salad

Well far be it from me to make an untrue minestrone, so we have beans. Two kinds…..dark red kidney, and white kidney or cannellini, as they are commonly referred too.

Fingerling potatoes, green beans, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and carrot, celery, and onions, are added to al dente gemelli pasta and the beans. Any small pasta will do, I just like the twisted look of the gemelli.

Minestrone Salad

Instead of a “salad dressing” I used sundries tomato pesto. It has the right flavor for minestrone and it gives the Minestrone Salad the tomatoey look of the soup.

Minestrone Salad
Top with parmesan cheese and garnish with parsley. Cool minestrone……

Minestrone Salad can be a main dish salad, served with a crusty loaf of bread, or as a side dish for your favorite meat.

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Minestrone Salad

Minestrone Salad

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 6 fingerling or baby red potatoes
  • 2 cups green beans, cut in half
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, cut into chunks
  • 1 can 15 1/2-ounce kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can 15 1/2-ounce cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 pound gemelli, cooked al dente and cooled
  • 1small jar sun dried tomato pesto
  • Parmesan cheese for serving
  • Chopped Parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Slice fingerling potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are just tender, about 8-10 minutes. Rinse under cold water to cool. Set aside.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add 1 teaspoon salt. add green beans and blanch the vegetables just until they’re bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and rinse them with cold water, and set aside.
  3. Toss all ingredients until the pesto coats the veggies, pasta, and beans. Top with parmesan cheese and garnish with parsley if desired.

Keywords: potatoes, green beans, carrots, zucchini, kidney beans, cannellini beans, cherry tomatoes, pasta, pesto, salad