Crock Pot Pasta e Fagioli


  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney orcannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups finely chopped cabbage
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup ditalini or other small pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (calculated without cheese) equals 258 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 885 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 17 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the broth, tomatoes, beans, carrots, cabbage, celery, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in pasta. Cover and cook on high 30 minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 quarts).
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Soft Chocolate cookies


Original recipe yields 3 dozen


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Beat butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Beat in one egg until completely incorporated; beat in last egg along with vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture until just incorporated. Drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until edges of cookies are firm, 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks.
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Pad See Ew

14oz dried rice noodles, soaked in water for 40 minutes
1/2 lb (1 cup) pork, thinly sliced
approximately 6 tblsp cooking oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 cup Chinese broccoli (or broccoli, cauliflower, carrots or mushrooms), cut into 1″ pieces
2 eggs, beaten
3 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp black soy sauce
2 tbsp light soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp ground black pepper

I added siracha, extra soy and teryaki sauce too


Combine all the sauce ingredients and add the sliced pork. Marinate the meat in the sauces at room temperature while preparing the other ingredients.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of cooking oil in a wok over high heat, add one of the cloves of smashed garlic, stir briefly (about 30 seconds), then add the cut vegetables and cook stirring constantly until partially cooked, but still firm. Remove from the wok.

Heat 4 tblsp cooking oil in a wok over medium heat until hot. Add the remainder of the garlic cloves, stir briefly. Then add the noodles and stir fry another 2-3 minutes until brown and soft, remove from the wok to a plate.

Add 1 tblsp oil to the wok, when hot add the marinated pork and eggs, stirring to cook through and combine. Then add the vegetables and stir fry to combine. Then add the noodles and stir fry to combine and if possible char the noodles until a little crispy on the edge (this may require more oil then you like!).

Serve hot with small condiment bowls of ground dried red chilis, sliced green chilies in white vinegar and white sugar.

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Lettuce Wraps

4 ounces thin rice noodles (needs something crunch, cooked noodles didn’t work…)
2 tablespoons roasted peanut oil or vegetable oil
Juice of 3 limes, plus lime wedges for serving
4 teaspoons teriyaki sauce (I used much more)
1 small red or green jalapeno pepper
1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled
Finely grated zest of 1 lime
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 medium bell peppers (1 red, 1 yellow), thinly sliced
1 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup roasted unsalted cashews, roughly chopped
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro and/or mint
2 romaine lettuce hearts, leaves separated

Cook the noodles as the label directs, then drain and toss with 1 tablespoon roasted peanut oil. Meanwhile, whisk the lime juice and 2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce in a small bowl. Combine the jalapeno (remove seeds for less heat), ginger and lime zest in a mini food processor and pulse until finely chopped, or finely chop with a knife.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon roasted peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until soft, 5 minutes. Add the ginger mixture and cook, stirring, until toasted, 1 minute. Add the bell peppers and cook, stirring, 3 more minutes. Add the turkey and the remaining 2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce; cook, stirring, until the meat is cooked through, about 5 more minutes.

Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice mixture, cashews and herbs. Pile the noodles and turkey mixture in the lettuce leaves. Serve with lime wedges.

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1 hothouse cucumber, halved and seeded, but not peeled
2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded
4 plum tomatoes
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
23 ounces tomato juice (3 cups) (used some bloody mary mix)
1/4 cup white wine vinegar (used rice vinegar)
1/4 cup good olive oil
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper


Roughly chop the cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and red onions into 1-inch cubes. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. Do not overprocess!

After each vegetable is processed, combine them in a large bowl and add the garlic, tomato juice, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving. The longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavors develop.

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Roasted Edamame

2 teaspoons olive oil or 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 (10 ounce) package ready-to-eat soybeans, thawed if using the frozen variety (fresh or frozen, edamame)

Preheat oven to 375°F.
In small bowl, stir together oil, basil, chili powder, onion salt, cumin, paprika and black pepper.
Drizzle mixture over soybeans and toss to coat well.
Arrange beans in a single layer in a shallow baking dish.
Roast, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes, stirring once, until soybeans begin to brown.
Serve hot as a vegetable side dish or cooled as a snack.
Refrigerate any leftovers.

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Pam Pow

I usually double this recipe

3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 lb ground chicken (I’ve done turkey)
1-2 packages holy basil
1 minced Thai chili pepper (original recipe called for 4-7, check how hot they are!)
2 tablespoons cooking oil

Mince garlic and chili pepper together. Clean and pick holy basil leaves from their stems. It may appear like a lot of leaves, but the leaves will shrink when cooked and this dish’s flavor comes from the leaves.

Fry the garlic and chili pepper in oil over high heat. When garlic starts to turn brown, drop the ground chicken in. Stir constantly. The juice will start to come out. Keep stirring until all the juice is gone. It might take a couple of minutes. Add fish sauce. Then add holy basil. Quickly turn it over a few times to mix the leaves with the meat and then remove from the heat and put the gai pad ga pow in the serving plate or dishes. Serve hot with rice.

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1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon

1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.
3 Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
4 Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
5 Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.
6 Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.
7 Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.
8 Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.
9 Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes.
10 Remove from pan immediately.

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Cinnamon Frosting

1 stick of butter, softened
4 cups of confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup of milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)
1 to 2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Put the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a regular bowl and a hand mixer) and beat until smooth.

Add the confectioners’ sugar, milk, vanilla (if you want; I thought it overwhelmed the cinnamon flavor) and cinnamon*.

Mix until blended and creamy; make sure to scrape the bowl with a spatula occasionally to get any renegade cinnamon hiding at the bottom.

Frost the cookies once they’ve cooled. I used an offset icing spatula that I probably bought at Bed Bath & Beyond or something.

* You might want to start with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, then taste the frosting and add more if you like. In an effort to combat the strength of the vanilla extract, I added two teaspoons, which led my sister to ask if I had made the frosting with Red Hots. But the cookies got rave reviews, so maybe Red Hots frosting is a good idea.

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Pumpkin Cookies (see also cinnamon frosting)

1 cup Brown Sugar
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Vegetable Oil
1 can Pumpkin (15 Oz.)
2 whole Eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3 cups All-purpose Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
½ teaspoons Salt
½ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
¼ teaspoons Ground Cloves

Preparation Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat together brown sugar, sugar, oil and pumpkin. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition, followed by the vanilla.

In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.

Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined.

Make 2″ circles

Bake for 11-15 min.

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