Tortellini Soup a la Nancy
This was a crockpot recipe that I modified. It’s easy to put together in a hurry, and it stretches if needed. I cooked it on the stove.
* Celery, carrots, onion, garlic
Dice & saute in a few tablespoons of olive oil.
* Add one can (small or large) diced tomatoes. Fry them up a little with the veggies.
* Add herbs (I used oregano, basil, chives, red & black pepper & salt) & vegetable (or chicken or beef) bouillon
* Add water.
* Let simmer awhile.
* Add one or two packages of cheese tortellini, until pasta is cooked but not mushy.
* Let simmer awhile longer.
* Add one package spinach, let it wilt.
* Turn off heat, then add one or two cans evaporated milk, plus some heavy cream or regular milk.
* Add lots of parmesan cheese. Serve it up!
Pumpkin Bars a la Paula Deen
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
15 -ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
8 -ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.
To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.
Bon appetit, babies.