Pizza Soup

SoupaWith yet another snow storm expected tonight – I guess winter isn’t quite done with us yet!

There’s still time to put  some hearty and warming soup on the menu.

One of our favorites is this very easy pizza soup.

Just a few ingredients to stir together and heat up, either on the stove top or in the crock pot.

It’s warm, satisfying, and really yummy.

We love it with a green salad, fresh rolls, Italian bread sticks, or even grilled cheese sandwiches.

Pizza Soup

1 pound ground beef or sausage
2 cans (26 ounces each) condensed tomato soup
6-1/2 cup water
1 jar (28 ounce) spaghetti sauce (I use one quart of homemade)
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1- 16 ounce bag rotini noodles
2 cups cheddar cheese

Brown the ground beef or sausage. Drain the grease.  Add to soup kettle or Dutch oven with the tomato soup, water, spaghetti sauce, and Italian seasoning.

Bring to boil. Add the package of rotini noodles. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until tender, about 15 minutes,  stirring often.

Stir in the cheddar cheese.

Serve warm with additional cheese to garnish.

You can make this soup in the crock pot – just add the browned meat, tomato soup, water, spaghetti sauce and Italian seasonings to the crock pot. Cook on high for three hours. Then you can either add the noodles and cook for another 30 minutes, or just cook the noodles on the stove and stir them in just before serving.

To spice things up – add some pepperoni, a can of mushrooms, or some  Canadian bacon pieces. Or throw some diced onion and green pepper into the meat while it’s browning.

Need it gluten free? Use your favorite gluten free pasta or omit it altogether and add extra meat or veggies.

It’s as flexible and versatile as pizza!


Shake and Bake Chicken


Since Matt is now living on his own and doing his own cooking, he told me that he actually reads my blog to find recipes!

Although he was quick to inform me that the majority of my food posts are for desserts!

So true. So true. 🙂

In an earnest effort to help my son eat a balanced diet – I have decided to do my best to share more main dish recipes.

To get things started right – here’s a family favorite that I got years ago from my sister Teresa. It’s a tried and true, super yummy chicken dish.

The spicy coating can be made in advance and stored in a cupboard till you need it, then you can use as little or as much as you need.

I’ve used it on boneless skinless chicken breasts, whole fryers that are cut up, cheap legs or thighs, and even pork chops.

Shake and Bake Chicken

1 cup bread crumbs
2 teaspoons celery salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons poultry seasonings
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon pepper
5 teaspoons onion powder

Mix together and store tightly closed. It will last 4 months on the shelf.

When ready to use, you will need:

1/2 cup milk
1 egg

Pour some coating in a bag.

Mix the milk and egg together. Dip each chicken piece in the milk mixture, then into the bag. Shake the chicken one piece at a time until well coated.

Place in a greased baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.

Delicious with mashed potatoes. (But then – isn’t everything!)


Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Teriyaki Chicken

I love using my crock pot.

I love it so much – I don’t have just one – I have 4 – all different sizes.

I have yet to use all 4 of them in one meal – but I’m working on it! 🙂

I love being able to just throw my ingredients in, turn it on and walk away.

This is one of those kind of recipes.

It’s been one of my favorite go-to crock pot recipes for years. I’ve had it so long that I don’t even remember where I got it.

I’ve used everything from chicken legs and thighs to chicken breasts to whole chickens; I have doubled and even tripled it and have never had it fail me.

Just cook up some rice, toss a salad and you have a warm and satisfying meal.

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

2 – 1/2 pounds of chicken
3/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons water or chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Place your chicken in the crock pot.  In a small mixing bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients.  Pour over the chicken and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

It’s that easy!

Just before serving, remove the meat from the crock pot and take it off the bone. I like to serve the meat in a bowl with the juice poured over it.

It’s delicious over rice or noodles!


I’ve linked this post up with Tasty Tuesday over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday over at Blessed With Grace, and Tuesdays at the Table over at All the Small Stuff.