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Updated-Zuppa Toscana Soup With Homemade Parmesan Croutons

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This soup is one you’ll have to try, it’s my Updated-Tuscan Soup With Homemade Parmesan Croutons.

Filled with chicken sausage, potatoes, and kale, and topped with homemade croutons. I decided to make a lighter version, instead of pork sausage, I’m using chicken sausage here but, turkey sausage would be just as delicious. The heavy cream added just at the end gives a touch of silkiness to the soup.

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Below is a picture of Tuscan Soup With Homemade Croutons by my daughter, Melissa. She made it her own by using an Italian-style vegan sausage and substituted spinach for the kale.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 6-quart Dutch oven, large mixing bowl, 6-quart stockpot, Serrated knife

Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds chicken sausage (substitute pork or turkey), casings removed
6 large red potatoes, sliced thin, then cut into half-moons (as seen above)
2 bunches of organic kale, chopped (8 to 10 cups)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 package of frozen yellow corn, drained and thawed
1 yellow onion, small dice
1 red bell pepper, small dice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary chopped
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2-quarts chicken broth, unsalted
1 cup heavy cream

Directions:
Prepare the Potatoes:
In a large pot of boiling salted water, add the sliced potatoes. Par-boil sliced potatoes for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain well, transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside.

While the potatoes are cooking prep all the veggies.

In a 6-quart Dutch oven, over medium heat, add olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, dried oregano, and fresh rosemary, cook for one minute, until fragrant. Add diced onions and diced red bell peppers, Kosher salt, and black pepper. Cook and continue stirring for another 2 to 3 minutes. Next, add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.

To the pot, add the chicken sausage. Using a wooden spoon, break up the sausage. Next, add the dried thyme. Cook sausage until brown, about 15 minutes. Chicken sausage is lean so there is no fat to drain.

Still, on medium heat, add the pre-washed chopped Kale in batches. Once the first batch goes into the pot, stir and combine until wilted. Add the second batch and repeat the process. Add the sliced potatoes, chicken broth, and corn. Stir to combine. Cook for 10 minutes.

Turn the heat down to low, add the heavy cream, stir and simmer for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. Cover to keep hot. There you have it my Updated-Zuppa Toscana Soup With Homemade Parmesan Croutons.

Click the link below for my recipe for Homemade Ciabatta Croutons.

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Fennel And Garlic Bone-In Pork Loin

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This was a special Easter for Steve and me, it was our 10th one together. To make it extra special and served family-style is my Garlic And Fennel Bone-In Pork Loin along with my Garlic Roasted Potatoes With Sautéed Peppers and Lemon Pepper Asparagus. 

I’ve posted links, for both, my other two recipes, they’re available at the end of this post.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Yields: 4 servings (2 chops per person)
Equipment: roasting pan with a rack, 1 (10-cup) food processor, plastic meat cutting board, chef’s knife, whisk, 1 (2-cup) glass measuring cup

Ingredients:
1 (5-pound) bone-in pork loin, bones French cut
6 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/3 cup of rosemary leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons of lemon zest (2 lemons)
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
2 tablespoons of Creamy Caesar dressing
1 heaping tablespoon of Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients For Pan Gravy:
1/4 stick of butter, unsalted
1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups of unsalted chicken broth
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) of the pan drippings
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Note: Pork loin needs to be at room temperature. Allow the meat to sit out for 30 minutes before cooking.

Place the pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan just large enough to hold it comfortably. In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process the garlic, rosemary, and fennel seeds until roughly chopped. Add the Caesar dressing, olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper until it becomes a smooth paste. Transfer the mixture to a small mixing bowl, add the lemon zest, mix to combine.

Rub the mixture all over the top of the pork and roast for 1 to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature is between 140 and 145-degrees F. Remove from the oven, transfer to a meat-safe cutting board and cover tightly with foil. Allow the pork to rest for 30 minutes. Slice between the bones and serve immediately.

While the pork is resting start the pan gravy.
Carefully pour the hot liquid from the roasting pan through a mesh sieve into a measuring cup. This will allow you to see how many pans dripping liquid you have.

Place the roasting pan on top of the stove on medium-high heat. Add the butter and allow to melt. Once the butter’s melted, add the flour, whisk to combine until a smooth paste (*roux) forms, and is blond in color. Still whisking slowly add the pan drippings and chicken broth, bring to a simmer. Continue to whisk, the *roux will cause the gravy to thicken. Add the parsley, stir to combine. Transfer the gravy to a large gravy boat.

There you have it my Fennel And Garlic Bone-In Pork Loin.

*Roux is a 1:2 ratio of fat to all-purpose flour.

Roasted Potatoes With Sautéed Peppers

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I think it’s just the English in me that always wants to make roasted potatoes. My Roasted Potatoes With Sautéed Peppers are so delicious you’ll want seconds. Let me show you how easy this dish is to make.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields: 4 to 6 servings
Equipment: large mixing bowl, 2 rimmed baking sheet pan, 1 (12-inch) sauté pan

Ingredients:
1 (2 to 2 1/2 pound) bag of small white potatoes, quartered
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 orange bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup of olive oil plus 2 tablespoons
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary, minced

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400-degrees F.
Cut the potatoes into quarters, the smaller ones in half, and mince the garlic. Place the potatoes into a large mixing bowl with olive oil, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and the minced garlic, toss until the potatoes are coated really well. Transfer the potatoes to two rimmed baking sheets pans, divided equally, and spread out into one layer. Roast the potatoes for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Important: Fifteen (15) minutes into the roasting process, using a spatula, move the potatoes around to prevent them from sticking to the pan. Flip the potatoes twice more during cooking in order to ensure they brown evenly on both sides.

While the potatoes are roasting, dice the bell peppers. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium-high heat. Add the diced peppers to the pan and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or just until soft.

Turn the oven off.
Remove the potatoes from the oven. Add the sautéed bell peppers, divided equally between the two pans. Sprinkle the freshly chopped rosemary over all the potatoes. Transfer to a large serving bowl. These are my Roasted Potatoes With Sautéed Peppers.

Note: If you need to keep the potatoes warm, place them back into the hot oven until you’re ready to serve.

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