Here is one I love - not only is it a crockpot recipe, but it freezes well too!
Olive Garden's Pasta Fagioli
* 1 lb ground beef
* 1/2 chopped onion
* 1-2 carrots grated
* 2 stalks chopped celery
* 1 (14 ounce) cans undrained italian diced tomatoes
* 1 (16 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
* 1 (16 ounce) can white kidney beans, drained
* 2 (10 ounce) cans beef or chicken stock
* 1.5 teaspoons oregano
* 1 teaspoons pepper
* 2.5 teaspoons parsley
* 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce (optional)
* 1 (20 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
* 1/2 cup pasta (small pasta, like acini de pepe)
1. Brown beef in a skillet.
2. Drain fat from beef and add to crock pot with everything except pasta.
3. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 4-5 hours.
4. During last 30 min on high or 1 hour on low, add pasta.
SO good. Add more tabasco if you want more of a kick. I know I love spicy foods while I'm pregnant.
These rolls go GREAT with the soup and are easy to make if you have a mixer.
Cornmeal Rolls (vegan and regular)
Vegan subs are in parentheses.
1/3 cup cornmmeal
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick of Nucoa or other dairy free margarine)
2 cups milk (1 can coconut milk)
1 pkg yeast
1/4 cup warm water (must be between 105 and 115 deg)
2 eggs, beaten (3 tsp Ener-G egg replacer plus 1/3 cup water)
4-5 cups flour
Put cornmeal, sugar, salt, butter and milk into pot and cook until thick - stir frequently. It will be the consistency of thickish cream of wheat.
Cool mixture (I put onto a cookie sheet and put outside and it cools it faster).
Add yeast to warm water - then add yeast/water mix to the cooled cornmeal mixture.
Add eggs and mix, then add flour one cup at a time (I use 4 cups and it works well).
Rise in warmed oven - punch down and then add flour on counter or cutting board and flatten with your hands - use the rim of a glass to cut circles in dough. Or you can put a layer of cornmeal on a pan and then just roll the dough out to meet all edges. Take a pizza cutter and cut squares into it like pull apart dinner rolls.
Sprinkle a thin layer of cornmeal over a cookie sheet and put circles of dough on it - cover with towel and stick back in warmed oven to rise again.
When risen, cook for 15-20 minutes at 375 deg. When done, take a stick of butter (margarine) and baste the tops of the rolls.
(I find that cooking for longer at a lower temp works better for the vegan rolls)
Rachel, wifey to (3/06), tandem nursing mama to(7/08) & (4/11) and missing (7/09, 2/10, 7/10)