Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monster Mashed Pumpkin!

Today is Day #26 of BlogFEST 2012 and our Host of the Day is Daphne Steinberg of A Full Degree Below Normal.

Her theme for today is:

Monster Mash!

Okay—but it isn’t about monsters.  Rather it is about the odd foods we eat.

And you know—I’m so predictable when it comes to the foods I eat…that I had no idea what the heck I was going to offer up for this topic.  But when you dust off the cog wheels and get them turning, (a few glasses of wine does this nicely), amazing what you can come up with.

(Not really, it just sounded good).

My all time favorite fall soup is Spicy Veggie Soup.  Not so odd.  Not even scary!


I put turkey burger, a bag of Italian frozen veggies, some soup stock, and a half a bottle of V8 Hot and Spicy in a big ole pot…and in the time it takes to boil and simmer…I have some YUMMY spicy veggie soup. I have been known to substitute ground italian sausage for the turkey burger and throw in potatoes, rice, or whatever from time to time. 

I warn you: I don’t measure. I don’t question. I add whatever I have on hand.  I just pour and mix.  Kinda like a witch and her brew—only this won’t get you drunk.

I make sure that the V8 Hot and Spicy is on hand. If it doesn’t taste hot enough—I will add hot sauce.  I want this stuff to burn your lips, without actually burning your lips.  Italian_Soup_With_Sausage_113

Okay, so perhaps that isn’t all that odd, weird, and scary to eat, at all!!  Well to my credit—this is one of the few dishes that turns out really well no matter what I do to it.  It is wonderful to have this time of year and it warms you up from the inside. 

Alright…fine…I’ll try again!!!

How about Pumpkin, Sausage, Pasta Recipe?

Okay—so you get your favorite kind of pasta and cook it.  Then you cook up your Sausage, onion, and if you desire some mushrooms over medium heat until the sausage is cooked thoroughly. (In my opinion, mushrooms are the monster here. I don’t normally cook this dish with them---ewww scary!!)

Add in some Garlic and cook for a few more minutes, then drain if necessary.   Add in some chicken broth, pumpkin, wine, sage, salt, pepper and garlic powder and bring it to a boil.  Turn your heat down and simmer for 5-6 minutes, uncovered.  Then add in your pasta and heat it through. Pour some parmesan cheese on top—and voila—you have yourself a tasty meal.

Serve this with a glass of Chardonnay—oh Heaven!


(Disclaimer: I don’t cook this particular dish, hubby does.  So I don’t know how much of these ingredients to use for this recipe.  If you want MY recipe—whatever looks right should work… *snickers*  That should scare you into never eating anything I cook ever!! HA HA!  Well except my soup.)

And here you go—my contribution to Monster Mash.  I get that they aren’t too frightening—but hey—it might get you to try something different!!


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