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Provencal Soup

3 Apr


With Michael away for the next week, I finally get to eat all of my favorite meals that he hates! Our biggest dispute is over soup. I love soup but Michael doesn’t feel that soup is a real meal. But he’s away so I get to eat all the soup I want!

Ina Garten’s Provencal Vegetable Soup is one of my absolute favorites. I could eat it everyday and never get sick of it. I don’t make any major modifications to the recipe, except that I make extra Pistou and use whole wheat noodles instead of semolina. I find the potato/noodle combination particularly filling so I reduce the amount of noodles.

You can find the recipe on Food Network


This delicious salad accompanied my yummy soup. I was at my sister’s house and she had this amazing salad dressing by Salad Girl in Crisp Apple Maple. You can find it at Whole Foods in the refrigerated area of the produce section. I highly recommend trying it!


As always, enjoy!

Vegetable Bolognese

7 Mar


Pasta definitely tops the list of my favorite foods. Add in some cheese and it’s even better. However, being the healthy person that I am, I knew that I needed to throw in something to balance the pasta and cheese. Enter vegetables!


When I was at the grocery store this weekend these beauties jumped out at me and I knew that they would be perfect in this bolognese. It’s kind of sad that you can’t see their beautiful color but they sure tasted good.


Just a quick note, I doubled the recipe so that I could freeze half for later.

Inspired by Giada De Laurentiis
2 red bell peppers, chopped
8 oz cremini mushrooms, chopped
1 bunch rainbow carrots
1 onion, peeled and chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tsp fresh thyme
3 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/2 can tomato paste
16 oz. mascarpone cheese
1/4 cup parmesan
1/8 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
1/2 pound whole wheat pasta
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook pasta according to package and preheat oven to 350o
  2. Give the bell peppers, carrots and onion a rough chop and transfer to a food processor, along with the garlic and pulse until you have a mixture of finely grated and chunks of vegetables
  3. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, transfer vegetable mixture to the pan and add the thyme and oregano
  4. Cook vegetables until golden brown and stir in tomato paste
  5. Once tomato paste is combined, add vegetable broth and reduce for about 20 minutes
  6. Remove the pan from heat and stir in mascarpone and parmesan cheese
  7. Stir until both cheeses are combined
  8. Toss the pasta with the sauce and cubed mozzarella cheese. Spoon into individual ramekins or baking dish
  9. Bake until cheese is melted

As always, enjoy!