Low Carb Italian Bowl of Love

Ingredients:

2  Sausages (I used Al Fresco)

1/2  cup roasted vegetables (I used Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Peppers and Onions, you can make your own roasted vegetables by grilling or broiling)

3 Tablespoons or more to taste marinara sauce

Parmesan cheese, optional


Cook sausages, I grilled mine. Slice into bite size pieces. Warm up vegetables and marinara sauce. Combine ingredients and garnish with Parmesan cheese if desired. You can serve this over low carb pasta if you wish but it will change the carb count from low carb to medium high carb. 


***As far as the carb count goes, the sausages I used were 1 carb each. The toasted vegetables were about 4 carbs. My marinara was on the high side, I didn’t notice it until I read the label. I used tomato basil flavor and used about 3 tablespoons which was approximately 4 carbs. My goal carb count 9 carbs. Not bad. I didn’t count the cheese because I used so little. You will need to read your labels to see what your total carb count is. I currently have 2 boxes of low carb pasta in my pantry but I find the carb count on the high side. I can’t imagine what regular pasta is. 

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Mozzarella Meatloaf

This is a small meatloaf recipe.  It can be doubled or tripled for larger families. I typically make a couple of smaller loaves and share with family  or freeze the leftovers. 

  
Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground chuck, I use 80/20, if you prefer, use ground chicken or turkey  

3/4 teaspoon garlic salt, or more to taste 

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste

1/2 teaspoon Italian Seasoning

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs

1 egg, beaten

2 teaspoons Worchestshire sauce

1/4 cup tomato sauce, I used the one with basil, garlic and oregano

1 mozzarella cheese stick, I used string cheese

Pizza sauce, marinara sauce or ketchup for the top of meatloaf, about 1/4 cup

    
  Place cheese stick in the center and cover completely with the meatloaf mixture.   

 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix all ingredients except for cheese stick. Once ingredients are combined, flatten meat out and put cheese stick in the center. Form into a loaf or loaves if you make 2 mini loafs as I did and place in baking pan. Brush on topping of your choice, pizza sauce, marinara sauce or ketchup. Bake for 35-40* minutes until done. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.  Mangia!  Mangia!

*If you make one meatloaf, I would add a couple of cheese sticks and bake longer. 

  

Easy Lasagna Soup


I love lasagna and I love lasagna soup even more. This is an easy one pot soup that is ready to eat in 30 minutes. Enjoy this soup with a salad and garlic bread and you have a great meal. The leftovers are even better!

Ingredients:
1 pound ground or with casing removed, sweet or hot sausage, I used sweet
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced
3 garlic cloves minced
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce (24 ounces), I used Barilla, it was on sale
1 carton of beef broth, 32 ounces, I used low fat and low sodium
2 bay leaves
1/2 – 1 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes, this doesn’t make the soup spicy, it brings out the flavor
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
3 basil leaves, snipped with shears in to small shreds
Salt and Pepper to taste
6 lasagna noodles, broken into pieces

Garnish:
4 ounces ricotta cheese
1/4 Parmesan cheese (the dry powdered stuff you use on spaghetti)
Dash of salt
1/8 teaspoon of fine black pepper
Mozzarella cheese, grated

Brown sausage in a soup pot for 8 minutes, breaking it up as it cooks. Add onion, green pepper and garlic. Cook an additional 5 minutes or so. Sausage should not be pink or red at this point. Pour in marinara sauce and beef broth. Add seasonings to the pot, bay leaves, chili flakes, Italian Seasoning, basil leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, add lasagna noodles and cook till noodles are tender. I cooked mine about 13 minutes. Remove Bay Leaves.

Serve soup into bowls. Top with mozzarella cheese and a scoop of ricotta. This would be perfect with a salad and garlic bread for a meal. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Baking Beauties and Damn Delicious.

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