Chorizo and Kale Soup

It’s February in Ohio, so that means it’s cold, like really freaking cold. It’s been 18 degrees the past week or so and that is just not a fun time. Soup is a cure all and when it’s so cold that you want to die outside, this is the soup for you. I got this recipe from Halfbaked Harvest, and if you haven’t checked out how amazing she is, you need to ASAP. This smoky potato soup has just the right kick to warm you up inside and out.

Ingredients

  • 1 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3/4 LBS Smoked Spanish Chorizo, sliced
  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 6 Garlic Cloves, Chopped
  • 2 TSP Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 TSP Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 Small Yukon Gold Potatoes, Chopped
  • 6-8 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Lemon, Juiced
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 4-6 Cups Kale, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 Cup Grated Manchego Cheese

Let’s Get Cooking

Heat the olive oil in a large pot in med-high heat. When the oil is starting to bubble, add in the chorizo and onions. Brown all over for about 5-8 minutes. Add in the garlic + paprika + cayenne stir and cook for about another 2 minutes. Add in the potatoes and toss to coat. Add in the chicken broth and lemon juice, season with salt + pepper. Simmer for med-high heat for about 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes are fully cooked.

Remove 1/2 cup of potatoes from the soup and mash/blend them. Stir the mashed potatoes back into the soup with the kale + milk + manchego cheese. Cook until the kale has started to wilt a little for about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and serve with some crusty bread.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Butternut Squash with Pomegranates & Goat Cheese

Butternut squash has really grown on me, I used to hate squashes. But I have noticed that when you roast the squash it takes on all new flavors. I found this recipe by Kelly from Eat The Gains. I love goat cheese, so I just figured it would add something extra to this roasted squash.

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Butternut Squash, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Arils
  • 1/2 Cup Goat Cheese
  • Salt + Pepper

Dressing

  • 2 TBSP Lemon Juice
  • 1 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Rosemary, chopped

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Toss the cubed squash with coconut oil + garlic powder + salt + pepper, make sure all is coated evenly. Spread out on the baking sheets and bake for about 30-40 minutes, stir once around 20 minutes. Make sure the squash is fork-tender before removing from heat.

Mix together the dressing ingredients and add salt + pepper to taste. Transfer the finished squash into a baking dish and stir in the dressing. Add in the pomegranate + goat cheese and mix to combine.

Then, enjoy!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Noodles with Feta & Paprika

Pasta is like a life force, it’s so damn good and it revives your soul. It’s so versatile too, you can put just about anything on it and it will taste amazing. This recipe has become a fav of mine from Action Bronson because it is so damn easy and so damn tasty. Also, you are probably going to have all these ingredients in your cabinets.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Wide Egg Noodles
  • 1/2 Stick Salted Butter
  • 4 oz Sheep’s Milk Feta Cheese [or any kind of feta]
  • 1 TSP Paprika

Let’s Get Cooking

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the egg noodles according to the package.

While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the pasta is cooked, add it to the skillet with butter along with a few spoonfuls of the pasta water.

Add in the paprika and toss to coat, I always like to add a little but more so all the noodles can get coated. Add in the feta and toss again as well. Feel free to add more of the pasta water to loosen up the sauce.

Serve up in a bowl, add a little bit more feta over top, and there you go!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup cures the soul, that’s what they say right? It is incredibly easy to make at home and tastes 10 times better. Also makes your house smell amazing. Make using your own broth, or store bought, I don’t judge here. I utilized The Recipe Critic’s recipe as well! So go make this soup and warm up.

Ingredients

  • 10 Cups Bone Broth/Or Store Bought
  • 2 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 4 Large Carrots, sliced
  • 4 Celery Stalks, sliced
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 3 Large Garlic Cloves, minced
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 12 Oz Wide Egg Noodles
  • 2 Cups Diced Chicken (I bought a Rotisserie chicken and diced it up)
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Parsley

Let’s Get Cooking

Grab your largest pot and and add the olive oil + celery + carrots + onion. Saute over high heat for about 4-5 min. Add in the garlic + salt + pepper and saute for another minute.

Add in your chicken broth + egg noodles and bring the pot up to a boil. You’re going to reduce the heat to let the egg noodles cook for about 8 minutes. You don’t want soggy noodles so definitely watch the noodles.

Add in the diced chicken now and fresh parsley. Let the chicken come up to temperature. Add salt + pepper to taste & you are good to go!

Go warm up & enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Antoni’s Farro Bowls

I’ve gone back to Antoni’s cookbook, it’s been too long and I missed it. So I am back trying out new recipes and this one, THIS RECIPE is a keeper let me tell you. It has so much flavor and it is so filling and satisfying. Now I couldn’t find Farro at my local grocery store so I went with Tabouli. I figure the recipe will work with any type of whole grain.

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Large Sweet Potatoes, cut into 1/2inch cubes
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 3/4 TSP Chili Powder
  • 1/4 TSP Cayenne Powder
  • Salt + Pepper
  • 1 Cup Farro – Or whatever whole grains works best for you
  • 3 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1 LB Chicken Breast
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Cup Coarsely Chopped Fresh Cilantro
  • 4 Cups Arugula
  • 1/2 Cup Roasted Salted Almonds, chopped
  • 1 TBSP Grated Lemon Zest
  • 1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt

Let’s Get Cooking

Start off by preheating the over to 450F

Place the chopped sweet potatoes on a baking sheet with 2 TBSP Olive Oil + Chili Powder + Cayenne + 1/4 TSP Salt. Leave spaces in between the sweet potatoes so they can crisp up. Bake for 15 min, toss, and then bake again for another 10 minutes. Remove from heat when done and let cool.

While the sweet potatoes are cooking, cook your grain of choice by package directions. Add into the cooking water bay leaves + AVC + 1 1/2 TSP Salt. Cook the grain according to the package cooking time. Drain when finished and let cool.

Pat the chicken dry and season with 1/2 TSP Salt. Heat 2 TBSP Olive Oil in a large pan over med-high heat. Cook the chicken undisturbed for about 5-7 min and lip and cook 5-7 more. Add the lemon juice into the pan and let cook for one more minute. Remove the chicken from heat and let cool before cutting into cubes. Save the chicken cooking juices.

In a large bowl, toss together the farro (or your grain) + sweet potatoes + chicken + pan juices + cilantro. Top each off with arugula + almonds + lemon zest + yogurt.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Cheesy Pull-Apart Sourdough

Me and just about everyone else who has a slight obsession with food jumped on the Sourdough train during quarantine. I have zero regrets about it and Brad [my sourdough starter] is still going strong. Sourdough is so versatile, that’s what makes it so fun. This recipe was inspired from Tik Tok by Morgan Hipworth. For the recipe, I used my homemade sourdough but obviously this can also be done with a store bought loaf.

Ingredients

  • One Sourdough Loaf [homemade or store bought]
  • 1 Block of Cheese, cut into thin slices, I used Monterey Jack because that is all the store had
  • 4 TBSP Butter, melted
  • 2-3 Cloves of Garlic, finely diced
  • Fresh Parsley, finely chopped

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the Oven to 375F.

Using a bread knife, cut down into the top of your bread, going horizontally, and vertically. This makes the pieces to pull out.

Take your cheese slices and tuck them into the bread, making sure each pull out piece has cheese around it.

Melt the butter and add in the chopped garlic + parsley. Brush the sourdough with the butter mixture.

Place into the oven for about 5-10 min to get the bread toasty and all the cheese melty. Keep a close eye on it, depending on your oven it may go quicker.

Take out and share with your friends and family immediately. Trust me it’s dangerous.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Creamy Spinach Chicken

The inspo for this recipe comes from a recipe I saw on Pinterest. The recipe on Pinterest focuses more on a tray bake and sometimes I just do not want to do that whole mess. So instead I decided to scale it down, so I can enjoy this dinner nightly and don’t have to worry about leftovers. I hope you enjoy my switch up.

Ingredients

  • 2 Garlic Cloves, finely diced
  • Chicken Breast
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • Cream Cheese, enough to cover the chicken breast
  • Chicken Seasoning [Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Salt, Pepper, Paprika]
  • 1/4 Cup Mozzerella Cheese
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 375F.

Pour the oil into a large pan and saute the garlic. Once the garlic is aromatic, add in the spinach until it is all cooked down.

Place the chicken on the pan and season both sides. Then spread on the cream cheese until most of the chicken breast is covered. Top the chicken off with the cooked spinach and then cover with the mozzerella cheese.

Cook the chicken for about 15-18 minutes depending on how thick the chicken breast is.

And sooo yeah, that’s pretty much it. Super easy and super delicious and creamy! I hope you love it!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Brussel Sprouts with Pistachios & Lime

With Thanksgiving coming up this is a perfect side dish to share with your family. Or if you are doing this year on your own, it’s a good side to have alone. This recipe is from last year’s Thanksgiving edition of Bon Appétit. I loved it when I tried it, the pistachios give a great crunch and a bit of salt to balance out the sweetness of the honey.

Ingredients

  • 2 LB Small Brussel Sprouts, trimmed
  • 3 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 3 TBSP Unsalted Butter
  • 3 TBSP Raw Pistachios
  • 2 TBSP Date Molasses/Honey
  • 1 TSP Honey
  • Zest of 1/2 Lime
  • 2 TBSP Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 TSP Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 450F and move a rack down to the lower 3rd of the oven. Toss the chopped brussel sprouts with oil + salt + pepper. Roast the brussel sprouts for about 15 minutes, shake the brussel sprouts to loosen them from the pan and then continue to roast for another 5-10 min.

Reduce heat to 350F and cook for another 10 minute or until a fork is able to easily slide through.

While the brussels are cooking, melt the butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add in the pistachios + salt into the pan and cook for about 4 min or until browned. Remove from heat and place on a paper towel. Chop coarsely afterwards. Make sure you cook them whole and then chop after and don’t do it like me. If you cook them already chopped they will burn easily.

In the same pan, add in the honey + date molasses/honey + lime juice and simmer over medium heat. Add in 1 TBSP of water and swirl to emulsify. Add in the cooked brussel sprouts and toss to coat.

Pour into the serving dish, top off with the pistachios + lime zest + red pepper flakes + salt.

Serve with lime wedges if you’d like & enjoy!

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Julia Child’s Apple Tart

Julia Child is the end all be all. I received her both volumes of her cookbook Mastering The Art of French Cooking for Christmas one year and they are both something I would grab if my house was on fire. This recipe is all homemade, from the tart shell to the apple filling. This will 100% impress your friends and family when you present this. Be ready to set some time aside, but it is totally worth it.

Ingredients

Pastry Shell:

  • 2 Cups Sifted All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 2 Pinches of Sugar [her words not mine]
  • 1/4 lb Chilled Butter cut into 1/2 in cubes [again this is where a kitchen scale really comes in handy]
  • 3 TBSP Chilled Vegetable Shortening
  • 5 TBSP Cold Water

Apple Tart

  • 4 lbs Crisp Cooking apples, I used half granny smith and half honeycrisp hybrid
  • 1 TSP Lemon
  • 2 TBSP Sugar + 2/3 Cup
  • 1/3 Cup Apricot Preserves, forced through a sieve
  • 1/4 Cup Calvados, Rum, or Cognac [can substitute for a TBSP of Vanilla extract]
  • 3 TBSP Butter
  • 1/2 TSP Cinnamon & grated rind of 1 lemon/orange

Let’s Get Baking

I love Julia Child, but jeez her recipes can be unnecessarily complicated so I am going to do my best to make this simple.

We are going to start with the pastry shell. You are going to add together the flour + salt + sugar + butter + vegetable shortening into a large bowl. Using the tips of your fingers, rub together the fat until it has broken into small pieces. Don’t worry about them getting incredibly small they will blend more later.

Slowly add the water and blend the mixture with the other hand. The goal is to gather the dough into a large mass. Sprinkle up to another TBSP more of water over any parts that have not added to the main ball of dough. Press the dough into a firmly shaped ball, it should hold together but not be sticky.

Lightly flour a cutting board and with the heel of one hand, rapidly press the dough down onto the board. I did this a couple times to fully incorporate the butter. Scrape together all the dough and knead it slightly into a smooth ball. Cover with wax paper and place into the fridge for an hour, or freeze up to 3 days.

When it’s time to bake the shell, preheat the oven to 375F. Carefully roll out the shell into a 10inch circle. Gently place the shell into a tart pan and press down until the pastry fills the tin. Cook for 5-6 minutes. Then remove the shell, prick the bottom of the shell with a fork and bake for about 8-10 minutes more. The shell will remove slightly from the mold and will brown.

Now onto the apple tart. You are going to quarter, core, and peel all of the apples. Cut the apples into about 1/8 inch slices, enough for about 3 cups. I recommend using a mandolin. Once you have 3 cups, add in the lemon juice and 2 TBSP of sugar, mix together and reserve for the top.

The rest of the apples will be cut into rough slice, about 8 cups. Add the apples into a pan and cook covered on low heat for about 20 minutes. Stir here and there until tender. Beat the remaining ingredients into the pan, including the remaining 2/3 cups of sugar. Increase the heat until it bowls and is thick enough to hold a mass on the spoon.

Preheat the oven to 375. & spread the apple sauce on the precooked pastry shell.

Cover the applesauce with the left over apples in concentric circles. Top off with some of the apricot glaze and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove and place on a cooling rack, service warm or cold.

I say warm with vanilla ice cream is always the way to go.

Always Hungry,

Hannah

Homemade Bagels

I’ve said this so many times but it’s so true, bread is so much easier to make at home than people make it out to be. Your simple bagel and white bread is so much closer than the grocery store. Feel free to add cheese on top or do whatever you like, go crazy. These bagels take no time at all to make and you can enjoy them for breakfast or for whatever you please! I used the recipe from Finding Silver Linings!

Ingredients

  • One Packet of Dry Active Yeast
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cups Warm Water
  • 3 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour + extra for kneading
  • 1 1/2 TSP Salt
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Egg White for the egg wash

Lets Get Cooking

In a large measuring cup, add 1/2 cup warm water + sugar + yeast. DO NOT STIR. Let this sit for about 5 minutes to least the yeast build. After the five minutes, stir everything until it all dissolves.

In a large bowl, mix together the flour + salt. Make a well in the middle and add in the yeast mixture.

Pour the final 1/3 Cup of warm water into the flour mixture as well. Mix until you have a moist and firm dough. If you need to add water to achieve this add in a little at a time.

Flour a surface and knead the dough for about 7 minutes until it’s smooth and elastic. Clean the bowl that the dough was mixed in and lightly oil the sides. Add in the kneaded dough and turn it until it is covered in the oil. Cover the dough and let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour. Punch the dough down and let rest for another 10 min.

Divide the dough into 8 pieces and round the pieces making them as smooth as possible. Press your finger into the center of each dough ball and form a ring. Stretch the ring out slightly and place on an oiled cookie sheet, cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425F and bring a large pot of water to boil. Boil about 4 bagels at a time for about 2 min each side. Remove from the water and place back on the sheet.

Once all the bagels have been boiled, brush with an egg wash and bake for 20 min.

Once they are golden brown, take them out, & enjoy!

Always Hungry,

Hannah