IRL. Miso Ramen Kit

May is Asian and Pacific Islander Month and what better way to celebrate a culture than through their food. I was at ALDI the other day and found these Ramen kits from IRL Food. They had spicy chicken and this miso ramen, I picked up both because they looked so good. I used Budget Bytes as a source to spice up my ramen kit and make it a proper meal. It was incredibly easy to put together and the miso broth from the kit was DELICIOUS. I can’t wait to taste the spicy chicken.

Ingredients

  • Ramen Kit
  • 1 Egg
  • Scallions, diced
  • Ginger
  • 1 Garlic Clove, minced
  • Spinach
  • Hot Sauce
  • Olive Oil

Let’s Get Cooking

The kit starts off by bringing the broth to a low boil.

While that’s heating up, in a skillet saute garlic + zested ginger with the olive oil. Once that becomes fragrant, add in the spinach and cook until wilted.

Once the broth has come to a boil, add in the noodles. Break the noodles up with a fork. Let that boil on low for about 2 minutes.

Turn down to a low simmer and crack an egg into the broth. Let it cook enough that the white is fully cooked but the yolk is still soft.

Once done, pour into a bowl, and top with spinach + scallions + a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce!

Enjoy and be sure to give your support to local Asian-owned businesses!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Pasta Bolognese

There’s nothing more magical than homemade sauce and pasta. I got a pasta maker for Christmas and I have loved using it. There’s something about knowing all the ingredients that go into your meal. The pasta recipe is from Love & Lemons the Bolognese comes from Pasta Evangelist, I tweaked it a little as I found it worked better for me personally.

Ingredients

HOMEMADE PASTA:

  • 1 Cup Semolina Flour
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour [if no semolina just do 2 cups APF]
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 TSP Sea Salt
  • 1/2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil

BOLOGNESE SAUCE

  • 2 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Small Onion, diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 1 Large Carrot, diced
  • 1-2 Celery Stalks, diced
  • 300g Ground Beef [about 1lb]
  • 2 1/2 TBSP Red Wine
  • 1 14oz Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Pasta Water
  • Salt & Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

You’re going to start by making the homemade pasta first. I made the dough in the mixer, I found that it came out a lot smoother than doing it by hand. You can still do it by hand if you prefer of course.

Combine eggs + oil + salt + flour into the mixer and mix on low until combined into a shaggy ball. Flour the counter and knead the dough for about 8-10 minutes. If it’s sticky, add flour while kneading. It should turn into a smooth ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest at room temp for about 30 minutes.

Using a pasta maker, or rolling pin, roll out your pasta into thin sheets and cut based on your preferred pasta shape.

Onto the bolognese.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Once the oil is hot, add in the onions until soft. Add in the crushed garlic and cook until fragrant, turn down the heat to MED-LOW so you do not burn the garlic. Add in celery + carrots until soft.

Add in the ground beef, making sure to break it up with a wooden spoon. Make sure there is no pink left in the meat.

Add in the red wine + diced tomatoes + tomato sauce + salt + pepper. Cover and simmer on MED-LOW for about 40 minutes.

In a separate pot, bring salted water to boil. Cook your homemade pasta for about 3-4 minutes, the noodles will begin to float up to the top. Add in the reserved pasta water to your bolognese. Drain the noodles after cooking but do not rinse. Immediately add to the bolognese sauce. Let cook together for another 5-10 minutes.

Serve in a bowl topped with parmesan cheese.

Made with Love,

Hannah

The Rattlesnake Mac & Cheese

I love a charcuterie board and trying out new and interesting cheeses. Recently, I came across this Tequila Habanero Cheese from DeerCreek called The Rattlesnake. So obviously I had to try it out. It’s a delicious and creamy sharp cheddar with a kick of habanero. It’s definitely hot, but it has an amazing flavor. With a cheese this amazing I had to try and incorporate it into other dishes, so obviously I made mac & cheese. It’s spicy, it’s creamy, and it’s definitely cheesy.

Ingredients

  • 1 Clove Garlic, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 TBSP Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 2 TBSP Flour
  • 5 TBSP Cream Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cup Rattlesnake Cheese
  • 1 Cup Sharp Cheddar + more for on top
  • 8 oz Macaroni Noodles
  • 2 32 oz Chicken Broth

Let’s Get Cooking

Bring the chicken broth to boil and cook the macaroni noodles per box instructions. Strain and put to the side.

Preheat the oven to 425 F

In a large pot, on MED HIGH melt the butter and add in the garlic. Add in the flour and stir well, making sure all the flour is coated. Turn the heat down to LOW and slowly add in the heavy cream + milk, stirring as you pour in. Add in the cream cheese + rattlesnake + cheddar [save some for on top].

Stir to make sure all the cheese melts. Once all the cheese is melted, add in the cooked and strained noodles. Stir to combine.

Pour the mac and cheese into a non stick pan and top with the extra cheddar cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Kimchi Burger

As we’ve seen from my recent postings, I’ve been wanting to put Kimchi in just about everything I can. I’m late to the party in being obsessed with it I know. But it’s packed with such good probiotics, and as a girl with gut issues, how can I not love it. I love using burgers as a medium to fuse different cuisines together, it’s the perfect mix of silky egg, and spicy kimchi.

Ingredients

  • 4 Burger Buns
  • 1 LB Ground Beef
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • 4 Eggs, Fried
  • 4 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Kimchi, split amongst the 4 burgers
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Let’s Get Cooking

To make your burger, grab a slice of cheese and place it in the middle of the ground beef, form the burger around the cheese. Place on a plate once formed and season both sides with salt and pepper.

Cook your burgers to your liking, I go med-rare so about 6/7 minutes each side. While the burgers are cooking, grab a small frying pan and fry up the eggs in a small amount of oil. Once done, remove from the pan and place on a paper towel.

To build the burger start with the bottom bun, lettuce, burger, kimchi, fried egg, then top bun.

Serve with fries or whatever you enjoy.

Cacio e Pepe

I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for a little while and I finally had all the ingredients in my pantry this week. This pasta dish is incredibly simple, focusing on the two stars of the show, cheese and pepper. I followed Bon Appetit’s recipe for this dish.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz Pasta, your choice
  • 3/4 Cup Pasta Water
  • 3 TBSP Unsalted Butter, cubed, divided
  • 1 TSP Fresh Cracked Pepper
  • 3/4 Cup Grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 Cup Grated Pecorino

Lets Get Cooking

Bring water to a boil and season with salt. Cook the pasta per package instructions, making sure it’s just to al dente. Reserve 3/4 cup pasta water.

In a large skillet melt 2 TBSP butter. Add in the pepper and lightly toast for about 1 minute.

Add 1/2 cup of the reserved pasta water to the skillet and bring to a simmer. Add in cooked pasta + remaining butter.

Reduce heat to low and add in the cheeses until they melt. Add in the extra pasta water if the sauce seems dry.

Serve & enjoy!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Tuna Poke Bowl

Poke bowls have been my recent food obsession, mostly because I can have a heaping helping of kimchi with it. Poke, which means to cut, is a native Hawaiian dish. You can make it with a variety of different fishes, vegetables, and fats. This has been a favorite lunch/dinner of mine that is easy to throw together. You can get sushi-grade tuna from your local fish monger or you can get frozen tuna and thaw it in a bowl of water in the fridge.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Sushi Rice/ whatever rice you have
  • 1 piece Frozen/Fresh Tuna, cut into bite sized pieces. I’ve also used canned tuna and salmon
  • 2 TBSP Rice Wine Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 TSP Ground Ginger
  • 1/2 Avocado, diced
  • Cucumber, diced
  • 1 TBSP Cream Cheese (I like it for that extra tang)
  • 1/4 Cup Kimchi, I like Cleveland Kitchen’s
  • Nori sheets, to eat with
  • Kewpie Mayo
  • Hot Sauce

Let’s Get Cooking

If you’re making your rice for the first time cook per package instructions and then add in your rice wine vinegar. Mix thoroughly.

Begin prepping all your ingredients until they are in bite sized pieces. You can add any other veggies you want that, like my Asian-inspired zucchini.

Place the tuna in a bowl with soy sauce and some ground ginger, let marinate while you get the bowl ready.

Grab a bowl and fill with your rice, if you want drizzle with some kewpie mayo, hot sauce & soy sauce, mix well.

Top the rice with your veggies, kimchi, avocado, cream cheese, nori, and finally your tuna.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Brad’s Big Stock

I love Brad Leone, I named my sourdough starter after him. He is what got me into learning about fermentation and the science of food. I love how focused he is on farm to table, and taking what you can from nature while being sustainable. This is Brad’s stock recipe from his new cookbook Field Notes for Food Adventures. You can use this stock in a variety of different recipes. I used it this past week to make use of the rotisserie chicken bones I saved from meal prepping. You can cut down this recipe as needed, since I only had about 2lbs of bones I cut back on a few items. Do what feels right to you.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 Medium Onions, halved
  • 1 Cup Sliced Mushrooms
  • 2 Medium Carrots, chopped
  • 3 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 10 lbs Mixed Bones, I used chicken, you can use whatever you have
  • 1 Parsley Bunch
  • Additional Herbs, like thyme, rosemary, whatever you want
  • 2 Garlic Heads
  • 6 Bay Leaves
  • 1 TBSP Whole Peppercorns
  • 1 Cup White Wine
  • 4 Gallons Filtered Water
  • Salt

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large pot heat up the oil and brown off the onions + mushrooms + carrots + celery.

Add in the bones + parsley + additional herbs + garlic + bay leaves + peppercorn and stir.

Add in the wine and let reduce down for a few minutes. Then add in the water and bring to a low simmer.

Turn down the heat to LOW, allowing it to gently simmer.

Let this go for hours until it reduces. I let mine go for about 6 hours. The color will darken and the stock will thicken.

Strain the stock and taste, salt now if the stock needs it.

Store in the fridge or put in the freezer to use later.

Make something decision with this stock!

Made with Love,

Hannah

Pink Pepper Sauce

I’ve seen this pasta across a variety of different platforms and called a bunch of different names, like ‘The Gigi Hadid Pasta’. Gigi Hadid did not invent vodka sauce, so no, I’m not calling it that. In my hometown, a local restaurant, Combine Brothers, calls this pink pepper sauce. It’s spicy, creamy, tomatoey, garlicky, and brilliantly delicious. You can add vodka to this, but I didn’t and it is still spot on.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz Tomato Paste
  • 1 TBSP Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 TBSP Butter
  • 1 Yellow Onion, finely diced
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 TBSP of Red Pepper Flakes, depending on taste
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 Cup Pasta Water
  • Pasta of your choice
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Pinch of Sugar

Let’s Get Cooking

In a large skillet, heat up the olive oil on MED heat. Add in the garlic + onion and saute until the onions become translucent and fragrant. Add in the heavy cream + tomato paste and stir gently to combine.

Once combined add in the red pepper flakes + parmesan+ butter + pinch of sugar + salt + pepper. Stir to combine. Taste test to see if it is spicy enough for you or add more RPF if needed.

While the sauce is cooking, cook your pasta according to package directions. While the pasta is cooking, take 1/4 cup of pasta water and add it to the tomato sauce.

When the pasta has finished cooking, drain, but DON’T RINSE and add to the tomato sauce. Gently stir to cover the pasta well in the sauce.

Transfer to a bowl and top with additional cheese.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Chic-Fil-A Mac & Cheese

Chil-Fil-A makes some of the best mac and cheese ever. However, you can’t go to chic-fil-a every day just to get this mac & cheese, well you can but that’s not very healthy, no offense. So instead of spending all your money by going to chic-fil-a every day, you can make it at home! Thanks to Hot Rods Recipes, I got an idea of exactly how I can make this at home. I made some slight changes because I feel that more Colby jack should be added into the melty cheese rather than just on top.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Macaroni, or noodle of your choicee
  • 1 1/4 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese
  • 1 TBSP Romano Cheese
  • 4 oz Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 2 Cups Heavy Cream
  • Salt + Pepper

Let’s Get Cooking

Bring a pot of salted water to boil and cook the macaroni per package instructions. Drain the pasta, but do not rinse.

In a large pot over MED heat, add heavy cream + parmesan cheese + Velveeta + romano + half of the shredded Colby jack. Keep an eye on it to not let it burn. Stir occasionally until melted.

Once melted, pour the cooked noodles into the pot of cheese and stir to combine well. Pour the noodle/cheese mixture into a baking dish. Top the mac & cheese with the remaining shredded Colby cheese.

Turn the broiler on LOW and place in the mac + cheese. This is another time that it is vital that you keep an eye on this so it doesn’t get burnt. Broil until the cheese on top is bubbly and slightly beginning to brown.

Remove from the broiler and serve immeditately.

Made with Love,

Hannah

Sausage Meatballs

My mom wanted spaghetti and meatballs the other day so that is just what we did. You can never go wrong with this classic. I got a new cookbook for Christmas that incorporates spicy sausage into the mixture rather than pork or veal. This gives the meatballs amazing new flavor, I added in more sausage and less ground beef than called for because I love the sausage flavor, but as usual, do what makes you happy. This makes about 12 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Dried Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 2 LBS 85% Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 LBS Spicy Italian Sausage, casing removed
  • 1 Cup Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 TSP Dried Oregano
  • 1 TSP Dried Chili Flakes
  • 1 TSP Salt
  • 1 TSP Pepper
  • 2 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 26 oz Jar of Marinara Sauce

Let’s Get Cooking

Preheat the oven to 400F and line your baking sheets

In a large mixing bowl combine with your hands: bread crumbs + milk + beef + sausage + cheese + oregano + chili flakes + salt + pepper.

Add in the eggs and mix until well combined. Don’t over mix, it will make the meat tough.

Using about 1/2 cup measure scoop the meatball mixture out and roll with your hands to make a ball.

Place on baking sheets and bake for about 25 minutes.

Serve with your favorite marinara sauce and pasta.

Made with Love,

Hannah