Saturday, September 26, 2009
I was cleaning out the freezer and found a bunch of "odds and ends" and decided to just let it all get aquainted in a nice soup/stew for a lazy Saturday. The star of this particular one happed to be meatballs, because I had a couple of half bags. It turned out really well considering there are a few ingredients you might not think to put in a stew....so here's how it went.
1 pound of frozen meatballs ( I had a half bag of Italian style and a half bag of turkey ones)
1 cup whole kernal corn
1/2 bag gumbo vegetables ( you know, the okra and corn stuff)
1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 cup sliced carrots
1/2 bag of Jimmy Dean breakfast stuff ( potatoes, onion, sausage crumbles)***
2 cans chicken broth
1 jar of spaghetti sauce ( mine had a little spinach and parm in it)
1 cup frozen green beans
1 cup frozen blackeyed peas
1 tsp italian seasoning
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
I just put it all in my cast iron dutch oven and let it go on medium heat for a bout an hour. The little critic of the household had some for lunch and she said it was delicious, so we are having it again for dinner tonight. In fact, the cornbread is in the oven right now. Nothing like a warm dinner in a big bowl for a football ( or TV) night in the fall!
** The amounts of the veggies is approximate. It shouldn't matter how much you use, just put in what you like.
*** You could just as well use a chopped potato or frozen hash browns, but this worked just fine.