Sunday, January 9, 2011

Stormy Sunday-- Italian Style Minestrone, Orzo Salad & Bruschetta

It was a stormy cold day so I stayed home, cleaned house, watched old movies and made comfort food.
Orzo salad
1 c Orzo(cooked)
1/4 C Onion
1C cherry tomatoes quartered
2 tb basil
2 tb kalamata/ 2tb green olives sliced
2 tb capers
2 TB Dijon
¼ tsp sugar
3 Tb balsamic
3 tb oil
3.5 oz feta
Lemon juice
**toss & chill
Mushroom & Feta Bruschetta
2 small cans mushrooms (diced)
4 tomatoes (seeded and diced)
1 bunch of basil (chopped)
1Tb capers
2-3 garlic cloves minced
Vinegar and Oil to taste (I used garlic oil)
1/4C Feta
Toss all ingredients except feta.
Once everything is mixed gently mix in feta.
Serve on toasted Italian bread
**When I have a party , there are always leftovers from the veggie tray. I save the veggies and make minestrone***
1/2 c onion (diced)
1 cup celery(diced)
1 cup carrot(diced)
1 cup bell pepper(diced)
1-3 cloves garlic minced
1 -15oz can diced tomatoes
1-15 oz red kidney beans
1 qrt beef broth
1/2 C. Pasta optional
1Tb Italian Seasoning
basically throw it all in the pot, bring to boil reduce to simmer for 45 mins.

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