Home Made Tomato Soup

**** My friend Daniel Mancini posted this totally amazing tomato soup recipe on QVC and you can find the original recipe here. He is also the man behind the company Mama Mancinis and you can find them on FB  and their website. I made this last night and I have to say that  honestly that was the best tomato soup ever! Now, it will not exactly taste like what you are used to with the canned stuff, but it is so much better for you and so healthy! ****


1 28 oz can of whole Italian plum tomatoes

4 TBS unsalted butter

4 cups of chicken stock

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. fresh black pepper

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup minced onion

2 minced garlic cloves

1/4 tsp. dry oregano

1/4 tsp. dry thyme

1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley


in a 4 quart sauce pan or soup pot on a medium heat, add the butter, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and sauté on low heat for 10 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent.

Add the tomatoes and all the juice, oregano, thyme, and put on medium heat.

Bring this to a boil, cover and lower the heat to a simmer for 15 minutes.

Add the stock, bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature

Once it is at room temperature, add the soup to a blender and puree it.

Put the soup back into the pot and bring to a boil, turn off the heat and stir in the heavy cream and parsley.



Cook’s notes: I did not use the onion as I am allergic but I did add a tablespoon of onion powder into the soup. I also did not use the parsley because mainly, I did not have any on hand. I did add another splash of cream as well. I made grilled cheese sandwiches on Italian bread to complete the meal and it was so good! My 2 year old loves the soup and you do have enough to take it to work the next day for lunch!


Taco Casserole

** I have not been cooking a lot lately because I have had a nasty cold. I came across this recipe as a different way to have tacos. It is a great meal for those busy week nights or for a fun dinner on the weekends!**


1 (7 ounce) bag Nacho Cheese Doritos, crushed

1 pound of hamburger, browned

1 package of taco seasoning, made according to directions

1 (8 ounce) package  shredded cheddar cheese

1 (8 ounce) package shredded Mozzarella cheese

Shredded lettuce

Sliced tomato


Layer ingredients in a 9x 13 pan as listed. Chips, meat and seasonings, 2/3 of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and add the lettuce, tomato, and remaining cheese.

COOKS TIPS: You can use any chip you want. I want to try this with the Taco flavor Doritos. The original recipe called for adding the lettuce and tomato then baking it, but I changed it. I don’t like hot lettuce. After it came out of the oven I also added taco sauce to the top of the casserole because both my husband and I like it.