Friday, October 26, 2012

Barley Burger Stew

I feel so healthy when I eat this stew. I'm sure it is the barley, which I don't eat regularly (unless Grape-Nuts count.)

This recipe is from a cookbook Brian and I received for our wedding (Betty Crocker's Dinner for Two) but over the years I've modified it to serve our current family.

Barley Burger Stew

1 lb. ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
4 1/2 cups tomato juice (I use one extra large can.)
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup uncooked barley (I almost always double this amount of barley. I like lots of it.)

In a large saucepan, cook and stir meat and onion until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir in remaining ingredients; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until barley is done and stew is desired consistency, about 1 hour.

Julie's Notes: The cooking time will be greatly reduced if you use quick barley. Follow the label for whichever type of barley you choose. You also may need to add more water depending on desired consistency.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

For some reason I was quite surprised that this was an uncooked (raw) tomato sauce, but oh, my goodness, it is fabulous! This is a great way to use up the last of your summer tomatoes. The recipe is from Martha Stewart. You can print it here.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

2 1/4 pounds unrefrigerated ripe tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon chopped garlic (from 2 garlic cloves)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound spaghetti
grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional)

Finely chop tomatoes, basil, parsley, and garlic, and mix together with oil (or pulse ingredients, including oil, in a food processor to blend.)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente. Drain pasta, and toss it in a serving bowl with the raw sauce. Serve with cheese.