30 Minute Meal : Tortellini with a Sausage Pasta Sauce

FRUGAL MEAL TIME-SAVER THAT TASTES DELICIOUS   Italian tortellini are some of the best stuffed pasta you’ll find at the grocery store in the frozen food section for about $1.99 a bag. Tortellini is a meal that your family will love especially when you are in a pinch for time or are on a tight budget. If you are adventurous and want to make fresh tortellini they would beat out any store-bought brand but it can be a bit time consuming. Since we have a busy toddler running around and I’m working 2 jobs we’re cheating today with frozen ricotta stuffed tortellini for this 30 minute-meal. Since having our boy things have changed a bit in the kitchen which means until he is a bit older we have to compromise on some of the store-bought items that we normally would attempt to make at home. I’ve been a tortellini lover for years now because when I lived in the UK tortellini was very inexpensive to buy and fit nicely with my tight budget. What I like about tortellini is how you can bulk out the meal with meat and vegetables to stretch it. Back then I would eat tortellini about […]

British Sausage Rolls

ROLL EM UP AND ENJOY!   There’s nothing more comforting than the British classic sausage rolls. These sausage rolls are so easy to make you won’t ever want to spend money in your grocery budget on over-priced frozen store-bought finger food again. This sausage rolls recipe always takes me back to the time of year where they are a staple at almost all parties and social gatherings in our family. Now that the Christmas holiday is right around the corner it’s crucial that I plan my grocery shops to include all of the staples to make my treats and appetizers. Our house is always busy at Christmas and New Year’s as I’m sure it is for most families and everyone has come to expect my decadent treats as well as my savory appetizers like these sausage rolls. It’s important for me to create lots of finger food recipes so there is always something ready for our guests to munch on. This time of year we always have guests coming and going, mum making her Christmas cakes, milk toffee and mincemeat pies. There’s never a dull moment in our household.   Sausage Rolls   Memories of gorgeous sausage rolls that are […]

Hot ‘n’ Spicy Sausage and Bacon Tomato Soup

A BOWL OF SOUP FOR YOU   It’s that time of year again when you start to dream about soup the minute you walk out the door and your skin starts to freeze and you can see your breathe in the air. Here in Manitoba you know when you have arrived in Winnipeg and its rural areas when it snows from October right through until April. There’s no getting around the cold weather so we have to make the best of it. That means I’m in the kitchen working on new recipes for my family while they are out shovelling and making snow angels. This year has been pretty cold with temperatures reaching a cool and steady -31 with the windchill. I think we have had a few days with it being above seasonal then it snowed again and went back to the bone chilling temperatures again. Soup   It’s hard to forget about the cold so the only way to warm up besides turning on the fireplace or raising the indoor heating is me in the kitchen creating a hot soup for these cold winter nights. You can add just about anything to a pot of soup when you […]

Toad-In-The-Hole Mr.CBB Style

No There Are No Toads In This Dish   Growing up in the UK my mum would make toad in the hole pretty much any day of the week. It’s a simple frugal dish that anyone can make in a flash. If you like Yorkshire pudding with your roast dinner you will love toad in the hole. Basically the bangers (sausages) are supposed to be the toads poking out the Yorkshire pudding when cooked. When you make the toad in a hole it all happens pretty fast but that is because you need the oil in casserole dish to be super hot just like when you make Yorkshire pudding. Perfect toad in the hole recipe I remember my mum always telling us to stay out of the kitchen when she made toad in the hole only because she was worried about the hot oil but on occasion she let me watch and that’s how I learned to make it. I don’t get all fancy with the batter but if you like you can add fresh herbs such as chives or basil to give the dish that onion flavour. You will find many toad in the hole recipes on the internet […]

Sweet potato kale soup

Quick Healthy Soup For Lunch Or Dinner Ever since my wife went on a low gi diet she’s wanted sweet potatoes so we’ve eaten loads of this vegetable any way we can get them although she has slowed down with them the last month of so. We’ve had mashed sweet potatoes and baked sweet potato fries which are out of this world sweet and I struggle to stop eating them. This year we grew Swiss chard in our garden and quickly fell in love with the taste that we have bought it numerous times since along with Kale and collard greens. If it were me I would have added in sausage to this recipe which you can easily do to switch it up and make a kale sausage sweet potato soup which would eat like a meal. This soup is packed full of nutrients and is light but perfect for a Fall afternoon lunch of part of a dinner service in the evening along with your main meal of the night. Best soup recipes As soon as the weather starts to get a bit chilly we start to crave hot bowls of soup and are always on a mission to […]

Mr.CBB’s Carbonara with Sausage and Cheese Polenta Bake $12.75

It’s not everyday that polenta is used in our recipes but it should be because it’s an easy ingredient to work with and is a fairly reasonably priced product. It’s also versatile as you can create many recipes such as polenta fries, polenta cakes, fried polenta rounds and baked polenta chips. How To Cook Polenta Cooking polenta is fairly easy and you will likely want to use it time and again once you’ve tried it the first time. The product is simple to use as you just simmer it in a water base liquid or broth. Cook polenta until it becomes a creamy consistency like oatmeal or porridge which essentially it is to the Italians, a porridge. You will find the polenta cooking process may take a bit longer than porridge though. You can also buy pre-cooked polenta in tubes or quick cooking polenta at almost any grocery store for around $2 a tube which is the convenient alternative to making it yourself.  I might even try grilling polenta on the BBQ this summer which would be great topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. When I put together this Carbonara with sausage and cheese polenta bake I wanted to combine the […]

Mr.CBB’s Pasta Frittata Pie with Spicy Italian Sausage $9

Are you tired of the same old pasta dinner?…. Try this pasta frittata pie and I promise you it will become part of your family mealtime favourites. The pasta frittata Pie was inspired by a family member who also loves to cook. This pasta pie is also called a “frittata di pasta” which makes it sound even more enticing. This is not an omelette it’s an actual pasta pie that will make your mouth water. If you are scratching your head wondering if you can make this pasta frittata recipe don’t, it’s easy to make. If you want a food to bring to a picnic or party where you will be the talk of the table, this is your meal. It’s not common to see pasta pies and everyone wants to know what it is and how they can make it. Customizing the pasta frittata is easy and if you like you can make smaller versions if you use a smaller frying pan. Personal size pasta frittata pies for those that fancy certain ingredients but an easy recipe to make. You can easily add whatever ingredients you want to the pasta frittata which makes it easy to accommodate even the fussiest eater. Who doesn’t like pasta anyways? In […]

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