Monday, October 08, 2012

Can you smell that? Someone else cooking…Mmm

So today Hubbie is in the kitchen.  And I gotta say, I like that.  As much as I love cooking and baking (and believe me, I really do), I also love it when someone else cooks for me.  Now don’t get me wrong, it is hard for me to stay out of the kitchen and not take over's just my nature and I'm hoping one day the medical professionals will find a cure for it.  (I’m guessing there will be telethons until then)  And it isn’t that I think he can’t do it….he’s a very good cook. (not sure why he doesn’t do more of it)
So what’s he making?  Macaroni Ratatouille soup.  He got the recipe from his mom as it was always a favourite growing up.  I've looked on the interweb and there seem to be a gazillion riffs on this recipe.  A lot seem to call for ground beef, but his has the Italian sausage which I think makes it better.
Here is the one that he follows.

Macaroni Ratatouille Soup
1 Medium Onion
1 Pound Eggplant
1 Pound Sweet Italian Sausage
1/2 cup Uncooked Elbow Macaroni
1/2 tsp Dried Oregano Leaves, crushed
1/2 tsp Pepper
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
1 Can (8oz/225ml) tomatoes, undrained and cut up
1 Can Condensed Beef Broth
1 Can Condensed Tomato Soup
2 Cups Water

Fresh Parsley and grated Parmesan for garnish


The sausage, garlic and oregano are filling the house will wonderful smells.  I’m getting hungry sitting out here in the living room. (poor me)  :o)

I’m thinking this is going to be dinner tonight.  There is no way we can just put all of this into individual containers for the freezer. (lunches down the road)  Granted, it is Thanksgiving and we probably should have turkey and all the trimmings.  And to be fair, we do have turkey and all the trimmings at the ready….but honestly, we just aren’t feeling like it.  Besides, this smells too good to ignore.

Yep, dinner is served.  I think it looks lovely and will go nicely with a bacon cheddar scone.

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