Homemade Chocolate Pudding

This Pudding Recipe that will transport you back to childhood.  A bowl of warm, chocolatey pudding with the extra special layer on top of it.  Homemade Chocolate Pudding is easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding in bowls ready to eat!

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This week for Choctoberfest I thought I would make a rich, chocolate dessert that takes me back to my childhood.  Sunday’s were spent at my Grandma & Grandpa’s house and dessert was usually a big bowl of homemade chocolate pudding.  Rodelle’s Dutch-processed cocoa gives this chocolate pudding a rich flavor and easy enough to make to make your sweet tooth happy.

Homemade Chocolate Pudding with a spook in it and other bowls of pudding surrounding it.

I was very excited to partner with Rodelle in making this recipe for Choctoberfest.  Not only is their baking cocoa versatile for recipes it is also full of good things for you and your family: antioxidants, dietary fiber, calcium, and vitamins.  It’s also naturally cholesterol free Kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO.  So now on to the recipe!

How do you make Homemade Chocolate Pudding?

In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined.

Move the pot to the stove top.  Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients.  Turn on the stove to medium heat.  Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter, and vanilla.

Recipe steps of how to make Homemade Chocolate Pudding.

With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going.  The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient.  Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken–this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn’t burn.

When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.  Give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little if eating warm.

Serve warm or chilled.  With or without whipped cream.

Tips & Variations for Homemade Chocolate Pudding:

  • Don’t like pudding skin? Cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.  If you want cold put it into the fridge for about half an hour.
  • Feel free to substitute dark cocoa powder for a dark chocolate homemade pudding.

And here you are…..

Homemade Chocolate Pudding in bowls ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Homemade Chocolate Pudding
Only a few minutes and a few ingredients to make the perfect comfort homemade chocolate pudding. Get ready to be transported to your childhood.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Instructions
  1. In a medium sized pan add the dry ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch and salt. Whisk together the ingredients so they are all combined. Move the pot to the stove top.
  2. Measure out 2 cups of milk and whisk it into the dry ingredients. Turn on the stove to medium heat. Add the additional 2 cups milk, butter and vanilla.
  3. With the heat going constantly keep the whisk going. The lumps at the top will eventually disappear so be patient. Keep stirring until the pudding starts to thicken--this takes about 5-8 minutes so be patient as you need to stay and whisk the pudding the whole time so the bottom doesn't burn.
  4. When you can dip a spoon into the pudding and it coats the back of it you can take it off the heat and put into serving bowls.
  5. If eating warm give the pudding at least 10 minutes to cool down and firm up a little.
  6. For no skin: cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.
  7. If you want cold: put it into the fridge for about half an hour.
  8. Serve warm or chilled. With or without whipped cream. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes
  • Don't like pudding skin? Cut wax paper to fit or plastic wrap pressed down on the top to prevent the skin from forming.  If you want cold put it into the fridge for about half an hour.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast

Looking for a cozy meal that takes very little time to make?  Set the crock pot and add a simple sauce to pork then let it do its work.  Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast is a slow cooker favorite the whole family will love.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast shredded on a pan ready to eat!

This is one of my favorite meals to make for my boys. For me, one of my true joys is making them a meal that has them leaving the dinner table full & happy.

Now I’m going, to be honest and give what is possibly an unpopular opinion-I really don’t use my crock pot often.  Even in the cooler months.  Not sure if it’s just that I forget that I even have one or maybe I’m not a big fan of the way some meat turns out after cooking but there is one meat that I almost always pull out the underused crock pot for and that is porkThis crock pot ranch pork roast only takes a few ingredients to get this tender roast that practically makes its own gravy. 

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast shredded on a pan with gravy on the side ready to eat!

How to make Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast:

In a bowl mix together the dry ranch, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, minced garlic, and water.

Mix all ingredients together then pour on top of pork. Easy! Once that is all in just cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Pork roast in a crock pot getting ready to cook.

Remove the roast from the crockpot and put on a plate or sheet pan.  Pull meat apart and dispose of any fat that is left on the roast.

Time to make the gravy:  Ladle 1 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker and add to a pot.  In a small bowl whisk 1 Tbs flour with 3 Tbs milk.  Bring liquid to a boil then add the flour/milk mixture.  Whisk constantly until it thickens, usually takes 2-4 minutes.  This can easily be doubled depending on how much gravy you’re looking for.

So rich & creamy. Perfect to top off this crockpot ranch pork roast.  Roast up some asparagus and mash some potatoes to complete this meal.

Variations for Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast:

  • Want an Italian twist to this dish? Swap out the dry ranch dressing for dry Italian dressing.
  • Add some whole peppercini’s to the crockpot for some extra flavor.
  • This pork roast is also great on sandwich buns with melted cheese.

And here you are…..

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast shredded on a pan with ranch gavy on the side ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

Originally published April 2016. Updated photos & recipe.

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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
Fix dinner and forget it with this crockpot ranch pork roast. Cooking all day leaves this savory roast so tender it falls apart at forks touch.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
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Instructions
Crock Pot Ranch Pork Roast
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Pour on top of pork. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Remove the roast from the crock-pot and put on a plate or sheet pan. Pull meat apart and dispose of any fat that is left on the roast.
Gravy
  1. Ladle 1 cup of the liquid from the slow cooker and add to a pot.
  2. In a small bowl whisk 1 Tbs flour with 3 Tbs milk.
  3. Bring liquid to a boil then add the flour/milk mixture. Whisk constantly until it thickens, usually takes 2-4 minutes.
  4. Serve pork with gravy and any other side you wish. Enjoy!

Tuna Casserole

Time for a cozy Tuna Casserole recipe that is easy any night of the week.  Try out my Tuna Noodle Casserole full of vegetables and cheese and topped with a buttery cracker crust.

Tuna casserole in a dish ready to eat.

School is in full swing.  Fall is here. No better time to have a really cozy, comforting casserole recipe in your back pocket for busy nights.  Or the weekend.  Or to make sure there are leftovers in the fridge for busy nights.  Whatever the case, this tuna casserole is for you!

What sets this Tuna Casserole apart from the crowd?

  • Cheese! Don’t let the plain name fool you. This is a cheesy tuna noodle casserole. The creamy cheese sauce in this casserole takes this recipe to the next level.
  • The buttery cracker crust really makes this casserole true comfort food.

The weather is finally cooling down after quite a heat spell here in Southwestern Michigan, and I think most of the Midwest.  It’s taken a few weeks to get into the groove of the school year.  With the move to the new house, our 11 yr old started a new school which isn’t nearly as close as the old one.  He is going on the bus which is a new experience for him and even our 3-year-old started preschool.  Little A can be a bit of handful but it’s actually been going well!  Okay, enough about that now on to the tuna casserole recipe.

Creamy tuna casserole on a plate ready to eat.

How do you make Tuna Casserole?

Cook the egg noodles according to package directions.  When I add the noodles to the boiling water I also add the peas and carrots so they can cook at the same time. 

Once they have cooked (around 12 minutes) remove from the pot and drain then add to a separate bowl.  In the same pot that the noodles were cooked, we’re going to make a roux.

Making a roux for this tuna casserole is so simple and once you learn how to do it you will never use a box with cheese sauce already in it again.  To the pot on medium heat add 1 Tbs of butter.  Once it’s melted add the flour and stir until combined. Now add the milk.  Stir to combine the butter and flour mixture then add the can of cream of chicken.

Finally, add 1/2 a cup of the cheese.

How to make tuna casserole step-by-step.

To the noodle mixture add the two cans of drained tuna.  Mix all together then add into the pot of cheese sauce.  Stir to combine so all the cheese gets into all the crevices.

In a greased 9×13 dish add the noodle casserole.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a bowl melt the remaining 1 Tbs of butter.  Crush the sleeve of crackers into fine pieces then add to the melted butter.  Sprinkle over the top of the casserole then top with the final 1/4 cup of cheese on top.

Bake for 10 minutes to melt the cheese.

Tips & Variations for Tuna Casserole:

  • No tuna lovers in your house? Swap out for cooked chicken.
  • Triple cheddar is what I used but feel free to use any cheese you like!

And here you are….

Tuna casserole served on a plate and in a casserole dish in the background.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Tuna Casserole
Egg noodles coated in rich creamy and cheesy sauce then packed full of vegetables. This Tuna Casserole is perfect for the whole family.
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cook the egg noodles according to package directions. When I add the noodles to the boiling water I also add the peas and carrots so they can cook at the same time. Once they have cooked (around 12 minutes) remove from the pot and drain then add to a separate bowl.
  2. In the same pot that the noodles were cooked we're going to make a roux. To the pot on medium heat add 1 Tbs of butter. Once it's melted add the flour and stir until combed. Now add the milk. Stir to combine the butter and flour mixture then add the can of cream of chicken. Finally add 1/2 a cup of the cheese.
  3. To the noodle mixture add the two cans of drained tuna. Mix all together then add into the pot of cheese sauce. Stir to combine so all the cheese gets into all the crevices.
  4. In a greased 9x13 dish add the noodle casserole. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  5. In a bowl melt the remaining 1 Tbs of butter. Crush the sleeve of crackers into fine pieces then add to the melted butter. Sprinkle over the top of the casserole then top with the final 1/4 cup of cheese on top.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes to melt the cheese on top. Enjoy!

Slow Boat to China #SundaySupper

In my new take on a classic, I use quick cooking rice so there is nothing ‘slow’ about my Slow Boat to China recipe.  Easy comfort food that is perfect for busy nights.

Slow Boat to China on a plate with a bisuits and butter.

I call this a ‘retro’ recipe because I think anytime I bring it up-someone my age inevitably knows exactly what I’m talking about.  When I say, ‘the rice one with celery’ or any other version of that.  Both my grandmothers made it, then my mom and now me.

Doesn’t making food from your childhood bring back the best memories?  Sometimes I get the recipe directly from the source or like this one I had to wing it.  While it was a staple I had growing up it is one of those recipes that has possibly changed so much over the years that it probably isn’t the original at all.

Slow Boat to China on a plate with a bisuits and butter.

When I first wanted to make it I did some research and found that most of the recipes used the same basic ingredients-rice, beef, celery, cream of mushroom and soy sauce.   My first couple test runs were…bland.  And frankly, nothing like I ate as a child.  It was missing the ‘Stroganoff ‘ element that I remembered.  So that’s easy, add sour cream!  Now use quick cooking rice and I had myself a dinner that was quick and delicious.

How to make Slow Boat to China:

Start first by cooking the rice according to package directions.  Add 2 beef bouillon cubes to the rice and water so that while it cooks the cubes dissolve and the flavor gets throughout the rice.

In a skillet cook the ground beef until completely cooked all the way through.  Chop the onions and clean and chop the celery while it cooks.  Once the beef is cooked thoroughly remove from heat then drain the beef and set aside.

Take a paper towel and clean any grease out of the bottom of the pan so you can use it to cook the onions and celery.  Add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it.

Place the onions and celery in and start sautee and cook until tender, around 7 minutes.  I like to lave the celery just a little crunchy.

Return the drained beef to the pan.

A pan on the stove with ground beef, celeray and onions.

In a bowl combine the items for the sauce: cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, milk, Worcestershire sauce, and soy sauce.  Mix until well combined.

Pour over the beef mixture.  Once the rice is cooked add both cups to the pan with the beef and sauce mix.

Stir it all up then cook for another 3-4 minutes to warm everything through completely.

Serve Slow Boat to China with some warm buttered biscuits or croissants.

Tips for making Slow Boat to China:

  • Make sure to drain the beef once it has cooked so there isn’t too much grease in the final dish.
  • I’ve gotten some feedback that this recipe could be a little creamier, so I have updated to add another 1/2 cup of sour cream to the dish. 

And here you….

Slow Boat to China on a plate with a bisuits and butter. More Slow Boat to China in a pan off to the side.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Thank you to this weeks Sunday Supper host.  Check out all of the other recipes to make any night of the week.

Simple Rice Recipes for Dinner #SundaySupper

What’s for dinner?

Rice is for dinner!

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Slow Boat to China
Quick cooking rice updates this retro recipe for Slow Boat to China. This is a quick meal that is perfect for busy nights.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Comfort Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef, Comfort Food
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Cook the rice according to package directions. Add 2 beef bouillon cubes to the rice and water.
  2. In a skillet cook the ground beef until completely cooked all the way through. Once the beef is cooked thoroughly remove from heat then drain the beef and set aside.
  3. Chop the onions and clean and chop the celery.
  4. To the same pan add 1 Tbs butter and start melting it. Place the onions and celery in and start sautee and cook until tender, around 7 minutes.
  5. In a bowl combine the items for the sauce: cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, milk, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. Mix until well combined. Pour over the beef mixture.
  6. Once the rice is cooked add both cups to the pan with the beef and sauce mix.
  7. Stir it all up then cook for another 3-4 minutes to warm everything through completely. Serve with some warm buttered biscuits or croissants. Enjoy!

Out of a Can Chili #SundaySupper

This quick chili recipe comes together in a flash! Out of a Can Chili goes from stove to table in 15 minutes so it’s perfect for busy nights.

Out of a Can Chili in a bowl with cheese to the side ready to eat!

Happy Father’s Day! When I asked my husband what he would like me to make him he said I like nachos, maybe something on the smoker or chili.  No matter what time of year chili is always a hit at our house so chili won out, even on Father’s Day.  My Out of a Can Chili is so easy if you couldn’t already tell that, the name gives it all away.

I have tried dozens of chili recipes over the years.  Even one with pumpkin that did not go over well at all with my 10 year old.  Some were great but my boys love this original recipe that I’ve made forever.  Like my My Dad’s Chicken and Rice recipe, this one I learned from a parent, my mom.

Out of a Can Chili in a bowl with cheese to the side ready to eat!

The base of my chili always stayed the same and has been forever.  It’s the recipe my mom showed me and I haven’t veered from it.  One can chili with beans, one can chili without beans and finally one can of chili beans.

Ingredients and directions for how to make Out of a Can Chili.

For the rest of the chili I have perfected it over the years and added one can tomato soup, one can diced tomatoes and one can drained northern beans.  Do you see now why this is called ‘Out of a Can Chili’?

How to make Out of a Can Chili:

Start by cooking the hamburger and onion.  Cook in a large pot on medium/high heat for around 5 minutes.  Drain if you use the higher fat beef.  I like to use 80/20 or even ground turkey.

Return the meat to the same pot.  No need to dirty another one!

Ground beef and onions in a pot being cooked down to make Out of a Can Chili.

Open all the cans to the pot then add them to the pot.  Make sure to drain and wash the northern beans then add those.

Put a lid on on the pot and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Serve with sharp cheddar cheese and crackers.

Variations for Out of a Can Chili:

  • Not a beef eater?  Swap out the beef for ground turkey or chicken.
  • Need chili for a crowd?  This is a great dish that can be doubled or tripled and kept warm in a slow cooker.

And here you are…..

Out of a Can Chili in a bowl with cheese to the side ready to eat!

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

As always thank you to our Sunday Supper host! Check out these other recipes the Father in your life will be sure to love.

Sunday Supper Father’s Day Menu Ideas

Sides Dad Will Love

Mains for the Main Man

Dad’s Favorite Desserts

The Best Recipes You Need Now for Father’s Day by Sunday Supper Movement

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Out of a Can Chili
Less than 15 minutes will have your family enjoying this hearty chili. Top off with cheese and crackers for the perfect comfort food any time of year.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chili, Comfort Food, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Chili, Comfort Food, Soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the hamburger and onion. Cook in a large pot on medium/high heat for around 5 minutes. Drain if you use the higher fat beef.
  2. One can chili with beans, one can chili without beans and finally one can of chili beans. Add one can tomato soup, then one can water (using tomato soup can), one can diced tomatoes and one can drained northern beans.
  3. Return the meat to the same pot.
  4. Put a lid on it and let simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with sharp cheddar cheese and crackers. Enjoy!

Cheesy Cauliflower #SundaySupper

Looking for a simple side dish that your kids will love?  Have a picky eater that thinks veggies are evil?  Try my Cheesy Cauliflower that is a proven winner with my kids and I’m sure yours will love this side dish too.

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My two boys couldn’t be more different nutrition wise.  If you set a bowl of fruit and a cookie in from of my 10-year-old he would always choose the fruit.  He likes to generally eat healthily and only complains when I serve green beans or Brussels sprouts.

My 3-year-old, on the other hand, could sniff out a sugar-laden treat from 10 miles away.  Most days it’s a struggle to get a banana down him for breakfast unless I make my Swedish Pancakes with Brown Sugar Bananas, but even then it’s a struggle.  So I make small concessions and try my very best to make good things as appealing as possible.  And this Cheesy Cauliflower is a hit with both my boys.

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How to make Cheesy Cauliflower:

Start by chopping the core off the cauliflower and chop into similar sizes.

Add to a pot of water and set to boil for 15 minutes.

Remove the cooked cauliflower from the pot and drain the water.  To that pot add the butter and cook over medium heat to melt.

Once melted whisk the flour 1 Tablespoon at a time and stir to combine.  Now add the milk and continue to whisk until it starts thickening.

Now it’s time to add the spices.

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Four simple ingredients: salt, pepper, garlic powder then Parmesan.  I love the powder kind and use it constantly. 

Now the fifth spice is really what makes this dish a stand out~nutmeg.  A few years back I was watching The Rachel Ray Show and she recommended adding nutmeg to cheese sauces.  Ever since then that is what I’ve done.  Who am I to question Rachel Ray!

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Once you’ve added the spices and Parmesan whisk to combine then add 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and stir until melted and combined completely.

Add the cauliflower back into the pot and stir the sauce and cauliflower so that it covers every piece.

Put the cauliflower into a greased oven proof bowl then sprinkle with the reminding 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.

Put into a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes.

And here you are……

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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As always thank you to our Sunday Supper host this week, Anne from Simple and Savory.  If you want more vegetable recipes to make kids happy check out all these other recipes from Sunday Supper bloggers.

Sunday Supper Kid-Friendly Vegetable Recipes

Breakfast

Dinners

Sides

Snacks

For even more kid friendly vegetables check out these Vegetable Recipes for Picky Eaters by The Sunday Supper Movement

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Cheesy Cauliflower
Tender cauliflower is combined with a creamy cheese sauce. Cheesy Cauliflower is a veggie side dish that is kid approved.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Start by chopping the core off the cauliflower and chop into similar sizes. Add to a pot of water and set to boil for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the cooked cauliflower from the pot and drain the water. To that pot add the butter and cook over medium heat to melt. Once melted whisk the flour 1 Tablespoon at a time and stir to combine. Now add the milk and continue to whisk until it starts thickening.
  3. Now add salt, pepper, garlic powder, nutmeg then Parmesan.
  4. Once you've added the spices and Parmesan whisk to combine then add 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese and stir until melted and combined completely.
  5. Add the cauliflower back into the pot and stir the sauce and cauliflower so that it covers every piece.
  6. Put the cauliflower into a greased oven proof bowl then sprinkle with the reminding 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.
  7. Put into a 350 degree preheated oven for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup

Bean soup is filling, easy to make and economical.  This recipe for Thirteen Bean and Bacon Soup is full of vegetables, beans, and bacon. Top with green onions and you’ve got a great meal to get you through the colder weather.

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup in a bowl ready to eat!

Well, we missed the snow!  Last Saturday we hightailed it out of here when it just started sleeting and missed the light dusting that came soon after.  Where did we head to you might ask?  Oh, a little place called ‘Disney’!  While Michigan had it’s first cold spell we were basking in the sun, swimming & riding roller coasters.

It was a great trip but now it’s time to settle into the reality that Winter is coming.  I’m okay with that–because I get to celebrate Mitten Movie Night snuggled up while the wind howls drinking some craft beer and enjoying a warm bowl of soup.

What movie pairs well with bean and bacon soup and beer?

For the movie, we’re watching Elf.  Will Ferrell is my favorite actor.  As I mentioned before I really think he’s one of Hollywood’s hottest.  I also need to watch a holiday movie because after spending Thanksgiving week in Florida I’ll be honest, I kind of forgot that it even IS the holidays.  When we got to the hotel in Disney they were playing Christmas songs and it was decorated but something just felt ‘off’ about it.

Don’t get me wrong, Disney World does a fantastic job, but they do not have the two things that make the season for a Michigander and that’s bone-chilling cold and the possibility of a White Christmas.  It may seem like I’m a State snob but I’m not Michigan has ‘Winter Wonderland’ in spades and we do it better than most.  Time to reset my mind now that we’re home.

What beer pairs well with Thirteen Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup?

The beer: Accumulation from New Belgium.

A White IPA perfectly pairs with the beefy bacon and tang of the tomato base in this bean and bacon soup.

The tomato comes from a favorite of mine, condensed soup.  This time of year I can get such a great deal on them so I stock up.  Adding it to recipes like my Cream of Chicken Bake or just for heating up to dip grilled cheese in.

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup in a bowl ready to eat!

This Thirteen Bean mix came from Fresh Thyme Market in Mishawaka, IN.  We’ve been to this store a few times but just decided to peruse the loose bins section.  The convenience of filling the bags with just the amount I needed and the ‘required’ gummy worms that Little A was unable to leave the store without was great.

How to make Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup:

Starting off soak your beans for 6-8 hours in cold water.

Drain the water and rinse them when it’s time to cook the soup.

Add 5 cups of chicken stock to a large stockpot with the beans then set to medium heat.

Now dice the bacon and cook to the preferred doneness.

Ingredients and direction for how to make Thirteen Bean & Bacon soup.

While the bacon is cooking chop the onions, garlic, and carrots.

When bacon has cooked remove and put on a plate with a paper towel. Reserve 1 Tbs of the bacon grease.

Add onions, garlic, and carrots to the pan with the bacon grease and saute for 5 minutes. Let the veggies slightly softened.  To the vegetables stir in 1 Tbs flour which will eventually add a little thickness to the soup.

Into the pot of beans and chicken stock add the cooked bacon, all the vegetables then finally the can of condensed tomato soup.  Set to low/medium heat then cover and let it do its thing for around 1-1/2 hours.

Chop up some green onion for the top.

Tips & Variations for Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup:

  • If you can’t find a bean combination great northern bean would work as well.
  • For an even fuller meal, add some cooked ground beef.

And here you are…….

Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup in a bowl ready to eat!

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Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup from Bottom Left of the Mitten
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Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup
Who knew that making a delicious soup could be so simple and taste as good as the canned original? Thirteen Bean and Bacon Soup makes a cozy winter meal.
Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 90 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Thirteen Bean & Bacon Soup | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Soak beans for 6-8 hours in cold water. Drain the water and rinse them.
  2. Add 5 cups of chicken stock to a covered pot with the beans then set to medium heat.
  3. Dice and cook bacon to desired doneness.
  4. Chop the onions, garlic, and carrots. When bacon has cooked remove the bacon and put on a plate with a paper towel reserving 1 Tbs of the bacon grease. Add onions, garlic, and carrots to the pan with the bacon grease and saute for 5 minutes until the veggies have slightly softened. To the vegetables stir in 1 Tbs flour which will eventually add a little thickness to the soup.
  5. To the pot of beans and chicken stock add the cooked bacon, all the vegetables then finally the can of condensed tomato soup.
  6. Set to low/medium heat and let it do its thing for around 1-1/2 hours.
  7. Place in a serving bowl and add chopped green onions if desired. Enjoy!

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