Thursday, February 25, 2010

U2 tickets and Figure Friendly Soup

I have been really trying to expand my cooking abilities over the past year and have come up with some amazing recipes which I will try to share with you every now and then. Last night we did soup that I thought tasted similar to the Pasta Fagioli at Olive Garden. I got this recipe from my cute Mom years ago. Have you ever noticed, at least in our family when we cook spaghetti I always have meat sauce left over and I hate to toss it. Well my Mom said to take it and freeze it even if it is only a cup. So yesterday I pulled the bag out of the freezer and let it defrost. I put it in a big pot and filled the pot about half way up with water and added chicken bouillon to it. We buy the big container of bouillon from Sams club so it is already in powder form so I used about 2 heaping tablespoons of that and brought it to a boil. Just taste the broth and see if it is salty enough and go from there. I then added a can of tomato sauce, a package of whole grain shell noodles and a can of pinto beans and let it cook until the noodles were done. I put it in bowls and topped it will a little shredded mozzarella and paired it with cornbread and it was fabulous. Low calorie and was perfect on a cold night. I am all about the easy and the recipes that don't have 20 ingredients....

Gracie managed to fall down our stairs 2 days ago which scared the living daylights out of me since the bottom of our stairs is tile, but I never saw a red spot or bruise, so I think it just scared her and me more than anything!

Oh a happy note, I was able to get amazing seats for the U2 concert because of some amazing connections..I am so excited to see them. We saw them like 5 years ago and it truly was the best concert I have ever been to. It is an experience I can't even describe. For those of you who know me, know that Bon Jovi is my favorite and I have been blessed to see him 5 or 6 times in my life and I can honestly say they don't even come close to U2. I don't know what I am more excited about, the concert or my company! I am going with Luke, my little brother Mark and one of my closest friends from high school!!! My older brother Matt and his cute wife will be there too if his wife doesn't have their baby then since that is their due date! U2 is such a humanitarian group which I love! I will be sure to take the camera so I can post pics. We are so close to the stage! Oh I can't wait!

4 comments:

Fraser's and Co. said...

how FUN!! who are your "connections"? Dave and JOsh are going too, I think, and they always score the best seats

The Newcomb's said...

We got U2 tickets too. Just lower bowl not as awesome as you. Last time we were 10 feet from the stage. LOVED it. I can hardly wait, its going to be so fun. maybe we will see each other. Woo Hooo!!!

Stephanie said...

that soup sounds yummy. I'm going to have to try it. Great tip about freezing leftover spaghetti sauce. It sounds so logical, but for some reason I've never even thought about doing that. I never can get it just right - I either have way too much sauce or way too many noodles. haha. I have some chicken tomatillo soup (errr... i think it's actually called chili but it doesn't have beans in it) in the crock pot right now. Yummy! We're not a big soup family, but it's nice to have every once in a while - especially since it's warm outside. I'm so excited for you to get U2 tickets. You'll have so much fun. Be sure to take pictures.

Stephanie said...

errr.... i'm a dork. I meant to say "it's nice to have soup when it's COLD outside". haha!