Baking, decorating, family…all the things that fill the holidays with joy. Join our Entangled authors as they share a little something special from their home during the holidays.
One of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season is bake. I also love to make soups and stews—it’s the perfect time of the year to add a little sweet to a warm meal.
I have been in love with Italian chili since I tried Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli Soup. I had to find a recipe so I could make it at home and have it taste just as yummy. I did! And the best part is that the soup cooks in a crockpot. Here’s what you’ll need:
2 cans diced tomatoes
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can Dark Red Kidney Beans
1 can Great Northern Beans
Celery – 5 individual stalks sliced
Small bag of Matchstick Carrots
48 ounce bottle of V8 Juice – Use ½ – ¾ of the bottle (depending on how hearty you’d like the soup)
1 tablespoon Basil
1 tablespoon Oregano
1 pound of lean ground beef
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 box of Ditalini pasta
Brown ground beef and add all ingredients into crockpot. Turn crockpot on low for 6-8 hours or high or 4-5 hours. Cook the desired amount of pasta just before serving.
Now for the sweet treat after the warm meal, try these yummy Cookies and Cream Brownie Cheesecake Bars – They’re amazing. This was a recipe I stumbled across in hopes of finding something my young daughter and I could do together. Baking is such a wonderful way to spend time together. This recipe was easy to follow and a ton of fun for both of us. Plus it’s yummalicious!
1 box brownie mix
24 ounces of cream cheese – softened
¾ cup sugar
2 eggs – beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
36 Oreo cookies
- Preheat oven 325 degrees and grease 9 x 13 baking pan.
- Prepare brownie mix as instructed on packaging.
- In separate bowl, mix together softened cream cheese and sugar until there are no lumps.
- Add egg and vanilla – blend well.
- Pour brownie batter in baking pan evenly.
- Place 24 Oreo’s in a single layer on top of brown batter. Fill in edges with broken cookies.
- Pour cream cheesecake batter over cookies and spread evenly.
- Crush remaining cookies and sprinkle on top of cheesecake batter.
- Bake 45 minutes or until center is slightly jiggly.
- Cook and chill for 2 hours.
Merry Christmas and Happy Eating!
While that’s baking check out Christmas With a Bite by Patricia Wolf