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Spring Minestrone Soup

Packed with Spring veggies, beans, and pasta, this soup makes a great weeknight meal. 

Although the weather is getting warmer and everyone is firing up their grills, my mind has been thinking about soup. In my opinion, no matter what the weather, there isn't much that a big bowl of homemade soup doesn't cure. Got a cold? Have some soup. Have a bad breakup? Have some soup. Just need a quick weeknight meal? Soup is the answer!

A Trio of Dips for Cinco de Mayo with Delimex #DelimexFiesta

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Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner! The big question is, are you ready for it?  I love celebrating this day every year and always put together a Mexican fiesta for my family, complete with colorful decorations and way too much food. This year I'm enlisting the help of Delimex to help me with an authentic and delicious meal!

I've got my lineup all planned out. I stopped by Walmart the other day and picked up three of my favorite Delimex products - Beef & Cheddar Rolled Tacos, Chicken & Cheese Taquitos, and Beef Tamales. I'm getting hungry just talking about them!

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One Pot Pasta with Zucchini and Spinach #Saucesome

Pressed for time to get dinner on the table? Try this quick and delicious one pot pasta made with 
Ragú® sauce and fresh veggies!

I was just talking about this in a previous post but I'll say it again, we love pasta around these parts. From spaghetti to fettuccine to ravioli, there isn't much that my family won't eat. I was thrilled when asked to take a Ragú® recipe and put my spin on it, and show you my #Saucesome side! Get it? Sauce-some? Like awesome, but even better. More saucier. More fun. Sorry, I'm getting carried away.

I love Ragú® pasta sauce and buy it quite frequently. What I didn't know though, is that you can easily create a one pot pasta dish with Ragú®. One pot, people. One pot! No pre-boiling of your noodles. Everything goes into one pot and cooks together. Pretty quickly too, I might add. Now that right there is saucesome. Especially for all those working parents trying to get dinner on the table fast. 

Spring Pasta and Smoked Sausage #CookingWithGuyFieri

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I've always been a pasta lover, but lately it seems like we've been eating it more than usual. I've been trying new things, and not using red sauce all the time. Now my youngest son is huge fan of red sauce, so getting him to eat pasta the non-traditional way has been a challenge, but lucky for me the dishes I've made he has liked!

I was recently sent some of Guy Fieri's new smoked sausages to try out, and was more than excited to come up with a new recipe using them! I love using sausage with pasta, so this was another chance for me to come up with an amazing pasta recipe. The two sausage varieties I received were the Italian and the Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese. Both right up my alley!

Ham Pita Pockets with Homemade Veggie Cream Cheese

Brighten up your lunch routine with this delicious ham pita pocket sandwich made with homemade veggie cream cheese!
Ham & Cheese Pita Pockets with Homemade Veggie Cream Cheese | The Chef Next Door

I'm quite the fan of cream cheese. I love to eat it slathered on bagels or spread on crackers, and I love to cook with it too. Really I'm a lover of all cheeses, but I really like the creaminess and versatility of cream cheese. I often buy the flavored versions as my kids love to put different ones on their bagels, so I recently decided to make my own. 

We all love the veggie cream cheese, so that's what I started with. I'll tell you right now, it's way easier to make than you think. I added light cream cheese and lots of chopped vegetables to my food processor, whipped it up until it was nice and smooth and BOOM. It was done. And oh so delicious, I might add. What's great is that you can tailor it to your liking. Don't like onions? Don't add them in. Want more peppers? Throw an extra handful in. You can do whatever you like, this recipe is just a guide!


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