Published 9/28/13 by: Kaitlin
I don’t really enjoy cooking. I’m more of a consumer. I am making attempts at cooking more this year in order to save money, and be able to take it to school for lunch throughout my week. My main resource for recipes is Pinterest because people are pretty honest about the amount of time each recipe takes as well as the difficulty level. As I become a future chef of America, I’m looking for tasty, low-maintenance options. The low-maintenance isn’t because I’m incapable (according to my brother I’m a “decent cook”), but because I haven’t invested a lot of money in cooking utensils or paraphernalia. For instance, last week, I was making BBQ Chicken Mac & Cheese and it called for freshly grated cheese, but I didn’t have a grater. This sort of issue comes up more often than you think and I have to compromise. I’m also big on compromising measurements and ingredients in recipes. If I have something that’s “close” to what the recipe calls for, I’m not picky, and will just throw in what I have. Sometimes this results in disgusting meals, but as time marches on I’m getting better at guesstimating and substituting ingredients. The recipe I’ve included below is a combination of four different soup recipes I found on Pinterest. As a result of not having a huge pot to cook soups in, I also changed the apparatus to a crockpot/slow cooker. I don’t know what the parameters are for calling a recipe your own, so I’m going to put the disclaimer out there that I combined a lot of other people’s ideas for this one. Chefs/Diners beware: it’s a little on the spicy side! Cheers!
1 container (48 oz) of chicken broth
2 cans of Rotel diced tomatoes (flavor of your choice – I used lime cilantro)
1 package of chicken sausage diced (flavor of your choice – I used Chorizo)
2 Tablespoons of minced garlic
2 peppers diced (color of your choice – I used yellow and orange)
1 box of pasta (shape and style of your choice – I used shells)
1 can of black beans drained (the beans didn’t add much to the mix, so use your best judgement)
1 red onion diced (optional – I didn’t use one and it was fine, but might add it in the future)
A dash of your favorite seasoning – I used taco seasoning.
Combine all of the ingredients into your crockpot except the pasta. Cook on low for two hours.
Approximately 15 minutes before your two hours are up, boil water for your pasta, and when it’s cooked, add to each bowl you serve as you see fit.