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Rigatoni with Tomato-Artichoke Sauce

This basic recipe for a flavorful tomato sauce is a great recipe to play with based on your taste or refrigerator’s contents. Try adding chopped mushrooms, zucchini, walnuts, or whatever ingredients you have on hand.

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Rigatoni with Tomato-Artichoke Sauce

Prep + Cook: 30 minutes, Makes 8 servings

16 oz. rigatoni noodles (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped

1 Tbsp. minced garlic, (4 - 6 cloves)

6 oz. quartered and marinated artichoke hearts, with their liquid

28 oz. diced tomatoes, drained, or 7 - 8 fresh tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped, or 2 tsp. dried

10 - 12 pitted Greek or Spanish olives, chopped (optional)

1/3 cup red wine, or use tomato juice or sauce mixed with 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for serving, or to taste

Cook the rigatoni...

Tuscan White Bean Soup with Sourdough Croutons

This is a mild, healthy, and satisfying soup. It’s great on its own, but is even better topped with fresh sourdough croutons and a little Parmesan cheese. For a meatier version, crumble cooked bacon or sausage into the soup. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live!Tuscan White Bean Soup with Sourdough CroutonsPrep + Cook: 30 Minutes, Makes 4 servings 3 - 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 sweet yellow onion such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, chopped2 tsp. minced garlic, (about 4 cloves)29 - 30 oz. cannellini or white kidney beans, drained and rinsed2 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 1 loaf loaf sourdough bread (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed), (use 2 large slices for the croutons, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, and serve the rest of the bread on the side)1/4 tsp. kosher salt, sea salt, or other coarse salt 2 Tbsp. sherry, or 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar10 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped, or use 1/2 tsp. dried1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for serving...

Costa Rican Black Beans and Rice

Costa Ricans eat a version of this dish, called Gallo Pinto (which translates as spotted rooster) with nearly every meal, but it’s especially typical to eat it for breakfast! It’s great comfort food for any season - the curry and lime give it a Caribbean flare (Costa Rica borders the Caribbean sea). For even more Caribbean flavor, cook the rice in half water and half coconut milk. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live!Costa Rican Black Beans and RicePrep + Cook Time: 25 minutes 1 cup white rice, or use quick-cooking brown rice2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 green bell pepper, finely diced1 yellow onion, finely diced1 1/2 tsp. minced garlic, (about 3 cloves)1 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. curry powder 15 oz. reduced-sodium canned black beans, with their liquid2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce ( for a vegetarian and gluten-free alternative, use 6 drops hot sauce and 1/4 tsp. sugar per each Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce), or use Salsa Lizano, if...

Tender Fish and Tomato Curry

This curry is the epitome of a simple comfort food dish: a few quality ingredients, warm and soothing flavors, and ready in 30 minutes! Serve it over rice or with naan. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live!Tender Fish and Tomato CurryPrep + Cook: 30 Minutes, Makes 4 servings 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 yellow onion, halved top to bottom and thinly sliced2 stalks celery, thinly sliced1 tsp. curry powder 15 oz. fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with their liquid1 lb. catfish or other thick white fish fillet, cut into 1-inch chunks1/4 tsp. salt, or to taste1/4 tsp. black pepper, or to taste
In a Dutch oven or deep skillet, heat the oil over medium to medium-high heat.  Add the onions and celery and sauté them, stirring often, until they are tender, about 7 minutes. Stir in the curry powder for about 30 seconds, and then add the tomatoes. When it starts to bubble gently, stir in the fish and keep it at a simmer for about 7 minutes until the...

Chipotle Beef, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Stew

This recipe was a finalist for the National Beef Cook-Off. The trick here is to microwave the potato before adding it to the stew to make the meal preparation go much faster. The addition of chipotle peppers gives the stew an enticing smoky flavor. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live.Chipotle Beef, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato StewPrep + Cook Time: 25 minutes, Makes 6 servings 1 medium sweet potato, peeled3/4 - 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef, turkey, or meatless crumble 1 yellow onion, chopped28 - 30 oz. reduced-sodium canned black beans, drained and rinsed28 oz. crushed tomatoes 1 - 2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, with some of the sauce, minced1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped1 - 2 lime, 2 Tbsp. juice plus 6 wedges
Pierce the sweet potato with a fork. Microwave it on top of a paper towel on high for 4 – 6 minutes until it is tender. Let it cool slightly and cut it into 1/2–inch cubes. Meanwhile, in a heavy stockpot, brown the beef...

Vegetarian Sopa Poblano with Avocados

This recipe is a kid-friendly favorite! Between mixing in the avocado and cheese toppings and dipping bread or tortilla chips in the broth, there are so many fun ways to interact with the meal. If you want a more traditional version, sauté 1/2 lb. of diced pork before adding the other ingredients. For a more Southwestern version, stir in cooked shredded chicken and/or tortilla strips. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live!Vegetarian Sopa Poblano with AvocadosPrep + Cook Time: 30 Minutes, Makes 6 Servings 1 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil 1 yellow onion, finely chopped1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)1 zucchini, finely chopped (about 2 cups)1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed15 oz. canned pinto beans, with their liquid, or drain the liquid and replace with 1/2 cup of water, chicken or vegetable broth4 oz. canned diced green chilies, with their liquid1/2 tsp. ground cumin 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 5 1/2 oz....

North African Super Foods Stew

Packed with spinach, sweet potato, and turmeric, which is in the curry powder, this North African Super Foods Stew is a nutritional powerhouse that also brings the flavor! A little spicy and a little sweet, it has got something for everyone. If you’ve got pickier eaters, let them pull out the pieces they like or dip some bread to try the broth. Watch Jessica make this on Facebook Live!North African Super Foods StewPrep Time: 10 Minutes, Cook Time: 25 Minutes, Makes 6 Servings 2 Tbsp. coconut, canola, or vegetable oil 1 Tbsp. curry powder 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper(optional)1yellow onion, chopped1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)1 large russet (baking) potato, peeled and diced1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced4 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 1 tsp. salt 15 oz. canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed3 cups baby spinach
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium high heat. When...

Creamy Chickpea Tomato Curry (Chana Masala)

Chana Masala is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods-- packed with flavor, warm, and nourishing. If you have never had or never made Indian food before, this is a wonderful introduction. The combination of these Indian spices will give your stew plenty of flavor, and you can vary the amount to accommodate your family’s “heat” preference, plus it takes 30 minutes or less to make! “This was a total hit. It was so perfectly spiced - a balance of sweetness and a tinge of hotness, richness and healthfulness. Just yum!,” said Scramble recipe tester Amy Stanley. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live.Creamy Chickpea Tomato Curry (Chana Masala)Prep + Cook Time: 30 Minutes, Makes 6 Servings2 Tbsp. coconut oil, or use butter or vegetable oil1 yellow onion, diced1/2 - 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced (leave the seeds in for spicier flavor)1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)1 Tbsp. ground...

Penne Rigate with Garden Vegetables

This satisfying meal, suggested by Scramble member Megan Miller, brings your home garden or farmer’s market bounty to your dinner table. Meat lovers can brown a pound of hot Italian sausage in the pan before adding the vegetables. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live!Penne Rigate with Garden VegetablesPrep Time: 20 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 35 Minutes Makes 8 Servings1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 lb. hot Italian sausage (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed), sliced (optional)1 small red onion, diced1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)16 oz. whole wheat penne rigate (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed) 16 oz. sliced white, button, or cremini mushrooms 1 red, orange, or yellow bell pepper, diced1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced24 oz. red pasta sauce, any variety2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (or use 6 drops Tabasco and 1/4 tsp. sugar for a vegetarian alternative) 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream (or use any...

Summer Sausage, Sage, and Eggplant Stew

Plump purple eggplants at the farmer’s market were the inspiration for this summer stew. It is wonderful served on top of pasta, cous cous, or rice, or you can even just have some crusty bread on the side. Scramble recipe tester Kathryn Howell Dalton said, “My husband, who does not care for eggplant, just cleaned his plate.” Watch Jessica make this Summer Sausage, Sage, and Eggplant Stew on Facebook Live.

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Summer Sausage, Sage, and Eggplant StewPrep + Cook Time: 30 Minutes, Makes 6 servings 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 10 fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced1 lb. chicken or meatless sausage, any variety (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed), sliced, or use 15 oz. canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed1 small eggplant, diced (about 1 lb.)1/2 yellow onion, diced1/2 red bell pepper, diced1 tomato, diced...