Tuscan Pasta

I found a version of this yummy dish in a Crock-Pot brand slow-cooker cookbook. The only changes I made was to substitute black olives for the original recipe's mushrooms (as I'm allergic) and swap a jar of Newman's Own Organic Tomato-Basil sauce for the recommended can of plain tomato sauce. I'm not sold on the celery either, so I might consider omitting it next time, but adding peas when adding the dry pasta. Lastly, don't worry that there is a lot of liquid in this recipe, as the pasta absorbs most of it in the final step.

Tuscan Pasta

  • 1 lb. bone-/skin-less chicken breasts, cut into 1" cubes
  • 2 cans (14 oz. ea.) Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) cannellini (white) beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) jar of Newman's Own Organic Tomato-Basil sauce (or similar)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 jar (4.5 oz.) sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 medium yellow, orange or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery (optional)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 sm. can LeSueur Very Early Young Peas (optional)
  • 6 oz. uncooked thin spaghetti, broken in half (Barilla+ recommended)
  1. Place all ingredients except peas and spaghetti in Crock-Pot slow cooker.
  2. Cover; cook on LOW 4 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add in spaghetti and (optional) peas. Turn to HIGH, cook 10 minutes, then stir.
  4. Continue cooking covered on high an additional 35 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  5. Recommend serving with shredded parmesan cheese. Salt and pepper to taste.
Makes 8 servings.


MiniMaple's New Year Smoothie

Here is the smoothie our son created for our family's New Year's Eve celebration!
  • 2 clementines
  • 6 strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup Pineapple-Orange-Banana juice
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups ice cubes
Blend together, then enjoy!