1In a heavy soup pot over medium heat, warm a glug of olive oil, then add the onion, and a big pinch of salt. Cook, stirring, until starting to turn golden, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and cook, stirring, until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini, herbs, crushed tomatoes, and broth and bring to a simmer. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the veggies are tender, about 10 minutes, and while you boil the pasta.
2While the sauce is simmering, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the tortellini and cook according to the package directions until just shy of al dente. Drain well.
3Add the tortellini to the soup base and stir to combine well. Simmer until heated through. Serve in soup bowls, garnished with the Parmesan and basil, along with some crusty bread.
Taste the snap and crunch of springtime in this easy weeknight pasta dish. Combine refrigerated tortellini with the bright and fresh flavor of homemade mint and basil pesto to deliver a weeknight meal your family will love.
French Chocolate Macarons with Chocolate Ganache
No lie: macarons can be fairly finicky to make, in that they might spread into uneven shapes or form dark spots on their tops -- but even if they're not as beautiful as bakery specimens, they will still be delicious. The smooth chocolate ganache filling sandwiches the light, chewy-inside, delicately-crisp-outside chocolate macarons together, for a classic French dessert you shouldn't be afraid to try making.
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Best Chicken Quesadilla
Crunchy, gooey, and crazy delicious, these chicken and cheese quesadillas are super simple to make, and even easier to eat. Before you start, prep some pico de gallo (or whatever kind of salsa you like) and guacamole for topping, and don't forget the sour cream.
Basic Chocolate Mousse
Simultaneously rich and light, chocolate mousse just requires a little bit of finesse, and the freshest, best-quality ingredients (eggs, chocolate, and cream) you can procure. Be sure to chill your cream very well and get every speck of water out of the bowl and whisk you'll use for the egg whites, then use a light hand when folding in the whipped cream, and you'll have a perfectly fluffy and decadent dessert.
Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket
A spice rub with paprika, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, cayenne, and garlic, and a smoky-sweet barbecue sauce with chipotle chiles lend mouth-watering layers of flavor to beef brisket, which gets incredibly tender after 10 hours in the slow cooker. Slice or shred the brisket and serve on good, sturdy bread for the ultimate BBQ sandwich, or make a combo plate with meat, slaw, baked beans, potato salad, or other classic BBQ sides.