Last year I blogged my way through all 12 of the recipes in the calendar and I plan to do the same again this year. There are a few recipes that I'm looking forward to making; like Fresh Greenhouse Pizza (April), Strawberry Breakfast Parfait (June), Grilled Lamb Chops with Peach Mint Salsa (August), and Steamed Apple Maple Pudding (December).
Here's the first recipe of the year - Turkey Pasta Soup
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 Ontario onion, diced
- 2 each Ontario Carrots and Parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup sliced Ontario mushrooms
- 8 cups sodium-reduced chicken broth
- 2 cups diced cooked Ontario turkey
- 1 cup alphabet pasta or thin noodles
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme
- pinch pepper
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Stir in onion, carrots, parsnips and garlic; cook, stirring, until vegetables are slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in mushrooms for 1 minute.
Add broth, turkey, pasta, thyme and pepper; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley.
The soup was really good. Honestly though, you just can't go wrong with soup; it's a great way to use up leftovers, it's easy to make, and it's so comforting on a cold winter day.
Next month's recipe for February will be a Pork & Vegetable Stovetop Stew.
**If you wish to view the online version of the calendar you may access it here: http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca/english/calendar/2012/index.html
**If you'd like to view my blog entries for last year's calendar click on the 'Foodland Ontario' label on the left side of the page or view them by following this link: http://southwesternontariofoodie.blogspot.com/search/label/foodland%20ontario