Classic Tomato Soup

This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese…

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This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese for a cozy meal.

Tomato soup recipe

An essential every home cook needs? This classic Tomato Soup recipe! There’s nothing more homey than a big pot bubbling on the stove with its bright garlicky aroma. Add to that a browned, gooey grilled cheese from the griddle and well: it’s basic in all the right ways. Just a like a classic Caesar salad or avocado toast: a great tomato soup is not rocket science but always, always satisfying. This recipe is beyond easy to make and will please everyone in the family (even the picky ones).

Want more soups? Go to Top Healthy Soup Recipes.

What’s in this tomato soup recipe?

Tomato soup is like a good potato salad: everyone has their own family recipe. Here’s our own family favorite: it’s so quick and easy! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Canned tomatoes: fire roasted if possible
  • Vegetable broth
  • Garlic powder and onion powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Optional ingredients: basil, heavy cream
Tomato Soup Recipe

Flavor secret: fire roasted canned tomatoes

The key to the flavor in this tomato soup recipe? Fire roasted tomatoes. This type of tomatoes is roasted over a flame before canning, which makes the flavor sweet and developed right out of the can. You can absolutely taste the difference versus a plain canned tomato, which can taste bitter. Plus, you can cook fire roasted tomatoes for less time since the flavor is good right away (always a plus!).

Where to find fire roasted tomatoes? They should be available at your local grocery store, offered by several brands. If you can’t find them, simply substitute the best quality canned tomatoes you can find. It really makes a difference in this tomato soup!

Tomato Soup

How to make tomato soup: basic steps

There are lots of ways to make a great tomato soup recipe: here’s our magic formula! The only chopping required is you’ll have to mince some fresh garlic. Other than that, most of the cooking process is just waiting for it to simmer. Here are the basic steps:

  • Step 1, Chop & sauté: Mince the garlic, then sauté in olive oil for 30 seconds.
  • Step 2, Simmer: Add the canned tomatoes, broth onion powder, garlic powder, and salt. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Step 3, Blend: Immersion blend or carefully blend the soup (optional).
  • Step 4, Add butter: Add butter and salt to taste. Voila!

Add-ins: fresh basil or heavy cream

Want to spice up your tomato soup recipe? Here are two simple things you can do to add massive flavor to this simple soup:

  • Add ½ cup chopped basil while simmering. This adds the best tomato basil flavor!
  • Add a drizzle of heavy cream to finish. This incorporates a delightful lightly sweet richness and warmth to the texture.

Want more variations? Scroll down for a few more ideas.

Gourmet Grilled Cheese

This tomato soup recipe is fantastic paired with a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich! Here’s how to take a regular grilled cheese and make it gourmet:

  • Use sourdough bread or an other artisan loaf.
  • Spread mayo on the outside of the bread instead of butter. It adds great savory flavor!
  • Use a combo of shredded smoked gouda and cheddar cheese. The smoked gouda really takes it to gourmet status!
  • Add jam or a sliced apple inside. The sweet and savory combo makes it! Try it with tomato, fig or apricot jam, or a thinly slice apple or pear.
Tomato Soup Recipe

Sides to serve with tomato soup (grilled cheese and more!)

Of course, no tomato soup recipe is complete without a toasty grilled cheese on the side! But we’ve got a few more ideas to complete the meal as well. Here are a few of our top sides to serve with tomato soup:

  1. Grilled cheese: Try an avocado grilled cheese or spinach artichoke grilled cheese.
  2. Bread: Grab an artisan bread loaf.
  3. Crackers & cheese: Opt for homemade crackers or almond crackers.
  4. Salad: Try goat cheese apple salad, spinach salad, kale salad, or chopped salad.
  5. Muffins: Try classic corn muffins.

Variations: more tomato soup recipes

Want more flavor variations? This one is our classic, but here are our top tomato soup recipes to make on a regular basis:

This tomato soup recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Tomato soup recipe

Classic Tomato Soup Recipe


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This classic tomato soup recipe is full of bold flavor: easy to make and perfectly seasoned! Serve with grilled cheese for a cozy meal.


Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 28-ounce can and 1 15-ounce can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 quart vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • Optional: ½ cup chopped fresh basil, 1 splash heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil to medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute until light brown and fragrant. Stir in both cans of tomatoes, vegetable broth, garlic powder, onion powder, ½ teaspoon of the salt, and basil (if using). Bring to a simmer.
  2. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes until slightly thickened and the tomato flavor mellows. Then immersion blend the soup or carefully transfer to a blender and blend until smooth (this step makes it creamier; you can skip this step if you’re ok with the texture as is).
  3. Stir in the remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons salted butter. For a richer soup, you can also stir in a splash of heavy cream.
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Tomato soup recipe

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Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Espresso

This iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso is so delicious: both refreshing and cozy! Here’s how to make it…

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This iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso is so delicious: both refreshing and cozy! Here’s how to make it even better than Starbucks.

Iced brown sugar oat milk espresso

Ready for one of the more interesting espresso drinks to come your way? Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Espresso. Just the ring of it sounds like a certain ultra popular coffeeshop, and you’re right! It’s a Starbucks invention. Here’s the thing: the Starbucks version of this shaken espresso tastes just okay. The homemade version? It tastes great. It’s deliciously nuanced, cozy, and just sweet enough, cinnamon forward with a warm nuance from the brown sugar syrup. Really, you’ve gotta try this!

What’s an iced brown sugar oat milk espresso?

The iced brown sugar oat milk espresso is a Starbucks drink that combines shaken espresso, oat milk, and brown sugar syrup. It’s essentially an iced latte, but the espresso is shaken for a frothy texture and it has slightly less milk. The Starbucks version of this drink says it uses brown sugar syrup to add a hint of warmth, but in our opinion it’s difficult to detect in the flavor. This homemade version brings all the flavor notes in strong! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Espresso
  • Brown sugar syrup: made in 5 minutes with brown sugar!
  • Cinnamon
  • Oat milk: best quality
Brown sugar syrup

Make an iced brown sugar oat milk espresso…better than Starbucks

The iced brown sugar oat milk espresso at Starbucks tastes overwhelmingly like oat milk: it’s pretty one note flavor-wise. When we ordered it, we had big expectations! But you get none of those brown sugar or cinnamon flavor notes. (In fact, the whole drink just made me thirsty.) Making it homemade makes one incredible drink: you’ll get dark espresso notes, cozy brown sugar, spicy cinnamon, and creamy oat milk all in one sip. Here are the basic steps:

  • Step 1: Make the brown sugar syrup.
  • Step 2: Make a double shot of espresso.
  • Step 3: Place the espresso in a jar with 1 ½ tablespoons syrup and ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon and shake!
  • Step 4: Add ½ cup regular oat milk and enjoy.

Use high quality oat milk

Another note: make sure to use best quality oat milk: it really affects the flavor! Some oat milks can have an artificial aftertaste: experiment and find one you love. (We enjoy Planet Oat: let us know your favorite brands.)

How to make espresso

Espresso methods

The main thing you’ll need to know for your iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso? How to make great espresso at home. The best option is a countertop espresso machine, but it’s a bit pricey. We’ve got several different methods for how to make espresso without a machine. Here’s what to know:

  • Espresso roast coffee: Use a fine grind on the espresso beans. Some brands we recommend: IllyStarbucks or Intelligentsia
  • Espresso machine: An espresso machine is the best option: it makes incredible espresso! There are various machines in different price ranges.
  • Portable espresso maker: manual espresso maker is a more affordable option, and it makes great espresso.
  • French press: French press espresso is another great affordable option!
  • Moka Pot: You can also make strong espresso-like coffee in a Moka Pot (Bialetti).

How to make brown sugar syrup

The only other thing you need to do for this drink? Make homemade brown sugar syrup! It takes just 5 minutes and makes a jar of ¾ cup you can use for all your future drinks. A simple syrup is just that: simple! The basic premise is that you combine equal parts sugar and water. Here’s what to do for this one:

  • Combine sugar and water: Place ½ cup each brown sugar and water in a small saucepan on the stove.
  • Heat until dissolved: Heat over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until fully dissolved. Do not simmer!

That’s it! You can store it refrigerated for up to 1 month. It’s enough to make 8 of these iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espressos! You can also use it on pancakes and waffles.

Iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso

More coffee drinks

Love coffee drinks? We’ve got all the Starbucks specials and more! Here are a few homemade espresso drinks to try:

This iced brown sugar oatmilk shaken espresso recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Iced brown sugar oat milk espresso

Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Espresso


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This iced brown sugar oat milk shaken espresso is so delicious: both refreshing and cozy! Here’s how to make it even better than Starbucks.


Ingredients

  • 2 espresso shots (2 ounces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons brown sugar syrup (or more to taste)
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup regular oat milk (unsweetened)

Instructions

  1. Make the brown sugar syrup: Add ½ cup brown sugar and ½ cup water to saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved (don’t simmer) for 1 to 2 minutes. Keeps in the refrigerator for 1 month (makes ¾ cup).
  2. Make the espresso: Make the espresso using an espresso machine, manual espresso maker, French press, or Moka Pot.
  3. Shake: In medium jar, combine the espresso, brown sugar syrup, and cinnamon and shake until well combined. Remove the lid, fill the jar with ice and add the oat milk.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Coffee

Keywords: Iced Brown Sugar Oat Milk Espresso

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Lemon Pasta

This lusciously creamy lemon pasta recipe is the ideal balance of richness and acidity! It’s a comforting meal or stellar…

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This lusciously creamy lemon pasta recipe is the ideal balance of richness and acidity! It’s a comforting meal or stellar side dish.

Lemon pasta

Here’s a lusciously creamy pasta that will become the meal of your dreams. Try this Lemon Pasta! It’s rich and silky, with just the right balance of sharp citrus from loads of lemon zest. Don’t consider this a health food or even a healthy spin: it’s here for when you need a properly indulgent bit of pasta. This one is modeled off of a favorite of ours at a fantastic local restaurant and let’s just say: it’ll be tough to put down your fork.

Ingredients in this lemon pasta recipe

This lemon pasta recipe is a mess of citrusy, creamy long noodles smothered in cream, Parmesan and lemon zest. While most of the recipes on this website fit under the umbrella of healthy, this one is all about being just plain amazing. If you prefer a healthy spin, go to Vegan Fettucine Alfredo! For this lemon pasta you’ll need:

  • Pasta: spaghetti or bucatini
  • Milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Lemon zest
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
Lemon Pasta Recipe

Use any long noodle (bucatini is best)

You can use any type of long noodle for this lemon pasta recipe. If you have fresh pasta, this would be a great sauce for using it! Of course, it’s much more accessible to use dried long noodles. Here are some options:

  • Bucatini: It’s spaghetti with a hole in it! It lends a deliciously chewy texture to the pasta.
  • Spaghetti: The classic!
  • Linguine: A slightly wider noodle.
  • Fettucine: A flatter and wider noodle.

Of course, this sauce works well with a short noodle as well, if you’re looking for a short pasta! Some ideas: Rigatoni, Penne, Orecchiette and Cavatappi would be great contenders.

How to make lemon pasta: a few tips

This lemon pasta takes just a few minutes to whip up. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the cooking process:

  • Consider cutting it in half! The recipe below makes 6 to 8 servings, so cut in half if you don’t want leftovers (though they do save well!).
  • Zest the lemons first. You’ll need zest from two lemons, which can take a while. We like using a microplane grater to make quick work.
  • Loosen the sauce with pasta water. Like with many Italian pasta recipes, save a bit of the pasta water after you’ve boiled it: you may need a few splashes to get the sauce to a creamy consistency.
Lemon pasta

Serves a crowd, or works as leftovers

This lemon pasta makes quite a big pot of noodles! You’ll use 1 pound of pasta here, which in our book makes enough for 6 to 8 servings. This might be less than you’re used to when it comes to pasta, but this one is so rich we recommend having smaller servings.

You may want to halve this recipe, or it works great as leftovers! The flavor is still fantastic after 3 days refrigerated. We even ate it cold! You can also reheat it in a skillet with a splash of milk to get it creamy again.

What to serve with lemon pasta

Here’s an important thing about this lemon pasta recipe: how to make it into a meal! The serving size is smaller than you might be used to, because it’s such a rich and fatty pasta. You’ll want to accessorize it with a crisp green salad or some vegetable sides. Here are some ideas:

Lemon pasta

Or, serve it as a simple side dish

Another great way to serve lemon pasta? As a side dish! It works very well with fish or chicken for an elegant meal. Here are a few mains we’d serve it with:

This lemon pasta recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free or legume pasta.

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Lemon pasta

Lemon Pasta


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This lusciously creamy lemon pasta recipe is the ideal balance of richness and acidity! It’s a comforting meal or stellar side dish.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti or bucatini pasta*
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated
  • Zest from 2 lemons
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter, sliced
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta (and save the pasta water!): Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Set the timer for a few minutes less than the package instructions and then taste: the pasta should be just done, still with some firmness. The pasta should also taste salty from the salted water. Save out ½ cup pasta water using a glass measuring cup for the sauce, then quickly drain the pasta.
  2. Make the sauce: In saucepan, add the milk and cream and bring to a simmer over medium heat. As it comes to a simmer, grate in the garlic. Add ½ teaspoon kosher salt, zest of 1 lemon, and 4 tablespoons butter and stir for 1 minute. Slowly sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese, stirring constantly until fully incorporated and the sauce thickens.
  3. Serve: Add the drained pasta to the sauce and toss to combine. Allow to sit 3 minutes. Add the remaining zest of 1 lemon, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon butter. Add a few drizzles of pasta water as necessary until nicely coated. Serve with fresh ground black pepper. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 3 days (reheats nicely in a skillet with a splash of milk).

Notes

*This quantity serves 6 to 8: make sure to cut in half if you’re serving less eaters! Pair with a green salad or veggie side to round it out as a meal.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Pasta
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Lemon pasta

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Easy Breakfast Burrito

This genius breakfast burrito recipe is irresistibly satisfying and so easy to whip up! It’s got two layers of eggs…

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This genius breakfast burrito recipe is irresistibly satisfying and so easy to whip up! It’s got two layers of eggs for massive savory flavor.

Breakfast burrito recipe

Need ideas to start your morning? Or love breakfast for dinner? Try this genius Breakfast Burrito Recipe! In just 15 minutes, you’ve got a burrito that’s bursting with zesty flavor. Many breakfast burrito recipes call for rice or cooked meat or potatoes: and who has time for that in the morning? (Not us.) You’ll need just 5 minutes to cook two layers of eggs here: one chorizo-spiced and one cheesy. Take a bite and it’s irresistibly savory and delicious, with all the right cozy textures. We even make this Tex Mex classic for a quick dinner, it’s so darn good.

Ingredients in a quick breakfast burrito recipe

It’s hard to plan ahead for mornings, and it’s hard to meal prep. So here’s a breakfast burrito recipe that you can whip up in a flash! This recipe makes 2 burritos, and you can freeze one for later too. Here are the quick and simple components: no meat browning or potato cooking required!

  • Eggs
  • Spices: chili powder, garlic powder and cumin
  • Salt and butter
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Avocado
  • Pico de gallo
  • Large 10″ tortillas
Breakfast Burrito Recipe

The trick: two layers of eggs

Here’s the cool thing about this breakfast burrito recipe: you need no meat, because the spiced eggs stand in for meat! Here’s a break down of how this trick works, with a total of 2 eggs per serving:

  • Spiced eggs: Adding chili powder, garlic and cumin to scrambled eggs makes them taste like a combination between taco meat and chorizo. Really! We made up this concept for our Amazing Egg Tacos and have been riffing on it ever since.
  • Cheesy eggs: Of course, any breakfast burrito needs a layer of cheesy eggs! Combining these two layers makes a satisfying bite where you don’t miss the meat.

How to roll a breakfast burrito

The hardest part about a breakfast burrito? Rolling the burrito! This is notoriously challenging, so here are a few of our top tips:

  • Tortilla size: Breakfast burritos need large tortillas, at least 10″ (or up to 12″).
  • Tortilla type: We have the best luck with flour tortillas. Some gluten free or grain free tortillas work, but it depends on the brand.
  • Warm it: It’s helpful to bring the tortilla to room temp or lightly warm it in the microwave before rolling. This helps to reduce breakage.
  • Rolling tips: Fold the tortilla in half over the filling, then tuck it around and underneath the filling, forming a tight roll. Fold in each side of the burrito, then roll it up. Keep it as tight as possible while rolling.
Breakfast Burrito

One last step: toast it!

This is totally optional, but who doesn’t love a breakfast burrito that’s toasted on the outside? They get those lovely golden marks on the outside, which makes it look (and smell) absolutely irresistible! All you have to do is heat a little butter in a skillet, then cook on medium high heat for about 1 minute per side. It works like a charm!

Leftover storage: how to freeze it

This breakfast burrito recipe makes 2 servings. It’s also an easy recipe to multiply: you can make a double or triple batch if you like! If you happen to have leftovers, you can freeze the burrito for later. This is preferable to refrigerating the burrito, as it can become very soggy. There are still concerns with a breakfast burrito becoming soggy after freezing it, so here are a few small tips to keep in mind:

  • When you assemble, add a small handful of shredded cheese on the tortilla first. This can help to form a moisture barrier.
  • Let the egg filling come to room temp before rolling. This prevents extra moisture as well.
  • Freeze wrapped in foil. Store up to 1 month.
  • To reheat, place it in foil in a 350 degree oven and bake until warmed through, about 15 minutes.

And that’s it! It results in the tastiest, easiest breakfast burrito around. And remember: you don’t have to wait for breakfast for this one! Try it as an easy dinner.

More savory breakfast recipes

Savory breakfast is where it’s at! Here are a few more breakfast recipes that make mornings more delicious:

This breakfast burrito recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten free, use gluten free tortillas (just be careful of the brand, as some gluten free tortillas can be more brittle).

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Breakfast burrito recipe

Easy Breakfast Burrito


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 burritos
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This genius breakfast burrito recipe is irresistibly satisfying and so easy to whip up! It’s got two layers of eggs for massive savory flavor.


Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon each chili powder, garlic powder, and cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 mashed avocado, divided
  • ¼ cup purchased pico de gallo, drained and divided
  • 2 10-inch large tortillas (burrito size)

Instructions

  1. In one medium bowl, whisk together 2 eggs with the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and ⅛ teaspoon of the salt. In another medium bowl, whisk 2 eggs with ⅛ teaspoon of the salt, then add the shredded cheese.
  2. In a skillet, heat ½ tablespoon butter. Add the first bowl of eggs and cook over medium low heat, scraping as the eggs solidify, about 1 to 2 minutes total. As you scrape, they’ll start to form together into a meat-like texture. Remove the cooked eggs to a plate. Then add ½ tablespoon butter to the pan and do the same thing to cook the second bowl of cheesy eggs.
  3. Bring the tortillas to room temperature or lightly warm them in the microwave: this helps them to not break when wrapping the burritos.
  4. Place the tortilla on a cutting board. Place the toppings in the center of the tortilla: a sprinkle of cheese (optional but can help reduce sogginess of the tortilla), the spiced eggs and the cheesy eggs, 2 tablespoons of the drained pico de gallo, and the ½ mashed avocado. Fold the tortilla in half over the filling, then tuck it around and underneath the filling, forming a tight roll. Fold in each side of the burrito, then roll it up. Repeat with the other burrito. Cut in half and serve. (You can freeze the leftover burrito if you like. Let the egg filling come to room temperature first. Place a foil wrapper under the tortilla before you roll it. Roll it up and freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat in the foil in a 350 degree oven until warmed through, about 15 minutes or so.)
  5. Toast the burrito (optional): Add a bit of butter to a skillet, and add the wrapped burrito. Cook on medium high heat for about 1 minute until golden, then flip and toast the other side for another minute.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Burrito
  • Cuisine: Mexican inspired

Keywords: Breakfast burrito, Breakfast burrito recipe

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Rum Punch

No one can resist this Rum Punch recipe! Here are the classic ingredients that make a perfectly balanced tropical flavor.…

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No one can resist this Rum Punch recipe! Here are the classic ingredients that make a perfectly balanced tropical flavor.

Rum Punch

Here’s a cocktail recipe that’s so pristine, it’s no wonder it’s got a long history. Try this Rum Punch recipe! The concept of rum punch goes back to the 1600’s, though this one is closer to a Planter’s Punch from the early 1900’s. The balance of the ingredients is ideal: instead of overly saccharine is perfectly sweet tart, fruity, and tropical. In fact, it’s so good you won’t be able to resist another sip. Try this easier spin on the Mai Tai: and prepare to be amazed.

What is rum punch?

What’s rum punch? A punch is any drink that includes fruit juices, either non-alcoholic or alcoholic, often served in a large bowl with glasses. The first printed record of a punch dates back to 1632 in English documents, a concept borrowed from India. Modern punch evolved in the 1650’s with Jamaican rum. The single serving punch, called a sling, came about after that (the most famous of which is the Singapore Sling).

Some of the oldest punches are rum-based, and were made using the following recipe in a rhyme: “One of Sour, Two of Sweet, Three of Strong, Four of Weak.” This rum punch recipe is similar to Planter’s Punch, which originated in Jamaica and was first published in an 1878 London magazine. Our recipe adds pineapple, orange and grenadine, which is traditional in many rum punch recipes you’ll find today. The rum punch ingredients you’ll need are:

  • White rum
  • Dark rum
  • Pineapple juice
  • Orange juice
  • Lime juice
  • Grenadine
Rum punch recipe

Types of rum

Many rum punch recipes use more than one type of rum. Why is it necessary? Different types of rum add a lot of nuance in flavor. Taste the different varieties, and you’ll find that they almost taste like different liquor. You can use only one type if it’s all you have, but it’s worth seeking out two types for the flavor difference. Here’s an outline on types of rum:

  • Dark rum has a deep, caramel flavor and notes of cinnamon and spices (see Dark Rum Drinks)
  • White rum has a straightforward flavor rum with the signature fruity finish
  • Aged rum, aka golden or añejo rum, has notes of vanilla, coconut, almond, citrus, or caramel
  • Coconut rum is a sweet coconut-flavored liqueur made with rum (Malibu is the most popular)

Because Malibu rum is so sweet, make sure to use it in combination with another rum. But if all you have is white rum or dark rum, you can use just one type of rum in a pinch.

Grenadine syrup

Buy grenadine or make homemade

Got grenadine on hand? Grenadine is a red non-alcoholic syrup with a sweet tart flavor, commonly used in cocktails and mocktails. Many people think it’s cherry flavored, but it’s actually made from pomegranate juice! It’s been used in grenadine cocktails for hundreds of years, from the Singapore Sling to the Shirley Temple.

Much of the grenadine on the market today has artificial sweeteners and colors. Look for an all natural grenadine, or you can make homemade grenadine! It’s easy to make with pomegranate seeds.

How to make rum punch

This rum punch recipe is for a single serving drink, in the tradition of the classic Singapore Sling or Hurricane. But you can serve it in a punch bowl, too! Here’s how to make rum punch (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Stir: In a hurricane glass, add 1 ounce each white rum and dark rum, 2 ounces pineapple juice, 1 ounce orange juice and ½ ounce lime juice.
  • Top with grenadine: Top with ½ ounce grenadine, which will settle to the bottom and make a gradient effect. Serve garnished with an orange slice and cocktail cherry!
Rum punch ingredients

Or, serve it in a punch bowl

If you’re making rum punch for a crowd, the best way to serve it is in a punch bowl! It’s easy to multiply the quantities for 8 drinks. Simply replace each ounce with 1 cup of the ingredient! Here’s what to do:

  • Add all ingredients, including the grenadine, to a punch bowl.
  • Add a few handfuls ice to cool.
  • Garnish with orange slices!

And that’s it! This rum punch has risen to the top of our favorite drinks to make: we hope you’ll love it too! It’s great as a tropical drink or beach drink, and works in any season.

More rum drinks

Love rum? Here are a few more top rum cocktails to try:

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Rum Punch

Rum Punch


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink (or 8 drinks)
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce* (or 1 cup) white rum
  • 1 ounce (or 1 cup) dark rum
  • 2 ounces (or 2 cups) pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce (or 1 cup) orange juice
  • ½ ounce (or ½ cup) lime juice
  • ½ ounce (or ½ cup) grenadine
  • For the garnish: orange slice, cocktail cherry

Instructions

  1. For the single serving: In a highball glass, stir together all ingredients (in ounces), except for the grenadine. Fill the glass with ice and top with the grenadine. Garnish with the orange slice and cherry.
  2. For party size (8 servings): Place all ingredients in a punch bowl or pitcher, and add a few handfuls of ice. Add orange slices or wheels as a garnish.

Notes

*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Rum punch, rum punch recipe

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Loaded Baked Potato & Toppings

Mix and match baked potato toppings for the best easy dinner: a Loaded Baked Potato! It’s customizable to any diet…

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Mix and match baked potato toppings for the best easy dinner: a Loaded Baked Potato! It’s customizable to any diet and eater.

Loaded baked potato

It can be hard to find a dinner idea that works for everyone, and here’s one we fall back on time and time again: the Loaded Baked Potato! Mix and match any variety of baked potato toppings and you’ve got a delicious dinner that works for almost any diet. We recently did this when we were feeding a crowd (my family in town for a visit) and everyone loved it! There are endless ideas for customizing the meal and it lets every eater get creative. Here’s how to make a loaded baked potato bar and some great topping ideas.

The type of potatoes to use

The best potatoes for a baked potato? Russet potatoes or sweet potatoes. Russet potatoes are the type you’ll generally find for a baked potato. They’re called starchy potatoes and come out with a fluffy texture when baked. Contrast that with waxy potatoes like Yukon gold, red potatoes, or fingerling potatoes: these are best for roasting and mashing.

Sweet potatoes are also a great choice! They have slightly more fiber and different vitamins, as well as a beautifully sweet flavor. Interestingly, they’re very similar in nutrition to the russet potato. (Read more about the nutritional differences at Sweet Potato vs White Potato.)

Baked potato
Use russet potatoes and place them right on the oven grates: no foil required!

Loaded baked potato cooking methods

There are several ways to make a baked potato! Cook the potato, then load it up with the toppings. Here are our top methods for baking a potato, with a few alternative ideas:

  • Classic: Make a classic whole baked potato! Rub the skin with olive oil and prick it with a fork. Place it right on the oven grates (no foil) and bake 20 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Then flip and bake 25 minutes more until fork tender (keep baking up to 15 minutes more until tender, depending on the size).
  • Quick baked method: Make a quick baked potato! Cut the potatoes in half and rub with olive oil prick with a fork. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes, until tender. Mash the tops lightly with a fork before serving.
  • Grilled: Go to Grilled Baked Potato for instructions.
  • Sweet potato: Make a baked sweet potato instead! Use the quick baked method above.
Baked potato toppings

Baked potato toppings

Got your baked potato cooked? Let’s load it up! Here’s where it gets fun and creative. There are two methods for making loaded baked potatoes: you can lay out all the toppings and let the eaters choose, or make up just the ingredients for one of the flavor combinations below. Here are some of our favorite baked potato toppings:

Options for every diet!

The best part about a loaded baked potato bar? There are options for many diets! A loaded baked potato is naturally gluten free. Depending on the toppings, it also works for vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian and omnivore diets.

Of the toppings above, we highly recommend the Vegan Queso as a cheesy vegan topping. The Walnut Taco Meat is also a stellar meat substitute.

Loaded baked potato

How to serve a loaded baked potato

Ready to eat? Here’s how to serve a loaded baked potato: make a baked potato bar!

  • Set out the toppings in bowls as a baked potato bar. It’s fun to lay them out in small bowls and allow the eaters to top the potatoes at the table (or at an island or table if you’re serving a crowd).
  • Accessorize with a green salad. Cut the starchiness with a fresh green salad, like this Arugula Salad, Kale Salad, Tossed Salad, or Mexican Salad.

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Loaded Baked Potato & Toppings!


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Mix and match baked potato toppings for the best easy dinner: a Loaded Baked Potato! It’s customizable to any diet and eater.


Ingredients

  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups purchased pico de gallo
  • 15-ounce can black beans
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup canned corn (or thawed frozen)
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, optional
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Sour cream (or cashew cream)
  • Other topping ideas:

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. (Alternatively, you can use our Quick Baked Potato or Baked Sweet Potato methods.)
  2. Bake the potatoes: Scrub the potatoes and pierce them all over with a fork. Rub each potato with olive oil. Place the potatoes directly on oven rack (with a tray on rack below to catch any dripping oil). Bake 20 minutes and flip with tongs. Bake additional 25 minutes and check for tenderness with a fork. The fork should easily pierce the potato to the center. If not tender, continue baking, up to 15 minutes more depending on size of the potato.
  3. Prep the toppings: Meanwhile, drain and rinse the black beans and mix them with the kosher salt. Drain or thaw the corn. Chop the cilantro. Or follow the notes above for other topping ideas!
  4. Serve: When the potatoes are done, open the tops with a fork and top with the pico de gallo, seasoned black beans, corn, guacamole, cheddar cheese, cilantro and sour cream. Or follow the notes above of your choosing. Enjoy!
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Loaded baked potato, Baked potato toppings

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Easy Tortelloni

Tortelloni could not be tastier paired with tomato cream sauce! The rich, tangy sauce pairs perfectly with chewy pasta pillows.…

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Tortelloni could not be tastier paired with tomato cream sauce! The rich, tangy sauce pairs perfectly with chewy pasta pillows.

Tortelloni

Got tortelloni? This delicious pasta is often mistaken for tortellini, but it’s easily the better of the cousin pasta shapes. The larger of the two is delightfully tender, with a generous gooey filling. Here’s our favorite way to serve them: with a tangy, garlicky tomato sauce, with a touch of richness from a hint of cream. It’s a great way to make them into a tasty vegetarian dinner or easy side dish. This one has been a huge hit with any friends and family we serve it to!

What is tortelloni?

What is tortelloni, anyway? It’s easy to grab a package and mistake it for the smaller pasta shape. What is tortelloni vs tortellini?

  • Tortelloni is a pasta shape that is larger than tortellini with a filled center. Tortellini has smaller and is ring shaped, with a hole in the middle. In traditional Italian cooking, tortelloni filling is vegetarian whereas tortellini often has meat. Tortellini is also often served in broth, whereas tortelloni is served with creamy sauces.
  • Where to find it? Tortelloni is easy to find the refrigerated section at your local grocery. It’s usually not available dried or frozen (though you can find tortellini dried and frozen).
  • How to tell the difference quickly? Tortellini has a hole in the middle, tortelloni has a solid center that encloses the filling.
Tortelloni

Ways to serve tortelloni

Tortelloni is our preference over tortellini because it’s larger and more substantial. It’s great for serving with creamy sauces, whereas the smaller pasta shape can get lost. Here are some of the top ways to eat tortelloni:

Tomato cream sauce

Making tomato cream sauce: some tips!

This tomato cream sauce is our favorite way to serve tortelloni. It’s similar to a Vodka Sauce, but instead of slow cooking it for hours you can whip it up in just 30 minutes. Here are a few notes on the process:

  • Find best quality canned tomatoes. The quality of tomatoes makes the sauce. Our top choice is fire roasted, if you can find them: the flavor is sweet and developed right out of the can. Or look for San Marzano, an Italian variety of tomato with a sweet flavor. If you can’t find either, just find the best quality canned tomatoes you can find.
  • The secret ingredient? Fennel seeds. The fennel adds add hearty, meaty flavor that can’t be replicated. Don’t leave it out!
  • Simmer until thickened. This should take between 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the brand of tomatoes. Longer is always better, if you have the time!

Make it a meal: sides for tortelloni

Whip up a pan of this tortelloni, and you’re on your way to a delicious meal! You can serve it as a meatless main, or a side dish in part of a larger spread. We’ve served it as a side dish for salmon in a meal al fresco, and all our guests raved! Here are some ideas for making it into a meal:

Tortelloni

Try it in these tortellini recipes

Can you use tortellini in this tortelloni recipe? Absolutely! These pasta types are easy to swap. You can also use tortelloni in these tasty tortellini recipes:

This tortelloni recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten free tortelloni.

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Easy Tortelloni


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Tortelloni could not be tastier paired with tomato cream sauce! The rich, tangy sauce pairs perfectly with chewy pasta pillows.


Ingredients

  • 18 ounces refrigerated cheese tortelloni*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 28 ounce crushed tomatoes (fire roasted if possible)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons (double concentrated) tomato paste or 3 tablespoons normal tomato paste
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/2 yellow onion, peeled
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • To serve: Parmesan cheese, fresh basil (optional)

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce: Mince the garlic. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and fennel seeds and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant and the garlic is golden (do not allow to brown). Turn the heat to medium low. Add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, ¼ cup of the heavy cream, the half onion, and the salt. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes until the sauce is thickened. When thickened, remove the half onion and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons heavy cream.
  2. Cook the pasta: Start a large pot of well-salted water to boil. Boil the pasta until al dente according to the package instructions (usually around 2 minutes).
  3. Serve: When the sauce is done, add the pasta to the skillet. Top with Parmesan shavings and fresh basil, if desired.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian inspired

Keywords: Tortelloni

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8 Great Daiquiri Recipes

Here are all the best daiquiri recipes to try, from classic to frozen! Try all the fruity variations on this…

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Here are all the best daiquiri recipes to try, from classic to frozen! Try all the fruity variations on this classic cocktail.

Frozen Daiquiri

If there’s one great rum drink, it’s the daiquiri. This classic combination of lime, sweetener and white rum was born in Cuba in the 1800’s, and it’s just as popular today! While today’s daiquiri drinkers often assume a frozen puree, the classic version of this drink is shaken and strained, served straight up in a cocktail glass. Add ice and blend it together for endless variations of frozen daiquiris, which rose to popularity in the US in the 1990’s.

Here are all the best daiquiri recipes to enjoy rum paired with all sorts of fruity flavors! Try the Classic Daiquiri and Hemingway Daiquiri for historical classics. Then blend with ice and frozen fruit for strawberry, mango, pineapple and more.

And now…the top daiquiri recipes to try!

More cocktail recipes

There are so many cocktails to try outside of these daiquiri recipes! Here are 300+ cocktail recipes for every occasion:

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Best Daiquiri Recipe (Classic or Frozen)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink (classic) or 2 drinks (frozen)
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here are all the best daiquiri recipes to try, from classic to frozen! Try all the fruity variations on this classic cocktail.


Ingredients

For the classic daiquiri

  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) best quality light or white rum
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) lime juice
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) simple syrup
  • Lime slice, for garnish

For the frozen daiquiri

  • 4 ounces (½ cup) best quality light or white rum
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) lime juice
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) simple syrup
  • 2 ½ cups ice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Lime slice, for garnish

Instructions

  1. For the classic daiquiri: Add the rum, lime juice, and syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill it with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass. Serve garnished with a lime slice.
  2. For the frozen daiquiri: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately, garnished with a lime wheel if desired.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken or Blender
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Daiquiri recipe

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Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

This stuffed mushrooms recipe will make you say wow! It’s easy to put together and perfect for entertaining…or snacking. Looking…

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This stuffed mushrooms recipe will make you say wow! It’s easy to put together and perfect for entertaining…or snacking.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Looking for a great healthy appetizer recipe for entertaining…or just snacking? Try this simple stuffed mushrooms recipe! These little bites have everything going on: they’re savory, meaty, and herby, with a tender exterior and a crunch in each bite. In fact, they came out even better than we expected! Even better, this recipe is incredibly easy: no need to sauté filling ingredients. Chop them up, fill, and bake!

Ingredients in this stuffed mushrooms recipe

You can make stuffed mushrooms a million different ways. Our favorite is our spinach artichoke stuffed portabello mushrooms, which are stunning and work as a side or vegetarian dinner. But what about when you want to stuff the little guys, like for party food? Enter this stuffed baby bella mushrooms recipe! We customized it to be quick and simple to put together. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cremini mushrooms, also called baby bella
  • Olive oil
  • Shallot
  • Walnuts (or omit and use more breadcrumbs, but we like the crunch!)
  • Parsley
  • Italian panko (see notes below)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (the powdery kind)
  • Salt and pepper

Let’s talk through a few of the special ingredients, then we’ll get to the method!

Stuffed Mushrooms recipe

Find cremini mushrooms, aka baby bellas

Cremini mushrooms are a small mushroom with a round brown top. Also known as baby bella mushrooms, it’s one of the most widely consumed mushroom varieties in the world. Here are a few fun facts about the cremini:

  • Cremini mushrooms are the same variety as button mushrooms and portobellos. White mushrooms, aka button mushrooms, are an earlier growth stage, so they have a milder flavor. Portobello mushrooms are the oldest stage, so they have the most meaty and savory flavor.
  • What do they taste like? Cremini mushrooms have an earthy, savory flavor that tastes like a milder version of a portobello and a more developed version of a white mushroom.
  • Can you substitute white mushrooms here? Yes! If you can’t find cremini or baby bella, go with white or button mushrooms.

Look for Italian style Panko or breadcrumbs

Another important part of this stuffed mushrooms recipe? Finding Italian-style panko. If you can’t find that, go to Italian breadcrumbs! Here’s what to know:

  • Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs: we like it here because it’s crunchier! But breadcrumbs work just as well.
  • “Italian” means herbs and salt are added. You should be able to find Italian panko or panko easily at your local grocery store.
  • What to do if you can’t find them? Use plain panko or breadcrumbs and add salt and Italian seasonings. Mix the ½ cup panko with ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano and ¼ teaspoon each dried basil and thyme).
How to make stuffed mushrooms

How to make stuffed mushrooms: a few tips!

We engineered this stuffed mushrooms recipe to be simpler than most. That means no sautéing filling ingredients: just chop them up and fill the mushrooms! Here are a few things to note about the method (or jump to the recipe below):

  • Use a parchment lined baking sheet, or brush it with oil. Parchment helps for easy clean up!
  • Chop the filling ingredients, then spoon them in! Drizzle a hint of olive oil over the tops to help with browning.
  • Roast until just tender. It should be 15 to 20 minutes depending on your oven. Roasting too long makes them soggy, so take care not to over bake.
  • Garnish if you like! We like adding a hint of paprika to the tops for color (not necessarily flavor). Smoked paprika does add a nice hint of smoke if you have it.

Leftover storage info

Once you pull these stuffed mushrooms out of the oven, they’re best right away! Because mushrooms contain a lot of moisture, they can become soggy over time. If you’re leaving out a tray at a party, try to minimize the time that they’re out if possible.

These mushrooms are best right away, but you can save leftovers! Store refrigerated for up to 2 days. They still taste amazing, though the texture is not crunchy. If you’d like, you can reheat them in a 350 degree oven to revive the crunchy texture!

Stuffed Mushrooms

More mushroom recipes

There are so many great mushroom recipes to try! Here are some of our top things to make with mushrooms, and a few unique varieties to try out:

This stuffed mushrooms recipe is…

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Easy Stuffed Mushrooms


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 mushrooms
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This stuffed mushrooms recipe will make you say wow! It’s easy to put together and perfect for entertaining….or snacking.


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds cremini mushrooms, aka baby bella (3 8-ounce packages or 20 to 24 mushrooms)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons shallot, finely minced
  • ¼ cup finely chopped walnuts (or omit and substitute more breadcrumbs)
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced parsley
  • ½ cup Italian panko or breadcrumbs (gluten-free as necessary)*
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Paprika or smoked paprika, for the garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Clean the mushrooms and gently remove the stems.
  3. Pat the mushrooms dry with a towel and place them in a large bowl. Mix them with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or brush it with olive oil. Add the mushrooms in a single layer on top.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix the minced shallot, chopped walnuts, minced parsley, Italian panko*, grated Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder. Spoon the filling into the mushrooms. Lightly drizzle the tops with olive oil (just a small drizzle).
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the mushrooms are cooked and golden brown on top. Serve immediately, garnished with a sprinkle of paprika and additional chopped parsley if you like. (Leftovers last 2 days refrigerated, but the filling is less crunchy. You can reheat them in a 350 degree oven until warmed through.)

Notes

*We recommend Italian panko or Italian breadcrumbs because they’re already seasoned. Panko is best since it’s the lightest and crunchiest. If all you can find is regular panko or breadcrumbs, mix ½ cup panko with ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt and ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano and ¼ teaspoon each dried basil and thyme).

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Mushrooms

Keywords: Stuffed mushrooms, stuffed mushroom recipe, how to make stuffed mushrooms

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Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Tacos

These sweet potato tacos are a dinner idea everyone will love! Roast black beans and veggies on a sheet pan…

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These sweet potato tacos are a dinner idea everyone will love! Roast black beans and veggies on a sheet pan and add your favorite toppings.

Sweet Potato Tacos

When the cooler temperatures start to creep in, our minds turn to all the fall produce. Here’s a great recipe that straddles the season: these Sweet Potato Black Bean Tacos! Throw almost any seasonal veggies onto a sheet pan, season them up, and they work as a delicious taco filling! The best part: you can add the black beans right on the roasting pan. It comes out zingy and delicious: top with pico de gallo, cheese crumbles, and a dollop of sour cream. Our family couldn’t get enough! Even our generally wary 4 year old admitted to loving the sweet potato.

Ingredients in sweet potato tacos

This sweet potato tacos recipe is inspired by our local farmer’s market, Broad Ripple Farmer’s Market, who challenged us to create a recipe with seasonal produce we could find at the market. This concept works with just about any vegetables you want to throw onto a sheet pan, and you can add the black beans right onto the tray. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Bell pepper
  • Onions (we used red and white)
  • Black beans
  • Olive oil
  • Cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder
  • Pico de gallo (purchased or homemade)
  • Goat cheese or feta crumbles: we used local goat cheese from our favorite vendor (Caprini Creamery!)
  • Sour cream or other sauces (see below)
Sweet potato black bean tacos

Throw it all on a sheet pan

These sweet potato tacos might take a bit of time to roast, but like any sheet pan meal they’re simple because you throw everything right onto the pan. Here are a few notes about the process:

  • Roasting the black beans with the veggies makes them come out crispy. It adds an interesting bit of texture to contrast the tender potatoes.
  • Got other veggies? Use them too. Roughly estimate substituting the quantities. For example, use a medium zucchini instead of one of the onions. Let butternut squash stand in for half the sweet potato, etc!
  • Use parchment paper for easy cleanup. We don’t recommend using silicone baking mats, because the veggies can come out mushy and steamed instead of crisp on the outsides.
Sweet potato tacos

Toppings for sweet potato tacos

Once you’ve got the sweet potato tacos veggies in the oven, you can clean up and focus on the toppings. For these tacos we’ve got some required toppings, and some optional flavors that take them over the top. Here’s what to know:

  • Pico de gallo: This topping is required because it adds just the right acidic hit from the lime and tomatoes. You can find it at most grocery stores or make homemade pico de gallo. It’s great for this transitional time of year where there are still tomatoes at markets and in your garden.
  • Goat cheese or feta crumbles: It’s optional, but goat cheese is surprisingly delicious on a taco! We used goat cheese from our market, and it pairs perfectly with the roasty potato.
  • Sour cream: Some kind of creamy element is a must in tacos. Try sour cream, or…
  • Optional sauces: Guacamole adds even more creamy goodness. A favorite homemade sauce is this Chipotle Ranch, which is smoky, savory and stunning (try Chipotle Sauce for a vegan option). Another great idea is Cilantro Lime Crema (or Cilantro Sauce for a vegan option.) If you have the time, a sauce is a great addition: but it’s not required!

Tips on warming tortillas

One last tip for making these sweet potato tacos: warming the tortillas! It’s impossible to make a good taco with a cold, leathery tortilla. Here’s how to warm tortillas like a pro:

  • Place them over the flame of a gas burner (preferred!). Place each tortilla directly on a gas burner for a few seconds per side, turning with tongs. This lightly chars the edges and warms the tortillas (so they’ll look like the photos). Then throw them into a tortilla warmer!
  • Warm them in the oven. If you don’t have a gas burner, you can warm them in the oven. Go to How to Warm Tortillas. You can also char them with a kitchen torch, if you’re a stickler for a charred tortilla (and we are).

And that’s it! Let us know what you think of these tacos in the comments below.

Sweet potato tacos

More easy dinner ideas

This easy healthy dinner idea was a huge hit in our house, as are most of our sheet pan dinner recipes. Here are a few more you might enjoy:

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Sweet Potato Tacos (Sheet Pan!)


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 tacos
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These sweet potato tacos are a dinner idea everyone will love! Roast black beans and veggies on a sheet pan and add your favorite toppings.


Ingredients

  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 large or 3 medium)
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon each chili powder and garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)
  • Pico de gallo, for serving
  • Sour cream, goat cheese or feta crumbles (optional)
  • Chopped cilantro, for the garnish
  • Optional sauces: Guacamole, Chipotle Ranch, Chipotle Sauce (vegan), Cilantro Lime Crema, or Cilantro Sauce (vegan)
  • 12 tortillas

Instructions

  1. Preheat: Adjust the oven racks for roasting two trays. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Chop the veggies: Slice the onion and slice the bell pepper into wide slices. Chop the sweet potato. Place it in a large bowl with the black beans (drained and rinsed). 
  3. Season the veggies: Mix in the olive oil, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and kosher salt and stir until everything is evenly coated. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper (we prefer this to silicone baking mats because it results in crispier veggies). Spread the vegetables evenly onto each sheet.
  4. Roast the vegetables: Place the sheets into the oven and bake for 20 minutes (do not stir!). Remove the pans from the oven, rotate them, and roast another 10 minutes (for 30 minutes total) until tender and lightly browned on one side. Cut the lime into wedges and spritz the veggies with fresh lime juice to taste (2 wedges per sheet).
  5. Warm the tortillas: Warm and char the tortillas by placing them on an open gas flame on medium for a few seconds per side, flipping with tongs, until they are slightly blackened and warm. (See How to Warm Tortillas.)
  6. Assemble the tacos: Layer 2 tortillas, then top with the roasted vegetables, pico de gallo and cheese crumbles, if using. Top with sour cream or the alternative sauces, and chopped cilantro.
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Roasted
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian

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