Creamy Spinach Roll Ups

8 oz. Cream Cheese

8 oz. Monterey Jack Cheese Shredded

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 Yellow Onion Diced Smal

1 10 oz. Package of Frozen Spinach, Thawed and Drained Really Well

1 Box of Puff Pastry Sheets (2 Sheets)

1 Egg

1 Tbsp. Water

Combine the Egg and Water and Beat until well mixed.  Combine Softened Cream Cheese, Monterey Jack Cheese, Garlic Powder and Onion in a bowl and mix well.  Add Spinach into the Cream Cheese Mixture and stir.  Unroll Puff Pastry Sheets and Brush both sides with Egg and Water Mixture.  Spread Cream Cheese and Spinach Mixture over one side of the Puff Pastry.  Roll Up the Puff Pastry and Slice.  Place rolls on a Baking Sheet and bake at 400°F for 20 Minutes or until the Puff Pastry turns a golden color.


Lasagna Soup

1 1/2 pounds Italian sausage or combo of lean hamburger and sausage

1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes

10 oz. lasagna noodles, broken into smaller pieces

8 oz. fresh kale, optional

4 cups low-sodium chicken stock

2 cups water

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 cup white onion, chopped

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

2 bay leaves

3 large cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and brown sausage.Once sausage is cooked through, add onion and cook until softened. Add minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.  Season generously with salt and pepper, and add basil, oregano and red pepper flakes.  Stir in tomato paste until incorporated, then pour in crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, water and bay leaves.  Bring mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, then reduce heat and let simmer for 25-30 minutes.  Add lasagna noodles and kale (if using) and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until al dente.  In a separate bowl, combine ricotta and parmesan cheese until smooth.  Transfer soup to serving bowls and serve with a large spoonful of ricotta mixture.