This is actually two dinners in one!  Two equally yummy and filling dinners, that is.  And relatively healthy, considering what they are and what they look like.

     

A couple nights ago we made an old favorite that we hadn’t made in a while–Rachael Ray’s Chicken Sausage Meatballs with Gnocchi.  I know some people get annoyed at her, but I’ve never had a problem with her.  The recipes we’ve tried have always turned out OK, though they always take longer than 30 minutes. No big deal.  Anyway, I LOVE these meatballs because they taste exactly like italian sausage–only I don’t have to wonder what’s in them.  I have mental issues with sausage…I love the flavor (fennel seeds, yum) but get grossed out thinking about what the little bits of stuff are.  With these, it’s just ground turkey (99% lean), some seasonings, fresh basil, sun-dried tomato (not my favorite on its own, but good in these) and olive oil.  And you bake them, which couldn’t be easier.

Anyway, they are delicious with a spicy (hello, splash of habenero hot sauce!) tomato sauce and pasta.  And, dare I say, even more delicious as sausage meatball subs.

A nice toasty baguette, a sprinkle part-skim mozzarella…delicious!

We’ve been wanting to recreate the old standby of grilled cheese and tomato soup since enjoying them in a couple of local restaurants (The Rumor Mill in Ellicott City, and Donna’s in Columbia–both excellent and subjects of future posts) a few months ago.  So, Spike set to work.

The sandwiches were made from delicious sourdough bread from Wegmans.  Oh Wegmans, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways.  Inside was a combo of Gruyere and sharp cheddar, with a little bacon for good measure.  The soup was also homemade, and was quite good! Definitely beats Campbell’s from a can.  Spike threw in a little habenero hot sauce for just the right amount of heat in the background.  Definitely a recipe worth repeating!