Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle

Whether you are craving comfort food, or need a special dinner to share with those you love, this lamb ragu checks all the boxes. Onions are simmered with diced tomatoes, ground lamb, and herbs to create a rich and filling sauce that can be served over your favorite pasta.

Looking for a fabulous comfort food or savory meal this delicious and easy Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle recipe will check all the boxes.

Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle

Given all these wonderful flavors, you might think this dish takes all day to make, but it only needs to simmer for 30 minutes. I’ve used pappardelle, which is a good choice of pasta for thick sauces, but you can substitute any variety. Even gluten free and bean-based pastas can be used to meet special dietary needs. Serve it with a crisp green salad and a chunky of crusty bread to round out the meal.

Looking for a fabulous comfort food or savory meal this delicious and easy Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle recipe will check all the boxes.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time:  45 minutes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground lamb
One 28-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
One 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
1 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
One 3-inch sprig rosemary
16 ounces pappardelle (or other pasta), cooked according to package directions
Grated Parmesan for garnish

Preparation

Heat the olive oil in a heavy pot, such as a Dutch oven, over medium-high. Add the onion and cook until it begins to glisten and soften a little, 3 minutes. Add the carrot and cook until the vegetables begin to brown, 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 more minute.

Add the lamb and stir to break it up. Cook until browned and no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes.

Pour in the diced tomatoes with their juices and then stir in the tomato paste. Add the water. Stir in the basil, salt, mint, and black pepper.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the bay leaves and the rosemary sprig to the pot. Cover with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes. Check to make sure it is maintaining a low simmer and adjust the heat as needed. Stir at least once while it simmers. Discard the bay leaves and rosemary sprig.

Divide the cooked pasta into 6 servings. Top the pasta with an equal amount of ragu. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve your delicious Lamb Ragu dish.

Looking for a fabulous comfort food or savory meal this delicious and easy Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle recipe will check all the boxes.

Have you had Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle? This is a flavorful and delicious recipe that’s pretty simple to put together!  If you’re looking for another comfort meal you might like this Roast Turkey Breast with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Glazed Dried Cranberries recipe.

Looking for a fabulous comfort food or savory meal this delicious and easy Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle recipe will check all the boxes.

Recipe provided by the National Onion Association; image by Lori Rice.

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Q & A: Planting Onions

Did You Know:  Onions can be planted by tractor or by hand?

All onions start from a tiny seed, but may be grown from seed, sets (dry bulbs), or transplants.  Most onions grown commercially (versus in your garden), are grown from seeds (planted by tractor) or transplants (planted by hand).

When planted by tractor, onion seeds are placed in a special tractor attachment (aptly named a planter), which is pulled behind the tractor. This method of planting is also called direct seeding.

How direct seeded works: After the field is prepared for planting, the planter places a single seed in the ground spaced exactly the same distance apart. Pressurized air “puffs” the seed right into the soil and is instantly covered up. The tractor and planter will go up and down the field until the process is complete.

Hand planting is different because actual plants (or in some cases sets) are placed in the ground. The onion seed is started in seedbeds. Once they become seedlings, they’re moved into precise field rows where they’ll mature.

How transplanting works: First, a tractor will go over the field to make small, evenly spaced indentations in the ground.

Next, a crew of workers will take bundles of onion seedlings (these plants are about the size of a pencil) and place a single plant in each indention, and push the soil up around the plant. One-by-one, a row at a time, the crew works until the field is planted.

Fact: One person can plant one-half acre per work day.

Why hand plant? Transplanting requires more labor than directly planting seeds into field rows, but transplants are less susceptible to dangers like cold weather and weeds. A majority of transplanted onions will also be harvested by hand.

row of onions in the field

Onions typically take five to six months to grow from seed to maturity, and it all starts with a tiny seed!

Special credit and thanks to Steve McArthur for the wonderful photographs of transplanting in this article and to Champion Seed for the final photo of the onions, near harvest-time.

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Comforting Curry Recipes to Warm You Up

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes.  The rich flavor, the heartiness that brings any meal to the top of our favorites list!!!!

There are so many different ways to make curry.  You can change it up with thickness and types of curry gravy all the way to the level of heat.  Whichever way you enjoy your curry we’ve found some of the most delicious recipes that will comfort you and warm you up on a cold night.

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comforting Curry Recipes 

When you think of curry do you think of stew or soups?  The ideas of curry are endless… thank goodness, curry is one of the richest flavors that can never get boring.  You can have your curry not so spicy or you can kick up the heat and enjoy some curry dishes that will pack a punch.

These are some wonderful dishes we’ve found that are not only different and unique but meals we know our families would enjoy.

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Lighter Eggplant and Potato Curry from the folks over at Honey and Figs Kitchen 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Shrimp and Vegetable Coconut Curry is a flavorful and easy dish found at My Nourished Home

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk is a slow cooker gem over at Gluten Free with L.B. 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

We found this unique twist with Zucchini Curry Lime Soup from Dizzy Busy and Hungry 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Nothings sounds better than Meatballs in Spicy Curry found over at From a Chef’s Kitchen 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

This Curry Fish Pie will be sure to shake things up from My Kitchen Antics 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Incredible yummy goodness with this Sri Lankan Creamy Cashew Curry found over at The Flavor Bender 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Asian Beef and Curry Stew with Apples will be sure to tantalize your taste buds from Nutrizonia 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

All our favorites are found in this Tofu Pumpkin Curry from the folks over at KiipFit 

How do you like curry?  

Do you enjoy comforting curry recipes or do you like your curry prepared in non traditional ways? No matter how you indulge any curry dish will be fabulous and delightful.

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes.  The rich flavor, the heartiness that brings any meal to the top of our favorites list!!!!

One last favorite of our very own is this Curried Onion Apple Soup.  You just knew we’d find a way to curry up our onions.

 

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Warm Up with Curried Onion Apple Soup

Warm Up with Curried Onion Apple Soup

After a busy holiday season, January’s cold snap has me looking for warm, comforting, healthy, but totally satisfying meals! To me, a steamy bowl of soup is the perfect and this Curried Onion Apple Soup is one of my favorites because it combines a few of my favorite things:  savory caramelized onions with sweet, crisp, apple and then made even more soothing with a generous dose of curry powder.

Curried Caramelized Onion Apple Soup

Smooth and creamy, this is the kind of soup to keep you satisfied and warm on a long winter day. Garnish with a few caramelized onions, cooling yogurt, and crunchy apple for the perfect steamy bowl of comfort.

Curried Caramelized Onion Apple Soup (horiz.)

Makes: 8 cups

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds yellow onions, thinly sliced
3 red skinned apples, peeled, cored and chopped (I use Royal Gala)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 cup apple cider
3-1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup chopped potato
1 cup coconut milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
Optional garnish: caramelized onion, apple cut into matchsticks or thin slices, plain yogurt

Preparation

In a large heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter with oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until caramelized. This process is worth the time it takes for full caramelization, at least 30 to 35 minutes. Reserve a few onions for the garnish, if desired. Add apples, garlic, ginger, and curry powder; cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add apple cider to deglaze the pan; increase heat to high until reduced by half. Add broth and potato, bring to a boil then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in coconut milk and salt; simmer for 5 minutes.

Purée soup with an immersion blender until it’s smooth. Alternatively, a blender can be used to purée the soup in batches. Return soup to the pot and simmer until warmed through before serving.

Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with a drizzle of yogurt, reserved caramelized onions, and apple.

Curried Caramelized Onion Apple Soup

Recipe provided by the National Onion Association; image by Lori Rice.

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Savory Desserts with Onions

Sweet & Savory Desserts with Onions

We love creativity in the kitchen, especially when it involves onions!  Few things are more inventive than desserts with a savory twist. So we searched for some of the best sweet and savory desserts that you will love!

The holiday season is often overflowing with super sweet treats and this makes it a great time of year to incorporate a savory dessert option. The best thing about these creations is their versatility. Many are sweet enough to stand alone as a dessert, but they also pair well with a wedge of aged cheese, or even a scoop of ice cream.

Another perk is that you don’t have to stick with the last course when serving many of these delicious recipes. Most will work equally well as a starter or party snack. So keep your options open and try some of these sweet and savory desserts with onions!

 

Apple and Onion Hand Pies with Cheddar and Sage

Apple and Onion Hand Pies with Cheddar and Sage from Reading My Tea Leaves

Cranberry, Caramelized Onion and Fresh Herb Focaccia

Cranberry, Caramelized Onion and Fresh Herb Focaccia from Floating Kitchen

Fig, Onion & Labneh Galette

Fig, Onion & Labneh Galette from Cook Til Delicious

De La Grana

De La Grana (Pumpkin-Onion) Cheesecake from Daydreamer Desserts

Caramelized Onion-Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Caramelized Onion-Dark Chocolate Ice Cream from Sauce Magazine

Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Empanadas

Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Empanadas from Always Order Dessert

Pumpkin, Apple and Caramelized Onion Vegan Quesadilla

Pumpkin, Apple and Caramelized Onion Vegan Quesadilla from Veggie Inspired

pear-caramelized-onion-and-brie-bites_real-housemoms

Pear, Caramelized Onion & Brie Bites from Real Housemoms

Cranberry Onion Tarts

Cranberry Onion Tarts from the National Onion Association

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Cranberry Onion Tarts


These sweet and tangy tarts will make a delicious addition to your holiday meals!

Serve them as a starter or use them to add a savory twist to dessert.

 

Cranberry Onion Tarts Recipe from the National Onion Association

The holiday season is full of delicious desserts and this year we have a recipe that will help you add a special, unexpected touch. These Cranberry Onion Tarts are sweet enough to be served with cheeses and wine to end a meal, and savory enough to enjoy as a starter for a special dinner or snack for a holiday open house.

These tarts are filled with sweet caramelized onions, tangy cranberries, crunchy pecans, and an earthy sprinkle of fresh rosemary. They go especially well with a wedge of Brie or Gorgonzola cheese.

Cranberry Onion Tarts Recipe

Cranberry Onion Tarts

Yield:  6 tarts

Preparation time:  20  minutes
Cooking time:  45 minutes

Ingredients
Crust
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
3 tablespoons ice cold water

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup finely diced yellow onion
2 cups fresh cranberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons honey, or to taste*
1/4 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
1/8 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
Chopped rosemary for garnish, optional

Preparation
Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Add the cold butter. Pulse in 10 second intervals until all ingredients are combine and crumbled. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, and process on low until the a dough ball forms in the bowl, about 20 seconds. Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap and place in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

While the dough chills, make the filling by heating the oil in large skillet over medium-high. Add the onion, cook until it softens and begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the cranberries. Cook until they begin to burst and shrink, about 3 minutes.

Stir in the pecans and cook 1 minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the honey, salt, and rosemary.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Roll on a floured surface to 1/4 to 1/3-inch thickness. Cut the dough into 6, 3 1/2 to 4-inch circles. Place each circle of dough into the slot of a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin. Gently press and spread the dough so that it fits into the bottom of the muffin tin and the edges reach about 1/2 way up the side.

Fill each crust with an equal amount of the cranberries and onions. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Let cool for 5 minutes and then use a fork or knife to carefully remove the tarts from the pan. Sprinkle with chopped fresh rosemary, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Fresh cranberries are tart. Be sure to taste a bit of the filling before transferring it to the  crust. Add more honey, if desired.

 

Recipe and images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association

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8 Family Friendly Meals

8 Family Friendly Meals to Cook and Eat Together

This month, have some fun in the kitchen cooking as a family and then enjoy the results around the table while sharing the meal together!

These 8 delicious family friendly meals are totally worth celebrating. All of them are creative, hearty, full of flavor, and simply perfect for sharing with those you love.

 

Creamy Pork & Apples Skillet Dinner

Creamy Pork & Apples Skillet Dinner from My Life Cookbook

Crustless Zucchini Bacon Quiche

Crustless Zucchini Bacon Quiche from Pass Me Some Tasty

Easy Chili Mac Skillet Dinner

Easy Chili Mac Skillet Dinner from Noshing with the Nolands

Turkey Meatloaf with Spinach and Kale

Turkey Meatloaf with Spinach and Kale from Erica Julson

Farmstand One Pot Wonder

Farmstand One Pot Wonder from Bless this Mess

Rainbow Veggie Pizza

Rainbow Veggie Pizza from MomDot

Steak Tips with Caramelized Onions

Steak Tips with Caramelized Onions from A Family Feast

Pozole Pork Hominy Soup

Pozole Pork Hominy Soup from Fake Food Free

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Dining In for Healthy Families with Aztec Pork

Sharing meals together is important, but it is not always easy. This is exactly why the National Onion Association is proud to support Family & Consumer Sciences Day, “Dining In” for Healthy Families on December 3rd. And, for the occasion we’re sharing our recipe for Aztec Pork, a flavor-filled, healthy dish the whole family can enjoy making and eating.

Family & Consumer Sciences Day (FCS) was chosen in part to honor the founder of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Ellen Swallow Richards. Her birthday was December 3rd.

From busimage001y farm families, to students, to working professionals, the members of the National Onion Association ask ‘all of you’ to join ‘all of us’ to make the commitment to “Dining In” by preparing and eating a healthy meal together on December 3rd.

Last year, over 127,000 families made the commitment to “Dine In”.  Why not sign up  your family, a group of friends, or your company and be one of the 200,000+ expected to participate this year.

So, what’s for dinner the first Saturday in December?  Aztec Pork, of course! Full of flavor, lean protein, and fresh fruit, Aztec Pork is easy to prepare and ready to eat in an hour.

Aztec Pork Recipe from the National Onion Association

Aztec Pork

Preparation time:  15 minutes
Cooking time:  45 minutes

Yield:  6 servings

Ingredients
2 pork tenderloins, about 3/4 pounds each
10 medium garlic cloves, cut into slivers
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 1/2 cups finely chopped mild onion
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate
Cinnamon and cumin, a few dashes of each
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

For serving:
Warmed corn tortillas
Steamed potatoes, such as red russet or fingerlings
Sliced papaya and banana

Preparation
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spike tenderloins on all sides with tip of knife to make pockets for garlic slivers. Push garlic into the holes. Place the pork on a baking sheet. Rub meat with chile powder. Roast for 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 145 degrees F in the thickest part of each tenderloin.

Meanwhile, make the sauce. Sauté onion in skillet with oil until tender, about 6 minutes. Add tomato sauce, water, barbecue sauce, chocolate, cinnamon and cumin. Heat, stirring until chocolate melts. Add Tabasco to taste. Serve pork with sauce, accompanied with tortillas, potatoes and fruit.

Aztec Pork Recipe

Recipe provided by the National Onion Association. Images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association.

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Winning Game Day Chili Recipes

These winning game day chili recipes

can’t be beat!

12 Winning Game Day Chili Recipes

There is a chill in the air and it’s about time for kick-off! Fall is the perfect season to enjoy onions in a favorite game day meal – chili!

Last week we shared our favorite Slow Cooker Chili. Since then, we’ve been searching high and low for more delicious game day chili recipes made with onions. Whether you want a warm bowl filled with beef, chicken, sausage, bean, or even pumpkin chili, these are a few of our favorites.

Stir up a pot and enjoy it with friends while cheering on your team!

12 Winning Game Day Chili Recipes

Easy One Pot Game Day Chili from Pass Me Some Tasty

Winning Chili Recipes with Onions

Slow Cooker Red Chili from Noble Pig

Game Day Chili Recipes

Three Bean Chili with Homemade Chili Seasoning from Taste As You Go

Food Smart Mom

Butternut Squash and Eggplant Beef Chili from Food Smart Mom

Game Day Chili Recipes

Pumpkin and Ground Beef Chili from Karista’s Kitchen

Chili Recipes

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Chili from TastyThin

Game Day Chili Recipes

Chicken and Green Chile Verde Soup from Taste And See

Chorizo Chicken Chili | Game Day Chili Recipes

Chorizo Chicken Chili with Lime Cilantro Sour Cream from Mamagourmand

Game Day Chili RecipesLenny’s Homemade Chili from Chez Us

Turkey Chili | Game Day Chili Recipes

Turkey Chili with Salsa Verde from A Communal Table

Vegan Chili | Game Day Chili Recipes

Smoky Chipotle Vegan Chili with Cashew Cream from Salty Sweet Life

Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Chili | Winning Game Day Chili Recipes

Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Chili from Back to Her Roots

 

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Slow Cooker Chili

Fall is slow cooker chili season!

One of the best game day foods is a bowl full of warm chili. Of course we are big fans because it’s the type of meal that is even better when loaded with onions!

Slow Cooker Chili from the National Onion Association

This isn’t your average slow cooker chili recipe! We went all out for a delicious version that is rich and hearty with tender cubes of sirloin steak. The meat and beans are simmered in the slow cooker with plenty of chopped onion. Then, it gets a second hit of flavor with a generous sprinkle of diced onion just before being served with a little cilantro.

If you would rather have a vegetarian slow cooker chili, we have you covered. We’ve provided a variation for a chili that is equally as hearty and delicious without the meat.

Regardless of which version you choose, this chili is a simple game day dish that you can toss in the slow cooker first thing in the morning. It will be ready by afternoon kick-off. Eat it at a party you are hosting or take it along to your tailgate.

Slow Cooker Chili with Steak and Onions from the National Onion Association

 

Yield:  6 servings

Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus soaking the beans overnight
Cooking time:  7 to 9 hours

Ingredients
1 cup dried pinto beans, sorted and rinsed
1 cup dried red kidney beans, sorted and rinsed
1 1/2 pounds beef sirloin or pork loin, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 3 1/2 cups)
1 pound yellow or white onions, coarsely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 1/3 cups)
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 cups prepared salsa
5 cups water
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
For garnish:  diced onion, chopped cilantro

Preparation
At least 6-8 hours (or overnight) before cooking:  Place dried beans in a bowl and cover with enough water to stand 2-inches above beans.  Soak 6-8 hours or overnight.

Drain beans, place in a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker. Add meat, onion, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, salsa, and water. Cover with the lid. Turn on high setting for 7 to 9 hours, or until meat and beans are fork tender. Stir in the salt to taste.

Serve in bowls topped with diced onion, sour cream, and cilantro.

Vegetarian version: Omit the meat. Add 1 cup canned or frozen chopped and drained mild green chiles, 1/2 cup brown rice, and an additional 1 cup of water. Cook as directed above.

 

Images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association

 

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