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Chef Laverne Franklin-Jones' Health Expo Recipes

Pastas e Fagioli with Sausage, Garlic Bread, Apple Berry Sparkler



    Chef Laverne Franklin-Jones' Health Expo Recipes
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    The following recipes were provided by Chef Laverne Franklin-Jones at the 2012 NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo. For additional information or questions, please contact the chef at

    Pastas e Fagioli with Sausage

    2-3 cans (15 to 19 ounces each) Great Northern or Cannelli Beans, rinsed and drained
    1 pound sweet Italian sausage links, casings removed
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    2 medium onion, chopped (or 1 large)
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 can (28 ounces) plum tomatoes
    3 1/2 cups chicken broth
    1-2 cups water
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon pepper
    1 teaspoon basil or Italian seasoning
    1 cup mini-pasta (e.g., penne, ditalini or tubetti)
    5 ounces spinach, washed and dried, trimmed and cut into 1-inch-wide strips
    Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

    1. Heat 5-quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat until very hot.
    2. Add sausage and cook until well browned, breaking up the sausage with the side of a spoon. Transfer sausage to a bowl.
    3. Add beans, broth, water, salt, pepper, and basil or Italian seasoning; heat to boiling over high heat.
    4. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 30 minutes.
    5. Add sausage and heat through.
    6. In a separate 4-quart saucepan, cook pasta as directed on label, but do not add salt to water; drain.
    7. Stir in spinach and cooked pasta into the soup.
    8. Serve with Parmesan, if you like.

    Makes 16 cups or 8 main-dish servings.

    NOTE: This recipe was based upon a recipe in The Good Housekeeping Cookbook, 1999.

    Garlic Bread

    Garlic Powder
    Italian Seasoning
    Butter, melted

    1. Preheat oven to 350.
    2. Slice bread into strips.
    3. Place on a baking sheet.
    4. Brush with melted butter.
    5. Dust with garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
    6. Bake for 5-8 minutes, until lightly browned.
    7. Remove from the oven and serve while warm.

    Apple Berry Sparkler

    6 ounces frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed & undiluted
    6 ounces can frozen cranberry juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted
    6 cups sparkling water, chilled
    Lemon or lime slices

    1. Combine apple juice and cranberry juice concentrates; cover & chill
    2. Stir in chilled mineral water.
    3. Serve over ice
    4. Garnish with lemon or lime slices (optional)