Red Lentil Soup with Lemon Mint Yogurt – Pretty Exciting for a Soup by Gordon Ramsay

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon Mint Yogurt – Pretty Exciting for a Soup


All hot, steaming bowls of soup will warm the body, and comfort the soul, but some do so more interestingly, and beautifully than others, and this easy, fast-to-make red lentil soup is definitely one of those. Plus, thanks to the …  to read the rest of Chef John’s article about this Red Lentil Soup, please follow this link to become a member.)

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CopyCat P.F. Chang’s Lo Mein by Gordon Ramsay

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CopyCat P.F. Chang's Lo Mein

P.F. Chang’s is the favorite restaurant of my husband and daughter and both of them always order the same thing: Lo Mein. Sometimes they get it with chicken, sometimes just veggies, but they are still pretty predictable. We go there for special occasions and as a treat from time to time but a couple of times a month I make their favorite dish at home and they are just as happy. Of course, this is not P.F. Chang’s actual recipe. I wouldn’t even know where to start to get that! But it is my version and we think it’s a dead ringer.  This is a budget friendly dish to make for a crowd and from my experience, one that really impresses the teenage crowd!

Copy Cat P.F. Chang's Lo Mein Ingredients

You’ll need: Lo Mein Noodles*, Olive Oil, Frozen Mixed Vegetables of your choice. For the sauce, you’ll need: Minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, minced ginger, and siracha. Exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

*I get Lo Mein noodles in the Asian section of the grocery store. In a pinch you can use spaghetti noodles. 

Making Sauce For Copy Cat P.F. Chang's Lo Mein

Begin by mixing up your sauce. Place all ingredients in a small bowl and whisk or stir together until blended and sugar is dissolved. Set this aside.

Hint: I usually double or triple this and put the rest in a jar in the fridge. Then I can just cook up some noodles and veggies for a quick meal later. This sauce easily keeps a few weeks in the fridge. 

Boil Lo Mein noodles according to package directions and then allow to drain in a colander. 

Heat about two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. If you want to add chicken or beef to your dish, now is the time to cook it in this olive oil. Add bite size pieces of chicken, beef, or ground beef and cook until browned and no longer pink in the center.  Then, add frozen veggies and cook, stirring often, until heated through and tender. 

If you’re not adding meat, just take out the sentence in italics and proceed with instructions.

Preparing Copy Cat P.F. Chang's Lo Mein

Turn off heat and add lo mein noodles to the veggies in skillet. 

Copy Cat P.F. Chang's Lo Mein

Pour sauce over all.

Copy Cat P.F. Chang's Lo Mein

Stir well to coat and that’s it! 

Copy Cat P.F. Chang's Lo Mein

Enjoy!

CopyCat P.F. Chang’s Lo Mein

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Lo Mein Noodles
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 12 ounce bag frozen mixed veggies of your choice

Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Sesame oil this makes a huge difference
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon siracha

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and Sriracha; set aside.

  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook Lo Mein noodles according to package instructions; drain well.

  • Heat about two tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. If you want to add chicken or beef to your dish, now is the time to cook it in this olive oil. Add bite size pieces of chicken, beef, or ground beef and cook until browned and no longer pink in the center.  Then, add frozen veggies and cook, stirring often, until heated through and tender. If you’re not adding meat, just take out the sentence in italics and proceed with instructions.
  • Stir in lo mein and sauce mixture, and gently toss to combine.Serve immediately.


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Caprese Pasta Salad | 101 Cooking For Two by Gordon Ramsay


Caprese pasta salad is an easy Italian dish made of juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh sweet basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil all combined with pasta. It is fresh, and a perfect side dish, a light meal, or take it to a potluck or dinner.
Caprese Pasta salad on a large spoon

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Introduction and My Rating

Fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, fresh cherry tomatoes, are you starting to get the theme here, FRESH? That is what this is all about.

This is a classic Italian dish, although some will call it Mediterranean, it has the colors of the Italian flag, so I am staying with Italian. It generally considered a summer dish due to the fresh ingredients, but the ingredients are increasingly available year-round.

The main issue will be the size of this dish. Most recipes are twice this size, and I have cut it down to a more reasonable size. But more cutting down the size will just cause lots of partially used containers.

It stores well for only a few days but no longer. So not very “cooking for two” friendly for day to day use. So a special occasion dish for a large family get-together, a dish to pass, or pot lucks.

My Rating

My rating system of a 4 out of 5 so very nice.


A nice solid 4.

📋Ingredients

Pasta – a smaller type of pasta is like the mini penne that I’m using. Use the shape you want. Cook per the instructions to Al Dente. Rinse with cool water to stop cooking then toss with a few teaspoons of oil to stop cooking.

Vegetables – juicy tomatoes are the feature of the salad, but they need to hold together, so cherry tomatoes cut in half are perfect. Other vegetables like bell pepper, cucumber, olives, asparagus, or squash could be added.

Cheese – It must be a fresh mozzarella. I don’t see another cheese here.

Seasoning – just fresh garlic and fresh basil will do.

Dressing – just good olive oil is best to let the fresh tastes stand out. But some people suggest Italian or vinaigrette dressings. I’m opposed to heavy tastes like balsamic, but it’s your salad. A bit of red wine vinegar would be nice.

Other add-ins – diced or shredded chicken will make it a complete meal. Other good options would be ham or pepperoni.

❄️Storage

This is one to two-day salad. But two days is pushing it. If you do store it for a day, toss before serving and taste test and add a bit more oil and salt/pepper if needed.

This recipe makes a LOT of salad. I’m glad we loved it. We both had 2-3 servings the first round and added some chicken to the leftovers and a splash of Italian dressing to freshen it up.

📖Summer Salad Recipes

Broccoli Salad with Bacon
Homemade Macaroni Salad
Broccoli Slaw
Fresh Spinach Salad; A Summer Favorite

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🖼️Photo Instructions

tomatos, pasta and cheese for Caprese Salad

Use the freshest ingredients you can get.

cherry tomatoes cut in half on black board

Start by cutting about 1 pound of cherry tomatoes in half.

adding oil to caprese salad

In a large bowl, add tomatoes along with 2-3 cloves crushed garlic, 1/4 cup good olive oil, 1 teaspoon of coarse salt, a pinch of red pepper (about 1/8 t or less) and pepper to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon to start) mix well and set aside for at least 30 minutes.

cooked pasta in white bowl

We used mini penne.  Cook 8 oz of pasta according to package instructions for Al Dente. When done, rinse with cool water to stop the cooking. Then, toss with a few teaspoons of olive oil to prevent sticking.

chopped fresh mozzarella cheese in black board

Chop 8 oz of fresh mozzarella into bite-size pieces.

chopped fresh basil on black board

Chop 10 leaves of fresh basil.

Adding basil to the caprese

Add the pasta, the mozzarella, and the basil to the tomatoes and mix well. Refrigerate for a few hours to let flavors blend if you have time.

Caprese Pasta salad on a white plate


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