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Autumn's Arrival Calls for Heartier Meals

The Made in Oklahoma Coalition has recommendations for fall dining using Oklahoma-made products.
by Dave Cathey Published: October 2, 2013
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A mild summer has given way to fall, and so it's time to start planning meals better suited to warm you from the inside out.

Of course, we are still in Oklahoma so that means 90-degree weather might not be totally done with us, but you can rest assured 2013 will yield more cool weather than hot as it plays out.

So, the good folks at the Made in Oklahoma Coalition has some fall-friendly recipes to recommend. Many of these products can be bought in advance and stored in either the pantry or freezer until you're ready to prepare them for the family.

On behalf of the Made in Oklahoma Coalition, enjoy!

Sausage Tortellini Soup

1 pound Mountain View Meat Co. Smoked Sausage

1 medium onion, diced

1 (32-ounce) carton beef broth

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce

1 cup dry red Oklahoma-made wine

1 teaspoon Daddy Hinkle's Original Instant Meat Marinade

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

2 (14.5-ounce) cans Italian-style tomatoes

1 (16-ounce) bag frozen cut green beans

1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms

3 carrots, sliced

3 medium zucchini, halved and sliced

1 (20-ounce) package refrigerated cheese-filled tortellini

Parmesan cheese for topping

• Slice sausage into rounds.

• In a Dutch oven or soup pot, saute sausage with onion, cooking on medium heat for about 10 minutes.

• Add beef broth, tomato sauce, wine, Daddy Hinkle's seasoning, Italian seasoning, tomatoes, green beans, mushrooms, carrots and zucchini.

• Add 5 to 6 cups of water, depending on how much broth you want for your soup.

• Bring to a boil. Cover, and then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until carrots are tender.

• In a large saucepan, cook tortellini according to package directions. Set aside.

• When soup is done, ladle soup into bowls then add tortellini to each bowl. Top with Parmesan cheese.

One-Dish Spaghetti and Meatballs

This fabulous spaghetti and meatballs entree is baked with cream cheese, sour cream and cottage cheese for a delicious one-dish dinner.

8 ounces spaghetti

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by Dave Cathey
Food Editor
The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene.
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Made in Oklahoma Coalition (MIO)

The Made in Oklahoma Coalition promotes brand awareness and consumer loyalty for Oklahoma food and agricultural products through collective marketing for the purpose of increasing sales, maintaining business retention and expanding Oklahoma's food and agricultural processing sector. MIO represents more than 40 Oklahoma food and agricultural manufacturers that employ over 20,000 Oklahomans statewide. The coalition is supported by both private and public funds.

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For more information, recipes and the free MIO app, go to www.miocoalition.com.

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