Dinner

One Pot Creamy Sausage and Shells

So our son Ian is moving off campus this fall and asked us to show him some recipes that he can create on his own. So, we found a new recipe that hit all his food criteria. Pasta, cheese and sausage!

This is a one pot recipe that is from Betty Crocker and was super easy to make. All ingredients are pretty much in the pantry or freezer. (We always have sausage in our freezer) This comes together in about 40 minutes. And is easy cleanup!

Made by our son!

Ingredients

1tablespoon olive oil

1lb bulk mild Italian sausage

1/2cup diced red onion

4cloves garlic, chopped

1/4teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4teaspoon salt

1carton (32 oz) Progresso™ chicken broth

1jar (24.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic tomato basil pasta sauce

1lb uncooked medium pasta shells

1/2cup heavy whipping cream

1/2cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)

2tablespoons shredded fresh basil leaves

  • In 5-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink. Using slotted spoon, transfer to bowl; cover and keep warm.
  • Add onion, garlic, red pepper flakes and salt to oil and drippings in pan; cook over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes or until softened and starting to brown.
  • Stir in broth and pasta sauce; heat to boiling. Stir in pasta; return to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 11 to 13 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is cooked to desired tenderness and sauce is thickened.
  • Stir in sausage and whipping cream; return to simmering. Remove from heat. Top with cheese and basil.
appetizer

Parmigiana Salsa

OMG…This is so easy and addicting. The reviews I read said it would be.  This makes a ton and can be stored in refrigerator. Hey, you got no place to go….give this a try.

1/2 pound Parmesan, not too dry

1/2 pound Asiago cheese, not too dry

2 teaspoons minced garlic

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 tablespoons chopped green onion

1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Remove any rind from the cheeses and chop the cheeses into rough 1-inch chunks. Place the cheese in a food processor with the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and pulse until reduced to the size of fine pea gravel. Stir in the green onion, olive oil and black pepper and pulse again. Cover and let stand at room temperature for at least 4 hours before using.

Dinner, one pot meals

Cheesy Kielbasa Skillet

The one pot meal has become a go to this summer. It has all the dinner benefits combined together that is very satisfying. But what is even better is that it makes for easy clean up. Hubby scours Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration and before I know it we have a new recipe to try. Polish Sausage (Kielbasa) is flavorful on its own but when mixed in with a bunch of other delights you get a great one pot meal.

  • 4 tablespoons Butter, divided
  • 1 lb. Kielbasa sausage, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 medium zucchini, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • scallions for garnish
  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of Butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the sausage and cook until lightly browned. Add in the onion and garlic salt and cook until onion is tender, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the rice and cook, until lightly toasted, about 1 minute.
  2. Pour in the chicken broth and stir, breaking up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Fluff rice and add in the zucchini and both cheeses. Stir until cheese is melted into rice, then add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and stir until melted. Garnish with scallions and serve immediately.
Dinner, Pasta

Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli Lasanga

With Lent upon us we are always looking from some new Lenten favorites. Having seen this on on Pinterest, we decided to give it a try. The only thing we were missing was the frozen spinach, so a quick trip to the store and added an extra to the freezer. The recipe came together very quickly and was very good too. Too bad our kids weren’t home to give this a try as they would love it.

INGREDIENTS
3 tbsp. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. flour
2 c. milk (preferably whole)
2 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
1 c. shredded mozzarella, divided
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1 (14-oz.) can artichoke hearts, chopped
2 c. frozen spinach, defrosted and chopped
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
2 lb. frozen cheese ravioli
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 375°. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk the flour into the butter and garlic and cook until the mixture is bubbling and golden, 1 minute more. Gradually pour in the milk, whisking constantly. Bring mixture to a simmer then stir in cream cheese, 2/3 cup mozzarella, and Parmesan. Let simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Fold in artichoke hearts and spinach, then add lemon juice and red pepper flakes, if using, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Spread a thin layer of your prepared sauce onto the bottom of a 9″-x-13″ baking dish. Lay ravioli in a single layer in the bottom of the baking dish, then top with half the prepared sauce. Repeat with remaining ravioli and remaining sauce. Top with remaining cheese and bake 30 minutes, until sauce is bubbling and ravioli are tender.
If you’d like the top to be golden, broil on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Dinner

Cheesy Turkey Meatballs

Trying to clean out all the magazines I have stock piled. Cooking Light, Southern Living and Fine Cooking are my favorites and I have quite the stack of issues lying around. I think I have at least 8 years of Fine Cooking, if not more because I love all the information that is given in each issue. But I need to clean these out.

So now as I am Marie Kondo “ing” my life I am pulling out recipes that I want to try. This one rose to the top! Then the magazine heads to the recydle bin or possibly put aside for a big gargage sale this spring. Any one interested in old Fine Cooking magazines?

Looks good over spaghetti!

Ingredients

1 pound 93% lean ground turkey

12 ounces sweet Italian turkey or chicken sausage, casings removed (about 4 sausages)

1/2 cup whole-wheat panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus more for garnish

2 tablespoons grated pecorino Romano cheese (1/2 oz.)

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

2 garlic cloves, grated

Cooking Spray

Sauce

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

2 garlic cloves, smashed

1 (28-oz.) can unsalted crushed tomatoes

Crushed red pepper to taste

3/4 cup fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into pieces

Directions

Prepare the meatballs: Combine turkey, sausage, panko, parsley, pecorino, Italian seasoning, salt, and grated garlic in a large bowl; form into 18 (2-inch) meatballs.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium; coat skillet with cooking spray. Working in batches, add meatballs to skillet, and cook until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove meatballs from skillet, and set aside.

Prepare the sauce: Reduce heat to medium-low. Add oil and smashed garlic to skillet; cook until garlic is golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and crushed red pepper; return meatballs to skillet. Cover and simmer until cooked through, about 3 minutes. Uncover; add mozzarella pieces. Cover and cook until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. If your skillet doesn’t have a lid, you can put it under the broiler until cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with additional chopped parsley.

Dinner

Goulash!

When someone mentions comfort food people think meatloaf or mac and cheese.  I dig back in my childhood memories and Goulash pops up.  My Dad was great at throwing things together and creating a tasty meal or soup.  When I was little 9 up to about 12 years old) my parents ran a small town diner and Dad manned the kitchen.  Dinners were generally from the diner and generally prepared quickly and pretty hearty.  None of my Dad’s recipes were written down, so I like to try and recreate them from either memory or find something similar and close to it. This recipe was pretty close.  I lightened it up with a half ground beef, half ground turkey.  This is a good meal to make in a hurry because most of this is pretty much on hand pantry items.  With the snowstorm coming this might be a great meal to make.

Ingredients

2 onions chopped
1 pounds lean ground beef

1 pound ground turkey breast
2 cloves garlic minced
1 jar tomato based pasta sauce approx. 26 oz.
1 28  oz cans diced tomatoes, un-drained
1 can 6 oz tomato paste
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 bay leaves
3 cups water
salt & black pepper to taste
2 cups macaroni noodles uncooked
1 cup cheddar cheese



Cook ground beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
Add pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, water, seasonings and bay leaves. Simmer covered for 15 minutes.

Add in the in the macaroni and continue to simmer, covered, stirring occasionally until pasta is tender (about 20 minutes). Remove & discard bay leaves. Top with cheese and replace the lid. Let sit about 5 minutes or until melted.

Chicken, Dinner

Chicken Francaise

A couple of weeks ago on a Saturday night I tried out a new recipe. I like to order this as an entree when we go out to dinner, but I have never made this before. The breading was perfect and the lemon flavor was just right. I think the only thing I would add is some capers. Serve this with white rice to absorb the flavor of the sauce and enjoy!

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup olive oil
3 large eggs (cold)
3 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped, divided + more for garnish)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (or any other hard cheese)
1/2 cup butter (cubed)
1/2 lemon
1/2 cup dry white wine

Instructions

Place chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound gently with a mallet to 1/2 inch thickness. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking.

While oil is heating, break the eggs into a shallow bowl and whisk lightly. Add 2 tablespoons parsley, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and whisk to incorporate. Spread the flour in a shallow platter. Dredge chicken pieces in the flour (both sides), then dip into the egg batter, letting the excess drip off.

Place the chicken cutlets in the skillet, without crowding. Cook until golden brown on both sides (about 2 minutes per side). Transfer to a platter. Don’t cover, because the coating can become soggy.

Drain the oil and return the skillet to medium heat. Melt the butter. Add the wine and lemon juice, and simmer for a couple of minutes to reduce the sauce slightly. Stir in 1 tablespoon parsley.

Spoon the sauce over the chicken cutlets. Garnish with chopped parsley. You can top it with lemon slices. Enjoy!
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One Pot Chicken Pesto Pasta

Another one pot wonder hit the table last week and if you were following my Instagram account I tried to show this recipe in a story.  I used step by step pictures and then the final project.  I am sure people were peeking in along the way but probably did not see the whole production process.  What they could tell was how good this recipe was.  

I surprised the hubby with this following his lawn mowing activities.  Needless to say that we really didn’t sit down until about 7:15.  He had been traveling and I didn’t get home until about 5 or after.  This came together in about an hour total with the prep time and all.  A great quick meal for the 2 of us.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 package (16 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper 
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 1/2 cups  reduced sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz container)
8 oz uncooked Rotelle  (Cork-screw shape)pasta (about 3 cups)
4 oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup refrigerated basil pesto (from 7-oz container)
1 package (8 oz) fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese 
In 5- to 5 1/2-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; season chicken with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook chicken in oil 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink. With slotted spoon, transfer to plate, and keep warm.

Add chicken broth and pasta to Dutch oven; heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 12 to 14 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al-dente and most of liquid is absorbed.

Add cream cheese and pesto, stirring frequently, until cheese is melted. Stir in chicken; cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until chicken is heated through.

Gradually stir in spinach until starting to wilt. Just before serving, garnish with basil and Parmesan cheese.
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Skillet Ravioli Lasanga

Ever sit and think about the ingredients you have on hand and wonder “what can I make with this”?  I knew I had sausage and frozen ravioli  in the freezer.  So I added these ingredients into the Yummly app and found this Skillet Ravioli Lasanga.  A quick stop at store for ricotta and within a half hour  we had dinner on the table.  This is a quick and hearty meal for a busy weeknight. Give it a try and tell me what you think. 
1 lb. Hot Italian sausage, casings removed
2 c. marinara
1/2 c. water
1 lb. cheese ravioli
1 1/2 c. ricotta
1 large egg
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 c. shredded mozzarella
Heat broiler. In a cast-iron or ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, cook sausage until browned and no longer pink, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon, 6 to 8 minutes. (Drain fat, if desired.) Add marinara and water to pan and bring to a simmer. Add ravioli and let simmer until ravioli is tender and sauce slightly thickens, 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together ricotta and egg and season with salt and pepper. Drop spoonfuls of ricotta mixture all over the ravioli and let cook, 3 minutes.
Sprinkle mozzarella all over, then transfer skillet to oven and broil until cheese is golden, 3 minutes. Let cool, 10 minutes, then serve.

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Chicken Riggies

Want something locally inspired and hot and spicy?  Hubby wanted to give Chicken Riggies a try on Saturday night and we found a recipe to work with.  Once we put this idea together we invited our Foodie Friends over for a little wine and dinner.  This might be a little late for Valentine’s Day dinner, but why not give this a try this weekend?  Everyday is Valentines;’s Day when you share it with someone you love!

Ingredients

1 (16 ounce) package rigatoni pasta 
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut in bite-sized pieces
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 onion, diced 
2 Cubanelle peppers, seeded and thinly sliced 
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
3 roasted red peppers, drained and chopped 
2 jalapenos, seeded and minced (or 2 hot cherry peppers)
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil, for topping

Directions

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add rigatoni pasta and cook until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and keep warm.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and cook in the hot oil until lightly browned on all sides, and no longer pink in the center, about 7 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet and keep warm.
Stir onion, Cubanelle peppers, and garlic into the skillet. Cook and stir until onion softens, about 4 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and hot cherry peppers. Bring to a simmer. Stir in cooked chicken and heavy cream; simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cooked pasta.
Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.