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Linguine and Shrimp Scampi

“Joanne, what do you want for dinner?”  “Do you have any plans?”  “Will go with what your thinking”.  Three basic questions or statements that I hear quite often.  Well, guess what…I had a plan and it came out great!  
Even recuperating from knee surgery that took place just over a week ago I pulled off a great dinner and a dessert.  (Paid for it the next day….)  We had shrimp in the freezer and all of the ingredients on hand.  We even had the dessert ingredients on hand too.  (Posting at a later date)
Sauteing the shrimp in butter and olive oil.
Ingredients

Vegetable oil 
Kosher salt 
1 1/2 pounds linguine 
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter 
5 tablespoons good olive oil 
3 tablespoons minced garlic (9 cloves) 
2 pounds large shrimp (about 32 shrimp), peeled and deveined 
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 
Grated zest of 1 lemon 
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 lemons) 
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced in half-rounds 
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
Drizzle some oil in a large pot of boiling salted water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and the linguine, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or according to the directions on the package.
Meanwhile, in another large (12-inch), heavy-bottomed pan, melt the butter and olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic. Sauté for 1 minute. Be careful, the garlic burns easily! Add the shrimp, 1 tablespoon of salt, and the pepper and sauté until the shrimp have just turned pink, about 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from the heat, add the parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon slices, and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine.
When the pasta is done, drain the cooked linguine and then put it back in the pot. Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well, and serve. 

Adding in spices, lemon juice and zest

Combined with linguine 

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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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Bang Bang Shrimp!

We have a board on Pinterest specifically for seafood but we call it “Lenten Favorites”.  Every Friday during Lent we either go out for a good fish fry or stay home and try out a new recipe.  This recipe  we actually made before Lent started and instantly knew that we had a new go to for our dinner selection.
I have heard of Bang Bang Shrimp when we have been out to dinner, but never tried it.  This interpretation did not disappoint and might be back on the table in the next few weeks.  It was a team effort to make it and does have a kick.  Give it a try and let me know what you think. Friday’s coming!

INGREDIENTS:

8 ounces spaghetti
8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika, or more, to taste
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

FOR THE SAUCE

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
2 cloves garlic, pressed
Juice of 1/2 lime, or more, to taste
1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

DIRECTIONS:

To make the sauce, whisk together mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce, garlic, lime juice, Sriracha and red pepper flakes; set aside.

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.

Place shrimp onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper, to taste, and gently toss to combine. Place into oven and roast just until pink, firm and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine pasta, shrimp and mayonnaise mixture.

Serve immediately, garnished with parsley.

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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.

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Meatball Stroganoff Casserole

This recipe kept popping up in my Facebook feed.  I would click on it and save it, but that was about it.  So just before New Year Eve I decided to give this a try and it didn’t disappoint me or the entire family.  While I was out shopping for my Prime Rib dinner I found the ingredients that I need for this little gem. Our daughter’s boyfriend was driving up from Connecticut for the weekend and wouldn’t make it for dinner, but there definitely was enough left over.  
This reminds me of a cross between Swedish Meatballs and Beef Stroganoff.  Mix it in one pot, place in a casserole and your all set for a hardy dinner. Thanks Pillsbury!

Ingredients

1 bag (12 oz) uncooked extra-wide egg noodles (about 7 cups)
1/4 cup butter
2 packages (8 oz each) white mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 carton (32 oz)  beef flavored broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 oz cream cheese, softened and cut into small cubes (I used low fat)
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 package (22 oz) frozen cooked beef meatballs, thawed
Chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, if desired

Directions

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Cook and drain noodles as directed on package, using minimum cooking time. Drain; set aside.

Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender. Sprinkle flour on top of mushrooms and onions; stir well. Gradually stir in beef broth; add Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Heat to simmering, stirring occasionally; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened. Stir cream cheese into hot broth mixture, stirring constantly with whisk until cream cheese is mostly incorporated (small pieces of cream cheese may remain but will incorporate in baking). Remove from heat; stir in whipping cream.

In baking dish, add noodles, sauce and meatballs, carefully mixing to coat. Cover; bake 30 to 35 minutes or until sauce is bubbling and casserole is heated through. Stir; cool 10 minutes. Stir before serving; garnish with parsley.

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One Pot Chili Mac

Hubby asked me to create a one pot meal tab in my Pinterest account so that we can file quick and easy dinners that we want to try.  Generally he is out on the road during the day working he has an opportunity to stop at the grocery store and pick up what we need.  This one was very hearty on a cold night like we have been having lately.  When the temperature is in the single digits or lower, you want something to warm you up and this hits the spot. 

One Pot Chili Mac

Ingredients

1 pound Ground Beef
2 Tbl Olive Oil
1 Red Onion chopped
1 Poblano Chili seeded and chopped
1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Cumin
1 14 ounce can Fire-roasted Diced Tomatoes
1 can Kidney or Red Beans
4 cups Beef Broth
10 ounces Macaroni Noodles
2 cups Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese , shredded
2 Tbl Parsley , chopped

Directions

Heat a large pot to medium/high. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up into small pieces.
Add the olive oil, onion, chili, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and cumin to the beef and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until onion and chili have softened.
Add the beans, tomatoes, beef broth, and macaroni noodles to the pot. Stir to combine and then cover the pot with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring contents every minute or two, until the noodles are al dente.
Remove from heat and sprinkle the top of the chili mac with the shredded cheese and parsley. Cover until service to allow the cheese to melt.
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One Pan Sausage and Penne Skillet

Hubby asked me to create a Pinterest board for One Pot Meals.  This is one of the first recipes that we added to it.  To me, a one pot meals are easy clean up, easy meal planning and something that is hearty and delicious as the days get shorter and colder.  Just add a salad and beverage and you should be all set.  And with a pasta dish our son is always happy.  If he is working after school he will call  and ask what dinner was.  If we say Pasta, then he doesn’t bring home something from work.  

INGREDIENTS

4 links Italian turkey sausage
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (Optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon basil
2 cups crushed tomatoes
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
5 cups Penne  pasta
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

Remove turkey sausage from casings and fry in large skillet over medium-high heat until crumbled and brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
Add spinach, red pepper flakes, salt, parsley, oregano, basil, tomatoes and broth and stir until combined. Stir in the pasta. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook, stirring often, until pasta is tender, about 12-15 minutes (smaller pasta will take less time). Top with cheese, cover and let sit until cheese is melted. Serve.