Pasta

Rich & Creamy Seafood Lasagna

EASY SEAFOOD LASAGNA

Ingredients

1 lb lasagna noodles

4 Tbsp. butter

1/4 C. flour

4 C. milk

1 C. grated Parmesan cheese (divided)

1 Tbsp. salt

1/4 Tbsp. ground white pepper

15 oz ricotta cheese

1 egg

2 tsp. minced garlic

2 1/2 C. grated mozzarella cheese (divided)

1/2 C. chopped parsley

1 lb cooked shrimp (chopped if large)

1 lb crabmeat

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and separate.

2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, add flour and whisk until smooth. Gradually add milk, whisking continuously until thick. Turn off the heat add parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

3. In a bowl combine ricotta cheese, egg, garlic, two cups mozzarella, and parsley. Stir to combine. Mix shrimp and crab in a bowl.

5. In a greased 9 x 13 inch pan, layer 1 cup of the cheese butter sauce in the pan, place 3 noodles side by side, top with ⅓ of the ricotta mixture, top with 1/3 of seafood mixture. Repeat 2 more times topping with remaining sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

5. Cover and cook in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, uncover and cook for additional 10 minutes or until bubbly and golden on top. Allow to rest for 10-15 minutes to set.

Source Yummly

The most fabulous Beef Ramen Noodles

This is a Healthy ramen noodles recipe made with beef and vegetables instead of the supplied instant noodle packet.

Healthy Beef Ramen Noodles

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil

1 large onion chopped

1 red bell pepper chopped

1/2 head broccoli cut into florets

1 lb. Extra lean ground beef

6 oz ramen noodles (2 packets with seasoning packets discarded)

Salt and pepper

Sauce

1/4 c. soy sauce

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tsp. sriracha sauce

1 clove garlic minced

1 scallion (chopped)

Directions

1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onions, peppers, and broccoli and cook until tender, approximately five minutes. Remove from the pan.

2. Add ground beef, season with salt and pepper, and cook until no longer pink. Drain fat and return vegetables back to the skillet

3. Make sauce: Whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, Sriracha, and garlic.

4. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add cooked ramen noodles and cook until tender, 2 minutes. Drain.

5. Add cooked ramen noodles to skillet and pour over sauce. Toss until completely combined. Taste and season with more salt and pepper, if necessary. Then garnish with green onions and serve.

Source What’s in the pan

Satisfying your inner comfort food craving

Million Dollar Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients:

12- oz spaghetti

1 (8-oz ) block cream cheese, room temperature

1 C. cottage cheese

¼ C. sour cream

3 C. cooked chopped chicken

2 (15-oz) jar Alfredo sauce

¼ C. grated parmesan cheese

2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain.

2. Combine cooked spaghetti, cottage cheese, cream cheese and sour cream. Spread into bottom of prepared pan. Spread chicken evenly on top of pasta mixture.

3. Top with Alfredo sauce. Sprinkle parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top of casserole. Bake, uncovered, for thirty five to forty five minutes.

Source Plain Chicken

Beef Ragù Spaghetti from HelloFresh

Beef Ragù Spaghetti

Ingredients

2 Zucchini, trimmed, quarter lengthwise; and cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick pieces.

2 Onions, peel, halved, and dice

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 lb. ground beef

1 Tbsp . Italian seasoning

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

12 oz. spaghetti

2 Tbsp. Beef stock concentrate

4 Tbsp. Garlic herb butter

1/2 C. Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. Chili flakes, optional

2 Tbsp. Butter

2 Tbsp. Olive oil, divided

1 tsp. Salt

1 tsp. Pepper

Directions

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Wash and dry all produce. Trim and quarter zucchini lengthwise; cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick pieces. Halve, peel, and dice onion. Mince garlic.

2. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add beef and season with salt, pepper, and half the Italian Seasoning (you’ll use the rest later). Cook, breaking up meat into pieces, until browned and cooked through, four-six minutes. Turn off heat. (TIP: If there’s excess grease in your pan, carefully pour it out.) Transfer beef to a plate.

3. Once water is boiling, add spaghetti to pot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, nine-eleven minutes. Carefully reserve ½ cup pasta cooking water (¾ cup for 4 servings), then drain.

4. While spaghetti cooks, heat a drizzle of oil in pan used for beef over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and onion. Cook, stirring, until softened, five- seven minutes. Stir in garlic and remaining Italian Seasoning; cook until garlic is fragrant, thirty seconds.

5. Add beef, tomatoes, stock concentrate, and reserved pasta cooking water to pan with veggies. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer until thick and saucy, five- ten minutes. (TIP: If mixture begins to stick to the bottom of the pan, stir in a splash of water.) Taste and season with salt and pepper. Stir in 1 TBSP plain butter (2 TBSP for 4 servings) until melted.

6. Add spaghetti and garlic herb butter to pan with ragù; toss to combine. Divide pasta between plates. Sprinkle with Parmesan and as many chili flakes as you like. Serve.

Source HelloFresh

Somewhat Healthy Creamy Tortellini Soup

The Pioneer Woman’s Creamy Tortellini Soup

Ingredients

8 C. Low sodium chicken or vegetable broth

1 1-lb bag frozen peas and carrots

10 oz cheese tortellini

1/2 C heavy whipping cream

Salt and pepper, to taste

Shaved Parmesan cheese and croutons, for topping.

Directions

1. Bring the broth to a gentle boil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add the frozen veggies to the pot and return to a gentle boil. Add the tortellini and cook until tender, three to five minutes.

2. Add the heavy cream and cook for about two minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and top with shaved Parmesan cheese or whatever your heart desires. Enjoy!

Source The Pioneer Woman Magazine Spring 2019

Olive Garden copycat Capellini Pomodoro

Capellini Pomodoro 

Ingredients

1/3 C. extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic (minced)

2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes (or about 2 pounds fresh peeled and diced tomatoes)

1/4 Tsp. black pepper

1/4 Tsp. salt (to taste)

12 oz raw angel hair pasta (capellini)

2 C. chopped basil leaves (loosely packed)

1 C. Parmesan cheese (freshly grated)

Directions

1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet or in a saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for about two minutes, or until tender. Add tomatoes and pepper and heat through, stirring constantly, about two to three minutes. Remove from the heat. Meanwhile, cook the angel hair pasta (capellini) in salted boiling water following the package directions. Drain well.

2. Transfer the hot, drained pasta to a large serving bowl. Toss the pasta gently with tomato mixture, the fresh chopped basil, and half of the Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately and offer the remaining Parmesan cheese at the table.

Source The Spruce Eats

A vacation of a lifetime

I believe that I have mentioned this before, but as some of you know, I am a big fan of the Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman also known as Ree Drummond. I love to watch her show and try her recipes.

For my birthday gift at the end of the month my mom, grandparents and I are going to go see her store and restaurant that’s located in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. I am so very excited about this trip! I will take some pictures and post them after I get back home.

In honor of my all time favorite celebrity chef I want to share with you this delicious bow tie lasagna recipe! You totally should make this recipe. Seriously, make this now.  Even if you’ve never cooked before in your life, you can make this pasta.

PIONEER WOMAN BOWTIE LASAGNA

Ingredients

1 lb bowtie pasta

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 lb ground chuck beef

1/2 C. onion

1 jar spaghetti sauce (or 3 cups homemade)

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 heaping teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 C. shredded mozzarella

1 C. sour cream

Directions

1. Boil the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente, drain.  In a large skillet, brown and crumble ground chuck until fully cooked, drain fat and return to the skillet.

3. Pour the cooked pasta on top of meat, then drizzle on olive oil.  Pour the jar of sauce, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasonings.  Stir.  Add cheese and sour cream.  Stir over low heat until cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined.  Taste and add salt and pepper, if necessary.  Serve with parmesan or additional mozzarella, if desired.

Source Katie Cooks Dinner

Healthy Italian Inspired Pasta Bake

Enjoy Italian fare at the comfort of your own home with this Creamy Zucchini and Spinach Pasta Bake! You’ll love the deliciousness of this spinach pasta bake and how quick and easy it is to prepare.

Creamy Zucchini and Spinach Pasta Bake

Ingredients

1 16 oz package of pasta, uncooked (any variety)

1 onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. Olive oil

2 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half, then sliced crosswise

1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

1 pkg. (6 oz.) baby spinach leaves

1 jar (24 oz.) CLASSICO Marinara with Plum Tomatoes & Olive Oil Pasta Sauce

1 container (15 oz.) BREAKSTONE’S Ricotta Cheese

1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA, divided

Directions

Heat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Cook pasta in a large pot as directed on the package. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet then stir in the onion. Cook it for three to four minutes or until crisp-tender. Add zucchini and mushrooms; cook for three to four minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender, stirring frequently.

2. Add half of the spinach; cook for two to three minutes or just until wilted. Repeat with remaining spinach. Remove from heat. Drain the pasta.

3. Carefully add the vegetable mixture in the skillet along with the pasta sauce, pasta, ricotta, Italian seasoning and one cup of mozzarella into the previously prepared baking dish and stir gently until well combined.

4. Top with the remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake for twenty to twenty-five minutes or until casserole is heated through and mozzarella is melted.

Source Kraft Recipes

Slightly Healthier Hamburger Helper

This homemade hamburger helper is as quick and easy as the stuff that you find at your local grocery store, but tastes way better and is a bit healthier for you!

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Ingredients

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 small onion finely chopped

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. dried parsley

1 tsp. garlic powder

pinch to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper to taste

1 1/2 C. milk

1 1/2 C. beef broth

2 C. uncooked macaroni

1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

2 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add the onion to the pan and cook it for about a minute or until it becomes tender. Then add the beef and cook it until it’s no longer pink. Drain any fat. Return the meat to a large pot. Add the paprika, parsley, garlic powder, cayenne powder, salt and pepper.

2. Stir in the milk, broth, macaroni and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for ten-twelve minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted.

Source Countryside Cravings

Court’s Cooking Notes

• If using a whole wheat macaroni you may need to add in more liquid while cooking.

• This recipe is for macaroni if using another type of pasta you may need to adjust liquids.

• It is important to drain extra liquids after browning hamburger meat.

• If using a ground beef with a higher fat content add in the seasonings after draining the grease.

A Mexican twist on Spaghetti

My apologies for not posting a lot last month. I had a job assignment that lasted for a few days and then I decided to take a little break from cooking and blogging. But I am now back to what I enjoy and do best. Have dinner ready in thirty minutes or less by preparing this delicious Mexican Spaghetti. It will add a little “spice” to your dinner table and it shaves valuable time off a busy weeknight.Mexican Spaghetti INGREDIENTS
1 Tbsp. Olive oil 1 lb. Ground Beef
1 Medium Yellow Onion, diced 1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 Envelope Taco Seasoning
1 7 Oz. Can Dice Green Chilies, Undrained
1 14.5 Oz. Can Canned Diced Tomatoes, Undrained
1 C. Frozen Corn Thawed and Drained
1 8 Oz. Can Tomato Sauce
2 3/4 C. Water
8 Oz Dried Spaghetti Noodles Broken into Thirds
1 C. Cheddar Cheese Shredded Directions 1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add the onion and garlic and cook them for two – three minutes or until they become tender. Then add the beef and cook it until it’s no longer pink. Drain any fat. 2. Stir in taco seasoning, green chilies, diced tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, and water and bring to a boil. Stir in noodles. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for twenty-twenty five minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Sprinkle with cheese and serve. Source Gonna Want Seconds