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Pasta

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.

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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

Gather. Dump. Cook. Eat.

Crock Pot Cheesy Pasta and Beef Casserole

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. canola oil

1 – 2 lb ground beef

1/2 C. chopped onion

1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

2 8oz. cans tomato sauce

14.5 oz. can Red Gold diced tomatoes in basil, garlic and oregano

1 lb. penne pasta (I used Ronzoni’s Healthy Harvest pasta)

2 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Heat oil in a large skillet, brown the beef and drain the fat. Transfer beef to crock pot, stir in onion, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.

2. Cover and cook on low for eight hours. Cook pasta on stove top according to directions. Stir cooked pasta into beef mixture just before serving. Top with Cheddar cheese.

Source Tammilee Tips

Court’s Cooking Notes:

1. Cook the beef the night before, store it in a airtight container and place it in the refrigerator. That way your meat will be ready for you to prepare the recipe the next day. This will make the cooking process go a lot faster.

2. To make it a little healthier use ground chicken or turkey.

Celebrity Chef Inspired Recipe

I just love the food Network magazine. They have so many great recipe ideas for dinner and other interesting stuff that is in their magazines. In January’s issue they had an article written about one of Ina Garten’s recipes. She is also known for her show Barefoot Contessa. The dish is called Rigatoni with Sausage & Fennel. Since she is one of my favorite celebrity chefs I was inspired to cook her recipe.

It’s made with Heavy cream, half and half, sweet Italian sausage and much more. It was nothing but rich, creamy and delicious!

Rigatoni with Sausage & Fennel

Ingredients

3 Tbsp. olive oil

3 C. chopped fennel (1 large bulb)

1 1/2 C. chopped yellow onion

1 1/4 lbs sweet Italian sausages, casings removed

2 tsp minced garlic (2 cloves)

1/2 tsp. whole fennel seeds, crushed with a mortar and pestle

1/2-1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1 C. dry white wine

1 C. heavy cream

1/2 C. half-and-half

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

1 lb rigatoni, such as Barilla

1/2 C. chopped fresh parsley leaves

1 C. freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese, divided

Directions

1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot or a dutch oven, such as Le Creuset, over medium heat. Add the fennel and onion and sauté for seven minutes, occasionally stirring until tender. Add the sausage and cook for seven to eight minutes, crumbling it with a fork, until nicely browned. Drain the grease.

2. Next add the garlic, crushed fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, two teaspoons of salt and one teaspoon of black pepper and cook for one minute. Pour in the wine, bring to a boil and add the heavy cream, half-and-half and tomato paste. Bring back to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for twentyminutes, until the sauce has thickened.

3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add two tablespoons salt and cook the rigatoni according to the directions on the package. Drain and add to the sauce, stirring to coat the pasta. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes to allow the pasta to absorb the sauce. Off the heat, stir in the parsley and 1/2 cup of the Parmesan. Serve hot in shallow bowls with the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan on the side.

Source Food Network Magazine

Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup

Slow Cooker Tomato Tortellini Soup

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb Italian sausage

1 (32-oz) container chicken broth

1 (14-oz) can petite diced tomatoes

2 (10.75-oz) cans tomato soup

2 (8-oz) containers chive and onion cream cheese spread

Directions

1. In a medium skillet, cook Italian sausage until browned and no longer pink. Transfer cooked sausage to slow cooker. Add chicken broth, tomatoes and tomato soup to slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for six to eight hours.

2. Stir in cream cheese and cheese tortellini. Cover and cook on HIGH for fifteen to thirty minutes, until tortellini is cooked.

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No Draining Needed Pasta

Hello everyone 🙂

I hope you are having a great week.
This week in Cooking with Court I chose to cook only two dinners. I wanted a day to myself so I could clean the house and do some other things. I am sure some of you can relate to this as well. Life sometimes can get really crazy so always remember to take the time to occasionally give yourself a break.

If you currently still find it difficult to transfer a pot filled with hot water to your sink to drain your pasta then may I suggest to you to cook this One Pot Pasta recipe. It's the easiest, most amazing dish you will ever make. Even the pasta gets cooked right in the pot. How simple is that?

One Pot Pasta

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb Barilla spaghetti
1 (12.8-oz) package smoked andouille sausage, thinly sliced
1 large onion, thinly sliced
3 C halved grape tomatoes
2 C fresh or dried basil
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 1/2 C. Water
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 C grated Parmesan

DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat, add spaghetti, sausage, onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic and
4 1/2 cups water; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir constantly.

2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until pasta is cooked through and liquid has reduced, approximately eight-ten minutes. Stir in Parmesan. Serve immediately.

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The recipe with an incredibly long title

I know that is off topic, but do you want to know something cool? Well, two things lol. Next month will make it a year since I began blogging and I am twenty blog posts away from two hundred. I am in the process of creating a list of random recipes that I want to cook for that number of days. When I complete my list of recipes, and when March rolls around I am going to celebrate my accomplishment. I am excited! Do you have any recipe ideas I should try?

Now onto today’s recipe!

So to start things off with this 20 recipes for 20 days, my first dish that
I prepared was this Tortellini with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a Rich Garlicky Parmesan Cream Sauce. The preparation overall was relatively easy except for one thing, and that was slicing up the spinach. Why you might ask??? As my knife cutting skills are improving each day; I found the process of cutting up the spinach rather slow and time-consuming lol. However, I was determined to persevere through this hurdle. The result of my determination finally did pay off. After I had finished the job, I did a little happy dance.

My advice to speed up the process of slicing the spinach to somewhat of a degree is I grabbed small bunch of the spinach and piled them on top of each other and sliced them all at once. I repeated the process until I was finished with the job.

This pasta dish is so creamy and unbelievably delicious that you’ll practically forget that it’s entirely meatless. Cheese tortellini is tossed in a smooth Parmesan cream sauce with spinach and sun-dried tomatoes. An easy dinner ready in less than thirty minutes!

Tortellini with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

1 lb Buitoni three cheese tortellini
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 ¼ C heavy cream
½ tsp salt
⅓ C grated Parmesan cheese
5 oz baby spinach, thinly sliced
1 (7-oz) jar sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS:

1. Cook the tortellini according to the package directions. While the tortellini is cooking, make the sauce. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Combine the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, approximately one minute.

2. Combine the flour and stir until it has absorbed into the melted butter becomes a paste and begins to smell nutty. Gradually mix in the heavy cream (at first, the mixture will be thick and chunky, but it will smooth and thin out), next combine the salt and Parmesan cheese.

3. Allow simmering until thickened, approximately five minutes. Mix in the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, then carry the cooked and drained tortellini to the pan, gently stirring to coat the tortellini with the sauce. Serve hot.

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FOLLOWING CERTAIN RECIPES CAN BE MISLEADING

So last night was my first attempt at making this Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta, and well lol my version of the dish, unfortunately, did not turn out 100% perfect like the way I wanted it too. Why you might ask??? because I put a little bit too much noodles into the pot and then it caused the sauce dry out. At first, I was a little upset, but then after awhile I thought to myself.”Lol, oh well, I will not cook so many noodles the next time I prepare this dish.” But, despite my small mistake, the preparation of the recipe overall was relatively easy, and it still was tasty. But as for my version being creamy not so much because I added so many noodles lol. Ha, I learned my lesson.

Furthermore, I am very confident that when you choose to make this dish for you and your family, the outcome of your version will turn out excellent and way better than mine. You can change it up a bit if you want 🙂 

Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients

4 strips of applewood bacon
2 Tbsps butter
1 C diced red onion
1 garlic clove
3 C butternut squash cubes
1 C low sodium chicken stock
1½ Tbsp fresh or dried sage
1½ Tbsp fresh or dried thyme
1 C. 2% milk
salt to taste
One (16 oz) box Barilla pasta (I used Linguine)
Parmesan Cheese (Optional)

Instructions

1. In a large skillet combine the butter and red onion. Saute until slightly soft, approximately one-two minutes. Next add in the garlic, saute for thirty seconds, stir and combine the butternut squash, chicken stock, sage, and thyme. Stir and cover. Cook until the butternut squash is fork-tender, about eight-ten minutes. When the squash is tender, combine the squash to a food processor along with the milk and salt to taste. Puree until smooth.

2. In the meantime heat a small skillet over medium-high heat, combine the diced bacon to the pan and saute until the bacon is crispy. About four-five minutes. When the bacon is finished cooking, place it on a paper towel lined plate to let the grease drain. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to directions, (six-eight minutes) do not overcook. Drain pasta and add butternut squash sauce to the pasta, gently toss together and top with crispy bacon. Serve!

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Coming up next week on cooking with Court

Breaded Ranch Pork Chops

Side Dish Sweet Green Beans

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Beef Enchilada Bake