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Pasta

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.

Source Plain Chicken

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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.

Source Damn Delicious

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.

Source Brown Eyed Baker

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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!

Source joyful, healthy eats

 

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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 

Mac & Cheese For Grownups

Yesterday I took the day off from blogging and was supposed to take a break from cooking as well, but I confess that my urgency to prepare something was driving me insane lol. So I finally gave in as I could not handle it anymore and chose to cook my childhood favorite mac and cheese. And yes, of course, it’s homemade 🙂

The recipe not only tastes way better than the boxed mix, but it also cuts out a ton of the nasty stuff that comes with processed foods. You can enjoy this yummy homemade mac and cheese without the guilt of the extra chemicals and preservatives. Bon appetit!

Homemade Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

1 1/2 C. dried macaroni or elbow pasta
3/4 C. mozzarella
1/2 C other hard cheese of your choice (Monterrey Jack, Pepper Jack, Parmesan, etc.)
Two medium eggs, beaten
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1 C. whole milk or 1/2 cup 2% or fat-free and 1/2 cup half and half
4 Tbsp. Butter cut into small cubes

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9X13 baking dish with foil and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil, add a 1/2 tsp of salt and throw in your pasta. While your pasta is cooking, take half of the mozzarella, and the rest of the ingredients, and stir them together in a large bowl.

2. When your pasta is tender, carefully drain it thoroughly and then return the pasta to the hot pot. Add the reserved mozzarella, and stir together until the cheese is melted. Put the pasta and cheese mixture into your previously prepared baking dish and then pour the other mixed ingredients over the top.

3. Wrap the dish with aluminum foil, and place it in the preheated oven for forty-five minutes. You can uncover it when cooking time gets closer towards the end and allow the top to crisp and brown if you like.

Source Pioneer Settler

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Comfort Food Overload

Do you love cheeseburgers? Lol, I know I do! I too enjoy macaroni & cheese. They are so very mouthwatering lol. However, I do realize that they are completely unhealthy, but you sometimes just have to splurge a little bit lol. You know what I mean? If you ever need a serious comfort food fix, then this Cheeseburger Macaroni is the right one for you. It has the perfect blend of all three into one.

I totally suggest you having this dish on a lazy day in your pajamas while watching your favorite movie. I know I would lol. 

Cheeseburger Macaroni

Ingredients:

1-2 Tbsp. coconut or olive oil
1 lb lean hamburger meat
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 (10 oz) can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies (or petite diced tomatoes)
2 C. beef broth (or water)
1 C. elbow macaroni

FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE:
2 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp flour
3/4 cup milk
1 C. shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper

Directions

Turn your stove on medium heat and pour a few drops of oil into a large skillet. Next, place hamburger meat into the skillet. Cook until it’s no longer pink and drain. Put meat in a medium/large pot and add taco seasoning, Rotel, beef broth, and macaroni. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and cover pan. Simmer twelve- fourteen minutes until macaroni is tender.

FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking for 5 minutes until fragrant and light brown in color. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Whisk until smooth and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese until melted. Add the salt and pepper to the cheese sauce. Pour the cheese sauce over the hamburger mixture. Stir gently to combine.

Source Kevin and Amanda

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Cowboy Lasagna

I’m not going to lie lol, cooking this lasagna was tricky. But since I love lasagna and sometimes is difficult to prepare I was totally relaxed with it as I love a challenge. However, the labor of preparing this recipe was completely worth it. 🙂 And ha, of course, the lasagna tasted incredibly amazing!!!!! 

Cowboy Lasagna

Ingredients

2 Tbsp. Olive oil

1 lb lean ground beef

1 lb sage-flavored sausage, removed from casing

1 lb sliced pepperoni

One 16-oz can diced fire-roasted tomatoes

One 12-oz can tomato paste

1 Tbsp. Dried oregano

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium onion, finely chopped

16 oz lasagna noodles (I used Barilla)

16 oz ricotta cheese

16 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 C. grated Parmesan

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

1. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, pour the oil and lightly brown the ground beef and sausage. Make sure to keep the meat chunky, not finely separated, while cooking. Combine the pepperoni, tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, salt, pepper, garlic, onion and two of cups water. Bring to a simmer and simmer, uncovered, for thirty minutes.

2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions and drain. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. And in the bottom of your baking dish cover it with a layer of the prepared sauce. Top with a layer of the lasagna noodles and the ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat the process, ending with the sauce, noodles, and cheeses.

3. Bake until lightly browned and bubbling, about forty minutes. Allow the dish to stand for fifteen minutes before serving. Cut the lasagna into 3-inch squares and serve.

Source Cooking with Trisha Yearwood


Keep up the great work 🙂 I know you’ll be an excellent cook someday.


Coming up next week (My Birthday week) 
Mon 22nd Chicken Fajita soup

Tues 23rd My Birthday! 😄😆😂😊🎂🍰

Breakfast

Krispy Kreme donuts

Lunch

Leftover chicken fajita soup

Dinner

I have not decided lol. But I’m definitely NOT cooking lol. However, I still will write a post about my Birthday celebration and the incredible cake that I want 😊

Dessert Reese’s Peanut butter Cup  Cake

Wed 24th

Sloppy Joes
Side dish of the week Baked Cauli-tots

Thurs 25th
Honey Glazed Salmon with Citrus Avocado Salsa 

Thank you again so much for reading!





Healthier Chicken Alfredo

Chicken Alfredo is one of my all-time favorite pasta dishes. Tonight I had the pleasure of cooking it for the first time for some of my family members. lol, I am delighted and proud to say it was a success. 🙂

Moreover, I recognize that Chicken Alfredo is quite the calorie bomb–a typical serving ranges anywhere from 500 to 800 calories–but it doesn’t have to be. Check out this lightened version of the creamy, classic comfort food. This recipe features tender whole-grain pasta and spinach in a savory Parmesan garlic sauce.

Healthier  Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients

One box. Barilla uncooked whole-grain penne pasta (I used 8 ounces of a 16 oz pkg)
8 C. (or 6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
2 Tbsp. butter
One garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp. All-Purpose flour
1 1/2 C. low-fat (2%) milk
4 oz. low-fat cream cheese softened
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
2 C. shredded or chopped cooked chicken breast
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Directions

1. Cook pasta in boiling water in a large pot for eight minutes or until tender; remove from heat. Add spinach and let stand fifteen to thirty seconds, occasionally stirring, until spinach is wilted. Drain and set aside. Melt butter in same pot over medium heat. Add garlic; sauté for one minute.

2. Add flour and cook one minute (mixture will be crumbly). Whisk in milk. Cook, continuously whisking, for two minutes. Combine the cream cheese, salt, and pepper; stir until smooth. Stir in chicken; cook 1 minute or until cooked through. Mix pasta mixture and sauce in a large bowl. Serve immediately with a salad. Yummoelicious!

Source  MyFitnessPal

 

Insanely Good Lasagna Roll Ups

So in my latest veggie post about Asparagus, completely forgot to mention that spinach is another one of my most disliked vegetables.

I have noticed a number of ways to add spinach to a recipe, but none of them looked appealing to me until I spotted this spinach lasagna. I tried it…and I LOVED it! I enjoy this recipe because it is superb! In fact, it’s so good that when I took a bite I honestly almost forgot I was eating spinach lol.

This is a simple dinner that can be made for a weeknight meal and or a party. Also, the amazing thing about this recipe is that you have the choice of personalizing it. If you’re like me, for example, and don’t prefer spinach then add a pound of ground turkey or beef instead. But, please do not feel restricted to any set of ingredients, try a variety of healthy ingredients to make it your own. 🙂 

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Spinach Lasagna Rollups

Ingredients

One pound lasagna noodles
15 oz. Ricotta cheese
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese
One egg
10 Oz. Frozen spinach
2 1/2 C. marinara sauce
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 Tbsp. Salt (for cooking the noodles + 1/4 tsp. For the spinach mixture)
non-stick cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with foil and lightly grease it with non-stick cooking spray.

Set aside.

1.Heat a big pot of water with a tablespoon of salt. When it gets to a full boil, Combine the lasagna noodles and cook until al dente (soft but not mushy… about twelve-fifteen minutes). When they are finished cooking, drain using a colander.

2. While the noodles are boiling, make the filling. Defrost the bag of frozen spinach in the microwave and then squeeze out as much excess water as possible. Mix the spinach in a medium-sized bowl with the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, egg, freshly grated pepper and salt. Stir well until combined.

3. On a clean surface, lay out a sheet of wax paper and place a few noodles on it. Then, put a few tablespoons of the spinach mixture on each noodle. And using a spatula and or basting brush spread to coat from side to side. *Do not worry if the filling is not thick because once the noodle is rolled up, it will be compounded. Make sure to spread it all the way to the edges of the noodles*. 🙂

4. Roll the noodles up and place them in the previously prepared baking sheet. Keep redoing the same method until there is no more filling left. (there may be some noodles left over, these are “backups” in case any of the others rip during assembly).

5. Pour the marinara sauce over the folded noodles making sure to coat them entirely The sauce will prevent the noodles from drying out and soft while baking. Cover the dish with foil and bake for thirty minutes. Enjoy!!! 🙂

Tip on easing your stress with cooking: To help keep my fear levels down while I’m cooking, I dig listening to music and drink coffee lol. 😀

Recipe adapted from Kicking it with Kelly

Fancy Macaroni

I know that Sundays are typically not my blogging time, but I thought I’d share with you an amazing and incredibly creamy Fancy Macaroni & Cheese recipe created by one of my favorite chefs (Ree Drummond). You also might know her as The Pioneer Women that is featured on the Food Network Channel. And today the dish was prepared by my extremely sweet sister (Caylee).

Macaroni & Cheese has always been a childhood favorite of mine and not to mention it’s true comfort food. I can honestly say that this version to the favorite classic entree made it 1000x more heavenly lol. Thanks to The Pioneer Women.

Fancy Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients

4 C. Macaroni
8 Tbsp. Salted Butter
Two whole Medium Onions, Cut In Half And Sliced Thin
Ten slices Regular Bacon
1 Tbsp. Bacon Grease (reserved From Bacon Slices)
1/4 C. All-purpose Flour
2 C. 2% Milk
1/2 C. Half-and-half
Two whole Egg Yolks, Beaten
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. Pepper
1/2 C. Grated Gruyere Cheese
1/2 C. Grated Fontina Cheese
1/2 C. Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
4 oz. Chevre (Soft Goat Cheese)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating up, line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Next, In a large pot boil water and cook the macaroni for half the time of the package instructions. Drain and set aside. In a pan fry the bacon until slightly cooked, but not overly, crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Reserve grease.

2. In another pan, melt four tablespoons of butter and then saute onions over medium-low heat for ten to twelve minutes, or until golden brown and soft. Set aside.

3. In a medium pot, melt four tablespoons of butter (and add one tablespoon of the reserved bacon grease for good measure!). Add in flour and whisk to combine. Cook, constantly stirring, over medium heat for one minute. Pour in milk and half & half, then cook for three to five minutes or until heavy. Reduce heat to low. Add salt & pepper to taste. (Do not undersalt!)

4. Mix egg yolks and drop 1/4 cup hot mixture into the yolks, stirring constantly. Stir to combine. Empty egg mixture into sauce and cook for another minute. Next, add the cheeses and stir until melted. Add onions and bacon and stir. Taste for spices and continue to add more salt if needed. Then add cooked macaroni and stir to coat. Pour into previously prepared baking dish and bake for fifteen to twenty minutes or until sizzling and hot.

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Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Women