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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

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Pork Chops wrapped in Bacon

If it’s wrapped in bacon it has to be delicious! Your family will certainly enjoy this recipe.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

4-6 Boneless or bone-in Pork Chops

8 Slices of Bacon

4 Cloves of garlic, mince

2/3 C. Brown Sugar

1/2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper 

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking pan with non stick spray. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and the garlic. In another bowl,mix the cheeses. Set the cheeses aside.

3. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Then place the chops in the previously prepared pan, being careful to leave to room between the chops.

4. Distribute garlic/sugar mix evenly over the top of each pork chop. Lay slice of two bacon diagonally on top of each pork chop; tuck each ends of bacon under each chop.

5. Bake for thirty five-forty minutes or internal temperature is 160°. Top with cheeses and bake an additional five minutes to melt cheese.

Source Peachy Mee

Pork & Rice Casserole

I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Mine was wonderful! I enjoyed spending time with my family! To start the New Year off I decided to cook this Pork Chop & Rice Casserole. It was savory and delicious! I will undoubtedly make this one again!

Pork Chop & Rice Casserole

Ingredients:

2 C. rice, uncooked (I used minute rice, but any rice will work, just adjust cooking time a bit)

3 1/2 C. water

5 Tbsp. butter, cut into 1 tbsp. slices

1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup mix

4-5 pork chops (boneless or bone-in work)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

1. Spread the one tablespoon of butter all over a 9 x 13 baking dish to “grease” the pan. Place rice on bottom of pan. Add in water and gently stir around. Take remaining butter slices and place on top of rice. Place the pork chops over the rice.

2. Sprinkle Lipton onion soup mix over the entire pan. Cover pan with tin foil and place pan in preheated oven, 350. Bake for about 1 hour, or until pork chops are cooked through and liquid is absorbed in rice.

3. Enjoy!!

Source The Cookin’ Chicks

Incredibly Cheesy Lasagna Rollups

Pioneer Woman Lasagna roll ups

The preparation was slightly messy, quick and easy. The lasagna rolls were very cheesy and delicious! Your whole family even your kids will love this dish!

Ingredients

20 lasagna noodles

1 Tbsp. salt

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 C. finely chopped mushrooms (about 3 ounces)

1 green bell pepper, diced (about 1 C.)

3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 Tbsps)

2 lbs. ground beef

1/2 tsp. Freshly ground pepper

1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes

1 6-oz. can tomato paste

1 30-oz. container whole-milk ricotta cheese (about 3 1/3 C.)

1 lb. mozzarella, grated (about 3 1/2 cups)

1 C. grated parmesan cheese

2-3 large eggs

Directions

1. Cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water to cool and lay flat on a sheet of foil. Set aside.

2. Make the sauce: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, green pepper and garlic and saute for four to five minutes, until the vegetables are starting to soften. Remove the veggie mixture from the pan, then add the ground beef to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s totally browned. Drain the excess fat, then add 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and the veggie mixture. Let the mixture simmer over low heat, thirty minutes.

3. Make the cheese glue: Combine the ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 3/4 cup parmesan, the eggs, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

5. Assemble the lasagna: Spoon a thin layer of sauce onto the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan or five 6-inch disposable foil loaf pans. Spread two to three tablespoons of the ricotta filling on each lasagna noodle, then roll them up so that the cheese is on the inside of the roll.

6. Lay them sideways in the pan(s). (Four roll-ups will fit in each loaf pan, or you can fill a 9-by-13-inch pan.) Top with the remaining sauce and plenty of grated mozzarella and parmesan. If you’re making the roll-ups right away, place the pan(s) on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for twenty minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve with a salad or some other vegetable. Enjoy!

Court’s Cooking Notes

FREEZE IT! Cover the pan tightly with heavy-duty foil and freeze up to 4 months. To bake, preheaet the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the foil-covered pan 1 1/2 hours (if using loaf pans, place on a baking sheet before baking); remove the foil and bake 30 minutes more, until hot and bubbly.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Cook, eat immediately or freeze, eat later

Excuse my absence from cooking for a long while My dearest grandfather (Big Daddy) passed away last month. He was a very special person. It has been very sad for everyone in my family but we’re thankful that he’s in a much better place now. One of my fond memories of him is that he enjoyed my cooking and I know that he would have loved the king ranch chicken that I prepared the other night. The preparation was very easy, quick and packed with delicious flavors that your whole family will love.

The Pioneer Woman King Ranch Chicken

Ingredients

Cooking spray

One 10.5-ounce can cream of chicken soup

One 10.5-ounce can cream of mushroom soup

One 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with chiles, such as Rotel

2 Tbsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

2 C. chicken broth

16 corn tortillas, torn into pieces

1 roasted whole chicken (rotisserie chicken works great!), cooled and torn into chunks

1 large white or yellow onion, finely diced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1 jalapeno, finely diced, optional

1 1/2 C. grated sharp Cheddar

1 1/2 C. grated Monterey Jack cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

1. In a large bowl, combine the soups and diced tomatoes and chiles. Add the chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Line the bottom of the baking dish with half of the torn tortillas. Layer on half of the chicken.

2. Add half of the onion, bell pepper and jalapeno. Sprinkle on half the cheese and pour on half the soup mixture. Then repeat the layers, beginning with the rest of the tortillas, and ending with the rest of the tomato mixture. Cover with foil and bake for forty five minutes, then uncover and bake until bubbling, another fifteen minutes.

Court’s Cooking Notes: To make ahead and freeze: Fold foil over the unbaked casserole and freeze until solid. Then, lift the foil-topped casserole out of the pan, wrap the whole thing in plastic wrap and freeze until needed. When ready to bake, remove the plastic wrap, put the foiled-topped casserole back into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and thaw. Bake at 350 degrees F following the baking instructions above.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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

Chops, Taters, and gravy

If you love pork chops, potatoes in gravy then you are going to enjoy this savory dish! Oh and you only need a salad to complete this meal.”

Creamy Pork Chops and Potatoes

Ingredients

6-8 pork loin chops (boneless or bone-in)

6 russet potatoes, peeled and sliced

2 10 oz. cans condensed cream of mushroom soup

1 12 oz. can evaporated milk

3/4 C. water

1 package Lipton onion soup base

1/4 tsp.pepper

1/4 tsp. salt

French’s fried onions, optional

Directions

1. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Place sliced potatoes in the bottom and set the pork chops evenly spaced on top of them.

2. In a large bowl combine together the soup, milk, water, onion soup, and salt and pepper. Pour over the pork chops and potatoes. Sprinkle a few handfuls of the French’s Fried Onions over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 325 for 2- 2 1/2 hours. ***, REMOVE foil the last 1/2 hour to allow browning.

Source Joy in the kitchen

Court’s Cooking Notes

If your oven cooks low, increase your temperature by 25 degrees…  you can purchase an oven thermometer at most stores to check to see if your oven heat is measuring correctly.)

Two ingredients. Cook. Eat. Enjoy.

Crispy Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken

INGREDIENTS

8-10 chicken thighs and/or drumsticks (bone-in, skin on)

2 C. of your favorite barbecue sauce

2 Tbsp olive oil salt, and pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

1. Coat the chicken on all sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place the chicken skin side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for twenty minutes. Remove chicken from oven and turn the temperature of the oven up to 425 degrees.

2. Coat the top of the chicken with barbecue sauce using a basting brush. Use a spatula to flip the chicken over, being careful not to tear the skin. Baste the other side of the chicken, and place back in the oven for seven minutes.

3. Remove from the oven, baste top with barbecue sauce, and place back in oven for another seven more minutes.

4. Remove from the oven again and baste again, and place back in oven for seven more minutes or until chicken is crispy, parts are blackened, and it’s fully cooked.

Source Bowl of Delicious

Incredibly Juicy Italian Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

3.5 to 4 lb Rump Roast

1 Pkg Zesty Italian Dressing Mix

Salt & Pepper to Taste

1 can Beef Broth (14.5 oz)

3/4 jar Peperoncinis, sliced (12 ounce jar)

8 to 10 slices provolone cheese

1 jar Giardiniera – Italian Sandwich Mix

Hoagie or steak Rolls

Directions

1. Season the rump roast on all sides with salt & pepper. Place the roast into the crock pot. Sprinkle packet of Zesty Italian dressing mix on top of the roast. Pour beef broth around roast in bottom of crock pot. Spoon Peperoncinis on top of roast and pour some of the juice in if desired. Set Crock Pot to low for eight hours.

2. Remove beef and shred by pulling with two forks. Pour some of the Juice through a strainer for Au Jus. Place shredded beef on a hoagie or french roll. Top with sliced provolone cheese and broil for two to four minutes. Top with some of the cooked Peperoncinis and Giardinieria Mix. Spoon on some au jus or dip.

Source Soul Fully Made

Always grease the baking dish

There is currently no picture is available. I honestly can tell you never stop learning when you cook. Some of these recipes don’t always give you enough information., like be sure to grease pan. So I didn’t. Well the results were delicious chops with the batter still in the baking dish. And. We ate the chops with the batter on the side.

You wouldn’t have wanted to see a picture of my delicious batterless chops.

Baked Pork Chops with Buttery Cracker Crust

Ingredients

1 C Ritz crackers

1 tsp. garlic salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

2 eggs, beaten

4 bone-in pork chops

1/4 C. Butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. In a shallow bowl, combine crushed crackers, garlic salt, and black pepper and mix well. Put eggs In a separate shallow bowl. Dredge each pork chop in egg, then in the cracker mixture, and place in a single layer in a baking dish. Put pieces of butter around the pork chops.

2. Cover and bake for twenty minutes. Turn over the pork chops and bake for another twenty five minutes or until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear. Remove foil during the last fifteen minutes of cooking.

Source Kitchme

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