Easy Alfredo Sauce

This is so easy to make and so much better for you than the store-bought stuff. I just used this recently to make Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole and it was so GOOD! This will definitely be our go-to recipe from here on out. Continue reading “Easy Alfredo Sauce”

Pizza in a Crockpot

Pizza in a Crockpot

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of meat (browned sausage or hamburger, diced ham, sliced pepperonis, or use a combination of your favorite meat)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 small can mushrooms, chopped (optional)
  • 1 small can olives, sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 28 oz. spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups pasta (macaroni, small shells, or your favorite)

Directions:

Place everything, except the pasta, into the crockpot. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.

About 30 minutes before serving cook the pasta according to the directions. Drain.

Add the cooked pasta to the crockpot and stir.

Top with additional cheese, if desired. Enjoy!

 

Gorgonzola Pasta w/Mushrooms

This is one of my favorite dishes however my kids are not too crazy about the gorgonzola cheese. I will either leave it out or add just a tiny bit when I make this and then sprinkle more on my plate as I love the cheese. If you can’t find the gorgonzola you can substitute it with bleu cheese.

Gorgonzola Pasta w/Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 T. oil
  • 2 c. mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 t. garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. pasta, (use your favorite kind)
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (or use blue cheese crumbles)
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 2 t. butter, melted
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 t. cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup parsley, chopped

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to the directions.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add mushrooms, garlic, broth, salt and pepper. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated (5 to 7 minutes).

Stir in cheese, milk, and butter.

Combine the cornstarch and water. Add to the pan.

Simmer until slightly thickened.

Add the cooked pasta and toss to combine.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.

Spicy Chicken and Bowties

This is a family favorite and usually gets made once a month or so. I like to serve this with a fresh salad and some buttered bread.

Spicy Chicken and Bowties

Ingredients:

1 lb bow tie pasta, cooked according to directions, drained  (you can use your favorite pasta)
2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs or breast, cubed
2 T butter or margarine
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 c  flour
1/2 c milk
1 c chicken broth
1 c. mild salsa  — or spicy if your family likes it hot
1- 8 oz package cream cheese, cubed

Directions:

Melt the butter in large skillet over medium heat.

Add the chicken and cook 4-5 minutes until lightly browned.

Add garlic and cook until chicken is cooked through.

Stir in flour, and slowly add milk and broth, stirring constantly.

Add the salsa and cream cheese and keep stirring until hot and bubbly.

Add the cooked and drained pasta to skillet and stir to combine.

Serve hot.

Red & White Pasta

This recipe came from my one of my favorite cook books. It is a winner every time I make it.

Red & White Pasta (original recipe)

  • 4 c. penne pasta, spirals and other noodles will work (use Dream Fields, if possible)
  • 1-15 oz alfredo sauce or try Easy Alfredo Sauce
  • 1-24 oz marinara sauce or try Mama’s Secret Spaghetti Sauce
  • 2 c. mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 c. parmesan, shredded

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350

Grease a 9×13 casserole dish.

Cook and drain pasta according to directions, leave the pasta in the colander for a moment.

In the pan from the pasta combine sauces and mozzarella cheese. stir until mixed.

Mix in the pasta and place into the greased casserole.

Bake 20-25 minutes until bubbly

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake another 5 minutes.

serves 6-8

 

Crockpot Tortellini Soup

This is a fairly new recipe that we have added to our rotating menu plan. My DD17 made this one day when I was out of town and it turned out beautifully even though she didn’t add the sausage.

I believe I had seen this posted on a FB page and jotted down the ingredients on a scrap piece of paper.

Crockpot Tortellini Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of cheese tortellini
  • 1 bag of fresh spinach, i think frozen would work in this too
  • 2 cans of italian-style diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 block cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 1 lb. of ground sausage, cooked and broken into small pieces
  • 4 c. of chicken broth

Directions:

Put all ingredients in crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Uncover, stir, and cook for 1 more hour. It’s that easy! The kids ate it with buttered bread.

Goulash

This meal looks amazing and smells so good when it is cooking. Sometimes I will add a little leftover spaghetti sauce to it too, if I happen to have some sitting in the fridge.

1 lb. hamburger (can use other ground meats, if desired)
1 medium onion, chopped
1/3 cup bell pepper, chopped (use whatever kind you hav)
2 cups uncooked elbow noodles
1- 15 oz. can of stewed tomatoes
1- 15 oz. can tomato sauce
5 cups of water
1 T. sugar
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 t. salt
1 t. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper
dash of hot sauce, optional
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded

Brown meat with the onion and the bell pepper. Add the everything else except the hot sauce and cheeses. Bring to a boil then set on low. Cover and simmer, about 15-20 minutes, until the macaroni is tender and most of the water is absorbed. Be sure to stir occasionally to keep the noodles from sticking. Add more water if it seems too dry or leave the lid off to get rid of excess water.
Sprinkle with cheeses before serving.

Pasta

Below are some links for our favorite pasta dishes.

45 minute spaghetti sauce (family favorite)

Briarpatch Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Crockpot Tortellini Soup

Gorgonzola Pasta w/Mushrooms

Goulash

Pizza Mac N Cheese

Red & White Pasta

Spaghetti

Spicy Chicken and Bowties

Spicy Chicken Breast Caprese w/pasta

Casseroles

Casseroles are so easy to put together and usually feed a crowd. Below are links to some of our favorites.

BBQ Chicken and Pasta Bake

Briarpatch Casserole

Cheesy Chicken and Potatoes Casserole

Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas

Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Divine Casserole

Chicken Mexicana

Chicken Pot Pie

Chili Dog Casserole

Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole

Easy Burrito Casserole

Easy Chicken Casserole

Easy Pork Chops w/Rice

Eggplant Parmesan

Hamburger Casserole (Serve with a salad and buttered bread)

Impossibly Easy Pizza Bake

Meatball Sandwich Casserole

Another version of meatball sandwich casserole

Mom’s Oven Stew

Pizza Mac N Cheese

Popover Pizza

Poppy Seed Chicken

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

Red & White Pasta

Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet

Tater Tot Casserole

Hamburger Casserole

Hamburger Casserole

Ingredients
1 lb box Barilla medium shells
1 lb ground hamburger, cooked with garlic, onion, salt and pepper to taste
2 cans Campbell’s tomato soup
1 cup Kraft cheddar cheese
1 cup Kraft mozzarella cheese
Instructions
Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain.
After browning hamburger, add 2 cans tomato soup to the frying pan (with the hamburger).
Add ½ can water.
Stir and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.
Pour noodles in a greased 9×13 baking dish.
Pour hamburger mixture over noodles and stir.
Sprinkle cheese over casserole and cover with foil.
Bake in a 375* oven for 20 minutes.
Remove foil and bake for 10 minutes longer.

Can bake under broiler for 3-5 minutes to brown cheese, if desired.