Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Chicken broccoli cheese bake

I saw a similar recipe on a Pillsbury website but I didn’t have the items that their recipe called for so I made it my way.

It was very good and easy.

1 large boneless chicken breast cubed
2 cups whole milk
4 oz. mild cheddar cheese shredded 
2T butter
2T flour
1cup cooked broccoli 
4 large refrigerated biscuits cut into cubes

Sauté chicken in a small amount of oil (set aside)

I’m a medium size pot melt butter, add flour stirring constantly.  Whisk milk into butter flour mix over medium low heat. Add shredded cheddar cheese and continue to whisk until mixture starts to thicken. Add cooked chicken and broccoli.

Spray a medium size casserole with cooking spray..  Place cut biscuits in dish laying on bottom of dish.

Slowly pour chicken cheese broccoli carefully over biscuits.

Bake 350 degrees 20 to 30 minutes.


Monday, January 18, 2021

Campanelle, ricotta casserole

1 lb. Campanelle  or ziti pasta 
1 lb. Whole milk Ricotta 
5 or more cheese blend 
2 quarts meat sauce

Instead of using traditional penne pasta for this casserole I decided to change it up and add some interest to today’s  casserole. This type pasta reminds me of a seashell with deep indenting to allow the sauce to seep in.  We found it to be a nice twist to a basic penne pasta.

While pasta is cooking heat your meat sauce.

I cooked this pasta according to directions and drained well.

In the pot the pasta was cooked add half of sauce and the ricotta mixing to combine.  Add drained pasta.

In a large casserole dish spoon a few tablespoons of the sauce. Add mixed pasta and top with remainder of sauce and cheese.

Bake 350 degrees uncovered 20 to 30 minutes until cheese melts.

Don’t over bake or it will dry the top cover of your pasta.

I baked mine 20 minutes.



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Alfredo topped shrimp marinara

Hello to a New year and new recipes.

Today I decided to add some interest to my shrimp marinara and it proved to be a delicious addition.

Easy to make and using my favorite marinara jar sauce while making my quick homemade Alfredo sauce to add some added flavor.  It was a success!  We totally enjoyed it and I think you will too!

I Victoria’s jar Marinara sauce
**Homemade Alfredo sauce *** you can use jar Alfredo sauce 
3/4 lb. cleaned and deveined medium shrimp thawed (tails removed)
4T Butter
Extra virgin Olive oil
1clove minced garlic 
1lb. Penne pasta cooked according to directions
Pecorino Romano cheese or Parmesan cheese
Dried parsley 

Cook pasta according to directions while shrimp are sautéing and drain pasta well.

Lightly sauté shrimp in butter, garlic and olive oil.

Add marinara sauce to sautéed shrimp and heat on low until sauce had warmed.

**Make Alfredo sauce
4 T butter melted 
I cup heavy cream
1/3 or more cup Pecorino Romano cheese

Melt butter on low heat .  Slowly add heavy cream stirring until it starts to thicken slightly.  Add Romano cheese.  

Toss penne with half of  shrimp and marinara sauce.  Place in platter or bowl .  Add remaining marinara and using a large spoon drizzle Alfredo sauce generously over pasta.

A side salad compliments this wonderful dinner!

Happy Cooking!!

From my kitchen to yours,

Monday, January 11, 2021

Stuffed Pepper Loaf!

Remember this recipe?  If you haven't tried this easy meatloaf today might be the day :).  If you like the taste of peppers this meatloaf is really good and we loved the leftovers.

All this recipe requires is a few easy ingredients and you'll have a delicious meal to serve.  I put my thinking cap on and as I promised I'm bringing a new loaf to our table and hopefully yours too! Stuffed Pepper Loaf! 

I'm hoping you'll enjoy this new idea and I'll be doing a few more of these  EASY ONE PAN MEALS to help you spend less time in your kitchen but still bring good healthy meals to your family.  Enjoy!  Just add a salad and some fresh bread and you are going to make your family happy.

February 11,2014 first posted
Happy Cooking!

Today I started the day by going to the grocery store and buying some good quality ground beef and pork.

Let's see what I can make from that start.

1 lb. approximately beef and pork ground
1 medium onion chopped
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
1/2 cup orange pepper diced
1/2 cup green pepper diced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 egg slightly beaten
 1 -15 oz. Hunts sauce reserving 2 tablespoons sauce for to mix in with ingredients.

Mix ingredients..shape into loaf ..Spray loaf pan with cooking spray. Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour or more.. Take out of oven top with remainder of sauce and bake another 1/2 hour more. Note:  Times are approximate.  Test your loaf to make sure the juices are clear.

Easy to make and you can put it together the evening before, wrap it in plastic wrap and it's ready to bake when you get home from work!



Monday, January 4, 2021

Sausage and roasted red pepper rolls

1 lb. hot or sweet bulk sausage 
Dice several roasted red peppers( Pat to dry)
Mozzarella cheese cut into small slices.
Pizza dough

Sauté sausage until slightly browned and no visible  raw meat. Drain any grease. Add diced/chopped peppers and stir until warmed.

Drain meat of any excess grease.

Cut pizza dough in pieces.  I bought 2 large pizza size dough from our favorite pizza place. (I was able to make 16 small to medium rolls).

Using a rolling pin stretch dough to desired size .

Place about 2 tsp. of sausage mix on center of with small slice of cheese.

Prepare cookie sheets.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake rolls for approximately 30 minutes.

Tuck sides of dough first watching not to get any juice on dough.
Roll like a jelly roll into sandwich size rolls or hamburger bun size. 

I didn’t fuss about size or shape.  They were delicious!

Spray your cookie sheets with cooking spray.

Space the rolls a good distance apart on cookie sheets making sure to allow for increasing size of rolls.

Note:  if you place them too close they will spread onto other roll.

From my kitchen to yours,