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Casseroles, Main Dishes, Pasta

Easy Beef Noodle Casserole

August 14, 2017
Beef Noodle Casserole

I think grandmothers are magic. Think about it…have you ever pulled an old family recipe out of Grandma’s collection that tasted bad? Never. Their classic and simple recipes are always so comforting and delicious. Like this easy family recipe for Beef Noodle Casserole.

On a recent trip down memory lane, my husband and I were flipping through his grandmother’s recipe box. She called this recipe “Noodle Pleaser”. Simply prepared with tomato sauce, ground beef, cream cheese, and wide egg noodles, there is no doubt as to why it got that name.

I bet just about every family has one of these beef noodle casseroles in their recipe file. Easy, cheesy and comforting. This is the kind of meal I want my kids to come home to.

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best, Chicken, Pasta

Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

July 4, 2017
Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese

Don’t you love how everyone tries to take a recipe and make it buffalo flavored? Yes, me too. Guilty as charged. You know why people do this? Because it is delicious. Take a salad. Make it buffalo chicken. Instantly better. Chips and dip. Add buffalo chicken. Brilliant.  Our recipe for Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese is no different.

A classic dreamy and creamy macaroni and cheese recipe is made even yummier by adding grilled chopped chicken and loads of buffalo hot sauce.

Every macaroni noodle loaded bite is full of chicken and cheesy tangy flavor with just a little bit of heat.

Addictively yummy.


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Essentials, Italian, Pasta

Thick and Chunky Garden Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

June 13, 2017
Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

There are very few things in this culinary world that make me happier than spaghetti. You know what else makes me happy? Coming home to a kitchen smelling like crockpot heaven. This slow simmered Thick and Chunky Garden Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce is just that.

Pasta sauce heaven.

This delicious homemade pasta sauce is full of healthy and colorful vegetables. Fresh summer squash, zucchini, onions, sweet peppers and mushrooms simmer for hours and create a zesty sauce for your favorite pasta.

Plus, we made it super filling with a mixture of sweet Italian sausage and lean ground beef.  Can’t wait to twirl this around on a fork.

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Italian, Pasta, Soups

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

April 10, 2017

Crockpot Lasagna Soup is hearty and flavorful with all of the delicious flavors of your favorite lasagna.

This is one of the very best creations we have made.  Lean beef, stewed tomatoes, fresh zucchini and mushrooms are slow-simmered for hours. We even added broken lasagna noodles at the end. You can’t have lasagna without pasta, now can you?

So throw this crockpot soup recipe together today and enjoy a big bowl of…lasagna!

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30 Minute or Less, Kid Friendly Recipes, One Pan, Pasta

One Pot Broccoli Mac and Cheese

April 3, 2017
One Pot Broccoli Mac and Cheese

Macaroni Mondays. I think that should be a thing. Let’s make it a thing. Monday’s deserve pasta and cheese and easy recipes. Recipes like One Pot Broccoli Mac and Cheese.

Who wants fussy recipes on a Monday? Nobody.

Who wants to do a ton of dishes on Monday? Not me.

Macaroni is the MacGyver of the kitchen. It won’t blow anything up or jump out of a helicopter…but you know what I mean.

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Casseroles, Italian, Main Dishes, Mothers Day, Pasta

Sausage Asparagus Pasta Bake

March 27, 2017
Sausage Asparagus Pasta Bake

There are only five ingredients in this delicious Sausage Asparagus Pasta Bake. Five! Fresh and healthy asparagus paired with sweet Italian sausage is a great combination.

Pick your favorite pasta or use what you have in your pantry. We used whole grain penne pasta for this main dish recipe. (Why? They are the same shape and size as the asparagus.)

All you do is prepare, stir, top with cheese and bake.

Hearty, saucy and yummy!

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30 Minute or Less, Italian, Pasta, Salads

Balsamic Tortellini Pasta Salad

January 24, 2017
Balsamic Tortellini Pasta Salad

If you like pasta salad, you will L-O-V-E love Balsamic Tortellini Pasta Salad.

This fast and easy pasta recipe is full of flavor, and lightly dressed with a classic balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Every bite is a mouthful of different flavors. One forkful is a cheese-stuffed tortellini with a tangy tomato and savory salami. The next bite, fresh cucumber, red onion and roasted red pepper.

This balsamic tortellini salad is an excellent side dish but hearty enough to make a complete meal.

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Beef, Mexican, Pasta

Tex-Mex Macaroni

January 7, 2017
Change up boring weeknight mac n' cheese. Make Tex-Mex Macaroni! An easy and cheesy meal the family will love. A macaroni and cheese fiesta. Yeah, I like it!

Time to change up that boring weeknight mac and cheese and make our Tex-Mex Macaroni! Full of colorful ingredients like Rotel tomatoes, black beans and corn, this is an easy and cheesy meal the whole family will enjoy.

A fiesta in your skillet.

With cheese. A cheese fiesta. Yeah, a macaroni and cheese fiesta. I like it.

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Casseroles, Main Dishes, Pasta

Spicy Cajun Pasta

December 21, 2016
Spicy Cajun Pasta

Big, bold spicy flavor, baby! That’s what this Spicy Cajun Pasta is all about.

This is one of those casserole recipes where the kids are like “Mom, this is spicy!” while they keep shoveling it into their mouths. Yes!

Smoked Cajun style sausage served in spaghetti and colorful peppers and topped with creamy cheese. You’ll go back for seconds, and possibly thirds. BONUS: this makes a large pan, so you will have enough for lunch the next day.

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Italian, Main Dishes, Pasta, Soups

Italian Crockpot Pasta Fagioli

December 12, 2016
Crockpot Pasta Fagioli

My new favorite slow cooker meal is Italian Crockpot Pasta Fagioli. This simple and savory soup is an instant classic dinner recipe.

Featuring the cutest pasta ever and cannellini beans, this set it and forget it soup recipe is filling and delicious. (Yes, I said cute pasta. Ditalini is cute!)

If you are a fan of pasta fagioli, you have to try this. So get the recipe, jot down your shopping list and hop to it. You can thank us later.

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30 Minute or Less, Featured, Holiday, My Favorite Recipes, Pasta, Sides

Pumpkin Pasta

October 30, 2016
Pumpkin Pasta

Do you ever get crazy in your kitchen? You know, when you try to make something different and you aren’t really sure how it will taste? This Pumpkin Pasta is that crazy-kitchen moment for me.

Guys, this recipe is fantastic! Creamy, savory, and pumpkin-y. Seriously, my kids loved it. My husband loved it. To me, getting the family seal of approval is the ultimate compliment. THE big test.

Sure, I cook food all of the time and I think the recipes taste good. (The cook might be too close to the project. The cook may not be very humble.) But do they really taste great?

When you put Pumpkin Pasta on the table, and your family goes back for second (and third) helpings, you know you’ve created a special meal.

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