Midnight Manicotti

I couldn’t sleep and had a hankering to cook! I’ll call it Midnight Manicotti! I normally make my marinara from scratch, but the empty jar of Prego sitting in my fridge makes me think that’s not the case this go ‘round. 1 package Manicotti Pasta 2 cups Marinara Sauce 1 cup Parmesan Cheese — Filling:Continue reading “Midnight Manicotti”

Homemade Hamburger Helper

I had a weird craving for Hamburger Helper! It takes just as long to make as the boxed variety and it’s so much fresher! The veggies really make this dish and you can chop them up very finely if you have finicky kids. They’ll never know! 1 lb Ground Beef ½ cup Onion; finely choppedContinue reading “Homemade Hamburger Helper”

Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein

I made this for years using expensive Chinese Chow Mein noodles. $4 for 6 oz seemed a bit steep. Especially because I make it every other week. I decided to use thin spaghetti one night and never looked back. $1 for 16 oz? Yes, please! So while it might not be 100% authentic, it isContinue reading “Copycat Panda Express Chow Mein”

Swedish Meatballs

So today I decided to make something that I’ve always wondered about. Swedish Meatballs! I looked up numerous recipes and pulled from each what I thought would suit my preferences. It’s definitely not 100% authentic, but it was darn good! I was pleasantly surprised at how well the spices paired with the creamy, tangy sauceContinue reading “Swedish Meatballs”

Leftover Spaghetti Bake

Cooking for one everyday means I have a LOT of leftovers. This means I have to get a little creative on leftover night. This one box of spaghetti made 3 dishes. I was out of Ricotta, but Mozzarella was a nice substitute! 4 cups cooked Spaghetti 1 Tablespoon olive oil 1 ½ cups Bolognese SauceContinue reading “Leftover Spaghetti Bake”

Italian Breaded Chicken Cutlets

I love chicken cutlets! Deliciously crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside; they can’t be beat. They go especially well with steamed vegetables and creamy Fettuccine Alfredo. They fry up so fast that you can prep them the night before and have dinner on the table in 20 minutes! 3 large Chicken BreastsContinue reading “Italian Breaded Chicken Cutlets”

Creamy Baked Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese with bacon? Yes, please! It went brilliantly with the slow smoked Dry Rubbed Ribs, Creamy Corn & Potato Bake and fried cabbage! It’s dinner time! 3 cups Elbow Pasta ½ cup Butter ½ cup Flour 2 cups Whole Milk 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder 1 Tablespoon Italian Herbs 1 cup Sharp Cheddar 1Continue reading “Creamy Baked Macaroni & Cheese”

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is one of my favorite Italian dishes! The tang of the tomatoes, the herbaceous seasonings and the richness of the beef and sausage. So amazing! And all that delicious Parmesan! Served with steamed broccoli; it can’t be beat! Sauce: 1 ½ lbs lean Ground Beef 1 lb mild Italian Sausage 1 oz BaconContinue reading “Spaghetti Bolognese”

Air Fryer Bacon & 5 Cheese Macaroni

I made Air Fryer Mac and Cheese to go with my Smoked Pot Roast. Wow did it come out brilliantly, showing just how versatile this amazing countertop appliance can be. It’s brilliant for the summer months when your oven makes the kitchen unbearably hot. 1 ½ cups Elbow Pasta 2 Tablespoons Bacon Grease 1 cloveContinue reading “Air Fryer Bacon & 5 Cheese Macaroni”

White Wine Steamed Mussels

The mussels were a major hit! I’m definitely going to make it again. The seafood broth has so many delicious uses and this is one of my favorites. Seafood Broth: 4 cups Water 3 cloves Garlic; crushed 1 cup Onion; quartered 2 pounds Seafood “leftovers” (shrimp & crab shells, fish heads, skins & bones) 2Continue reading “White Wine Steamed Mussels”