Baked Chicken Parmesan

The husband requested a pasta dish for dinner and Chicken Parm with spaghetti sounded perfect! It’s a great weeknight meal, but the deep fried nature of the dish can be a bit unhealthy. We wanted a lighter option for dinners and this delivered! 3 large Chicken Breasts 2 cups Flour 2 cups Panko Breadcrumbs 1Continue reading “Baked Chicken Parmesan”

Bacon & Spinach Stuffed Shells

This really hit the spot tonight! The addition of bacon was spot on and added a little smokiness to the filling (along with the smoked paprika). I’m going to be making these with Italian sausage next time and I’m really excited!  6 oz. Jumbo Shells (about 20 shells) 24 oz. Marinara Sauce  1 ½ cupsContinue reading “Bacon & Spinach Stuffed Shells”

Herb Chicken & Bacon Mushroom Gravy

I’m getting better about cooking meals for just 2 people instead of an army. Chicken with mushroom gravy sounded really good and I had everything I needed in my kitchen. I love when that happens! You can add more herbs to the gravy if you’d like to amp up the flavor.  Chicken: 2 Large ChickenContinue reading “Herb Chicken & Bacon Mushroom Gravy”

Fried Ravioli with Pesto Alfredo

I found some ravioli in the bottom of my freezer and thought I’d give fried Ravioli a go. I made a Pesto Alfredo to go with them and it ended up being a match made in heaven! You can use frozen or fresh ravioli and it works great! Ravioli: 1 lb Frozen Ravioli; defrosted 1Continue reading “Fried Ravioli with Pesto Alfredo”

Sausage & Pepper Bake

I think Sunday’s may be my “clean out the fridge” day. Sausage and Peppers…ish. I had some zucchini, cherry tomatoes and other odds and ends that needed using up, so in they went! I also made a light salad to go with it.   1 lb Italian Sausage Links 2 cup Bell Pepper; sliced 2Continue reading “Sausage & Pepper Bake”

Supreme Pizza Zucchini Boats

Pizza cravings are the worst! My sister-in-law and I are trying a lighter approach, so I made Supreme Pizza Zucchini Boats! Turkey sausage, bell pepper, pepperoni and other deliciousness. So! Freaking! Good! Plus, they took around 30 minutes to make! 3 large Zucchini; halved & cored ¼ lb Pepperoni; divided ¼ lb Italian Turkey SausageContinue reading “Supreme Pizza Zucchini Boats”

Rigatoni Ricotta Bolognese

It’s Taco Tuesday, so naturally I made pasta. I was craving something bright and acidic, so Rigatoni Ricotta Bolognese it is. Can you really go wrong with pasta, though? Ricotta Bolognese is one of my favorite Italian sauces. It’s hearty, rich and warms you to straight to your core. 1 lb Ground Beef ½ cupContinue reading “Rigatoni Ricotta Bolognese”

Baked Pesto Chicken Pie

Pesto sounded so good tonight! I’m looking after my folks’ farm while they’re on vacation and they don’t have any mozzarella, so I improvised and used gournay cheese and parmesan. It turned out so delicious and creamy. 2 large Chicken Breasts; cubed ½ cup Onion; minced 2 cloves Garlic; minced Salt and Pepper to taste 3Continue reading “Baked Pesto Chicken Pie”

Italian Venison Sausage Soup

Still sticking with lighter dishes to lose a few pounds, so carbs are at a minimum. I love cooking with game meat. Venison especially is really lean and delicious. It wasn’t gamey and went perfectly in this soup. Plus, it comes together so quick that it makes a great weeknight dinner. It’s packed with flavorContinue reading “Italian Venison Sausage Soup”

Smoked Tuscan Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Day 15 of my 8 week #PantryChallenge Smoked Tuscan Chicken Pasta made with powdered milk and garlic bread made from the heels of a Italian loaf I had in my freezer. I made a lot so I could stash a couple of portions in my freezer. It freezes really well and it tastes just asContinue reading “Smoked Tuscan Chicken Alfredo Pasta”