Monthly Archives: June 2017

Penne Marinara Casserole with Brown Sugar Bourbon Smoked Sausage

Ever find yourself without a plan for dinner? I’m a planner, it’s what I do. I have to have a plan for just about everything and that includes dinner. Sometimes though, plans fall through, or I forgot a minor detail that turns out to be a huge big deal! This is how this Penne Marinara Casserole with Brown Sugar Bourbon Smoked Sausage was born. My plan for dinner fell through because of a few forgotten ingredients and so I found myself at the last minute digging into my freezer and cabinets saying to myself “Now what?!” Since I live way out in the countryside, just jumping in the car and going to the store for forgotten items just isn’t all that feasible, or appealing. 😂

This turned out to be great though! It wasn’t a disaster at all. My kids gobbled this casserole up, and I gotta say, I enjoyed it too. You can use any variety of sausages in this casserole, but the Brown Sugar Bourbon Smoked Sausage is what I had on hand. I really liked the subtle sweetness it gave the dish. It’s not overpowering at all, just a background sweetness. You’ve just got to try it! Here’s how to make it! It’s easy peasy!

First you want to get your water going for your pasta, and cook your pasta according to the directions on the package. Just until al dente (cooked, but firm to the bite). While that’s doing it’s thing, you can brown up your ground beef (or turkey if you prefer) along with your onion and garlic. Once the beef is cooked, then just slice your sausages into coins, like above. Toss that in the skillet with the beef.

Toss your pasta sauce and seasonings in along with your sausage and stir it up to combine. Then just let it simmer and heat through while your pasta finishes cooking. Once the pasta is done, drain it and return it to the pot.

Take your meat mixture, and dump that in with your pasta and give it a good stir.

Transfer the pasta to your prepared casserole dish, and top with the cheeses. It is now ready for the oven!

Pop that in a 350 degree oven, and in about 10-15 minutes (or until the cheese is melted and the casserole is heated through) you have a delicious dinner.

Full of two different kinds of meat and cheesy goodness, what more do you need?! Perhaps a fresh, crisp green salad to go along side it wouldn’t hurt. 😉

 

 

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Penne Marinara Casserole with Brown Sugar Bourbon Smoked Sausage Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 2 1/2 – 3 quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions, until al dente.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef with onion and garlic until beef is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.
  4. Slice sausages into coins, and add to the skillet along with pasta sauce and seasonings. Stir to combine, and let simmer to heat through while pasta finishes cooking.
  5. When pasta is cooked, drain thoroughly and return to pot.
  6. Stir meat mixture into pasta and transfer to prepared baking dish.
  7. Top with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  8. Bake for 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until cheese melts and heated through.
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Wine Pairing Wednesday – Tailslide Pinot Noir

It’s no secret that I enjoy a good Pinot Noir. You may not believe this, but I used to have a total aversion to red wine of any kind. I used to think it was so bitter, and just not pleasant. I liked the sweetness and mild flavors of a good white or a blush. Never a red! That was until I decided to try a Pinot Noir at the urging of a waiter at a very nice restaurant. I asked him what he recommended to go with my red meat entrée. When he recommended the Pinot Noir, I explained to him that I am not a fan of red wine. So he brought me a sample, and that’s the end of that story.

These days I do try new reds, and I do like a lot of them. Nothing beats a good Pinot Noir though. It’s my favorite. It has a nice balance between not too bitter, and not too sweet. Perfectly balanced. This is exactly why it’s my favorite wine hands down. There is a such thing as a bad Pinot Noir though. It all depends on what vineyard it came from.

The Pinot Noir I bring you today is not one of those bad ones. Oh heaven’s no! I wouldn’t bring you a wine I didn’t like. Tailslide has produced a beautiful Pinot Noir. Tailslide is a California wine. Folks, I can’t say this enough, but in my opinion, the best wines in the United States tend to come from the West Coast. Maybe I’m biased because I originated from Washington state, I’m not sure. It’s possible!

Once you pop the cork on a bottle of this wine, you can immediately pick up on the inviting aromas of mixed berry and cherry blossoms. Pour a glass, and you can see it has rich, beautiful ruby red color. And  yes, that’s my Owen Valley Winery glass. This however is not an Owen Valley Winery wine. I’ll be introducing them at a later time. It just happens to be one of my favorite wine glasses. 😂 This, like other Pinot Noir I’ve tried and loved, is dry yet fruity. Very silky and smooth. It has exactly the perfect balance.

According to some looking around Google, this particular wine pairs well with Meatloaf and Lasagna. Pretty laid back stuff! In fact, it even has a lovely laid back price. You can find this wine from anywhere between 6.99 – 8.99 a bottle. I got mine at Aldi for 6.99. It was their red of the month.  This of course doesn’t mean you can’t dress this up and make it special. Pinot Noir to me, is special. I don’t pair it with things like Meatloaf and Lasagna. Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

So what do I pair it with? Well, this particular one, I paired it with a beautifully grilled 28juicy NY strip steak. In fact I have the recipe for you. It’s called Jack’s Ultimate Steak Marinade. Thanks again to Stephanie over at Plain Chicken for yet another incredible recipe. Now, before you go rushing over to get the recipe, I made some very minor changes.

For the red wine called for in the recipe, I did NOT use the Pinot Noir I am featuring here. I used the Cabernet Sauvignon from a box I told you all about a few Wine Wednesdays ago. Stephanie’s recipe also calls for Prime Beef Fillets, which I bet was incredibly amazing! I used Ribeye for my hubby and kids because that’s their favorite cut, and I used NY Strip for myself. That’s all I changed! This marinade is truly incredible, and pairs perfectly with Tailslide Pinot Noir.

Unfortunately I do not have any photos of my beautiful steaks, because for whatever reason they came out all blury! I was sad. But it’s ok because Steph takes better photos anyway. I hope you all enjoy Jack’s Ultimate Steak Marinade and have a chance to pair it with Tailslide Pinot Noir!

***I am in no way being compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.***


Mashed Potato Hot Dish

This casserole is the perfect dish to serve your family on busy weekdays. You probably have all of the ingredients already in your pantry. This dish has a lot going on for it. It’s budget friendly for one, it’s easy to put together, and it tastes fantastic! All you need to round it out is a simple salad to serve on the side. Easy Peasy! Oh, and one other thing I love about this recipe, it’s topped with my favorite mashed potatoes. I make double the mashed potatoes for what I actually need in this recipe, so there are leftovers that I can serve as a side dish the next day. I mean, if I already have to make them, I might as well double up. That makes for an easy dinner the next day, since I don’t have to worry about a side. The potatoes go with anything, meatloaf, chicken, steak, pork chops. Oh I can name a million things that go with mashed potatoes, and trust me, after you taste these, you’re going to want more.

So lets get cooking!

There’s nothing to it really.  You’re just gonna take your ground beef, garlic and onion, and toss that in a large pan. Brown  up that hamburger and drain the fat if necessary. Then add your green beans, cream of chicken soup, and salt and pepper. Next layer!

Cheese! Oh yea. You’ve got to have cheese. If you’re worried about the fat content in this recipe, don’t be worried! I’ll let you in on a little secret. I used low fat cream of chicken soup, reduced fat cheese, 1/3 less fat Neufchatel cheese (instead of full fat cream cheese), and light sour cream. No one noticed! Just as I suspected. If you’re worried about the beef, switch it out for ground turkey. It’ll work out just the same and be fabulous, just the same. In fact next time I’m going to use ground turkey. So there go, don’t be scared, now put that cheese layer on. Next layer!

The mashed potato layer. These potatoes are easy to make, and this is also where the cream cheese, sour cream, butter and ranch dressing mix comes into play. But like I said above, you can lighten it up. I did! So spread that deliciousness over the cheese.

No, I’m not kidding. More cheese. That’s your final layer. Now plop that in the oven at 350 and bake it until it’s bubbly and the cheese is melted. About 20-25 minutes, which was the perfect amount of time for me to clean up those pans I used, and toss together a crisp green salad.

Enjoy!


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Mashed Potato Hot Dish Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Place potatoes in a large pot. Cover with water, and bring to a boil. Boil potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until fork tender; drain well.
  2. Return potatoes to large pot and add cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, sour cream and butter. With an electric hand held mixer on low speed, blend ingredients together. Once combined, turn to faster setting and whip potatoes until smooth. Cover and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until no longer pink and onion is soft. Drain if necessary.
  4. Stir in soup, green beans, and salt and pepper to taste
  5. Transfer beef mixture to a greased 2-qt. baking dish. Top with 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese. Top cheese with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle top of potatoes with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.
Recipe Notes

This recipe makes double Mashed potatoes than what you will need for this casserole. I like to make extra and then eat the left over potatoes as a side dish the next day. If you don't wish to do that, then just cut the mashed potato recipe in half.

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Rodeo Steak Sandwiches – #SundaySupper

This recipe I am bringing you today just screams “manly”! Doesn’t it? Rodeo, Steak, Sandwich. All three of those are manly food words. Especially steak. What’s more manly than steak?! This sandwich is sure to make your cowboys hoot & holler in delight. The cowgirls are gonna love it too. This recipe is quite simple, yet absolutely delicious! So round ’em up! It’s time for some grub!

Before we get started, I want to say thank you to our gracious #SundaySupper host Cindy Kerschner of Cindy’s Recipes and Writings. She’s worked hard to make this event possible and I appreciate her time so much.

For this recipe, I chose to use a boneless top round steak, but you can use pretty much any cut of beef you want. Flank Steak, London Broil, maybe even a brisket. But folks, the most important part of choosing your cut of beef, is make sure you grab Certified Angus Beef® brand. Oh man, I can not tell you how delicious and fresh their beef is. Absolutely perfect for this sandwich.

See that? Now that is a beautiful thing. Thank you Certified Angus Beef® brand, for this beautiful product. Lets just admire it for a minute longer…. 😆. I can’t help it, folks. I am totally a carnivorous person. Ok but seriously, this really is a beauty, but folks you gotta season it. As you can see here, it doesn’t come seasoned, so please, be nice to it and give it some seasoning. Grab your Montreal Steak Seasoning, shake that all over front and back, don’t be shy. Then just kinda rub it in. Give the meat a nice massage, they like that 😉. Then take your sea salt, and grind a some over the meat a couple of turns. The steak seasoning and salt are to taste, none of that is measured. I didn’t use a ton of salt, just a little bit. Set that aside, and we’ll start on the sauce.

This sauce, oh my gosh, this sauce!!! It is so crazy good. These sandwiches would not be what they are without this sauce, and it’s only three little ingredients! Can you believe that?! Just take your Mayo, which I use Mayo made with Olive Oil to cut down on some fat but you can use regular, or light. Do not use Miracle Whip because it will change the overall flavor. You don’t want to do that! Ok so take your Mayo, your horseradish mustard (I use the Walmart brand. It’s incredible!), and a bit of Worcestershire sauce and whisk it up in a bowl. Done. That’s it. Sauce is done. Refrigerate until you’re ready for it. It’s time to grill!

These beauties are happy! And so am I because I don’t have to do this part. I have my own personal Grill Master, which by the way, did an excellent job! These came out perfectly Medium-Rare which is how we like it. I should mention that you really only need about a pound or so for 6 sandwiches. We cooked extra and made some amazing nachos with the left overs. Would be great for quesadilla’s too. Or more sandwiches! I can’t get enough of these sandwiches!

So once you’ve grilled these to your desired doneness, you’re going to slice them real thin. Then butter the insides of your sandwich buns, and assemble your sandwiches. Start with Tomato, onion, sliced steak, and cheese. Then broil them for just a couple minutes until the cheese is melted. Spoon the sauce over the cheese, and top with the top half of your bun, and enjoy!

 

 

More Sunday Supper Cowboy Cooking Recipes

Beefed Up Main Dishes

Hearty Sandwiches

Sizzling Sides

Substantial Steaks

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Rodeo Steak Sandwiches Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
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Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
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Instructions
  1. Season steak with steak seasoning and salt. Grill, covered, over medium-hot heat for about 6-10 minutes on each side. Time will vary depending on your cut and thickness of meat. Grill to desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 140°; medium 155°; well-done 165°.). Keep in mind it will continue to cook while it rests. Let it rest for about 5 minutes before slicing thinly.
  2. Spread butter on inside of buns. Place tomatoes, onion, sliced steak and cheese on bottom buns. Broil 5-6 inches from the heat for about 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the sauce ingredients together; spoon over cheese and replace bun top, and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

You can use almost any cut of beef in this recipe, for instance flank steak, london broil, or even a beef brisket. Use your favorite cut.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

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Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos

Have I mentioned how much of a morning person I am not? I hate mornings. It doesn’t matter how much sleep I got the night before, I just hate mornings. Unless it’s a real special occasion, you will not see me get up in the morning, and make breakfast. I’m a morning zombie. Doing stuff in the morning, does not happen. However, I still have to provide things for my family to eat. Everyone can operate a microwave all by themselves, so that opens up lots of things for breakfast! Like these incredibly delicious breakfast burritos. These are perfect for make-ahead. They’re also perfect to make for dinner! I’m a huge huge huge fan of breakfast for dinner because like I said, I’m no morning person, but on the other hand I LOVE breakfast foods.

So, if you’re like me, and it takes all you’ve got just to make coffee in the morning, you’re gonna love this! It’s super easy, and it freezes and reheats well. Perfect to zombie your way to the freezer, snag one, and stuff it in the microwave. Or for your kids to grab for breakfast without waking you up 😂. Or  you can skip the freezing, and do what I love, breakfast for dinner! Here’s all you do…

Brown up your bulk pork sausage in a large skillet until it’s no longer pink and then drain the fat. Dump in your frozen potatoes o’brien, and cook until it’s heated through and soft. Then dump your lightly beaten eggs in and stir and cook until your eggs are set.

Now comes the fun part! Spoon some sausage mixture a little off center of your tortilla, top with some cheese, and roll it up like a burrito. This took me a few tries and a youtube video before I finally got it. So not kidding. I’m not the world’s best burrito roller-er. 😆

Then just plop those babies in a lightly sprayed 13×9 baking dish. Yes, we’re going to bake them just for a few minutes, because trust me, by the time you get them all rolled up, they’ll be cold. We’re just going to heat them up in the oven is all.

Once heated through, serve them with your favorite toppings, and enjoy! If freezing these ahead of time, obviously you don’t need to heat them through in the oven. Just go from rolling them up, to packaging for the freezer.

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Recipe By Christine Titus
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican
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Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink and then drain off any fat. Add the potatoes with onions and peppers and cook and stir for 6-8 minutes or until tender and heated through. Add eggs and cook and stir until set. Stir in salt & pepper to taste.
  2. Spoon filling off center on each tortilla, sprinkle with cheese and fold sides and ends over filling and roll up burrito style. Place your burritos in a lightly sprayed 13x9 baking dish. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes, just until heated through and warm. We're not trying to crisp them up or turn them brown. We just want to serve them warm. Serve with whatever toppings you desire.
  3. To freeze and reheat burritos: Prepare burritos as directed up to oven heating. Skip the oven and wrap each burrito tightly in plastic wrap, then place in a zip top freezer bag. Freeze up to 3 months. To use, remove from zip top bag, and remove plastic wrap. Place one burrito on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave on high for 60-90 seconds or until heated through.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Simple & Refreshing Fruit Salad

Well hello there folks! I gotta tell ya, this last week has been one to test my patience. So, like everyone I’m sure has done at least once in their life, I had all of my future blog content stored all in one place! Easier to find if it’s in one place right? Yea well, do yourselves a favor right now, just stop reading and take a minute, go back up all of your important files! No really, go ahead. I’ll wait…….

You’ll thank me later. See, what I did, was I accidentally deleted ALL of my future blog posts. All the pictures, and wonderful things I wanted to bring to you all, GONE in an instant! However, good news, I have pretty much recovered, and can start bringing you new yummies!! I mean, I’m still sad over losing all of that work, but hey… I bounced back, and I am here with a stupid easy fruit salad. It’s actually embarrassing to even call it a recipe, because, seriously…. You’ll see 😂.

I believe the point I’m trying to make with this salad, is that not all fruit salads need a dressing. These fruits come together so well, and tastes so refreshing with just their natural flavors. This is so simple and so versatile that you could throw this together at the last minute with little effort. Use your favorite fruits, add more fruits to it, make it what you want it to be.

As you can see here, I chose strawberries, mandarin oranges, and blueberries. These were the fruits I had on hand and this is often how I make this salad. I have used fresh mandarin oranges instead of the canned, but this particular time I used canned. Either one works just as well as the other. If you choose to throw in bananas, make sure you do that right before serving so they don’t get all brown and mushy.

It’s the perfect summer side dish to have with breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s perfect for a potluck or cookout, and even as a snack. I hope you enjoy the simplicity of this delicious, refreshing salad as much as I do!

 

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Simple & Refreshing Fruit Salad Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Salads
Cuisine American
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Course Salads
Cuisine American
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Instructions
  1. In a bowl, toss together strawberries, mandarin oranges, marshmallows and blueberries.
  2. Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

This recipe is very versatile. Add your favorite fruits and berries, like blackberries, raspberries, bananas, pineapple, the list is endless!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bars

I always mean well when I buy bananas. Either I have a smoothie in mind, or I want to add it to a fruit salad, or whatever the case. I have good intentions, but sometimes I don’t get around to it before I realize they’re a bit too ripe for those things now. So I fall back to plan B, which is I use them to bake with. After all, the banana gives off most of its flavor when it’s ripe. My plan B usually means the same ol’ banana bread or muffins. I really didn’t want to repeat that again. I wanted something different, and something I could proudly share with my friends. And where do I go for inspiration?! Pinterest!

And look what I found! Ok, it wasn’t this exact picture, cause these pictures are my own. But what I did find, was this beautiful recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bars. The recipe is not my own, in fact it comes from one of my favorite blogs Butter with a Side of Bread.

Just look how delicious and moist those are! The recipe calls for 5 ripe bananas, however I only had 4. That didn’t seem to matter a single bit. Also, mine are a bit thicker because I used a 13×9 baking dish, in which case I had to bake it just a smidge longer than the recipe said. I baked it for about 30 minutes. Just use the ol’ toothpick tester trick. Jessica over at Butter with a Side of Bread is so talented, you really should check it out, and while you’re there, grab this recipe! Everyone should have this in their lives!

I’ve got them all packed up and ready to go to share with my gal pals while we sit a cold drink and watch the kids swim in our favorite swimming hole. Now go grab this recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Bars. You won’t regret it!

Enjoy!

 


Simple Ravioli Casserole

Happy Friday everyone!

I don’t know about you guys, but my whole week was full of frustration and technical difficulties, so I’m really really happy it’s Friday. Have you ever heard that song from Brad Paisley called Crushin’ It? Yea, that’s my theme song currently! LOL!

So enough with things being difficult! Lets do something simple! I love simple. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m all about simplicity. Keeping things simple, means you don’t have to rush. It means more time with those you love, less stress, and maybe even make space to relax with your feet up while enjoying your favorite wine. So lets keep it simple.

We’ll start with this Simple Ravioli Casserole.  All you need to round out this delicious dish, is a nice crisp green salad, and some crunchy garlic bread. In fact, that’s what I did. I tossed together a quick Caesar salad and baked up some of that garlic Texas toast you find in the freezer section at the store. Talk about simple eh?

First of all, you want to take that frozen ravioli and cook it in a big pot. Which takes almost no time. I mean, seriously. Takes longer to boil the water than to cook these suckers.

Now, spread a little bit of your pasta sauce on the bottom of your 13×9 dish.

Then we simply start layering. Start with half of your ravioli.

Then the rest of the pasta sauce from the first jar, and then sprinkle with some Italian seasoning. Just sprinkle to your own taste.

Spread on the cottage cheese. Oh yea, did I mention that this dish is loaded with cheese? You got the cheese filled ravioli, the cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese and some Parmesan cheese. Cheese cheese everywhere cheese!!! YUM!

Here comes more cheese. Put some of your mozzarella on, and then some of your Parmesan. Now… are you ready for this? Repeat the layers one more time. The rest of your ravioli, all of the pasta sauce from jar #2, Italian seasoning, cottage cheese, mozzarella and Parmesan. Now you’re ready for the oven!

Isn’t she a beauty?! Just about half hour in the oven, uncovered, at 350 and there she is! Let her rest for about 5-10 minutes while you toss together a salad and warm up some bread.

I hope you all enjoy and have a marvelous weekend!

 

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Simple Ravioli Casserole Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
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Instructions
  1. Spread 1/2 cup of pasta sauce in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. Layer half of the ravioli on top of the pasta sauce. Then spread remainder of first jar of pasta sauce evenly over the ravioli. Sprinkle pasta sauce with Italian seasoning, to taste. Next spread 1 cup cottage cheese, and 2 cups mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle 1/4 cup Parmesan over mozzarella.
  3. Repeat the layers 1 more time. Ravioli, all of pasta sauce from jar #2, Italian Seasoning, cottage cheese, mozzarella and Parmesan.
  4. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  5. Yield: 8
Recipe Notes
  • This dish makes a lot and is perfect for potlucks or big families. You can also split it up between two smaller casseroles to bake one now, and freeze the other. To freeze, just assembled casserole up to baking. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and then add a layer of heavy duty aluminum foil. Mark and date it, and freeze. When you're ready to eat it, thaw in the fridge, bake as directed.
  • This also reheats really well for lunches the next day.

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Meatless Chili Pasta Bake

Hello everyone!

It’s a beautiful Tuesday afternoon here in my little corner of the world in the southern half of Indiana. A bit humid though. I love the sunshine, but the humidity I can do without. I am very grateful for my air conditioning. My kids, however, are enjoying playing in the sprinkler. When they are done, they like to towel off and dry in the sun while eating a Fun Pop. Once spring hits, I always make sure I have a package of those in the freezer.

Enough about my day, lets talk about menu planning for just a minute. Do any of you menu plan? I always work out a menu plan before I make my shopping list, and I work by the week. I also only do dinners. I don’t plan breakfast and lunch. Each individual is on their own for that one. I always have everyone’s favorite things on hand though, so it’s easy for them to find breakfast and lunch.

Do any of you do themed menu planning? I absolutely love doing my planning that way, because I get so bored doing it. I mean lets face it, menu planning and grocery shopping are not really the most enjoyable thing to do. They are tasks and they must be done. But why not have fun with it? If I start getting bored I just change up my theme. I do have some constants though that always seem to make it into the plan somewhere. One of those is a meatless night.

I have discovered that lots of people do “Meatless Monday”. My meatless meal may not fall on a Monday, but it’s the same concept. I’ve also discovered that having at least one meatless meal a week, will save money in groceries. One last thing I’ve noticed, when I make a meatless dish, no one seems to notice or even miss it. How cool is that?!

So that’s what I have for you today, a meatless dish that you’re going to want to add to your menu to try. It’s incredibly budget friendly, and so yummy! My son wolfed it down, and then the kids polished off what was left of it the next day for lunch. I served it alongside some corn bread and a tossed crisp green salad. Easy, quick, cheap, and yummy! What could be better?! Let me show you how easy this is…

First you’re going to cook the pasta according to the package directions. Then drain it, and add it back to the pot. Then mix in your chili, salsa and corn.

Transfer that to a 13×9 casserole dish.

Now sprinkle on the cheese.

All that’s left is to pop it in a 400 degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until it’s bubbly and the cheese is melted.

I hope you and your family enjoy this delicious dish together! We sure did!

A few of my favorite things in this recipe:

  • Pyrex glass 13×9 baking dish – Mine’s blue, and also probably older, but these Pyrex dishes are perfect for just about anything. They don’t absorb food smells or stains, they are dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave & oven safe, and the lid makes taking a dish to a potluck a lot easier!
  • Oxo Good Grips nylon spoon – These are safe for non-stick cookware and also heat resistant up to 400 degrees.
  • Paula Deen cookware – I absolutely love my cookware set. I have had these for quite awhile and still don’t need to replace them. They are very reasonably priced for great cookware.


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Meatless Chili Pasta Bake Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Return pasta to pot and add in the chili, salsa and corn. Mix well to combine.
  3. Transfer to a greased 13x9 baking dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Baked Bagel Sandwiches

Woah! Slow down! You in a hurry? Well you still have to eat, and if you’re like me, you have to feed your family too. Don’t panic, because I’ve got just the thing! It’s easy, quick, delicious, and best of all, they can be made to each individual’s tastes. I have picky eaters in this house, so finding something everyone  loves is a challenge. There’s always that one person, know what I mean? These also work well for lunches.

Let me introduce you to my version of Baked Bagel Sandwiches. Like I said, these would make an excellent lunch, but I served them for a quick dinner. All you’d need is a quick tossed salad, or maybe some french fries to serve along side it and wham bam! You’ve got yourself a dinner! And because it calls for meats and cheeses you like, everyone ends up happy!

Shh… you hear that? That’s the sound of no one fussing! Doesn’t get better than that! So lets build these right quick. Here we go!

Now, I know my family and I love bold flavors, so I chose the onion bagels. You can use whatever kind of bagel suits you. Although I wouldn’t use any of the sweet variety, that might be a little odd. 😂

So split your bagels and place the bottoms in a 13×9 baking dish. Then add 1 slice of cheese, pile on however much meat you want, then the 2nd slice of cheese, and your bagel tops.

Now take your small bowl an melt your butter in the microwave. Once it’s melted, stir in the horseradish mustard with a fork just to combine it. Now you’re gonna drizzle that over the tops of your bagel sandwiches, cover the dish with aluminum foil, and bake them for about 20-30 minutes. We just want to warm them through and melt that cheese.

That’s it! That’s all there is to it! Now you’re ready to enjoy!

 

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Baked Bagel Sandwiches Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Split the bagels and place bottom halves in a 13x9 baking dish.
  3. Layer a slice of cheese on each bottom half, then pile on your meat or combination of meats, then second slice of cheese and finally the bagel tops.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter and horseradish mustard. Drizzle over bagel tops.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20-30 minutes until warm throughout and the cheese is melted.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Thomas Bagels

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