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Broccoli-Sausage Macaroni

It’s supposed to be Fall. Right? I mean, here in Southern Indiana, it really doesn’t feel like Fall. We are in desperate need of rain, and we’re still in the mid to upper 80 degree weather! However, the evenings have become a lot cooler. Down in between 55-60. Beautiful nights for some bonfires, if you ask me. In fact, friends are starting to schedule their Fall bonfire parties. Let the potlucks and fires begin! These get togethers are why I love Fall so much. A big part of it anyway. Another reason I love fall, comforting casseroles like this Broccoli-Sausage Macaroni.

Broccoli-Sausage Macaroni is full of delicious flavor, and creamy cheesy goodness. It’s easy to fix, perfect weeknight meal for busy families. With Fall brings school and all those extra activities that come with that like sports. So having a nice comforting filling dish is greatly needed during this time of year.

What I like to do, is I look at my recipe the night before, and see what I can prep ahead of time. For instance, in this recipe, I need to chop a few things up. I’m not exactly a pro with a knife, so chopping things can take some time. I do all my chopping the night before and store them in Ziplocs, or plastic containers. That way, when I get home and I’m ready to start dinner, the time consuming chopping is already done. Just take it out of the fridge, and toss it in the pan, or mixture, or whatever the recipe says to do with it.

For this recipe, it’s real simple. Cook your elbow macaroni (or any short pasta you prefer) according to the package directions. While that’s cooking, steam  your broccoli. I get the packages of frozen steamable broccoli, and do this in the microwave. No extra dishes, you just do it right in the package and it’s quick. Just be sure you buy the packages that are steamable. Then melt some butter in a pan, and saute the onion, bell pepper and sausage until the veggies are crisp tender. Sprinkle a little flour over that, and cook it just for a minute to get that flour taste out. Gradually add your milk, bring that to a boil and cook and stir for about 2 minutes or until it’s thickened. Cut off the heat and add your cheese and seasonings and stir until the cheese is melted. Drain the macaroni and if necessary, the broccoli. Mix the cheese mixture, broccoli and noodles together.

Transfer this creamy deliciousness to a greased 13×9 glass baking dish. The dish is going to be full. If you’re worried about it spilling over in the oven, just set the dish on a foil lined baking sheet and don’t worry about clean up. It’ll be easy peasy! Sprinkle your breadcrumbs and butter mixture over the top, and bake this at at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.

All that’s left, is to serve this beautiful comforting casserole, and enjoy!

 

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Broccoli-Sausage Macaroni Yum
Recipe by Christine Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Meanwhile, steam broccoli according to package directions.
  2. In a large saucepan, saute the onion, sausage and red pepper in 1 tablespoon butter until vegetables are crisp-tender. Sprinkle with flour; stir until blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  3. Stir in the cheese, parsley, mustard and seasonings until blended. Drain broccoli and macaroni; stir into cheese sauce. Transfer to a greased 13x9 baking dish (dish will be full).
  4. Combine bread crumbs and butter. Sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Taste of Home

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Jake’s Garlic Lemon Chicken

Hello and happy Friday everyone! I am so excited, and not just because it’s Friday! I’m also excited to be sharing with all of you, the most epic, ridiculously delicious chicken recipe. This is one of my favorite main dishes, and it’s not even my recipe. It’s my husband’s! He’s nice enough to let me share this with all of you.

Jake’s Garlic Lemon Chicken, is the first recipe my husband made for me before we were married. He asked me if I liked garlic. Psh.. duh.. I love garlic! In my opinion, there is no such thing as too much garlic. So, he says “You gotta try my chicken!” I was skeptical, but willing. I didn’t even know he could cook, and when he didn’t whip out a recipe to read from, I was even more shocked! The aroma as this chicken baked was just taunting me. I couldn’t wait to try it. I will never forget that first bite. Ooohhhh man… the most juicy, flavorful chicken I have ever eaten in my life! After all of the laughter he brought me (and still does), making me laugh until my sides hurt, and now this chicken, that was it! I knew I had to marry this man! The kids love this recipe too, in fact, for some reason it hadn’t been made in quite awhile, and when Andrea (my 10 year old) asked if we could have this for dinner, I may or may not have squealed in delight. Pretty sure I did, but we’ll keep that between us mkay?

Hubster is not the measuring type of guy. He’s not even a recipe type of guy. He’s a concoct it in his head type of guy, and it just works really really well. If you don’t like a lot of garlic, then don’t use as much garlic. It’s really just one of those kinds of “recipes”. I don’t want to waste any more of your time, because you’re going to need to go make this for your family ASAP. So lets get to it, shall we?

You’ll want to get your 13×9 glass backing dish out, first thing. Then you’re just going to pour some olive oil in the bottom of the dish, just basically coat the bottom. Then you’re going to place your boneless skinless chicken breasts on top of the oil. As you can see here, our chicken breasts were HUGE. So we only used three, because once we cut those in half, this will feed 6. So use as many or as little chicken breasts as you need. Now take a fork, and pierce the top of the chicken breasts several times. The idea here is to let that lemon juice get into the chicken. Now pour some lemon juice over the chicken. Jake estimates that he probably used about a cup of lemon juice. You really can’t over-do the lemon juice, so just eye-ball it. You want it swimming, as shown below. Then, take about 3-4 large garlic cloves per chicken breast (depending on the size of your chicken breasts), and press it right over the top of the chicken. Spread it out a bit, as my husband says “It’s like a blanket of flavor” LOL. Seriously, if you are not a total serious garlic freak, feel free to cut back on the garlic. My whole household are garlic freaks so… yum! Now, once he has blanketed his chicken breasts with garlic, he seasons to taste using Garlic & Wine Seasoning. This is a seasoning sold by The Melting Pot restaurant, and you can order it online, or if you have local restaurant, stop by and grab some. We always have some in our spice cabinet. You can also substitute garlic pepper as well. Now sprinkle some parsley over the top. All that’s left to do is pop it in a 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink, and juices run clear.

All that’s left to do is pop it in a 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink, and juices run clear. I served this up with some green beans and roasted potatoes on the side. We were all in our own little heaven at the dinner table.  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

 

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Jake's Garlic Lemon Chicken Yum
Recipe by John (Jake) Titus
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pour a good amount of olive oil into the bottom of a 13x9 glass baking dish, to coat bottom of pan.
  2. Place chicken in pan, evenly spaced.
  3. Pierce top of chicken several times with a fork.
  4. Evenly pour lemon juice over the chicken. You can't over-do the lemon, you want it kinda swimming in the lemon juice. We used approximately a cup.
  5. Press garlic right on top of chicken breasts, distributing evenly. Season to taste with Garlic & Wine Seasoning and parsley.
  6. Bake in a preheated 435 degree oven for 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
  7. Notes:
  8. Garlic & Wine Seasoning is a seasoning sold by The Melting Pot restaurant, and you can order it online here https://shop.meltingpot.com/collections/seasonings, or if you have local restaurant, stop by and grab some. We always have some in our spice cabinet. You can also substitute garlic pepper as well.
Recipe Notes

Notes: Garlic & Wine Seasoning is a seasoning sold by The Melting Pot restaurant, and you can order it online here https://shop.meltingpot.com/collections/seasonings, or if you have local restaurant, stop by and grab some. We always have some in our spice cabinet. You can also substitute garlic pepper as well.

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