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Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chunky pasta
  • 1 bundle broccoli rabe, cut into 1″ segments
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 9 ounces mozzarella (cubed or shredded)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black peper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Dash nutmeg

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cook pasta in large pot. 5 minutes before completion, add broccoli rabe. Drain together and set aside in large bowl.
  3. Brown sausage, put in bowl.
  4. In same pan, make bechamel sauce:
    1. Melt butter, add flour and whisk smooth.
    2. Drizzle in milk.
    3. Add salt, garlic, nutmeg, black pepper.
    4. Simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Add sausage and sauce to bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan and mozzarella, mix thoroughly.
  7. Put in 11″x13″ baking dish, top with remaining cheese.
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until edges are bronzed.

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Whipped Potato

  • 4 large russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • Garlic powder (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 4 TBSP butter
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1/2 TSP ground black pepper

Filling

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • Salt (to taste)
  • 1 TSP sugar
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2-3 medium carrots, processed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 TBSP all-purpose flour
  • 1 12 ounce bottle dark beer (Guinness)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 TSP finely minced rosemary leaves
  • Shredded cheddar
  1. Make whipped potato.
  2. Fry bacon in large pan. Transfer via slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.
  4. Sauté onion in bacon fat until soft and beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle in sugar and cook, sitting, until onions begin to carmelize, about 3 minutes.
  6. Stir in the beef and cook until browned.
  7. Add carrots and garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.
  8. Stir in tomato paste and flour and blend completely.
  9. Pour in beer and bring to a boil. Scrape up fond.
  10. Add broth, rosemary, bacon, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  11. Lower heat and simmer uncovered until sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes.
  12. Spoon meat mixture into 2.5 quart casserole dish. Top with potato.
  13. Bake for 35 minutes.
  14. Top with cheddar. Bake for 10 minutes.
  15. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 3/4 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 6 oz cans tomato paste
  • 2 6.5 oz cans tomato sauce
  • .5 cup water
  • 2 tbsp white sugar (optional?)
  • 1.5 tsp tried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • .25 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • .5 tsp salt
  • 1 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Method

  1. In dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned.
  2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, 1 tbsp salt, pepper, and 2 tbsp parsley. Simmer, covered, for 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cook lasagna noodles for 8-10 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water.
  4. Mix ricotta, egg, 2 tbsp parsley, and .5 tsp salt.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F.
  6. In the 9×13″ ceramic baking dish:
    1. Spread 1.5 cups of meat sauce.
    2. Layer 6 noodles.
    3. Spread half the ricotta mixture.
    4. Top with a third of the mozzarella slices.
    5. Spread 1.5 cups of meat sauce.
    6. Sprinkle .25 cup Parmesan cheese.
    7. Repeat layers, top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  7. Cover with release foil.
  8. Bake 25 minutes.
  9. Remove foil, bake 25 additional minutes.
  10. Cool 15 minutes before cutting.

Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken, Bacon, and Tater Tot Bake

INGREDIENTS
  • One 32 ounce bag frozen tater tots
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese or Colby jack cheese blend
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk (whole milk would be fine too)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Once bacon cools, crumble it into small pieces, and set it aside.
  2. Coat the inside of your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Dump half the frozen tater tots into the crock pot, and spread into an even layer. Top tots with 1/3 of the cheese and 1/2 the crumbled bacon.
  4. Place uncooked chicken on top of the tater tot layer. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Top chicken with 1/3 of the cheese.
  5. Spread remaining tater tots over the chicken layer. Top with remaining bacon and cheese. Pour milk over the top of the dish.
  6. Cover your crock pot and cook on HIGH on 3 hours, or until chicken is no longer pink in the center. Serve warm.

Beer Braised Irish Stew and Colcannon

Irish Stew:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 lbs sirloin tips, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle dark beer
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon MSG
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Colcannon:

  • 5 slices bacon
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1/4 cup milk, warmed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon MSG
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until very hot, and brown the meat in 2 batches, stirring to brown the cubes on all sides. Return all the meat to the Dutch oven, sprinkle with flour, and stir lightly to coat the meat with flour. Stir in onion, dark beer, bay leaves, thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, MSG, garlic, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring the mixture to a boil, and cover.
  3. Place the Dutch oven into the preheated oven, and cook for 45 minutes; uncover, stir the stew, and cook until the beef is very tender and the liquid is reduced by half, about 45 more minutes.
  4. Place the bacon in a large, deep skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate. Crumble the bacon and set aside.
  5. In the same pan, fry the cabbage until fragrant. Drain fat and set aside.
  6. About 30 minutes before the stew is ready, make the colcannon: Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.
  7. Place the potatoes into a large bowl, and add milk, butter, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, MSG, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Beat the potatoes with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Stir in the cabbage, crumbled bacon, and parsley until well combined.
  8. To serve, place a scoop of colcannon onto a plate, make a hollow, and fill with braised beef stew.

Skillet Cheeseburger casserole

Ingredients

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 2.5 cups skim milk
  • 1.5 cups hot water
  • 150g elbow macaroni
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • Dash cayenne
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Bacon

Method

  • Brown ground beef and drain.
  • Add pasta, milk, water and spices. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low.
  • Cook 10-12 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
  • Stir in cheese. Serve immediately.

Quick Beef Stroganoff 1

By no means the real thing, but if you’re craving the rough flavor this might get you by.

Ingredients

  • Yellow onion, diced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1-1.5lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1 packet brown gravy mix
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Water, as needed
  • Egg noodles or flat pasta

Method

  1. Brown ground beef. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, start water for pasta and cook per package directions.
  3. Add onion and garlic to beef. Sauté until onion is softened.
  4. Add broth, red wine, cream of mushroom soup, and gravy mix. Stir until mixed. Heat thoroughly.
  5. Add water to adjust consistency as desired.
  6. Remove from heat, stir in sour cream. Serve over pasta.

Taco Pie

Adapted from a truly awful allrecipes.com suggestion (using a sweet breakfast roll as the base!?!), this is a quick alternative to tacos. The primary advantage is in the cleaner eating, but requires more cleanup.

 

Given “quick” is the goal, shredded cheese, prepackaged taco seasoning, and canned jalapenos are used. You can go “gourmet” and shred/mix/chop your own, but nobody is going to notice.

 

2 cups long grain white rice (uncooked)

1 20 oz. package ground turkey

1 package taco seasoning mix (mild)

8 oz light sour cream (optional)

8 oz shredded Mexican cheese blend

Santitas tortilla chips (do not use the snacking preferred Xochitl- they are too thin and will burn/absorb moisture)

1 can dized jalapenos

Toppings (lettuce, tomato, taco sauce, black olives, etc)

 

1. Preheat oven to 350F.

2. Rinse rice thoroughly. Using 1.75 cups of water per cup of rice, steam in rice cooker until done.

3. Begin browning ground turkey. When no longer pink, drain and add jalapenos. Continue until brown. Stir in taco-seasoning mix and 2/3 cup water. Simmer until water is absorbed/evaporated. Set aside.

4. Spray 11×17 casserole dish with Pam or equivalent. Layer rice in bottom, top with prepared meat. Spread sour cream, dump cheese on top. Crumble tortilla chips as desired.

5. Bake until cheese is melted and heated through.

6. Serve with traditional taco toppings.

White Lasagna with Spicy Sausage

This recipe is just mildly altered from it’s original.  It comes from Guy Fieri, White lasagna with spicy turkey sausage and ‘shrooms.

A couple of notes… The first time we made this, the grocery store was out of turkey sausage. I thought, well, how big of a deal can that really be? Turns out though, it was a dealbreaker for me. The traditional italian sausage way overpowers everything else about this dish and it was just too much for me. My husband loved it, but he even agreed that it was a bit much.

Another suggestion, I was worried with the amount of meat going into this that it needed something else. I found that adding spinach was the perfect compliment. It toned down the overpowering abundance of sausage, at least a little bit. This is also useful since I eliminated the zucchini, which neither my husband nor I really care for.

Lastly, the sauce and cheese mixtures really don’t seem like quite enough, so be very careful to follow the instructions when “building” your lasagna. The amounts are very precise and you don’t want to run out of cheese or sauce.

Total cook time: About 2 hours 30 minutes
Hands on prep time: about 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:

For the White sauce:
3 TBSP unsalted Butter
4 TBSP Flour
3 cups whole Milk
2.6 oz (3/4 cup) Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper, to taste

For the Lasagna:
1 TBSP Olive oil
2 lbs hot Italian Turkey sausage
2.5 oz (3/4 cup) Button mushrooms, sliced
5-6 oz Spinach, rinsed and chopped
Salt and Pepper, to taste
2 tsp granulated Garlic
15 oz whole milk Ricotta
1 large Egg
3.5 oz (1 cup) Parmesan cheese, grated
1 package, no-boil Lasagna noodles
8 oz Mozzarella, shredded
2 TBSP Parsley, finely chopped

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Prepare your dish by spraying with non-stick cooking spray.

Make the Sauce:

  1. Heat a saucepan to medium-high heat. Then add the Butter and allow to melt.
  2. Add in the Flour and stir with wooden spoon for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add in the Milk and bring to a boil while continuing to stir.
  4. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat and whisk in the Parmesan cheese.
  6. Season with salt and pepper. Then, set aside.

Make the Lasagna:

  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the Oil and the Turkey sausage.  Cook until just beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the mushrooms and continue to cook until the turkey is golden brown and mushrooms are softened.
  3. Add in the spinach and allow it to just wilt, about 1 minute.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, then set mixture aside.
  5. In a small mixing bowl, combine Ricotta, Egg, Parmesan, 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, and 1/8 tsp cracked Black Pepper.
  6. Build your lasagna (Follow directions or you will run out of ingredients):
    1. Spread 1/4 cup of sauce in the bottom of your dish
    2. Top with 3 lasagna noodles
    3. Then 1 cup of Ricotta mixture
    4. Followed by half of the Turkey mixture
    5. Followed by 1 cup of sauce
    6. Then followed by 1/3 of the Mozzarella.
    7. Repeat starting with 3 lasagna noodles.
    8. After this second layer top with 4 lasagna noodles.
    9. Spread the remaining white sauce.
    10. Top with the remaining Mozzarella
  7. Cover with foil then bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven, then remove the foil.  Turn on the broiler.
  9. Place back in oven under the broiler and allow the top to just brown, about a minute.
  10. Garnish with parsley.

Corned Beef or Tuna Casserole

Two simple comfort foods from my childhood. Both are easy to make, easy to eat.

Corned Beef Casserole
1 can corned beef OR 1 large can of Tuna
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 box macaroni
2 tsp Onion Powder

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • Cook the macaroni according to package instructions.  Drain.
  • In a large casserole dish, mix together all ingredients.
  • Bake for 30 mins till heated through.