Chicken (or Turkey) Spaghetti Casserole

Chicken (or Turkey) Spaghetti Casserole

This is a one of our go-to leftover Thanksgiving turkey recipes. It travels really well, so it’s something I make to deliver to our kids. Simple to prepare and it feeds a crowd. Whether you use turkey or chicken, it’s a super satisfying and cozy meal.

Summer Pasta w/Roasted Tomato Pesto, Corn, Zucchini & Feta

Summer Pasta w/Roasted Tomato Pesto, Corn, Zucchini & Feta

I made this for a family gathering and everyone went crazy over this dish. It’s great as a side dish or as the main meal. It has a few steps, but it is well worth it. The best part is that I used cherry tomatoes from my garden! This is gonna be a permanent fixture on our table. The original recipe is from Half Baked Harvest and was made with gnocchi. In addition to using pasta, I made a few other tweaks for my taste. The link to the original recipe is on the recipe.

XL Meatballs & Pasta in Hearty Red Sauce

XL Meatballs & Pasta in Hearty Red Sauce

I was inspired to make this dish after seeing something similar posted by a fellow foodie. These meatballs are tender and filling. One will do; maybe even just half. My hubs loved this dish and the hearty red sauce is what makes it. I hope you try it!

Creamy Saffron Linguine & Prawns

Creamy Saffron Linguine & Prawns

If you’re looking for a fancilious holiday dinner idea, I highly recommend this easy meal. I promise you can do it! The hardest thing is peeling & deveining the shrimp. I sautéed the shrimp with a homemade tomato sauce, but you could certainly use store bought. To make it extra special I topped it with lightly browned Italian chickpea crumbs and lemon zest. Amazing flavors and so festive!

Lemon Spaghetti w/Parmesan & Basil

Lemon Spaghetti w/Parmesan & Basil

Fresh, easy and delicious! This pasta is great in its own or as a side dish. I serve this with salmon or other fish, and it is a wonderful compliment. It was also an awesome opportunity for me to use basil from my herb garden. Another hint: Keep a small block of Parmesan in your freezer & you’ll always have it in hand, when needed. Enjoy!

Rotini Pasta w/Boursin Cheese, Peas & Mushrooms

Rotini Pasta w/Boursin Cheese, Peas & Mushrooms

This yummy meal has all the required elements – grilled beef, a creamy avocado and this awesome chickpea pasta. The rich meat was perfect with this light, yet flavorful pasta! I’m gonna squeeze every last minute out of this summer & this al fresco meal hit the mark!

Creamy Chickpea Pasta Bake

Creamy Chickpea Pasta Bake

This super easy pasta dish is made from chickpea penne pasta, a jar of your favorite marinara, lean ground beef and plenty of cheese! This is one of my family’s most requested meals. My granddaughter has asked for it for two years straight for her first day of school dinner. Enjoy!

Rigatoni w/Mushrooms, Green Onions & Jalepeño (SWAT Rags)

Rigatoni w/Mushrooms, Green Onions & Jalepeño (SWAT Rags)

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My hubs used to be the SWAT commander for our local police department back in the day & somehow this pasta became known as “SWAT RAGS” ~ RIGATONI w/MUSHROOMS, GARLIC, GREEN ONIONS, JALAPEÑO & FRESH GROUND PEPPER. The secret ingredient making this E X T R A is the fresh lemon juice. The butter doesn’t hurt either! One of his guys (RIP Dennis) taught me how to make this when the hubs and I first started dating.  I used to make huge pans of this stuff in my tiny apartment kitchen for SWAT team get togethers & special events. Awwww…the memories!

Pastitsio

Pastitsio

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I’m really loving this baked penne pasta. I tweaked an Ina Garten recipe I found on Food Network and it’s soooooo good! My family is not crazy about parmesan cheese or yogurt, which is in the original recipe. So, I reduced the amount of parmesan and used ricotta, instead. I also added shredded mozzarella cheese, because we love cheese!!! My granddaughter loves this stuff and asks fo it all the time! Oh, and for your reference I included the link to the original recipe. Enjoy!

Penne Pasta w/Grilled Chicken, Chicken Sausage, Butternut Squash & Spinach

Penne Pasta w/Grilled Chicken, Chicken Sausage, Butternut Squash & Spinach

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Check out our dinner from this evening! I’m super proud of this meal, y’all! You will love the sauce, and the chicken & apple smoked sausage makes it just a little different. It was a yummy combination! Plus, I used some leftover roasted butternut squash I had on hand! Enjoy!

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