Pasta

Instapot Lasagna

Instapot Lasagna

Ingredients Cheese Mixture 1 cup ricotta cheese 2 eggs 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded 1/2 teaspoon basil 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon thyme 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper Ingredients Meat Layer 1 pound ground beef 6 cloves garlic, minced 24 ounces marinara sauce 1 package oven ready lasagna noodles 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded Directions For the cheese mixture, combine ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside. […]

InstaPot Penne Alfredo

InstaPot Penne Alfredo

Ingredients 8 ounces penne pasta 2 cups water or chicken broth 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons butter, cubed 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup parmesan cheese Scatter uncooked pasta into the InstaPot.  Add liquid ingredients and press pasta noodles under to submerge. Scatter butter pieces over the noodles. Pressure cook for 4 minutes on high pressure, […]

Spicy Steak Ramen Noodles

Spicy Steak Ramen Noodles

Ingredients 1 pound skirt steak, cut into thin strips 1 tablespoon oil 1/4 cup hot sauce 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon white vinegar 1 tablespoon minced onion 1 tablespoon minced garlic 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 (3-oz) packages ramen noodles, any flavor Directions Open ramen noodles and discard flavor packets. Cook ramen noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside. […]

Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese

Chicken Bacon Ranch Mac and Cheese

Chicken Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes 1 package (about 3 tablespoons) dry ranch seasoning Mac and Cheese Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups whole milk, warmed 1 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder 2 tablespoons dry ranch seasoning 1/2 cup white cheddar cheese, freshly grated 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese, freshly grated 8 ounces (2 cups) elbow macaroni, cooked al dente […]

Cajun Chicken Mac and Cheese

Cajun Chicken Mac and Cheese

Chicken Ingredients 4 chicken breasts 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning (more or less to taste) Mac and Cheese Ingredients 16 ounces elbow macaroni, cooked al dente and drained 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 3 cups whole milk, slightly warmed 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 tablespoons cajun seasoning 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Chicken Directions Season both sides of […]

Baked Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Baked Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Ingredients 1 1/2 cups macaroni, elbow shells, or cavatappi 3 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons all purpose flour 2 cups whole milk 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard 2 cups of sharp shredded cheddar cheese Directions Preheat oven to 350°F. Bring a salted pot of water to a boil for the pasta. […]

White American and Cheddar Mac and Cheese

White American and Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Ingredients 1 pound small pasta shells 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 1/2 cups milk 8 ounces sliced white American cheese from the deli counter, cut into thin strips 8 ounces extra-sharp white cheddar, shredded 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 teaspoon kosher salt Directions Prepare pasta according to package directions. In large saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour […]

Italian Pasta Salad

Italian Pasta Salad

This is a great item to bring to a teacher luncheon, potluck, etc. If you want to shake it up a bit, you could also add black olives, or tomatoes, onions, bell pepper, or Parmesan cheese. Ingredients 1-12 ounce tri-color rotini pasta 3/4 – 1 […]

White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

White Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Ingredients 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup milk 2 cups heavy cream 1 1/2 cups shredded white cheddar cheese 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 pound pasta, cooked […]

Goulash

Goulash

My husband, Brian, grew up with his dad making this, although apparently they called it slop. Over the years I have either gathered recipes from my mother in law if she had them, or tried to recreate recipes from my husband’s youth based on what […]