One of my mom’s favorite meals was Johnny Marzetti. When I was Googling the history of the name of Johnny Marzetti, I noticed a lot of the recipes bake it. The difference with my recipe is that I don’t. My recipe is more of an American goulash.
My aunt came into town and helped me rearrange my pantry. Once I knew what was in my pantry, it was easy to decide what to make for dinner.
I had some Pasta Roni’s Butter and Garlic noodles, sundried tomatoes, black olives, chickpeas, and canned chicken in the pantry. What could I make for dinner?
I cooked up one box of the butter and garlic noodles and added the drained chicken to the noodles.
Once I cooked up the other box of the noodles, I placed half of it in the other bowl. With the other half, I added sundried tomatoes, black olives, and drained chickpeas. YUM! It sort of reminded me of my favorite dish at Piada.
The Imaginative One turned 13 last month. A tradition in our house is for me to cook one of the birthday boy’s favorite meals for their birthday. We had the Imaginative One’s dinner the day after his birthday because we had planned to be out on his birthday. Continue reading “Cheesy Orzo Pasta (Simple Side Dish)”
A few years ago, my aunt sent me a little stand up photo album with family favorite recipes. When I was menu planning this week, I decided to check out those recipes. I ended up choosing to make her chicken Parmesan. It’s a one skillet recipe and done in less than 30 minutes. Score!
I was so excited about the recipe that I’m already putting it on the blog!
Hubby loved it! In fact, he had seconds.
Aunt Missy’s Easy Skillet Chicken Parmesan
Stars of the recipe:
2 Tbsp. butter
1 lb. chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch. cubes
1 (14 oz.) can or 1 & 3/4 c. chicken broth
1-1/2 c. spaghetti sauce (Hubby suggests a spaghetti sauce that is cheesy flavored.)
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
3 c. dried small cut pasta such as penne
1 c. grated Parmesan (& more for serving)
Heat a skillet to medium high heat.
Melt the butter in the skillet.
Add the chicken.
Cook until pink.
Add the chicken broth, spaghetti sauce, basil, and oregano.
Turn up heat to high. Allow the spaghetti sauce and chicken broth to boil.
Add the pasta. Stirring until pasta is coated.
Turn down heat to medium low. Cover and allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle cheese over the pasta.
Enjoy! Add more cheese to the pasta when serving if desired.
Combine the ricotta cheese or small curd cottage cheese with the eggs in a mixing bowl.
Spray your crockpot with cooking spray.
Spread 1/4 c. of the spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the crockpot.
Place lasagna noodles over the spaghetti sauce.
Then layer in this order:
1/3 c. of the ricotta cheese mixture
1/3 c. of ground beef or sausage
1/3 c. Italian cheese
1/3 c. sauce
noodles (I use 3 on each of my layers.)
Continue layering the noodles, ricotta cheese mixture, ground beef or sausage, Italian cheese, and sauce. (I had 4 total layers.) When you get to the last layer, save a little of the ricotta cheese mixture.
One the last layer, place noodles, the rest of the ricotta cheese mixture, and the rest of the Italian cheese. Sprinkle Italian seasoning over the cheese.
Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or until the noodles are cooked.
The other day I went an event. They served frozen lasagna. It made me crave homemade lasagna so I decided make some. I asked Hubby to get me the ingredients for my lasagna. Rather then using store bought sauce, I decided to use myspaghetti sauce recipe. I adapted the recipe for the pressure cooker.
The kitchen smelled amazing as it cooked! This is an easy recipe to put together. If you don’t want to use the pressure cooker, click on the link to the original recipe.
I use an Electric Pressure Cooker.
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Stars of the recipe:
1 (28 oz.) or 2 (14.5 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes