My family usually prefers the blue box for macaroni and cheese, so it’s hard to find a homemade macaroni and cheese they would love. This is one macaroni and cheese recipe that they enjoyed eating.
This recipe makes a LOT of macaroni and cheese. I made this dish on a Saturday night. We ate it as a side dish for three different meals.
I’m planning to make this for a Thanksgiving side. I plan to make it on Wednesday and then put it in a pan. Then I will refrigerate it overnight. I will pull the pan out of the fridge on Thanksgiving and then into the oven to warm it up. I hope that makes sense.
I’ve signed up for a 31-day writing challenge. Every day in October, I post a new slow cooker recipe, a link to a previously posted slow cooker recipe, or a recipe from another blog.
Tomorrow is the last day of the writing challenge. I’m getting ready for my next two series. They won’t be as intense as the 31 writing challenge.
The first series is a countdown to the Thanksgiving series. I have some crockpot meals for the sides and even a turkey recipe for the crockpot. My plan is to have a printable Thanksgiving menu the week before Thanksgiving.
The second series is a countdown to Christmas. I already have recipes for the I’m Hungry cooking blog. We are going to revisit some of our favorite Christmas cookies and treats. The Imaginative One loves this time of the year because he loves taste-testing the goodies.
I’ve already tasted two of the recipes for the countdown to Christmas. Both the Wee One and the Imaginative One LOVED the first one. Only the Wee One has tried the other one. He kept going back for me, so I think that is a sign that he LOVED the other treat.
As I said in other blog posts, we eat dinner with my mother-in-law on Sunday night. Twice during October, we also invited another church member to our Sunday night dinner. On the 11th, I decided to cook chicken Parmesan in the slow cooker. Chicken Parmesan is one of my mother-in-law’s favorite meals. Everyone raved about the deliciousness of the meal.
About half an hour before dinner, I took the chicken out of the crock. I placed the chicken pieces in a casserole dish and then sprinkled Parmesan cheese over the chicken. Then I put it in the oven for a few minutes to allow the cheese to melt.
I tried to come up with a witty blog entry about this salad. Even though I thought and thought, I couldn’t come up with anything. So I’ll just be straightforward. This recipe is delicious and easy to put together. You can adapt it by changing up the veggies in the salad.
Pesto Orzo Pasta Salad
Stars of the recipe:
1/2 cup orzo pasta
1/4 Tbsp. pesto
1/4 c. broccoli florets
1/4 c. grape tomatoes, cut in half or even fourths
1/4 c. bell pepper, diced (I used yellow.)
2 Tbsp. diced black olives
2 Tbsp. Feta cheese
Cook orzo pasta according to package directions. Put broccoli florets in the cooking water for the last 3 minutes of the pasta cooking time.
Drain pasta and broccoli in a strainer. Run cool water over the pasta and broccoli to stop the cooking process.
My family doesn’t like shrimp, so traditional shrimp scampi is a no go at my house. So I decided to make scampi with chicken instead. You know a meal is a winner when the hubby, the Wee One, and the Imaginative One all love the meal. There were no complaints about the meal.
About five years ago, I got a spaghetti pot that cooks the spaghetti whole. The boys loved eating whole pieces of linguine. They loved slurping up the pieces. It made the meal fun for them.
Stars of the recipe:
1/2 box of linguine, cooked (reserve 1 cup of the cooking water) – I used whole wheat pasta.
1 lb. of chicken, cubed
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
5 Tbsp. butter (separate into a 2 Tbsp. piece and a 3 Tbsp. piece)
1/2 onion, diced
2 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 c. white wine
2 lemons, juiced (microwave them for 10 seconds before juicing them)
1 TbspDrieded parsley or 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
Cook the linguine, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
In a skillet, heat the oil and 2 Tbsp. of the butter over medium heat.
When the butter is melted, add the chicken, onions, and garlic. Cook until the chicken is cooked. (5 to 10 minutes)
Remove the chicken, onions, and garlic. Tent a piece of foil over the chicken to keep it warm.
Place the skillet over high heat. Add the lemon juice and white wine. Deglaze the bottom of the skillet and then cook until boiling. Add the cooking water and 3 Tbsp. Butter.
Lower the heat. Once the butter is melted, add the chicken, onions, and garlic. Cook for about 3-5 more minutes until the sauce is thickened.
What is it about comfort food that warms your soul? The day after Christmas brought us lots of snow. We were under a winter storm warning, but the counties around us were under a blizzard warning. The day after the storm, I decided to go grocery shopping. I still have to walk around snow piles to bring the groceries in. So I was craving some comfort food.
This macaroni and cheese warms your soul and is healthier than the boxed stuff. So I was happy to serve it to my family. 🙂
The Imaginative One said it was good. Hubby took a second helping, so that must mean he loved it.