Easy Cooking – Casseroles and Crock-Pots + HM #180

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Easy Cooking – Casseroles and Crock-Pots + HM #180

If you are anything like me and my family, you love to spend spring working in the garden, around the house, and getting things ready for summer fun. So, I am super excited about this week’s themed roundup from the gals of Home Matters — Casseroles and Crock-Pots! It’s gone be some yummy fun testing out and trying all of these fantastic recipes. Do enjoy!

 

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole from My Incredible Recipes

 

Tomato Beef Country Casserole from Jessica @ Together As Family

 

Tamale Pie from Aunt Bee @ Aunt Bee’s Recipes

 

Ham Noodle Casserole from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Ham Noodle Casserole Recipe Quick And Easy Dinner

Make dinner delicious with this Ham Noodle Casserole. A perfect comfort food family meal. This recipe is quick and easy and has only six ingredients. Serve it for a busy weeknight or Sunday Supper. #HamNoodleCasserole #Casserole

Ham Noodle Casserole Recipe

A Quick and Easy Comfort Food

 

I love eating dinner with my family, but some nights are busier than others. That is when I pull out one of my go-to quick and easy meals — and it doesn’t get much easier than this delicious and satisfying Ham Noodle Casserole.

The ingredients for this dish are simple and few, and bonus, you probably have most of them available in your freezer or pantry. Let’s get cooking!

Ham Noodle Casserole Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Diced Ham
  • Egg Noodles
  • 1 Can – Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Can – Cream of Celery Soup
  • 1 – 8-10 ounce Bag – Frozen Mixed Vegetable
  • 1/2 Cup – Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1-1/2 cans water
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Make dinner delicious with this Ham Noodle Casserole. A perfect comfort food family meal. This recipe is quick and easy and has only six ingredients. Serve it for a busy weeknight or Sunday Supper.
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Make dinner delicious with this Ham Noodle Casserole. A perfect comfort food family meal. This recipe is quick and easy and has only six ingredients. Serve it for a busy weeknight or Sunday Supper.
Ham Noodle Casserole Recipe How To 1
Make dinner delicious with this Ham Noodle Casserole. A perfect comfort food family meal. This recipe is quick and easy and has only six ingredients. Serve it for a busy weeknight or Sunday Supper.

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°
  2. Lightly grease a 9-inch x 13-inch casserole dish
  3. In a large bowl, mix the Diced Ham, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Cream of Celery Soup, Frozen Mixed Vegetables, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and Water
  4. Spread dry Egg Noodles (straight from the package) into the prepared casserole dish.
  5. Pour the ham and vegetable mixture over the noodles, and stir to mix well.
  6. Loosely cover with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.
  8. Optional – top with a little extra shredded Cheddar cheese.
Ham Noodle Casserole - a quick and easy dinner recipe! Makes a delicious family meal. Comfort food, busy weeknights or Sunday Supper. #Recipe #Ham #Casserole #SundaySupper Click To Tweet

Printable Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe

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Make dinner delicious with this Ham Noodle Casserole. A perfect comfort food family meal. This recipe is quick and easy and has only six ingredients. Serve it for a busy weeknight or Sunday Supper.
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Type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • Diced Ham
  • Egg Noodles
  • 1 Can - Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Can - Cream of Celery Soup
  • 1 - 8-10 ounce Bag - Frozen Mixed Vegetable
  • 1/2 Cup - Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1-1/2 cans water
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°
  2. Lightly grease a 9-inch x 13-inch casserole dish
  3. In a large bowl, mix the Diced Ham, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Cream of Celery Soup, Frozen Mixed Vegetables, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, and Water
  4. Spread dry Egg Noodles (straight from the package) into the prepared casserole dish.
  5. Pour the ham and vegetable mixture over the noodles, and stir to mix well.
  6. Loosely cover with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes.
  8. Optional - top with a little extra shredded Cheddar cheese.
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Your family will love this dinner! Looking for other great recipes? Try these:

Fried Tuna Pancakes

Lemon Parsley Chicken

Grilled Barbecue Ranch Chicken Tacos

Polska Kielbasa and Caramelized Onions

Citrus and Shallot Roasted Chicken

 

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Broccoli Salad Recipe Only 5 Ingredients

This shop, Broccoli Salad Recipe Only 5 Ingredients, has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #GrabSomeCheer #CollectiveBias

Busy holidays mean you need a quick, easy meal to satisfy your family — Red Baron Pizza, Broccoli Salad, and Coca-Cola! Get the recipe.

 

Broccoli Salad Recipe

5 Ingredients to a Tasty Dish

 

Oh, the holidays! I love them, but they sure can be hectic. It is nice to get a little help in feeding my family during this busy season. Red Baron Pizza paired with Coca-Cola and my super delicious Broccoli Salad. The broccoli salad has only 5 ingredients and is festive too with the green broccoli and dried cranberries. We love this salad all year long.

This is a great meal idea for those nights that you need something quick and easy, or for feeding the kids and their friends while they are home on school holidays. This is an easy mealtime solution. And here is a bonus, you can receive a Fandango Promo Code for a discount towards a movie ticket! What a fun way to bond with your family during the holidays.

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Easy mealtime solution for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Get my recipe for this delicious Broccoli Salad! #ad #GrabSomeCheer #recipe Click To Tweet

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Broccoli Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups – Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Cup – Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup – Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • 1/2 Cup – Candied Pecans
  • Poppyseed Dressing

Directions:

  1. Chop Broccoli Florets so they are bite-sized.
  2. Give the Candied Pecans a coarse chop.
  3. In a large bowl, add broccoli, pecans, Cranberries, and Feta Cheese.
  4. Mix lightly.
  5. Drizzle with Poppyseed Dressing and toss to coat the salad.
  6. It is ready to serve!

Printable Recipe – Broccoli  Salad

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Broccoli Salad Recipe Only 5 Ingredients
 
A fantastic salad that is healthy and delicious. The red and green coloring makes the salad festive for the holidays, but it is good all year round. This quick and easy recipe is perfect for busy nights or entertaining guests. Enjoy!
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Type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups - Broccoli Florets
  • 1 Cup - Dried Cranberries
  • 1/2 Cup - Feta Cheese Crumbles
  • 1/2 Cup - Candied Pecans
  • Poppyseed Dressing
Directions:
  1. Chop Broccoli Florets so they are bite-sized.
  2. Give the Candied Pecans a coarse chop.
  3. In a large bowl, add broccoli, pecans, Cranberries, and Feta Cheese.
  4. Mix lightly.
  5. Drizzle with Poppyseed Dressing and toss to coat the salad.
  6. It is ready to serve!
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I picked up my ingredients at Albertsons along with my Red Baron Pizzas and Coca-Cola (They have the adorable glass bottles for the holidays! Love them.). We also grabbed a bottle of Gold Peak® Tea for a non-carbonated drink option. Don’t let the hustle and bustle wear you down, put a yummy meal on the table in no time!

Find an Albertons near you — store locator.

Here are some other scrumptious salad ideas:

Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolia

Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad

Tomato & Grilled Bell Pepper Salad

Watermelon, Blueberry & Feta Salad

Enjoy the holidays season with your family, friends, and Coca-Cola!

 

 

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Fried Tuna Pancakes With Potato Recipe

Serve your family something delicious and nutritious with Fried Tuna Pancakes for any meal. A quick and easy recipe that will tempt your taste buds.

Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato

Delicious and nutritious for any meal

 

How to Make Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato, Onion, and Garlic

Looking for a different way to use tuna? Try this tuna pancakes recipe that you will surely love.

Canned tuna is a favorite of many people around the world. When I was in college, I remember regularly buying canned tuna because it has many uses. It can serve as a snack, a standalone dish, and as a sandwich spread.

Do you want a tuna dish that’s different? Then check out this fried tuna pancakes recipe. It is a nutritious dish that you can prepare and cook in less than an hour. And it’s so delicious that your kids will love it, too.

Is canned tuna safe to consume?

Before we get into the recipe, I would like to focus first on canned tuna. Is it safe to consume? Or should you just opt for fresh tuna?

I mentioned this because there are some people who believe that canned tuna contains mercury which can harm the nervous system and other parts of the body. Mercury occurs in the environment particularly the oceans, and fishes like tuna can absorb it.

The good news is that canned tuna is very healthy and safe to consume because it doesn’t have mercury. And according to dietitians, fresh tuna steak is more likely to have mercury than canned tuna as the latter is made with younger fish.

Experts also agree that consuming a can of tuna every week is alright, even if you are pregnant.

What are the health benefits of canned tuna?

Canned tuna is also packed with many nutrients that can do a lot of wonders to your body. It contains omega-3 fatty acids that promote good brain function. This is an essential fatty acid that has also been shown effective in reducing inflammation in the body as well as lower risks of heart disease and cancer.

Canned tuna also has high levels of niacin, a B-vitamin that helps keep the digestive system healthy. Niacin can also keep the skin glowing and our nerves well-functioning. In fact, a three-ounce serving of canned tuna has about 11 milligrams of niacin.

Another good seafood source of niacin is canned oysters.

Finally, canned tuna has a good amount of vitamin B 12 that supports normal brain function and aids in red blood cell production.

How to buy canned tuna

While canned tuna is safe and healthy to eat, this doesn’t mean that you should just get and buy any canned tuna you see on the grocery shelves.

There are plenty of tuna species, but the best one is skipjack or light tuna. Fortunately for all of us, this is also the most commonly found in tuna cans on grocery store shelves. There’s just one problem with this tuna—it has a light gray color that is slightly unappealing to most people. But if you could not care less about the color, then I suggest you go for a canned tuna using this tuna type.

I also recommend that you shop for those canned tuna products caught by troll or pole-and-line. This is considered as the most environment-friendly and sustainable option. As such, canned tuna with labels such as “school caught” are the ones you should be getting.

You should also think twice about getting flavored tunas since these have excessive amounts of sugar and salt.

 

Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato, Onion, and Garlic Recipe

This recipe takes about 20 minutes of preparation and 30 minutes of cooking time. It yields four servings.

Ingredients:

  • One large potato, peeled and cubed
  • Four cans of tuna, drained
  • One egg
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Step by step guide:

  1. Place the cubed potato in a small pot. Add salted water and cover it. Bring this to a boil before reducing the heat to medium low. Simmer until tender, or for around 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and let the steam dry for 1-2 minutes. Mash the potato using a fork in a bowl.
  3. Combine the tuna, onion, egg, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper into the potato.

Tip 1: If there is no Dijon mustard in your pantry, you can totally use these mustard substitutes like wasabi, honey mustard, etc.

  1. Divide this into eight equal portions. Shape them into patties.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet placed over medium heat. Fry the patties for about 3 minutes per side, or until they turn brown and crispy.

Tip 2: Pour enough olive oil to coat the skillet so that the patties won’t easily break apart.

 

Printable Recipe: Fried Tuna Pancakes with Potato

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Fried Tuna Pancakes With Potato
 
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Serve your family something delicious and nutritious with Fried Tuna Pancakes with potato, onion, and garlic for any meal. A quick and easy recipe that will tempt your taste buds.
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Type: Main
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients:
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cans of tuna, drained
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Directions:
  1. Place the cubed potato in a small pot. Add salted water and cover it. Bring this to a boil before reducing the heat to medium low. Simmer until tender, or for around 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and let the steam dry for 1-2 minutes. Mash the potato using a fork in a bowl.
  3. Combine the tuna, onion, egg, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, bread crumbs cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper into the potato.
  4. Tip 1: If there is no Dijon mustard in your pantry, you can totally use mustard substitutes like wasabi, honey mustard, etc. Find 5 Mustard Substitutes at https://cookthestone.com/dijon-mustard-substitute/
  5. Divide this into eight equal portions. Shape them into patties.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a skillet placed over medium heat. Fry the patties for about 3 minutes per side, or until they turn brown and crispy.
  7. Tip 2: Pour enough olive oil to coat the skillet so that the patties won’t easily break apart.
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Conclusion

Canned tuna is a good source of nutrients especially if you are on the go. It can also be served in different ways. Try the recipe I shared above if you want something that’s delicious and easy to prepare. This is filling enough for lunch and dinner.

What do you think of this recipe? Don’t hesitate to write in your thoughts on the comments section below.

I want to thank Susan for sharing this amazing recipe and her beautiful photos with us today. I cannot wait to give this dish a try!

Be sure to check out Susan’s blog, Cook The Stone, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are looking for something to go alongside these tuna pancakes, try my Arugula Salad with Tomato and Pignolia or Spinach, Strawberry & Pine Nuts Salad.

 

 

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Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Recipe – Slow Cooker

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Make your Game Day Great with Coca-Cola Pulled Pork! This slow cooker recipe will knock your socks off. It’s super easy and bursting with flavor. Serve it as an appetizer, snack, or main meal.

 

Coca-Cola Pulled Pork Recipe

An Easy Slow Cooker Meal

 

Football season in our neck-of-the-woods is always an exciting time, but this year you’d be hard-pressed to find somebody who hasn’t been bitten by the grid iron bug. And that means home-gating viewing parties!

Nobody wants to miss the game because they are busy in the kitchen. This snack work its own magic in the slow cooker, so you have time to prepare other things, and keeping you in the game.

Football games and great snacks bring family and friends together — cheering on their team or even having a little rivalry. Everything is fun and games when you have tasty food to munch on with friends.

So, whether you are hosting a watching party or taking a dish for a game day potluck, this Coca-Cola Pulled Pork recipe will score a touchdown.

How-To Make Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Pulled Pork

Ingredients:

  • Boneless Pork Roast
  • 1/4 Cup – Minced Onion
  • 1 Liter – Coca-Cola Classic (2 – 1/2 L bottles)
  • 1 – 18oz bottle  – Barbecue Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper

 

Directions:

  1. Turn Slow Cooker on to the High setting.
  2. Mince Onions and place in the slow cooker.
  3. Put in the Boneless Pork Roast.
  4. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  5. Pour in bottle of Barbecue Sauce
  6. Add the 2 bottles of Coca-Cola Classic
  7. Cover and let simmer for 4-5 hours.
  8. Remove pork from the slow cooker and shred the meat using two forks.
  9. Return pork to the sauce in the slow cooker, continue to simmer until time to serve.

HACK:

After pouring the barbecue sauce into the crock, add a little bit of Coca-Cola to the bottle and gently turn the bottle. The barbecue sauce will incorporate with the Coca-Cola and you can pour it all into the slow cooker. It’s a great tip for not wasting a drop of barbecue sauce!

Serving:

You can transfer the pulled pork to a bowl, or leave it in the crock pot for serving. This barbecue pork makes a fantastic appetizer or snack served on RITZ Crackers, TRISCUIT, or Wheat Thins, perfect for any game day bashes! Top with a little shredded cheese for a little something fancy.

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Make your own Coca-Cola Pulled Pork! This slow cooker recipe will knock your socks off. It's super easy and bursting with flavor. Appetizer or main dish.
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Type: Appetizer / Main DIsh
Ingredients:
  • Boneless Pork Roast
  • 1/4 Cup - Minced Onion
  • 1 Liter - Coca-Cola Classic (2 - 1/2 L bottles)
  • 1 - 18oz bottle - Barbecue Sauce
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Directions:
  1. Turn Slow Cooker on to the High setting.
  2. Mince Onions and place in the slow cooker.
  3. Put in the Boneless Pork Roast.
  4. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  5. Pour in bottle of Barbecue Sauce
  6. Add the 2 bottles of Coca-Cola Classic
  7. Cover and let simmer for 4-5 hours.
  8. Remove pork from the slow cooker and shred the meat using two forks.
  9. Return pork to the sauce in the slow cooker, continue to simmer until time to serve.
Notes
HACK:

After pouring the barbecue sauce into the crock, add a little bit of Coca-Cola to the bottle and gently turn the bottle. The barbecue sauce will incorporate with the Coca-Cola and you can pour it all into the slow cooker. It's a great tip for not wasting a drop of barbecue sauce!
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It’s super easy to make this delicious game day recipe. We pick up our Coca-Cola and crackers at Ralphs. You can find your local Kroger Banner store here.

Add Coca-Cola Pulled Pork to your menu for the next football game! It is definitely one of the #GameDayGreats

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Freezer Cooking The Easy Way

Regular Contributor, Calvalyn Day, shares tips to ease your busy schedule with Freezer Cooking.

Freezer Cooking The Easy Way

Simplify Your Life with Meal Prep

 

I don’t know about you, but with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I am always looking for ways to simplify my life and save my sanity.

So, today, as a special Christmas gift, I am going to give you my number one mommy tip for simplifying life–Meal prep is the way to go!

Have you ever heard of Freezer Cooking? Basically, you spend an entire day, or days, prepping, shopping and cooking for a whole month; and then, you eat from your freezer instead of having to cook every night. I have done marathon freezer cooking days in the past, but honestly, now, an all-day cooking fest is more than I can manage in a tight schedule. So, here’s my easier version for when I’m too busy to help myself be not busy.

Most of us carnivores eat at least some ground meat in our lives. Whether you prefer beef or turkey, it’s a versatile way to stretch a family budget. Now, with this trick I’m going to share it’s also a way to stretch your time. I batch cook my ground beef and freeze it for quick meals like tacos, sloppy joes or spaghetti. It’s unbelievably easy, perfect for freezer cooking, and saves me from having to wash a pan every night that we need ground beef.

Here’s how it works:

 

Start with at least 2 pounds of ground beef. I have been known to do 5-10 pounds if there is a great price. Several times per year, most stores will offer ground beef for a couple dollars per pound, and that’s a great time to do this. I add chopped veggies to my pan in the cooking process (more on that in the tips below), but this is a completely optional step.

 

 

Next, select your seasonings. This is your general seasoning, and I like seasoned salt, pepper and garlic for mine. You can choose your own combination or none at all. When you turn your ground beef into a meal there is generally some seasoning at that point, but I find that it makes things go even quicker this way.

 

 

Two pounds at a time, add the seasoning, ground meat, and any veggies you choose and brown until your heart is content! When you’re done, drain, cool and add to meal size portion storage containers or bags. In even the tightest freezers several frozen bags will lay flat and keep for at least a month with no loss of flavor. Up to 3 months is even suggested by some sites.

 

Here’s your finished product.

How to Use Your Frozen Meat:

When you’re ready to eat, if you’ve used a storage container, you can sprinkle taco seasoning, and microwave without thawing for a meal that’s quicker than the drive-thru. Or, you can cut down on prep time for a home-cooked spaghetti dinner by throwing the frozen meat in the pasta sauce while it simmers on the stove!

Tip Time:

Now, for the tips I mentioned. Included here are a few tools that I like to use (with affiliate links that you might enjoy adding to your holiday wish list), as well as a few things I’ve picked up along the way.

Mix and chop. I have a direct sale version of this, but I paid way more than this price. It really is much better than the wooden spoon and this version is dishwasher safe.

Strainer. This version is a little quicker than the bowl type, but either will do the trick. If you want to rinse your meat to take away a little more of the grease after cooking, this bowl version is what I use.

Vacuum sealer. Zipper style storage bags are completely reasonable for this process, but if you have one of these electric sealers from infomercials of long ago laying around this is the perfect use for the bags.

Get the kids involved. Kids as young as 3 or 4 can handle scooping the cooked meat into the containers after it has cooled, and older kids can measure the meat for an impromptu math lesson as well.

Adding veggies. When my older kids were younger, hiding veggies in food became all the rage. I did it long before any of the books came out, for a while it was even a running joke in my house, but it is another way of stretching the budget and upping the nutritional value of your food. Onions and green peppers are aromatic staples in my cooking, but I have used steamed broccoli and carrots when I make tomato based meals and my kids never noticed. If you have a mini chopper or food processor it helps, but you can honestly use a blender as well.

I hope these tips make the after school dinner rush a little less rushed for you. Have some other ideas to save time in the kitchen? Hit me up on Facebook or Twitter and let me know!

Have you ever done any Freezer Cooking?

Happy Holidays,

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Pasta With Pumpkin And Sausage – Printable Recipe

Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage

I Love Autumn Cooking!

And nothing says Autumn more than

Pumpkins!

Years ago, Rory and I were watching Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals, and she made a dish like this. It sounded so wonderful, so we decided to give it a try. Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage has been a family Fall favorite ever since. My kids can’t wait for me to make this meal every year. Kirk was home from college for a night this past week, and this is what we had for dinner. YUM-O!

I’m sure your family will love it too.

Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used 1 tbs. at a time)
  • 1 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 4- cloves Garlic (cracked and chopped)
  • 1- medium Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1- Bay Leaf (fresh or dried)
  • 4 to 6- sprigs Sage Leaves (cut into chiffonade, about 2 tbs.)
  • 1- cup Dry White Wine (I use Pinot Grigio)
  • 1- cup Chicken Stock
  • 1- cup canned Pumpkin
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream (3 turns around the pan)
  • 1/8 tsp. ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground Nutmeg (ground or freshly grated)
  • Coarse Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. Penne Rigate (cooked to al dente)
  • Romano or Parmigiano Cheese (for grating)

       

Directions:

  • Heat a large, deep, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Split Sausage casing and scrape out the meat. Add 1 tbs. Olive Oil to the pan and brown the sausage. Transfer sausage to paper-towel lined plate.
  • Drain fat from the pan and return to the stove.
  • Add remaining 1 tbs. Olive oil, Garlic, and Onion. Saute for 3-5 minutes until the onions are tender.
  • Add Bay Leaf, Sage, and Wine to the pan. Reduce wine by half, about 2 minutes.
  • Add Chicken Stock and Pumpkin, stir to combine until the sauce comes to a bubble.
  • Return sausage to the pan, reduce heat, and stir in Heavy Cream.
  • Season the sauce with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Salt, and Pepper. Simmer mixture 5-10 minutes to thicken sauce.
  • Return rinsed and drained cooked Pasta to its cooking pot. Remove bay leaf from sauce. Pour sauce over the pasta and toss over low heat for 1 minute.
  • Garnish the pasta with lots of shaved Cheese and sage leaves.

NOTE: I serve my pasta and sauce separately for those who want more or less sauce.

  

Side Suggestions:

  • Pumpernickel or Whole Grain Bread
  • Spinach Salad with Apple or Pear and Red Onion dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

This Pasta with Pumpkin and Sausage Recipe is PRINTABLE!

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Pasta With Pumpkin And Sausage - Printable Recipe
 
A delicious Autumn treat featuring Pumpkin, Sausage, and Pasta.
from:
Type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Ingredients:
  • 2 tbs. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used 1 tbs. at a time)
  • 1 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 4- cloves Garlic (cracked and chopped)
  • 1- medium Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1- Bay Leaf (fresh or dried)
  • 4 to 6- sprigs Sage Leaves (cut into chiffonade, about 2 tbs.)
  • 1- cup Dry White Wine (I use Pinot Grigio)
  • 1- cup Chicken Stock
  • 1- cup canned Pumpkin
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream (3 turns around the pan)
  • 1/8 tsp. ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground Nutmeg (ground or freshly grated)
  • Coarse Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. Penne Rigate (cooked to al dente)
  • Romano or Parmigiano Cheese (for grating)
Directions:
  1. Heat a large, deep, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Split Sausage casing and scrape out the meat. Add 1 tbs. Olive Oil to the pan and brown the sausage. Transfer sausage to paper-towel lined plate.
  2. Drain fat from the pan and return to the stove.
  3. Add remaining 1 tbs. Olive oil, Garlic, and Onion. Saute for 3-5 minutes until the onions are tender.
  4. Add Bay Leaf, Sage, and Wine to the pan. Reduce wine by half, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add Chicken Stock and Pumpkin, stir to combine until the sauce comes to a bubble.
  6. Return sausage to the pan, reduce heat, and stir in Heavy Cream.
  7. Season the sauce with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Salt, and Pepper. Simmer mixture 5-10 minutes to thicken sauce.
  8. Return rinsed and drained cooked Pasta to its cooking pot. Remove bay leaf from sauce. Pour sauce over the pasta and toss over low heat for 1 minute.
  9. Garnish the pasta with lots of shaved Cheese and sage leaves.
Notes
I serve my pasta and sauce separately for those who want more or less sauce.

Side Suggestions:

Pumpernickel or Whole Grain Bread
Spinach Salad with Apple or Pear and Red Onion dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

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