I can’t even begin to tell you just how amazing this is! The key ingredient in this recipe is Napa Valley Bistro – Porcini Mushroom Pasta Sauces! I strongly encourage you to use this pasta sauce because it really does make this dish. I will admit this sauce is a little pricey but it’s well worth it. This is a quick and easy recipe to put together and makes a great freezer recipe. This is only a half recipe the full recipe which would require you to double everything below would be cooked in a 13X9 pan.
- 1/4 lb. lean ground beef
- ¼ lb. Italian sausage
- ½ onion, chopped
- ½ bell pepper, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/2 Jar (32 Ounce) Pasta Sauce
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 8 ounces package ziti pasta, cooked and drained
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- Small can of mushrooms
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large skillet, cook ground beef, sausage, bell pepper onions, and garlic over medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes or until meat is browned and the vegetables are tender; stirring frequently.
- Stir in spaghetti sauce, chicken broth, and oregano, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir 1 cup of the sauce into the cooked ziti noodles.
- Spoon 1/2 of the ziti mixture into a pie plate or a medium size baking dish.
- Sprinkle with 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
- Top with 2 cups sauce, then remaining ziti mixture and remaining sauce.
- Cover and bake 30 minutes.
- Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
- Return to oven and bake uncovered for 10 minutes or until heated through.
One of my favorite cooking shows is Down Home with the Neely’s! I love this husband and wife dynamic duo! They have such amazing chemistry in the kitchen that I find watching their cooking show both educational and entertaining. I saw the Neely’s making spicy sweet potato chips that I later turned into fries and knew I had the try them because I love sweet potato fries and I love spicy. As always they delivered with an amazing recipe that I am in love with. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes paired with the spiciness of just the right spice combination makes these fries a sweet and spicy delight! The only thing I changed from the original recipe was changing them from chips to fries.
- Peanut oil, for frying
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 large sweet potatoes, well scrubbed
- In a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed pot, heat enough oil to come halfway up the sides of the pot, to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, mix together salt, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper.
- Using a sharp knife, thinly slice the sweet potatoes into 1/8-inch thick rounds. Add the sliced sweet potatoes to the hot oil and fry, in batches, until crisp and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove to a paper towel lined sheet tray and immediately sprinkle with the seasoning mixture. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve.
This was a super simple meal, and it turned out fantastic! I love pizza but in most cases I don’t love it enough to drop $30-$40 in pizza. Our favorite pizza place is $40 for two pizzas. Although they are fantastic this is pretty great too. We had fun making them, and more fun eating them too!! They say this is a copy cat recipe of pizza dough, but I am not sure how close to true it is, but I will tell you it’s delicious!
- 1 -1/3 cups water
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 -1/4 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- 3 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon msg (Accent*)
- 1 -1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
1 Add ingredients (except for cornmeal) to machine bread pan in order as per manufacturer’s instructions.
2 Set to “Dough” cycle.
3 Lightly grease one 9 x 13-inch pan or individual pans and sprinkle with cornmeal.
4 When the dough cycle is complete, roll out dough and place in pan.
5 Let rest in pans for 10-15 minutes.
6 Add toppings of your choice.
7 Bake at 350°F until done (approximately 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of toppings).
8 I made these as 4 personal pan pizza’s so each person can choose them toppings.
I love this recipe one, because it’s great, two it’s inexpensive, and three it’s easy! What more can you ask for? On those nights when you don’t have time to make a big dinner this is a recipe for you. This is also a great make ahead freezer meal. My friend Michelle also uses it for OAMC (One a Month Cooking) It’s also very adaptable. You could add chicken, beef, beans… you name it. I love the versatility.
- 1 package (2 1/2 pounds) frozen chimichangas (I use El Monterey)
- 1 cup milk
- 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
- 1-1/2 cups of shredded cheese
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Coat a 13x9x2 baking dish with non-stick spray
- Add chimichangas cutting to fit in a tight single layer
- In a medium size bowl, mix together milk, soup, and 1 cup of the cheese
- Pour mixture evenly over the chicken and the burritos
- Top with remaining 1/2 cup of cheese
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins
I have to start off by saying that I do not like stroganoff actually I despise it because it has sour cream in it, and I am not a fan of sour cream. In my opinion stroganoff is good until you add the sour cream. My husband on the other hand loves it. When I found this recipe online I thought I would give it a shot.
The original recipe calls for ribs, but I really couldn’t rationalize that in my head plus I had a chuck roast I had gotten on sale I wanted to use it. The recipe actually turned out really good. It’s a super simple recipe that doesn’t really require much attention. I really enjoyed it even with the sour cream. My husband thought it could use more sour cream, so if you are inclined certainly add more sour cream than the recipe requires.
- 5 Tbsp. flour, divided
- 2 tsp. smoked paprika, divided
- 1-1/2 tsp. salt, divided
- 3 lb. chuck roast
- 2 Tbsp. oil
- 1 pkg. (8 oz.) whole mushrooms, halved or 1 can of mushrooms
- 1 onion, coarsely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup Sour Cream
- 1 pkg. (16 oz.) egg noodles
- Cut chuck roast into 2 inch pieces.
- Mix 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp. paprika and 1/2 tsp. salt together. Add to the cut up chuck roast; toss to evenly coat.
- Heat oil in large skillet on medium heat. Add roast pieces; cook 5 min. or until evenly browned, turning occasionally.
- Place roast pieces in slow a cooker; top with remaining paprika, salt, vegetables, garlic, pepper, broth and Worcestershire sauce.
- Cover with lid. Cook on HIGH 6 hours (or on LOW 8 to 10 hours).
- Meanwhile, cook noodles as directed on package.
- Drain noodles; place in large serving bowl. Add meat mixture; stir.
This has quickly become a family favorite. I can’t even begin to tell you just how great this recipe really is. First off its super easy to make because you are simple dropping everything in the crock pot and letting it do all of the work. Second this recipe is do die for! The flavor of the meat along with the sauce it produces is something special. I had a feeling it would be good, but I had no idea it would be this GOOD.
I was a rock star with my family that night. I don’t think I have ever gotten that many compliments. I ended up serving the roast on toasted white bread then I served the au jus on the side for dipping the sandwich in. My husband said it was the best French dip sandwich he had ever had in his life. I know this recipe has been passed around a few times so I don’t really know who the original poster is, but I do know who I got it from and that is “A perfectly lovely ordinary day.” If you don’t make this recipe you are truly missing out.
This story does have a heartbreaking end though…. That night after dinner my husband and I were already dreaming of the leftovers for lunch when all of the sudden a 5lb. block of mozzarella cheese hit the covered container containing our delectable dinner and shot it across the kitchen and it broke up and splattered all over the place. I don’t know what made me want to cry more the loss of the fantastic roast, the money that was wasted, the fact that my lunch for the next day the eat was scarfing down as fast as her mouth would move, or the fact that it was going to take me an hour to clean up the mess. *SIGH* I guess we will just HAVE to make it again 😉
- Chuck Roast (I used a 4 pound roast any size will work)
- Hidden Valley ranch dressing
- McCormick Au Jus mix
- 1 stick of butter (I used margarine)
- 5 pepperoncini peppers
- Add Chuck Roast to the crock pot
- Sprinkle Hidden Valley ranch dressing on top of the roast
- Sprinkle McCormick Au Jus mix on top of the ranch
- Put a stick of butter on top of the au jus
- Put about 5 pepperoncini peppers on top. (Find in the pickle section of the store)
- Do NOT add water.
- Cook in crock pot on low for about 8 hours. (Mine was done in 6 on low)
Take Note: You can discard the pepperoncini peppers when the roast is done if you would like. My husband ate them on his sandwich and loved them.
*The pepperoncini peppers really do send this dish over the top so don’t skip them*
|I forgot to add the peppers before I took the picture
It’s hard to believe it’s officially 2017! I am happy that 2016 is gone but I must admit it went by super-fast! Maybe too fast.
I like to give each year a name and for 2016 I would give it the year of big changes!
What life taught me in 2016:
- I still say that walking away from social media for at least one weekend a month is therapeutic, maybe even try longer, you won’t regret it!
- Sometimes we want people out of our lives but when they are we want them back
- Alzheimer’s and Cancer Suck… Still sucking year after year
- My Mom officially retired on 12/30/2016. I am so proud of her.
- Get to know people outside of your comfort zone. It’s awesome!
- I have more clothes and shoes in my closet in 2016 that I have had in my whole life. A professional job does that.
- I bought a new Jeep this year and I love it!
- My husband is still my best friend even though sometimes we don’t get along.
- My goal of losing weight was an epic fail
- Paying a ton of money for NASCAR tickets is a waste if it rains…
- It doesn’t matter how early your put your Christmas decorations out, there is never enough time to enjoy them.
- I try not to live with a lot of regrets but I do!
- I still love my job, and I am happy they take good care or me.
- I am blessed beyond what I think I deserve!
Goals for 2017
- Weight loss (of course)
- Try to live with a little less and spend less too. We need to stop spending and start saving
- Moving up the ladder at work
- Being a better house keeper
- Reading more
- Finding inner peace
- Taking better care of ME!
Here to an amazingly awesome 2017!!!! I love you guys!!