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Easy Spaghetti with Chicken

5 Jun

This recipe is sooooo easy and offers a break from the mundane, and often over eaten, spaghetti with meat sauce. In this recipe, I’m not making my own sauce. Jarred sauce works for me in a pinch and keep very well in the pantry as a quick base for many meals.

When choosing which jarred red sauce to use, just pick your favorite. Traditional red sauce is great to have in the pantry. It is smooth so it works well as a pizza sauce. Red sauce with mushrooms and green peppers is great for anything. The mushrooms make the sauce taste heartier and meatier so if you are going the vegetarian route with a dish, this is the sauce I would choose. Red sauce with chunks of vegetables is definitely one I keep on hand in my pantry. I like it because it is not just good as a pasta sauce. I use it to thicken soups and I use it to mix with roasted vegetables as a quick side dish. You can also take that side dish and turn it into a quick meal by adding a meat, such as sliced Italian sausage.

I hope you like this recipe. Serve it along side fresh green beans roasted in olive oil with salt and pepper… delish!

Easy Spaghetti with Chicken

Servings: 2
Time: 15 minutes
Level: Easy

1 1/2 c. spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. red chili flakes
spaghetti noodles, boiled and drained according to package directions
1-2 chicken breasts, cooked and sliced or chopped
1/3 c. Italian cheese blend, shredded (you could use any Italian cheese, like parmesan, if you didn’t have the blend)

Heat spaghetti sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and red chili flakes. Warm until heated throughout. Add spaghetti noodles and stir until covered. Serve noodles in a bowl, topped with chicken and cheese. Yum!

Tips
– Add fresh basil to your sauce… yum!
– Cook chicken breasts in a skillet and add the same seasonings to the chicken as you do to the sauce, plus salt and pepper.

– Try using Tyson’s Grilled and Ready Chicken to make dinner even quicker.

 

 

 

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H.B.’s Lasagna – A TRUE family favorite

6 Mar

My mom has a great friend named Helen and Mrs. Helen makes the BEST lasagna in the world. No joke! She also makes the best face wiper in the world… but that’s another story for another blog.

For the amount of ingredients, time, and effort that you must put forth to make this recipe, this dish is a true winner. It’s easy and quick and it uses ingredients you already have on hand. Plus, it will happily feed your ENTIRE family.

Since it was just Jason and I, I used a small baking dish and  made 1/3 of the original recipe. I reduced the cook time to 40 minutes and it worked out perfectly. I only had two layers of noodles and it still fed us twice. The first night, I paired it with Brussels sprouts (my new favorite veg.) and a small green salad. The next night, we had green beans and bread.

H.B.’s Lasagna

Time: 1 hour
Level: Easy
Servings: 6-8

1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained
1 jar (32oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 c. water
2 c. cottage cheese
3 c. Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 eggs
1/2 c. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Lasagna noodles, at least 9, and uncooked

Mix cooked ground beef with spaghetti sauce and water.

Simmer, uncovered, for  a few minutes. Combine remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.

Pour 1 cup of sauce in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Place 3 strips of the dry lasagna noodles on top.

Layer the following in order:

1 1/2 cups of sauce
1/2 of the cheese mixture
3 more dry noodles
1 1/2 cups of sauce
The rest of the cheese mixture
3 more dry noodles
The rest of the sauce

Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 55 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand, uncovered, for at least 5 minutes before cutting and serving. Yum!

Tips
– If you run out of sauce before you can add the last layer, don’t worry! I ended my 1/3 of the recipe version with the cheese mixture and it turned out great!
– This recipe freezes well, with before or after you bake. If you have a ton of leftovers… freeze them in individual portions. It will make a quick and easy dinner later on.

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