Lasagna Skillet

 

I have a new favorite recipe site. I’ve been pinning recipes like mad from food.com I think it’s a sister site of foodnetwork.com, because I see it linked on the bottom of theirs. You should check it out.. Oh yah, and the greatest part of that website is that they have nutrition info on there too. SCORE!

Lasagna skillet takes less than 30 minutes to make. It’s a lot faster than making the layered lasagna. The noodles cook in the skillet with the water and marinara sauce. There’s only one pan to wash in the end instead of 3 or 5 different ones. You can use your favorite store bought marinara sauce and mine just happens to be Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic marinara sauce. So good on top of anything. Make this version of lasagna instead, the next time your craving some Italian food. Use different types of sauces and meat to change it up.

 

Servings: 8

Points Plus: 8 (I used part skim mozzarella, part skim ricotta, and 95% lean ground beef to figure out the points)

Nutrition Info: Calories 492.6, Fat: 17.2g, Carbs: 63.2g, Protein: 20.1g, Fiber: 7g (from food.com)

Recipe from food.com

Lasagna Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef, turkey, sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 6 ounces curly lasagna noodles
  • 26 ounces store bought marinara sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil

Directions

Step 1
Cook meat in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking it into pieces with a wooden spoon, for about 5 minutes (until cooked through).
Step 2
Drain meat and return to skillet.
Step 3
Stir in garlic, red pepper flakes and 1/2 t. salt and cook over medium-high heat until fragrant (about 30 seconds -- do not burn garlic)
Step 4
Sprinkle broken lasagna noodles into the skillet, then pour in marinara sauce and water over the top.
Step 5
Cover and cook, stirring often and adjusting heat as necessary to maintain a vigorous simmer, until noodles are tender (about 20 minutes).
Step 6
Take the skillet off the heat source and stir in half of the mozzarella and half of the parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 7
Dot heaping tablespoons of ricotta over the noodles, then sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
Step 8
Dot heaping tablespoons of ricotta over the noodles, then sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan.
Step 9
Cover and let stand off heat until the cheeses melt (about 3-5 minutes).

Kid Friendly Pasta

The Food Network has been having new shows of the Pioneer Woman lately. She is one of my new favs. Ina still is in first place though, but I just love to watch her cook and learn about her life and family. Much more interesting than mine is anyway. On Saturday’s show she made this pasta. I wanted to make it right away since I had all the ingredients on hand. This pasta should be called Kid and Adult Friendly Pasta. You just don’t have to be a kid to enjoy this one. It has 3 of my favorite ingredients in there: cheese, bacon, and tomatoes. Can’t go wrong with that!

To make this pasta lighter, I used light mayonnaise and 1% milk. That was used to figure out the points plus value. If you really wanted to, you could use turkey bacon. I don’t really recommend that because I prefer the real bacon. This would be a great lunch time meal served with some fruit.

Oh yeah, go ahead and pin my recipes.  I don’t know if any one has noticed yet but I’ve placed a pin it button on every recipe. Happy pinning!

 

Servings: 8

Points Plus: 8

Calories 328, Fat 10.07g, Carbohydrate 39.68g, Fiber 2.4g, Protein 19.49g

Recipe from the Pioneer Woman

Kid Friendly Pasta

Ingredients

  • 12oz pasta (fun shaped)
  • 8 small slices of bacon
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (halved lengthwise)
  • 1/2lb cheddar (cut into small cubes)
  • 3 green onions
  • ground black pepper
  • 24 sprigs basil leaves

Directions

Step 1
Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Then drain and rinse in cold water until cool. Set aside.
Step 2
Cut the bacon into 1/2-inch pieces and throw into a large skillet. Saute until slightly crisp, and then remove to a paper-towel-lined-plate.
Step 3
For the dressing, mix the mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, salt, and sugar if using in a small bowl.
Step 4
Stir together the pasta, dressing, tomatoes, bacon, Cheddar and green onions in a large mixing bowl. Taste for seasonings, adding more salt and pepper if needed.
Step 5

Stir in the basil at the end.

Taco Pasta Bake

 

I’m so glad that I stumbled across this recipe on pinterest. Yes, I know…. another pinterest recipe. If you haven’t gotten on this website yet, I suggest you do and take a look around. There’s all sorts of things to look at on there, and you don’t just have to be a girl to like pinterest. Pinterest can be for men as well.

There was nothing wrong with this recipe at all and I didn’t change a thing to it. However, the cream cheese I added in had scallions in it, and I didn’t know whether or not it enhanced the flavor of it at all. The next time I make this, I’m going to throw different taco toppings on top like avocado, lettuce, and tomatoes. That would make it even better. This dish almost reminded me of a taco mac and cheese. I’ll definitely be making this recipe again. :)

Taco Pasta Bake recipe from Canadian Moms Cook

Calories 310:  Fat: 10.57g, Carbs: 21.04g, Fiber: 1.1g, Protein:29.6g

Servings: 8

Points Plus: 8

Ingredients:

1/2 – 3/4 of a bag of large noodle pasta like ziti
approx. 1lb of ground beef
1 pkg/envelope of taco seasoning
1C water
1/2 pkg of cream cheese
1 1/2C shredded cheese (I used marble)

Directions:
1. boil pasta until just cooked, drain, run cold water over it
2. brown ground beef
3. mix together taco season and 1C of water, pour over cooked beef and let simmer for about 5 minutes until the liquid has reduced
4. add the 1/2 pkg of cream cheese to the beef mixture, stir until melted and combined, remove from heat
5. put pasta in your casserole dish or pot, mix in 1C of the shredded cheese
6. top pasta and cheese with beef mixture, gently mix until the pasta is coated
7. top with remaining 1/2C of shredded cheese
8. bake at 350 uncovered for approx 30 minutes

Cheesy Enchilada Casserole

I thought this casserole was way better than the Chicken Tamale Casserole I made about a week ago. I love the corn in this too and it’s very cheesy, very cheesy indeed. This casserole almost reminded me of a Mexican lasagna and the beef mixture had black beans, corn, and salsa in it. You get one really big  and filling slice for only 8 points. That’s not bad.

I ordered a new ice pop mold from amazon  and should be getting it this week sometime. I also ordered a cook book called Paletas. Be on the look out for some popsicle recipes coming soon!

Ingredients from Get off your Butt and Bake

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef (I used lean ground turkey)
1 large onion, chopped may also substitute onion powder
2 1/2 cups salsa
1 (15 oz) can black beans
1 1/4 cups frozen corn
2 Tbsp. taco seasoning
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 cup sour cream
6-8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
1 ( 14 oz.) can Red Enchilada Sauce
2 cups shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and grease a 9×13 baking dish.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook meat and onion until meat is browned and cooked completely through.

Stir in salsa, black beans, corn, taco seasoning, cumin, and sour cream to the meat. until evenly cooked.

Spread 1/3 of meat mixture onto the bottom of the greased 9×13 baking dish.

Sprinkle 2/3-3/4 cup shredded cheese over the top of meat mixture.

Layer with 2 tortillas. If desired, break and trim a third tortilla to fill in any gaps.

Pour 1/3 of the enchilada sauce over the tops of the tortilla layer.

Continue layering as listed above until top layer is reached. End with toping the casserole with tortillas, last 1/3 of enchilada sauce and shredded cheese. Be generous on the cheese :)

Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

Serve with any toppings you would like.