Amatriciana Sauce

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Do you like spicy? Amatriciana Sauce is the sauce for you! Bacon is cooked in a pan until golden crisp. Don't drain the bacon fat either. That is the other part of the beauty of this sauce. Smoky bacon and spicy red pepper flakes. Top this sauce with some parmesan cheese and fresh parsley or basil. I'd definitely make this dish again. Found this recipe in Food Network's magazine and the couple who made this is Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos from Cooking Channel. They have a show called Extra … [Read more...]

Alton Brown’s Stovetop Mac and Cheese

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Did you know Alton Brown's Stovetop Mac and Cheese is one of the most searched for recipe on foodnetwork's website? Well, it is and I can see why! This recipe was so good, I made it twice it one day! I'm not joking either! The second time I made it with some crumbled bacon on top and that brought this mac and cheese over the top! Everyone make fun of me and laugh, I am a fan of the boxed mac and cheese in the grocery store. I like how creamy  those boxed mixes are and how easy they are to make. … [Read more...]

Chili Mac and Cheese

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  Why on Earth have I never tried this before until now? Creamy mac and cheese mixed in with some homemade turkey chili? Oh my heavens! It was so good. I made some turkey chili tonight and decided that I wanted mac and cheese too. I didn't want to spend all that extra time making homemade mac and cheese. Waiting for noodles to boil and making a rue for the cheese sauce wasn't something I really wanted to do tonight, so what did I do? I used a box mac and cheese. Yep, that's … [Read more...]

Baked Ziti

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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh my god this was sooooooooooooo good. I've already made two recipes for the Pioneer Woman's episode that was on Saturday and they were both fantastic! Many of my friends are now making Chocolate lava cakes for Valentine's Day now. :) I changed a few things. I like beefier meat sauce so I left out a 15 ounce can of whole tomatoes and used a 15 oz can of whole tomatoes and 1  15 ounce can of tomato sauce. Ground beef and sausage together is a genius combination in a meat … [Read more...]

Panera Style Mac and Cheese

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A Panera opened up on Monday in our town. We ended up going on Wednesday night and we had to wait 10 minutes in line to take our order and then about 40 minutes to get our food. The line was going out the door pretty much the whole entire time we were there. I wanted to go before that but I waited. It was well worth the wait. I now want to make my own bread this weekend and make my own sandwiches like that at home. I had the Smoked Turkey Bacon Club sandwich and couldn't finish it all so I ended … [Read more...]

Caprese Orzo Pasta

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Another caprese dish. Yep, they never get old! I cooked a little bit of garlic in some olive oil in a pan and added the orzo. Cooked that for a bit and added in 2 cups of water. The water eventually all obsorbed and the orzo became almost like risotto. I added in some parmesan cheese to the orzo and then cut up the 3 main ingredients to the caprese part. Tomatos + Basil, + Mozzarella. Yum! I loved this. Ingredients 1 cup of orzo 1 tsp garlic 1 tsp olive oil 2 tablespoons of … [Read more...]

Two Timing Pasta Bake

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I recently posted on my facebook page how Alfredo sauce in a jar tastes like crap.  One person said that it smells like feet and I would have to agree with that. People were also asking questions on how to enhance alfredo sauce and I think this recipe does a good job of that. I like the combination of alfredo sauce and marinara sauce together and with extra added cheese this dish will not smell like feet! I guarantee it! It almost reminds me of pasta dish I had once at Bocca de Beppi's. I've … [Read more...]

Lighter Fettuccine Alfredo Sauce

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Let's face it. Nothing quite compares to Heavy Cream which is used as the main ingredient in Alfredo. Heavy cream can make anything bad taste good, not to mention butter and bacon. I think that Alfredo sauce is probably one of the hardest dishes to make lighter. I used 1% milk instead of the 2% the recipe called for. That would have probably made the sauce a little bit richer. There is also fat free half-and-half, but I can never find that in the grocery stores. Is there such a think as Fat … [Read more...]