Chicken Alfredo Penne Casserole Recipe

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This Chicken Alfredo Penne Casserole is simple and quick to put together; you can have supper on the table in about an hour. Basically this recipe is just Penne pasta, chicken tenders, and Alfredo sauce sprinkled with some cheese and baked; I thought it was really good.

Chicken Alfredo Penne Casserole Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 box penne pasta (16 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 pound chicken tenders (cut crosswise into 1 inch pieces)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 package frozen broccoli cuts (thawed)
  • 2 jars Alfredo sauce (16 ounces each)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions to al dente; drain.
  3. While past is cooking salt and pepper chicken. In a large skillet over medium high heat cook chicken until no longer pink inside.
  4. Using a slotted spoon add the chicken to the pasta and then mix in the Alfredo sauce and then fold in the broccoli.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a 13 x 9 casserole dish and top with the cheese. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.
  6. Serve hot.

Adapted from Pillsbury.com

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe

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It’s amazing how good these butter cookies are because they require so few ingredients – chances are you will have every thing you need on hand.
When I first looked at this recipe I thought it should have had baking powder in the ingredients, but it did not. The cookies were prepared as written without baking powder. They were a little flat but they had good texture and are delicious – actually I could not stop eating them.

This is a really simple recipe, give it a try, and enjoy.

Quick and Simple Butter Cookie Recipe
 
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Serves: 24 depending on size
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl cream the butter while gradually adding the sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs, vanilla and then add the flour mixing until just moistened.
  4. Place the cookie dough 1 teaspoon at a time on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, or lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 8 minutes, let rest for 1 minute, and then remove to a wire rack to cool.

 

One Dish Pork Chops with Dirty Rice

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One dish recipes are always appealing to me and the combination of chorizo sausage and pork chops just added to the appeal. This One Dish Pork Chops with Dirty Rice is a fairly simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of prep or cooking time.

One Dish Pork Chops with Dirty Rice
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup long grain white rice
  • 4 bone in pork rib chops (I used an assorted variety pack because thats is all that was available)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 ounces chorizo sausage (this is the smoked version – cut in half length wise and the cut into ¼ pieces crosswise)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (shopped)
  • 6 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ teaspoon Cajun spice blend
  • 3 green onions (sliced thin)
Instructions
  1. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together the rice and 1 ¼ cups chicken broth; cover. Microwave on high for 10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed; fluff with a fork.
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  3. While rice is cooking season pork chops generously with salt and pepper. In a 12 inch skillet using the oil brown the chops on one side for 4 – 6 minutes; set chops aside on a plate.
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  5. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet and cook the onion, red pepper, and sausage until vegetables are softened. Mix in the thyme, Cajun seasoning, and garlic and continue cooking for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in the remaining chicken broth stirring any dripping from the bottom of the pan; and then mix in the precooked rice.
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  7. Arrange the pork chops on top of the rice mixture, cover, and cook on low heat for 8 – 10 minutes or until pork chops are 145F and the rice is tender.
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  9. Remove pork chops to a serving platter, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for 5 minutes. (when removing the chops scrap any rice sticking to the chops back into the pan)
  10. Add the green onions into the rice mixture and serve with the chops; Enjoy.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Fudge Brownies for Two

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This Fudge Brownie recipe is the perfect size for two people. The brownies are rich and moist, dont require a lot of prep time, and only require 20 minutes in the oven. If there are any left over they will store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

If you cooking for two give these Fudge Brownies a try; they’re delicious!!

Fudge Brownies for Two
 
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Serves: Serves 2
Ingredients
  • 3 ½ ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 4 pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Line a 8 ½ x 4 ½ loaf pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray; preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place the chocolate chips, cocoa, and butter in a small bowl. Microwave mixture for 30 – 60 seconds until butter and chocolate is melted. Stir with a spoon until well combined and smooth; set aside.
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  5. In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, egg, and egg yolk, salt, and vanilla. Using a spoon mix in the flour until just combined.
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  8. Pour and spread batter evenly into the loaf pan and bake for 24 – 30 minutes until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
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  10. Cool on wire rack, remove, and cut into desired size bars; enjoy

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Adapted from Cooking for 2 Cookbook

Coffee Cake Muffins for 2

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This Coffee Cake Muffins recipe is simple and just the right amount to feed 2 people. This recipe is kind of unique because it marbles the streusel into the inside of the muffins.

If your cooking for 2 people give this one a try; it’s really good.

Coffee Cake Muffins for 2
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup plus 8 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 teaspoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (sliced into 4 pieces and chilled)
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sour cream
  • confectioners sugar for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. and spray 4 muffin tins with baking spray with flour. (I used cooking spray and lightly sprinkled the tins with flour)
  2. Place granulated sugar, 8 teaspoons of flour, and 4 teaspoons of brown sugar into the bowl of a food processor; process until well combined. Transfer 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a small bowl. To create the streusel whisk in the cinnamon, and 4 teaspoons of brown sugar into the small bowl mixture; set aside.
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  4. Add ⅓ cup flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the mixture in the food processor and mix until well combined. Place the butter pieces in the food processor and pulse until small pebbly pieces form. Add the egg and sour cream and mix until well combined.
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  6. Place 1 tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup, divide the streusel between the 4 cups and place on top of the batter, and then top each cup with the remaining batter.
  7. Bake for 20 t0 25 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  8. Let cool for 10 minutes, remove to wire rack, and let cool for another 10 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar before serving.

Adapted from Cooking for 2 Cookbook

Chicken Cacciatore for Two

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Chicken Cacciatore for Two

Sometimes it’s hard to scale down a recipe for 2 people without sacrificing the quality of the recipe, but this Chicken Cacciatore for Two recipe is delicious. This recipe is fairly quick to put together and doesn’t require a lot of cooking time. You can use 2 chicken leg quarters in this recipe or 3-4 chicken thighs depending on whats available. I used 3 because that’s what was in the package.

If you’re cooking for two give this one a try it’s excellent. Enjoy

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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken thighs or 2 leg quarters
  • Salt
  • pepper
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 8 ounces fresh portabella mushrooms (trimmed and quartered)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 medium red pepper (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ½ teaspoons dried rosemary
  • ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5-ounces)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Salt and pepper the chicken on both sides. In a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat brown chicken on both sides; remove chicken to a plate. Reserve about 1 tablespoon of fat in the skillet.
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  3. In the same skillet cook the mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper until vegetables are softened and start to brown. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic, rosemary, and pepper flakes and cook until mixture is rust colored. Mix in the wine stirring any dripping off the bottom of the pan and continue cooking until liquid is evaporated.
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  6. Mix in the diced tomatoes and chicken broth and then work the chicken into the mixture. Cook covered over low heat for about 25 minutes until chicken reaches a temperature of 175F. Remove cover and cook on medium high until sauce starts to thicken and chicken is done. (185F.)

Adapted from cookscountry.com

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak

I needed to free up some time in the afternoon so I decided to put this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak on tonight’s supper menu. I think there is some room for improvement but I decided to prepare it as written to see how it was.

I thought it was a little on the salty side but I guess it depends on your taste – my wife loved it. The next time your looking for a good slow cooker recipe give this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak recipe a try.

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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef (I used ground round)
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 one ounce package dry Au jus mix
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
Instructions
  1. Place flour in a shallow dish.
  2. In a large bowl using your hands mix together the ground beef, onion soup mix, bread crumbs, and milk; form into eight patties.
  3. In a medium size bowl mix together the soup and Au jus mix.
  4. Roll the patties lightly in flour and brown them on both sides in a large skillet using the oil. Arrange the parries in a pyramid shape in the slow cooker and pour the soup mixture over the top.
  5. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or until burger is done.
  6. Serve hot with the gravy over the top of the patties and mashed potatoes.

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Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Smothered Chicken Bake

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Smothered Chicken Bake recipe

Smothered Chicken Bake

The sun dried tomato pesto gives this Smothered Chicken Bake recipe a delicious and unique flavor. This is a simple recipe that requires few ingredients, and is quick to prepare; you can have this dish on the table in less than an hour.

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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 slices bacon (cut crosswise into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (diced)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ cup Sun Dried Tomato pesto
  • 1 jar (15 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce ((15 oz)
  • Serve over rice or pasta
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy; remove bacon and set aside on a plate covered with paper toweling to drain.
  3. In the same skillet cook red pepper pieces in the bacon dripping to crisp-tender; using a slotted spoon place remove the pepper, and place in medium size bowl. Add the Alfredo pasta sauce, Sun Dried Tomato pesto, and mix until combined.
  4. In the same skillet, season the chicken with pepper and cooked until nicely browned on both sides. Place chicken in the bottom of an 11 x 7 casserole dish and pour the sauce over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165F.
  5. Serve chicken and sauce over rice or pasta.

Adapted from Pillsbury.com

Basic Muffins Recipe

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If you looking for a basic muffins recipe that is nice and moist; this is it.

This is a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, is fast to put together, and makes a pretty good size batch.

Serve warm with butter making for a delicious breakfast.

Basic Muffins Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1cup granulated sugar (less 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups plain low-fat yogurt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. In another bowl using an electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one egg at a time,.mix in half of the dry ingredients and ⅓ cup yogurt. Mix in the remaining yogurt and dry ingredients a little at a time until incorporated.
  4. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray and distribute the batter evenly in the cups. (batter will be very thick an ice cream scoop works good for this)
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown; serve warm.

Adapted from Cooks Country.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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Hot Fudge Pudding and ice cream. How good can it get this Hot Fudge Pudding Cake is rich and delicious and is a simple recipe to put together.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ⅔ cup Dutch processed cocoa (divided)
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (divided)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate (shaved or chopped)
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Spay an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray. Mix the coffee into the water and set aside.
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  4. In a small bowl whisk together ⅓ cup cocoa, ⅓ cup granulated sugar, and the brown sugar; set aside.
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  6. Heat a saucepan with water that you can fit a small bowl into just to simmering. Place the bowl on top of the water and melt the butter in the bowl. Mix in the semi sweet chocolate, and ⅓ cup cocoa stirring until chocolate is smooth and melted; set aside.
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  8. In another small bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder.
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  10. In a medium size bowl mix together the ⅔ cup granulated sugar, milk, egg yolk, salt, and vanilla. Add the chocolate mixture and mix with a spoon to combine. Add the flour mixture and mix until moistened.
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  12. Pour the batter into the baking dish evenly so it comes all the way out to the sides. Evenly sprinkle the cocoa mixture over the top of the batter and then gently pour the coffee over the top.
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  16. Bake for 45 minutes or until cake starts to pull away from the sides and the mixture is hot and bubbly. (don't over bake)
  17. Let rest 45 minutes and serve with ice cream.

Adapted from Baking Illustrated