Pizza Spaghetti Bake

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This Pizza Spaghetti Bake recipe is quick and simple to put together and just requires a few ingredients.

Use your favorite spaghetti sauce and you can have supper on the table in less than an hour.

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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 2½ cups spaghetti sauce
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 package pepperoni (3.5 ounces sliced)
Instructions
  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.
  2. Preheat oven to 375F.
  3. In the bottom of a large bowl whisk the eggs and milk together and then mix in the Parmesan cheese, garlic, and oregano and then mix in the cooked spaghetti.
  4. Spray a 13 x 9 casserole dish with cooking spray and pour the spaghetti mix into the casserole dish.
  5. Pour the spaghetti sauce over the top, and top with ½ of the pepperoni slices. Spread the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top and then top with the remaining pepperoni.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and starts to brown.
  7. Let rest for 5 minutes and serve hot.

Adapted from

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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

Chicken Cacciatore for Two
 
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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

Rabbit Cacciatore

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This Rabbit Cacciatore is perfect for wild or domestic rabbit meat. This recipe has a delicious combination of flavors and tastes exceptionally good on a cold night.

If you have rabbit meat available give this one a try you wont be disappointed, it is delicious.

Rabbit Cacciatore
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 rabbit cut into 6 – 8 pieces (about 2 ½ pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine (I used homemade cherry wine)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed and minced) or more to taste
  • 3/ cups fresh mushrooms (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces each)
  • 2 red bell peppers (seeded and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 bay leaf.
  • 1 can sliced black olives (4 ounces)
Instructions
  1. Place flour, salt, ½ tablespoon thyme, and pepper into a food grade disposable bag and work with your hands to combine.
  2. Shake rabbit pieces in flour mixture one piece at a time. In a large skillet over high heat using the olive oil cook rabbit until nicely browned on both sides; set aside on a platter.
  3. browned rabbit-cacciatore
  4. Reduce heat to medium, add the onion and cook for about 1 minute. Add the garlic, mushrooms and pepper pieces and continue cooking for about 2 more minutes. Stir in the other ½ tablespoon of thyme and the rosemary. Add the wine to the skillet and using a spoon scrap any dripping from the bottom of the pan. Continue cooking until wine is reduced to about in half. (about 1 minute)
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  7. Reduce heat to low - place the rabbit pieces back into the pan and pour the diced tomatoes over the top. Add the bay leaf, cover, and cook until rabbit is tender. (domestic rabbit meat 35 minutes – wild may take longer depending on the rabbit)
  8. remove rabbit to a serving platter, add the olives, and continue cooking sauce until sauce starts to thicken. (about in half)
  9. rabbit-cacciatore sauce reduction
  10. Serve rabbit and sauce over spaghetti.

Adapted from Simply Recipes

Italian Meatball Subs Recipe

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Oven baked meatballs, marinara sauce, and provolone cheese, create these delicious Italian Meatball subs.

This is a great game day recipe, or a simple recipe for lunch or supper. The original recipe calls for Italian sub rolls, but if you don’t have them available hoagie buns work out just fine. This recipe makes 4, if you need more double the recipe.

Italian Meatball Subs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Game Day
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ pound ground chuck
  • ¾ cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 hoagie buns (or 6 inch Italian sub rolls)
  • 1⅓ cups marinara sauce (your favorite brand)
  • 4 slices provolone cheese (sliced thin)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Lightly spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Lightly beat the eggs in the bottom of a large bowl. Place the burger on top of the eggs and then add the bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder; using your hands mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Divide meat mixture into 12 - 2 inch meatballs and place on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads an internal temperature of 160F, and meatballs are browned. Remove meatballs to a plate and discard any accumulated fat. Line now empty baking sheet with parchment paper, slice buns, and place 3 meatballs on each bun. Pour ⅓ cup marinara sauce over the meatballs on each bun and top with a slice of cheese. Return to the oven and cook until heated through and cheese is melted – serve hot.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Ricotta cheese Meatballs Recipe

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There are many different versions of meat balls and most of them are pretty good. When I saw this Ricotta cheese meatball recipe I decided to give it a try. The original recipe called for ground pork but because the local market didn’t have it available at this time I replaced it with ground chuck. This recipe is a little bit of work but it is well worth the effort. I chose to serve the meatballs and sauce over spaghetti but you could also use it as a standalone dish.

It just seemed like a good match to serve with spaghetti.

The next time you’re in the mood for meatballs give this one a try; they’re really good.

Ricotta cheese Meatballs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • Meatballs
  • 2 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed, torn into small pieces
  • ½ cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 pound lean ground burger (I used Chuck)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 shallot (minced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Sauce
  • ⅛ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, smashed and minced
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28-ounces)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. In a large bowl using a fork mix together the ricotta cheese and bread slices; pressing the bread into the cheese to form a paste. This may take about 10 minutes – kind of let the bread absorb the cheese and mix occasionally. Add the beef, Parmesan, parsley, eggs, shallots, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon zest, and mix with your hands until thoroughly combined. Divide mixture into 12 portions of about ¼ cup each and roll into meatballs. Place meatballs on a baking pan covered with aluminum foil, lightly sprayed with cooking spray, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until meatballs are nicely browned; set aside
  3. Remove meatballs from the oven and reduce oven temperature to 300F.
  4. While meatballs are baking prepare the sauce in a Dutch oven using the oil over low heat. Cook the garlic until softened, add the red pepper flakes and basil, continue cooking until fragrant. Mix in the crushed tomatoes and ½ teaspoon salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium high heat and leaving the cover loose reduce heat to medium low simmer and cook until mixture just starts to thicken; salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place the meatballs in the sauce, cover and bake for 30 minutes or until meatballs are tender.
  6. Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top.

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Adapted from Cooks Country

Sweet and Tangy Oven-Barbecued Chicken for Two

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Sweet and Tangy Oven-Barbecued Chicken for Two recipe

When cooking for just two people it can be kind of hard to find recipes that you don’t have to break into pieces, or freeze ¾’s of it so you don’t have a lot of waste. This recipe calls for 2 chicken breasts about 8 ounces each. If you don’t have that size available just add another to make up the difference in size. I used 3 in this recipe about 5 ounces each and there was plenty of barbeque sauce left over, plus some extra for dipping.
If you’re cooking for 2 give this one a try; the chicken comes tender, sticky, and delicious. Enjoy

Sweet and Tangy Oven-Barbecued Chicken for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each), trimmed and patted dry with paper towels
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Preheat oven to 325F, place rack in upper middle position.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F, place rack in upper middle position.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the ketchup, onion, Worcestershire, mustard, molasses, maple syrup, vinegar, chili powder, and cayenne. Salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  3. In a large oven proof skillet, using the oil, cook the chicken over medium high heat until lightly browned on both sides; cover and set aside to keep warm.
  4. Drain any excess oil from the empty skillet, add the sauce mixture, and cook stirring constantly over medium high heat until sauce thickens. (This only takes a few minutes)
  5. Place the chicken back in the skillet and roll them in the BBQ sauce to coat, spooning extra sauce over the top of the chicken to help coat.
  6. Place the chicken in the oven and roast until an instant read thermometer registers 130F. (about 10 minutes)
  7. Switch oven over to broil (I have a high and low setting – I used the low) and continue roasting until internal temperature reaches 160F. transfer chicken to a serving platter and let rest 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Mix any sauce together that is left in the bottom of the skillet, remove, and serve as a dipping sauce with the chicken.
  9. Enjoy

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Adapted from Cooks Country

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza Recipe

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Philly Cheesesteaak Pizza Recipe

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This Philly Cheesesteak Pizza Recipe has all the ingredients you would expect to find in Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. The combination of Alfredo sauce, mozzarella and provolone cheese makes this pizza rich and delicious.
If you looking for a change from the ordinary style type pizza give this on a try.
This recipe was adapted from Blogchef.net.

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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: Makes 1
Ingredients
  • Dough for 1 pizza (store bought or homemade)
  • ½ cup Alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • ½ cup green pepper (thinly sliced)
  • ½ cup onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 can chunky style portabella mushrooms (4 ounces – Drained)
  • 8 ounces skirt steak
  • Salt and ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Cut steak into a thin strip like you would for making a stir fry. Salt and pepper the meat to taste; using the olive oil, cook stake over medium high heat to desired doneness; set aside.
  3. Stretch the pizza crust over a lightly oiled baking sheet. Cut several small slits in the bottom of the crust, and bake the crust for 7 – 8 minutes.
  4. Remove the crust from the oven and spread the Alfredo sauce over the crust leaving about 1 inch on the edges. Sprinkle ½ cup each of the provolone, and mozzarella cheeses over the top followed by the steak strips, onion, mushrooms, and green pepper. Top with the remaining cheese.
  5. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until edges are browned, and cheese is melted.
  6. Serve hot.

 

Cheddar Baked Chicken Recipe

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This Cheddar Baked Chicken Recipe is moist and delicious. The rice cereal and Italian bread crumbs give the chicken a good protective coating to hold the moisture in, and the cereal gives the chicken a nice crunch. I prepared the recipe as written, it doesn’t require many ingredients, and is very simple to put together.
If you looking for a simple, and quick recipe for after school or work, give this one a try it’s really good. Enjoy

Cheddar Baked Chicken Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: makes 3
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted - divided)
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 3 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place ¼ cup butter in the bottom of a 9 x 13 casserole dish or shallow roasting pan. (I placed the butter un-melted in the casserole dish to melt the butter while the oven was preheating)
  3. In a shallow dish whisk the flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder together until well combined. (A pie dish works well for this)
  4. flour coating mix
  5. In another shallow dish mix together the bread crumbs, cereal, and cheese.
  6. cereal and cheese coating mix
  7. In a bowl whisk the egg until lightly beaten and then mix in the milk until well combined.
  8. egg and milk mix
  9. Roll each chicken breast in the flour until lightly coated, dip the chicken breast in the egg mixture, and then roll in the cheese mixture pressing firmly coat. Arrange each chicken breast on the bottom of the baking dish, drizzle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter.
  10. crusted chicken ready to cook
  11. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken is golden brown with an internal temperature of 165F.
  12. Serve hot

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Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Italian Chicken and Peppers Recipe

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Italian Chicken and Peppers Recipe

This Italian Chicken and Peppers Recipe is a simple and quick recipe to prepare. This is a great recipe for after work, or school. The original recipe called for chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs – I did not have the chicken thighs available, so I used the white meat, but I think the dark meat would be real good in this recipe.

Italian Chicken and Peppers Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 13/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 2 medium green peppers (sliced into strips)
  • 2 medium onions (finely chopped)
  • 6 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 24 ounces traditional past sauce
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
Instructions
  1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and set aside to keep warm.
  2. While spaghetti is cooking, in a sauté pan, or large skillet, using the oil over medium high heat cook chicken until browned on all sides. Reduce heat to medium, add the onions, green pepper and garlic, and continue cooking until vegetables are tender and chicken is done.
  3. Stir the pasta sauce into the chicken mixture, add the wine, reduce heat to a high simmer and continue cooking until heated through and bubbly.
  4. Serve the chicken and peppers over the spaghetti.

 

Adapted from: Campbell’s Kitchen

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Baked Manicotti with Meat Sauce Recipe

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This recipe reminds me more of a lasagna roll-up recipe more than Manicotti. This recipe uses no-boil lasagna noodles in place of the Manicotti tubes. It is a lot easier to roll the lasagna noodles than it is to stuff the Manicotti tubes and the flavor is pretty much the same.
This is a good size recipe which would make it great for a potluck dinner or party.
The next time you’re in the mood for stuffed pasta give this Baked Manicotti with Meat Sauce Recipe a try; it’s delicious. Enjoy

Baked Manicotti with Meat Sauce Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: Makes 16
Ingredients
  • Meat Sauce
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (I used ground sirloin)
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 package deli style thinly sliced peperoni (chopped)
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ¼ teaspoons red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28 ounces each)
  • Manicotti
  • 16 no-boil lasagna noodles (about 1 box) I used Barilla Oven Ready Lasagna noodles.
  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cup shredded Italian Blend cheese
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil (finely chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Boiled water (enough to cover the bottom of a 13 x 9 casserole dish about 1 inch deep)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large skillet or sauté pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray, cook onion, burger, and peperoni, breaking up the mixture as it cooks until burger is no longer pink inside. Set aside 1 cup of the meat mixture onto a plate covered with paper toweling to absorb any excess fat; drain excess fat from skillet if needed. Stir in the tomato paste, red pepper flakes, and garlic; continue cooking until fragrant. (About 30 seconds) add the crushed tomatoes and continue cooking until mixture starts to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  3. While sauce is cooking in a large bowl mix together the ricotta cheese, 1 cup reserved meat mixture, mozzarella, 1 cup Italian blend, salt, pepper, basil, and egg.
  4. Pour about 1 inch of boiling water into the bottom of a 13 x 9 casserole dish and arrange the noodles in the water. Let the noodles soak for about 5 minutes or until they become soft enough to handle. Remove the noodles from the water onto a clean dish towel separating them with a fork if needed; drain the water from the casserole dish. Pour ½ the meat mixture into the bottom of the casserole dish.
  5. Spread ¼ cup cheese mixture over each noodle, roll the noodle and place them seam side down into the casserole dish. (it will hold 16 placed side by side) pour the remaining sauce over the noodles, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 20 minutes or until heat through, and bubbly.
  6. Remove the foil and sprinkle the rest of the Italian blend cheese over the top, return the casserole to the oven and continue baking until cheese is melted.
  7. Let rest for 15 minutes and serve hot.

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Adapted from Cook’s Country TV show cookbook