Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two

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This Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two is simple to put together and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients This is just a basic recipe and is easy to fancy up a little bit by adding additional ingredients like mushrooms and bell peppers; however it is good just the way it is written.

Classic Pork Ragu Recipe for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can tomatoes (28 ounces) drain and reserve ¼ cup of the juice
  • 16 ounces boneless country style ribs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fresh rosemary (minced)
  • ½ cup dry red wine (I used cherry in this recipe)
  • 2 cups Ziti pasta (uncooked)
  • Grated Romano cheese
Instructions
  1. Pulse tomatoes in a food processor until coarsely chopped; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat using the oil brown the ribs on all sides; set aside on a plate. In the same skillet cook the shallots seasoned with ¼ teaspoon salt until softened. Add the garlic and rosemary and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Stir in the wine, scrapping any dripping from off the bottom of the skillet. Continue cooking until wine is reduced to about half.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes with the reserved juice and work the pork ribs into the mixture, cover, and cook on simmer for about 1 ½ hours until pork can easily be separated with a fork. Remove pork to a plate and let cool slightly and then using a 2 forks separate into bite size pieces; stir the pork back into the sauce in the skillet; salt and pepper to taste and keep warm.
  4. About 15 minutes before the pork is done cook pasta according to package directions; drain and reserve ½ cup of the pasta water.
  5. Mix the pasta and sauce together adjusting the consistency if needed with the reserved pasta water. Serve garnished with the cheese.

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Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

 

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two

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If you’re cooking for two this is a great recipe to free up some time by using the slow cooker. There is only about 15 minutes of prep time and 4 – 5 hours of cooking time. It’s a great way to free up an afternoon, and because it’s a one dish recipe supper will be ready to serve.

Slow Cooker Southern Style Chicken and Dirty Rice for Two
 
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Recipe type: Cooking for Two
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces of kielbasa sausage (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 red bell pepper (cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cooks cooked rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 green onions (sliced thin)
Instructions
  1. Spray slow cooker on bottom and sides with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium size microwavable bowl mix together the kielbasa, onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, and thyme. Microwave for 5 minutes stirring a couple of times while cooking; place in slow cooker.
  3. Add the rice and mix in ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add the thighs into the slow cooker mixture.
  4. Slow cook for 4 – 5 hours until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 185F. Remove chicken from the slow cooker and using 2 forks separate chicken into bite size pieces. Stir the chicken and green onions into the rice mixture, salt and pepper to taste and serve hot. Enjoy

 

Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

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.

Pizza Spaghetti Bake
 
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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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Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables

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Spring is here and with a lot of yard work on today’s to do list I decided on this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe for supper to save some time during the day. This recipe is a delicious combination of sauce and vegetables and because it is done in the slow cooker the chuck steak is supper tender.

The next time you need to free up some time by using your slow cooker give this Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables recipe a try.

Slow-Cooker Braised Steaks with Root Vegetables
 
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Recipe type: Slow cooker
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¾ cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons instant tapioca
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 chuck steaks ( about 6 ounces each ¾ to 1 inch thick – I cut large steaks into 4 serving size pieces)
  • 12 ounces potatoes (skin on cut into 1 inch cubes)
  • 4 medium carrots (cut into 1 inch pieces – if large cut them in half lengthwise.
  • 4 parsnips (peeled cut lengthwise and cut into 1 inch pieces
Instructions
  1. place onion, tomato paste, garlic, thyme, and oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally or until onions have softened; place in the bottom of the slow cooker. Stir in the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and tapioca.
  2. Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper and place them into the slow cooker kind of working them into the sauce.
  3. Loosely tie the vegetables into a cheese cloth bundle and place them on top of the steaks.
  4. Cook for 8 – 9 hours on low or 5 – 6 hours on high or until steak and vegetables are tender. Transfer vegetables to a large bowl and serve steak, sauce, and vegetables together.

Adapted from Cooks Country

Bacon Chicken Casserole

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The local market has deli chicken on sale so I decided to put this Bacon Chicken Casserole on the menu for supper.

This is a simple recipe that’s fairly quick to put together and doesn’t require a lot of prep time because the chicken is precooked.

If you have leftover chicken give this one a try it’s really good. Enjoy

Bacon Chicken Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups uncooked bow-tie pasta (8 ounces)
  • 1 box (9 oz) frozen baby sweet peas
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 large sweet onion (chopped about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken (from 2-lb chicken)
  • 2 jars Alfredo pasta sauce (15 oz each)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. During the last 3 minutes of cooking add the peas and cook until pasta is done; drain and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet cook bacon until crispy. Place on paper towels to drain, and then crumble; set aside.
  4. In the same skillet using the bacon drippings cook onion and mushrooms until tender. Add the mixture to the pasta and then mix in ½ cup Parmesan cheese, add the chicken and Alfredo sauce.
  5. Place the mixture in a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray, top with the bacon and the other ½ cup of Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until bubbly and cheese starts to brown.

Adapted from Pillsbury.com

Classic Chili for Two Recipe

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This Classic Chili for Two Recipe is the perfect amount for two people and doesn’t require a lot of prep or cooking time. It is seasoned perfectly for my taste, that being just slightly on the hot side; but if you like it hot; you can turn up the heat by increasing the spices.

If you like chili and your cooking for two give this one a try.

Classic Chili for Two Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • ½ green or red bell pepper (cut into ½ inch pieces)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 12 ounces lean ground beef
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
  • 1 can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
Instructions
  1. in a large sauce pan using the oil over medium heat cook the onion, green pepper, and garlic seasoned with the cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, cayenne pepper, and ¼ teaspoon salt; cook until vegetables start to soften. (3 – 5 minutes) break the ground beef up inco the mixture and continue cooing until ground beef is no longer pink inside.
  2. Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and kidney beans, bring mixture to a simmer. Cover and cook for 45 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove lid and continue cooking until chili starts to thicken. (if chili is already thickened skip the last step – if chili starts to stick add ¼ cup water.
  3. Serve hot and enjoy.

 

 

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Adapted from Cooking for Two Cookbook

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

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

Chili Spaghetti Casserole

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This one dish Chili Spaghetti recipe is simple to put together and has a great combination of flavors. It is quick to put together so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour. This is a great after school or work recipe.

Give it a try; enjoy.

Chili Spaghetti Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • salt and pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 can spicy vegetable chili (18.8 ounces – you can also use any good brand of vegetarian chili)
  • 1 can Italian stewed tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Instructions
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  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente; drain and rinse. Place cooked spaghetti in a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. While pasta is cooking cook the burger and onion in a large skilled until burger is no longer pink inside; drain any excess fat. Stir in the chili powder, tomatoes, 1 cup cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste; cook until heated through.
  5. Mix the chili mixture into the spaghetti and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes or until mixture is hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.
  6. Serve hot.

 

Beef Noodle Casserole

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A combination of cheeses with sour cream give this casserole a unique combination of flavors. This is a simple and quick recipe so you can have supper on the table in less than an hour – making this a great recipe for after work, or school.

Beef Noodle Casserole
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 16 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (cut into cubes and softened)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 12 ounces wide egg noodles
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. cook past according to package directions; drain
  2. while pasta is cooking in a large skillet over medium high heat cook burger and onion until burger is no longer pink inside; drain if necessary. Off heat and mix in the tomato sauce, sour cream, cream cheese, sugar, and garlic salt. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Lightly spray a 13 x 9 casserole dish with cooking spray and spread half of the noodles over the bottom, and then layer half of the meat mixture over the noodles; repeat the process to finish.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes or until heated through. Remove the foil and sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top, return casserole to oven uncovered and continue baking until cheese is melted.