Simple and Delicious Ricotta Meatballs Recipe

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These Ricotta Meatballs are moist and delicious. This recipe doesn’t require many ingredients and is very simple to put together. The Ricotta cheese make the meatballs nice and moist so you can get away with using very lean ground beef; I used ground round for this recipe.

Simple and Delicious Ricotta Meatballs Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • ½ medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed and minced)
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 1 cup whole milk Ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch cayenne pepper or to taste
  • ⅓ cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (24 ounces)
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. In a large nonstick skillet using 2 tablespoons of the oil cook onion until translucent. Add the garlic and continue cooking until fragrant; place onion mixture in a large bowl. Mix in the ground beef, Ricotta cheese, parsley, egg, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper until just combined. Add the bread crumbs and mix until thoroughly combined. (Hands work great for this.)
  2. Measure out about 2 tablespoons of the meat mixture for each meatball; form and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet using the remaining olive oil brown meatballs over medium heat on all sides; and then drain any excess fat if needed. Add the sauce and water to the meatballs, bring mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to a high simmer. Cook until meatballs are no longer pink inside – stirring occasionally while cooking. (about 30 minutes)
  4. Serve over spaghetti.

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Adapted from Allrecipes.com

Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe

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Wow – this Instant Pot Lasagna recipe is super-fast and really good. If you have an electric pressure cooker give this one a try.

Instant Pot Lasagna Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Instant Pot
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon Italian Seasoning (crushed)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 16 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles (break into 2 inch pieces)
  • 48 ounces Italian spaghetti sauce or traditional
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Season the beef with the Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Set Instant Pot to Sautee setting and cook burger, breaking it up, until no longer pink inside; press cancel and drain any excess fat if needed.
  2. Add the noodles, sauce, and water to the pot, lock the top, and set to pressure cook for 5 minutes.
  3. When done press cancel and use the fast release method to release the pressure. Stir in half of the mozzarella and one half of the ricotta cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with spoonful’s of the remaining ricotta cheese, and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese over the top. Cover and let rest until cheese is melted. (2-5 minutes)
  4. Serve hot.

Adapted from Kraft Recipies

String Pie

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This one dish recipe is simple and quick making it a great recipe for after school or work. This string pie is basically baked spaghetti with a little different twist consisting of eggs and cottage cheese. There is plenty of room for extras like adding mushrooms and maybe some red pepper flakes to add a little heat; just use your imagination.

Give this one a try; Enjoy

String Pie
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • ½ cup onion (chopped)
  • ¼ cup green pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 8 ounces spaghetti (cooked and drained according to package directions)
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook spaghetti.
  3. While spaghetti is cooking in a large skillet over medium high heat cook the burger, pepper, and onion until burger is no longer pink inside; drain excess fat if needed. Mix in the spaghetti sauce.
  4. In a large bowl mix together the spaghetti, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and butter.
  5. Place the spaghetti mixture into the bottom of a 13 x 9 casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Spread the cottage cheese over the top and then top with the meat mixture. Sprinkle with the Mozzarella cheese and bake until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted; about 20 minutes.
  6. Serve hot

 

Skillet Ravioli with Meat Sauce for Two

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Here is another simple one dish recipe that is just the right amount for serving 2 people. It uses store bought ravioli witch reduces the prep time considerably and cooks fairly quickly.

Skillet Ravioli with Meat Sauce for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 8 ounces of mushrooms (cleaned and quartered)
  • 8 ounces bulk Italian sausage
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 package cheese ravioli (fresh or frozen-frozen will take a little longer to cook)
  • ½ tablespoon dried basil
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. using the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat cook the onion and mushrooms until onions start to brown; stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add the sausage to the meat mixture and cook while breaking up the sausage. Cook until sausage is no longer pink inside. Stir in ⅛ teaspoon pepper and the dried basil, continue cooking until mixture is slightly thicken.
  3. Add the water and ravioli to the mixture and cook at a high simmer until ravioli is done. (if cooking from frozen you might have to add some extra water if the sauce gets to thick)
  4. Serve topped with the Parmesan cheese.

Adapted from Cooks Country Cooking for Two

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Marinara

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This Slow Cooker Meatballs and Marinara recipe takes some prep time but it is well worth the effort. A little bit of time is saved by using a microwave instead of the oven to firm up the meatballs before they go in the slow cooker.

This is a large recipe that would be great for a potluck or party. If you’re not feeding that many people you could easily cut the recipe in half.

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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Onion Mixture Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 can tomato paste (6 ounces)
  • 6 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Ingredients for Marinara
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes (28 ounces each)
  • Ingredients for Meatballs
  • 4 ounces Italian sausage
  • 1 ¼ pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed and minced)
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • To finish marinara
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat mix together the onion, olive oil, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, and salt. Cook until onions are softened and slightly browned. Place half of the onion mixture in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. For the marinara add the wine to the onion mixture in the Dutch oven and cook until mixture starts to thicken. Mix in the crushed tomatoes and pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
  3. Add all the meatball ingredients into the large bowl with the onion mixture, and using your hands mix until well combined. Form into 12 – 2 inch meatballs and place them on a large plate. Microwave for about 7 minutes until meatballs firm up and start to render some fat.
  4. Work the meatballs into the marinara sauce and cook covered until meatballs are done and sauce is slightly thickened (4 – 5 hours on low). Let settle and skim off any fat that is on the surface. Mix in the remaining parmesan cheese – salt and pepper to taste and serve over spaghetti.

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Adapted from Cooks Country TV Show 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

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.

 

Cheesy Bow Tie Casserole Recipe

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This Cheesy Bow Tie Casserole is rich and flavorful and is simple to put together. If you have any leftovers they make for a delicious lunch.

Flavors will vary a little bit depending on the brand pasta sauce you use.

Cheesy Bow Tie Casserole Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces bow tie pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 24 ounces of traditional pasta sauce (your favorite brand)
  • 1 package of fresh mushrooms (8 ounces sliced or you can use canned)
  • 1 can sliced black olives
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes or to taste
  • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese (cut into ½ inch cubes)
  • 4 ounces shredded Colby & Monterey Jack cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions for firm; drain.
  3. While pasta is cooking in a large skillet over medium high heat cook the burger, onion, and mushrooms until burger is no longer pink inside, onion is softened, and mushrooms are tender; drain any excess fat if needed.
  4. Mix the pasta sauce into the burger mixture, bring to a boil, and season with the red pepper flakes. Add ½ of the mozzarella cubes and stir until cheese is melted. Mix the sauce into the pasta until thoroughly combined.
  5. Spoon the mixture into a 2.75 quart casserole dish lightly sprayed with cooking spray and distribute the remaining mozzarella cheese cubes over the top. Top with the black olives, Colby & Monterey Jack , and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture is hot and bubbly – Serve hot.

 

Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce

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Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce recipe

This slow cooker rabbit recipe has a great combination of flavors, and because its cooked in the slow cooker both wild an domestic rabbit meat turns out nice and tender. This recipe is quick to put together so you can go about your day and have supper close to ready at the right time; just finish it off by cooking the spaghetti.

If you have rabbit meat on hand give this Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce recipe

a try; it’s very good.

Slow Cooker Rabbit in Wine and Cream Cheese Sauce
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 rabbit (cut into pieces 2 ½ to 3 pounds)
  • vegetable oil for browning
  • 8 ounces white button mushrooms (sliced)
  • 8 ounces of baby
  • 8 Baby Portabella mushrooms (quartered)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 package dry Zesty Italian dressing mix
  • 1 can condensed golden mushroom soup
  • 4 ounces of chives with onion cream cheese spread
  • ½ cup white wine (I had homemade cherry wine on hand so I used that)
  • 4 green onion (green part sliced for garnish – optional)
Instructions
  1. Place the mushrooms in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. In a large skillet using the oil cook the rabbit until nicely browned on both sides and place the rabbit pieces on top of the mushrooms.
  3. In a medium size saucepan melt the butter over medium heat and then add the wine, mix in the golden mushroom soup, dressing mix, and cream cheese and continue cooking until cheese is melted. (mixture will look kind curdled) Pour the mixture over the rabbit.
  4. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or until rabbit is fall off the bone tender.
  5. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Serve the rabbit on top of the spaghetti with the sauce.
  6. Garnished with the green onions if using.