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.

 

Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe

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Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe

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For a simple biscuit recipe – this has to be about the best.

I was planning on having stew for supper and thought hot biscuits would be great to have along with it. This Drop Biscuits Recipe looked like it was simple to put together, and I had all the ingredients on hand, so I decided to give it a try. It was just my wife and I for supper, and between the 2 of us there wasn’t a crumb left over.

The next time you need a quick biscuit recipe give this on a try.

Quick and Simple Drop Biscuits Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter (cut into ¼ inch pieces – I threw them in the freezer for a few minutes to get them good and cold.)
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cups whole mild ( I used some cream I had left over from the holidays and mixed it with 2% milk.)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. Fold the butter pieces in and using your fingers or a pastry blender work the butter into the dry ingredients to form a pea like texture.(a food processors makes quick work for this)
  3. Add the milk and stir until just moist.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or lightly spray with cooking spray. Using ¼ cup measuring cup place dough on baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until biscuits are golden brown, about 20 minutes, let cool a little bit and serve warm.

Adapted from Serious Eats

Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie

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Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie

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Chocolate, cream cheese, whipped topping, and cherries forming a rich and delicious combination of flavors to create this Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie.

Wow your Holiday guests – this Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie is quick and simple to put together.

Black Forest Cream Cheese Pie
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 1 package cream cheese, (8 ounces softened)
  • ¼ cup butter (softened)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups milk chocolate chips (melted and cooled)
  • 1 carton frozen whipped topping ( 8 ounces thawed)
  • 1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
  • 1 can cherry pie filling
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl using an electric mixer, mix together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and sugar until smooth. Add the chocolate and continue mixing until well combined and then mix in the whipped topping until just combined.
  2. Using a spoon, spoon the mixture into a 9 inch graham cracker crust.
  3. Top with the cherry pie filling and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Adapted from Taste of Home

Mashed Potato Topped Mini Meatloaves

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Little meatloaves topped with creamy mashed potatoes; this is a simple and quick recipe making it ideal for a quick after school or work supper.

Mashed Potato Topped Mini Meatloaves
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 1 pond lean ground beef
  • 1 package stove top stuffing mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons A-1 steak sauce
  • 4 ounces of low fat cream cheese (cut into cubes)
  • 3 cups hot mashed potatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup brown gravy mix or you favorite brand (cooked according to package directions)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray a 12 cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl using you hands mix together the meat, stuffing mix, water, and steak sauce until just combined.
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  5. Press the meat into the muffin cups. (the recipe says it makes 12 – but I filled the cups and wound up with 10. So if this is an issue divide the meat up so it comes our even – I would guess about ¾'s full)
  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes to an internal temperature of 160F.
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  8. While the meatloaves are baking mix the cream cheese into the potatoes until cheese is melted and then stir in the parsley.
  9. Serve the potatoes over the meatloaves topped with the gravy.
  10. Note: If you are using fresh potatoes cut the potatoes small and cook them while the meatloaves are in the oven. The potatoes should be done and ready to mash about the same time the meatloaves are done.
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Adapted from Kraft Recipes

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

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This Sweet Potato pie is rich, smooth, and delicious because the filling is cooked to perfection.

In the past over the holidays I have always prepared pumpkin pie, but because I have never had sweet potato pie I decided to give it a try.

This pie was no disappointment; it’s delicious. If you have never had sweet potato pie, and are looking for a change, give this Sweet Potato Pie Recipe a try for the holidays.

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 1 pie crust (9 inch)
  • 1 ¼ cups dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 ¾ pounds sweet potatoes (try to get potatoes about the same size so they get done at the same time)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 3 large eggs plus 2 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Place crust in pie plate and sprinkle ¼ cup brown sugar over the bottom; set aside.
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  4. Pick sweet potatoes with a fork and microwave until tender flipping half way through the cooking process. (About 15 to 20 minutes – these can be done ahead of time. Just place the flesh in a bowl and refrigerate). Immediacy slice potatoes in half lengthwise, allowing some of the moisture to escape, and the potatoes to cool. Once the potatoes have cooled enough to handle using a spoon scoop out the flesh into the bowl of a food processor and then add the remaining sugar and salt, process until smooth.
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  7. In a small bowl melt the butter along with the cinnamon and nutmeg in a microwave (about 30 seconds).
  8. Add the melted butter, egg and egg yolks, sour cream, and vanilla; mix until smooth. Pour mixture into pie crust.
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  10. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for 35 to 40 minutes or until edges firm up and center jiggles slightly when shaken. (center should be 165F)
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  12. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours before serving.

 

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Adapted from Cooks Country

Quick Maple Baked Beans Recipe

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For a quick baked beans recipe these Maple Baked Beans are really good. They don’t require many ingredients and don’t have to soak overnight, or spend hours in the oven or slow cooker.

I needed a quick baked beans recipe to go with a fish fry, and this recipe turned out to be a perfect match.

The next time you need a good side dish give this Quick Maple Baked Beans Recipe a try.

Quick Maple Baked Beans Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cans pork and beans (15 ounces each)
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 bacon strips (cooked until crispy and crumbled)
  • 1 medium onion (cut in half and sliced – separated into ½ rings) Use your own judgment on this. Use an amount of onion you are comfortable with; to taste.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8 x 8 casserole dish lightly with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the pork and beans, syrup, ketchup, and mustard; pour mixture into casserole dish.
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  4. Sprinkle bacon bits over the top, and then top with the onion rings.
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  6. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Adapted from Tasteofhome CookBook

 

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.

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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.

 

Bite Size Apple Fritters Recipe

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Turn your extra apples into a bite size delicious treat. This Bite Size Apple Fritters Recipe is simple, and quick to prepare, and are, “I bet you can’t eat just one” delicious.

I made my wife hide these because I was on my way to devouring them all.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” well it appears this old saying comes pretty close to reality; Check out this article on all the health benefits of apples – 34 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Apples

 

Give this one a try, it’s well worth the time. Enjoy

Bite Size Apple Fritters Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cup cake flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large apple (peeled and diced)
  • Convection sugar (optional)
  • Oil for deep frying
Instructions
  1. Preheat deep fryer to 360F. (If you don’t have a deep fryer use a Dutch oven or heavy duty pot)
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In another bowl whisk the egg and then mix in the milk, butter, and vanilla; and then fold in the apples.
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  7. Spoon the batter into the oil about 1 tablespoon at a time (cook in batches to keep them from sticking together, and lowering the oil temperature too much); deep fry to a deep golden brown.
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  9. Place fritters on a platter covered with paper toweling to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle with the powder sugar – cool and serve.
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Adapted from Laura in the Kitchen

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.

 

Simple Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe

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This Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe is quick and simple to put together and is super-rich in chocolate.

With several birthdays taking place within a month I needed a cake recipe that wouldn’t take up a lot of my time. My thinking was “well were all adults so a basic sheet cake should at least do the trick.” This sheet cake turned out to be a pleasant surprise, served with a couple scoops of ice cream, it was delicious.

If you’re in the mood for cake give this Simple Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe a try; it’s quick and simple to put together, and your family will love it.

Simple Chocolate Sheet Cake Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 cake
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate (shaved-I used mini chocolate chips for this)
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • I teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting of your choice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Shift the cocoa, flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl; whisk to combine.
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  4. Place the chocolate and butter into a microwave safe bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for 2 minutes at 50% power. Stir the chocolate butter mixture with a spoon until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
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  6. In a large size bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar. Add the butter milk and mix until smooth.
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  8. Mix in the chocolate mixture until well combined and then add the dry ingredients; mix until batter is smooth and glossy.
  9. Pour the batter into a 13 x 9 baking pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
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  11. Bake for 40 minutes and a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Cool on wire rack for at least 1 hour before frosting.

Adapted from Baking Illustrated