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 Wrapped Pork Chops with Roasted Potatoes for Two

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This is a recipe for 2 but it could easily be doubled. This Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops recipe is simple and only requires a few ingredients; it’s delicious.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops with Roasted Potatoes for Two
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces of small red potatoes (halved)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 2 boneless pork chops (¾ to 1 inch thick)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. In a large bowl generously season the potatoes with salt and pepper; toss in the olive oil to coat.
  3. Place potatoes cut side down in a rimmed baking sheet covered with aluminum foil – the potatoes should take up about ½ of the pan. Place on center rack of the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until just tender. (baking time could be a little longer depending on the size of the potatoes.)
  4. While potatoes are baking place the bacon on a large plate and weigh the bacon down using another plate – microwave for 3 minutes or until bacon starts to shrivel. (limp but not stiff) place bacon on paper towels to let cool.
  5. Wrap pork chops with 3 strips of bacon with ends down to secure the bacon.
  6. Remove the potatoes from the oven and place the pork chops on the other half of the sheet. Return to oven and bake until pork chops reach an internal temperature of 135F. (about 15 minutes depending on size)
  7. Preheat the broiler and place the pork and potatoes about 6 inches from the broiler element. Broil until bacon is browned and crispy and chops register 145F. Tent with aluminum foil and let rest 5 minute before serving.

 

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

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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

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.

 

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

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.

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak
 
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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.

Smothered Chicken Bake
 
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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