Category Archives: Pasta

Shrimp Scampi Mac and Cheese

Standard

shrimpscampimacandcheese

Shrimp Scampi Mac and Cheese

This was soooo good!  I love shrimp scampi and I love mac and cheese.  This is just a little twist on the two.  You could definitely taste a little spice in it from the red pepper flakes, which I liked.  But if you don’t want any spice, leave out the red pepper flakes.

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (I used 2 teaspoons dried.)
  • 1 pound medium pasta shells
  • 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 oz. shredded Italian cheese blend (about 2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a small skillet over medium heat until foamy but not brown.  Stir in the panko, 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the panko is golden brown, about 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and stir in the parsley; set aside.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook according to the package instructions.  Strain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.  Set aside.

Heat the half and half in a large saucepan over medium heat until it just comes to a simmer.  Continue simmering until the half and half is reduced to 2 cups, about 5 minutes.  Add the cream cheese and cook, stirring, until melted.  Whisk in the Italian cheese blend until all the cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth.  Turn off the heat and keep warm.

Meanwhile, melt the remaining 4 tablespoons butter in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Stir in the garlic and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Pour in the wine and reduce until the alcohol smell is no longer present and the sauce is a nice golden color, about 2 minutes.  Stir in the shrimp and lemon zest and cook, stirring, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, about 2 minutes; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and set aside.

Add the pasta and shrimp mixture to the cheese sauce and stir to combine.  Stir in some of the reserved pasta water to thin the sauce, if needed.  Season to taste with salt, if needed.  Spoon the hot mac and cheese into bowls and sprinkle with the parsley panko.

Makes 4 – 6 servings.

“God is everywhere, is available every time, and listens always.”

 

 

Advertisements

Bacon Tomato Mac and Cheese

Standard

bacontomatomacandcheese

Bacon Tomato Mac and Cheese

This is a copycat recipe from The Corner Bakery Cafe.  We order this just about every time we go there to eat.  I think this is spot on perfect.

  • 12 oz. (3 cups) uncooked elbow macaroni (use anything you like)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 8 oz. (2 cups) American cheese, shredded or cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 oz. (2 cups) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 medium (1 cup) tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 4 slices (1/3 cup) crisply cooked bacon, crumbled (I used bacon crumbles.)
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley, opt.

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.

Melt butter in a 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat until sizzling; stir in flour, salt, nutmeg and red pepper.  Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 1-2 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and very lightly browned.  Add milk, 1/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly, 5-7 minutes or until mixture is thickened.  Add cheeses; stir until melted and sauce is smooth.  Add cooked macaroni, tomato, 1/3 cup crumbled bacon and parsley, if using.  Garnish with addition crumbled bacon, if desired.

8 servings.

“What difference might we make if we overcome our fears and trust God to use us?”

 

Chicken Spaghetti

Standard

chickenspaghetti

Chicken Spaghetti

This casserole is absolutely delicious!!  It makes a huge amount, so next time I make it, I am going to make the same amount, but put it in two 8-inch square pans.  I will fix one to eat and freeze the other for another time.

  • 1 cut-up fryer chicken
  • 1 pound thin spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 (4-oz.) jar diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add chicken to a stock pot.  Cover with water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer until the chicken is cooked, about 25 minutes.

Remove chicken from water using tongs or a slotted spoon and set it aside on a plate to cool.

Remove 2 cups of broth from the pot and set aside.

Bring the remaining broth back to a boil and add the spaghetti.  Cook al dente.

Drain the spaghetti, discarding the cooking liquid.  Set aside.  With two forks remove the chicken from the bones.  Shred or cut the meat into bite-size chunks.  Drain the pimientos.

Place the cooked spaghetti in a large bowl.  Add the cream of mushroom soup.  Add 2 cups of the cheddar cheese.  Add the onion, green pepper, pimiento and salt.  Then add chicken and broth.  Stir together well.

Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, and top with the remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese.  Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until bubbly.

Serves 8.

“Prayer is an intimate conversation with our God.”

Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

Standard

skilletmacaroniandcheese

Skillet Macaroni and Cheese

This was so easy to make and quick clean-up after.  My version is with ham and peas, but you can make it plain or with broccoli.  Delicious!

  • 3 1/2 cups water, plus extra as needed
  • 1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 12 oz. (3 cups) elbow macaroni (small shells would work fine also)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 4 oz. diced deli ham
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 6 oz. shredded mild cheddar cheese (1 1/2 cups)
  • 6 oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese (1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Bring water, 1 cup evaporated milk, macaroni, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to vigorous simmer in 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook, stirring often, until macaroni is tender and liquid has almost completely evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.

Whisk remaining 1/2 cup evaporated milk, cornstarch, mustard, and hot sauce together in bowl, then stir into skillet.  Stir in ham and peas.  Cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute.

Off heat, stir in cheddar and Monterey Jack, 1 handful at a time, until melted.  Stir in extra hot water as needed to adjust consistency.  Stir in butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 4 to 6.

“To avoid drifting away from God, stay anchored to the Rock.”

 

Classic Macaroni Salad

Standard

classicmacaronisalad

Classic Macaroni Salad

I love macaroni salad and this is the “best”.  I like my salad a little sweet so I add the sweet pickle juice, but certainly leave out if you don’t like it that way.  By adding the sweet pickle juice, it makes it creamier.  Delicious!!

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 5 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet pickle
  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sweet pickle juice, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, optional

In a large pot of boiling water, cook macaroni over high heat for 7 to 9 minutes, or just until tender.  Drain, rinse, and let cool.

Place macaroni in a large bowl, add remaining ingredients, and mix well,  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Serves 8.

“When life’s struggles make you weary, find strength in the Lord.”

Taco Spaghetti

Standard

tacospaghetti

Taco Spaghetti

Cheesy comfort food.  Very easy to make and very quick.  30 minutes and one pot and you have dinner on the table.  Serve either Creamsicle Fluff or Strawberry Fluff after your meal.  Refreshing and will cool your mouth off.

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (1.5-oz.) pkg. mild taco seasoning
  • 1 (10-oz.) can Ro-Tel Mild Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 8 oz. spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves, optional

Brown ground beef in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat, crumbling the beef as it cooks;  stir in taco seasoning.

Stir in Ro-Tel, tomato paste, spaghetti and 3 cups water.  Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until pasta is cooked through, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and top with cheeses.  Cover until melted.

Serve immediately, garnished with tomato and cilantro, if desired.

Serves 4.

“God desires willing hearts ready to be used.”

Broccoli Mac and Cheese Gratin

Standard

broccolimacandcheesegratin

Broccoli Mac and Cheese Gratin

Awesome skillet dinner in an hour.  So amazingly delicious!!  Creamy, cheesy, bacon and broccoli.  What more could you ask for?

  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (I used frozen chopped onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (I used frozen minced garlic)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons kosher salt (depending on how salty your bacon is)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, opt.
  • 1 1/4 cups (5-oz.) grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 1/4 cups (5-oz.) shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 8 oz. cavatappi pasta, cooked (don’t salt water)(If you can’t find cavatappi, elbow macaroni will work)
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, blanched (I threw mine in the pasta water for last few minutes of cooking)
  • 2 tablespoons panko (Janpanese bread crumbs)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Remove bacon; let drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet.

Add onion and garlic to skillet.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes.  Stir in flour; cook for 1 minute.  Gradually stir in milk; cook, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes.  Stir in salt, mustard, and pepper.

Remove from heat.  Stir in 1 cup Parmesan and 1 cup Cheddar until melted.  Add bacon, cooked pasta, and broccoli, stirring to combine.  Top with bread crumbs, remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan, and remaining 1/4 cup Cheddar.

Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 10 minutes.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

(This comes right to the top of the skillet, so make sure you use at least a 10-inch pan.)

“Gratefulness is the heart’s response to God’s undeserved love.”