Ranch Ham Pasta Salad

Ingredients 
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 packet  ranch dressing mix
  • 1 lb spiral pasta, cooked
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli
  • 1 cup ham
  • 1 cup cheese
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
Directions
  1. Combine the sour cream, mayo and ranch dressing mix.  Set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta until al dente.  Drain and rinse with cold water, drizzle with a bit of canola oil so it doesn’t stick.
  3. Chop the veggies, ham and cheese into bite sized pieces.  Combine with the pasta and 3/4 of the dressing mix.  Stir well, add additional dressing if it is too dry.
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

This recipe is a slight variation of the recipe found here: Mrs Schwarz’s Kitchen

Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Whole Wheat Angel hair pasta
  • 2 chicken breasts, pre-cooked and sliced into strips
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 TSB Olive oil
  • Garlic salt
  • 10 – 12 oz Frozen Broccoli florets (thawed) or 10-12 oz fresh broccoli chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta per instructions on package.
  2. In a pan, heat up the olive oil  and add minced garlic.
  3. Add chicken to pan and saute until warm. Add the broccoli.
  4. Cover the pan and let broccoli cook until tender.
  5. Sprinkle the veggies and chicken with garlic salt and parmesan cheese and mix together.
  6. Add the drained pasta to the pan. Drizzle the pasta with olive oil, garlic salt and parmesan cheese.
  7. Mix everything together and let heat up for about 3 minutes.

This recipe is adapted from this recipe here!

 

Creamy Spinach and Broccoli Lasagna

Serves: 4

Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
Prep Time: 35 min
Oven Temp: 425 degrees

Ingredients

  • 1 TBS  olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 package (10 oz) frozen leaf spinach
  • 1 package (10 oz) frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 container(s) (15-ounce) part-skim ricotta
  • 1 1/2 cups part-skim mozzarella, grated
  • 1 cup(s) milk
  • 4 ounce(s) cream cheese, cut into pieces
  • 8 no-boil lasagna noodles

directions

  1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Thaw the spinach and broccoli according to package directions. Squeeze the spinach of excess moisture and pat the broccoli dry. Roughly chop both and place in a large bowl. Mix in the ricotta and 1 cup mozzarella
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the milk to the garlic and whisk to combine.
  5. Add the onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to a simmer, then whisk in the cream cheese. Gently simmer (do not boil), stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Spread 1/2 cup of the sauce on the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish. Top with 2 1/2 noodles (breaking as necessary to fit). Spread a third (about 1/3 cup) of the remaining sauce over the top. Dollop with a third (about 1 1/3 cups) of the ricotta mixture. Repeat twice.
  8. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella, cover tightly with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake until the noodles are tender (a sharp knife should go through with no resistance) and the top is golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes more. Let rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

 

Adapted from this recipe

Chicken Parmesan Manicotti

Ingredients

  • 14 pieces manicotti, cooked according to package directions
  • 2 cups part skim ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese (divided)
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans Italian style diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried basil leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, combine cooked, cubed chicken, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, egg, oregano, salt and pepper together and stir until well mixed.
  3. Fill each cooked manicotti with the chicken and cheese mixture carefully so that the manicotti doesn’t tear (The author suggests filling a plastic bag with the chicken and cheese mixture. Cut a small hole in the corner and squeeze the filling into the manicotti).
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes in saucepan over low heat.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon chopped basil leaves and stir until it starts to bubble.
  6. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and place the stuffed manicotti in it.
  7. Pour the prepared sauce over the manicotti. Sprinkle with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Recipe source: Six Sisters Stuff (another one of my favorite blogs!)

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Prep Time:  10 Minutes    Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 can 15-oz Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 8 oz, Egg Noodles
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  • 1-1/4 cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Sliced Green Onions (less To Taste) OR 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Preparation Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown ground beef in a large skillet. Drain fat.
  3. Add tomato sauce. 1/2 teaspoon salt and plenty of black pepper and onion powder if you choose to use it instead of onions. Stir, then simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.
  4. Cook egg noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese. Add black pepper. Add to noodles and stir.
  6. Add green onions if you choose to use them.
  7. To assemble, add half of the noodles to a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, then sprinkle on half the grated cheddar. Repeat with noodles, meat, then a final layer of cheese. Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted.
  8. Serve with french bread

This amazing recipe comes from The Pioneer Woman