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Patriotic Pasta Salad

Published July 24, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Patriotic Pasta Salad

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1-1/2 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon honey mustard
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2-1/2 cups uncooked penne pasta
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh basil or 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 cups fresh cauliflowerets
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cut into 1-inch strips
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients ingredients; set aside. Meanwhile cook pasta according to package directions; rinse in cold water and drain. Transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute garlic and basil in oil until garlic is tender. Pour over pasta. Add the cauliflower, tomatoes, green onions, red pepper, cheese and dressing; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12-14 servings.



Chicken Caesar Pasta

Published July 23, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Chicken Caesar Pasta

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut up
1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
1 cup water
1/3 cup Caesar salad dressing
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 (8 ounce) package linguine, cooked and drained
grated Parmesan cheese
Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until it’s well browned on all sides.
Stir the soup, water and dressing in the skillet. Heat to a boil. Add the tomatoes. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
Toss with the linguine. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


Italian Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Published July 19, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

1 pound lean ground beef
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup chopped onion
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup olive oil
2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 bay leaf
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
3/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a large bowl, combine ground beef, bread crumbs, parsley, Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and beaten egg. Mix well and form into 12 balls. Store, covered, in refrigerator until needed.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent. Stir in tomatoes, salt, sugar and bay leaf. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 90 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, basil, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and meatballs and simmer 30 minutes more. Serve.

(source – Miranda Johnson)

Skillet Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Published July 18, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Skillet Mac and Cheese

3-1/2 cups water, plus extra if needed
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
12 ounces (about 3 cups) elbow macaroni
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
6 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (1-1/2 cups)
6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (1-1/2 cups)
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small chunks
Ground black pepper to taste

Bring 3 1/2 cups water, 1 cup of the evaporated milk, the macaroni, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a simmer in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat. Cook at a vigorous simmer, stirring often, until the macaroni is tender and the liquid has thickened, 9 to 12 minutes.
Whisk the remaining 1/2 cup evaporated milk, the cornstarch, mustard and hot sauce together in a small bowl, then stir into the skillet. Continue to simmer slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
Off the heat, stir in the cheddar and Monterey Jack, one handful at a time, adding water as needed to adjust the consistency of the sauce (I didn’t need any additional water when I made it). Stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Ham and Pea Variation: Follow the recipe, adding 4 ounces deli-style baked ham, diced medium, and 1/2 cup frozen peas to the skillet with the cornstarch mixture in step 2.