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Chicken Caesar Pasta

Published July 23, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Chicken Caesar Pasta

INGREDIENTS
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
DIRECTIONS
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.

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Skillet Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

Published July 18, 2013 by ericasnailsandmore

Skillet Mac and Cheese

INGREDIENTS
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

DIRECTIONS
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.

NOTES
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.

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