Turkey pasta bake

Pastas are so easy for me to make. All you need in some noodles, sauce, cheese and then some veggies. This is a great pasta with lots of hidden vegetables.
You can chop the veggies small if trying to hide them from picky eaters. I personally like them big so I get their texture. You can also add any the veggies in this. Would be great with some spinach added before baking.

Turkey Pasta bake
About 6 servings

you will need
1 teaspoon Olive oil
1 Onion, diced
1 bell Pepper, diced
4oz Mushrooms, sliced
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground Turkey
Salt and pepper
2 cups dried 4 cups Cooked shell Pasta (whole wheat would be great in this dish)
3 cups Marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)
2 ½ cups Monterey jack cheese, shredded (save ½ cup for top)
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated (Save ¼ cup for top)

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
Make your pasta according to package directions.
Season the turkey with salt and pepper, while cooking over medium heat. Cook until done. Drain, put turkey aside. Add olive oil to the pan over medium heat. Add onion and pepper. Cook for about 3-4 minutes till soft. Add the mushrooms and cook for a few minutes. Add garlic cook until fragrant. Turn off heat. Add turkey back to pan and mix together. In an oven safe dish add the cooked noodles, pasta sauce, meat mixture and cheese. Mix well. Add remaining cheese on top. Bake for 20 minutes uncovered till cheese is melted and bubbly.


Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

I needed something easy for dinner tonight. We spent the afternoon at the beach!! In February… I know, I was excited. I was even worried about sunscreen for the baby!! But It was sunny and kinda warm, until the clouds came. So after spending most of the day at the beach, playing in the sand. I wasn’t wanting to think to much in the kitchen for dinner. This dish comes together super easy, and is very flavorful. Hope you enjoy too!

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

you will need
2 tablespoons Butter
1 Onion, diced
3 Garlic cloves, minced
Red pepper flakes
½ cup Heavy whipping cream
4 ounces Goat cheese
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 (12ounce) jar Roasted red pepper
2 tablespoons Liquid from the red pepper jar
2 teaspoons Basil
½ pound Noodles of your choice

Cook noodles according to package

Melt butter in a pan over medium heat, add in onion sauté for 3-4 minutes you want them soft. Add in garlic and red pepper flakes. Let cook for a minute wait till they are fragrant. Add in cream, both cheeses, red pepper, liquid and basil. Let simmer, till cheese is melted. Blend with emersion blender or a regular blender. Once smooth add to the cook pasta, coat well, top with extra cheese and serve!
If you like your sauce a bit thinner go ahead and add more cream or milk to thin it out!

Easy week night pasta

When not fully sure what to make for dinner, I always have stuff to make a great homemade pasta dish. All you need is noodles, meat and tomatoes. I guess technically you don’t need meat. I always have canned diced tomatoes, tomato paste and noodles in my kitchen. With the right seasonings you can turn those three ingredients into a quick flavorful dish! And like all my dishes feel free to change up the seasonings to your liking.

Easy week night pasta

You will need
1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
¼ cup white wine
1 can diced tomatoes
3 tablespoon tomato paste
1 teaspoon basil
2 teaspoons oregano
1/8 teaspoon sage
1/8 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
¼ cup water
8 oz. noodles of choice cooked
½ pound chicken sausage or meat of choice
2 tablespoon parmesan cheese (more for topping)

Cook noodles and meat according to package

For the sauce heat the oil in a large pot, once heated add in onion cook for around 5 minutes. Add in pepper flakes and garlic. Cook till fragrant about one minute.
Deglaze the pan with the wine, add the tomatoes, the paste, seasonings, bay leaf and water. Lower heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove bay leaf, then blend the sauce to desired consistence (Using an emersion blender or carefully transferring to a regular blender), if you like chunky sauce you don’t need to blend it or have to blend all, I blended about half of mine. Mix in cheese, meat (If using) and noodles. Ready to serve.

Homemade Macaroni & cheese (Two ways)

Every year for my birthday this is the one dish I would always ask my mom to make for me. I was in love with this mac and cheese!! I would even lick my plate, which had my dad believe I would never find a man with my table manner! My mom always made it in the microwave but you can also make it on the stove. You can add chicken with the bacon or instead of bacon. I love to use sharp cheddar cheese and pepper jack. There are so many options to make this recipe your own. And it is just about as quick to make as mac and cheese in the box.
This is great as left overs just add some extra milk before reheating in the microwave.

Homemade Macaroni & cheese

What you need
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cups Milk (skim works)
2 cups Shredded cheese. (Use whatever you have one hand)
2 oz. parmesan cheese, fresh, grated
3-4 oz. cream cheese, cubed
16 oz. macaroni or other pasta, cooked al dente, drained
1/2lb – 1lb bacon, chopped, fried crisp (I love bacon)
sea salt, fresh ground pepper, red chili flakes, cayenne and garlic powder or any other spices you like to taste

Cook noodles according to package. And if using cook up bacon.

Stove top directions:
On the stove over medium heat melt the butter. Add flour and stir well. Let the flour brown for a minute or two. Slowly add the milk while you whisk (if added to fast it will clump). Spice to taste. Add all cheese once melted add the bacon and cooked noodles.

Microwave directions:
In 2-qt. microwave safe bowl–like a batter bowl–melt butter in microwave. Add flour and stir well. Cook in microwave 1-2 minutes–flour should start to turn golden brown. Add milk. Cook in microwave until thick, stirring every minute. Add spices to taste. Add cheeses, stir well. Cook in microwave until cheese is melted. Add the bacon and cooked noodles.

Both ways are ready to eat at this point or you can bake it in a 350 degree oven for approximately 30 minutes until golden brown on top. You can also top it with more cheese, bread crumbs, crushed saltines or ritz-type crackers that have been mixed with 1 Tbsp. melted butter or olive oil. I am usually to excited to eat it, to do a topping.