Rigatoni

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

One half pound of rigatoni, cooked al detente

One 24 ounce jar Prego Traditional Italian Sauce


One pound hamburger, browned and drained

One 8 ounce package of Bel Gioioso Fresh Mozzarella Pearls 


Combine all ingredients; pour into 9×13 baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. At the end of 20 minutes, remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes.

I didn’t get a photo of the baked product– we ate it too quickly!

Hamburger Helper: Crunchy Taco

It’s review time!


My son likes Hamburger Helper. From the red box, not the kind I can make from scratch.

Last night we had the Crunchy Taco HH. Here’s what we thought:

It was delicious, yes, but it needed more crunchy chips; also if I had added a few pinto beans, it would have made it better.

So, next time: more chips and add the beans!

Smoked Sausage and Potatoes

IMG_20150822_161432Peel and dice two russet potatoes.

Add to large skillet which has been heated with two tablespoons of canola oil and one tablespoon of butter. Fry on medium heat until browned and cooked  (15 minutes or so), stirring often.

Slice up a one pound package of Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage and add to the skillet with the potatoes. Heat for approximately 10 minutes, until meat is hot.

Serve immediately.

 

 

 

More Italian Chicken!

tmp_23497-IMG_20150806_180655-1507886880Chicken is so versatile. I call this Italian chicken, but it’s basically CHICKEN, with any favorite spices plus a few regulars. One of my favorite spices is McCormick Roasted Garlic and Bell Pepper seasoning.

As you see in the picture above, I made chicken tenders from two chicken breasts. They were fried in extra virgin olive oil and butter. I added a splash of white wine and let the tenders get nice and brown.

The entire cast iron skillet went into a 350° preheated oven for 10 minutes. Carefully remove skillet, add diced potatoes and raise oven temperature to 450° so that everything SIZZLES.

Bake for 10 minutes, stir potatoes and rearrange chicken. Bake for 10 more minutes. Remove chicken, rest it for 5 minutes while potatoes finish roasting.

Serve hot. Enjoy!

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Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Au Gratin Potatoes with Ham

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIngredients
One box (3.95 ounces) of Idahoan Au Gratin Homestyle Casserole
Ingredients as directed to make the above casserole ^
1 cup of cheddar cheese (I used Braum’s Cheddar Cheese)
1 cup of cubed ham (I used Farmland Cubed Ham)

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Prepare potatoes as directed. Add ham and mix gently. Top with cheddar cheese.

Bake as directed.

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Hamburger Helper Chili Mac

I can be a lazy cook. Sometimes I just don’t feel like doing much, and on those nights, I tear open a box of Hamburger Helper and grab a pound of hamburger from the fridge.

I was lazy tonight and made Hamburger Helper Chili Mac.

It was pretty good.  My husband used to love Hamburger Helper and my teen son loves it, so once in a while I let the laziness pour over me and I make something simple.  OH, and I added one can of drained corn, so that my meal was pretty much a one-pan meal.HH chili mac