Tag: PASTA

Tomato Pesto Pasta with Shrimp and Zucchini

Tomato Pesto Pasta with Shrimp and Zucchini

Tomato Pesto Pasta with Shrimp and Zucchini is such a comforting meal. Well, is there anything more satisfying than a bowl of delicious pasta? I must admit that my family, including me, couldn’t live without pasta. Actually, this is one of my husband’s favorite dishes. read more

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

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SLOW COOKER MEAT PASTA

SLOW COOKER MEAT PASTA


If you love baked pasta, then this dish is for you. If you love the food that comes out of your slow cooker, this dish is for you. If you need to run errands for a couple of hours, this dish is for you.

I rarely use my slow cooker, despite my love for slow cooked meals. I am home, I work from home, I am always here so I don’t need a meal to cook for 6-8 hours, but from time to time I do just that. When I know that I will have a pretty tight schedule, I prepare everything and allow my slow cooker to do its thing while I am out and about. It’s perfect for delicious roasts, shredded meat/poultry, and of course meals like I am sharing today. I noticed that so many people depend on slow cooker so I wanted to share a couple that I love here with you.


You can keep this meatless if you wish, or add some smoked sausage to the sauce, or whatever, but it reminded me of baked pasta. God, I love baked pasta. Well, I love any pasta for that matter. I can’t resist it! So without me yapping all day about it, here is my slow cooker meat pasta. By the way, this was eaten in one sitting. It was that good.

Happy Cooking!

SLOW COOKER MEAT PASTA

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword slow cooker, beef, pasta
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Onion chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 lb. Italian Sausage without casting
  • 1/2 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 teaspoon dried Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried Basil
  • 1 teaspoon  dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon smoked Paprika
  • Salt and ground Black Pepper to taste I couple of pinches until you reach the taste that you want
  • 1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1 can Fire Roasted tomatoes chopped
  • 1 cup Marinara Sauce
  • 3 cups Pasta uncooked (I used Penne, but elbow macaroni or similar could be used)
  • 1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheese I used Cheddar, Parmesan and Mozzarella Blend
  • 1 1/2 cups Water

Instructions

  1. Add oil in a skillet/pan and saute chopped onion for a minute or so on a medium high temperature.
  2. Add garlic and stir to infuse oil with garlic, then add Italian sausage and ground beef.
  3. Add spices and seasoning, and stir. Break the meat while stirring. Meat needs to be completely cooked. You do not need to add too much salt because the tomato paste and marinara sauce are already seasoned well.
  4. Add tomato paste, fire roasted tomatoes, and marinara sauce. Stir very well. When it starts to bubble, turn the heat off and cover the skillet.
  5. Turn the slow cooker on and start layering as you would layer lasagna.
  6. First add a ladle of the sauce, then add a couple of tablespoons of ricotta cheese, following with 1 1/2 cups of uncooked pasta.
  7. The second layer, on top of the uncooked pasta, adds 1 more ladle of the sauce, ricotta cheese, and shredded cheese.
  8. Add 1 1/2 cups of uncooked pasta on top, then pour over the rest of the sauce.
  9. Pour 1 1/2 cups of cold water and add ricotta cheese. At this point, try to spread a cheese and work with a fork in between the pasta to slightly combine it all.
  10. Top it all with remaining shredded cheese. Cover and cook on high for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the pasta is cooked You may cook it on slow for up to 3 hours or until the pasta is cooked.

Recipe Notes

You may prepare everything and store in the fridge overnight until you are ready to cook. You can cook pasta prior and the dish will be done in 20 to 30 minutes. When it's done just keep it on warm to perfect until ready to be served. No, pasta was NOT mushy or overcooked. I had a feeling that this question would come sooner or later so I am answering it now. You can see on my pics that the pasta is not falling apart.

Turkey and Ham Lasagna

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Skillet Lasagna + VIDEO

Skillet Lasagna + VIDEO

Skillet Lasagna Recipe

Who doesn’t love cheesy lasagna, right? However, this way you can save yourself some time and be done in 30 minutes or less.

If you multitask like me, this meal is done in 35 minutes, especially using this amazing ceramic skillet by Ceramcor Xtrema where meals taste better, healthier and it cooks much faster.  

This is 100% my kind of meal. Sometimes I would add spinach or kale, but that is up to you to make those decisions. Let me tell you this is pretty darn delicious with spinach and beef.

Skillet Lasagna with a video

I just love this combo as well as my family. Usually, I made this in a large quantities so we have leftovers.

However, if you don’t eat red meat, you can substitute it with chicken sausage or ground turkey. With that being said, if you do not eat meat at all, use mushrooms and greens to make vegetable skillet lasagna. You’re welcome! 🙂  

Now, let’s get cooking!!!

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SKILLET LASAGNA

Delicious weeknight dinner in no time. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword beef, pasta, one pot meal, dinner
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Onion chopped
  • 1 lb Ground Beef 80/20
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Italian Herbs Blend
  • 1 tsp. Sage
  • 3 Garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 cups Pasta Sauce Meat, Marinara, Traditional, etc.
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/2 lb Pasta I used wide noodles
  • 2 tbsp. Grated Italian Cheese Blend
  • 6-8 Scoops Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 tbsp. Shaved Parmesan Cheese
  • 2-3 tbsp. Shredded Italian Cheese Blend

GARNISH:

  • 1 tbsp. Fresh Parsley for garnish
  • 1 tbsp. Shaved Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat the skillet to medium high, then turn the heat down to medium-low. Add Olive oil.
  2. Add chopped onion, and stir. Cook for a minute, just to get them soften.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until the beef is completely cooked. If you are using a higher percentage of fat in ground beef, now it’s the best time to take out excess fat.
  4. Add seasoning; salt, ground pepper, Italian dried herbs, and sage. Stir well! Add chopped garlic cloves, stir.
  5. Pour any pasta sauce that you desire, then stir in about 2 cups of water. IF you have more pasta and bigger/deeper skillet, add about 1/2 cup more sauce and water.
  6. Add noodles, and mix to coat, then add Grated Italian Cheese Blend. Cover and allow it to cook under the lid at a LOW temperature for 13 to 15 minutes or until the pasta is completely cooked.
  7. Take the lid off, then add  Ricotta Cheese and Shaved Parmesan Cheese, then cover and cook for 5 minutes under the lid.
  8. Take the lid off and add Shredded Italian Cheese Blend, cover and cook under the lid for 3 more minutes or until the cheese is completely melted.
  9. Garnish and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can use ground Turkey instead of the beef. Add more or less cheese. I liked this way, but if you love cheese, add more. Noodles, macaroni, broken lasagna noodles whatever you have will work, HOWEVER, the cooking time of the noodles but vary. Wide noodles cook pretty fast.  If you have a bigger skillet and deeper you can add the whole pound, but otherwise, stick to half a pound. This could be in the fridge for up to 5 days and in the freezer for 3 months. Of course, make sure to seal it very well. FORGOT TO ADD “important factor” IN THE VIDEO: Start Cooking this on medium-high, then lower it to medium-low. This type of skillet (Ceramic skillet) keeps the temperature even, so you do not cook on HIGH. It gets the job done beautifully at a lower temperature. You can also bake it (375F) instead of keeping it on the stove top.

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Skillet Spaghetti with Vegetables

Skillet Spaghetti with Vegetables

Skillet Spaghetti with Vegetables

I do not know about you, but there is nothing quicker or more fulfilling than making a one-pot meal, such as this Skillet Spaghetti with Vegetables.

You can include some chicken, fish or whatever protein on the side. However, to be completely forthright, sometimes a meal without the meat is delightful and so worth it.

Anyhow, I shared something very similar a long time ago, when I just started blogging, but I thought to share a little faster, updated version as well.

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Seriously, this is done so quickly that the supper will be on the table in the blink of an eye.

It brings a smile to my face when my kids say: “oh, this looks so good”. So, if they like it so much, I know you will love it as well.

Skillet Spaghetti with Vegetables

Well, I make meals like this often as they are quick and easy. Additionally, my family loves pasta so it is a must at least once a week.

Now that we are on a low carb diet, I use shirataki, which is basically low carb pasta for us keto people.

If you like this Skillet Spaghetti with Vegetables, please tag me on Instagram. @sandraseasycooking using hashtag #sandraseasycooking.

Nothing brings me more delight than seeing the creations that you made using my recipe.

Recipe

I always give you an option, such as if you don’t have one thing in your fridge or pantry, replace it with the other.

Cheers, my friends, and wishing you an astounding June!!!

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Skillet Spaghetti with Vegetables
Yield: Serves 4

Skillet Spaghetti with Vegetables

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Easy and simple pasta dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 box Spaghetti cooked (1lb)
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic cloves smashed
  • 2 Green Onions chopped
  • 1 cup Fresh Broccoli florets
  • 1 cup Fresh Asparagus chopped
  • 4-5 Baby Bella Mushrooms sliced
  • Sprinkle of Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt or to taste
  • Dash of Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Dry Italian Herbs {mix}
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese

Instructions

  1. Boil salted water and drop the pasta in; while the pasta is cooking start preparing vegetables.
  2. Wash all the vegetables first and smash the garlic, chop the green onions, chop the asparagus into 1 inch, cut broccoli florets separating it from the root, and slice mushrooms.
  3. Add olive oil in the skillet and heat it.
  4. Add to the skillet smashed garlic and chopped green onions; stir-fry for a few seconds. Add asparagus, broccoli, and mushrooms. You can blanch asparagus and broccoli for 20-30 seconds, by placing them in the boiling water, drain and place it in the cold bath.
  5. Season the vegetables with salt, pepper, sprinkle of red crushed pepper and toss in a few dry herbs; Stir Fry for next 3 to 5 minutes,
  6. Add cooked and drained pasta in the skillet and mix to coat it with olive oil.
  7. Sprinkle the pasta with a generous amount of Grated Parmesan Cheese.

Notes

  • You can add Bell Peppers, other types of mushrooms, kale or spinach. It is a very versatile dish. You may add 1 teaspoon or more of butter and stir the pasta. It gives you a very silky and delicious taste.

Pasta and Cheese with Chicken and Peas

Pasta and Cheese with Chicken and Peas

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