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Cajun Chicken Pasta

I recently celebrated a birthday, and one of the first things I did with a gift card I received was to purchase a new cookbook for my collection.  The first recipe I made from that cookbook was this delicious “lightened-up” recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta. We LOVED it, so I want to share it with you today!Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks! This "lightened-up" dish is packed with veggies, chicken and great flavor!
The original version is a popular restaurant item in a famous restaurant, but in this version, it has been lightened up, and prepared as written, will be under 400 calories per 1½ cup serving!  It’s absolutely delicious!

Look at all those fresh colorful veggies that are in this dish! The best tip I can give you is to prep them before beginning!  If you have all ingredients ready to go, you can prepare the dish while the pasta cooks and it should be ready in about the same amount of time!  Also to save time… bring a large pot of salted water to a boil right at the start (for the pasta).

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Combine milk, cream cheese and flour in a blender. Mix until well blended. Set aside.  This is a “slurry” that will be used to thicken the Cajun sauce later.

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Cook the pasta in the boiling water according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Prepare chicken and sauce while pasta is cooking.

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While pasta is cooking, prepare the chicken. Season chicken pieces with 1 teaspoon of the Cajun seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium-high. When hot, add chicken (may need to work in batches depending on size of skillet).

Cook chicken about 3 minutes (till golden brown on bottom), then flip and cook other side about 3 minutes.  When done, remove the chicken to a plate. Set aside.

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add olive oil to the skillet (same one you cooked the chicken in).  Turn heat down to medium.  Add the bell pepper and onion slices.  Cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once veggies are tender, add the mushrooms and tomatoes to skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then add minced garlic, and cook for an additional minute, stirring often.  Add the rest of the garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper.  Stir to blend and continue cooking.

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Turn heat down to medium-low.  Pour in the “slurry” ( milk/cream cheese/flour mixture) and a cup of chicken broth. Stir well, to blend. Cook for a couple minutes, stirring often, until the sauce has started to thicken.

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the chicken back into the skillet.  Add 1/8 teaspoon salt and the rest of the Cajun seasoning (1/4 teaspoon).  Stir and cook until chicken has been heated through (1-2 minutes).  Once mixed, add the cooked pasta to the skillet, and gently stir and toss, to fully coat pasta and chicken with Cajun sauce.

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When heated through, it is ready to serve!  Garnish each serving of chicken and pasta with sliced green onions… and serve while hot!

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We absolutely loved this meal!  So much flavor!  I also highly recommend Gina Homolka’s cookbook “The Skinnytaste Cookbook” for anyone looking to cut some calories out of their meals! It is a wonderful cookbook with some delicious recipes!

Have a great day.  Be kind out there, people!  It’s such a small thing… but your kindness really can have a huge impact on others!

Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  The Skinnytaste Cookbook” by Gina Homolka, Published 2014, Clarkson Potter/Publishers, pages 187-187.

Cajun Chicken Pasta
 
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Recipe type: Chicken
Serves: 5 servings
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup fat-free milk
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour (Gluten-free, use sweet rice flour)
  • 3 Tablespoons light cream cheese
  • 8 ounces penne pasta or linguine (Gluten-free, use brown rice pasta-check label)
  • Salt
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips
  • 1¼ teaspoons Cajun seasoning (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (divided)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeds removed, cut in thin slices
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeds removed, cut in thin slices
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 medium scallions (green onions), chopped
Directions
  1. First... prep veggies, gather ingredients, and heat large pot of salted water to boiling.
  2. Combine milk, cream cheese and flour in a blender. Mix until well blended. Set aside.
  3. Cook pasta in boiling water according to package directions. Drain; set aside. Prepare chicken/sauce while pasta cooks.
  4. Season chicken pieces with 1 tsp.Cajun seasoning, ½ tsp. garlic powder, and ¼ tsp. salt. Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray; heat to medium-high. When hot, add chicken. Cook chicken about 3 minutes (till golden brown on bottom), turn, cook other side about 3 minutes. When done, remove chicken to a plate. Set aside.
  5. Add olive oil to skillet. Turn heat down to medium. Add bell pepper and onion. Cook about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once veggies are tender, add mushrooms and tomatoes. Cook 2-3 minutes, then add minced garlic, and cook for an additional minute, stirring often. Add the rest of the garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon ground black pepper. Stir to blend.
  6. Turn heat down to medium-low. Pour in the "slurry" (milk/cream cheese/flour mixture) and a cup of chicken broth. Stir well. Cook for a couple minutes, stirring, until sauce has started to thicken.
  7. Add chicken back into skillet. Add ⅛ teaspoon salt and the rest of the Cajun seasoning (1/4 tsp). Stir and cook until chicken is heated through (1-2 minutes). Once mixed, add cooked pasta to skillet, and gently toss, to coat pasta and chicken with sauce. When heated through, it's ready! Garnish each serving with sliced green onions... and serve hot!

Here’s one more to pin to your Pinterest boards!Cajun Chicken Pasta / The Grateful Girl Cooks! This "lightened-up" dish is packed with veggies, chicken and great flavor!

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Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine

A few days ago our oldest son popped in for a visit, and ended up staying to have dinner with us. I made this yummy, quick recipe for Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine, and we enjoyed it very much!Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The recipe is one I’ve had for years and years, but do not know the original source, since only the recipe was written down on a little 3×5 card.  I’ve made a few changes to the recipe over the years to suit my taste buds, and let me tell you… it is good!

The basic recipe is actually quite simple… cook bacon, cook pasta, cook a few simple fresh ingredients, combine and serve in about 20 minutes! It tastes wonderful, too!  Here’s how you make this dish:

In a skillet, cook bacon pieces until crisp. Transfer bacon pieces to paper towel to absorb grease.. Drain bacon drippings, BUT LEAVE 1 TABLESPOON BACON DRIPPINGS IN SKILLET (sorry for the slightly blurry photo). **Tip: While bacon is cooking, bring water for pasta to boiling, then cook in separate pot**.

Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Add chopped onion, tomato, basil and crispy cooked bacon pieces to reserved Tablespoon of bacon drippings in skillet. The photo below is before I added the cooked bacon. (I used a variety of colored tomatoes, but any fresh tomatoes will be perfectly fine!). Cook 3-4 minutes until onion is tender, and tomatoes have begun to break down. Add minced garlic and a couple Tablespoons of starchy water from the pasta that is cooking. Stir well, to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated completely through on medium heat.

Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Heat lightly salted water in large pot for pasta. When boiling, add pasta, and cook according to package directions. (Note:  I did this while cooking the bacon and sauce to save time).  I made the fettucine from scratch with my little pasta machine earlier in the day just for fun!  Isn’t it beautiful?  I used it in this meal (because I find it relaxing to make homemade pasta), but absolutely recommend using store bought pasta for the easiest way to make this dish!

Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When pasta is finished cooking, drain and add pasta to skillet with the sauce. Gently toss with tongs, to thoroughly coat the pasta with sauce. Cook until heated through, adding an additional touch of water if necessary to thin the sauce to cover.

Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place pasta and sauce onto serving dishes, then garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of dried or fresh parsley. Serve, and enjoy!

Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We really enjoyed this pasta dish with a simple mixed green salad on the side.  The recipe, as written, makes 3 main course servings or 4-5 small side servings.

As I write this blog today, my heart is broken over the Hurricane Harvey destruction and horrific flooding occurring in Texas and Louisiana this week. We are continuing to pray for our fellow citizens impacted by this event, and are hopeful God will meet their needs physically, emotionally and spiritually during and after this tragedy. He is “a very present help in times of trouble”.

Have a good day, friends. May you know God’s unconditional love, no matter what you are going through!

Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Original Recipe Source: unknown (recipe handwritten on a 3×5 card many years ago)

Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine
 
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Recipe type: Main Course
Serves: 3 main or 4 side
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces fettucine noodles
  • 3 slices raw bacon, cut into ½ inch slices
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil (or 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons starchy pasta water
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
  • Dried parsley (for garnish)
Directions
  1. Heat lightly salted water in large pot. When boiling, add pasta, and cook according to package directions. (I did this at same time I was cooking bacon and sauce).
  2. In a skillet, cook bacon pieces until crisp. Transfer bacon pieces to paper towel to absorb grease. Drain grease from skillet, BUT LEAVE 1 TABLESPOON BACON GREASE IN SKILLET.
  3. Add chopped onion, tomato, basil and bacon pieces to bacon drippings in skillet. Cook 3-4 minutes until onion is tender, and tomatoes have begun to break down. Add minced garlic and a couple Tablespoons of water from the pasta that is cooking. Stir well, to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated completely through on medium heat.
  4. When pasta is finished cooking, drain and add pasta to skillet with the sauce. Gently toss to coat the pasta with the sauce. Heat until hot throughout. Place pasta and sauce onto serving plates, and garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of dried parsley. Serve, and enjoy!

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

If you like chicken and broccoli, you will LOVE these Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells! Such a “comfort food” dish… with cheesy Alfredo sauce coating the chicken and broccoli inside jumbo sized pasta shells! Yum!Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

There are so many ways to enjoy stuffed pasta shells, and this recipe caught my attention.  How can you go wrong with pasta, chicken, broccoli, AND cheesy Alfredo sauce?  We really enjoyed this fairly simple to prepare dinner.   We also enjoyed finishing off the leftovers the next day!  Here’s how to make these delicious stuffed shells:

Prepare the jumbo pasta shells by cooking according to the package directions. Cook until the pasta is al dente, then drain and place pasta shells on a large baking sheet to cool, separating them so they don’t stick together while cooling. Set aside.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
While pasta is cooking/cooling, prepare the Alfredo sauce by combining butter, garlic, heavy whipping cream and milk in a pan on medium heat. Stir together ingredients and bring them to a low simmer (do NOT boil).  Place the egg yolks in a small bowl, beat until blended, then temper the eggs (this slowly raises the temperature of the egg yolks to prevent them from scrambling when they hit the simmering hot Alfredo sauce). To temper the eggs, add a spoonful of the hot Alfredo sauce to the egg yolks, whisking the mixture as you add. Repeat the process with several more spoonfuls, one at a time, whisking each spoonful into the eggs. Once you have done this, slowly drizzle the egg yolk mixture into the Alfredo sauce, whisking as you add.  Stir mixture well to combine, then remove pan from the heat.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

After pan has been removed from heat, stir in 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.  Season to taste, with salt and black pepper. Set aside.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a large mixing bowl, combine shredded/chopped chicken, chopped steamed broccoli and 1/2 cup of the Alfredo sauce. Stir to combine.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

To assemble: Place a couple spoonfuls of Alfredo sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 cake pan.  Place a large spoonful of the chicken/broccoli mixture into each pasta shell.  Place filled shells on top of sauce in pan.  Divide remaining sauce over the tops of the pasta shells, then sprinkle with the rest of the mozzarella cheese (1/2 cup).

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake, uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. When done, the cheese sauce will be bubbling up around the shells, and cheese will be melted on top of shells. Remove pan to a wire rack, and let pasta shells cool for a minute before serving.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Place pasta shells onto individual serving plates and spoon some of the remaining Alfredo sauce over the top.  Sprinkle with dried parsley flakes, if desired… and enjoy this delicious meal!

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I hope you enjoy trying this stuffed shell recipe. My husband and I really appreciated the leftovers, as well (just as good the second time around).  Have a wonderful day, and strive to be kind. It’s so simple to do… and can really encourage or make an impact on someone who might be hurting.  May God bless you.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: http://tastesbetterfromscratch.com/chicken-broccoli-alfredo-stuffed-shells/

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells
 
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Chicken and broccoli bake inside jumbo pasta shells atop a delicious creamy Alfredo sauce.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 ounce) box of jumbo pasta shells
  • 3 cups cooked chicken, chopped (rotisserie chicken works well)
  • 1¾ cups chopped/steamed broccoli
For Alfredo Sauce:
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1¼ cup whole milk
  • ⅔ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup freshly grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large egg yolks, beaten
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
Garnish:
  • ½ cup freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • Dried parsley flakes
Directions
  1. Prepare pasta shells according to package directions until pasta is al dente; drain and place pasta shells on baking sheet to cool, separating them so they don't stick together.
  2. While pasta is cooling, prepare Alfredo sauce by combining butter, garlic, heavy whipping cream and milk in a pan set on medium heat. Stir ingredients and bring them to a low simmer (do NOT boil). Place egg yolks in a bowl, beat until blended, then temper the eggs (this slowly raises the temp. of the egg yolks to prevent them from scrambling when they hit the simmering Alfredo sauce). To temper eggs, add a spoonful of the hot Alfredo sauce to the egg yolks, whisking as you add. Repeat process with 3-4 more spoonfuls, one at a time, whisking while adding. Slowly drizzle egg yolk mixture into the Alfredo sauce, whisking as you add. Whisk mixture well; remove pan from heat.
  3. Add ½ cup Mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Stir. Add salt and pepper; season to taste.
  4. In mixing bowl, combine chicken, cooked broccoli and ½ cup Alfredo sauce. Stir. Place a couple spoonfuls of Alfredo sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 cake pan. Place a large spoonful of the chicken/broccoli mixture into each shell. Place filled shells on top of sauce in pan.
  5. Spoon remaining sauce over the top of the shells; sprinkle with ½ cup mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake (uncovered) at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. When done, the cheese sauce will be bubbling, and cheese will be melted on top. Remove pan to wire rack; let shells cool a minute before serving. Transfer shells to individual serving plates and spoon remaining Alfredo sauce over the top. Garnish with dried parsley flakes. Serve and enjoy!

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EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake

This EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta and Spinach Bake may not be the poster child for “Good-Looking” meals, but what it lacks in looks, it makes up for in TASTE! This meatless pasta dish, with three Italian cheeses, tastes wonderful, and is incredibly easy to prepare!EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta and Spinach Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I came up with this simple recipe one day while brainstorming what to make for dinner. After taking stock of what I had in my refrigerator and pantry, I decided to make this recipe using what I already had in the house. The results? A really good, SIMPLE to prepare meal!  Since I was creating a meal off the top of my head, I didn’t document the process too well with photos.  So these photos are just to give you an idea… trust me, the meal tastes a LOT better than it looks in these pictures.

The recipe is very straightforward.  Penne pasta is cooked and drained, then spaghetti sauce (flavor/variety of your choice-homemade or store-bought), three cheeses (mozzarella, Parmesan and ricotta), garlic powder and fresh chopped spinach  are added and mixed together.  The pasta is then placed into a 9×13 pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray.

EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The pasta is then topped with additional mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.

EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Pasta is baked (covered with aluminum foil) for 20 minutes, then foil is removed and continues baking for 5 more minutes (uncovered). That’s it!  Serve the pasta hot… and enjoy! It may not be the most “appetizing” looking photo I’ve ever taken, but it really is GOOD!

EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you will give this recipe a try! It is filling, filled with flavor, and is a cinch to prepare!  The leftovers were good, too!

EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake
 
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Penne Pasta is baked with spaghetti sauce, three cheeses, and fresh spinach in this easy, tasty, and filling casserole.
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Recipe type: Casserole
Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • ¾ pound penna pasta
  • Marinara sauce (homemade or use a jar of sauce-need enough for 4 servings)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup Ricotta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1½ cups chopped fresh spinach
  • Additional Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for topping casserole (1/4 cup each)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Place pasta in large mixing bowl.
  3. Add spaghetti sauce, mozzarella, Parmesan and ricotta cheeses, fresh chopped spinach, plus garlic powder. Stir into pasta until ingredients are fully coated and combined.
  4. Pour pasta into prepared 9x13 pan. Add additional mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses to top.
  5. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove foil and cook for 5 more minutes. Remove pan from oven and serve pasta immediately.
Notes
Number of servings will depend on the size portion you serve.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta and Spinach Bake / The Grateful Girl Cooks! EASY to prepare, delicious and filling, this simple casserole features 3 Italian cheeses!

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Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi

What do you get when you combine chicken, fluffy Italian potato dumplings, Parmesan cheese sauce and spinach into an easy meal? This recipe for Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi, that’s what… a simple, yet absolutely delicious entree!  If you’re a Vegetarian, you can simply leave the chicken out and still enjoy this wonderful dish!Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Enjoy this simple yet delicious meal in about 30 minutes from start to finish!
I found the original recipe on Pinterest, and decided to fix it for dinner recently.  It was sooooo good!  The recipe serves 4, and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, from start to finish!  Talk about Italian comfort food! Whoa… the potato gnocchi are a classic Italian pasta, the chicken breast chunks provide protein, the creamy Parmesan sauce is amazing, and the fresh spinach used in the recipe would make even Popeye proud!

Here’s how simple this recipe is to prepare:  Cut 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts into bite sized pieces. Lightly season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Heat olive oil in skillet on medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add chicken and cook 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally until cooked through.  Remove chicken from skillet; keep warm.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Prepare gnocchi according to package directions. Basically, you add them to boiling water, cook, and when they float to the surface they are done.  This typically takes only a few minutes.  Drain the gnocchi. Set aside. Place the empty pan back on the stove.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Add butter to pan and heat on medium until melted. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring well.  Add flour; stir well to remove lumps and form a roux (thick paste). Cook and stir for 30 seconds, just to “cook out” the raw flour taste. Add milk slowly to roux; stir or whisk it well to remove any remaining lumps. Cook this for 2-3 minutes only until the sauce has begun to thicken.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
This is what the sauce will look like as it begins to thicken.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Add chopped fresh spinach; stir well.  Cook for 3-4 minutes until the sauce has thickened and spinach has wilted.  Add Parmesan cheese, then cooked chicken into sauce. Stir well to combine.  Add a bit more milk if the sauce is too thick. (I added about 1/4 cup additional milk).  Taste sauce, then season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove the pan from the heat, and add cooked, drained gnocchi. Gently stir until all ingredients are combined.  If necessary, reheat through on low. Serve this dish immediately upon reaching desired heat.

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I dished up the gnocchi onto individual serving plates, then garnished with grated Parmesan cheese (can never have too much Parmesan, right?). Serve, and enjoy this wonderful chicken dish! It’s creamy, has great flavor, and is delicious and filling!

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I really hope you will consider making this chicken recipe. I think you will be surprised at just how simple it is to make in such a short time.  Have a wonderful day… and be KIND as you journey through this 24 hours you’ve been given!

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From:  http://www.lifeasastrawberry.com/parmesan-spinach-gnocchi/

Chicken, Parmesan & Spinach Gnocchi
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • Salt, pepper and garlic powder (to lightly season chicken)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 ounces potato gnocchi (found in pasta section)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups milk
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • Additional salt/pepper and milk, if necessary
  • 1 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (plus more for garnish, if desired)
Directions
  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces. Lightly season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Heat olive oil in skillet on medium high heat. Once oil is hot, add chicken and cook 3-4 minutes, turning occasionally until cooked through. Remove chicken from skillet and keep warm.
  2. Prepare gnocchi according to pkg. directions (add to boiling water, cook, and when they float to surface they're done - 3-4 minutes). Drain gnocchi. Set aside. Place empty pan back on stove.
  3. Add butter to pan; heat on medium until melted. Add minced garlic; cook for 1 minute, stirring well. Add flour; whisk well to remove lumps and form a roux (thick paste). Cook and stir for 30-60 seconds to "cook out" flour taste. Add milk slowly to roux; stir well. Cook for 2-3 minutes only until sauce has begun to thicken.
  4. Add chopped spinach; stir well. Cook for 3-4 minutes until sauce has thickened and spinach has wilted. Add Parmesan cheese, then add cooked chicken to sauce. Stir well. Add a bit more milk if sauce is too thick. Taste sauce; season with additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
  5. Remove pan from heat; add cooked and drained gnocchi. Gently stir until all ingredients are combined. If necessary, reheat through on low. Serve immediately upon reaching desired heat.
  6. Serve, garnishing each portion with grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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Pasta With Italian Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes And Summer Squash

Ever have those nights when you need to come up with something for dinner and don’t really feel inspired? Well, I did recently, but came up with this recipe for Pasta With Italian Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes And Summer Squash… and it was a big hit.. and oh so delicious!Pasta With Italian Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes And Summer Squash / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
This pasta dish is not swimming in a traditional sauce, but rather is a lightly seasoned portion of pasta, topped with a quick to prepare topping of Italian sausage, fresh vegetables and sun-dried tomatoes, then topped with a generous dusting of freshly grated Parmesan cheese!

I used 2 Italian sausages that I scavenged out of our freezer, added summer squash from our garden, and some sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil) from our garden, as well, so it certainly wasn’t a budget buster! But it WAS packed with great flavor! I made the sausage topping while the pasta was cooking, so the entire meal was quick to put together!

Pasta With Italian Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes And Summer Squash / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While pasta was cooking, I cooked the ingredients (Italian sausage, chopped onion, green peppers, yellow squash, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, minced garlic, and other spices).

Pasta With Italian Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes And Summer Squash / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When done, I drained the little amount of grease (from the Italian sausage) from the skillet.

Pasta With Italian Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes And Summer Squash / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I prepared spaghetti noodles (any pasta will do, though) according to package directions. When done, I drained pasta (don’t rinse), then put it back in the pan. I tossed the hot pasta with butter, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic powder, and salt and pepper, to taste.

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Divide the hot, seasoned pasta into serving dishes. Top with the Italian sausage mixture. Generously sprinkle pasta with additional Parmesan cheese, to finish.

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Grab a fork, and enjoy this tasty pasta dish!

Pasta With Italian Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes And Summer Squash / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you enjoy this dish! I made it up as I went along (which is ALWAYS an adventure!), but was quite pleasantly surprised at how delicious it was… full of flavor!  My husband and I LOVED this simple meal.  Have a great day, friends.

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Recipe Source: My hungry brain.

Pasta With Italian Sausage, Sun-Dried Tomatoes And Summer Squash
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
For Pasta "Sauce":
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Italian sausages, casing removed
  • ¼ cup chopped brown onion
  • ⅓ cup chopped green peppers
  • ½ cup chopped yellow squash
  • ⅓ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
For Pasta:
  • 8 ounces pasta (½ pound)- I used spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Additional shredded Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
Directions
  1. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil (for pasta). When fully boiling, add pasta and cook per package instructions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, prepare the "sauce", by heating olive oil on medium high in large skillet. Add crumbled Italian sausage, chopped onion, green peppers, yellow squash, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, oregano and minced garlic. Cook for approx. 7-8 minutes, until done. Drain any grease from pan. Keep warm.
  3. When pasta is done cooking, drain, then return to pan. While pasta is hot, add butter, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, oregano, garlic powder, and salt and pepper, to taste. Toss well, to combine.
  4. Place seasoned pasta in serving bowls. Top with hot sausage mixture.
  5. Garnish (liberally) with additional shredded Parmesan cheese. Serve and enjoy!

 

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Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach

My husband and I tried a new recipe a few weeks ago for “Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach”. Let me tell you… it was a fantastic, very flavorful, “meatless” dinner, and must be totally “HEALTHY” because it has spinach in it, right? (snicker, snicker)Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
It actually was very delicious and EASY to prepare! I found the recipe online and played around with it just a bit to suit our taste buds, and boom! Mac and Cheese with ATTITUDE! Here’s how easy it is to make:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cook and drain macaroni noodles, according to the package directions (then set aside).  Melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add chopped green onion; cook & stir for a couple minutes, then add minced garlic and cook for one more minute.

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Stir (or whisk) in flour. Continue cooking for one minute.

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add in half and half and milk, stirring continuously. Turn the heat on the stove up to medium-high. While stirring, bring the mixture to a boil. Continue stirring. This should take several minutes. The sauce will thicken and smooth out.

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once the sauce has come to a boil and has thickened (see photo below), add salt and pepper, to taste.

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Turn heat down to medium-low. Stir in the smoked Gouda and freshly grated Parmesan cheeses. Mix well to melt cheeses.

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once cheese has melted, add in the chopped spinach and the cooked and drained macaroni noodles. Stir to combine.

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once dish is fully mixed, taste sauce. If necessary, add additional salt and pepper, to suit your taste.

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spray a 2 quart baking dish with nonstick spray, then pour macaroni mixture in. Sprinkle the top with dried bread crumbs. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake it for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. After 15 minutes, remove the foil , and continue baking for approximately 6-7 additional minutes, until the cheese sauce is nice and bubbly!

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Here’s what it looked like straight out of the oven. Can you see the bubbling sauce on the edges of the pan?

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We let it cool down just a touch, then dished up our servings! It was really delicious! The combination of flavor from Smoked Gouda Cheese and Parmesan really give this comfort food dish a LOT of flavor! I sure hope you will give this recipe a try. It’s that kind of recipe that makes you want to curl up on the couch (in sweatpants) with a big bowl of this comfort food after a long day. No matter HOW you eat this, I think you’ll LOVE it!

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From:  http://www.recipegirl.com/2011/03/21/spinach-macaroni-and-cheese/

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Creamy and cheesy, this comfort food meal features Smoked Gouda and Parmesan cheeses... and fresh spinach!
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup chopped green onion, thinly sliced (stem and bulb)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 2 cups low-fat milk (I used 1%)
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1½ cups Smoked Gouda cheese, grated
  • ½ cup fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 4 cups fresh spinach leaves, cut into ½ inch strips
  • ¾ pound elbow macaroni, cooked and drained (use pkg. directions)
  • ½ cup dried bread crumbs
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook macaroni, according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat, in a large skillet or saucepan. Add chopped green onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then add minced garlic and cook for additional minute. (do not burn garlic!)
  3. Stir or whisk in flour. Cook for additional minute.
  4. Add half and half and milk. Stir or whisk in to the flour mixture in pan to fully combine. Turn heat up to medium high. Continue cooking, stirring often until mixture comes to a boil. This will take several minutes. The sauce will thicken quite a bit. Once thickened, season to taste with a little bit of salt and black pepper. Turn heat down to medium-low.
  5. Stir in Smoked Gouda and Parmesan cheeses. Stir to combine. Add chopped spinach and cooked & drained macaroni noodles. Stir well to fully mix ingredients together. Once mixed, taste it again. Add additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  6. Spray a 1 quart baking dish with non stick spray. Pour macaroni mixture into dish. Sprinkle the dried bread crumbs evenly over the top of macaroni. Cover pan with foil.
  7. Place covered dish in 350 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil from dish, then continue baking for 6-7 minutes. When done, the sauce is hot and bubbly around the edges of the pan.
  8. Remove from oven, let it rest for about a minute, then serve it up! YUM. Enjoy!
Notes
Any combo of cheeses would probably work in this dish... Just be sure that the total amount of cheese added is 2 cups! Have fun creating your OWN version!

 

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Chicken Club Pasta Salad

The weather has finally warmed up here this week, so to celebrate the sunshine I made a Chicken Club Pasta Salad for dinner the other night. I served it with some fresh fruit on the side – and boy, was it good! It FELT like it was summer (at the end of March!)!Chicken Club Pasta Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I found this recipe on Pinterest, and decided to give it a try, because any salad with chicken and bacon in it has to be good! Add to that cheddar cheese, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and a creamy ranch dressing… and it sounded like a winner! And it was… we REALLY enjoyed this entree salad (and I got to use fresh parsley and chives from my garden in it, also!)

This is a very easy salad to prepare. Most of the prep work (and it’s not too tedious) involves cooking bacon, a piece of chicken, and some pasta (I like to call it “multi-tasking!”). The rest comes together quickly and with little to no fuss! My kind of meal! I made the entire salad up in the early afternoon, tossed it with a bit of the dressing (to keep it from drying out) and refrigerated it until dinner time. Then I added more salad dressing right before serving!  Here’s how you make it:

First cook a large chicken breast. (Boil it, grill it, bake it… or use leftovers… just get enough cooked chicken for 2 cups, and cut it into 1″ cubes and set aside).  Next thing is to cook the bacon until fairly crisp. Drain and cool, then cut. I used kitchen shears to cut it into small pieces.

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Cut the bacon, cheddar cheese and tomato into small pieces. Set aside.

Chicken Club Pasta Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add all dressing ingredients to a medium sized bowl. Whisk to fully combine. Refrigerate until ready to add to salad.

Chicken Club Pasta Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chicken Club Pasta Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water, until pasta is completely cooled off. (I used tri-color rotini pasta for the color it added, but you could also use shells, macaroni noodles or mini-penne pasta for this dish).

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Add cooled pasta, bacon, chicken, cheddar cheese and tomato to a large salad bowl.

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Pour some of the dressing over the salad and stir to combine. If making this up early in the day, add only enough dressing to cover the pasta so it won’t dry out in the fridge. When ready to serve later, add additional dressing, to taste.  If you are making and serving this salad immediately, add enough dressing to taste and coat all ingredients (there will be some leftover dressing no matter which way you choose to prepare this!)

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Serve the salad up, dig in, and enjoy this delicious, filling main course salad!  It tastes wonderful the next day, as well. Hooray for leftovers at lunchtime!

Chicken Club Pasta Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
We really enjoyed this meal. I think it would be perfect on a HOT summer’s night, or to serve at a luncheon or potluck with friends! Hope you will consider giving this a try!  Have a fantastic day, and may God bless the work of your hands!

Chicken Club Pasta Salad / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Adapted From:  http://www.spendwithpennies.com/chicken-club-pasta-salad/

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Enjoy this delicious and filling salad featuring rotini pasta, chicken, bacon, tomato, cheese, etc. in a creamy homemade ranch dressing.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
For The Salad:
  • 8 ounce pasta (I used rotini tri-color pasta)
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked crisp, then cut into small pieces.
  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 tomato, seeded and diced
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese, cut into 1" cubes
For The Ranch Dressing:
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon dried dill weed (or chopped fresh dill)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & black pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Prep ingredients (cook chicken and bacon / chop tomatoes, cheese). Set aside.
  2. Make the salad dressing. Set aside.
  3. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Rinse with cold water, until pasta has completely cooled off; drain well.
  4. Put salad ingredients into a large salad bowl (except for the salad dressing). Mix.
  5. Add salad dressing to taste. You will NOT have to use all the dressing. If eating salad immediately, just add enough to toss and coat all ingredients well. If making salad early in day, add enough salad dressing to lightly coat all ingredients, stir, then cover dish and refrigerate until ready to serve. At serving time, add additional salad dressing to taste (since pasta will absorb some of the dressing while refrigerated). Stir to combine. Serve, and enjoy!
Notes
Note: I used 1 really large chicken breast, which provided me with the 2 cups chicken.
Original recipe also called for ½ of an avocado, diced. Didn't have one when I made this, but I'm sure it would be great in this salad, as well.

 

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Chili Spaghetti

Looking for a quick, delicious and easy weeknight dinner? How about making a batch of Chili Spaghetti? It’s a slight twist on traditional spaghetti, as it has Mexican-inspired flavors!Chili Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
When you really think about it, traditional spaghetti has tomatoes, meat, tomato sauce, onions, garlic and cheese (Parmesan). Well- guess what? Many of those same ingredients are found in Chili, but with a completely different set of spices. So why NOT make a Mexican-inspired spaghetti, right? Right.

It’s so very easy, and it surprisingly tastes so very good! It is very filling, and full of flavor. My hubby and I love having this occasionally. If you are more into “regular” spaghetti, be sure and try my recipes for Easy Spaghetti Sauce with Italian Sausage or Easy Meatballs for Spaghetti.

I make my Mom’s recipe for homemade chili (http://www.thegratefulgirlcooks.com/moms-old-fashioned-chili/), so I always seem to have some extra in the freezer. I use that for this recipe, but for crying out loud… if you don’t have homemade, just buy some good quality chili (meat and beans) to make this EASY!

Prepare spaghetti according to package directions. While it is cooking, heat up the chili in a large skillet. About a minute or so before the spaghetti is done, ladle out about 1/4 cup pasta water (this has starch in it), and stir it into the chili. Drain pasta and add it to the skillet with the chili in it. Continue to cook for a couple minutes until well coated and pasta is fully cooked.

Chili Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chili Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When done, place the pasta onto individual serving plates. Spoon a little leftover chili from pan onto pasta. Garnish with some grated cheddar cheese, sliced green onions and a dollop of sour cream. Serve piping hot, and enjoy!

Note** If you are using store bought chili, the key is making sure you have enough chili to completely coat the spaghetti, and have some extra to spoon on top when you plate it!

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No recipe needed (unless you want to enjoy my recipe for “Mom’s Old-Fashioned Chili“)… see how easy that is?  Sure hope you will give this a try. It is very easy to “throw together” on a busy day!

Have a great weekend, friends.

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Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Chili Spaghetti / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

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Florentine Lasagna Roll

I’ve been making this meatless Florentine Lasagna Roll for almost 20 years… for potlucks and delicious dinners with our family! Filled with spinach, three kinds of cheese, garlic and onion, then covered in a simple Italian flavored tomato sauce, this recipe is easy and FABULOUS!Florentine Lasagna Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Even though this meal is “meatless”, you don’t need it with three cheeses, spinach and fantastic Italian flavors shining through in this meal!  The recipe is “simple”; all you do is cook lasagna noodles, mix together a cheese and spinach filling and spread it over the noodles, roll it up, cover with an Italian-flavored tomato sauce and bake. Easy, right? Right. Anyone can make this great dish!  Here’s how..

Cook spinach and drain well.

Florentine Lasagna Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In medium sized bowl, combine cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, cooked and drained spinach, chopped onion, garlic cloves, black pepper, and egg.

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Mix well, to completely combine ingredients. Set aside.

Florentine Lasagna Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cook the lasagna noodles according to package instructions. You need 10 cooked lasagna noodles for this recipe. I cook 12, in case any of them split or break. (Think of it as pasta insurance.) Once cooked, I drain the noodles, then arrange them on a large sheet of wax paper, overlapping the long (curly) sides to form a rectangle like this…

Florentine Lasagne Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once noodles are fully arranged, carefully spread the filling over the noodles. I put spoonfuls of filling all over the noodles, then use the back of a spoon to spread out the filling.

Florentine Lasagne Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I spread grated Mozzarella cheese all over the cheese/spinach filling, then carefully roll up the pasta and filling.  To roll it up: Using the wax paper to help, begin tightly rolling the noodles up (starting with the side of rectangle with straight pasta edges). Use the wax paper to help roll noodles tightly as you go. Tuck the noodle edges under as you complete the first roll,  so you have a tight, firm roll to begin with.

Florentine Lasagne Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I pulled back some of the wax paper as I rolled to show you what it should look like.

Florentine Lasagne Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When pasta is completely rolled up,  place the finished roll on a large baking sheet (one with rimmed edges). Carefully remove the last bit of wax paper from underneath the roll. The lasagna roll should look like this.

Florentine Lasagne Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a bowl, combine the sauce ingredients (tomato sauce, sugar, basil and oregano); stir to combine.

Florentine Lasagne Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spoon sauce over the entire surface (top and sides) of Lasagna Roll. Use all the sauce.

Florentine Lasagne Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When completely covered with sauce, grate Parmesan cheese all over the top and sides of the roll.

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Bake in a preheated, 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven, and let the Lasagna Roll stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Florentine Lasagne Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

With a sharp knife cut slices of the Florentine Lasagna Roll, and place on individual serving plates with a large spatula. Serve with some crusty bread and a great salad, and BOOM! You’ve got yourself a great Italian “meatless” meal… just like that!

Florentine Lasagna Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Trust me… this meal is DELICIOUS. You won’t even miss having meat in it. The flavors are amazing, it’s really EASY to make, and looks quite nice, too! Sure hope you will give this recipe a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

Have a great day during this busy holiday season. My husband and I made an intentional decision this year to NOT fill up this holiday season with “busy-ness” and constantly looking for “things” to entertain us, as our culture tends to promote. Instead, we are enjoying a simple holiday season this year, trying to focus on what Christmas really means to us… the birth of our Savior, Jesus. His humble birth changed everything, and for that we are GRATEFUL.

Florentine Lasagna Roll / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source: unknown (wrote recipe on a 3×5 card over 20 years ago- didn’t note where I got it from)

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Meatless, but definitely not tasteless, this three cheese and spinach filled lasagna roll is absolutely easy to prepare and tastes delicious!
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 10 cooked lasagna noodles
For The Filling:
  • 10 oz. package frozen spinach, cooked, and well drained.
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese (room temp.)
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese (do not add to filling-keep separate!)
For The Sauce:
  • 3- 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
For garnish:
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Directions
To Make The Filling:
  1. Cook spinach according to package instructions. Drain well. In small bowl, combine cream cheese, cooked spinach, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, chopped onion, black pepper, minced garlic and egg. Stir well until mixture is fully combined. Set aside.
To Make Lasagna Roll:
  1. Cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions. Remove from heat; drain.
  2. On wax paper, arrange the noodles overlapping the long (curly) sides to form a large rectangle.
  3. Spread cheese/spinach filling over surface of noodles. Spread grated Mozzarella cheese over the cheese/spinach filling.
  4. Starting at short ends of the pasta (non curly), roll up the pasta (in jelly roll fashion), using the wax paper to help. Tuck the ends under and firm up the roll, as you roll it up, continuing to use the wax paper as a guide. When it is roll completely, carefully transfer (might have to use two spatulas) the roll to a large (9x13) baking sheet. Carefully remove the wax paper. Seam side should be down on the sheet.
To Make Sauce:
  1. In a small bowl, combine tomato sauce, sugar, basil and oregano. Stir to combine.
To Finish Roll:
  1. Spread the sauce over top and sides of entire lasagna roll. Grate Parmesan cheese over top of the roll. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove baking sheet from oven. Let Lasagna Roll stand for 5 minutes before attempting to slice. Using a sharp knife, slice into serving sizes, and using a spatula, place slices onto individual serving plates. Enjoy!

 

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