Category: Italian

Simple Chicken Sausage Pasta

Simple chicken sausage pasta is an easy, quick and delicious meal to prepare. Pasta is tossed with Italian spices, olive oil, butter, Parmesan cheese and chicken sausage, then served in this flavor-filled, simple dish!
Simple chicken sausage pasta is an easy, delicious meal to prepare. Pasta is tossed with Italian spices, olive oil, butter, Parmesan cheese and chicken sausage!

We love pasta at our house… do you?  Years ago, I started experimenting with simple pasta dishes that were not drenched in Italian tomato sauce or alfredo sauce, and came up with this EASY, yet great tasting chicken sausage pasta!

We love those traditional sauces I mentioned above, but I was trying to create SIMPLE and QUICK new pasta dishes without using heavy sauces! This one is our favorite! I make this dish when I don’t want to mess with making a sauce, and just want something for dinner that is filling, tasty, and EASY to fix after a busy day.  Sometimes we have it without meat of any kind added, but other times we add it in.

We had two leftover grilled chicken sausages in our refrigerator, so when my husband asked if we could have pasta for dinner, it was so easy to pull this meal together in a matter of minutes!

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How To Make Simple Chicken Sausage Pasta

This recipe uses two links of Italian flavored chicken sausage, and gives it a little extra protein and flavor! Here’s how to make this chicken sausage pasta:

Two COOKED chicken sausages are sliced, then each slice is cut into quarters. If you want, you can pan cook the sausages while the pasta is cooking (to save time). Set aside the chicken sausages until ready to add to pasta.

Cooked chicken Italian sausages are cut in slices, then into quarter sized pieces.

Prepare pasta according to package instructions. My preferred pasta is fettucine noodles, but regular spaghetti noodles work just as well for this simple meal (I speak from experience!). Once pasta is done cooking, drain noodles in a colander (but do not rinse), then put hot noodles immediately back into the pot you cooked them in (minus the water, of course).

Pasta is cooked according to package instructions.

Cooked pasta is drained, then placed back into pan.

Season The Cooked Pasta

Quickly stir in butter while the pasta is hot so it can melt. Add olive oil and Italian spices, and toss to coat the pasta with the ingredients. Tongs work wonderfully for this! Taste test the pasta. If desired, add additional salt and pepper, to suit your taste buds.

Italian spices, olive oil, butter and Parmesan are added to hot cooked pasta

Add warm chicken sausage to the pasta, and toss well, to combine. If necessary, turn heat on LOW while tossing pasta, just to keep pasta hot. Once mixed, divide pasta and sausage among serving bowls or plates.

Cooked chicken Italian sausage pieces are tossed into seasoned pasta.

Serve The Chicken Sausage Pasta

That’s it! See how simple it is to make this chicken sausage pasta?  To serve, grate additional fresh Parmesan cheese over the top of the hot pasta. Garnish with some chopped flat leaf Italian parsley. I was able to use some parsley that is growing in our little garden-yay!).

Chicken sausage pasta is garnished with parsley and Parmesan cheese.

You don’t have to have a thick sauce to serve up a flavor-filled pasta dish!  This is one of our favorite ways to have pasta… and it takes hardly any time at all to whip this up for dinner!

The finished simple chicken sausage pasta is garnished with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.

If you enjoy pasta, you might also want to try Florentine Manicotti, Pasta Carbonara, or Chicken Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo. I heartily recommend any of those recipes. You can find other yummy pasta recipes in my Recipe Index shown at the top of each blog post.

Sure do hope you will give this simple chicken sausage pasta a try! It tastes wonderful using regular (pork) Italian sausages, too. Next time you grill, throw a couple sausages on, then save them in your refrigerator or freezer until you make this dish. It’s a great timesaver!

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Simple Chicken Sausage Pasta
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
21 mins
 
Simple chicken sausage pasta is an easy, delicious meal to prepare. Pasta is tossed with Italian spices, olive oil, butter, Parmesan cheese and chicken sausage!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken sausage pasta
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 440 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 links Italian chicken sausage , cooked
  • 8 ounces fettucine pasta (1/2 pound)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese , grated
  • 1-2 pinches salt/pepper ,to taste
  • 4 teaspoons Parmesan cheese , for garnish (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons Flat leaf Italian parsley (fresh) , for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Slice two COOKED chicken sausages into 1/2 inch slices, then cut each slice into quarters. You can pan cook the sausages while the pasta is cooking (to save time). Set aside cooked chicken sausage pieces until ready to add to cooked pasta.

  2. Prepare pasta according to package directions.  When pasta is done, drain noodles in a colander (do not rinse), then put them back into pot you cooked them in (minus the water, of course).

  3. Quickly stir in butter while the pasta is hot so it can melt. Add olive oil and Italian spices, and toss to coat the pasta with the butter, oil and spices.  Taste test pasta. If desired, add additional salt and pepper, to suit your taste buds. Add chicken sausage to pasta and toss, to combine. If necessary, turn heat on LOW while tossing pasta, just to keep pasta hot.

  4. To serve, divide pasta and sausage among serving bowls, grate additional fresh Parmesan cheese over the top of the hot pasta, then garnish with chopped flat leaf Italian parsley. Enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Caloric calculation does not include optional garnish of additional Parmesan cheese and parsley.

Nutrition Facts
Simple Chicken Sausage Pasta
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 440 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 606mg26%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 94mg9%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Simple chicken sausage pasta is an easy, delicious meal to prepare. Pasta is tossed with Italian spices, olive oil, butter, Parmesan cheese and chicken sausage! 

 

Chicken Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo

Chicken Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo- this classic Italian dish with a creamy butter Parmesan sauce is delicious, and can be on the table in about 30 minutes!
Chicken Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo- this classic Italian dish with a creamy butter Parmesan sauce is delicious, and can be on the table in about 30 minutes!

You know what? Right up front I have to tell you this “all in one” meal is fairly high in calories, but I gotta be honest here… sometimes you just have to enjoy yourself! This dish is Italian comfort food at it’s very best!!!

Chicken broccoli fettucine alfredo is one of my favorite Italian dishes, but I only make it occasionally, because it has more delicious calories than I need to routinely consume in one meal!

But… having said that, I cannot say enough GOOD things about this dish- the pasta is coated in a creamy Parmesan butter alfredo sauce packed with flavor, and features chicken breasts and broccoli… an all in one dinner! It tastes DELICIOUS! Oh boy… is it ever delicious!

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SO HOW DO I MAKE CHICKEN BROCCOLI FETTUCINE ALFREDO?

The first thing you will need to do is make the alfredo sauce for the pasta. It’s EASY!  Melt butter in a large skillet. Once butter is melted, add heavy whipping cream, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir until combined. Cook this sauce for about 5 minutes on medium low. Try to NOT let it come to a boil.

Butter is melted for fettucine alfredo sauce

Heavy whipping cream is added to alfredo sauce in pan

Add grated fresh Parmesan cheese to the sauce, and stir to combine. Cook these ingredients on medium low until the cheese has melted and the sauce has thickened.

Grated Parmesan cheese is added to alfredo sauce in pan

Alfredo sauce has thickened to the perfect consistency

Prepare The “Add-Ins”

NOTE: (This step can be done ahead of time!) Cook broccoli florets (either fresh or frozen). I use fresh broccoli florets and steam them over boiling water until they are done. Set aside until you’re ready to add them to the sauce. Cut the cooked chicken breast into bite-sized pieces.

Broccoli florets are steamed before adding to alfredo sauce

Cooked chicken breasts are cut into cubes before adding to alfredo sauce.

Cook fettucine pasta according to the package directions.  When done, drain pasta well.

Fettucine noodles cooking in pan

Finishing The Chicken Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo

Add cooked and drained fettucine noodles to the alfredo sauce.  Next add cooked broccoli and chicken pieces.  Stir well, to combine ingredients and fully coat everything with the alfredo sauce. TIP: If the mixture seems too thick, simply add a bit more whipping cream to the pan, and stir to blend it in.

Taste test the pasta (it’s a hard job, but someone’s gotta do it). Season with salt and pepper, to suit your taste. Continue cooking on medium low for a minute or two to ensure everything is heated through before serving.

Fettucine noodles, chicken and broccoli are added to alfredo sauce

Time To Serve This Delicious Meal

To serve, transfer chicken broccoli fettucine alfredo to individual serving bowls or plates. Garnish each serving with chopped fresh parsley, if desired. If you don’t mind the extra calories, you can also grated a tiny bit of Parmesan cheese over the top, too.

Chicken broccoli fettucine, served in a white bowl

Serve this delicious pasta, and enjoy every single yummy, high calorie bite! If you enjoy this meal, you might also want to check out my recipe for Shrimp and Penne Pasta Alfredo.

Chicken fettucine is garnished with parsley before serving

While this may not be the “healthiest” dish you’ve ever had… it might be one of the most delicious dishes you’ve ever had!  The fettucine is so good… creamy, cheesy, and hey… since there is a vegetable (broccoli) and lean protein (chicken breast) in it, that’s gotta count for something, right?  It’s all about BALANCE in everything! Sure hope you enjoy this meal!

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Chicken Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
11 mins
Total Time
26 mins
 
Chicken Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo- this classic Italian dish with a creamy butter Parmesan sauce is delicious, and can be on the table in about 30 minutes!
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken broccoli fettucine alfredo
Servings: 5 servings
Calories Per Serving: 934 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces fettucine pasta
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • cups Parmesan cheese , grated
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) , precooked
  • 2 cups broccoli , steamed
  • 2 teaspoons parsley (fresh) , for garnish (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Make the alfredo sauce for the pasta. Melt butter in a large skillet. Once butter is melted, add heavy whipping cream, pepper, and garlic powder. Stir until combined. Cook this sauce for about 5 minutes on medium low. Try to NOT let it come to a boil. Add grated fresh Parmesan cheese to the sauce, and stir to combine. Cook on medium low until the cheese has melted and the sauce has thickened.

  2. NOTE: To save time, these two steps can be done ahead of time: #1-Cook broccoli florets until done.  #2-Cut two pre-cooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts into bite sized pieces.  Set broccoli and chicken aside until ready to add to sauce.

  3. Cook fettucine pasta according to the package directions.  When done, drain pasta well.
  4. Add drained fettucine noodles to the alfredo sauce in pan, then add cooked broccoli and chicken pieces.  Stir well, to combine ingredients and fully coat everything with alfredo sauce. If the mixture seems too thick, simply add a bit more whipping cream to the pan, and stir to blend it in. Taste test the pasta. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Continue cooking on low for a minute or two, to ensure everything is hot.

  5. To serve, transfer chicken broccoli fettucine alfredo to individual serving dishes. Garnish each serving with chopped fresh parsley, if desired. If you don't mind the extra calories, you can also grated a tiny bit of Parmesan cheese over the top, too. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 934 Calories from Fat 594
% Daily Value*
Fat 66g102%
Saturated Fat 39g244%
Cholesterol 277mg92%
Sodium 829mg36%
Potassium 537mg15%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 2415IU48%
Vitamin C 33.4mg40%
Calcium 453mg45%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Chicken Broccoli Fettucine Alfredo- this classic Italian dish with a creamy butter Parmesan sauce is delicious, and can be on the table in about 30 minutes!

 

Tortellini Marinara and Zucchini Bake

Enjoy Tortellini Marinara Zucchini Bake (Wt. Watchers), a meatless casserole, with cheese tortellini, sauce, zucchini, spinach, & mozzarella!
Enjoy Tortellini Marinara Zucchini Bake (Wt. Watchers), a meatless casserole, with cheese tortellini, sauce, zucchini, spinach, & mozzarella!

You’re gonna enjoy this Italian, layered, vegetarian baked casserole, with cheese tortellini, marinara sauce, zucchini, onions and baby spinach, topped with mozzarella cheese! It’s a flavorful, meatless (you won’t miss it), lightened up dinner, (under 400 calories), for the win!

I found this recipe last Fall on the Weight Watchers website, thought it sounded good, and decided to give it a try.  I tweaked the recipe a bit, to serve 4 instead of 8, added a couple ingredients and changed the cooking method. The casserole is baked, but if you prefer, instructions for using a slow cooker (and frozen tortellini) are available below, in the printable recipe notes.

We enjoyed our meal very much (lots of Italian flavor in the marinara sauce, cheese tortellini, and yummy fresh veggies in this meal!), and wanted to share the recipe with you. Here’s how to make this dish:

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Cook the Veggies

Diced fresh zucchini and chopped onions are cooked in olive oil on medium high heat for about 5 minutes (the veggies will be very lightly browned).  Minced garlic is added to the skillet, stirred in, and cooked for another minute.

Zucchini, onion and garlic cooked for tortellini sauce

Add fresh baby spinach leaves, 1 cup of marinara sauce, and seasonings to the skillet. Stir well.  The spinach can be added in small batches. It looks like a LOT of spinach going in the skillet, but it will definitely wilt down!

Cove the skillet and simmer the veggies for 2-3 minutes, until the spinach has fully wilted.  At this point, you can add additional salt and pepper, if you wish, to suit your taste.

Fresh spinach is added to zucchini marinara sauce to wilt down

Assemble The Tortellini Marinara Zucchini Bake

I use a 2 quart casserole dish for the casserole (for 4 servings).  To assemble this meal, build it in layers.  Spoon 1/2 cup of marinara sauce over bottom of dish.  Add HALF of the cooked cheese tortellini to cover the sauce (photo shows only half of the sauce covered). Top the tortellini with HALF of the veggie mixture.

Layer of tortellini added to baking dish, then zucchini and spinach sauce.Add the rest of the tortellini to top of the veggies.  Top with the rest of the veggie mixture. For the final layer, pour 1/2 cup of reserved marinara sauce over top of veggies, then sprinkle with grated mozzarella  and Parmesan cheese.

Tortellini with marinara, veggies, and grated cheese on top, ready to bake

Bake The Casserole

Cover the dish loosely with aluminum foil (try not to let the foil touch the top of the cheese, if possible).  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, then remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove casserole from oven. Here’s what the casserole looked like when ready to serve. Looks pretty good, huh? Smells good, too!

Tortellini, marinara, and zucchini baked casserole out of oven

Time To EAT!

All that’s left to do is grab a big spoon or spatula, and serve this delicious pasta dish up, while hot!

Tortellini and zucchini baked casserole in white serving bowl

Cheese tortellini, marinara sauce and zucchini, in white serving bowl.

Hope you will consider trying this tasty, filling Italian pasta and vegetable dish (don’t think you’ll even miss not having meat in it).  Have a wonderful day. Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you will come back soon.

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Recipe Adapted From: https://cmx.weightwatchers.com/nui/explore/details2/WWRECIPE:59ce95dd03c03049fd3f55db

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Tortellini Marinara and Zucchini Bake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Enjoy this Weight Watchers Italian (vegetarian) casserole, with cheese tortellini, marinara sauce, zucchini, and baby spinach, topped with mozzarella cheese!
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: tortellini
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 385 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 3 zucchini (uncooked, small)
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups marinara sauce , divided (store bought)
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups cheese tortellini (without sauce-cooked and drained)
  • 1/2 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese , shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (+ additional for garnish, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Cook tortellini according to package instructions. Once cooked, drain and rinse with cold water. Set aside. TIP: I found it easy (and a timesaver) to cook the tortellini at the same time the zucchini/sauce mixture was cooking.

  2. Heat olive oil in large skillet on medium high heat.  Add diced zucchini and chopped onions, stir often, and cook on medium high heat for about 5 minutes (the veggies will be very lightly browned).  Add the minced garlic to the skillet, stir to combine, and cook for another minute (be careful to stir and not let the garlic burn, or it will taste bitter).

  3. Add baby spinach leaves, 1 cup (reserve the rest) of marinara sauce, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to the skillet. Stir well, to combine. TIP: The spinach can be added in small batches... it looks like a LOT of spinach going in the skillet, but it will definitely wilt down!  Once it has wilted, add more to skillet. Once all spinach has been added, cover the skillet, and simmer on low heat for 2-3 minutes, until the spinach has fully wilted.  At this point, additional salt and pepper can be added, to suit your taste.

  4. Layer the casserole this way:  Spoon 1/2 cup of the reserved marinara sauce over bottom of dish.  Add HALF of the cooked/drained tortellini on top of the sauce. Cover the tortellini with HALF of the veggie/sauce mixture. Cover that with the rest of the tortellini.  Cover that with the rest of the veggie mixture. Pour remaining 1/2 cup of marinara sauce over top of veggies, then sprinkle with grated mozzarella  and Parmesan cheese.

  5. Cover the dish loosely with aluminum foil (try not to let the foil touch the top of the cheese, if possible).  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes, then remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.  Remove casserole from oven. Serve, and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

TIP: If desired, recipe can be made using FROZEN tortellini (packaged without sauce) in a SLOW COOKER, following same process as detailed above (except for pre-cooking the tortellini). Tortellini can be layered in while still frozen. Casserole should be cooked on LOW (covered) until tortellini are tender and fully heated through, (approximately 5 hours). I have not personally tried this, but Weight Watchers recipe utilized this cooking method.

Nutrition Facts
Tortellini Marinara and Zucchini Bake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving (1½ cups))
Calories 385 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 1357mg59%
Potassium 988mg28%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 3790IU76%
Vitamin C 44.7mg54%
Calcium 368mg37%
Iron 4.7mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Enjoy Tortellini Marinara Zucchini Bake (Wt. Watchers), a meatless casserole, with cheese tortellini, sauce, zucchini, spinach, & mozzarella!

Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi

If you’re looking for a flavorful, 30 minute, one pot, comfort food dinner to serve family or friends, then you’ll love this satisfying and filling Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi, with baby spinach, tomatoes and mozzarella!
 If you're looking for a flavorful, 30 minute, 1 pot, comfort food dinner, you'll love Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi, with spinach, tomatoes and mozzarella!

I love gnocchi, those cute little Italian potato “dumplings”, usually found in the pasta section of the grocery store.  Have you tried them?  I first tried them in soup at a local restaurant, loved them, and went home to make my own Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup.

Since then I’ve also used them to make other delicious gnocchi dishes! So when I discovered THIS recipe on Pinterest recently, I just KNEW it would be good! It most certainly WAS! The recipe is incredibly EASY to make, and tastes amazing!  This meal fills you up, and is so creamy and packed with Italian flavor!  Here’s how easy it is to make, all in ONE PAN, in about 30 minutes:

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Making Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi

Place Italian sausage, diced onion, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large skillet (I used a cast iron skillet). Cook on medium high heat, until sausage has browned, stirring often. If there is any grease left in skillet, simply remove and discard.

Sausage, onion, and garlic cooking in black skillet

Browned Italian sausage and onion in cast iron skillet

Add gnocchi (straight from the package), canned diced tomatoes, and whipping cream to the sausage in skillet. Carefully stir to combine ingredients.

Cream and diced tomatoes added to skillet with gnocchi

Tomatoes and cream added to gnocchi in skillet

Add The Fresh Spinach

Add handfuls of fresh baby spinach to the skillet. Stir and let spinach wilt just a bit in the hot liquid. If necessary, add spinach in batches (I added mine in two batches).  Cook mixture on low for about 10 minutes, stirring often, until the spinach has fully wilted down, the sauce has reduced in volume a bit, and the gnocchi is cooked and hot.

Fresh spinach added to cast iron skillet and creamy sauce

Spinach wilted into cast iron skillet with potato gnocchi

Add the grated mozzarella cheese to the skillet; stir well, to fully incorporate cheese into the sauce and it melts.

Mozzarella cheese added to skillet with creamy sausage gnocchi

Cheese stringing from creamy sausage gnocchi on wooden spoon

Time to Serve The Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi

That’s it!  See how easy this dish is to make?  Sprinkle a tiny bit more Mozzarella cheese on top before serving it up into individual bowls, because, you know… it’s cheese! If you want even more pops of color, place a couple small spinach leaves on top, as well.

Italian Sausage Gnocchi in cast iron skillet with wooden spoon

Single serving Italian sausage gnocchi in white bowl

This Italian sausage gnocchi was such an easy, delicious dish to prepare!  My husband and I really enjoyed it (and we’re looking forward to the leftovers, too)! Hope you will consider trying this recipe out… it tastes wonderful! Have a great day!

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Recipe Source: Alli at https://tornadoughalli.com/2018/01/one-pot-creamy-sausage-gnocchi/

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Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

If you're looking for a flavorful, 30 minute, one pot, comfort food dinner, you'll love Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi, with spinach, tomatoes and mozzarella! 

Category: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Italian sausage gnocchi
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 559 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Italian sausage *can substitute 3 links with casings removed
  • 1 brown onion , diced
  • 2 cloves garlic . minced
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 15 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 16 ounces gnocchi
  • 3 cups spinach , fresh
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese , grated
Instructions
  1. Place Italian sausage, diced onion, minced garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a large skillet. Cook on medium high heat, until sausage has browned, stirring often. Drain and discard any grease accumulated in skillet.

  2. Add gnocchi, canned diced tomatoes, and whipping cream to the skillet. Carefully stir to combine ingredients. Add handfuls of fresh baby spinach to the skillet. Stir and let spinach wilt just a bit in the hot liquid. If necessary, add spinach in batches (I added mine in two batches).  Cook mixture on low for about 10 minutes, stirring often, until the spinach has fully wilted down and the gnocchi is cooked.

  3. Add the grated mozzarella cheese to the skillet; stir well, to fully incorporate cheese into the sauce and it melts. Once cheese is fully melted, serve the dish! May garnish with additional grated cheese, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Gnocchi does not have to be precooked before adding it to dish.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 559 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Fat 39g60%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 112mg37%
Sodium 1338mg58%
Potassium 352mg10%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 1980IU40%
Vitamin C 7.6mg9%
Calcium 174mg17%
Iron 4.4mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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 If you're looking for a flavorful, 30 minute, 1 pot, comfort food dinner, you'll love Creamy Italian Sausage Gnocchi, with spinach, tomatoes and mozzarella!

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp is a 30 minute, easy to make dish, with pan-seared shrimp and fettucine noodles in a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce.
Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp is a 30 minute, easy to make dish, with pan-seared shrimp and fettucine noodles in a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce.

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp is totally DELICIOUS! I found the recipe for the pasta sauce on Pinterest, and because it was fairly similar to the sauce I usually make, I decided to try it. Pan-seared shrimp were added to the pasta, for a bit of protein and all around flavor!

Once you’ve quickly pan-cooked the shrimp, the rest of the dish is cooked in one pan on the stove top. And guess what? It’s scrumptious! Here’s how easy it is to make this dish:

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Pan-Sear The Shrimp

Peel and de-vein the shrimp, and then season them lightly with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat, and add the shrimp.

Sear the shrimp on both sides of olive until done, turning to cook both sides. This will take about 3-5 minutes total, and they will turn pink as they cook. Set the cooked shrimp aside and cover.

Shrimp is pan-seared in olive oil before adding to sauce.

Make The Garlic Parmesan Sauce For The Pasta

Heat olive oil on medium-high in a large skillet. Add the minced garlic to the hot oil, and cook for about a minute, stirring often to prevent burning.  Now add the butter, chicken broth and milk, and whisk these together while the butter melts.

Cooking the garlic parmesan sauce for the pasta.

Add UNCOOKED Fettucine to The Sauce

Place the uncooked fettucine noodles into the sauce, in the skillet. I used my fresh homemade pasta, made from scratch (yippee!). Season to taste, with salt and pepper. Stir in the noodles and simmer (on medium-low heat) until the pasta has completely cooked through. This will take about 15-18 minutes for commercially prepared pasta). 

Stir the pasta and sauce occasionally while it cooks! Once the pasta is cooked through, add some fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Stir well, to combine.  If you find the sauce has thickened too much, simply add a bit more milk, until it’s the thickness you desire.

Uncooked fettucine noodles are added to the sauce and cooked until done.

Add The Cooked Shrimp To The Garlic Parmesan Pasta

Add the cooked shrimp to the pasta and sauce in the skillet. Stir to combine, and cook only until the shrimp are heated through (1-2 minutes).

The pan-seared shrimp are added to the pasta and sauce in a skillet.

Time To Serve The Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp!

Sprinkle fresh or dried parsley on top of dish before serving, and serve it immediately, while very hot!

Garlic parmesan pasta and shrimp is garnished with parsley and served.

A serving of garlic parmesan pasta and shrimp, in a white bowl.

The sauce is very creamy, with a wonderful garlic and Parmesan flavor, and the pan-seared shrimp adds delicious flavor AND protein to this dish!  We really enjoyed it, and I hope you will give this dish a try!

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Pasta recipe adapted from: http://damndelicious.net/2014/10/11/one-pot-garlic-parmesan-pasta

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Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp is a 30 minute, easy to make dish, with pan-seared shrimp and fettucine noodles in a creamy garlic Parmesan sauce.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: parmesan pasta and shrimp
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 506 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Shrimp:
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound large shrimp , peeled, de-veined (lightly seasoned with salt/pepper)
For Pasta and Sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup milk (or more, if needed to thin out sauce later)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt/Pepper , to taste
  • 8 ounces uncooked fettucine pasta
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped fresh or dried parsley flakes (approx. 1 T. for garnish, if desired)
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 Tablespoon olive oil in large skillet on medium heat. When oil is hot, add shrimp. Cook on both sides until done (approx 4-5 minutes total time). Transfer shrimp from skillet when done. Cover/keep warm.
  2. To make pasta sauce, heat olive oil on medium-high in a large skillet. Add minced garlic to hot oil; cook for about a minute, stirring often to prevent burning. Add butter, chicken broth and milk; whisk together while butter melts. Season sauce with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Stir in the UNCOOKED noodles and simmer (on medium-low heat) until the pasta has completely cooked through (this will take about 15-18 minutes for commercially prepared pasta). Stir mixture occasionally while it cooks!
  4. Once pasta is cooked through, add fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Stir well, to combine. If you find the sauce has thickened too much, simply add a touch more milk until it's the thickness you desire. Add the cooked shrimp to the skillet, stir to combine, and cook only until shrimp are heated through. Garnish hot pasta with a sprinkle of fresh or dried parsley before serving, and serve hot!
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Parmesan Pasta and Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 506 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 356mg119%
Sodium 1497mg65%
Potassium 437mg12%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 380IU8%
Vitamin C 14.4mg17%
Calcium 346mg35%
Iron 3.9mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza

You’re gonna LOVE this BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza! Chicken, BBQ sauce, red onion, cilantro and cheese on a baked flour tortilla make a yummy thin crust pizza!You're gonna LOVE this BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza! Chicken, BBQ sauce, red onion, cilantro and cheese on a baked flour tortilla make a yummy thin crust pizza!

If you enjoy thin-crust pizza, chances are you will LOVE this BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza!  That’s right… the crust is a baked flour tortilla! Tender chunks of chicken, sweet and spicy  BBQ sauce, red onions, cilantro and cheeses combine to make this one amazing tasting dish!

Recently I had an idea to try using a flour tortilla to make a pizza.  I also knew I wanted to make a BBQ sauce based pizza with chicken, red onion, etc. There was no recipe for me to use, but I just made it up as I went along.

Guess what? This BBQ chicken tortilla pizza turned out ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! I’m not kidding, we LOVED this pizza! Who knew? Here’s how to make this yummy meal:

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How To Make A BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza

Begin by baking medium sized flour tortillas at 350 degrees on the middle rack of an oven until they are fairly crisp all over. This will take about 10 minutes. Make sure to flip each one over halfway through baking to ensure each tortilla is crisp all over, including in the middle.

Turn the oven to broil. Place the crisp tortillas on the middle rack, about 6 inches from the broiler for 1 minute to slightly brown them.

Tortillas are baked until crispy for pizza crust.

Assembling The BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza

Once the tortillas are crisp, spread each tortilla with BBQ sauce (about 1½ to 2 Tablespoons sauce per tortilla). Spread the sauce to within an inch of the edge of the tortilla. This is the BBQ sauce I used to make the BBQ chicken tortilla pizza (photo below), but your favorite BBQ sauce  will be just fine!

Baked tortillas are spread with BBQ sauce first for pizza topping.

Place thin slices of cooked chicken and red onion slices on top of the BBQ sauce. I used leftover cooked chicken breast for the pizza (thighs would also be fantastic).

Cooked chicken pieces and red onion slices top the tortilla pizza.

Sprinkle grated Mozzarella cheese and some sharp cheddar cheese on top of each BBQ chicken tortilla pizza, then garnish with a few cilantro leaves.

BBQ chicken tortilla pizza topped with cheeses and cilantro.

Bake The Pizza

Put the pizzas on a large baking sheet on the middle rack of a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake the BBQ chicken tortilla pizza for 5-6 minutes, until the cheese has melted.

BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza hot from the oven.

Carefully slide the pizzas off of the baking sheet, and slice each one into 4 pieces with a pizza cutter. Now the BBQ chicken tortilla pizza is ready to EAT!

We gobbled them up like little piggies because they were sooooo good! The slices will hold their shape easily if the tortillas are nice and crisp before baking.  Go ahead… grab a slice!

BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza is sliced with a pizza cutter.

The slightly sweet and spicy taste of the BBQ sauce lends itself well to chicken, red onions and cilantro.  My husband and I were both completely thrilled with the taste of this crazy tortilla pizza!

I really hope you will consider trying this simple recipe… for me it was ridiculously easy and super quick to make, due in part to leftover cooked chicken and extra flour tortillas!  I can hardly wait to make these again for a quick dinner! Have a GREAT day!

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BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
You're gonna LOVE this BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza! Chicken, BBQ sauce, red onion, cilantro and cheese on a baked flour tortilla make a yummy thin crust pizza!
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bbq chicken tortilla pizza
Servings: 2 servings
Calories Per Serving: 484 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 medium flour tortillas
  • 3-4 Tablespoons BBQ sauce , divided
  • 1 large COOKED chicken breast , seasoned with salt/pepper, cut in thin slices, divided
  • thin slices red onion (as many as desired)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese , divided
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese , divided
  • 1/4 cup (approximately a handful) cilantro leaves, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake flour tortillas on middle rack of oven until fairly crisp all over (approx 10 min) Flip over halfway through baking to ensure each tortilla is crisp all over (especially the middle). Put them under broiler for 1 minute to slightly brown (keeping them on the middle rack not too close to heating element).
  2. Once crisp, remove from oven. Spread each tortilla with BBQ sauce to about an inch from the edge (about 1½-2 Tablespoons sauce per tortilla, or more if desired). Add thin slices of cooked chicken and red onion slices, add grated Mozzarella and cheddar cheese, then sprinkle with a few cilantro leaves.
  3. Place pizzas on a large baking sheet on middle rack of oven; bake at 350 degrees for 5-6 minutes, until cheese has melted. Remove from heat, and cut into slices. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

May substitute two cooked chicken thighs thinly sliced, for chicken breast.

Nutrition Facts
BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza
Amount Per Serving (1 pizza)
Calories 484 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 1085mg47%
Potassium 397mg11%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 820IU16%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 657mg66%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Fresh Tomato, Bacon and Onion Fettucine

You’re gonna love this fresh tomato bacon onion fettucine, a delicious Italian seasoned pasta dish that can be easily made in only 20 minutes!You're gonna love this fresh tomato bacon onion fettucine... a delicious Italian seasoned pasta dish that can be easily made in only 20 minutes!
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 Onion Fettucine, and we enjoyed it very much!

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

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How To Make Tomato Bacon Onion Fettucine

In a skillet, cook the bacon pieces until crisp. When done, transfer bacon pieces to paper towels to absorb the grease. Drain off the 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**.

Bacon is cooked until crispy for the fettucine sauce.
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 tomatoes, onions are added to skillet.

Tomatoes, bacon, onions and Italian spices are cooked to make sauce for fettucine.

Prepare Fettucine Noodles

Heat lightly salted water in a large pot for cooking the pasta. Once the water is boiling, add the fettucine 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!

Fettucine pasta I made to use in this dish.

Fettucine noodles are cooked in boiling water until done.

When the pasta has finished cooking, drain it, then add pasta to the skillet with the sauce. Gently toss with tongs, to thoroughly coat the tomato bacon onion fettucine pasta with sauce. Cook until heated through, adding an additional touch of water if necessary to thin the sauce to cover.

Cooked and drained fettucine noodles are added to tomato, bacon and onion sauce.

Tomato, bacon and onion sauce is stirred into cooked fettucine pasta.

Serve The Tomato Bacon Onion Fettucine

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

Fresh tomato, bacon onion fettucine is served in white bowl.

Close up photo to fettucine with bacon, tomato and onion Italian sauce.

We really enjoyed this tomato bacon onion fettucine with a simple mixed green salad on the side.  The recipe, as written, makes 3 main course servings or 4-5 small side servings. The caloric calculation is based on 3 main course servings.

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

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Fresh Tomato Bacon Onion Fettucine
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
You're gonna love this fresh tomato bacon onion fettucine... a delicious Italian seasoned pasta dish that can be easily made in only 20 minutes!
Category: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: tomato bacon onion fettucine
Servings: 3
Calories Per Serving: 347 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 ounces fettucine noodles
  • 3 slices raw bacon , cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons starchy pasta water
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (for garnish)
  • Dried parsley (for garnish)
Instructions
  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!
Nutrition Facts
Fresh Tomato Bacon Onion Fettucine
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 237mg10%
Potassium 319mg9%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 490IU10%
Vitamin C 8.1mg10%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Shrimp Scampi

You’re gonna love shrimp scampi, a classic Italian dish, featuring shrimp cooked in a simple lemon, butter and garlic sauce, and served on pasta!You're gonna love shrimp scampi, a classic Italian dish, featuring shrimp cooked in a simple lemon, butter and garlic sauce, and served on pasta!
Large shrimp cooked with olive oil, butter, lemon juice and lots of garlic, and served with pasta… does that sound good to you? If it does, then you will LOVE this recipe for Shrimp Scampi!

Did you know that in the United States we have “National Shrimp Scampi Day”? It is celebrated each year on April 29th. Who knew?  I recently found this recipe from celebrity chef Ina Garten and decided to try it with some shrimp I had pulled out of our freezer.

I’d made shrimp scampi many times before, using a different recipe, but decided this one was the winning ticket, so I wanted to share on my blog! It is light… and DELICIOUS!!!! Did I mention that it’s really easy to make?  Here’s how:

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How To Make Shrimp Scampi

Place a little bit of vegetable oil into a large pot of boiling water.  Add the pasta and 1 Tablespoon salt. Cook per package instructions. While pasta is cooking, cook the shrimp.

Pasta cooking in large pot, in order to serve with the shrimp scampi.

To prepare the shrimp, melt butter and olive oil in large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring often to prevent the garlic from burning.

Butter, garlic and olive oil are heated in skillet before adding shrimp.

Cook The Shrimp

Add all of the shrimp, plus 1½ teaspoons salt, and ground black pepper to the skillet.

Seasoned shrimp are added to the butter and lemon shrimp scampi sauce.

Cook the shrimp scampi, stirring often, and cooking both sides. Continue to cook the shrimp for a total of about 5-6 minutes, until the shrimp turn pink in color.

 All of the seasoned shrimp are cooking in skillet.

Add chopped parsley, lemon zest, lemon slices, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes to the shrimp scampi. Stir well, to fully combine all the ingredients. Sorry the photo below is a bit blurry. I must have been in a hurry to eat!

Cooking the shrimp scampi with lemons, lemon zest and parsley in a skillet.

By now the pasta should be done cooking. Drain the cooked pasta, then place it back into the pot.  Add the shrimp scampi and the sauce to the pasta.  Mix the ingredients well, so that all the pasta is coated with sauce.

Serve The Shrimp Scampi

Serve the shrimp scampi at once, while hot, and enjoy the wonderful flavors of this classic Italian seafood dish! The recipe as written makes 3 large servings or 4 slightly smaller servings.

A portion of shrimp scampi is garnished with fresh parsley and lemon slices, to serve.

The shrimp scampi meal is served, and is ready in about 30 minutes!

The shrimp scampi tastes wonderful, due in part to the freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest, plus the flavorful minced garlic! I have a hunch you will absolutely LOVE this meal!

My husband and I had the leftovers the next day for lunch, and they tasted just as good as the night before!  Hope you will consider giving this recipe a try. It’s quick, easy and so incredibly good! Have a great day, and come back again soon.

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Shrimp Scampi
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

You're gonna love shrimp scampi, a classic Italian dish, featuring shrimp cooked in a simple lemon, butter and garlic sauce, and served on pasta!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: shrimp scampi
Servings: 3 servings
Calories Per Serving: 652 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt (divided)
  • 1/2 pound linguini or spaghetti
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • Tablespoons olive oil
  • Tablespoons minced garlic (approx 4 large cloves)
  • 1 pound large shrimp , peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Grated zest from 1/2 large lemon
  • 1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (approx. 2-3 lemons)
  • 1/4 lemon , thinly sliced into rounds
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Place a teaspoon of vegetable oil and teaspoon of salt into a large pot of boiling water. Add the pasta. Cook per package instructions. While pasta is cooking, cook the shrimp.

  2. To prepare shrimp, melt butter and olive oil in large skillet on medium-low heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring often to prevent the garlic from burning.
  3. Add shrimp; season with 1 teaspoon salt, and ground black pepper to the skillet. Cook, stirring often (and cooking both sides), for a total of about 5 minutes, until the shrimp turn pink in color. Remove skillet from the heat. Add chopped parsley, lemon juice, lemon slices, lemon zest, and the red pepper flakes. Stir well, to fully combine ingredients.

  4. By now the pasta should be done cooking. Drain pasta, then place pasta back into the pot. Add the shrimp and sauce to the pasta right away. Toss ingredients well, so that pasta is coated with sauce. Serve hot, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp Scampi
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 652 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 411mg137%
Sodium 2060mg90%
Potassium 382mg11%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 935IU19%
Vitamin C 31.6mg38%
Calcium 255mg26%
Iron 4.8mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Enjoy great Italian flavors in Chicken Broccoli Stuffed Shells! Pasta shells filled with chicken, broccoli, and a creamy garlic cheese sauce.Enjoy great Italian flavors in Chicken Broccoli Stuffed Shells! Pasta shells filled with chicken, broccoli, and a creamy garlic cheese sauce.

If you like chicken and broccoli, you will LOVE these Chicken Broccoli Stuffed Shells! Such a “comfort food” dish… with cheesy Alfredo sauce coating the chicken and broccoli inside jumbo sized pasta shells! Yum! There are so many ways to enjoy pasta, and this recipe for chicken broccoli stuffed shells caught my attention.  How can you go wrong with pasta, chicken, broccoli, AND cheesy Alfredo sauce?

My husband and I 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 chicken broccoli stuffed shells:

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How To Make Chicken Broccoli 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.

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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).

How To “Temper” The Eggs For The Sauce

Place the egg yolks in a small bowl, beat until blended, then temper the eggs. “Tempering” the eggs slowly raises the temperature of the egg yolks to prevent them from scrambling when they hit the 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!

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and the Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine.  Season the sauce to taste, with salt and black pepper, and 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!

Assemble The Chicken Broccoli Stuffed Shells

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 the remaining alfredo sauce over the tops of the pasta shells, and then sprinkle them with the rest of the mozzarella cheese (1/2 cup).

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

Bake The Chicken Broccoli Stuffed Shells

Bake the chicken broccoli stuffed shells uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes. When done, the cheese sauce will be bubbling up around the shells, and the cheese will be melted on top of shells.

Remove the pan to a wire rack, and let the chicken broccoli stuffed shells cool for a minute or two, before serving.

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

Serve The Chicken Broccoli Stuffed Shells

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). If you enjoyed these stuffed shells, you might enjoy my recipe for Mexican stuffed pasta shells. They’re yummy, too!

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Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

Enjoy great Italian flavors in Chicken Broccoli Stuffed Shells! Pasta shells filled with chicken, broccoli, and a creamy garlic cheese sauce.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken broccoli stuffed shells
Servings: 5 servings (4 shells per)
Calories Per Serving: 561 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 (12 ounce) box of jumbo pasta shells
  • 3 cups cooked chicken , chopped (rotisserie chicken works well)
  • cups chopped/steamed broccoli
For Alfredo Sauce:
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large egg yolks , beaten
  • Salt and black pepper , to taste
Garnish:
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Mozzarella Cheese
  • Dried parsley flakes
Instructions
  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 1/2 cup Mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Stir. Add salt and pepper; season to taste.
  4. In mixing bowl, combine chicken, cooked broccoli and 1/2 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 1/2 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!
Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 561 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 268mg89%
Sodium 525mg23%
Potassium 480mg14%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 1595IU32%
Vitamin C 29.3mg36%
Calcium 403mg40%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake

This EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta 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 penne pasta spinach bake 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.

How Is The Penne Pasta Spinach Bake Made?

The recipe is very straightforward.  Penne pasta is cooked and drained. Spaghetti sauce (your choice-homemade or store-bought), mozzarella, Parmesan, ricotta, garlic powder and fresh spinach are added and mixed in.

The penne pasta spinach bake 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 penne pasta spinach bake is then topped with additional mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese.

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

Time To Cook The Penne Pasta Spinach Bake!

Bake the pasta dish (covered with aluminum foil) for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for 5 more minutes (uncovered). That’s it!

Serve the penne pasta spinach bake hot… and enjoy! It may not be the most “appetizing” looking photo I’ve ever taken, but it really does taste 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!

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

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EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Penne Pasta is baked with spaghetti sauce, three cheeses, and fresh spinach in this easy, tasty, and filling casserole.
Category: Casserole
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: penne pasta spinach bake
Servings: 4 -6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 391 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3/4 pound penne pasta
  • 16 ounces Marinara sauce (approx. - homemade or use a jar of sauce-need enough for 4 servings)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • cups chopped fresh spinach
  • Additional Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese for topping casserole (approx.1/4 cup each)
Instructions
  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.
Recipe Notes

Number of servings will depend on the size portion you serve.

Nutrition Facts
EASY CHEESY Penne Pasta And Spinach Bake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 800mg35%
Potassium 472mg13%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 1385IU28%
Vitamin C 7.4mg9%
Calcium 357mg36%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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