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Super Creamy Pasta Alfredo


Yield: Serves 4 to 6
You can use other types of long pasta if you’d like. It would work with spaghetti, linguine, fettuccine, or cavatappi, which is a long spiral pasta.

Ingredients

1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti pasta
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into cubes
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup cream
3 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, milk, and cream.

Microwave on high for 1 minute, then remove from the microwave oven and stir with a wire whisk.

Microwave for 1 minute longer, remove, and stir again until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

Let cool for 5 minutes.

Beat the eggs and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese into the cream cheese mixture with a wire whisk and set aside.

Cook the pasta when the water comes to a boil until just al dente according to package directions.

Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water in a small bowl, then drain the pasta into a colander placed in the sink.

Return the pasta to the hot pot and immediately stir in the cream cheese mixture, adding enough reserved pasta water as needed to make a smooth and creamy sauce.

Stir in the bacon.

Serve immediately, topped with more Parmesan cheese.
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Chicken Carbonara


Yield: 4 Servings
Carbonara is the name of an Italian pasta dish made with a sauce of eggs, cheese and cooked bacon. There are no specific rules about what type of pasta although fettuccini or linguine are common choices because the raw egg sauce needs pasta with a large surface area to properly adhere.

Ingredients

Salt
12 ounces pasta, such as fettuccini
4 slices bacon
12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 shallot, peeled and diced
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely minced
4 large eggs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, plus more for topping
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta according to package directions. Before draining, reserve a cup of the pasta water.

Put the bacon in a large skillet (a braiser-style pan works very well) and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes or until it is crispy and browned to your liking. Transfer it to a plate lined with a paper towel and set aside.

Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and add to same skillet with the drippings. Increase the heat to medium-high and cook the chicken for a few minutes, until it turns opaque. Add the diced shallot and continue cooking for another couple of minutes. Add the minced garlic and continue cooking for an additional minute. Continue cooking until the chicken is cooked through (165 F) and then remove from the heat.

Move the chicken and shallots to a plate and discard all but 2 tablespoons of the remaining oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, grated Parmesan or Romano cheese and the black pepper until well combined. Slowly whisk in about 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to raise the temperature of the eggs slowly.

When the pasta has cooked, drain and add it to the skillet. On medium-low heat, toss the pasta with 1/4 cup more of the reserved water and then slowly pour the egg mixture into the pan, tossing constantly. Stir in additional pasta water as needed until the sauce has thickened. Crumble the bacon, slice the chicken and add to the pasta. Stir in the chopped parsley and season with additional salt, if needed. Top with additional grated cheese, if desired.
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Easy Pork and Noodle Bake

Yield: 6 servings
The pork is cubed and briefly browned before baking it with the noodles and simple sauce mixture.

Ingredients

4 to 5 cups diced pork loin or other lean pork*
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme (crumbled)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 cup water
6 ounces (about 3 cups) uncooked wide noodles**
1 cup frozen peas (thawed)
1 can (4 ounces) sliced mushrooms
1 jar (2 ounces) chopped pimiento (drained)
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup soft fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons melted butter

Directions

Heat the oven to 375 F. Butter a 2 1/2 to 3-quart baking dish.

In a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat, brown the diced pork in the olive oil. Add the chopped onion and sliced celery and sauté for about 3 minutes longer. Add salt, thyme, pepper, condensed mushroom soup, and water. Cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, just before the pork mixture is finished cooking, prepare the noodles. Cook the noodles in boiling salted water following the package directions. Drain in a colander and rinse briefly with hot water.

Add the cooked noodles, peas, mushrooms, pimiento and shredded cheese to the pork mixture.

Transfer the mixture to a lightly buttered large shallow baking dish.

Combine the soft bread crumbs with the melted butter; sprinkle over the top of the noodle mixture.

Put the casserole in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.

Make Ahead Tips

To make the casserole ahead, prepare the casserole, cover the dish tightly with foil, and refrigerate overnight. Take the casserole out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Remove the foil and bake as directed.

To make breadcrumbs ahead, cut or tear fresh or day-old bread into smaller pieces and pulse briefly in a food processor or with an immersion blender to make coarse or fine breadcrumbs. Freeze any crumbs you won’t be using right away. When you need a cup of crumbs to top a casserole or use in a recipe, thaw them briefly before using.

The casserole can also be made with cooked leftover pork. Just dice the meat and add it to the sauteed onion and celery mixture.

Feel free to substitute linguine, fettuccine, spaghetti, or another type of noodle for the wide noodles in this recipe.
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Chicken a la King Casserole With Noodles

Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
We adapted this chicken and pasta recipe from a vintage community cookbook from North Carolina. It’s an easy preparation and makes an excellent family meal for any night of the week. It’s great for potlucks, too.

Ingredients

2 teaspoons Kosher salt (plus more, to taste)
3 to 3 1/2 cups noodles (uncooked, about 6 ounces)
2 large ribs celery (diced)
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
2/3 cup evaporated milk (or light cream)
1 (4-ounce) jar diced pimientos (drained)
2 cups chicken (cooked, diced)
1 cup/4 ounces cheddar cheese (shredded)
Optional: 1/2 cup slivered almonds (toasted)
1 cup soft fresh breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons melted butter

Directions

Heat the oven to 375 F. Lightly butter a 2-quart baking dish or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.

Put about 2 to 2 1/2 quarts of water in a large saucepan with 2 teaspoons of salt. Place the saucepan over high heat and bring the water to a boil. Add the noodles and reduce the heat to medium. Boil the noodles following the package directions.

Drain well and transfer them to a large bowl. Set aside.

In the same saucepan, combine the celery with the condensed soup and evaporated milk or light cream; simmer over low heat for about 5 to 7 minutes.

Add the pimientos, diced cooked chicken, and cheese. Continue cooking, stirring, until the cheese has melted.

Pour the sauce over the noodles and stir until well combined.

Spoon the chicken and noodle mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the toasted almonds, if using.

Combine the fresh bread crumbs with the melted butter. Stir with a fork until the crumbs are well coated with butter.

Sprinkle the crumbs evenly over the casserole.

Bake the casserole in the preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the bread crumb topping is browned.

Tips
Use poached or baked chicken breasts, the meat from a rotisserie chicken, or convenient fully cooked chicken breast strips.
To toast slivered almonds on the stovetop put them in a dry skillet over medium heat. Cook, shaking the skillet and stirring frequently until the nuts are golden brown and aromatic.

Recipe Variations
Add 4 to 6 ounces of sautéed sliced mushrooms to the sauce mixture or add 1 small can or jar of drained sliced mushrooms.
Add 1/2 cup of finely chopped onion to the sauce along with the celery.
Replace the chicken with diced leftover turkey or ham.
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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Casserole


Makes 6 to 8 Servings

Ingredients

2 pounds ground round
1 onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
8 ounces uncooked spaghetti, broken into pieces
1 (26-oz.) jar marinara sauce
1 (14.5-oz.) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Cook ground round and onion in a large skillet, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain meat, and return to skillet.

Spoon half of meat mixture into a lightly greased 5-qt. slow cooker. Top with spaghetti. Spoon remaining half of meat mixture over top.

Combine pasta sauce, diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup water, and Italian seasoning. Pour mixture over meat, and sprinkle with Cheddar cheese.

Cover and cook on Low 4 hours. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

By Southern Living
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Chicken Manicotti with Marinara and Cheese Sauce


Serves 2

Manicotti Filling

2 each cooked chicken breast, chopped up into small dice
1/4 cup of cooked chopped spinach, chopped finely
1/4 cup of marinara sauce
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs
1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese
Salt and Pepper
4 cooked manicotti shells

Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper, place into the cooked manicotti shell. Place into a Pyrex glass ovenproof dish, spoon over some of the cheese sauce and bake in a preheated oven at 375F.

Cook in the oven for 15 minutes, remove from heat and spoon over a little more cheese sauce. Next, top with marinara sauce, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and fresh chopped herbs.

Cheese Sauce

1 small onion peeled and diced
2 cloves of peeled and chopped garlic
1/2 cup of white wine
2 cups of cream
1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of grated mozzarella cheese
Salt and Pepper

In a sauté pan, cook the onion and garlic, once soft add in white wine, reduce by half then add in cream and cheese.

Reduce again, keep stirring until cheese has been melted, season with salt and pepper, strain the sauce using a fine sieve, and serve with manicotti.

Marinara Sauce

1 small onion peeled and diced
2 cloves of peeled and chopped garlic
1/2 cup of red wine
2 cups of crushed whole tomato
2 teaspoons of dried oregano
Salt and Pepper

In a sauté pan, cook onion and garlic, once soft add in red wine, reduce by half then add tomato and oregano.

Reduce again, keep stirring until cheese has been melted, season with salt and pepper, strain the sauce using a fine sieve, and serve with manicotti.

To finish

Place chicken manicotti in a bowl, spoon over some of the cheese sauce, warm spinach and marinara sauce sprinkle with parmesan cheese, serve and enjoy.

Chef Steven Topple from Donnelly
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Beef Noodle Casserole

Serves 6

Ingredients

12 ounces egg noodles uncooked
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 1/4 lbs lean ground beef (I use 90% lean)
1 onion finely chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
16 ounces canned tomato sauce
15 ounce can diced tomatoes drained, (I prefer to use the small diced (petite cut) variety)
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
cooking spray

Instructions

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; add the egg noodles and cook according to package directions. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

While the noodles are cooking, heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat.

Add the ground beef to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes, breaking up the meat with a spatula.

Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until onion has softened and beef is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add the tomato sauce, tomatoes and Italian seasoning to the beef and stir to combine.

Drain the noodles and add to the pan with the beef; toss to combine.

Pour the beef and noodle mixture into a 9″x13″ baking pan that’s been coated in cooking spray. Top with cheddar cheese.

Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
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