New favorite pasta alert!! I made this for my hubby last night for Valentine’s Day and it was all I hoped it would be and more. Full of spice, flavors, beautiful colors, and the pasta was so silky and delicious. You could lighten this up with turkey sausage, but it was a special occasion, so I went all in.
Begin by warming a couple tablespoons of EVOO in a large, heavy saucepan. Remove casings from 5 spicy Italian sausage links and crumble into medium size pieces.
Once browned, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Now add a thinly sliced onion and cook for 5 minutes or so in the sausage drippings until they begin to caramelize. While the onions cook, thinly slice a red, yellow, & orange bell pepper.
Add the peppers into the pot with the onions along with about a teaspoon of Italian seasoning and cracked salt & pepper.
Once the peppers soften, add in about a tablespoon of minced garlic and a half a cup of white wine. Once the wine has reduced, add a 28oz can of diced tomatoes with the juice and fold your sausage back into the mixture.
To finish the sauce, drizzle more EVOO on top, and about 1/4C of fresh chopped basil leaves & around 2tbl freshly chopped Italian flat leaf parsley.
Prepare pappardelle noodles according to the al dente instructions. Toss the noodles into your sausage mixture. Serve and top with additional basil and shredded Parmesan cheese.
So, so good!!!
Adapted From: The Cozy Apron
Need another game day treat? These were so good! Begin with just a few simple ingredients: avocados, jalapeño peppers, shredded cheese, and wonton wrappers.
Lay down 2 wrappers (a square on top of a diamond).
Now place a slice of avocado, 2 thin strips of jalapeño (seeded if you’d like to remove the spice), and a pinch of your favorite melty cheese..
Fold your edges and roll as tightly as you can. Seal with a bit of water.
Now, we used a deep fryer but you could also heat oil in a saucepan. Fry until your eggrolls become a nice golden brown.
These are amazing dipped in anything. We loved ranch dressing and sriracha last night. So, so good.🥑💃🏻
Adapted From: One Green Planet
Basically everything about this appealed to me – spicy shrimp, poblano peppers, manchego and goat cheese…..talk about a combo made in heaven!
I used a little over a pound of peeled and deveined shrimp. Coat them with EVOO and a couple of tablespoons of Cajun seasoning. Lay them out on a lined cookie sheet and roast at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes depending on the size of your shrimp.
Once they’ve cooled, chop them up and toss them into a mixing bowl. Add 8oz goat cheese, 8oz shredded manchego, 18-20 chopped basil leaves, and 2+ tablespoons of your favorite hot sauce. Stir until thoroughly combined.
Clean the seeds ands ribs out of 3-4 poblanos and fill with the shrimp mixture. Roast in a 375 degree oven for 30-40 minutes. Top with chopped cilantro and more hot sauce. Enjoy!😋
Adapted From: Chili Pepper Madness
The instant pot is certainly the new craze these days. Dinner in under an hour, yes please! Some folks are intimidated by this new machine, but just remember that it’s much like it’s grandfather the crock pot – you can dump whatever you have in your kitchen and voila, dinner is served. This recipe has become a favorite and a staple in our house:
Begin with 3-4 trimmed chicken breasts. Then I grab all the peppers I have on hand plus an onion.
Chop or slice everything into big pieces.
Turn your instant pot on to the brown cycle. Season your chicken generously with your favorite seasoning. We love Weber’s Garlic Habanero. Once heated, add some EVOO to the bottom before browning your chicken on both sides.
Toss in your veggies first. I love adding corn cut from the cob but canned works fine.
Now add in your canned goods. We love hot Rotel, fire roasted diced green chiles, fire roasted diced tomatoes, tomatillo salsa, chipotle in adobo sauce, beans, etc….literally, you can’t go wrong here. Then add 8oz of cream cheese (we prefer the Greek yogurt variety).
Put the lid on and let it cook for 40 minutes. Then shred the chicken inside the pot. We love to serve this over quinoa, but it would be great over rice, potato, or pasta – your pick.
Avocado (and maybe some jalapeño slices and hot sauce) make the perfect topping. Enjoy!
I love shrimp and I love dips, so immediately I wanted to try this one. I made it for the Super Bowl yesterday and it was exactly what I was hoping for. I used local shrimp – I think the better quality shrimp you can use, the better.
After cleaning and deveining the shrimp I cut them into about 1 inch size pieces. Warm a tablespoon of butter over medium high heat. Toss in a diced red pepper and cook for a couple of minutes. Now add in your shrimp, a handful of chopped, green onions, and about a teaspoon of Creole or Cajun seasoning.
Cook until shrimp begins to turn pink. You don’t want to overcook them since they will have more cook time in your oven. Set aside.
Combine 8oz of cream cheese (I prefer the Greek yogurt variety), 1/3C mayo, juice of 1/2 of a lemon, and 1tsp Worcestershire sauce. I used a hand mixer for this step, but a wooden spoon would work also. Now stir in 1/2tsp red pepper flakes, 1tsp Creole or Cajun seasoning, 1/3C grated Parmesan cheese, and 1.5C shredded mozzarella. Once combined, fold in your shrimp mixture. Grease an 8×8 pan and spoon in your dip.
Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.
Serve with tortilla chips or a baguette. Enjoy!
Adapted From: Spicy Southern Kitchen
Between football season and holiday parties, there are so many occasions for good sliders. I’ve been making these particular ones for a few years and they never disappoint. You can even make them a day ahead of time and pop them in the oven right before serving.
Begin by generously spraying nonstick spray into a baking dish. Cut a dozen dinner rolls in half and lay the bottom half in your pan. I’ve used both plain and Kings Hawaiian rolls and both turn out perfectly.
Heat a skillet over medium high heat until it’s almost smoking. Add a pound of ground sirloin – don’t break it up, just let it sizzle for 2 minutes on each side until it begins to char. This adds amazing texture and flavor to the meat.
Now add a chopped onion plus 1tsp salt, 1tsp pepper, 1tsp cumin, 1tsp mustard powder, and 1/2tsp paprika. Break up meat and cook it through. Add a 1tsp minced garlic and cook for another minute before removing from heat. Drain off any excess grease and then stir in 1 drained can of Rotel.
Once combined, spoon your meat mixture over the bottom half of your rolls. Layer with 12 slices of sharp cheddar cheese and cover with the top halves of the rolls.
To make your glaze melt 1 stick of butter in a small sauce pan. Add in 2tbl brown sugar, 1tbl Worcestershire, 1tbl Dijon, and 1tbl sesame seeds. Pour over your rolls.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes until tops begin to brown. Enjoy!!
Adapted From – Kevin & Amanda
This recipe is one of my favorite pasta dishes. Most of the year I make it as a freezer meal with smoked turkey sausage, however, during the summer it’s devine with fresh local shrimp.
Begin by melting 4 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons of EVOO over medium heat. Add in a large chopped onion and sauté until it becomes soft.
Now add a container of chopped baby bella mushrooms, a large chopped red pepper, and a teaspoon of minced garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes.
Add in either your sliced kielbasa or a pound of uncooked fresh shrimp. Cook until the shrimp turns pink or about 4-5 minutes for the sausage.
Add 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 1/2 cup heavy cream, and a jar of Alfredo sauce. Stir to combine. Add 1/2-1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it) and salt & pepper to taste. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in 12oz penne, rotini, or any pasta of your choice. Top with shredded parmesan and chopped fresh parsley before serving. Pairs perfectly with a mixed green salad and crusty bread.
We happened to have some leftover steak from a couple of nights ago (doesn’t happen very often). However, when this does happen, we either turn it into amazing steak sandwiches or tacos.
Begin by chopping off any excess fat and then dicing your steak into small pieces. Dice an onion and a handful of cilantro.
Add in a bit of cracked pepper and sea salt. Then stir to combine.
Warm about 1/4C of EVOO over medium heat in a large saucepan. Place cooked corn tortillas into oil and add a couple spoonfuls of your meat mixture and spicy shredded cheese (this variety is pretty tasty).
Use the back of your spatula to fold the tacos over and cook for ~3 minutes per side until they begin to brown.
Combine ingredients for your pico (recipe also on blog).
Serve and enjoy!
We love enchiladas in my house. LOVE. These were so amazing that my husband insisted we put them into our regular rotation.
Begin by rinsing and drying 3 poblano peppers. Brush them lightly with EVOO and place them on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 35-45 minutes until the skin is dark and the outer lining is wrinkled. Let stand for 30 minutes.
Salt & pepper 1.25lbs of chicken tenders and cook them over medium heat in a sauce pan with 1tbl of EVOO.Set aside. Add into the same pan 1 sliced green pepper and 1 small sliced yellow onion. Cook until soft. Dice the cooked chicken and place into a large mixing bowl.
Add the cooked onions and green pepper into the mixing bowl. Now skin and seed the poblanos and add them to your mixing bowl. Your filling is complete.
In the same saucepan, melt 1tbl of butter and then add 2tsp minced garlic. Once garlic becomes fragrant (1 minute), add 1tbl flour and whisk to combine. Slowly add 1.25C of whole milk and then 1/2C sour cream. Whisk until it becomes thick and then stir in 1/2tsp cumin and 1/2tsp chili powder. Continue stiring until sauce thickens and warms through.
Lay a couple spoonfuls of the sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. Using freshly cooked flour tortillas, roll approximately 1/2 cup of the chicken mix plus some shredded pepper jack cheese into each tortilla. Top enchiladas with remaining sauce.
Top with more pepper jack and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Top with avocado and enjoy!
Adapted from: Will Cook For Smiles
The search is over. These are the best beef Enchiladas I have ever tasted. I’d even venture to say this is my husband’s favorite dish that I make. They are melt in your mouth, cheesy, full of flavor, worth every delicious bite, shear perfection.
Begin with 4lbs of pot roast style beef, excess fat trimmed off. Coat all sides of the meat generously with cracked salt and pepper. Heat a couple tablespoons of EVOO in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sear it quickly on all sides until it has a beautiful brownish black color. Now put it in your crockpot.
Cover with 1 large chopped onion, 20oz diced green chiles, 2tbl chili powder, 2tbl cumin, 2tbl garlic powder, 5oz Franks Hot Sauce, and 1/4c of water. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or until beef shreds easily with 4 forks.
For the enchilada sauce (which is different from my normal variety) – Heat a tablespoon of EVOO in a medium saucepan and sauté 1/2c minced onions until soft. Stir in 24oz tomato sauce, 8oz diced green chiles, 2tbl chili powder, 1tbl cumin, and a few dashes of hot sauce.
Cover the bottom of a baking dish with your enchilada sauce. Prepare fresh flour tortillas and spoon in your meat (which now looks like this).
Top meat with Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack cheese. Roll up and place in baking dish. When you have finished rolling up all the meat, cover completely with the remaining enchilada sauce and top with more cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese is melty and bubbly. Top with avocado, jalapeño, hot sauce, etc. Enjoy!!
Adapted From: Mrs. Happy Homemaker