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Spicy Sausage & Pasta Bake

Acquired this recipe from the lovely, Emily Bites. Her recipes are geared towards individuals who are on weight watchers or are just looking for easy ways to cut the calories on simple meals. This recipe cost me under 10 bucks and was simple to make. Its spicy, cheesy and creamy. Whats convenient about this meal is you don’t even have to boil and cook the pasta! One pot meal! Any type of pasta noodle will do for this meal.

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What you need:

1 t extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
13 oz Smoked Turkey Sausage, sliced (I used Hillshire Farms)
garlic minced
2 ¼ cups low sodium fat free chicken broth
10 oz can Ro-Tel tomatoes & green chiles, original
½ cup fat free half and half
½ t salt
½ t black pepper
10 oz uncooked wheat pasta
4 oz reduced fat Pepper jack cheese, shredded

Directions:

1.    In a large skillet or sauté pan add the olive oil and bring over medium heat. Add the onions and sausage to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes until sausage is browned and onions are tender. Add the garlic and stir.
2.    Add the broth, Ro-Tel, half and half, salt and pepper and mix together. Add the uncooked pasta and stir together until the liquid covers the pasta. Cover the skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and keep covered. Simmer for 15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.
3.    Transfer to a 7×11 baking dish. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

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Chicken Saltimbocca with Pasta

With the new season of The Next Food Network Star ending this past weekend, my family decided to try out Stacy’s Dish this weekend at our Family Reunion! TWO THUMBS UP FROM ME! Phenomenal Taste!

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Photo Courtesy of Food Network

I have never had brown butter before and let me tell you the flavor is out of this world! It is definitely not for someone that is looking to watch their figure or has high cholesterol!  You think that it wouldn’t make sense to cook butter to a brown color but the nutty, aroma with a salty taste pairs so well drizzled over top pasta! NOTE- YOU ARE NOT BURNING THE BUTTER!  For a sweeter taste, I added in a few chopped onions. Brown butter is a perfect way to toss pasta with veggies too!

Here is the recipe for Stacy’s Chicken Saltimbocca with Brown Butter Pasta

What you need:

1 stick butter
10 fresh sage leaves
2 chicken breasts
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 to 6 pieces prosciutto
Olive oil
1 pound fresh angel hair pasta
Grated Parmesan
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 lemons, zested and juiced
Directions:
Heat the butter and fry the sage leaves. Remove the sage leaves and continue to cook the butter until brown. Reserve.Pound out the chicken breasts and sprinkle with salt and pepper.Lay 5 sage leaves across each chicken breast and wrap in prosciutto. Cook in a pan over medium-high heat with olive oil. Flip once cooked through. Remove from the heat and let rest.

Cook the pasta according to package directions. Remove from the water and toss with Parmesan, the reserved brown butter, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice.

Slice the chicken saltimbocca and place on top of the pasta.

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Four Cheese Margherita Flatbread

Incredibly easy and Incredibly Delicious! Perfect for the summer time! Just simple Cheesy goodness 🙂

Cant find fontina at your local food store, simply just substitute it for a mild like cheese such a provolone or Gouda.

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What you need:

1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
8 Roma tomatoes, sliced
Pilsbury Pizza Crust
8 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese
4 ounces shredded Fontina cheese
10 fresh basil leaves, washed, dried
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

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1. Spread out pizza crust, mix together olive oil, salt, and minced garlic. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

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2. First sprinkle on mozz. cheese, then fontina cheese, feta then lastly parm. cheese.

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3. Layer on sliced tomatoes and sprinkle with basil. Cook for 12 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and crust is golden brown.

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My secrets to the best Chicken Parmesan

I have tried many ways to prepare and cook chicken parmesan whether its the chicken , the breadcrumbs, the cheese but after many tastings and tries I have found a recipe that adds a little sweet and savory kick!

Here is what  you need to know about my secrets to the best chicken Parmesan you will ever have :

1. Pancetta– sprinkle a layer of this salty smoked bacon on the chicken before you layer on that sauce

2. The sauce– Use Marinara sauce not pasta sauce. Its thinner and has more of a true tomato flavor to it.

3. Sweetness– the added goodness. Add 1/2 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to the sauce! The sweet sauce pairs so well with the savory flavor of the chicken and pancetta!

4. Parmesan cheese– I like to combine half Parmesan cheese with half bread crumbs for the coating of the chicken. Adds an extra cheesey flavor!

5. Garlic Powder– Sprinkle in 1 tablespoon of garlic powder in the flour mixture when coating the chicken.

What you need:

Thin Chicken Breasts – cut and thrimmed

1 cup of flour

1 tablespoon of garlic powder

2 eggs whisked

1 cup of italian bread crumbs

1 cup of parmesan cheese

1 jar of marinara sauce

1 cup of cubed pancetta

1 package of shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

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1. After you trim and cut chicken make a line of the items that you will use to coat the chicken. First flour and garlic powder. Second eggs, gently whisked. Third parmesan cheese and bread crumbs . Coat chicken in the three items above in that order. Place in a pan with olive oil. After browned on both sides take out and cool on a plate.

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2. Sprinkle pancetta one the chicken , add sauce and then mozz. cheese.  Bake at 350 for 30 min or until cheese is golden brown.

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