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Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Move over boring side dishes! Grilled Brussels Sprouts are here to steal the show this summer. Brussels sprouts can sometimes get a bad rap but it’s only because most people don’t know how to cook them properly. Grilling or roasting them caramelizes their natural sugars yielding […]

Gourmet Pizza on the Grill

Gourmet Pizza on the Grill

Pizza night gets a whole new meaning at our house during the summer. Put down that take out menu and fire up the grill! You don’t need a fancy pizza stone or even a pizza oven to create your very own outdoor pizzeria. There’s nothing […]

One Pan Skillet Lasagna

One Pan Skillet Lasagna

Summer’s heating up this week in Buffalo but our One Pan Skillet Lasagna is here to save the day! No need to crank up the oven for this one pan wonder. It’s made completely on the stovetop to help you beat the heat. This quick fix recipe will make you feel like you’re winning at life. It boasts all the same great tastes as lasagna but without all the hard work. This family friendly shortcut is sure to be a hit this Summer!

Here’s all you’ll need: ground beef, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, water, tomato paste, parsley flakes, oregano, sugar, salt, bow tie pasta, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella (optional).

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First in a large skillet, cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat. Yes all at once! Cook and crumble the ground beef until its no longer pink. Drain off any excess grease. I try to use 90% lean meat ground beef whenever I can. It shrinks less while cooking because it has less fat. You could also use ground chicken or turkey for a healthy spin!

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Next add the can of diced tomatoes (with the liquid), the tomato paste, 1-1/2 cups of water, dried parsley, oregano,   sugar and salt. You can skip the sugar if you like but we’re sweet sauce fans in this house! Stir the mixture until everything is combined.

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Now stir in the pasta! I love any recipe that uses bowties (seriously aren’t they so cute?!?) but you could substitute pasta shells, corkscrews, penne or whatever you have on hand. Whole wheat or veggie pasta works great too! Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir several times throughout cooking.

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As our skillet lasagna simmers, we can make our yummy cheesy topping. In a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese. Mix well.

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Stir in mozzarella cheese until melted if desired. Remove the skillet from the heat and drop the cottage cheese mixture by the spoonful onto the pasta. Sprinkle with fresh parsley to garnish. Serve warm and enjoy!! Cool kitchen, full bellies, and minimal dishes!!! I told you this easy skillet lasagna was winning at life!!! Our Parmesan Garlic Knots are a great way to complete the meal!

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One Pan Skillet Lasagna

June 25, 2018
: 4
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 3/4 cup 4% cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, chopped onion, and garlic over medium heat. Cook and crumble the ground beef until its no longer pink. Drain off any excess grease.
  • Step 2 Add the can of diced tomatoes (with the liquid), the tomato paste, 1-1/2 cups of water, dried parsley, oregano, sugar and salt. Stir the mixture until well combined.
  • Step 3 Stir in the pasta. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir several times throughout cooking.
  • Step 4 Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese. Mix well.
  • Step 5 Stir in mozzarella cheese until melted if desired. Remove the skillet from the heat and drop the cottage cheese mixture by the spoonful onto the pasta. Sprinkle with fresh parsley to garnish. Serve warm and enjoy!!

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Foil Packet Italian Veggies

Foil Packet Italian Veggies

We hosted a Memorial Day picnic last Monday for my family. It was so much fun and all that cooking and BBQ-ing got me amped up to grill out….All. Summer. Long! Well that and maybe the fact that we had a little stretch of almost […]