Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

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Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic, and there’s no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than Homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

I love to mix up traditional homemade dinners along with a few healthy shortcuts. Using items from the freezer isle not only cut down on my prep time (hello, chopping), but frozen foods like vegetables are always flash frozen when they’re at their peak ripeness, so I would say they’re a much better option than the limp carrot or slimy asparagus in the bottom drawer of my refrigerator.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

For this meal, I partnered with Kroger to remind busy families everywhere that the frozen aisle provides delicious meal ideas and solutions that provide value and are healthy. For my chicken pot pie, I went to Fred Meyer and picked up two bags Birds Eye Steamfresh veggies – the sweet peas as well as the gold & white corn, carrots, and asparagus mix. I can’t eat pot pie without a healthy amount of peas!  These veggie packs are awesome because they’re small enough that you’ll never waste half of an uneaten bag to freezer burn and you can’t get more convenient than just throwing the entire bag in the microwave! Aren’t all those bright and colorful veggies gorgeous?

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Kroger has put together a great site called www.freezerfreshideas.com that’s designed to inspire meal solutions, recipes, and offer great value for frozen ingredients. Their Fresh Ideas from the Freezer are all about changing the perception of frozen food and bringing the excitement back to the frozen department. I firmly believe that frozen foods, we’re talking anything from individual items to meals to ingredients like these frozen vegetables can be an integral and exciting part of your everyday meal planning.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Now, I don’t know about you, but those veggies sure look a whole lot better than what is even available right now due to it being the middle of the winter. Frozen is totally the way to go.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

I went all out and made homemade pie crusts for this meal (you should definitely do this as well), but I know as well as anyone how little time us moms have to make dinner, so feel free to take another awesome shortcut and use a premade one from the freezer section!

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

With all of those vibrant veggies packed into this pot pie, this is definitely a meal the whole family will enjoy.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

Are you hungry yet?  Enjoy!!!Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

 

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Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • two butter pie crusts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • two Birds Eye single packs frozen vegetables (about 20 ounces total)
  • 2-3 teaspoons salt to taste
  • freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Using a heavy bottom pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium high heat. Cook chicken until golden brown, about 5 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside on plate. Once chicken cools a bit, shred the meat.
  3. Add onion to dutch oven. While the onions cook and release moisture, scrape the bottom of the pan to release any of the chicken that stuck.
  4. Add butter and flour. Stir and allow to cook for several minutes until fragrant.
  5. Stir in chicken broth and milk. Allow to come to a boil and stir well until the gravy thickens. Add shredded chicken and frozen vegetables and allow to cook in gravy just until vegetables are no longer cold. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Line a nine inch pie pan with your first crust. Add the chicken filling as full as you can. Add the top crust and pinch the edges together. Cut a few slits in top crust to allow steam to escape.
  7. Cook in preheated 425 degree F oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 375 degrees F and continue cooking until the crust is golden brown, about 30 more minutes.

Sometimes you just can't beat a classic, and there's no better comfort food you can enjoy for family dinner than homemade Chicken Pot Pie.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Leftover Turkey Risotto

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It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

Did you indulge yesterday? I did. I ate so much it physically hurt. I sat there after dinner with two kinds of pie on my plate and refused to give up! Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays and the spread that was put in front of us yesterday was ah-ma-zing. I ate so much that after working out for an hour and a half this morning and sweating more than I probably ever had, I still weighed in 3 pounds heavier than I was yesterday. Oh yes. Want to know what one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is? The leftovers.

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

If you had turkey, you likely have leftovers. And with those leftovers, you will want to make this risotto. This creamy comfort food was transformed into something that may have just been “pretty good” to something worthy of an “oh wow, that is amazing” reaction. This was made possible because of the Pacific Organic Turkey Broth.  The company was founded in 1987 in Tualatin, Oregon, and you know I love supporting my local brands. Pacific Foods is dedicated to sourcing simple ingredients cultivated through sustainable practices, making products that nourish, and increasing access to healthy, wholesome foods. They offer a wide variety of organic products, including flavorful soups, sauces, broths and stocks, as well as the broadest range of non-dairy beverages and a growing collection of dips, meals and sides. Pacific’s delicious, nutritious foods are inspired by traditional recipes made convenient for busy, health-conscious consumers.

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

We’ve all used chicken broth at some point, but have you used turkey broth? Totally different in the best way possible. In particular, Pacific Organic Turkey Broth was the first organic option available on store shelves. Its made from free-range, humanely raised turkeys and is perfect for adding a classic flavor to holiday meals. I loaded my pantry shelves with this broth because its USDA Certified Organic, Naturally free of GMOs, Gluten-free, and Packaged in BPA-free, shelf-stable cartons. Using my leftover turkey along with this outstanding organic turkey broth yielded the best tasting, most comforting, post-Thanksgiving meal I’ve ever enjoyed!

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

Here’s a fabulous guide on how to best use Pacific stocks and broths. Sooooo good!

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.

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It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.
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Recipe type: dinner
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 1 cup leftover cooked turkey, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 4 cups Pacific Foods Turkey Broth
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, diced
Instructions
  1. In heavy bottom 6 quart pot, heat olive oil and butter over medium high heat. Add onion and saute until golden brown while stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  2. While the onion is cooking, heat the broth in a separate pot over medium heat.
  3. When the onions are tender, add the rice and chopped turkey and stir to prevent burning. Allow the rice and turkey to brown a bit. The ingredients will start sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the white wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any of those cooked bits. Continue to cook for about a minute until all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  5. Using one ladle at a time, add hot turkey broth to the rice mixture and stir.

It's the day after Thanksgiving, and the most perfect comforting recipe you can make is this delicious Leftover Turkey Risotto.
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Buttermilk Baked Chicken

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This moist and tender Buttermilk Baked Chicken is not only quick and easy to make for family dinner, but it is the perfect new comfort food.

This moist and tender Buttermilk Baked Chicken is not only quick and easy to make for family dinner, but it is the perfect new comfort food.

Everyone knows buttermilk fried chicken is like the ultimate comfort food.

THE NEW COMFORT FOOD IS:
1. Natural ingredients that are free of additives, preservatives, antibiotics and hormones
2. Using mostly local, seasonal ingredients
3. Minimal ingredients in the recipe
4. Quick, easy steps and fast prep time

I mean, serve me a plate with some smashed potatoes and collard greens alongside a biscuit and you can call me a happy girl. The problem is that fried chicken isn’t exactly the healthiest choice. Plus, if you’re anything like me, deep frying doesn’t happen too terribly often in my kitchen. That’s why I love making this buttermilk baked chicken.

This moist and tender Buttermilk Baked Chicken is not only quick and easy to make for family dinner, but it is the perfect new comfort food.

This recipe only calls for a few simple ingredients. I used Foster Farms Simply Raised chicken. I prefer to use locally grown, antibiotic-free chicken to feed my family because it not only tastes better, but its just higher quality food. Foster Farms Simply Raised fresh chicken contains no antibiotics ever and its locally grown in California and the Pacific Northwest (depending on consumer location). Local is always better. If you have visited my blog before, you know I highly value the meals I serve your family, not only because I want to ensure I’m providing the proper nourishment, but because family meal time is sacred to us.

This moist and tender Buttermilk Baked Chicken is not only quick and easy to make for family dinner, but it is the perfect new comfort food.

A lot of the time with chicken breasts, I prefer to tenderize them by smashing with a mallet. There are so many benefits to cooking chicken like this. First, there are few things more satisfying than hitting something like meat with a mallet. If you’ve never tried it, you must do so and then report back. Have a bad day? No problem! Just beat the heck out of your dinner! Second, by making the meat a uniform thickness, it not only cooks faster (hello, weekday dinner) but it ensures a tender and moist piece of chicken rather than one that is moist on one end and dried on the other.

This moist and tender Buttermilk Baked Chicken is not only quick and easy to make for family dinner, but it is the perfect new comfort food.

Buttermilk is my secret weapon of choice in the kitchen. I use it in all sorts of recipes like pancakes and mashed potatoes, but it also works phenomenally to coat things like these chicken breasts. No need for a hot pan of oil with tonight’s dinner!

This moist and tender Buttermilk Baked Chicken is not only quick and easy to make for family dinner, but it is the perfect new comfort food.

The combination of panko and parmesan give the chicken the perfect texture and flavor. Nothing browns up more beautifully than parmesan cheese! I add just a few spices to the mix to give this chicken the perfect flavor.

This moist and tender Buttermilk Baked Chicken is not only quick and easy to make for family dinner, but it is the perfect new comfort food.

Next time you’re in need of a quick dinner that your entire family will love, be sure to add this buttermilk baked chicken to your list of go-to recipes!

This moist and tender Buttermilk Baked Chicken is not only quick and easy to make for family dinner, but it is the perfect new comfort food.

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This moist and tender Buttermilk Baked Chicken is not only quick and easy to make for family dinner, but it is the perfect new comfort food.
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Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2-3 pounds Foster Farms Simply Raised fresh chicken boneless chicken
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Instructions
  1. Set each breast in between two layers of plastic wrap and flatten to 3/4 inch thickness by using a mallet or rolling pin. Soak chicken in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a shallow dish, combine remaining ingredients. Shake excess buttermilk off each piece of chicken and coat in the bread mixture.
  3. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in preheated 400 degree F oven for about 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.

This moist and tender Buttermilk Baked Chicken is not only quick and easy to make for family dinner, but it is the perfect new comfort food.
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Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup

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This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

In 40 minutes, your electric pressure cooker can transform frozen smoked ham hocks and dried split peas into the most delicious and healthy PRESSURE COOKER SPLIT PEA SOUP!

In 40 minutes, your electric pressure cooker can transform frozen smoked ham hocks and dried split peas into the most delicious and healthy PRESSURE COOKER SPLIT PEA SOUP!

Do you have an electric pressure cooker yet? They’re all the rage now. I got mine about a year ago and was super scared and intimidated to try using it. First of all, the thought of high pressure scares me. I kept envisioning the lid blowing up during the cooking process. I consider pressure cooking very similar to canning – people have been doing it for years and its a tried and true method of preparing food. I have a Cuisinart pressure cooker but the Instapot seems to be everyone’s favorite.

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One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

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This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

I talk about the importance of family meals all the time on my blog. My husband and I don’t always agree on everything, but sitting down and having dinner as a family has always been something both of us completely support. In a time when our kids (and let’s face it, the adults) more often than not have their attention on an electronic device rather than each other, its truly important to hold something like family dinner sacred.

This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

I love me some good old fashioned comfort food. What does comfort food look like to me? Well, it has to be reminiscent of some kind of family meal we enjoyed while growing up. Comfort food usually comes in the form of a protein, a starch, and a veggie all tied together is some sort of hot cheesy concoction. As a parent of two rapidly growing kids, I do my best to try to make my dinners taste good but also have them include healthier options like whole grain, veggies (and my trick is to chop them up so fine that the kids couldn’t pick them out if they tried), and lean protein like this Foster Farms Simply Raised fresh chicken.

This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

I call dinner like this The New Comfort Food because it doesn’t require too many ingredients, its easy to make, its not difficult (i.e. chop, cook, and clean only one pot), it takes very little time to make (which is crucial on a busy weekday), and it will not only fill our bellies but will make us feel good. There are a ton of chicken + broccoli + rice + cheese recipes out there so you certainly have your options, but I think this version is particularly fantastic. It has everything I want in a meal and goes perfectly with a nice green salad on the side. Enjoy!

This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

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This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (10 ounce) microwavable pouch brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 - 1.5 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 12 ounces (4-5 cups) fresh broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (about 6 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt, according to preference
  • freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat a large 12 inch ovenproof skillet or 8 quart dutch oven over high heat. Add oil and butter and once heated, add chicken. Allow to cook for a few minutes until it turns golden brown. Add onion and mushrooms, stir, and cook until most of the liquid has cooked out, 5-10 minutes.
  2. Cook rice according to package directions; drain.
  3. Cook broccoli in microwave by added a tablespoon of water, covering bowl with a plate, and heating on high for 2 minutes. Drain off any excess water.
  4. Combine milk and flour, stirring with a whisk or fork until smooth.
  5. Stir milk mixture into chicken mixture in skillet.
  6. Cook 2 minutes or until bubbly and thick, stirring frequently.
  7. Stir in rice, broccoli, and half of the shredded cheese, along with the salt and pepper.
  8. Top with remaining cheese.
  9. Preheat broiler to high and broil 1 minute or until cheese melts and just begins to brown.

This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!
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Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake

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Whether you’re making a kid friendly family dinner or preparing a big meal to delivery to another family, this Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake is sure to please!

Whether you're making a kid friendly family dinner or preparing a big meal to delivery to another family, this Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake is sure to please!Some variation of spaghetti inevitably makes it onto our family dinner table at least once each week. What can I say? We are a family that values tasty hot food, good conversation, and PASTA! Last night I decided to make a classic pasta bake.

Whether you're making a kid friendly family dinner or preparing a big meal to delivery to another family, this Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake is sure to please!

I ended up using this new Homestyle Thick and Hearty Traditional Sauce. I’m not sure if you’re tried RAGÚ® Homestyle sauce, but this is their thickest sauce, and you can tell because it hugs the pasta. This is their boldest flavor yet because they peel, chop and simmer the ingredients and use a special blend of herbs (basil, fennel, oregano and black pepper) to layer and build the flavor. Even better, they don’t use artificial flavors, artificial colors or high fructose corn syrup.

Whether you're making a kid friendly family dinner or preparing a big meal to delivery to another family, this Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake is sure to please!

Its one thing to mix up some pasta and sauce, but adding just the right amount of spicy Italian sausage and smothering it with some fresh shredded cheese and you end up with one heck of a meal!

Whether you're making a kid friendly family dinner or preparing a big meal to delivery to another family, this Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake is sure to please!

A secret little tradition of my own is to make dinner early in the day and leave the final step, the melting, til the very end right before I serve it all up to the family. That way I can get the hard part out of the way and enjoy a glass of wine before we even sit down to eat. Enjoy!

Whether you're making a kid friendly family dinner or preparing a big meal to delivery to another family, this Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake is sure to please!

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Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake
 
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Whether you're making a kid friendly family dinner or preparing a big meal to delivery to another family, this Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake is sure to please!
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Recipe type: main
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces whole wheat penne pasta
  • 12 ounces spicy italian sausage
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 (23 ounce) jars pasta sauce
  • 8 ounces shredded italian cheese blend
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to instructions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water prior to draining pasta.
  2. While pasta is cooking, cook sausage and onion over medium high heat in large skillet until sausage turns crumbly and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, stir, and allow to cook for a couple more minutes.
  3. Add red wine to sausage and scrape bottom of skillet to remove any pieces that stuck to pan. Add pasta sauce and allow mixture to simmer over low heat until pasta is ready.
  4. Combine cooked pasta and sauce in casserole dish. Add enough of the reserved pasta water to make the pasta barely moist. Top with shredded cheese, cover, and heat in preheated 400 degree F oven until cheese has melted, about 10 minutes. Serve hot.

Whether you're making a kid friendly family dinner or preparing a big meal to delivery to another family, this Cheesy Sausage Pasta Bake is sure to please!

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Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

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Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

We are a family of pasta lovers. If dinner is made with pasta and a good sauce, chances are my entire family will devour it. We also love a good lasagna, but sometimes traditional lasagna is a heavy meal. I’m always looking for delicious meals I can toss in the slow cooker to have ready for all of us when we walk in the door after a long day of school and work. You can say that my slow cooker dinners have become somewhat of a tradition in our family. The four of us have always prized quality dinner time together, but I also feel like I get bonus points if I can prep something before I leave in the morning and have very little to do when we all get home before we sit around the table and talk about each others day.

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.This recipe starts with some ground pork, lots of seasonings, red onion, and mushroom. If you have a favorite spicy Italian sausage you like to use, you can certainly use that in lieu of the pork and the seasonings. You can also lighten this meal up by using ground turkey. The possibilities are endless!

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

You brown the meat with the onions and mushrooms on the stove and then transfer it to your slow cooker. You don’t want to lose all of that wonderful flavor in the pan, so add some chicken broth and heat it up to release every spec of flavor from that pan. Now you’re ready to transfer that super flavorful chicken broth on over to the slow cooker. Now all you need is a delicious chunky pasta sauce to add before you can head out of the house to start your day. Just pour the entire bottle into the slow cooker and let all of those flavors combine while you go out and enjoy the day.

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.About a half an hour before you’re ready to eat, make sure the heat is set to high and add a big handful of spinach, broken up lasagna noodles, and a bit of heavy cream. Doesn’t it look amazing?

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.Top that soup with some fresh mozzarella and now the family can sit around the table and enjoy your time honored tradition of giving each other your undivided attention at the dinner table. Not your family tradition? Well, its never too late to start!

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.

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Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (23 ounce) jar Pasta Sauce
  • handful raw spinach
  • 3-5 lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
top with:
  • freshly grated mozzarella (whole milk recommended) and minced basil or parsley
Instructions
  1. In large saute pan, brown pork with spices over medium high heat. After it just begins to brown, add onion, stir, and allow to cook for several minutes. Add the mushrooms, stir, and allow to brown. When the sausage is nicely brown, crumbles, and begins to stick to the bottom of the pan, transfer everything to your slow cooker.
  2. Add chicken broth to saute pan and heat on high to release all that goodness that stuck to the pan. Transfer this to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the entire jar of pasta sauce.
  4. Cook soup on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 1-3 hours.
  5. minutes before serving, add spinach, lasagna noodle pieces, and heavy cream. Allow to cook until the noodles are al dente. To serve, top with mozzarella and minced herbs.

Enjoy all the comfort of lasagna in this light and easy to make sausage, mushroom, spinach Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup topped with melted mozzarella cheese.
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Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara

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If you’re looking for a rich and satisfying pasta dinner, this Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara will quickly become a family favorite!

If you're looking for a rich and satisfying pasta dinner, this Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara will quickly become a family favorite!This recipe came about because I had a craving. I had a craving and a frozen ham steak in the freezer. I had a craving and a frozen ham steak in the freezer and a hungry family.  I had a craving and a frozen ham steak in the freezer and a hungry family and a half gallon of heavy cream in the refrigerator that needed to be used up. You see how these things happen?

If you're looking for a rich and satisfying pasta dinner, this Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara will quickly become a family favorite!I had never made pasta carbonara but I had been obsessed with the idea of trying it. If you’ve never had a mac n cheese where egg yolk was incorporated into the sauce to make it rich and creamy, well – you’ve been missing out. If you shy away from having egg yolk in foods like homemade aioli where its not exactly cooked, you need to step out of your comfort zone and give it a try. A whole world of rich food awaits!

If you're looking for a rich and satisfying pasta dinner, this Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara will quickly become a family favorite!

I didn’t tell my family that this sauce had egg yolk in it for fear that they’d be turned off, and they (husband and kids included) thought this was one of the best dinners I had ever served. I mean, what’s not to love? Flavorful smokey ham, vibrant green peas, pasta – no descriptive words needed there, and a rich and creamy parmesan sauce. NeedIf you're looking for a rich and satisfying pasta dinner, this Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara will quickly become a family favorite!

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If you're looking for a rich and satisfying pasta dinner, this Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara will quickly become a family favorite!
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Recipe type: main dish, pasta
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 8 ounces ham, thinly sliced
  • 10 ounces peas, steamed
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup parmesan, grated
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper, as desired
Instructions
  1. Ensure all ingredients are chopped/measured/prepared before you start cooking. The goal is to time the recipe so that the pasta has finished cooking at the same time the ham, pea, and onion mixture is done.
  2. Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water.
  3. Heat butter and oil in large saute pan and cook onion over medium high heat until golden brown, about five minutes. Add ham, peas, and garlic and cook long enough to heat through.
  4. Meanwhile in a separate bowl, combine eggs, parmesan and heavy cream. Whisk to combine.
  5. Prior to drain pasta, add about 1/2 cup of the cooking water to a measuring cup in case it is needed to thin the sauce later on.
  6. Drain hot pasta and return to pot. Add hot ham and pea mixture. With the heat off, add the egg mixture to the hot ingredients and stir very well to combine. The hot ingredients will cook the egg enough to turn it into a wonderful sauce without scrambling the egg. Season with salt and pepper, as desired.

If you're looking for a rich and satisfying pasta dinner, this Ham and Pea Pasta Carbonara will quickly become a family favorite!
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Sloppy Joe Casserole

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This crazy popular post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

This SLOPPY JOE CASSEROLE made from a delicious homemade Sloppy Joe recipe is topped with tater tots for the ultimate comfort food dinner!

This SLOPPY JOE CASSEROLE made from a delicious homemade Sloppy Joe recipe is topped with tater tots for the ultimate comfort food dinner!

I took a spin on an old classic and created a masterpiece. No joke. I love my homemade Sloppy Joes but we’ve always eaten them on a bun with tater tots on the side. Turns out cooking the tots with the Sloppy Joe is downright perfection!

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Meatball Parmesan

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Classico Riserva. All opinions are 100% mine.

Few dinners compare to the saucy cheesy goodness of Meatball Parmesan. Its the perfect comfort food your family will love served over pasta or on a bun. Few dinners compare to the saucy cheesy goodness of Meatball Parmesan. Its the perfect comfort food your family will love served over pasta or on a bun. My family loves to eat. I’m one of those lucky moms who has kids that not only will eat (most of) what I serve for dinner, but my kids aren’t even ten years old yet and can usually tell you the type and quality of the ingredients I’ve used. They make me proud. Good old fashioned spaghetti is a regular visitor to our dinner table, but I wanted to make something better. Something cheesier. Something saucier. Few dinners compare to the saucy cheesy goodness of Meatball Parmesan. Its the perfect comfort food your family will love served over pasta or on a bun. This meal started out with some giant meatballs. I made them using ground beef and pork along with some herbs, egg, bread crumbs, and parmesan. I browned them while doing my best to keep their round shape. Then, I removed them from the pan and sauteed up a red onion to ensure every last delicious bit of cooked meatball was released from the pan and locked into the flavor of the onions. All this needed was a delicious sauce and loads of melted mozzarella. Few dinners compare to the saucy cheesy goodness of Meatball Parmesan. Its the perfect comfort food your family will love served over pasta or on a bun. Lucky for me, I had some Classico Riserva Pasta Sauce, the newest addition to the Classico line of pasta sauces. I grew up eating Classico, and was so happy to see this new line of sauce that’s made with no artificial ingredients or added sugar.  Plus, the flavors were unlike any I had ever enjoyed. I was asked to develop a custom recipe featuring Classico Riserva as one of the brand’s “Sauce Sommeliers”. Do you know what a sommelier is? I had to look it up! A sommelier, or wine steward, is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine restaurants, who specializes in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. The role is much more specialized and informed than that of a wine waiter in fine dining today.  Well, I was pretty flattered that the brand trusted me with such high expectations! This sauce is different than any sauce I’ve had, and experiencing the sauces’ quality ingredients and creative elements when you open the bottle really are similar to that of opening a premium bottle of wine. Because this is a brand new product, the brand is introducing the “Open up a Bottle of the Good Stuff” campaign to celebrate the launch. Few dinners compare to the saucy cheesy goodness of Meatball Parmesan. Its the perfect comfort food your family will love served over pasta or on a bun. If your family eats pasta as often as mine does, I highly recommend trying this sauce. Classico Riserva is available in five varieties including: Marinara, Eggplant & Artichoke, Roasted Garlic, Arrabbiata and Puttanesca. Classico Riserva’s vine-ripened tomatoes are picked at the peak of sweetness and are perfectly balanced with herbs and spices, extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt, then slowly simmered to perfection. They really do have exceptional taste that will help elevate any meal. Few dinners compare to the saucy cheesy goodness of Meatball Parmesan. Its the perfect comfort food your family will love served over pasta or on a bun. I smothered those browned meatballs in that sauce and allowed them to simmer for a good 20 minutes to allow them to finish cooking all the way through and absorb all those incredible flavors. Don’t be fooled – the meatballs aren’t the main ingredient in this recipe. Its definitely the sauce! Few dinners compare to the saucy cheesy goodness of Meatball Parmesan. Its the perfect comfort food your family will love served over pasta or on a bun. Ooey gooey cheese – I’m salivating. YUM! Few dinners compare to the saucy cheesy goodness of Meatball Parmesan. Its the perfect comfort food your family will love served over pasta or on a bun. Just look how gorgeous that sauce looks? I know you want this. Aren’t you happy you know what you’re making for dinner now?  Enjoy!!! Few dinners compare to the saucy cheesy goodness of Meatball Parmesan. Its the perfect comfort food your family will love served over pasta or on a bun.

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Few dinners compare to the saucy cheesy goodness of Meatball Parmesan. Its the perfect comfort food your family will love served over pasta or on a bun.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup parmasan, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • small handful basil and/or Italian parsley leaves, minced
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 (24 ounce jars) classico sauce
  • 8-10 ounces fresh whole milk mozzarella, sliced
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine meat, parmesan, garlic, basil and/or parsley, bread crumbs, seasonings, and eggs. Mix well but try not to overwork the meat.
  2. Using a large 12" oven safe skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Use hands to shape large palm sized meatballs and gently set in hot oil. Cook all meatballs until crispy golden brown for 2-3 minutes per side (you will have to gently rotate each meatball several times). When the surface of each meatball has a fair amount of cooked exterior, set aside on plate.
  3. Add the onion to the hot oil and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan. The moisture from the oven should allow all that wonderful flavor stuck to the pan to release. Once the onion has slightly browned, return meatballs to pan. Cover with sauce. Allow sauce to come to a simmer and then reduce heat to the lowest point that still allows a gentle simmer. Let the meatballs cook in the sauce, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  4. While the meatballs are cooking on the stove, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  5. Place the mozzarella in a single layer on top of the meatballs. Place in preheated oven and allow to cook for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted through.
  6. Garnish with additional basil and/or parsley. Serve atop pasta or with a bun to make an awesome meatball sub.

And just for my readers, I’m giving away a chance to win this new pasta sauce in the form of VIP coupons.  All you need to do is submit a recipe idea and how you would use Riserva to elevate your recipes in the comment section of this blog post… Learn more at www.classico.com.

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Few dinners compare to the saucy cheesy goodness of Meatball Parmesan. Its the perfect comfort food your family will love served over pasta or on a bun.
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