One Pot Pasta

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One Pot Pasta
One Pot Pasta

 Looking for Easy Pasta Recipes?

Easy pasta recipes are a must for BUSY cooks and this One Pot Pasta is crazy good … it all cooks in one pan in about 10 minutes!  You do not cook the pasta separately!  You literally throw it all in the pot and cook it!  What could be easier?  And best of all…this is delicious!  You can serve it just as it show above, or you can add a simple Marinara Sauce for extra pizzazz.  Try topping this with my Quick Marinara Sauce Recipe.

 

Ladle Quick Marinara Sauce Over One Pot Pasta
Ladle Quick Marinara Sauce Over One Pot Pasta

  

One Pot Pasta
 
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Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces linguine pasta
  • 15 oz can diced tomatoes, including the juice
  • 1 large onion, cut in julienne strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • handful of fresh basil, sliced
  • 4½ cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for serving
Instructions
  1. Place dry pasta, canned tomatoes, onion, garlic and basil in a large pot. Pour vegetable broth over everything in the pot. Sprinkle with the red pepper flakes and the oregano. Drizzle the olive oil over the top.
  2. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes but stir this every 2 minutes. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir the pasta well and serve.
  5. Garnish with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
  6. Note: You might want to top this with my Quick Marinara Sauce recipe!

 It’s hard to believe, but you really just dump all of the pasta ingredients into a pot and simmer for 10 minutes!  This is one of the easiest pasta recipes I have ever made!

One Pot Pasta Ingredients
One Pot Pasta Ingredients

As this cooks, the starch cooks out of the pasta and creates a yummy sauce.  You do not drain this after it cooks.  You just let this cook and it makes its own sauce!

Cooking the One Pot Pasta
Cooking the One Pot Pasta

After the 10 minutes of cooking time, uncover and cook a couple of minutes more to reduce the sauce to the consistency you desire.  

Easy Pasta Recipes are Great for Busy Cooks!

You can dish this up and serve it as is, or you can top it with my Quick Marinara Sauce Recipe.  Either way, it’s delicious!

 

 

Beef and Noodles Recipe

This Beef and Noodles recipe is one of my favorite go to recipes for an easy family dinner.

Beef and Noodles

 

 

With this recipe on hand you will have the answer to “What’s for dinner tonight?”  This  Beef and Noodles recipe is real comfort food. I love to make this on  a cold winter day like today and it is super easy to make. This bakes in the oven for 4 hours so it’s a great recipe to make when you have other things to do because the oven does all of the work.    

Beef and Noodles
 
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg dry onion soup mix
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 3 lb boneless beef chuck roast
  • 12 oz kluski noodles, uncooked
  • 2 cups additional water
Instructions
  1. Combine soup mix and water in a roasting pan; stir in soup.
  2. Place roast in pan on top of soup mixture.
  3. Cover with lid and bake at 350 degrees for 4 hours ( yes 4 hours!)
  4. Remove roast from oven and shred the meat, using two forks.
  5. Add the dry noodles to the shredded roast in the pan and add an additional 2 cups of water.
  6. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees. Cover and bake an additional 30 minutes, stirring after 15 minutes.

Beef & Noodles Ingredients

 

Combine onion soup mix and water in a roasting pan; stir in the cream of mushroom soup.

Add Water to Onion Soup

 

Whisk Soups and Water Together

 

Place roast on top of the soup mixture.

Add Beef Chuck Roast

 

Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 4 hours. ( Yes…4 hours!)  Remove from the oven and shred the beef using two forks. 

Shred Beef

 

Add the dry noodles and additional 2 cups of water to the pan and stir.  Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.

Stir

 

Cover with the lid and return to the oven for an additional 30 minutes.  Stir after 15 minutes.

Cover with Lid

 

Enjoy!

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Beef and Noodles Close Up

This Italian Baked Pasta is a Cheese Lover’s Delight!

This easy baked pasta is delish!

Baked Pasta is a great go-to recipe for week-night meals or for casual entertaining.  Be sure to also check out our Easy Alfredo Sauce recipe at the end of this post too!

Italian Penne Pasta Bake in Induvidual Casserole

 

I love baked pasta ….and this one is super easy!  Italian Penne Baked Pasta is baked in a 9 X 13 casserole and can be served in individual casserole dishes for easy entertaining.  Pair it with my Easy Cheesy Bread and a salad and you have a meal!

Italian Penne Pasta Bake
 
Recipe type: Pasta
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 cups (measure dry) whole wheat penne pasta or whole grain pasta, cooked and drained
  • 24 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • ⅓ cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1½ cups Shredded Mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Brown meat in large skillet, drain.
  3. Add cooked and drained pasta, the spaghetti sauce and ½ of the Parmesan cheese to the meat in the skillet. Mix well.
  4. Spoon into a greased 9 X 13 casserole dish. Top with the rest of the Parmesan cheese and the 1½ cups of Mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.
  6. Note: For easy entertaining, spoon the baked penne pasta into individual casserole dishes and serve with my Easy Cheesy Bread and a salad.

Ingredients for Italian Penne Pasta Bake

Brown the ground beef in a large skillet and drain.

Brown Ground Beef

Cook the pasta in a big pot of boiling water for about 10 minutes.

Boil Pasta

 

Add the drained pasta, the spaghetti sauce (we used Prego Pasta Sauce) and 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese to the cooked beef in the skillet.  Mix well.

Mix Pasta Ingredients in Skillet

Spoon into a 9 X 13 inch casserole dish and top with the remaining Parmesan cheese and the 1 1/2 cups of  Mozzarella cheese.

Ready for the oven…..

Italian Penne Pasts Bake Ready for the Oven

Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.  

Hot out of the oven….delish!

Italian Penne Pasta Baked in Casserole

This is full of cheesy…gooey goodness your family will love!

Italian Penne Pasta Bake Close Up

 

Remember…you can fancy this up by spooning it into individual casserole dishes for company fare!

Italian Penne Pasta in Individual Casserole with Lid

Be sure to try our Easy Alfredo Sauce Recipe too!

Let’s “Make Life Special” by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!! 

Vickie’s Lasagna Recipe

Lasagna

Looking for an easy lasagna recipe?  Well, look no further!  This is my favorite lasagna recipe.  Lasagna is a great recipe for family dinner or for easy entertaining.  My lasagna recipe is easy to make ( including the homemade sauce) and can be made ahead of time , refrigerated and then baked when you are ready to serve it.   I like this recipe better than other lasagna recipes because it uses Velveeta cheese instead of ricotta cheese or cottage cheese. 

Here are a few of my time saving tips for this recipe.

  • I buy ground chuck in 4 or 5 pound quantities and  brown.  I package the browned  ground chuck in 1 pound quantities in freezer zip lock bags.  This saves a lot of time when I’m making this recipe or another recipe like my Almost Famous Chili or Hamburger Quiche.
  • I pre-chop onions and store them in the freezer in zip lock bags. 
  • You can boil the lasagna noodles up to 24 hours in advance of assembling this reipe.  Just cook and drain, then wrap in plastic wrap and then foil and refrigerate until time to assemble this dish.
  • Make the lasagna but do not bake it.  Cover the dish and refrigerate until ready to bake.  Just let it set out about 15 or 20 minutes before you put the dish in the hot oven. 

    Vickie’s Easy Lasagna Recipe!

Lasagna
 
Author:
Serves: 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground chuck, browned and drained
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 16 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces lasagna noodles cooked and drained
  • 12 ounces mozzarella cheese slices
  • ½ pound velveeta, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook the ground chuck and drain. Add onions, cook until tender. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, water and seasonings. Cover; simmer on low for 30 minutes.
  2. While the sauce is simmering, cook and drain the lasagna noodles.
  3. In a 11¾ X 7½ inch baking dish, layer half of the noodles, half of the meat sauce, ½ of the mozzarella cheese slices, half of the velveeta cheese and half of the parmesan cheese. Repeat the layers.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Ingredients…

Lasagna Ingredients

 

Making the sauce….

Lasagna Sauce

 

Cook the noodles…

Cook Lasagna Noodles

 

Homemade lasagna sauce…

Easy Homemade Lasagna Sauce

 

Assemble the lasagna…

First layer

Second layer of lasagna 2

First layer of Lasagna 1

Second layer

Second layer of lasagna 1

 

Ready for the oven…

Lasagna Ready for the oven

Hot out of the oven…Cheesy and Bubbly..

Lasagna hot out of the oven

  

Lasagna paired with Velvet Palate Wine

Remember, let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!

Lasagna 2

 

 

Baked Ravioli Casserole

Looking for some easy pasta recipes?

Get set for the ultimate comfort food with this baked ravioli casserole!  

Easy pasta recipes are great for family dinners and easy entertaining.  Layers of frozen ravioli make this lasagna-style recipe easy and delicious.  You can assemble this in less than 5 minutes and it takes about 30 minutes to bake.  This recipe meets all of the Make Life Special requirements — it is quick to make, it has only a few ingredients that are readily available, and it is yummy!  Casseroles are typically made with meat,vegetables, cheese and a sauce.  This casserole can be made without meat – as I have done here using the cheese ravioli; or you can substitute beef filled frozen ravioli if you prefer to add the meat.

I love this recipe because you can make it ahead of time and either freeze or refrigerate the ravioli casserole until you are ready to bake it.

Don’t omit the spinach…trust me on this one.  It really adds great flavor to this dish and it’s a great way to get your family to eat vegetables.  Remember…Let’s make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!  Enjoy!

To view the complete video recipe, click here:  


 

To download printable recipe with how-to photos, click here:   Baked Ravioli Casserole  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a 9 X 13 baking dish with cooking spray and spoon 1/3 of the sauce in the dish.  Arrange a layer of frozen ravioli on top of the sauce.

Squeeze the liquid out of the thawed spinach.  Scatter all of the spinach over the ravioli layer.

Top with half of each cheese.

Cover with another layer of ravioli and the remaining sauce and cheese.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 minutes.

Uncover and bake 5 to 10 minutes more or until bubbly.

Just add a salad and some garlic bread and you have a great family meal!

 

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Baked Ravioli Casserole
 
Recipe type: Pasta
Ingredients
  • 28 ounce jar spaghetti sauce
  • 30 ounces frozen cheese filled ravioli, unthawed
  • 10 ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 8 ounce bag shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Coat a 9 X 13 baking dish with cooking spray and spoon ⅓ of the sauce in the dish.
  3. Arrange a layer of frozen ravioli on top of the sauce.
  4. Squeeze the liquid out of the thawed spinach. Scatter all of the spinach over the ravioli layer.
  5. Top with half of the cheese.
  6. Cover with another layer if ravioli and the remaining sauce and cheese.
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 25 minutes.
  8. Uncover and bake 5 to 10 minutes more or until bubbly.

Video: Baked Ravioli Casserole

Baked Ravioli Casserole will become one of your family’s favorite pasta recipes!

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Pasta On The Porch – Speedy Ziti

 

Looking for easy pasta recipes?  Speedy Ziti is a great summertime pasta dish!  It is so quick and easy – about 15 minutes start to finish.  

I love to serve meals outside when the weather is great and tonight I’m serving “Pasta On The Porch – Speedy Ziti”.   Enjoy!

Watch the YouTube How-to Tutorial for this recipe:  

 


Pasta On The Porch - Speedy Ziti
 
Cook time
Total time
 
Recipe type: Pasta
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Ziti, Mostaccioli or other medium pasta shape, uncooked
  • 12 oz chopped, cooked chicken
  • 2 teaspoons butter or margarine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 10 oz package frozen peas, thawed and drained
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. While pasta is cooking, warm the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the Dijon mustard and flour. Using a whisk, very gradually whisk in the chicken broth.
  4. Bring the broth to a boil and stir in the lemon juice, peas and parsley.
  5. When pasta is done, drain it well. Toss pasta and cooked chicken with the sauce.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

 

Prepare pasta according to package directions.

While pasta is cooking, melt the butter or margarine over medium heat in a large skillet.  Add the chopped onion and cook for 3 minutes.  Stir in the Dijon mustard and flour.  Using a whisk, very gradually whisk in the chicken broth.

Bring the broth to a boil and stir in the lemon juice, peas and parsley.

 

When pasta is done, drain it well.  Toss pasta and cooked chicken with the sauce, season with salt and pepper and serve.

Lets make life special by sharing great food with our family and friends!

 

To download the printable recipe with how-to photos, click here:  Speedy Ziti

Video: Speedy Ziti Pasta


Speedy Ziti Pasta is a quick summertime pasta recipe. This video shows a “dinner for two” on the porch – serving Speedy Ziti Pasta.

 

 

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