Italian Casserole

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8 oz Skinner Trio Italiano noodles, cooked and drained
2 cups Hunts Roasted Garlic and Onion Pasta Sauce
1 cup Ragu Alfredo Creamy Basil
1/4 cup ricotta
1/4 cup Kraft Italian 5 Cheese Shreds

Topping
1 cup Kraft Mozzarella shreds
1 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup Kraft Italian 5 Cheese Shreds
1/3 cup  Japanese style Panko bread crumbs

Mix all base ingredients well.
Can also add 1/2 lb browned Sweet Italian Sausage
Pour into casserole dish (I used 2 separate dishes since I wanted one veggie, one meat) Blend topping ingredients, reserving Panko.                                                                         Layer topping over base.
Panko bread crumbs are the final top layer.

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Copycat Recipe for Olive Garden Ziti Al Forno- several versions online, I changed a few ingredients to suit our taste. I think I will add canned mushrooms and chopped black olives next time.

Beyond Meatloaf Minis

1 lb Beyond Meat Patties (2 packages)

3/4 cup bread crumbs

1 egg

1/2 pkg Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix

1/2 cup catsup

1/2 cup frozen onions/peppers, thawed

1/4 cup warm water

 

Mix all ingredients except Beyond Meat Patties.

Stir in patties, make sure totally blended.

Spray cupcake pan with Pam.

Add 1/4 cup of meat mixture to each cupcake well.

Top with extra catsup.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Makes 12 mini meatloaves

Absolutely delicious as meatloaf sandwiches!
Toast hamburger bun,  spread mayo and  flatten 1 1/2 patties per bun.
Not much to look at, but the taste is worth the effort.

 

Hot Cheesy Artichoke and Spinach Dip

 

1 cup fresh mushrooms, minced
1 TB minced garlic
2 TB margarine

12 oz jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed
1 1/2 cups mayo
1 12 oz package of Kraft Expertly Paired Mozzarella and Parmesan shredded cheese
12 oz whipped cream cheese
1 jar black olives, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup Kraft mozzarella shredded cheese

Sautee mushrooms and garlic in margarine until fragrant and thickened.
Stir together remaining ingredients, except last cup of cheese.
Pour into 2 qt glass baking dish.
Top with last cup of cheese.
Bake at 350 until melted and bubbly- 20-30 mins.

Serve warm with crusty bread or crackers.
Or just eat it by the spoonful! 😛

Super Easy Scrambled Eggs in Crescent Boats

8 eggs, scrambled
1 package of Pillsbury Crescents

Unroll Crescent rolls in one large piece.
Pull apart into four smaller blocks.
(Two of the triangles make one small block)
Roll the blocks out a bit thinner.
Place into small pie plates ( I used oval shaped) and bake per can instructions.

While Crescents are baking, scramble the eggs in margarine.
If you want small and fluffy curds, use a WHISK instead of a spatula.
Whisk constantly over medium heat until done.
(Add cheese, hollandaise sauce, onions, peppers etc before whisking in pan if you want something a bit different)
Let eggs sit just a bit, then spoon into cooled Crescent boats.

If you want to save some for later, just reserve some of the scrambled eggs, storing in a closed container and refrigerate.
Crescent boats can be reheated in oven before adding reheated eggs.

You can also use biscuits instead of Crescents. This is a very simple recipe and you can find so many versions on the net.

Pecan Cream Cheese Icing

1 cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 capfull real vanilla
4 cups confectioners sugar
1 cup toasted pecans

Cream butter and cream cheese together.
Add vanilla and blend well.
Add sugar a cup at a time and cream until soft and totally blended.
Blend in pecans.

Delicious with Butter Pecan Cake (I use a mix)

New Years Black Eyed Pea Calico Salsa

1 can hominy, rinsed and drained
1 can black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2-1  tsp minced garlic, to taste
4 green onions, chopped
1 cup salsa
sprinkle of sugar, salt if needed

Mix and cover for an hour.
Serve with chips or over cornbread.

Can also add chunked avocado right before serving.
This is an HEB recipe that I tweaked a tiny bit.