Archive for March, 2016
Blistered Lemon Butter Shishito Peppers

Blistered Lemon, Butter and Pecorino Shishito Peppers. Serve them as an appetizer or side dish. Takes just 5-7 minutes, absolutely delicious. Also tastes great with grated parmesan.

 

When it comes to side dishes, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with the same-old stuff. Glazed carrots or gooey green beans. Perhaps a green salad or basket of breadsticks. But blistered shishitos have been popping up at hipster establishments everywhere. And it’s high time you bring them home. 

Quick, simple and absolutely delicious, making a batch of these delicious peppers is as easy as melting butter, cooking the shishitos until they turn golden brown and topping them with lemon and pecorino. In our kitchen, we’ve been known to go through a whole pound per person. Because shishitos are naturally mild, this dish is great for all ages. Though, do keep in mind that one in ten peppers may have some heat. So, avoid serving this dish to people with sensitive palates.

2016-04 Challenge Shishito Peppers Step 1

Here’s your ingredient line-up: Grab a half-pound of shishito peppers per person (if you’re unable to locate them at your usual grocery store, head to the Asian grocer. Green pimento peppers also work nicely in this recipe). You’ll also need a stick of Challenge butter, a lemon, fresh-ground pepper and grated pecorino romano cheese.

Other supplies needed: Because we tend to make these in large batches, a deep-dished skillet like the Good Cook 11-inch Saute Pan is a must. A good pair of extra-long silicone-lined Good Cook Touch 12-inch Tongs makes prep and serving extra snappy.

2016-04 Challenge Shishito Peppers Step 2

 To prepare, simply melt butter in the pan then toss in the peppers, stirring often until golden and blistered.

2016-04 Challenge Shishito Peppers Step 4

Drizzle with lemon juice, transfer to a serving platter and top with pepper and pecorino. That’s it! You’ll have a delicious side dish ready in minutes. Or serve this as an appetizer or party-perfect finger food.

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2016-04 Challenge Shishito Peppers Step 3a

Blistered Lemon Butter Shishito Peppers

Preparation 5 Cook Time 5 Serves 4     adjust servings

Shishitos are a mild peppers, though one in ten is supposedly full of spice! Readily available at most grocery stores, you can often find them at Asian grocers, as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) Challenge butter
  • 1 pound shishito peppers
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup grated gpecorino romano or parmesan cheese

Instructions

Melt butter in a large Good Cook skillet over medium high heat. Toss peppers in butter and cook until peppers begin to blister and turn golden (about 5-7 minutes). Stir every minute or so to keep the butter from burning. Remove from heat, drizzle with lemon juice and toss with zest. Transfer to a serving platter, sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately and enjoy.

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2-Ingredient Recipes You Can Make With Cake Mix

 2-Ingredient Recipes You Can Make with Cake Mix and Soda. Clever desserts, delicious breakfast ideas. Every one of these 8 ideas is a must-try!

Need a quick dessert that isn’t store-bought? It’s easier than you think to serve up a baked good that doesn’t require hours to prepare, and you won’t need measuring spoons either! The answer is as easy as a box of cake mix and just one other pantry ingredient. Really, two simple ingredients will get you a tasty treat that’s considered homemade without all the fuss. Who doesn’t want that? From utterly delicious lemon bars to dreamy pumpkin cookies, we’ve found 7 two-ingredient recipes you can make with cake mix, and you’ll want to make them all!

1. Soda Pop Cupcakes

Quick and Simple, did you know you can make cupcakes with just two simple ingredients…and one of them is soda pop!! Once baked, frost as desired and enjoy this yummy treat!

2-Ingredient Recipes You Can Make with Cake Mix and Soda. Clever desserts, delicious breakfast ideas. Every one of these 8 ideas is a must-try! 

2. Pumpkin Cookies

Get soft, cakey pumpkin cookies with just two simple ingredients! Serve plain to keep it on the light side, or slather with cream cheese frosting for a totally indulgent treat. You decide! Find out how to make these fall-inspired goodies at COOKIES AND CUPS.

2-Ingredient Recipes You Can Make with Cake Mix and Soda. Clever desserts, delicious breakfast ideas. Every one of these 8 ideas is a must-try!

3. Pineapple Cake

It doesn’t seem possible, but this pineapple cake is low-cal and fat-free! Just two ingredients will get you a light, fluffy cake full of tropical flavor. Add a dollop of whipped topping and shredded coconut for a dreamy dessert. Learn how to make this diet-friendly dessert at CONFESSIONS OF A COOKBOOK QUEEN.

2-Ingredient Recipes You Can Make with Cake Mix and Soda. Clever desserts, delicious breakfast ideas. Every one of these 8 ideas is a must-try!

4. Chocolate Cupcakes

This is one recipe that doesn’t disappoint, and you’ll have rich, chocolatey, fluffy cupcakes with just two ingredients. Pumpkin is the secret ingredient that keeps these little cakes moist, and combined with chocolate cake mix, they come together for a splendidly tasty dessert. Get the recipe from A MODERN COMMONPLACE BOOK.

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5. Citrus Cream Cake

Short on time? With a moment’s notice, you can whip up a delicious citrusy cake for a potluck or party. Frost with whipped cream and let the festivities begin! Head to NELLIE BELLIE for this amazingly simple recipe.  

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6. Pumpkin Donuts

Oh, hello donuts! What a way to start the day! Get fresh pumpkin donuts on your breakfast table in a snap with this easy two-ingredient recipe. Get instructions from GIRL INSPIRED.

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7. Lemon Bars

Lemon bars work beautifully for a midday snack, late-night dessert, or anytime you crave a sweet, tart baked goodie.   You’ll be surprised at how quickly you can serve up these yummy two ingredient lemon bars! Find the recipe for these citrus treats at JO COOKS.

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8. Chocolate Pancakes

Take a break from plain pancakes and whip up a special breakfast treat. These two ingredient chocolate pancakes will get your morning started right, and you’ll still make it to work on time! Learn how to make these easy pancakes at GIMME DELICIOUS.

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GoodCook One Pot Pasta Instagram Giveaway

One Pot Pasta Kit

GoodCook One Pot Pasta Instagram Giveaway

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    Entrant must visit https://www.instagram.com/goodcookcom/ during the Promotion Period, log in to their existing Instagram account (or create a free account and then log in), view the promotional content and follow the instructions to receive one (1) entry.

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  1. Winners Selection
    On or about April 4th, 2016, One (1) potential winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries received during the Promotion Period.
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    ONE (1) WINNER: The Winner will receive one (1) One Pot Pasta Prize Pack Including: one (1) Deep Saute Pan (ARV $24.99) one (1) set of Tongs (ARV $9.99), one (1) Spaghetti Server (ARV $3.99), one (1) Cutting Board (ARV $14.99), one (1) Santoku Knife (ARV $13.99) and one (1) Chef Knife (ARV $13.99)

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Twice-Baked Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Twice-Baked Garlic Slow Cooker Smashed Potatoes

This delicious dish is pure brilliance! New Red Potatoes and roasted are cooked until tender in a crockpot, then mashed with cream and cheese, tossed into a baking dish, and cooked until golden crust forms. This may become your most favorite way to eat mashed potatoes! If you’ve never purchased roasted garlic, you can find it in the Olive Bar section of most grocery stores. Alternately, this dish can be made with chopped fresh garlic, as well.

Twice Baked Slow Cooker Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Great Baking Set

The Good Cook 8-Piece Ceramic Baking Set isn’t just ideal for cooking, it’s oven-to-table design also makes is perfect for putting straight on your serving table. Microwave, oven, freezer and dishwasher safe, once your mashed potatoes have been slowcooked, pop them in one of these beautiful pans, bake and share. Coordinate your entire meal with the matching pieces. Set includes 2-1/2-quart rectabgle, 1-1/2-quart casserole with cover, 9-inch pie pan and  two 14-ounce ramekins.

Twice Baked Slow Cooker Garlic Smashed Potatoes

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We’d love to have you share it! Snap a photo of this recipe, then upload it to Instagram with hashtag #lovegoodcook. It’s always awesome seeing these ideas in your home kitchen. Plus, your photo may be featured on our channel! 

Twice-Baked Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Preparation 30 Cook Time 2-70 Serves 6     adjust servings

These amazing potatoes make the perfect side dish for any occasion. If baking in advance, just transfer the baking dish and finish in the oven before serving.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds small red potatoes
  • 1/3 cup roasted garlic
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 ½ cups cream
  • ¾ tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil or melted butter
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped

Instructions

Place red potatoes, garlic, and beef broth in a crockpot Thanksgiving morning. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or on low for 4-5 hours, until the potatoes are extremely tender. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Remove potatoes and garlic from the crockpot. Place in a stand mixer, and beat with cream, salt, pepper, and parmesan cheese. Spoon into a Good Cook ceramic baking dish or 9x9” baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, just until the potatoes have formed a nice, golden crust. Serve and enjoy!

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4-Ingredient Cookie Butter Blondies

4-Ingredient Cookie Butter Blondies. The best chocolate chip cookie bar you've ever made. Perfect as an afterschool treat or easy party dessert.  

My kids love coming home to a treat after school. They got a little spoiled when their Grandma was visiting last spring, and the spring before that as well, and she had their favorite Homemade Fudgy Brownies or a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies waiting for them almost every day after school.

Sadly, I cannot compete with Grandma’s after school snacks. Even though they’re both my recipes, it just isn’t the same if Grandma isn’t the one doing the spoiling. And besides that, I’m super busy most days and not just sitting around whipping up treats for my kids before they get home from school (I wish!).

These 4 Ingredient Cookie Butter Blondies are the perfect solution, though! They hardly took me any time to make. Probably only about 5 minutes from start to popping them in the oven. The ingredients are super duper simple and stuff that I mostly always have on hand…unless it is one of those weeks that I never make it to the grocery store because there is no time.

4-Ingredient Cookie Butter Blondies. The best chocolate chip cookie bar you've ever made. Perfect as an afterschool treat or easy party dessert.

Another great thing about these 4 Ingredient Cookie Butter Blondies is that my 8 year old can completely make them herself. The instructions are really straight forward. There aren’t any complicated measurements, stove top cooking, or confusing ingredients.

So, if my kiddos are really craving an after school treat and I haven’t had time to make one (and Grandma isn’t around!), then they can totally get something in the oven all by themselves. I’d say that’s a win for everyone!

4 Ingredient Cookie Butter Blondies feature Cookie Butter, Eggs, Flour, and a tiny bit of butter. I’ve added optional mini chocolate chips, because my kids love chocolate chips, but you could try adding sprinkles for a funfetti blondie recipe or chopped nuts in place of the chocolate chips.

4-Ingredient Cookie Butter Blondies. The best chocolate chip cookie bar you've ever made. Perfect as an afterschool treat or easy party dessert.

Bake Up a Batch

Get the Tools. Need to stock your kitchen with blondie baking gear– Bake Perfect 9×13″ pan, mixing bowls or nylon cookie spatula? You can find these essentials and more in our Amazon Store. Click here now to shop & ship directly to your front door.

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4 Ingredient Cookie Butter Blondies

These 4 Ingredient Cookie Butter Blondies are a cinch to whip up in just a few minutes. For some extra flavor, try adding some mini chocolate chips.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Cookie Butter (i.e. Trader Joe's Speculoos Cookie Butter)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Mini Chocolate Chips, optional

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9x9 pan by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the cookie butter, eggs, and melted butter. Beat on low speed using a hand mixer. Add the flour and chocolate chips, and stir to combine. Spread the batter into the prepared pan, using a small off set spatula to smooth the top evenly. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 - 20 minutes, or until puffy, cooked through, and slightly golden on top. Lift the blondies out of the pan by holding the edges of the parchment paper. Cool completely, and then cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.


Get more delicious recipes from Katie at Good Life Eats.

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Rainbow Lollipop Cake

Quick and Simple DIY Cake Decor. Make a beautiful birthday cake in minutes with this easy Lollipop Cake idea.

Get Creative with Your Cake

Here are a few fun twists on this idea:

          • Polka-Dot Cake. Press lollipops all the way down to create a polka-dotted rim.
          • Pretty in Pastel. Use pastel colored lollipops for a sweet twist on this cute cake.
          • One Color Wonderful. Incorporate any party theme by using lollipops that match your color scheme.
          • Fun Florals. Use the Sweet Creations Scalloped Layer Cake Pans to give a daisy-like look to your lollipop cake.

Add Your Own Twist. We’d love to see your take on this sweet idea. Upload a photo to Instagram23 with hashtag #sweetcreations. We may feature it on our channel!

Bake Up a Batch

Get the Tools. Need to stock your kitchen with baking gear– cake pans, icing spatula or cardboard cake boards? You can find these essentials and more in our Amazon Store. Click here now to shop & ship directly to your front door.

Quick and Simple DIY Cake Decor. Make a beautiful birthday cake in minutes with this easy Lollipop Cake idea.

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Rainbow Lollipop Cake

Turn an ordinary store-bought cake into a fun-filled and delightful dessert with this easy cake-hack. Insert colorful Lollipops around the edge of the cake for a rainbow impact!

Ingredients

  • one 7 inch store bought cake
  • 20-24 colorful lollipops (we used Dum-Dums)

Instructions

Take an ordinary, store bought cake with icing and line the outer rim of the top of the cake with lollipops. Insert each lollipop about 1/3 of the way down leaving the candy end exposed. Make a colorful rainbow pattern or use a monochromatic scheme. You can even live the base of the cake or create an inner-circle if you wish!

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The 10 Best 5-Ingredient Dinners You Haven’t Tried Yet, But Should

5 Ingredient Easy Dinners

Let’s make dinner less complicated. You’ve had a busy day, and you don’t need to be following some recipe with loads of ingredients and major prep time. We’ve made it easy on you with 5-ingredient recipes. Yes, you can make a delicious dinner with just 5-ingredients! You’ll cut down on grocery and prep time, which means spending more precious hours with the ones you love. Sounds like music to your ears, doesn’t it?

From a mouthwatering Stromboli to one-pot Asian noodles, we’ve found 10 incredible dinner recipes with 5-ingredients that you haven’t tried, but should. Scroll down, find a few for your weekly menu and enjoy!

The 10 Best 5-Ingredient Recipes You Haven't Tried Yet, But Should

1. One Pot Sausage Beer Mac

Make a pot of grown-up mac and cheese with this hearty One Pot Sausage Beer Mac. Wildly easy to make, with just 5 easy ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and freezer, this one is a must-try that you’ll make again and again.

The 10 Best 5-Ingredient Recipes You Haven't Tried Yet, But Should

2. One Pan Spiced Pork Chops

Not only does this delicious dinner come together in a single pan, but you’ll only need 5 ingredients! Succulent, spiced pork chops lay on a bed of baby potatoes and green beans, so you’ve got a complete meal that’s simple and easy to make! Get instructions to make these easy one pan ranch pork chops and veggies at DAMN DELICIOUS.

The 10 Best 5-Ingredient Recipes You Haven't Tried Yet, But Should

3. Easy Tortellini Soup

Make it Italian night with little fuss. It doesn’t take much to whip up this warm, comforting, and delicious tortellini soup! It’s loaded with Italian spice, and the tortellini turn plain soup into a satisfying meal. Head to GIMME SOME OVEN for this easy recipe.

The 10 Best 5-Ingredient Recipes You Haven't Tried Yet, But Should

4. Easy Spinach Parmesan Pasta

You probably already have the ingredients on hand for this quick and easy spinach parmesan pasta. Perfect for busy nights when you want a simple, delicious, uncomplicated meal. Learn how to make this tasty dinner recipe at TWO PEAS AND THEIR POD.

The 10 Best 5-Ingredient Recipes You Haven't Tried Yet, But Should

5. Lemon Chicken Skillet

This dinner is bursting with sunny citrus flavor! If you’re looking for light, healthy, and delicious, this is the recipe to make! Head to PINCH OF YUM for this quick and easy lemon chicken with asparagus.

The 10 Best 5-Ingredient Recipes You Haven't Tried Yet, But Should

6. Italian Stromboli

It takes just 5 ingredients to assemble and bake up this incredible Italian Stromboli! It’s one of those recipes your kids will beg you to make again and again! Get instructions for this tasty dinner at SOUTHERN BITE.

The 10 Best 5-Ingredient Recipes You Haven't Tried Yet, But Should

7. Chicken Spaghetti

This spaghetti with sautéed veggies and chicken sausage literally takes 15 minutes from start to finish! It’s packed with whole grains, fiber, vegetables, protein and healthy fat, so you’ll feel good about making this winner meal for your family. Store-bought pesto makes this meal simple to pull together. Find this delicious recipe at CAIT’S PLATE.

The 10 Best 5-Ingredient Recipes You Haven't Tried Yet, But Should

8. Salsa Verde Beef Tacos

Love restaurant style tacos? Stay home and make these ultra simple salsa verde beef tacos. They’re stuffed with incredible south-of-the-border flavor, and they’re perfect for busy weeknights when you’re short on time. Get instructions for these amazing tacos at PICKY PALATE.

The 10 Best 5-Ingredient Recipes You Haven't Tried Yet, But Should

9. One Pot Asian Noodles

Simple and delicious, the basic recipe for this one-pot Asian noodles is insanely easy. Pop pasta in a pot with water and a simple sauce, boil until tender, toss in a few toppings, and you’ve got an amazing dinner that the whole family will love! Head to BABBLE to get this yummy 5 ingredient recipe.

The 10 Best 5-Ingredient Recipes You Haven't Tried Yet, But Should

10. 5-Ingredient Smothered Chicken Bake

Some nights call for a warm, comforting dinner, and this 5 ingredient smothered chicken bake is perfect for the occasion. It’s simple to make, and full of delicious, smoky flavor. Find this incredible recipe at PILLSBURY.

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Bacon and Brown Sugar Straws

5-Ingredient Easy Appetizer: Turn puffed pastry into these Rosemary Cayenne and Brown Sugar glazed Bacon Straws. So simple, so muchable...insanely delicious!

These Bacon and Brown Sugar Straws are absolutely delicious and super easy to make! Pull this party appetizer trick off for a hungry crowd in a pinch and instantly satisfy a big sweet and sour craving. Simply twist together bacon strips and puff pastry, add a brown sugar glaze and you are all set!

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3-Ingredient Appetizer: Bacon and Brown Sugar Straws. This may be the most munchable puffed pastry ever, ever. Plus, insanely delicious and so fun to make!

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Bacon and Brown Sugar Straws

Preparation 15 Serves 24     adjust servings

Brown Sugar glazed bacon straws are tightly wrapped and twisted inside puff pastry then baked to crispy perfection!

Ingredients

  • 1 Sheet of Puff Pastry
  • 12 Strips of Bacon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chopped Rosemary
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

Slice the sheet of puff pastry into thin strips and cut each piece of bacon in half. Layer one strip of bacon on top of one strip of puff pastry and then twist the bacon and puff pastry into a straw-like twisted shape. Cover a baking pan with aluminum foil and insert a cooking rack. Lay each twisted bacon straw on top of the rack and set aside. Mix in a bowl the fresh rosemary, brown sugar, cayenne pepper and water to form a glaze. Brush the glaze onto each straw. Bake for 25 minutes at 380 degrees F. Remove pan from oven and add more glaze if you wish, turning the straws over if needed. Bake again at 400 for another 5-8 minutes or until golden and crispy looking! Allow to cool a little and then serve!

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No-Bake Easter Nests

No-Bake Spring Dessert: Easy and Adorable Easter Nests

Looking for a quick Easter treat? Our no-bake Easter Nests call for just 4 ingredients and are so easy to make, kids can help! An adorable addition to any party table, these yummy desserts take less than 15 minutes to make.

If you’re making these to share, wrap them up in an Easter Baking Basket. The Sweet Creations 10-piece Spring Cookie Cutter Set comes in a ready-to-go basket for instantly adorable gift giving. A perfect pair to share with a plate of these yummy noms.

No-Bake Spring Dessert: Easy and Adorable Easter Nests

Get the Tools

Making quick treats is even easier when you have the right setup is essential. Here are a few basics to get you started:

  • Silicone Oven Baking Mat. Though it’s designed to keep cookies from sticking to the baking pan, this no-stick silicone mat is also ideal for candymaking! Place your chocolatey nests on the sheet, allow to harden, and you can remove them easily for wrapping. No nonstick spray needed!
  • Heavy Duty Scoop. Make perfect-sized nests every time with this the Sweet Creations Heavy Duty Cast Metal Ice Cream Scoop. The comfort-grip handle makes it easy to scoop nests with one hand and shape them with the other. 
  • Candy Gift Wrapping. Package your homemade treats like a pro with our line of gift wraps, designed just for goodies. Package your sweets in pretty striped boxes and create custom tags with our ready-to-go wraps.

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No-Bake Spring Dessert: Easy and Adorable Easter Nests

No-Bake Easter Nests

Preparation 10 Cook Time 15

This chocolatey no-hassle recipe is quick, easy, and tradition-worthy. Kids of all ages will enjoy this Easter treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 4 cups chow mein noodles
  • 1 cup mini candy-coated chocolate eggs

Instructions

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips together. Stir until smooth. Add the chow mein noodles to the bowl, slowly stirring until coated. Use an ice cream scoop to place mounds of the chocolate-coated chow mein noodles on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Gently press the center of each mound in, to create a nest. Place three mini chocolate eggs in the center of the nest. Allow to cool and harden completely before serving.

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One Pot Pasta: Sundried Tomato Spinach

   One Pot Sundried Tomato and Spinach Pasta. A quick, simple dish for Meatless Mondays...or any night you want a savory dish so good, it'll make you smile. Kid-friendly, vegetarian, easy dinner idea.

This super simple version of one pot pasta features fresh spinach and sun dried tomatoes for a pop of flavor and color.

My mom was the kind of cook who, while completely capable of following a recipe or trying something new, typically stuck to the same 10 or so dinner recipes over the course of my childhood. As I got older I remember thinking “Doesn’t she get sick of making the same thing all the time? I’m kind of tired of eating it!”

One Pot Sundried Tomato and Spinach Pasta. A quick, simple dish for Meatless Mondays...or any night you want a savory dish so good, it'll make you smile. Kid-friendly, vegetarian, easy dinner idea.

I vowed that I would never make the same dinner every week when I was a mom. For the most part, I don’t make the same thing all of the time, because food blogging doesn’t allow for that.

I don’t think I fully appreciated how my mom must have felt making dinner for our family night after night, regardless of what her days were like. We always had a homemade meal that was both tasty and healthy.

I didn’t view my mom as someone who had bad days, or just didn’t feel like cooking, or was tired and wished someone else would (or could) just make dinner for a change. I totally think she must have felt those things often, and maybe that’s why our dinner routine was fairly simplified, because I totally feel like that about half the nights cooking for my kids. I think my mom was just better than I am at not putting those feelings on display for the rest of the family.

I think it is good that my kids know that their mom is a person too, who has feelings, gets tired, and occasionally just doesn’t want to deal…but sometimes I definitely think I could let them see a little less of that person.

So, this Sundried Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta is perfect for nights that I just don’t want to deal with dinner. It is a fix it and forget it recipe for the most part. Its meatless, so I don’t have to worry about taking meat out to thaw.

Its the best kind of pantry meal – seriously, I always have pasta, milk, cheese, spinach, and sun dried tomatoes – if I haven’t planned ahead because it still looks like I kind put some effort into dinner even though it took practically zero thought or time to make.

One Pot Sundried Tomato and Spinach Pasta. A quick, simple dish for Meatless Mondays...or any night you want a savory dish so good, it'll make you smile. Kid-friendly, vegetarian, easy dinner idea.

If you want to dress this recipe up a little more, it is a great base. Here are a few ideas:

  • Italian Sausage + Fresh Basil
  • Canned or Marinated Artichoke Hearts + Kalamata Olives + Fresh Oregano + Lemon Juice + Feta Garnish
  • Red Bell Peppers + Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Grilled Chicken Strips

I love a good, easy recipe like this Sundried Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta, especially when I have the option to dress it up a little bit if time allows. I think of it as my dinner cheat sheet.

One Pot Sundried Tomato and Spinach Pasta. A quick, simple dish for Meatless Mondays...or any night you want a savory dish so good, it'll make you smile. Kid-friendly, vegetarian, easy dinner idea.

The Perfect One Pot Pan

The Good Cook 11″ Deep Saute Pan with Lid is the ideal One Pot Pasta pan. Large enough for all the ingredients, one batch of this pasta (which feeds four to six) fit perfectly in this pan. The liquids didn’t boil over the deep edges, the cover keeps splatters off your stovetop and the cooked dish fills the interior nicely. Sleek black, with simple lines, this pan looks good enough to go right on your serving table. Just pop a Pasta Fork in and dish straight out of the pan.

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Sundried Tomato Spinach One Pot Pasta

Serves 4     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped Sundried Tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups packed chopped fresh spinach
  • 8 ounces Linguini, broken in half
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated parmesan, plus extra for serving

Instructions

In a large, deep skillet or a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the sun dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, linguini, broth, and milk to the shallots and garlic. Stir to combine. Season, to your personal taste, with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium heat. Then, reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring every few minutes, until the pasta is cooked al dente, about 10 - 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Add the parmesan, stir to combine, and serve sprinkled with additional parmesan.

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One Pot Pasta: Tasty Taco Mac

Superquick Weeknight Dinner Alert! This Tasty Taco Mac is a one pot pasta you'll make again and again. It takes just 5  minutes to prep and comes together quick. For a super delish dish that kids and grownups love, this hearty nom is a keeper!

We’ve been celebrating the wonders of One Pot Pasta this week. And this recipe is guaranteed to become a new favorite. Tasty Taco Mac takes everything you love about Taco Tuesday and turns it into a simple skillet meal. Five minutes of prep, 15 minutes of cook time. You can feed a crowd with this easy dish. Kids and adults are guaranteed to love the familiar flavors, and kitchen chef’s everywhere can settle back with a margarita in hand. Because this one is so easy to make, it’s almost like taking the night off!

Superquick Weeknight Dinner Alert! This Tasty Taco Mac is a one pot pasta you'll make again and again. It takes just 5  minutes to prep and comes together quick. For a super delish dish that kids and grownups love, this hearty nom is a keeper! 

We’ve turned this recipe into a video tutorial to show just how easy it is. Check it out below, then print the recipe at the bottom of this post.

Easy Swap Ingredients

You can make this meal for any eating preference. It’s versatility is one of the best parts of this meal.

  • Vegetarian. Make this one meat-free by simply leaving out the sausage crumbles. 
  • Vegan. Omit the cheese and make this one without meat, or use vegan crumbles instead.
  • Gluten-free.  We prepped this recipe with g-free pasta and it worked like a charm. Feel free to sub in your favorite gluten-free pasta. Just watch the texture during the final 5 minutes of cooking, adding a bit of broth, if needed, to keep it saucy.
  • Paleo.  You don’t have to rely on pasta for this one-pot wonder. Medium-chop a head of cauliflower florets and toss it in, instead. The cook time is same as pasta, and you’ll have a delicious skillet approved for primal eaters.

Superquick Weeknight Dinner Alert! This Tasty Taco Mac is a one pot pasta you'll make again and again. It takes just 5  minutes to prep and comes together quick. For a super delish dish that kids and grownups love, this hearty nom is a keeper!

 

The Perfect One Pot Pan

For this recipe, we used the Good Cook 11″ Deep Saute Pan with Lid. Large enough for all the ingredients, one batch of this pasta (which feeds four to six) fit perfectly in this pan. The liquids didn’t boil over the deep edges, the cover kept splatters from happening as noodles cooked and the final pasta filled the interior nicely. Sleek black, with simple lines, this pan also looks great on your table. Just pop a Pasta Fork in and serve straight from the pan.

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You won’t want to miss our One-Pot Chicken Bacon Fettuccine Alfredo. One of our most popular recipes ever! One Pot Sausage Beer Mac also makes a great weeknight meal.

One Pot Pasta: Tasty Taco Mac! And quick and easy dinner you can make in 20 minutes or less. Perfect for hectic weeknight meals, a dish that kids absolutely love.

 

One Pot Tasty Taco Mac

Preparation 5 Cook Time 15

Quick and simple, this one pot pasta makes an awesome weeknight meal...in 20 minutes or less!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz uncooked pasta (we used ditalini)
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn
  • 6 oz cooked beef or sausage crumbles
  • 3/4 cup diced green onion
  • 1 (16 oz) jar salsa
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups chicken. beef or veggie broth
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro

Instructions

In a Gook Cook 11" saute pan, stir together pasta, black beans, corn, sausage crumbles, green onion, salsa, taco seasoning and broth. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat, cook fro 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently until pasta is tender. Remove from heat. Top with cheese, avocado and cilantro. Enjoy!

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One-Pot Pasta: Sausage Beer Mac

5-Ingredient One Pot Pasta: Sausage Beer and Cheddar Mac. A perfectly easy weeknight dinner or Game Day party dish.

Five ingredients isn’t a lot. But, ohhh, how delicious 5 ingredients can be, when tossed together in a pot and turned into this genius One Pot Pasta.

Like a grown-up version of Mac and Cheese, giant elicoidali noodles are thrown into a deep dish skillet then cooked for 15 minutes until a makes-it’s-own-sauce pasta is ready to serve. Seriously that simple, check out just how quickly this dish comes together in the video below.

5 Easy Ingredients

We’ve included the specifics used in our test kitchen below. But don’t an empty pantry keep you from making this meal at home. It’s incredibly versatile and stands up well to all sorts of swaps.

  • Pasta. And kind of pasta here will do. We’ve used everything from fettuccine to mini mac, and it works deliciously every single time! Gluten free pastas work, as well. Though watch the final batch as you stir, adding broth as needed to get the dish as saucy as you like.
  • Sausage.  Slice up any precooked sausage links for this dish! Chicken, vegan and/or pork sausages taste delicious. You can also substitute cooked sausage crumbles or diced ham, if desired.
  • Cheese. We love the extra zing of sharp cheddar, but go ahead and mix it up! Colby jack, pepper jack, even Swiss tastes great, too.
  • Diced Tomatoes. Any flavor, any style. Fire-roasted is our favorite, but plain ol’ diced tomatoes work well, too. Tomatoes-and-chilis, diced tomato blends, even 15 oz cans of crushed tomatoes can be swapped in here.
  • Beer. Any kind of beer works nicely here, but we love an amber ale. Be careful not to go too dark, molassasey Porters or stouts are not recommended. Alternately, you can use stock. Chicken broth, beef broth or veggie broth all works perfectly here. In a pinch, you can also use water–just make sure you salt your pasta once it’s cooked, to keep the flavor peppy.

5-Ingredient One Pot Pasta: Sausage Beer and Cheddar Mac. A perfectly easy weeknight dinner or Game Day party dish.

The Perfect One Pot Pan

For this recipe, we used the Good Cook 11″ Deep Saute Pan with Lid. Large enough to fit all of the ingredients, one batch of this pasta (which feeds four) cooked up perfectly in this pan. The liquids didn’t boil over the deep edges, the cover kept splatters from happening as noodles cooked and the final pasta filled the interior nicely. Sleek black, with simple lines, this pan also looks great on your table. Just pop a Pasta Fork in and serve straight from the pan.

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One Pot Sausage, Cheddar and Beer Mac

Preparation 5 Cook Time 15 Serves 4     adjust servings

Mac and Cheese gets a grown up twist! This hearty one-pot meal is simple enough to make on a busy weeknight, but delicious enough to share at your next game day party.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz pasta
  • 6 links cooked Italian sausage, sliced
  • 1 (15 oz) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar
  • 1 (16 oz) can beer
  • salt and pepper
  • sliced green onions for garnish (optional)

Instructions

In a large pot, stir together pasta, Italian sausage, tomatoes, cheddar and beer. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook 12-15 minutes, or until pasta is tender, stirring frequently until cooked. Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.

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One-Pot Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta

One Pot Bacon Chicken Pasta. Quick, Delicious Dinner, made in minutes!

Have you yet discovered One Pot Pastas? A brilliantly simple idea, simply toss everything into a pot and boil. 15 minutes later, you’ll have al dente pasta ready to eat, with a delicious makes-it’s-own-sauce. No straining, no draining. Just toss, boil and enjoy!

The most common style of One Pot meals is basic marinara. Tomatoes, garlic and basil become a fresh tasting spaghetti. But, we saw so many more options with this idea. So, whipped up a delicious Chicken Alfredo. 

With this insanely easy recipe, you don’t have to create a finicky roux for the sauce. You don’t have to stand over a pot, whisking constantly to keep clumps from forming. You simply toss, boil, stir several times, then grab a fork and enjoy! Check out just how easy it is to make this incredible recipe.

Ingredient Options

Though we used a 6 oz bag of precooked chicken for our batch, there are a variety of ingredient options and shortcuts you can use at home. 

  • Garlic. Fresh or canned. We went with canned garlic which was “minced in olive oil” for convenience, but fresh minced garlic works, as well. Alternately, 1/2 a chopped scallion also tastes great!
  • Pasta. Any style. We used fettuccine, but any shape of pasta works. Or, if your family prefers it, go gluten-free! Any kind of pasta that cooks in 12-15 minutes is fair game here.
  • Cheese. Parmesan, Italian, Romano. There’s a lot of wiggle room when it comes to the right cheeses to use in this recipe. Any kind of Italian cheese or Italian blend will taste great. Shredded fresh parmesan gives the most authentic flavor, but if you’re looking to save a few pennies, grated parmesan works, too. If using, half the amount of cheese called for in the recipe and stir it in just before serving for best flavor.
  • Chicken. Grilled, shredded or diced. Any kind of precooked chicken is perfect. Use leftover grilled chicken, repurpose a rotisserie, or cook up a batch of chicken in your skillet before tossing in the ingredients. Canned chicken can also work, but the flavor will be slightly different–a little more mild with a more hearty, shredded texture in each bite.
  • One Pot Bacon Chicken Pasta. Quick, Delicious Dinner, made in minutes!

The Perfect One Pot Pan

For this recipe, we used the Good Cook 11″ Deep Saute Pan with Lid. Wide enough to fit whole noodles without breaking, one batch of this pasta (which feeds four) cooked up perfectly in this pan. The liquids didn’t boil over the deep edges, the cover kept splatters from happening as the noodles cooked and the final cooked pasta filled the interior nicely. Sleek black, with simple lines, this pan also looks great on your table. Just pop a Pasta Fork in and serve straight from the pan.

One Pot Bacon Chicken Pasta. Quick, Delicious Dinner, made in minutes!

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One Pot Chicken Bacon Alfredo Pasta

Preparation 5 Cook Time 15 Serves 4     adjust servings

One Pot Alfredo! This creamy pasta is full of so many great flavors. Quick and simple, perfect for weeknight eating, serve this one for dinner anytime.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz fettuccine
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, diced or cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (or 2-3 cloves fresh garlic, chopped)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

Place pasta, chicken, garlic, parmesan cheese, cream and broth in an 11" saute pan. Cover and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Cook for 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until pasta is tender. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir in bacon, garnish with parsley. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Covered Mint Patties

Make Your Own Mint Patties for St. Patricks Day! What could be better for St. Paddy's than these delicious, green peppermint patties?! So easy, and so much more delicious than storebought versions, wrap these pretty candy desserts up and share with a lucky someone!

You can make your very own Chocolate Covered Mint Patties with this very doable (and delicious!) recipe. Mix-up the filling quick, melt the chocolates, then dip your way into Peppermint Patty Heaven. Here’s how easy it is to DIY these yummy candies.

Get the Tools

If you’re new to making your own chocolates and candies, having the right setup is essential. Here are a few basics to get you started:

  • Silicone Oven Baking Mat. Though it’s designed to keep cookies from sticking to the baking pan, this no-stick silicone mat is also ideal for candymaking! Place dipped chocolates on the sheet, freeze until firm, and you can remove them easily for wrapping.
  • Easy-Grip Spatula. Easily flip and dip your mints into the chocolate coating with our Sweet Creations soft-grip spatula. Also ideal for icing cakes and cupcakes, this is one baking essential you’ll use again and again.
  • Candy Gift Wrapping. Package your homemade treats like a pro with our line of gift wraps, designed just for goodies. Package your sweets in pretty striped boxes and create custom tags with our ready-to-go wraps.

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Make Your Own Mint Patties for St. Patricks Day! What could be better for St. Paddy's than these delicious, green peppermint patties?! So easy, and so much more delicious than storebought versions, wrap these pretty candy desserts up and share with a lucky someone!

Chocolate Covered Mint Patties

Preparation 20 Serves 12     adjust servings

Make your own Chocolate Covered Mint Patties with this doable and very delicious recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1/3 cup corn syrup
  • 5 Tbsp softened butter
  • green food coloring
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 10 oz chocolate candy melts

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl whisk together melted butter, corn syrup, food coloring and mint extract. Add powdered sugar and mix, cup by cup (about 4-5 cups) until mixture is firm. Once mixture can no longer be mixed with a spoon, knead with your hands. Powder a work surface with a little powdered sugar and knead your mix into a soft round ball. Pinch off small amounts and roll into 1-1.5 inch balls. Lay on a wax covered cookie sheet. Press down on each ball to flatten then transfer pan to refrigerator to chill. Melt candied chocolate melts in microwave until smooth. Dip each patty in the melted chocolate, flip and quickly remove with a fork. Transfer to fridge to chill for a bit and allow the chocolate to harden, then serve!


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2016 Good Cook Calendar

2016 Good Cook IHA Calendar

Every year, our Good Cook team works for weeks on end, preparing for the biggest event of the year: the International Housewares Show. A world-class, annual show for the home products industry, we not only offer sneak peeks into our Coming Soon product lines, we’re also able to connect with a vibrant community of fellow housewares companies. 

2016 GOOD COOK IHA CALENDAR

To celebrate this event, we create a calendar of 12 brand-new recipes, featuring dozens of the new products we’ll be launching throughout the year. Whether you received a calendar at IHA, or simply love seasonal recipes, here’s a peek at our year-to-come, with links that will take you directly the recipes featured in this year’s book. Enjoy!

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March: Colcannon & Corned Beef Casserole

GET THE RECIPE HERE. An Irish-inspired Shepherd’s Pie, this comfort food casserole is perfect for St. Patty’s Day.

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April: 5-Ingredient Southern Fish Fry

GET THE RECIPE HERE. Two-ingredient Cornbread Muffins and 3-Ingredient Spicy Cod come together quick for a budget-friendly, totally delicious meal that’s great for dinner.

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May: Apple Grape Slaw

GET THE RECIPE HERE. A perfect spring or summertime side dish, this apple slaw is topped with a delicious poppy seed dressing.
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June: Apple Avocado Strawberry Salsa

RECIPE COMING SOON! Apples, avocados and strawberries are tossed together with a zesty lime juice. Perfect for dipping with sweet potato tortilla chips.

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July: Donut Burger Ice Cream Sandwiches

GET THE RECIPE HERE. Need a no-bake dessert? Donuts and ice cream are the perfect pair!
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August: Chicken Bacon Honey BBQ Skewers

GET THE RECIPE HERE. What happens when you combine Sriracha, honey, chicken and bacon? Well, click to see! This delish griller is ideal for summertime parties.

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September: Apple Brie Grilled Cheese

GET THE RECIPE HERE. Grilled cheese goes gourmet with this savory-meets-sweet recipe.

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October: 3-Ingredient Mummy Cookies

GET THE RECIPE HERE. The 3-ingredient Pumpkin Pie cookies are so clever…it’s scary!
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November: Sweet Potato Pie

RECIPE COMING SOON! Classic sweet potato pie, topped with toasted marshmallows. This one may just be better than pumpkin pie.
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December: Giant Ginger Shortbread Cookie

GET THE RECIPE HERE. Bake your own giant gingerbread house with this super simple ginger-kissed shortbread. Easy to decorate, our Sweet Creations mold makes such a cute baking pan!
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January: Zoodle Caprese Salad

GET THE RECIPE HERE. On a healthy eating kick? You can still enjoy pasta! Our Zoodle Caprese will get all sorts of yummy into your day.
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February: Chocolate Stuffed Strawberries

GET THE RECIPE HERE. Our sip-and-snack has already received rave reviews from kids of all ages. Filled with Chocolate-Stuffed Strawberries and our 3-Ingredient Chocolate Smoothie, this treat is totally irresistible.

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Asparagus Prosciutto Puff Pastry Pizzas

 

Puffed Pastry Pizzas with Ricotta, Asparagus and Prosciutto. A savory appetizer, brunch snack or light lunch or dinner dish featuring savory Spring flavors.
Asparagus Prosciutto Puff Pastry Pizzas might sound fancy but they are super simple to prepare and packed with flavors. Sophisticated enough for the grown ups in your group, but accessible enough that even the kiddos might like them. They’re versatile too. Try serving them as part of a delicious spring brunch, for lunch, or as an appetizer. They’d be perfect for a cocktail party, too.

I seriously LOVE asparagus. I’m always so excited when the temps start warming up a bit and the sun is staying out a little bit longer…and then we start seeing things like Asparagus and other spring produce at the grocery store.

Puffed Pastry Pizzas with Ricotta, Asparagus and Prosciutto. A savory appetizer, brunch snack or light lunch or dinner dish featuring savory Spring flavors.puffpastry_edited-1 SM

I do this every time the seasons start to alternate. I’m sick of what the current season offers. It feels like its been forever since I’ve eating XYZ favorite things that are no longer in season. Then they are starting to be in season again and I can’t get enough. But eventually I get tired of them too, and I’m ready to move on to the next season.

I really enjoy that about seasonal eating, because there is always something fresh and new that feels totally novel to eat, because you haven’t been eating it for months. I love variety in my food.

Puffed Pastry Pizzas with Ricotta, Asparagus and Prosciutto. A savory appetizer, brunch snack or light lunch or dinner dish featuring savory Spring flavors.

Anyway, back to asparagus. I love asparagus in so many ways. Something really simple and roasted is great, or maybe dressed up a little like this Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Walnut Vinaigrette for a yummy side.

When purchasing asparagus, select asparagus spears that are brightly colored, straight, round, and without strong odor. Colors may vary: green, white, or purple. The tips of the asparagus should be tightly closed. Look for asparagus that is uniform in thickness. This will allow for even cooking.

But asparagus is great as an appetizer too (not just a side dish), like in these Asparagus Prosciutto Puff Pastry Pizzas. Puff pastry is versatile as a base for so many recipes and the buttery, flaky crust pairs incredibly well with fresh, green asparagus.

Add in some creamy ricotta, nutty parmesan, salty prosciutto and just a hint of sun dried tomatoes and you have perfection. Even my 8 year old daughter, who has been a bit of a picky eater lately, and 2 of her friends couldn’t resist snacking on this recipe for lunch. I was shocked, but I think that attests to how good it is and how accessible it is both to make and eat.

All you do is place the puff pastry, cut into squares, on an AirPerfect Baking Sheet, top the squares with the ingredients, and pop it in the oven. The puff pastry gets all nice and flakey golden and puffs up around all of the toppings. SO GOOD!Puffed Pastry Pizzas with Ricotta, Asparagus and Prosciutto. A savory appetizer, brunch snack or light lunch or dinner dish featuring savory Spring flavors.

More Puff Pastry Recipes

Looking for some more fun ways to use Puff Pastry? Ideas are limitless, but here are a few of my favorites:

If you’re craving something sweet, try these Coconut Cream Cheese Pastry Bites. YUM!

What do you like to make with puff pastry?

Puffed Pastry Pizzas with Ricotta, Asparagus and Prosciutto. A savory appetizer, brunch snack or light lunch or dinner dish featuring savory Spring flavors.

Asparagus Prosciutto Puff Pastry Pizzas

Preparation 10 Cook Time 20

Crunchy and buttery, topped with the savory flavors of Spring, this quick puffed pastry pizza is perfect for breakfast, brunch and light lunches or dinners.

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Water
  • 1 package (2 sheets) Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed according to package instructions
  • 2/3 cup Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 2/3 cup Fresh Grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 of a lemon, juiced
  • 24 spears Asparagus, woody ends removed and discarded
  • 6 slices Prosciutto, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1/4 cup chopped Sundried Tomatoes
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a small bowl, beat the egg with the water until smooth. Unfold the puff pastry and smooth out any folds from the packaging. Cut each sheet into quarters. Spread the quarters out on a baking sheet (4 per sheet), allowing an inch or so in between each piece. Using a pastry brush, brush the prepared egg wash over the side of the puff pastry that is facing up. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Divide the ricotta mixture between the 8 puff pastry quarters. Spread with a spatula, leaving about a half an inch around the edges free of the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, according to your taste preferences. Divide the prosciutto between the puff pastry and place on top of the ricotta mixture. Then, gently press 3 spears of asparagus into the center of each puff pastry. Sprinkle with the sun dried tomatoes and remaining 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, dividing between all 8 puff pastry quarters. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 - 20 minutes, or until puff pastry is puffy and golden, cheese melted, and asparagus is tender. Serve immediately.

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Chorizo Spinach Breakfast Enchiladas

Chorizo , Egg and Green Verde Breakfast Enchiladas. A great make-ahead or freezer meal, this savory bake is great family-style fare and perfect for brunches, too.

In these Chorizo Spinach Breakfast Enchiladas, corn tortillas are stuffed with a mixture of scrambled eggs
, spinach, and chorizo sausage, then smothered in tasty salsa verde and monterey jack cheese.

Chorizo , Egg and Green Verde Breakfast Enchiladas. A great make-ahead or freezer meal, this savory bake is great family-style fare and perfect for brunches, too.

We recently had a breakfast for dinner themed potluck/game night activity with a group of neighbor families. I love enchiladas, and have been wanting to make a pan to share with friends (because it is kind of hard for me and two little kids to eat through a whole pan on our own), but since we were doing breakfast for dinner, I decided to switch things up from my usual Chicken, Spinach, and Black Bean Enchiladas.

Rather than a typical enchilada, I thought it would be fun to try a breakfast enchilada recipe. I came up with the idea for these delicious Chorizo Spinach Breakfast Enchiladas. They were literally DEVOURED. Everyone was raving, begging for the recipe.

Chorizo Spinach Breakfast Enchiladas were the perfect accompaniment to fresh fruit, orange juice, and baked french toast. They balanced out all of the sweetness with a bit of savory. And they were surprisingly pretty easy to make.

First, you’ll make some scrambled eggs in a large nonstick skillet like this 11.75″ Blue Fry Pan, then add chopped spinach and cooked chorizo for extra flavor. After rolling the corn tortillas stuffed with the egg mixture, you’ll smother the entire pan of enchiladas with some salsa verde and monterey jack cheese.

Chorizo , Egg and Green Verde Breakfast Enchiladas. A great make-ahead or freezer meal, this savory bake is great family-style fare and perfect for brunches, too.

You can use your favorite store-bought salsa verde to top the Chorizo Spinach Breakfast Enchiladas if you like. Or if you feel like making your own salsa verde, I highly recommend trying this recipe (my favorite!) for Easy Roasted Salsa Verde. It is really pretty easy to whip up!

After assembling, just bake in the oven until everything is heated through and the cheese is melty and bubbly. If you like extra green, you can garnish the whole pan with diced avocado and fresh cilantro after it has baked.

Chorizo , Egg and Green Verde Breakfast Enchiladas. A great make-ahead or freezer meal, this savory bake is great family-style fare and perfect for brunches, too.

Chorizo Spinach Breakfast Enchiladas

Preparation 15 Serves 6     adjust servings

Start your morning off savory! These delicious breakfast enchiladas bring together the mexi-inspired goodness of spicy chorizo, hearty eggs, creamy avocado and bright cilantro. So good.

Ingredients

  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 5 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup cooked chorizo sausage
  • 10 enchilada sized corn tortillas
  • 2 cups salsa verde
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • FOR GARNISH: cilantro leaves, diced avocado

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside. In a medium bowl, such as a batter bowl, add the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Beat with a wire whisk until well combined and frothy. In a large nonstick saute skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted and the pan is how, add the beaten eggs, and scramble. Stir the spinach and chorizo into the scrambled eggs, and cook over low heat just until the spinach is wilted. Remove from heat. Wrap the tortillas, 5 at a time in a lightly dampened paper towel. Microwave for 20 second intervals, repeating as necessary, until the tortillas are soft and steamy. Alternatively, you can use a tortilla warmer. Repeat with remaining 5 tortillas. Divide the egg mixture between the 10 tortillas, about 1/4 - 1/3 cup of filling per tortilla, roll to secure, and place in the previously prepared pan. After rolling all of the tortillas, pour the salsa verde on top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake, covered with foil, at 375 degrees F for 20 - 30 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted.

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