Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Let's Talk Dinner

Here is a mid-week update on how the recipes I selected for my menu are treating us:

Honestly we have only made one thing on our menu! It is one of those weeks were you are running around all day and you don't want to cook when you get home. We had a groupon on Monday to a really fancy local restaurant so we decided to have a date night and went and got dinner there. Sunday is always a lazy day, so we just threw something into the oven rather than cook.

So far we have made the Bow Tie Skillet Lasgna, and with the oven stuff we had on Sunday I made some cheesy orzo to go with it.

Cheesy Orzo

we didn't have a pasta side in the cupboard so my alternative to that quick and easy side solution was to make cheesy orzo! It's really easy, usually I just wing it, but I'll share with you how I made it.

First you need to cook your orzo, don't overcook because then it gets mushy when you add the cheese. After it is cooked, drain it and return it to the pan. After returning it to the pan add some butter, probably about 2 tablespoons depending on how much pasta you cooked. Then throw in handfuls of your favorite cheese, I'd say about 3/4 cup. Turn your burner on low and stir the orzo until the cheese is fully melted. And there you go, a quick side! It is really cheesy but I like it better than the fake sides, plus it's nice to make cheese orzo if you have the ingredients on hand. (You can always swap the orzo for rice, it tastes the same but it doesn't get as mushy, which is good if you don't pay full attention while cooking like me ;) )

We had the cheesy orzo with chicken kievs!

Bow Tie Lasagna Skillet

Let me start by saying the title of the recipe is a little misleading! It doesn't taste like lasagna (there isn't any ricotta cheese), and it is not made in a skillet! But man does it taste good! Some peoples comfort food is a hearty steak and potatoes meal, mine is definitely a big pasta meal! Something about that carb overload... ha!

I know you are supposed to use bow-tie noodles but we shop at aldi and they don't carry them there, and to me it wasn't worth driving to the next place just for a noodle shape.

I want you to take a second and look at the recipes picture in comparison to what I came up with. See the differences? This is why I blog, my recipes never look as good as the pictures and I think it's a fun thing to share....(but I do think it probably tasted the same if not better ;) )

Clearly I need a better camera! Haha!

This is a really easy recipe to make. A few things I did differently was I used penne noodles instead of the bow-tie. I also added more cheese than the recipe called for, I wanted it to be really creamy. I threw in the 1/2 cup mozzarella and also added some handfuls of colby jack. I do think you need to make sure to get normal sour cream, the low fat doesn't blend as well with the cheese. It is really easy to make, and it does taste better than plan ol' spaghetti! The recipe is below if you want to give it a try. I'd love to see your pictures of how it turns out, and any tips you have for me for the future!

Bow Tie Skillet Lasgna

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. box or pkg of mini farfalle or mini bow tie pasta
  • 24 oz jar or spaghetti sauce - (you really do need the whole jar!)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded colby jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  1. In a skillet, brown the ground beef until fully cooked; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to package directions.
  3. After pasta is cooked, drain. Return to pot and toss with the olive oil. This helps the sauce to spread better. Add the seasonings and turn to fully coat the noodles.
  4. Add the spaghetti sauce to the pasta and stir to coat.
  5. Next, add the cooked ground beef, mozzarella cheese, colby jack cheese and sour cream to the pasta. Fold together and cook over low heat until cheese is melted.
  6. This recipe serves 6. It was just the right amount
Original recipe found here at the Real Mom Kitchen


1 comment:

Erica said...

it is SO helpful to hear your modifications and comments about the recipes! I LOVE IT! (and the pasta was delicious...haha)

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