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Baked Mostaccioli

This easy Baked Mostaccioli is loaded with ooey gooey cheese and yummy Italian sausage all smoothered in a creamy tomato sauce.  Baked mostaccioli was a pretty regular feature on the dinner table when I was growing up. I think it was for a lot of people. That hearty, cheesy dish was a family favorite – and still is, in fact. This baked mostaccioli recipe isn’t as hard as you might think, and will be a perfect addition to your weeknight meal routine. If you want a dish with rich layers of meaty, flavorful goodness, this is the dish for...

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Chicken Tortellini Soup

This Chicken Tortellini Soup is the perfect one dish, weeknight dinner. Loaded with juicy chunks of chicken, tender tortellini, veggies and a bit of sausage, this soup is sure to please the entire family! Oh and best news, it can be prepped in less than 30 minutes! Here’s a yummy recipe that puts a rich and creative spin on everyone’s favorite soup – chicken noodle. This isn’t the old, trusted standby your mom served when you were sick or needing something to warm your insides after a cold day. Tortellini is the star in this dish, subbing in for plain egg noodles and bringing with it lots of extra flavor and heartiness. The creative (sneaky) addition of greens packs the soup with texture and extra “good for you” stuff that will pass the test of even the pickiest eaters. Kids of all ages can’t get enough! One of my favorite things about the soup is how quickly it comes together. Chicken Tortellini Soup is an easy and delicious choice for a weeknight meal or a busy weekend thanks to a simple ingredient list of things you’re likely to already have on hand. Like chili and other hearty soups and stews, the flavors in this dish continue to marry in the refrigerator, making it even better the next day. I usually make extra for some welcomed leftovers, but if you...

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Vegetable Beef Soup

This Hearty, Old Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup has an incredibly rich broth and is loaded with tender chunks of beef, and all the right veggies!  Oh my, oh my. Is there anything as classic, as heartwarmingly nostalgic, as Vegetable Beef Soup? It’s got to be right up there with chocolate chip cookies and apple pie in the list of “things that make us think of childhood.”  Every winter I sift through my soup recipes and pick a few that I can make in big batches and freeze, to make sure I’ve got family-sized meals ready to go anytime. It’s...

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Chile Rellanos Casserole

If you like Chile Rellanos, this easy to make casserole is for you! This dish has all the flavor of a Chile Rellano without all the mess and fuss.  I grew up in SoCal, which meant that absolutely scrumptious Mexican food—the authentic kind—was always readily available. That was a treat, let me tell you. I was a lucky kid. We ate at some of the greatest little Mexican food joints probablyonce a week. My mom used to make this chile rellanos casserole recipe that was one of my favorite dishes. In fact, this recipe was perhaps the most requested...

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Porcupine Meatballs

Old Fashioned Porcupine Meatball Recipe!  These super easy meatballs are made with beef and rice then simmered in a delicious tomato sauce.  Always a family favorite! Do you have one of those dishes that is like a time machine for you? It takes you back to your younger days. Maybe it reminds you of your mom or dad or aunt or uncle or grandma or whoever made it for you regularly. It reminds you of them and of the times you had together. For me, that recipe is porcupine meatballs. One bite into these savory, tender meatballs and I’m...

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