Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Creamy Garlic Pasta

I didn't even finish eating my serving of this stuff before I approached my computer to post this recipe.  The first thing I said when I took a bite was, "This gets NUMMIFIED right now."  And it was so easy!  It would be great with grilled chicken strips added in, or as a side to either this chicken dish, or this one.  A great winner from Pinterest!  Printable recipe card found

{What you need}
2 teaspoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cups chicken broth, plus a little extra
1/2 pound spaghetti
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley 

In a medium pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add the garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes.  Add butter and melt, stirring constantly.  Add salt, pepper, and 3 cups chicken broth.  Bring to a boil.  Add the pasta and cook according to box directions.  Add a little more chicken broth if the noodles start to stick to the bottom and burn.  Add the cheese, cream, and parsley when the pasta is cooked to your desired tenderness and mix thoroughly.  Serve immediately.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Shepherd's Pie

Another Irish classic.  This dish is perfect for a large family, or a smaller family who likes leftovers---like us!  A great way to sneak in veggies, too!

{What you need}
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
6 oz. cream cheese
1 to 2 cups shredded cheddar
1 egg yolk
1 Tb olive oil
1 3/4 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 med. onion, chopped
1 cup frozen green beans
2 Tb butter
2 Tb flour
1 cup beef broth
2 ts Worcestershire sauce
2 ts paprika
salt and pepper

Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes.  Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl.  Combine beat egg yolk and incorporate in with the mashed potatoes.  Add cream cheese and cheddar cheese and mix thoroughly.  Set aside

While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add oil to hot pan with meat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Brown and crumble meat for 3-4 minutes.  Add carrot, onion, and green beans to the meat.  Cook veggies with meat about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  In a second small skillet over medium heat, cook butter and flour together for 2 minutes.  Whisk in broth and W. sauce.  Thicken gravy about 1 minuted.  Add gravy to the meat and veggies.

Preheat broiler to high.  Fill a 9 x 13 casserole dish with meat and veggie mixture.  Spoon potatoes over meat evenly.  Sprinkle potatoes with paprika and broil 6-8 minutes until potatoes are evenly browned.
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