Tortellini with Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, Gruyere, and Optional Sausage

This easy and cheesy (yet still relatively light) one-dish dinner is the perfect use for the winter squash that’s so plentiful right now. And it comes together quickly and easily. Nutty Gruyere cheese complements roasted butternut squash, earthy mushrooms, and fresh tortellini. Make the meat-eaters happy with a little crumbled sweet Italian sausage in theirs.

Tip: Cut up the butternut squash, add the mushrooms and sage, toss into a big zipper bag and refrigerate the day before. Then you have it all ready for an easy Monday or Tuesday night dinner prep.pasta Cheese-Tortellini-with-Butternut-Squash-Mushrooms-Gruyere-and-Sausage

prep time: 30 MINUTES
cook time: 40 MINUTES
total time: 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES


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Roasted Vegetables Lasagna

It is time to give your favorite lasagna a meat-free makeover by replacing the usual meat sauce with a simple marinara sauce and blend of chunky vegetables roasted until yielding soft and ever so slightly charred.

It’s got all the elements that make homemade lasagna so delicious – that gratifyingly substantial belly-warming goodness, a surprisingly hearty flavour that belies its vegetarian origins, and that ever-important ooey-gooey melted cheese layer on top.

Note: Most of the components of this recipe (namely the roasted vegetables, the marinara sauce and the ricotta layer) can all be assembled a day or two in advance… or just skip the homemade marinara and use a good-quality jarred sauce instead. All that’s left to do on the day of is to boil the noodles, assemble the lasagna and then pop it into the oven until bubbly and delicious.pasta roasted vegetables lasagna

Prep time: 40 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour 25 mins
Serves: 12


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Garlic-Butter Spinach and Bowtie Pasta

Homemade pasta dishes don’t get much easier than this one. It basically takes you the amount of time it takes to boil the pasta, but the butter, garlic, basil, and spinach make it fancy. It’s probably the quickest Olive-Garden-Chef’s-Special type of food you’ll ever make! You will even feel all-Italian (unless you are Italian) because there’s going to be a big pot of water with pasta on one end of the stove, and another large skillet at the other end. And you’re going to be stirrin’, and crushin’, and seasonin’… ooooooh, you gonna have a great time with this one!pasta bowtie garlic spinach

PREP TIME: 5 mins
COOK TIME: 15 mins
TOTAL TIME: 20 mins
Serves: 4 to 6


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Ham and Potato Soup

This is a delicious recipe and very easy recipe. And the great thing about it is you can use it as a base and create endless variations. Try no meat, italitan sausage and extra onion, diced chicken breast, broccoli, etc. You can customize to your family’s tastes.soup ham and potatoe

PREP: 20 mins
COOK: 25 mins
READY IN 45 mins

Servings: 8


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Potato and Red-Pepper Frittata

This dish is based on tortilla Espanola. In Spain, it is traditionally accompanied by garlic mayonnaise but it is also delicious served on its own. You can use leftover boiled or baked potatoes in place of the raw ones. Simply slice them, and add to the onion mixture at the end of step 2. It’s okay if the potatoes do not cook evenly. Some will be browned; some will only be translucent.potato and red pepper frittata

Prep: 20 MINS, Total Time: 40 Mins, Servings: 4


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Overstuffed Twice-Baked Potatoes

These twice-baked potatoes are so large and filling that Emeril Lagasse has customers who order this as their entrée. The reason Lagasse calls them overstuffed is that he adds an extra baked potato to the stuffing mixture, but if these seem too large for you, then bake and mash only four (instead of the five used here), or use smaller potatoes.

These twice-baked potatoes the perfect complement to a steak, but you can make a meal out of them served with just a salad on the side.

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servings: 4


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Pecan-Crusted Tilapia

Worthy of a special occasion, try this tasty tilapia with a simple squeeze of lemon or, if you a have a little more time, delicious Golden Rum-Butter Sauce.  If you don’t have a skillet large enough to hold all the fillets easily, we recommend cooking them in batches and keeping them warm in a 200° oven. You can substitute catfish, flounder, or orange roughy for pecan-crusted-tilapia

Prep: 10 Minutes
Cook: 8 Minutes


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