Chicken Noodle Casserole

This chicken  casserole in a cheesy sauce can be ready in no time and you will love the taste. The ingredients meld together perfectly to give it a great flavor. Comfort food at its best!

This recipe was originally titled Chicken Noodle Casserole and calls for egg noodles. But it can be made using any pasta, however. Penne, cavatappi, rigatoni or any of the tubular, spiral or ridged pastas work best with a sauce as the ridges or spirals will hold onto the sauce better allowing you to enjoy it with each bite. Chef’s choice!

casserole chicken noodle

Level: easy
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 40 min
Servings: 6

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Pasta with Fresh No-Cook Tomato Sauce

When you have fresh, seasonal tomatoes on hand, there’s no need to cook the bejesus out of them. In this tomato sauce recipe, sweet cherry tomatoes (use any fresh chopped tomatoes) are marinated with garlic, olive oil, fresh oregano, and parsley right on the counter. Then, they’re tossed with hot pasta and fresh goat cheese to create a creamy, tangy no-cook sauce. Serve a crisp salad on the side.

tomatoes no cook sauce with pasta

Total Time: 45 mins
Makes: 4 to 6 servings

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta Salad

Everybody LOVES spinach dip! Hot and bubbly with cheese, cold and served in a bread bowl, with artichokes or without…. YUM!

You’ll love this easy Spinach Artichoke Dip inspired pasta salad! This delicious dish is actually a take on a favorite cold spinach dip; creamy, delicious and oh so easy to make! This is seasoned with a package of vegetable soup mix giving it a ton of flavor but also keeping it really simple! You’ll want to use a medium pasta noodle for this salad, rotini, bow ties, wagon wheels or shells are all great choices!

If you’re looking to make this dish a little bit more healthy, you can sub in whole wheat pasta, greek yogurt and a lighter dressing for the mayo.

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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

yield: ABOUT 6 SERVINGS
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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