servings: 6-8       prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 20 minutes       total time: 35

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ingredients
1.5 lb elbow noodles
kosher salt
3 T butter
3 T all-purpose flour
3.5 c milk
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese (grated) – [i bought 2 6oz bags of murray’s mac & cheese which is a combination of a mix of nutty Gruyère, creamy Butterkase, and meaty Raclette cheeses]
1/2 c freshly grated parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper

directions

  1. bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. cook the noodles to al dente according to the package instructions. drain and set aside.
  2. in a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until the flour start to take on color, stirring constantly. whisk in the milk, making sure to eliminate any lumps. cook for 5 minutes over low, stirring occasionally.
  3. stir in the cheese and adjust seasoning to taste. stir in noodles to coat completely.

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antipasto squares

February 13, 2018

servings: 6-8       prep time: 15 minutes      cook time: 30 minutes      total time: 1 hourlandscape-1515784104-delish-antipasto-squares-pinterest-still003

ingredients
2 cans crescent dough
1/2 lb. deli ham
1/4 lb. pepperoni (could also use salami)
1/4 lb. sliced provolone
1/4 lb. sliced mozzarella
1 c. sliced pepperoncini
2 T olive oil
1/4 c. grated parmesan
1 tsp. dried oregano

directions

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. unroll one can of crescents onto greased baking sheet and pinch seams together.
  3. layer ham, provolone, pepperoni (or salami), mozzarella, and pepperoncini.
  4. unroll second crescent dough and place on top of pepperoncini. pinch crescent sheets together to seal.
  5. brush olive oil all over the top of crescent dough and then sprinkle parmesan and oregano on top.
  6. bake until crescent dough is golden and cooked through, about 30 minutes. (if the crescent dough is browning too quickly, cover with foil.)
  7. let cool for 10-15 minutes before slicing into squares.

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prep time: 10 minutes      cook time: 40-50 minutes       total: 50-60 minutes       servings: 4parmesan-roasted-cauliflower

ingredients
1 head of cauliflower, cut into florets
1 medium onion, sliced
4 sprigs of thyme
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
3 T olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c grated parmesan cheese

directions

  1. preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. toss cauliflower florets on a large rimmed baking sheet with onion, thyme, garlic, and oil.
  3. season with salt and pepper.
  4. roast, tossing occasionally, until almost tender, 35-40 minutes.
  5. sprinkle with parmesan, toss to combine, and roast until cauliflower is tender, 5-10 minutes longer.

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beef stroganoff

January 24, 2016

prep time: 10 mins       cook time: 40 mins       total time: 50 min21f9d9aa-6193-41d3-a5d1-75f06a7bbe99
yields 4-6 servings

ingredients
1 lb lean ground beef
2 (8 oz) packages of sliced button mushrooms
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
4 c beef broth
1.5 lb uncooked medium egg noodles
2-3 stalks of green onions, chopped
basil, parsley
1/2 c sour cream

directions

  1. in a large pan or pot, cook beef over high heat, stirring frequently, until brown. drain almost all the fat.
  2. add mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. cook about 5 minutes or until browned.
  3. add evaporated milk, beef broth, noodles, and green onions. noodles will not be completely covered at first. sprinkle basil and parsley over noodles
  4. heat to boiling over high heat. reduce heat; simmer uncovered 7-8 minutes, stirring frequently, just until noodles are al dente.
  5. remove from heat and then, stir in sour cream.

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makes 6 servings       time: 30 minutes

“a healthier alternative to hamburger helper”

ingredients
1 T evoo
1 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1.5 lbs ground beef
1 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 T all-purpose flour
2 c drained canned diced tomatoes
3/4 c chicken stock, unsalted
1 lb elbow macaroni
1/2 lb sharp cheddar cheese, grated (about 2 c)
1/4 c parsley
salt & ground pepper, to taste

directions

  1. bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. heat a large skillet over medium heat. heat the oil, then add the onion and season with salt. cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 5 minutes. add the garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  3. add the beef, oregano, and cayenne and season generously with salt and pepper. season the beef well at this point because the seasonings won’t get in there if you add them later. cook, stirring to break the meat up into little pieces, until cooked through, about 7 minutes. drain the fat (very important step !) out of the pan and discard.
  4. sprinkle flour over the beef and stir until well mixed. stir int he tomatoes and stock. raise the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. simmer hard over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  5. while the beef simmers, add the macaroni and 1 tsp salt to the boiling water. cook a minute less than the label directs and drain well.
  6. stir into beef. stir in half of the cheese. if the mixture is too thick and stiff, stir in more stock to loosen it up.
  7. divide among serving bowls and top with parsley and remaining cheese. serve immediately.

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