All posts tagged: pasta

Hamburger helper from scratch ( ground turkey or chicken too)

  Trying to be a little more healthy this year and not use prepackaged or processed foods? But I like and my kids want hamburger helper! Fast, easy and it taste good……but…….what’s in it? Who knows…..however you can make this recipe and for the most part be sure of your ingrediants. Great for a large meal gathering too. This made enough for two with several meals afterwards. I actually used ground venison……less fat and home grown.  1 1/2-2 pounds ground meat 2 packages of onion soup mix (I used Liptons) Elbow noodles ( I used whole wheat) about a cup and a half Velvetta cheese made into hunks 1/4-1/3 of the block ( or a hard cheese grated a bit more healthier, around a cup) 2 cups water plus some more In a large skillet type pan brown meat, drain if necessary. Add both packages of soup mix and stir in. Add 1 cup of water mix well add the other cup, stir. Bring to a boil….Reduce heat to a simmer cook, ten minutes. Add elbow …

Italian pork chops with garlic noodles

Once in awhile you just have to change things up a bit…..regular old spaghetti is great and if you live in Texas chicken spaghetti is pretty darn good too. But one night John wanted something different and he came up with this tasty dish…..here it goes. You need 1 1/2 hours for this dish.  The garlic noodles will be at the bottom.  4 pork chops they do not have to be the thick kind but those will work 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 wholes tomatoes chopped into hunks 1/2 onion chopped 6 cloves of garlic chopped fine 1/2 bell pepper chopped not fine but not in hunks either 1 can tomatoe sauce…..soup can size 1/2 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon thyme Salt to taste Pepper to taste 4 fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup cream…..optional In a large skillet, large enough to hold everything, heat up on medium to medium high heat and add olive oil, then the pork chops. You want these to brown, if they do not get cooked all the way at this time …

Veal marcella 

Good marcella wine is critical. This is an easy, simple recipe you can use for various meats and mushrooms. This is the basic recipe.  Veal steaks Marcella wine, several cups 1 large package of mushrooms, sliced 1/4 cup finely chopped onion  1/2 stick butter Olive oil a few tablespoons 1/2 package orzo pasta 1/2 teaspoon salt In a large flat pan, braising pan or skillet, heat pan, medium high heat,  add olive oil when hot place veal chops in pan. Cook fast until brown on each side it does not matter if they are done. Meanwhile heat water to cook orzo pasta. Reduce heat with veal in it;  Add onion and mushroom slices and salt. Cook a bit, add marcella wine, deglazing the pan….that means scraping the brown yummy stuff off the bottom with the liquid being added, put in butter as well. Flip veal chops one more time moving shrooms and onions off the bottom and up on the sides, after settling the veal back to the bottom of the pan move the shrooms …