Cheesy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Skillet

Happy Sunday, foodie friends!  I hope you’re all doing well, and enjoying a bit of nice spring weather. It’s been a very full 3 weeks since I last posted. The show I choreographed, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” was two weekends ago. It was wonderful! Every time I choreograph a musical, I’m always overwhelmed by how proud I feel, and this year was no exception!

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I am in the final stretch of the school year too! Four more weeks of preschool, and five more weeks of dance. I can’t believe how fast the year has gone. We are starting to prepare for preschool graduation, and starting our “farm” unit this week. We’re also in the midst of all of our end-of-the-year dance things; picture day was yesterday, and a ton of fun!

Everything else is good. Taking a step back from “Table for One” has been such a good thing. I’ve had so much more time to experiment in the kitchen, and come up with recipes that I love. I still plan to post as often as I can, and I’m hoping to get back into a regular routine when summer starts. But for today, I have a new recipe for you! Let me tell you why you need this recipe in your life.

1) It takes 30 minutes, from start to finish.

2) The prep is minimal. Aside from cutting up the onion and sausage, you just pour everything else into the skillet.

3) Everything cooks in the same pot. THE SAME POT!

4) It’s delicious. Like, really delicious.

Cheesy Chicken Sausage and Tortellini Skillet

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What I’m Listening to: “Budapest” by George Ezra

Ingredients (makes 3-4 servings)

-1 tbsp cooking oil

-1/2 yellow onion, diced

-Salt and pepper

-2 cloves minced garlic

-4 links of your favorite chicken sausage, sliced (I used Johnsonville 3 Cheese Italian Style!)

-15 oz tomato sauce

-3 cups frozen cheese tortellini

-1 cup chicken broth

-2 tbsp cream cheese

-1 cup Monterrey Jack shredded cheese

In a large skillet, heat the cooking oil over high heat. Add the diced onion and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the onions begin to brown. Add the garlic and stir; cook for an additional minute. Add the chicken sausage, tomato sauce, cheese tortellini, and chicken broth. Bring the skillet to a boil. Stir and cover, turning the heat down to medium low. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, until the tortellini is plump. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the cream cheese and Monterrey Jack. Stir to mix. Cover for 5 minutes; stir and serve with a green salad.

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Fettuccine with Tomato Parmesan Sauce

Happy Saturday and holy productivity!  I am winning today! Normally, I’m a lazy bum on Saturdays, but for some reason, I couldn’t sleep past nine today. So, I got up, cleaned the entire house, did three loads of laundry, and made lunch, all before 2:00! I’m hoping the whole weekend goes this way, but I’m slowly feeling myself slip into a food coma, so I’m not holding my breath.

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted a pasta recipe, and today, I’m sharing one of my favorites with you! (Although I’m pretty sure I say that about EVERY pasta recipe.) I found this recipe online several years ago, and change it up almost every time I make it. The version I’m going to share with you today is my best one. This is my go-to recipe when I have pasta-craving company, for several reasons.

1. It takes about 30 minutes from start to finish!

2. It’s easy to double the recipe for guests.

3. The prep is minimal! Aside from chopping the onions, everything else happens in the pan.

4. I love a good sauce, and I really love recipes that have a little extra sauce, so I can dip my bread in it. This sauce is flavorful and is perfect for bread-dipping.

5. Since it’s meatless, I can make this recipe for all my friends! Yay!

Have I convinced you yet? Mmmm.

Fettuccine with Tomato Parmesan Sauce

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What I’m Listening to: “Symphony” by Anna O. (She’s an Australian artist, and kinda reminds me of Lorde…check her out!)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

-1/3 of a 1 lb. box of fettuccine

-1 tbsp of olive oil

-1 tbsp of butter

-1/2 of a small white onion, diced

-5 cloves of minced garlic

-A 15 oz can of tomato sauce

-Salt and pepper, to taste

-1/3 cup of heavy cream

-1/2 cup of shredded parmesan

Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. While you wait, dice the onion and measure out your other ingredients. When the water has reached a rapid boil, add the fettuccine and cook according to the package directions. Drain, and leave in your pasta strainer or pan. (Note: If you return the pasta to the pan and still have several minutes left of prepping the sauce, add a bit of olive oil to the pan and stir to coat. This will prevent the fettuccine from sticking together.)

In a large skillet or frying pan, melt the olive oil and butter together over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for one minute. Stir, then add the garlic and saute for 6-7 minutes, stirring frequently so that the garlic doesn’t burn. Add the tomato sauce and cook for about 1 minute, until the sauce is heated through. Stir in the whipping cream and add salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 1-2 more minutes until the sauce is hot. Turn off the stove, and add the parmesan cheese. Stir until melted. Add in the pasta and toss to coat. Serve with warm bread and a small salad.

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Cooking for Beginners: Pizza Burgers

I never realized how hard my name is to say, until I started teaching preschool. Most of the kids do pretty well with it, but I have a little guy in class right now that’s…struggling. He had my name right the first week of class. Then, it was Miss Jeff for a day, followed by Mom, which is pretty typical. Now? I’m Miss Chef. It’s ADORABLE. I can’t even handle it. And…it’s just one more very important reason you should read my blog. MISS CHEF. It’s in writing.

So, it’s National Pizza and Pasta Month, and the celebrating has begun! Although, it’s pretty much always National Pizza and Pasta Month at my house, so…  It’s also my very first “cooking for beginners” post, so I’m really excited. I’m kicking off the month and the blog series with a recipe I absolutely love: Pizza Burgers! My mom used to make these all the time! Now, I know I’ve said before that different recipes were ugly, but this one truly takes the cake. Not. Pretty. (Also, not pretty when you eat them. This is NOT a first, second, or third date food!) But I digress. These are SO easy to make, even if you’re not confident in your cooking skills. There are only six ingredients. Six very affordable ingredients. Did I mention they take less than 30 minutes? Best recipe ever.

Pizza Burgers

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What I’m Listening to: the pilot episode of “Selfie” (still deciding if I like it)

Ingredients (makes 6-8 burgers)

-1/2 lb of ground Italian sausage (My mom used to make them with ground beef, or you could use ground turkey as a healthy alternative. If you go either of those routes, season generously with Seasoned Salt and garlic powder.)
-1 small can of tomato soup

-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

-1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

-1 tsp dried oregano

-3-4 English muffins, halved

Place the Italian sausage (or other ground meat) in a large non-stick skillet. If you aren’t sure if your skillet is nonstick, lightly spray the skillet with cooking spray. Turn on the stove burner to medium heat and start to break up the meat with a spatula. Once the meat is broken into small pieces, allow them to sit for 1-2 minutes until lightly browned. Turn the sausage over to brown the other side. Continue to stir and turn the meat every 1-2 minutes. It will be done when there is no pink and the meat is browned, but not burnt. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375. Place the meat in a large mixing bowl. Add the can of tomato soup (do NOT add the water like you would if you were making soup), the shredded cheeses, and the oregano. Mix well.

Place your English muffins in a toaster on a low setting. Toast lightly, then place center up on a baking sheet. Place a large spoonful of the meat mixture on each muffin, using the back of the spoon to spread it. (Recommended by Miss Chef: only make as many as you plan to eat in one sitting. They do not reheat well!) Bake the pizza burgers in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until hot. Allow to cool for 3-5 minutes, then enjoy!

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