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Penne Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

pennepasta1I’ve been crazy exhausted this week. The little hummingbird has started to climb into bed with me in the middle of the night and while I don’t mind it, my little girl is a violent sleeper so I keep waking up with a smack to my face or a foot kicking me in the chest. What does that have to do with this recipe?

Absofuckinglutely nothing but it is easy to put together for a yummy and quick meal, especially when you’re sleep deprived and feel like a zombie.



2 cups (8 oz.) dry penne pasta

8 sun-dried tomatoes (packed in oil), chopped (about 1/3 cup)

1 can (12 fl. oz.) evaporated milk

2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded Italian-style four-cheese blend

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and drizzle with olive oil. Set aside.

Combine evaporated milk, cheese, basil, garlic powder, and pepper in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat and add chopped sun dried tomatoes. Give it a stir.

Add pasta to cheese sauce; stir until combined. Voila! Pick up a fork and dig in.

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Simple (Stovetop) Macaroni and Cheese

This is a recipe I found on Pinterest and it actually came out pretty good. I’m a Kraft mac n’ cheese snob but I scarfed this down. My first words when tasting it was “fuck yeah, that’s what I’m talking about”. Maybe I was saying that to the wine I was drinking? Hmmm.

You will probably need to add additional milk to the macaroni before serving. With the seasoning, it’s really all about your taste buds. You can add any seasoning you like.  I also used rotini pasta since that seems to interest the little hummingbird more than regular elbow macaroni.

You can link up a recipe you have below. Please link up. If you don’t link up, I might cower in a corner, watch Terms Of Endearment, and eat a pint of Ben and Jerry’s while Shirley Maclaine goes out to the nurses station and yells “GIVE MY DAUGHTER THE SHOT!!”. Now I have to see that movie.

Oh yeah, here’s the recipe.


2 1/4 cups milk

2 cups dry macaroni (I used rotini)

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 tsp dry mustard

1/4 tsp smoked paprika

1 Tbsp butter or margarine

salt and pepper to taste


Combine the macaroni and milk in a medium pot. Place a lid on top and bring to a boil over medium/high heat while occasionally stirring.

As soon as it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and let simmer until the pasta is tender (12-15 minutes). Make sure to stir often to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot. Remember to cover with the lid after each time to retain moisture.

Once the pasta is soft and has absorbed most of the milk,  add butter. Season with dry mustard, smoked paprika, salt, and fresh cracked pepper.

Turn off the heat and stir in the shredded cheese. Serve immediately.



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Lemon Garlic Linguine

This is a very simple go to recipe when you don’t have much time to cook. I tried this last week and while my 3 year-old picky eater wouldn’t touch it, my husband and I loved it. I also love that I wasn’t stuck in the kitchen for too long. Enjoy!


8 oz dry linguine

1/2 cup grated parmesan

4 tsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1 lemon

4 tbsp pine nuts

10 basil leaves, chiffonaded

Salt and black pepper, to taste


First, start to boil water for linguine and cook according to directions. Next, pour olive oil and chopped up garlic into a small frying pan and let it cook over low heat, until the garlic starts to brown on edges. Immediately remove from heat and reserve.

Chiffonade the basil leaves.

Take the cheese and pine nuts and put them into a large bowl along with the garlic oil, garlic chunks and basil. Squeeze in lemon juice. Throw in the linguine and toss until well combined. Plate and add black pepper.

Is there a simple and quick recipe you like making when you need dinner on the table fast?

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Baked Spaghetti That Will Me You Say Yes….Yes!

This baked spaghetti is to. die. for. It will definitely go into our dinner rotation. My picky eater actually ate about 4 bites of it so that’s saying something. My husband and I stared at her in amazement while she chowed down.  I like my spaghetti “saucy” so I added extra spaghetti sauce to the recipe.

The baked spaghetti was all gone by the next night. This is a must try recipe. Let me know how you like it!



8 ounces uncooked spaghetti

1 pound ground beef

1 large jar spaghetti sauce (24 oz) plus 1/2 cup

1 tablespoon butter

1/3 cup chopped onions

8 ounces cream cheese (I used low-fat)

2 tablespoons milk

Fresh grated Parmesan cheese

French Fried Onions (small can)

Cook spaghetti according to directions on the package. Cook to al dente, drain and set aside.

Brown ground beef. Drain excess grease. Add spaghetti sauce to skillet and heat.

Combine onions and butter in small glass bowl. Cover and microwave 4 minutes on HIGH until soft.

Add cream cheese and milk to onions and stir well. (If cream cheese is not soft, nuke it for 20-30 seconds to make it easy to spread.)

Using a 10 x 6 dish, assemble in the following order:

Thin layer of spaghetti sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish.


Cream cheese/onion mixture

Spaghetti sauce

Parmesan Cheese (to your personal taste)

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with French Fried onion and continue baking 5 more minutes.

*Tip: Make this ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze without the French Fried onions. Don’t forget to add them 5 minutes before casserole is finished cooking.

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