Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake #RecipeReDux

Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Sometimes its hard to say goodbye. You know its time. Time to go your separate ways. You need a change. Something new. Maybe plastic? Now wait a minute. What are we talking about?
I’m talking about my hand-me-down colander.
This vital piece of equipment is found in most kitchens. Mine has sentimental value attached. It was my Mom’s. Countless piles of cooked potatoes drained in there for potato salad or mashed potatoes. Green beans picked fresh from the garden got a bath in there. Shrimp was thawed and pasta drained.
I still prefer this beat up old metal one to newer plastic ones.
This month The Recipe Redux challenged members to share a story of classic cookware – and a healthy recipe to go with it.

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One dish stands out in my mind that Mom made. Macaroni and Cheese. She always used elbow macaroni and processed cheese, you know the kind that comes in a box.
A very easy, fairly inexpensive meal. Sometimes she added hamburger. She’d cook the elbows and drain them in the colander. Mom always saved a small dish of pasta with a little butter just for me.
I still like mac and cheese and I make it several ways.
For today’s challenge I used veggie based pasta, low-fat cheddar and chicken breast. The top of the casserole gets dotted with Neufchâtel cheese and smoked paprika.
cheesy chicken pasta bake

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake


  • 2 cups uncooked pasta, I used a veggie based one
  • 1 8-ounce chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • parsley for decorating
  • sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups 2 percent milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups low-fat cheddar
  • 4 ounces Neufchâtel cheese


  1. cook pasta according to package directions
  2. brown chicken in olive oil, reduce heat, cook thoroughly
  3. add chicken and pasta to a casserole dish
  4. sauce
  5. whisk together milk, cornstarch,mustard,salt and pepper. bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly.
  6. when sauce thickens, remove from heat stir in cheddar
  7. add sauce to chicken pasta mixture, stir
  8. dot with Neufchâtel, sprinkle with paprika and parsley
  9. bake at 350 for about 20 minutes until cheese melts and casserole is thoroughly heated
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Cheeseburger Wrap #WeekdaySupper

cheeseburger wrap
April’s theme for Sunday Supper Movement is stuff, roll and wrap. We also offer 30 minute or less ideas for each Weekday Supper recipe.
I have the pleasure of submitting a second post for a Weekday Supper. Funny thing is that this wrap was my first choice and I passed on it for the Turkey Rachel.
So its back, submitted for your approval. A cheeseburger wrap is more of a flavor combination than a recipe. Try these combos or add your favorites inside!
I decided to use lean ground turkey for the meat. Regular ground beef can be greasy or too juicy and gum up a good wrap. The turkey worked out perfectly. Not too dry nor soggy.
I like shredded cheddar sprinkled on but sliced cheese works as well.
Sometimes we go the traditional cheeseburger wrap route. Ground beef, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and ketchup and mustard.
Today I used ground turkey and cheddar combo and added arugula, tomatoes and honey mustard dressing. Oh yes and lots of bread and butter pickles!
cheeseburger wrap ingredients
We devoured our wraps in no time!

Stop by these Sunday Supper Contributor’s blogs for more great, quick Weeknight Supper ideas!


Monday - Cheeseburger Wraps by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings


Tuesday - Spicy Black Bean Wraps by The Dinner-Mom


Wednesday - Skinny Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry by Momma’s Meals


Thursday - Gluten Free Chicken Salsa Bowl by Gluten Free Crumbley


Friday - Honey-Mustard Chicken and Arugula Wraps by girlichef


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Mixed Greens with Hot Bacon Dressing #SundaySupper

greens with hot bacon dressing

Mixed Greens with Hot Bacon Dressing used to be dandelions with hot bacon dressing when I was growing up. At the crack of dawn on Easter morning I’d be out in the yard picking dandelions before the flowers opened for the day. Tender baby greens, not too bitter. closed buds were okay too.
It was safe back then to eat things out of your yard. Dandelions, violets, purslane, raspberries, wild strawberries and so on. The point is that we didn’t use chemicals to kill weeds. Yes, some people in the neighborhood did. That was fine then, we weren’t in the habit of foraging the neighbors’ yards. Especially not on Easter unless I was invited to an egg hunt!
Today you can buy dandelion at some stores and farmers markets. There is just something about buying dandelion that I can’t quite get use to doing. Lucky for me, we like arugula or mixed baby greens just as well.
Hot bacon dressing is a PA Dutch thing as far as I know. My ancestors on my Mom’s side spoke PA Dutch and really loved their Wos-Wit homemade or store bought.
This hot bacon dressing is very rich. Its sweet and sour bite gets an extra kick from salty bacon. A little goes a long way. Its okay to indulge once a year, right? ;) If you have any guilt, just send me your leftovers!

As a side note this dressing can be made without bacon by using all butter instead of bacon fat.

Bunny please don’t eat the salad its for Sunday Supper!
bacon dressing and bunny

greens with hot bacon dressing

Mixed Greens with Hot Bacon Dressing


  • 1/2 cup bacon grease
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 cups of mixed greens washed and drained
  • 6 thick slices of bacon cut into pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar or to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fry bacon in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove bacon pieces, set aside.
  2. Reduce heat to low. Add butter. Slowly heat to warm.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Add a little at a time, stirring constantly into the butter cream mixture. Increase heat and cook until thickened.
  4. Add cooked bacon, stir. Pour over greens and serve immediately.
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Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza Pockets #NationalGarlicDay

garlic chicken pizza pockets
Garlic rules my kitchen. No other ingredient comes close to being number two. So when Heather from invited me to join her and a group of friends to celebrate National Garlic Day by sharing recipes and an awesome giveaway, I said,”Where do I sign up?”
It turned out that I could stay in my kitchen and join in the festivities from home.
That is a good thing because that is where I keep my stash. I do use quite a bit but I still try to grow most of my own crop.
harvested garlic
Depending on the time of year, you can find this bulb growing in my garden, overwintering, drying in sun room, or resting as dry storage above the potato bin.

If you would like to learn more about the bulb itself, you can find tips on varieties, growing and storage here.

One of my favorite ways to use garlic is to roast it. If you never tried roasting a bulb, it is very easy. Just cut off the stem end down to where the cloves are peeking out. Drizzle with olive oil. Wrap tightly in foil and roast at 350 for about 30 minutes. It is done when it turns soft and golden brown. Your kitchen will smell wonderful! I wonder if there is a way to bottle that smell. Hmmm.

Sorry I was daydreaming for a minute! Anyway, when you are ready to use it, squeeze the bulb and the roasted cloves will slide out. It will keep several days refrigerated as is wrapped in the roasting foil. I made extra and enjoyed some in mashed potatoes and later with spaghetti.

Roasting garlic draws out the bulb’s sweetness. Remember since it is a bulb, it basically holds the plant’s food in the form of sugar. Same thing with onions. Caramelized onions taste so different than in their raw state. Delicious, right?

roasted garlic

These Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza Pockets combine so many of my favorite ingredients in one handy meal. This is an easy meal you can prepare ahead for weekday dinner or use as a quick meal on a busy weekend. Did I mention caramelized onions are in here too? :) Enjoy!

Start with sauteed chicken and onions.
garlic chicken
Add the cheese and close.
garlic chicken filling
garlic chicken pocket bake
Bake to golden brown.
garlic chicken pizza pocket

Roasted Garlic Chicken Pizza Pockets #NationalGarlicDay


  • 1'2 pound chicken breast cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 bulb roasted garlic (entire bulb not just a few cloves)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella or pizza blend cheese
  • 1/2 small pizza dough round, purchased or homemade
  • sauce for dipping
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed plum tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Add butter, oil, chicken and onions in a large skillet. Saute 2 minutes then squeeze in roasted garlic and rosemary. Cook until chicken is done and onions caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  2. Cut dough into 4 pieces about 2x4-inches each. Roll out into a rectangle like a Stromboli.
  3. Divide chicken mixture between dough pieces. sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Fold over edges and seal. Add s few slits on top to let out steam.
  5. Brush tops with leftover buttery pan drippings. Too good to waste!
  6. Spray a pizza pan or sheet pan lightly with cooking spray. Bake at 450 for about 15 minutes until tops are brown and cheese is melted.
  7. While pizza cooks make sauce. Add sauce all ingredients to a medium-sized sauce pan and cook over medium heat, whisking frequently until tomatoes are broken down, vegetables are cooked and sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.
  8. Or serve with your favorite pizza sauce.
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Here are 14 more great ways to enjoy my favorite edible bulb from these garlic loving bloggers!


In honor of National Garlic Day and our love of the stinking rose, we are giving away a Garlic Lovers Prize Pack (valued at over $100) that includes:

  1. The Garlic Farmers’ Cookbook
  2. One-year membership to the Garlic Seed Foundation
  3. 5 Garlic Button Covers
  4. OXO Good Grips Garlic Press
  5. The Ultimate Garlic Peeler
  6. Tumbleweed Pottery Garlic Clove Canister Keeper with Vented Lid
  7. Terra Cotta Garlic Roaster
  8. 2 Bulbs of Whole Black Garlic

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post (mandatory) answering this question: What is your favorite GARLICKY dish (or one that you’d love to try)?

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This giveaway is open to residents of the Continental USA. Entries will be accepted through 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, April 24, 2014. All entries will be verified. A winner will be chosen from qualifying entries via random draw, and notified via email within 48 hours of the close of this contest. The winner will have 24 hours from the time the email is sent to respond with their complete name and mailing address (no P.O. Boxes). If no response is received within 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen.

Prizes provided by The Garlic Seed Foundation, Food Lust People Love and girlichef. Prizes may vary slightly from images shown and are subject to replacement with comparable items if ones pictured are no longer available at the close of this contest. Items may be shipped separately.

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