Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta

Bacon Ranch Paata

Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta

This Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta is the perfect meal for all you busy mommas out there. This meal can be cooked and on the table in 20 minutes or less…less if you pre-cook your bacon! Not to mention that it is delicious and your family will love it. I mean seriously how could you go wrong with a recipe that has bacon and ranch as the main ingredient??!!? So if you have a busy week coming up be sure to add my Easy Bacon Ranch Pasta to the menu. =)

The only complaint I would have about making this dish is the way the bacon mysteriously disappears. I swear I could be the only one in the house and as soon as the bacon sizzles everyone magically appears… and eats my bacon! How rude! ( In my best Stephanie Tanner voice) Oh, come on! Don’t act like you didn’t binge watch fuller house the night it came out ūüėČ ¬†So¬†if your family is anything like mine, I would advise making extra bacon.

This is completely¬†irrelevant to my pasta recipe, but I have to ask, what did you think of the new episodes of Fuller house? I loved them! I thought they were fun and definitely took me back to my childhood. I thought all of the cast still looked amazing! I was, however, a little disappointed that Michelle wasn’t in any of the episodes. I kinda missed the whole thumbs up ” you go it dude” thing. Now I am wondering if there will be a season two? I would love it if they made this a regular show with new seasons every year. Wishful thinking I guess, we will see what happens next year. It seems like they had an awesome turnout. Fingers crossed ūüėČ


Deep Fried Pizza Tortellinis

pizza tortellinis


* Warning: these are very addicting.

Ingredients: 

1 – bag cheese tortellini’s

1 – Cup breadcrumbs ( I used plain)

2 – eggs

1 -Cup Mozzarella cheese

10-15 pepperonis ( diced into small pieces OR you could buy a pack of the mini pepperonis)

Directions:

* I use a deep frying pan to fry these. Make sure your oil is hot enough before you put your tortellini’s in or they will get soggy. I have never used a deep fryer for these but it could be done that way, as well.

Thaw tortellini in the fridge overnight. In a small bowl add eggs and beat. In a second bowl add breadcrumbs. Use a fork to dip the tortellini in the egg, and then into the bread crumbs. Once they are well coated in bread crumbs, carefully place them into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown. Drain them on a plate that has been lined with paper towels. Throw the paper towel away and place the tortellini into a small oven safe bowl. Top the tortellini with cheese and pepperoni and put them in the oven under the broiler. Boil until¬†cheese melts. This doesn’t take long at all so ¬†watch them carefully.¬†Take tortellini out and serve with warmed pizza sauce ( ¬†I warm mine in the microwave). Enjoy.


Pasta Carbonara

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pasta carbonara

Pasta Carbonara is one of my all time favorite dishes. Every time I go to an OIP ( a chain of Italian restaurants in my area) you better believe I am ordering I nice big plate of Pasta Carbonara with a loaf of their amazing bread! This is one of those dishes that is kind of pricey for us at almost $15 a plate but it is so worth it! Plus they give so much food that I have lunch for the next day, so really its only $7.50 a plate… or at least thats how I try to justify my favorite dish to my husband. Since I am so in LOVE with this dish (I’m talking talking will you marry me on the first date kind of love… yeah it’s pretty serious!) ¬†I have decided to recreate it at home and put my own spin on it. Now I can have Pasta Carbonara any time I want! Good for my taste buds… baaaad for my hips.

Digging in!

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Here it is! My Pasta Carbonara Recipe! =p

Ingredients: 

1 pound of bacon

1 pond box of penne pasta ( Cooked according to aldente directions + 2 ladles full of pasta water)

1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 Tsp. Black Pepper

1/4 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

1/4 C. white cooking wine ( to de-glaze the pan)

2 Cups Heavy cream

1 1/2 Parmesan cheese

2 egg yolks

1 egg

chopped parsley for garnish

 

This is where is gets tricky! This is a fairly simple dish to make it is just a lot is going on at one time, if you have help in the kitchen you are going to want it! If you do not have help in the kitchen, like me, I will show you a few tricks to getting things prepared so you have a beautiful dish.

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Directions:

Start penne noddles and bacon at the same time. More than likely the noodles will be finished before the bacon is ¬† ¬† ( this is good!). Using a deep skillet, cut bacon in to small pieces and fry on medium high heat till crispy. Drain bacon grease and set bacon on a plate that has been lined with paper towels, set aside for later. Once pasta is finished, pour 2 ladles full of the pasta water into a small bowl and set aside. ¬†Drain the pasta and let it sit in the strainer until you are ready for it. ¬†Return skillet that you cooked the bacon in to the burner set at medium high heat, pour 1/4 cup of white cookie wine in the skillet to deglaze the bottom of your pan, use a wooden spoon to scrap up all the little brown bits on the bottom of the pan… they add flavor. Add heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, pepper, and red pepper flakes to the skillet, whisk till you have a nice sauce ( it will be a little on the runny side.. that’s OK). Quickly, in another small bowl add 2 egg yolks and one egg, whisk vigorously. Next add the whisked eggs to the 2 ladles spoons of pasta water ( this will temper the eggs so you don’t end up with a sauce that has chunks of fried eggs in it). Wait until you see the first signs of the sauce in the skillet start to boil, as soon as you do quickly add the tempered eggs and whisk for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce starts to thicken a little, it is very important that you do not stop whisking in these 1-2 minutes. Once the sauce has thicken up some turn the heat down to low add the penne noodles and quickly toss them in the sauce.. it should not take long for the noodles to warm back up. Take off the heat an place all the pasta in a large bowl, you do not want it to continue cooking any longer. Plate it up right away and garnish with bacon pieces and fresh parsley.

Note- When re-heating pasta carbonara left overs the next day, I put what I want into a small skillet on medium high heat and add a little heavy cream. This will bring the sauce back to life. I also want to add that I NEVER through the bacon in with the pasta or it will become soft and chewy. It is best just to keep it on the side and add as needed per plate.

 

Ok so I promised I would give you a few tips on how to make this dish if you did not have help in the kitchen, here they are:

* Use a very small bowl and add all the spices and set aside so they are ready to go when needed

* In a medium sized bowl add heavy cream and Parmesan cheese and give a small whisk

* In another small bowl add the egg yolks and egg and whisk vigorously, set them aside so when you need them they are ready.

Hope this helped! =)
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Chili Pasta Casserole

chili pasta

This is one of my favorite recipes! Anytime I make Chili I always double the recipe so I have enough to make this amazing chili pasta casserole.

Ingredients:

2 1/2-3 Cups left over Chili

8 oz. block of Monterey Jack cheese cubed

8 oz. Monterey Jack cheese shredded

1 Tbsp. butter

1 1/2 Cups heavy whipping cream

1- 1lbs. box penne pasta

Directions:

Cook pasta according to package minus 3 minutes. Drain pasta and set aside. In a medium size sauce pot over medium heat add butter, cubed Monterey jack cheese, chili, and heavy whipping cream. Cook until cheese is melted. Next pour pasta into chili mixture and stir so sauce evenly coats all noodles. Pour chili pasta into a greased 13X9 pan, cover with foil and bake 20 minutes. Take chili pasta out add an even layer of shredded cheese and bake an additional 10 minutes.

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