Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Are you looking to spice up your meal plan with something full of flavor? Chicken Enchilada pasta may be just what you were thinking of, as it is rich in flavor, filling, and delicious. The enchilada sauce gives this pasta something unexpected, while the pasta absorbs the flavor and leaves your dinner guests wanting more. Here is a recipe for chicken enchilada pasta that is quick and easy to make that will help you add to your weekly recipe routine.

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Serving Information

  • This recipe serves approximately 6 people
  • The total preparation time is about 15 minutes
  • The total time it takes to cook Chicken Enchilada Pasta is 20 minutes
  • The total time to make this meal is about 35 minutes.

What You Will Need To Make Chicken Enchilada Pasta

  • 3 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 lb. Chicken, boneless and skinless.
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (or you can use sour cream)
  • 1 box pasta, preferably penne, ziti, or rigatoni
  • 2 cups shredded Monterrey jack cheese
  • 3 medium sized green onions

How To Make Chicken Enchilada Pasta

  1. Dice the yellow onion
  2. Dice the garlic cloves
  3. Slice the green onions
  4. Add vegetable oil to a frying pan over medium heat
  5. Add onion and garlic to the frying pan
  6. Cut chicken into thin slices.
  7. Cook the chicken in the frying pan for roughly 7 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink.
  8. In a large bowl, add the can of enchilada sauce. Microwave sauce in the microwave safe bowl for 45 seconds to a minute. Once warm, remove from the microwave and add the sour cream to the sauce.
  9. Whisk the sour cream into the sauce and once it is fully mixed, set the sauce aside in the bowl.
  10. In a pot, cook the pasta according to the cooking instructions located on the back of the box. Cook until the pasta is at the desired consistency and then drain the pasta with a strainer.
  11. Add the sauce and chicken to the pasta in the large pot that you used to cook the chicken in. Add salt and pepper here, if you want more flavor.
  12. Add the green onions to the pot. Briefly mixing to scatter the green onions.
  13. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the pasta.
  14. Turn heat on medium and add a lid to the pan to heat and melt the cheese, if needed.
  15. Serve hot and enjoy!

For those looking to add more heat to your chicken enchilada pasta, you can feel free to experiment with different spices and flavors. Some people choose to cook the chicken in enchilada or taco seasoning. Other people will add chili pepper to the sauce for a little extra heat. You add what you like to make this recipe unique and to accommodate your dinner guests’ likings.

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Creamy Sausage and Tomato Pasta

As the cold weather draws nearer, many people will begin to serve more filling foods, like pasta and sauce. However, a lot people want more than just the typical spaghetti and meatballs and venture to try out other recipes featuring a variety of ingredients and therefore full of flavor! Here is a recipe for making creamy sausage and tomato pasta that is bound to leave mouths wanting more!

Creamy Sausage and Tomato Pasta

Serving Information

  • This recipe is approximately 5 servings

What You Will Need To Make Creamy Sausage and Tomato Pasta

  • 1lb Italian Sausages (I prefer sweet but it is your preference)
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 5 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cups of Half-and-Half
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil leaves
  • 1 box of penne or rigatoni pasta
  • Parmesan Cheese

How to Make Sausage and Tomato Pasta

Cook the Pasta

The first thing you will need to do is cook the pasta. To do this, get a large pot and add water. Use the instructions on the back of the pasta box to determine how much water you will need. Once the water is boiling, add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water. Then, add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook the pasta for approximately 7 – 10 minutes or until pasta is at the desired consistency. Some people prefer their pasta done al dente, where the pasta is still firm yet completely cooked, while others prefer that pasta is softer.

Making the Sauce

While the pasta is cooking, you can be making the sauce, or for those that do not multi-task well, you can make the sauce before making the pasta. Before cooking the sausages, you should cut them into small bite-sized pieces. Then, brown the sausages in a frying pan. Once cooked, remove (if any) the casings from the sausage pieces. To save time, you could remove the casing before cooking and slice into pieces after cooking. Once the sausages are browned, add in the onions. Next, add the garlic and sauté for approximately 3 minutes. Once sautéed, add in your diced tomatoes and the can of tomato sauce. Cover the pan so that everything in the pan is heated completely through. Add the Half-and-Half  into the sauce in the pan and again, use the lid to heat your sauce all the way through. If you want a thicker sauce, you will have to cook your sauce longer. For those looking for a thin, yet flavorful sauce, cook for approximately 2-3 minutes. Yet, you be the judge and cook until your sauce is at the desired consistency. Add in the basil and let the sauce simmer for 2 more minutes.

Serve & Enjoy

Add the pasta to your sauce and mix so that the sauce completely covers your pasta. Serve pasta on separate plates, adding parmesan cheese as desired. Serve and enjoy!

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5 Quick-Fix Dinners You Have to Try

Have you ever arrived at your home late in the night feeling all tired, hungry and sleepy? Having been in such situations myself, I've learnt that no matter how tired or sleepy one is, going to bed on an empty stomach can be quite a nightmare. That's where speedy cum quick-fix dinners come in. Preparing them is so easy such that, you can have a superb dinner ready in less than ten minutes! Here are 5 quick-fix dinners that you have to try:

Chicken with Rosemary Butter Sauce

Making this dish requires five main ingredients - boneless and skinless chicken, white wine, whipping cream, butter and minced rosemary. Begin by heating a large skillet over medium heat, adding butter and then the chicken. Each side ought to be cooked for five minutes. When ready, remove and transfer to a plate. Next, add wine into the pan and let it cool over medium low heat. After a minute or two, add whipping cream and wait for it to boil. Then, reduce the heat and wait for the sauce to thicken. Finish off by stirring in more butter and rosemary. The sauce can then be served with chicken.

noodle soup with shrimp

Noodles with Shrimp

The key ingredients needed for making this delicacy include a packet of ramen noodles, peeled and deveined shrimp, chopped green onion, cilantro and peanuts, trimmed snow peas, shredded napa cabbage and water. Begin by putting ramen soup mix, chopped green onion, cilantro and water in a medium sized saucepan and bringing it to boil. Then, add the snow peas and noodles and wait for them to cook for a minute before adding in the shrimp. Continue cooking for an additional two minutes. When done, transfer to a bowl and top with chopped peanuts and shredded cabbage.

Red Pepper and Parmesan Tilapia

This dish requires that you have a few tilapia fillets (one per person), crushed red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, egg substitute, salt and pepper. In one bowl, mix cheese, pepper, pepper flakes and Italian seasoning. In another, put egg substitute. Start by dipping your fillets into the egg substitute and then the cheese mixture. Using a baking pan that's been coated with cooking spray, place the fillets in and let them bake for 10-15 minutes at 425 degrees.

Bread Pork Chops

When making these chops, you'll need boneless pork loin chops, an egg, milk, crushed saltine crackers and canola oil. First, mix the milk with the egg inside a small bowl. Then, in another shallow bowl, put the cracker crumbs. Now, take the pork chop, dip it in the egg mixture before coating it with cracker crumbs. To create a thick coating, pat the crumbs. Lastly, pour your canola oil into a large skillet and cook the chops for 10 minutes (five minutes per side).

Pan-Seared Trout with Italian-Style Salsa

To make this dish, you'll need trout fillets (you may also use salmon, tuna, trout, tilapia or catfish), Italian style salsa, ground pepper, salt, olive oil and lemon slices. Start by sprinkling the fillets with salt and pepper and searing them in a non-stick skillet over medium high heat for about four minutes (2 minutes per side). When done, top the fish with some salsa and garnish it with lemon slices.

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Great Crock-Pot Meals

Great Crock-Pot

Now that it's getting colder outside, you're looking forward to a nice, warm, hearty dinner that's ready when you get home. It's the perfect time of year to break out that crock-pot or slow-cooker to make a thick, beefy chili or a chunky vegetable stew. We've got some suggestions for great crock-pot meals that'll warm you up after a long, cold fall day. 

Meatballs

This is a versatile dish because you can customize it to taste. If you like a more tangy and fresh option, you can add ingredients like citrus dressing or lemon zest; if you like them more traditional, add tomatoes and cilantro. Just add the flavorings that you like to a bag of frozen meatballs, leave it in the crock-pot, and come back in a few hours after watching a movie or running errands.

One option is to make honey garlic meatballs. Mix together a quarter cup of honey, ketchup, and brown sugar, then add a few minced garlic cloves and a tablespoon of soy sauce. Pour the mixture over a bag of frozen meatballs and leave it on the crock-pot for four hours.

Lasagna

You don't just have to bake lasagna in the oven- you can make it in the crock-pot as well. It's a great, hearty family meal for those colder fall nights. Start by cooking a pound of ground beef round until it's no longer pink. Layer the bottom of the crock-pot with tomato sauce, then add a layer of frozen ravioli. Over top of the ravioli, add some ground mozzarella cheese. On top of the cheese, add a layer of beef. Continue adding layers until you've got your lasagna. This should be ready in about 4-6 hours.

Chicken

Chicken is a great option for the crock-pot because the slow cooking time allows the chicken to really soak up the flavor and moisture. Chicken is also such a versatile base: you can make anything from barbeque chicken to cacciatore. Or you can make a simple, inexpensive chicken and rice dish. Pour a few cans of vegetable stock or cream of chicken soup into the crock-pot, add your boneless skinless chicken breasts, and it'll be done in about 7-8 hours. Then mix the chicken with some rice and you've got a family dinner that everyone will love.

Beef Stew

This is the ultimate winter comfort food. While it has more ingredients and it takes slightly longer to make, you can cook a lot at one time and freeze it for later. Add chunks of potato, cooked beef, corn, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, carrots, onions, flour, celery, and beef broth into the crock-pot. The stew should be done in about 6-7 hours.

You can also add variations to the traditional beef stew. If you're a vegetarian, substitute tofu or soy for beef. Likewise, if you're not a fan of certain vegetables, you can substitute those in and out as well. Crock-pot stew gives you a wide range of options to slow-cook the foods you love in order to retain the moisture, flavor, and texture of a great autumn meal.

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Awesome Tapas Appetizer Ideas

Spanish Tapas

Tapas are a tradition of Spanish cuisine. They're an appetizer that can be served either hot or cold, and are traditionally eaten with a glass of wine, pint of craft beer, or a nice liquor like whiskey or bourbon. Tapas are meant to encourage conversation: instead of people focusing completely on a full meal, guests can snack on small items while talking.

If you're planning a dinner party or just a friendly get-together, tapas are a perfect alternative to a fruit or cheese tray. They can use a variety of exotic ingredients, such as baby squid, or stick to more traditional items such as fried potatoes. Either way, your guests are sure to love them while they mix and mingle.

Patatas Bravas

This is a tapas staple that is famous all over the world. You'll need about an hour to prepare this one, but you can multitask while making the other tapas. Here's the recipe.

  • Fry one small chopped onion for five minutes in a pan with oil
  • Add two chopped garlic cloves, a can of chopped tomatoes, and a few pinches of sugar, salt, paprika, and chili powder
  • Let simmer for about 10 minutes
  • Cut several potatoes (depends on how many guests are coming) into small cubes, then pat dry with a roll of paper towel
  • Pour two tablespoons of olive oil on a cooking sheet, then roast the potatoes for 40-50 minutes until they look golden
  • Mix the potato cubes into the sauce and puncture with little sticks so your guests can easily retrieve a patata brava without getting their hands messy

 

Shrimp and Chorizo Tapas

This one is for the intermediate cook. It's a favorite recipe of Emil Lagasse, but we've tweaked it to make it a little easier.

  • In a skillet, saute half a pound of sliced chorizo in olive oil for eight minutes
  • Add a cup of thinly sliced onions and saute for five minutes in the skillet
  • Add a sliced clove of garlic and saute for one minute
  • Add half a pound of peeled shrimp and a pinch of salt, pepper, and paprika for seasoning, cooking for five minutes
  • Add a quarter cup olive oil, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and a tiny bit more salt and pepper
  • Stir the mixture around until your ingredients have been fully cooked
  • Serve with the juices, which you can mop up with slices of fresh bread

 

Dipping Olive Oil and Bread

This is another snacking staple which technically qualifies as a tapas. After all, it's a lovely appetizer that's simple yet tasty.

  • Mix two cups of olive oil with teaspoons of thyme, minced garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, and black pepper
  • Add half a teaspoon of salt and lemon juice
  • Add two tablespoons of grated cheese (Parmesan usually works well)
  • Mix together to create a tasty, tangy dipping sauce for fresh bread

If you're inviting many guests, you can always double the recipes; for more intimate parties, halve the recipes. Enjoy your tapas snacking!

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