Dinners Week 11: Winter is here! White Lasagna, Tortellini Soup, Kebabs, Homemade Meatballs
NOTES: This was DELICIOUS! Thanks to Amy for sharing it with me! I cooked the chicken in the crockpot starting in the morning and bought the pre-cooked noodles to save time and an additional pot. The sauce was really easy to make and it didn't take long to put this all together once the chicken was done. This made a ton of food, so it would definitely be a good one to split in half and freeze. Because of all of the components, it did make a little bit of a mess and cleanup took a little longer than it normally would, but it was totally worth it!
2 cans of (I use Swansons)
1 box/tray of DiGiorno cheese tortellini (from the dairy section)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bag fresh spinach
1 can canellini or great northern beans
Boil broth and cook tortellini in broth (about 5 min); add tomatoes, beans, and spinach. Turn to medium and keep stirring. Serve with parmesean cheese.
NOTES: It doesn't get much easier than this! This took all of 10 minutes to prepare and was super yummy. Great for a quick weeknight meal. We served this as a complete meal by itself, but you could add some crusty bread to make it more filling.
Spaghetti and Homemade Meatballs: (recipe from the Lawson family)
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 3/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
3 oz. parmesan cheese
1/4 cup milk
2 Tblsp. parsley flakes
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 tsp. garlic powder
Mix with hands and roll into balls. Brown meatballs in a little olive oil. Add to sauce and simmer. Serve over cooked spaghetti or angel hair pasta.
NOTES: These meatballs are really fast to put together and totally worth the effort to make them homemade. I used fresh parsley rather than the parsley flakes only because I had it on hand. I made the meatballs in the morning and put them in the refrigerator. They probably took a total of 10 minutes from getting all of the ingredients out to the dishes being cleaned. I browned them in the afternoon and put them in the crockpot with spaghetti sauce to simmer for about 2 hours on high. You can certainly make your favorite homemade spaghetti sauce, but I used Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce, which is a favorite of mine. Serve with a side salad or some roasted veggies. YUM!
Filet Mignon Kabobs and Roasted Veggies: (no recipe here, really, just a dinner suggestion :))
This was such an easy dinner to prepare. My dad brought over some of the filet mignon kabobs from Fresh Market along with some corn, asparagus, spinach, and grape tomatoes. We grilled the kabobs just like they were, threw together a salad, and roasted the corn and asparagus in the oven. Here is a fool proof way to roast corn from instructables.com: Oven Roasted Corn on the Cob.