Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pasta with Cream Sauce

I'm not a huge pasta person, but when I saw this recipe I just had to try it because it looked so light. I'm glad I did because this is delicious! The original recipe which came from Taste of Home is just for the pasta, but I added some baked chicken and made a meal out of it. Yum, yum!


Pasta with Cream Sauce

1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta

1 small red onion, chopped

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 garlic cloves, minced (I only used 3 because 4 seemed like a lot.)

3/4 cup chicken broth

1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh basil

1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano

1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Cook pasta according to pasta directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.

Stir in the broth, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil; cook for 8 minutes or until reduced by about half.
Stir in cream. Cook, uncovered, 8-10 minutes longer or until the sauce is reduced to 1-1/4 cups. Drain pasta; toss with sauce.

Again, the recipe was just for the pasta, but I seasoned some chicken, baked it, and put it on top. I HIGHLY recommend putting chicken with it...it was SO GOOD like this! Talk about an easy, all in one meal! Enjoy! :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Oreo Balls!!

Many of you may have had these before, but for those who haven't, YOU ARE MISSING OUT!! A few years ago at Bunco, my friend Melissa brought these and I was instantly in LOVE! They are insanely easy to make and will literally fly off the plate. If you need to take a dessert or a snack somewhere, take these...they are always a big hit!


Oreo Balls

1 package Oreo Cookies

1 block cream cheese, softened

1 package Chocolate Almond Bark or Bakers Chocolate Baking Squares

***I halved the recipe this time around, so that is why everything looks smaller. :)

Place Oreo Cookies in a baggie and smash until it is the consistency of dirt.

Mix softened cream cheese into smashed cookies.
This is what it will look like when the cream cheese is mixed in:

Form into balls. (I like to put mine on wax paper.)

Melt chocolate according to package directions in microwave.

Cover balls in chocolate.

Place in refrigerater.


A view of the inside...

Yes, these are as good as they look...better probably! Enjoy! :)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Pork Tenderloin

OK, so this isn't really a recipe that I am posting today. It is really a "have you tried this?" kind of post. I have had pork tenderloin many times when I go home and never realized how EASY it is to make. All it takes is a simple little packet and bag and dinner is DONE! Easy to make, easy clean-up, easy leftovers the next day...do you hear the key word here...EASY!! Besides being super easy, it is delicious and tastes like you put a lot of effort into it. Definitely give this one a try. You'll be glad you did!


Pork Tenderloin

Pork Center Cut Loin Filet by Hormel

McCormick Bag and Season Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin packet

All of these directions are on the packet, but I'll put them here just to prove how easy it is! Preheat oven to 350.

The plastic bag comes in the packet...just take it out, put it in a pan and place the pork tenderloin inside.
Sprinkle the seasoning mix evenly over the tenderloin and turn to coat. Close bag with the nylon tie that comes in the packet and cut 4 small holes in the top of the bag.

OK, the directions on the packet say to bake in the lower half of your oven for 25 -30 minutes. However, I followed the directions on the tenderloin and it told me to bake it for 45 minutes. Go with what your tenderloin directions say because it will depend on how big of tenderloin you buy.

Let it stand for 5 minutes before slicing.

Doesn't this look good??? I'm not a huge fan of pork, so for me to even like this is a big thing! It is so tender and juicy...YUM! Enjoy! :)