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Baked Rigatoni

Pass the bread and pour the wine, it’s a perfect night for a warm and comforting Italian dinner. One of my favorite pastas is rigatoni, I love how the sauce fills the middle of each piece, it’s like a saucy pocket surprise. 😉 What a great change from the tired boring spaghetti dish, let’s shake it up and add some delicious FLAVORS!

2 Servings of Rigatoni Pasta

1 Pound Lean Ground Meat

3 or 4 Cups Tomato Sauce

1/2 Cup Part Skim Ricotta Cheese

1/4 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1/2 Tbs Garlic Powder

1/2 Tbs Onion Powder

1/2 Tbs Italian Seasoning

1/4 Tbs Salt

1/4 Tbs Pepper

Preheat the oven to 365°. Boil the pasta according to the box instructions. In the meantime brown the meat in a skillet with all of the seasoning. I love the smell of the seasoning as soon as it hits the hot pan, it really wakes up all those FLAVORS (it also wakes up my doggies as they stroll into the kitchen…I guess no one can resist 😉 ).

Once the pasta and meat are finished, transfer to a casserole dish. Stir in the tomato sauce and mix together. I love how the sauce attaches to the ridges of each pasta piece. Now it’s time to add in the ricotta cheese, dollop spoonfuls an inch or so apart all over the top. Adjust the amount by preference, I love a lot of that cheesy goodness! Top with mozzarella cheese and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Let cool and garnish with parmesan cheese or fresh parsley. How elegant and delicious does that look, and it was so easy! Plus if it doesn’t all get eaten…yay leftovers!!! I know, I get too excited…it’s the small things 😉

Happy Flavoring!

 

Chipotle Chicken Enchiladas

My husband goes crazy for Mexican food, so I made one of his favorites for dinner last night…chipotle chicken enchiladas. They are so cheesy (just like my hubby, maybe that’s why he likes them so much…just kidding sweety!) I’m surprised he hasn’t shown up to the dinner table wearing a sombrero (I’m totally not kidding he really would) that’s what I love about him. This one is for you hubby!

3-4 Chicken Breasts (shredded)

8 Corn Tortillas

1 Can of Enchilada Sauce

1 Tbs Chipotle in Adobe

4-5 Slices of Pickled Jalapeños

1 Cup Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

2 Green Onions

2 Tbs Onion Powder

2 Tbs Garlic Powder

1 Tbs Chili Powder

1/2 Tbs Cayenne Pepper

1 Tbs Salt

1 Tbs Pepper

Preheat the oven to 375. Season the chicken and bake on a foil lined baking sheet for about 10 minutes on each side. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165° (I love using my trustee digital thermometer, it never lets me down…just like my hubby). Shred the chicken and transfer to a large bowl. I like to shred the chicken ahead of time for recipes like this one, and store in the freezer until you are ready to use it. If you want you can substitute a shredded store bought rotisserie chicken also (talk about a time saver)!

Next, mix in 3/4 of the enchilada sauce and the cheese (save some to sprinkle on top later…yeah baby). Add a tablespoon of chipotle in adobe to the mixture. Here is where you can adjust the heat level to your liking, we like it spicy (so extra heat for my hubby and his spicy wife…muy caliente! 😉 ). Chop the green onions and jalapeños, add to the bowl and stir until well mixed. (It already smells so good, I usually give my husband a taste at this point, a little sneak peek).

Pour 1-2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce into the bottom of a casserole dish and spread around. Take the filling and roll into the corn tortillas. Place into the prepared casserole dish seam side down. Once they are all rolled up, top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. As soon as it comes out of the oven, pour the remaining enchilada source over the top. (If you do this before you bake them in the oven, it will absorb into the tortillas…trust me, not a pretty outcome).

Let cool, top with the remaining green onions and it’s ready to serve. Now throw on that sombrero hubby, it’s fiesta time my love! 🙂

Happy Flavoring!