Happy Sunday! Here is what was for dinner tonight!
Scallops and Bacon with Alfredo Pasta and Peas
1 pound Scallops- dry well and season both sides with salt and pepper
1/2 pound bacon
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup frozen peas
1 container of your favorite Alfredo Sauce
one container of pasta- I used fresh Angel Hair (from the fridge section)
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
Boil water and cook pasta.
Cook your bacon off in a cast iron skillet. Drain on paper towels and tent with aluminum foil. Chop when it has cooled off a bit.
Turn down heat add your onions and garlic for about 5 minutes. Move your onions and garlic toward the edges and add in your scallops. Cook on medium high heat for 2 minutes per side. Do not overcook!!!
Take out the scallops and add in your frozen peas, butter, sauce, and cheese. Mix well. Add in your pasta. If too thick, add in a bit of pasta water. Top with bacon and scallops!
I wasn’t sure how the girls would like the scallops, but they gobbled them up!
Evening, folks! So tonight is the last night of freedom. School starts tomorrow and I will be pulled in lots of directions; mom, teacher, chauffeur, etc. It will be great, and I will be a little glad to be back in the routine of it all, but I will always mourn summer’s ending.
Tonight, I made this yummy dinner for my family. Everyone loved it! Lots of leftovers for the week. I hope you will give it a try!
Creamy Chicken and Bacon Bake
1 package of pasta- I used Rotini
About 2 cups Alfredo sauce- homemade or jarred- I used a combo of each- After I mixed everything together, I found it a little dry, so I eyeballed some extra parm and heavy cream plus a bit of pasta water.
2 chicken breasts- You could also use leftover or rotisserie here to save time.
5 strips of cooked bacon, chopped
6 slices or 2 cups shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 stick cubed butter
Boil pasta water with plenty of salt. Cook pasta a little under, about 8 minutes.
Cut up your chicken in bite sized pieces and brown in a pan. Add in sauce and chopped bacon.
Stir in cooked pasta to Alfredo mixture.
Spray casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Add everything in the casserole dish.
Add cheese, then breadcrumbs, then cubed butter on top of your pasta mixture. Bake at 350 until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Hope you are having a terrific Tuesday! Here is a quick dinner I made for myself that is both healthy and indulgent. I added some of my oven roasted chicken (3/4 chopped breast), 2 boiled eggs, and 3 slices of chopped bacon on top of a generous serving of spinach. I topped with a few croutons and a tablespoon or so of dressing.
Good evening, kids! I hope everyone had a marvelous Monday! I got home late tonight, so I needed to find something that I could throw together. I had some random things in my fridge and pantry, so I threw caution to the wind and created this masterpiece =) Pretty much anytime you can add pasta, bacon, and cheese, you should do it.
I had about half a pound of thin spaghetti, the last spoonful of a container of sun-dried tomatoes, 3 cloves minced garlic, 1/3 of a container of pine nuts, 1/2 a container of Parmesan, and 8 pieces of bacon. I also added 3 fillets of anchovies and 2 tablespoons of tomato paste.
If you don’t have a jar of anchovies in your fridge, I highly suggest you get one. If you think you don’t like anchovies, you are wrong. If you like Caesar Salad, you like anchovies. I am not suggesting you eat the anchovies whole. That would be an amateur move. I am letting you know that if you add 3 anchovies to a bit of bacon fat, olive oil, or butter, they will melt and make the base to the most delicious sauce you have ever had. So amazing. Trust me, please. Just don’t put your nose directly in the jar, ok? But if you don’t have any in your pantry, are going vegetarian on this dish, or you are allergic for some reason, you can totally leave them out. It is you meal and your life, so you can do whatever you want.
So while I was boiling the water for my pasta (add lots of salt), I made the bacon. I started cooking the pasta. I took out the bacon (cool and chop) and added the anchovies. They melted like butter and I added the garlic and 2 tablespoons of red pepper flakes (optional). I added 2 tablespoons tomato paste and stirred well. Then I added the sun-dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil, but add another drizzle if needed) and pine nuts. I cooked those for 3 minutes, then added the pasta (read time on box and follow minus 2 minutes). I added the pasta in to the mix plus a coffee cup full of starchy cooking water. I let this cook for a couple more minutes before I added the Parmesan. I mixed well then added my chopped bacon on top.
Happy Sunday! Today was a pretty lazy day. We all slept in, went to the grocery store (been a long time, so our cart was overflowing), watched TV, played, and read. I cooked this yummy dinner.
I knew I wanted to make some kind of shrimp pasta possibly with Alfredo sauce. This was not your ordinary pasta Alfredo. I hope you give it a try one night!
Spaghetti Alfredo with Shrimp, Bacon, and Veggies
1/2 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed and minced
1 head of broccoli, just the florets
1 container of mushrooms, sliced
6 sliced of bacon, cooked and chopped
1 pound of shrimp- peeled and deveined
1 container of Alfredo sauce or make your own- https://funfoodiefamily.com/2013/09/02/shrimp-and-broccoli-angel-hair-alfredo/
butter, 1/2 stick
olive oil, 1/2 cup
salt and pepper to taste
Heat a large skillet and cook your bacon. Once done, set aside and drain on a plate with paper towels to soak up oil.
Add a table spoon of butter to your bacon fat. Cook your chopped onion on med.-low heat until soft, about 5-6 minutes. Add your garlic and cook about 3 minutes more. Add your broccoli and mushrooms. Add a few more turns of olive oil. Add some salt and pepper. Cook down about 15 minutes or so. I like the broccoli to still have a bite to it and be bright green. Cook to your preference. Season to your preference. Add your Alfredo sauce and combine. Turn to low.
Meanwhile, Bring salted water to a boil and cook your pasta.
Saute your shrimp in another pan. Cook about 4 minutes and add to your sauce. Add the pasta to the sauce. Add a bit of starchy pasta water if needed. Mix to combine. Chop bacon and add on top. Perfection!!!! Teach cute little shrimp lovers how to take off the tails!