This is a quick and super easy meal and I needed to make a quick dinner tonight so I came up with this delicious dish. I always keep a big batch of pesto in the fridge so I always have some on hand, glad I did because it came in handy tonight.
This pasta is packed with veggies and even better because it’s made with homemade cilantro pesto. I love sun dried tomatoes and I put them in most pastas that I make. I also had left over salmon so I added some and it was a delicious addition. You could also add chicken if you would like, that would be yummy also or leave just as pictured above.
I decided to make a new recipe for a BBQ this weekend and it turned out fantastic. It was a huge hit and every last bite was gobbled up. I mean who doesn’t love bacon, ranch, cheese and bacon. Oops I said bacon twice but that’s because it’s the best part, and there’s lots of it in there. This salad is creamy with a hint of spice and is quite tasty. Perfect as a side to burgers or BBQ chicken.
Pasta salad is a loved side dish at BBQ’s and they are so versatile. You can add whatever ingredients you want to this to make it more to your liking or to add more flavor. Or you can keep it simple and easy and it’ll still be a hit. I would love to hear what items you choose to add this delicious Spicy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad.
When I make spaghetti I usually use a jar of sauce and add spices and vegetables to make it tastier. But this time it was hours until dinner so I thought I’d try to make my own sauce, figured it can’t be that hard. To my surprise it wasn’t hard at all. You just need a few ingredients and a couple hours to let the sauce simmer to get more flavorful. Why not try to make your own sauce, you will know that your family is only getting wholesome ingredients and no preservatives like some jarred sauces can have.
This recipe is very popular with the kids, I mean what kid or adult doesn’t love sucking a spaghetti noodle until it reaches their mouth. This recipe will bring out the kid in you and will bring back memories of being a kid and getting so excited when mom said it was spaghetti night. It’s always fun to create family traditions so how about once a month dinner/movie night. If you have little ones that enjoy Disney movies you could enjoy this meal with Lady and the Tramp!
I hope your family enjoys this homemade recipe and hope you enjoy creating it.
This homemade marinara is better then jarred sauce. FrenchToasty.com has lots of homemade favorites.
1 teaspoon olive oil
4 garlic cloves (minced)
28oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 bay leaf
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil or parsley (or a mixture of both)
1 can black olives (sliced in half)
4 mushrooms (sliced)
1 red bell pepper (chopped)
1/2 small zucchini (chopped)
1 box spaghetti noodles
1lb ground turkey breast (93% lean or more)
6 saltine crackers (crushed)
1/4 cup Reggiano Parmigiano cheese (grated)
1/4 cup parsley (finely chopped)
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup fresh basil (chopped)
1/4 cup Reggiano Parmigiano cheese (fresh grates)
Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat, add garlic and saute for a few minutes until golden brown, watch close to not burn.
Add crushed tomatoes to pan and add the bay leaf.
Simmer on low for 2 hours. Sauce will thicken a bit. Add optional olives, mushrooms, pepper or zucchini and cook for 5 additional minutes.
In large bowl combine ground turkey, saltines, egg, parsley, garlic and cheese. Use your hands to mix all the ingredients and form small meatballs, about 1/8 cup each in size.
Heat large pan on medium heat and add 1 tsp olive oil. Cook meatballs on all sides for about 4 minutes on each side until all sides are golden brown and meatballs are cooked all the way through. Drain on paper towel if needed.
Cook pasta according to package, drain and set aside.
Serve noodles on plate and top them with marinara and meatballs. Garnish with chopped basil and freshly grated Reggiano Parmigiano.
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Serving Size 4 meatballs with sauce Calories 200.4 ~ Fat 8.1 g ~ Carbs 12.6 ~ Fiber 0.6 ~ Protein 17.3 g ~ Sugar 4.4 ~ Sodium 427.5 mg Caloric Information from recipe source SkinnyTaste