Elbow Spaghetti {cooking from jars}

Elbow Spaghetti

Elbow Spaghetti

I used a jar of Ragu® spaghetti sauce to make dinner for the grandkids awhile back. It went against my standards but they like it. I was surprised to find I liked it too!  When I was at the grocery store recently I texted my daughter in law for the brand of the sauce. I’d forgotten already! I wanted to have a jar for a quick  dinner when needed.  Having a jar of sauce on hand we actually like will be golden. Continue reading

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Mexican “Chopped” Chili

Mexican Chopped Chili

Mexican Chopped Chili

I hadn’t planned a meal, and I didn’t want to go out to dinner.  I had just enough energy and interest to throw some contents of the fridge and a few from the cupboard into a skillet and call it a meal.  I’d use the small container of beef stewing meat I’d thawed several days earlier for another dish. Since that dish didn’t happen, it was going to be repurposed into a Mexican  dish ala one of our favorite shows, “Chopped”. Continue reading

Lasagna Casserole with Zucchini

Lasagna Zucchini Casserole

Lasagna Zucchini Casserole

I had a pound of ground beef to use up and my craving hit: I wanted lasagna.  I wanted a cheesy piece of lasagna Bolognese with slices of zucchini.  I didn’t want to use zucchini as the noodles, they’d be extra texture.  I was going to use Mafalda.  I like to make lasagna soup using Mafalda so making a pan of lasagna with the smaller noodles would be a fun change. Continue reading