Leftover Makeover: Spinach & Mushroom Ravioli Alfredo & Pasta Fagioli

Leftovers from previous nights dinner of Ravioli & Meat Sauce… turned into Ravioli in a mushroom spinach cream sauce and pasta fagioli, a copycat recipe from the Olive Garden.

Ravioli I added a cream base, sauteed mushrooms, celery and spinach. I added salt, pepper and sweet basil.

Pasta Fagioli I sauteed celery, onion and carrots, added spaghetti sauce, thinned it out with 3 cups of water, added 2 tbs of white vinegar, a home canned jar of navy beans and red kidney beans, and 3 cups of cooked macaroni pasta.

 

leftover makeover ravioli

 

leftover makeover pasta fagioli

 

Quick Video:

Mac & Cheese, Please!

THANK YOU to one of my dear friends, TheGreenMachine over on YouTube for helping me get this recipe up and posted! He did the recipe typing for me. hahaha live safer. I think he shall be HIRED.

 

mac and cheese in dutch

 

Mac & Cheese, Please
Serves 12
The creamiest, easiest mac and cheese you will ever make. This recipe serves as a base. Feel free to tweak it and change it up as you so desire!
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545 calories
49 g
77 g
28 g
24 g
17 g
201 g
652 g
7 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
201g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 545
Calories from Fat 246
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 28g
43%
Saturated Fat 17g
85%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 77mg
26%
Sodium 652mg
27%
Total Carbohydrates 49g
16%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 7g
Protein 24g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
57%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 5 Tbs butter for the sauce
  2. 5 Tbs flour
  3. 4 cups milk
  4. 3 cups grated cheese (see notes)
  5. 1 box (1 lb or 1 quart) elbow macaroni
Topping Ingredients
  1. 2 cups bread crumbs
  2. 1/2 - 1 stick butter
  3. herbs and Parmesan cheese to taste
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter on the stove. Add the flour and whisk for 30-60 seconds. Slowly whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil then immediately down to a simmer. Add 1 cup of water if it's too thick. Add the grated cheese and whisk until creamy (tends to clump more if you don't grate your own fresh).
  2. Pour over cooked, drained macaroni (just follow the directions on the box). Mix with a spoon, then put it all in a 9x14 casserole dish or whatever fits. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Directions for crumb topping
  1. Melt the butter in a pot, mix in the herbs and parm, then mix in the bread crumbs
Notes
  1. Just cheddar is good, but so is substituting a cup of colby jack or pepperjack. Play around with it.
Adapted from Naida Robinson
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calories
545
fat
28g
protein
24g
carbs
49g
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Adapted from Naida Robinson
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The Kneady Homesteader’s Homemade Marinara Sauce

The Kneady Homesteader's Homemade Marinara Sauce
Serves 25
The perfect marinara sauce!
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
18 calories
3 g
0 g
1 g
1 g
0 g
50 g
162 g
2 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
50g
Servings
25
Amount Per Serving
Calories 18
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 162mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
8%
Calcium
3%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. #10 can of crushed tomatoes
  2. 1 tbs olive oil
  3. 1 tsp of black pepper
  4. 1 tsp thyme
  5. 1 tsp rosemary
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  8. 1 tbs + 1 tsp sweet basil
  9. 1 tbs + 1 tsp parsley
  10. 1 tbs granulated garlic
  11. 1 tbs granulated onion
  12. 1 tbs oregano
  13. 1 tbs sugar
Instructions
  1. Add crushed tomatoes to large pot or saucepan.
  2. Add spices.
  3. Heat on medium heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to low and cover with lid, simmering at least 20 minutes.
  5. The longer you simmer the sauce, the better it tastes!
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calories
18
fat
1g
protein
1g
carbs
3g
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To watch how I make this sauce, check out my YouTube video down below:

Easy Pasta Salad

This is a SIMPLE, EASY, and FAST recipe!  Perfect for those nights you need a QUICK side dish!

Ingredients:

* 1 lb pasta

* 1 bottle of your FAVORITE Zesty Italian salad dressing

* 1 small sweet onion, copped

* 1 green bell pepper, diced

* 2 freshly diced tomatoes

* 1 can of black olives, optional*

* 1 tbs dried sweet basil

* 1 tbs dried parsley

* 1 tbs dried oregano

* 1 tbs fresh or dried chopped chives

* 2 cups Parmesan Cheese

 

Boil noodles according to package. Drain. Rinse with COLD water, for a few minutes until the pasta is cool to touch. Add to a large stainless mixing bowl.

Add 1 bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing. Mix.

Add your chopped veggies, and parmesan cheese.

Mix well.

Chill in fridge until ready to serve.  ENJOY! 😀