Potato Broccoli Soup (quick recipe)

Potato broccoli soup is a classic cold-weather soup that has a creamy texture from the potatoes without tons of added cream!

We love a great broccoli soup and of course, a creamy potato soup is the ultimate comfort food. Together broccoli and potatoes make an amazing meal.

bowls of Potato Broccoli Soup with a spoon inside

Why We Love this Soup

  • It uses simple ingredients that I usually have on hand.
  • Most are inexpensive pantry ingredients meaning it’s a great way to feed a crowd on a budget.
  • Potatoes add to the creamy texture without adding a lot of extra fat.
  • This is a meatless main but great with added leftovers like shrimp or chicken.
  • It keeps for about 5 days in the fridge and reheats well for lunches.

Top it with homemade croutons or serve with garlic bread for dipping. Yes, please!

ingredients to make Potato Broccoli Soup

Ingredients and Variations

BROCCOLI Broccoli (and onions & celery) are cooked in a chicken broth base. If time is short, frozen broccoli works just as well!

POTATOES We love russet or baking potatoes in this recipe because they’re nice and starchy. Be sure to peel them first. Waxy thin skinned potatoes (like Yukon gold) will work and you can skip peeling.

CREAM Since the potatoes are blended, you only need a little bit of cream to make this rich soup! Non-dairy creams/milks work well too.

top view of ingredients in the pot to make Potato Broccoli Soup before adding broccoli and blending

How to Make Potato Broccoli Soup

  1. Sauté onion & celery in butter, add potatoes & broth. Cover & simmer, add broccoli, cover & cook again.
  2. Remove 1 cup of broccoli & potatoes; set aside.

process of blending potato and broccoli together in the pot

  1. Using an immersion blender, blend remaining soup in the pot until smooth.
  2. Return everything to pot, stir in both cheeses until melted.

adding final ingredients to pot to make Potato Broccoli Soup

PRO TIP: If an immersion blender (hand blender) is unavailable, pour the soup into a countertop blender instead. Be sure you don’t seal the lid and allow the steam to escape.

Crock Pot:

  1. Sauté onion & celery in butter in a pan until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add all ingredients to Crock Pot, stir, & cover. Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5 or until potatoes are tender.
  3. Stir in cheeses & cover. Cook another 30 minutes or until cheeses are melted & soup is creamy.
  4. Garnish with extra cheese before serving.

Instant Pot:

  1. Set instant pot to sauté, cook onion & celery in butter until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except cheeses, cover, & set on high for 6 minutes. Allow a natural release of steam.
  3. Stir in both the cheeses until melted & the soup is creamy.
  4. Garnish with extra cheese before serving.

Leftovers

  • Keep soup in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 5 days or freeze soup in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside.
  • Lay them flat in the freezer and when they are frozen, store them upright to save freezer space.
  • Potato broccoli soup will keep in the freezer up to 6 months.

pot full of Potato Broccoli Soup with a laddle taking a scoop

More Creamy Soups

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Potato Broccoli Soup

This filling & flavorful Potato Broccoli Soup is the perfect meatless meal for lunch or dinner!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 306
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 rib celery diced
  • 16 ounces baking potatoes peeled and diced, about 2 medium potatoes
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese fresh

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion & celery. Cook until softened, 3-4 minutes.
  • Add potatoes and chicken broth. Cover and simmer 8 minutes.
  • Add broccoli and cook until softened, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Remove 1 cup of broccoli and potatoes and slightly chop. Set aside.
  • Using a hand blender, blend remaining soup in the pot until smooth. Simmer 1 minute. Stir in reserved broccoli, potatoes, and cheeses.
  • Garnish with additional cheese if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25cup | Calories: 306 | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 916mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1114IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 183mg | Iron: 2mg
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pot of Potato Broccoli Soup with a title
Potato Broccoli Soup in a bowl with a spoon and title
Potato Broccoli Soup in the pot and plated with a title

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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese – Ready in 10 Minutes!

If you have an air fryer, grilled cheese sandwiches are the perfect easy lunch!! Crisp on the outside with melty cheese inside.

I love all of the awesome things I can cook in my air fryer from chicken breasts to Brussels sprouts. This air fryer grilled cheese tops the list for me for sure.

plated Air Fryer Grilled Cheese with pickle slices on top

Why I Love It So Much

Making a grilled cheese sandwich isn’t difficult but it’s even easier in the air fryer.

  • It’s easy to make 4 sandwiches at once (I have a Cosori XL 5.8qt).
  • They brown perfectly on both sides (and are not greasy).
  • I find them to be the perfect amount of crisp with melty cheese.
  • Super easy cleanup with just a wipe to the basket.

Make the classic pairing of grilled cheese and our delicious homemade fresh tomato soup, and a side of colorful fruit kabobs.

Ingredients

BREAD Any bread will do from sandwich bread to leftover French bread. Use what you have on hand.

BUTTER Lightly butter the bread with real butter. I love to add a tiny pinch of garlic powder to the outside of the bread but it’s optional.

CHEESE Sharp cheddar has great flavor but don’t stop there, add whatever is in your fridge. Brie, cream cheese, pepper jack, anything goes!

I often add a couple of slices of thick real cheddar and a single slice of processed cheese for great texture.

two grilled cheese sandwiches in an air fryer basket

How to Make a Grilled Cheese in the Air Fryer

  1. Butter each slice of bread. Place the bread butter side down in the air fryer basket.
  2. Add cheese to each piece of bread and top with another piece of buttered bread (butter side out). Sprinkle with garlic powder if desired.
  3. Cook 4 to 6 minutes, or until the sandwiches are crisp & golden brown.

Leftovers

  • Keep the leftover sandwiches in a covered container in the refrigerator for about 2 days. The best way to reheat grilled cheese sandwiches is to re-toast them in the air fryer for a couple of minutes.
  • Cube leftover sandwiches, toast in the oven, and make them into cheesy croutons for tomato soup!

Grilled Cheese Variations

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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese

Cheesy and golden brown, these air fryer grilled cheese sandwiches are so easy to make for lunch, dinner, or a snack!
Course Air Fryer, Dinner, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Calories 481
Author Holly Nilsson

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder optional

Instructions

  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  • Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place cheese in the middle, keeping the butter on the outside of the bread.
  • Sprinkle the bread with garlic powder if using and place in the air fryer.
  • Cook 4-6 minutes or until golden on the outside and melted inside.

Notes

Air fryers can vary, you may need to cook your sandwiches a minute more or less.

Swap out the cheddar for any cheese you have on hand.

Add in your favorites. Bacon, tomato slices, jalapenos, the possibilities are endless.

Nutrition

Calories: 481 | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 743mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 919IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 490mg | Iron: 2mg
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Air Fryer Grilled Cheese cooked with a title
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese with a title
Air Fryer Grilled Cheese in the air fryer and plated with a title

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Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

Chicken Lasagna Roll-ups are a cozy weeknight meal. Tender chicken, broccoli and cheese are rolled in lasagna noodles and baked in a homemade cream sauce.

A complete meal in one dish, this is a family favorite!

plated Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

What are Lasagna Roll-Ups?

We love new takes on a classic lasagna!

A lasagna roll up is made by rolling all of the traditional lasagna ingredients in pasta instead of layering them in a pan.

In this case, we’ve taken the ingredients in our favorite chicken lasagna and created rolls filled with chicken and veggies.

Ingredients

CHEESE Our recipe lightens it up by using a cottage cheese mixture but ricotta works if you’d prefer.

VEGGIES Chicken and Broccoli is the classic comfort food combination but any steamed veggie from carrots to asparagus will work.

SAUCE This recipe uses a creamy homemade sauce. It’s rich and delicious while still being a bit lighter than a traditional alfredo sauce. While I prefer the flavor of the homemade sauce, to make prep quicker, you can substitute a jar or two of alfredo sauce.

process of rolling Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

How to Make Chicken Lasagna Roll-Ups

Chicken lasagna roll-ups have a few steps involved, but the result is so luscious it’s worth the extra effort of making rollups!

  1. Cook noodles, set aside. Combine cheese mixture, set aside.
  2. Make the cream sauce per recipe below and spread some in the bottom of a casserole dish.
  3. Lay out noodles & spread each one with cheese, broccoli, & chicken. Roll up each filled noodle & lay, seam side down in a dish.

Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups after rolling process

  1. Top the rolls with remaining sauce, cover & bake.
  2. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese and bake until bubbly.

What to Serve with Lasagna Roll-Ups

Serve with our tasty homemade garlic bread, a bright and tangy Caprese salad, a side of grilled lemon parmesan asparagus, and a delicious easy cheesecake for dessert!

top view of a slice of Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

Leftovers

  • Keep creamy chicken roll-ups in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat the entire casserole in the oven or individual portions in the microwave. Add extra cheese and place the roll-ups under the broiler until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
  • Cooked and cooled lasagna roll-ups can be frozen up to 2 months. Thaw and reheat using one of the methods above.

More Cozy Chicken Recipes

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Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

Chicken and broccoli are the perfect combination in this creamy pasta dish!
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cooling time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 931
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 12 lasagna noodles cooked and cooled
  • 4 cups cooked chicken
  • 3 cups broccoli cooked and cooled
  • 2 ½ cups mozzarella shredded

Cheese Mixture

  • 2 cups cottage cheese or ricotta
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • ¼ cup parmesan shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley chopped

Sauce

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella shredded
  • ¼ cup Parmesan shredded
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano chopped

Instructions

  • Combine cheese mixture ingredients and set aside.

Sauce

  • In a medium saucepan, cook onion and garlic in butter until tender, about 3 minutes. Add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add broth and milk a bit at a time whisking after each addition. It will be thick at first but will thin out. Once all of the liquid has been added, stir in cream cheese until melted. Simmer 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat and stir in mozzarella cheese, Parmesan, dried basil, and oregano.

Assembly

  • Place 1 cup of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  • Lay out noodles. Divide cheese mixture, broccoli, and chicken over noodles. Top each with 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese.
  • Roll noodles and place seam down in the pan. Top with the remaining sauce.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool 15 minutes before serving.

Notes

Cottage cheese can be substituted with ricotta if you’d prefer.

Any steamed veggie from carrots to asparagus can be added with or instead of broccoli.

We prefer the flavor of the homemade sauce, to make prep quicker, you can substitute a jar or two of alfredo sauce.

 

Nutrition

Serving: 2roll ups | Calories: 931 | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 72g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 1456mg | Potassium: 892mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1798IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 747mg | Iron: 3mg
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Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups in a casserole dish with a title
Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups on a plate with a title

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Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli Cheddar Soup is quick and extra cheesy with an amazing creamy broth and tons of flavor.

If you like Panera’s broccoli cheese soup, you’ll LOVE this homemade version. It comes together in about 30 minutes making it the perfect weeknight meal alongside some bread or dinner rolls.

a pot of creamy broccoli cheddar soup

Ingredients

BROCCOLI I use fresh broccoli but since it’s cooked down, frozen works too (no need to thaw first). Once cooked, you’ll want to reserve a bit of the broccoli and chop it to add some texture to the soup.

CHEESE  This soup has 3 kinds of cheese, cream cheese for a creamy consistency and cheddar and parm for a punch of flavor. For the best flavor, be sure to use sharp cheddar.

BASE This base of this soup is made with broth and just a bit of cream. The broccoli is blended with the broth to add some body to the soup and it’s thickened with a tiny bit of cornstarch.

ingredients to make Broccoli Cheddar Soup

 

How to Make Broccoli Cheddar Soup

The best homemade broccoli cheese soup needs just a few fresh ingredients!

  1. Cook onion and garlic. Add broccoli, broth and seasonings (per recipe below) and simmer until tender.

pouring broth into pan to make Broccoli Cheddar Soup

  1. Remove a bit of the broccoli and chop it, blend the rest of the soup.
  2. Stir in cream and cream cheese and simmer a few minutes. Mix in the cheeses and the chopped broccoli. Enjoy!

KITCHEN TIP

Add the cream cheese while on the heat so it melts.

Shredded cheese can separate and curdle if overheated. Just like with cheese sauce or mac and cheese, remove the soup from the heat before stirring in the cheese. The heat from the soup will melt it and your soup will be smooth and creamy.

adding final ingredients to pot to make Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Variations

  • I prefer the flavor of chicken broth but vegetable broth will work too.
  • Sub out the cheese for your favorites, we love sharp cheddar.  A milder cheese or cheddar will have a less cheesy flavor.
  • Add a diced potato or even cauliflower or asparagus along with the broccoli.
  • If you don’t want to use cream, evaporated milk works well. You can use regular milk but might need a bit extra cornstarch to thicken the soup.

a bowl of creamy broccoli cheddar soup

Easy Hearty Soups

a bowl of brocoli cheddar soup with croutons

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This soup is a creamy blend of broccoli and cheese that is hearty and belly-warming!
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 331
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 cups broccoli fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cups light cream or evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • cup fresh parmesan cheese shredded

Instructions

  • In a saucepan, cook onion and garlic in butter over medium heat until tender.
  • Add broccoli, chicken broth, thyme and salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until broccoli is tender, about 6 minutes. Add cream cheese and cook 2 minutes more to soften.
  • Remove 1 cup of broccoli, coarsely chop and set aside. Using an immersion blender, blend remaining soup.
  • Combine cream and cornstarch.
  • Bring soup to a boil and whisk in cream mixture. Simmer until thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in 1 ¾ cups of the cheddar cheese, all of the parmesan cheese & reserved chopped vegetables. Garnish with additional cheese and serve immediately.

Notes

Light cream can be substituted for evaporated or milk.
Other vegetables can be added to this recipe including cauliflower, red bell pepper and/or carrots.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.25cup | Calories: 331 | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 710mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1152IU | Vitamin C: 62mg | Calcium: 473mg | Iron: 1mg
Broccoli Cheddar Soup in the pot and plated with a title
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Broccoli Cheddar Soup in the pot with a title
Broccoli Cheddar Soup in a pot with writing

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Sausage Breakfast Strata

A strata is a one-dish wonder! It’s similar to a bread pudding but with hearty (and savory) ingredients, in this case, sausage and cheddar!

This savory dish is best made ahead (or even left overnight) making it the perfect make ahead meal or even breakfast-for-dinner!

cooked Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata in a casserole dish

What Is a Strata?

A strata is a bread casserole often served for breakfast. Don’t confuse a strata with a frittata, which is basically a version of an omelet.

Stratas are primarily made with cubes or layers of bread, meat, & cheese.  An egg/milk mixture is poured over top and soaks into the bread (a bit like french toast or bread pudding).

A strata, often served as a breakfast casserole, can be made with almost anything and it’s a great way to use leftover meats, veggies, and cheese that need to be eaten.

Stratas are a favorite casserole and are usually served for breakfast or brunch (but I love them ANY time of day). It makes for a simple light dinner when it’s paired with a tossed salad.

top view of ingredients to make Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata

Ingredients

BREAD This is a great way to use up that stale or crusty bread! Sourdough, rye, focaccia, whole wheat, the list goes on. Save your bread by keeping it in the freezer and when you have enough, whip up a strata!

CHEESE I opted for cheddar cheese, but any sharp cheese will lend loads of flavor to this dish.

EGG MIXTURE Eggs, cream, and seasonings are mixed together to create the flavorful egg mixture for this dish.

MEAT I added crumbled breakfast sausage that’s been sautéed with festive red and green bell peppers, but bacon or ham would taste great too!

Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata ingredients in bowls and a frying pan

How to Make a Strata

A breakfast strata casserole is easy to layer up and serve in just a few easy steps.

  1. Cook and drain sausage (per recipe below).
  2. Whisk eggs, milk and seasonings.
  3. Toss bread cubes with the egg mixture and sausage until egg is absorbed.
  4. Place in a casserole and refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 24 hours before baking.

top view of Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata in a casserole dish before cooking

Best Breakfast Casseroles

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cooked Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata in a white casserole dish

Sausage Cheddar Breakfast Strata

Loaded with cheese, sausage, and peppers, Strata is the perfect breakfast casserole for a crowd!
Course Breakfast, Casserole
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 1005
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • ½ pound sausage crumbled
  • ½ cup red or green peppers diced
  • 6 cups bread cubes slightly dried
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided

Egg Mixture

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup light cream or half and half
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cook sausage over medium heat until no pink remains, drain the fat and return the sausage to the pan. Add the peppers and cook until partially tender. Set aside to cool.
  • Whisk the egg mixture in a bowl. Add bread, peppers, sausage, and half of the cheese. Toss to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes and toss again until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Add the mixture to a greased 2 qt baking dish. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover, top with remaining cheese and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until set in the middle.
  • Rest 10 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition

Serving: 1piece | Calories: 1005 | Carbohydrates: 122g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 1967mg | Potassium: 722mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 827IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 699mg | Iron: 10mg
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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe is one of our favorite simple pasta dishes on an Italian menu! A little pasta, some cheese, a little butter, and fresh cracked black pepper is all you need for perfection!

This dish uses just simple ingredients to achieve an incredible meal. There is a little bit of technique involved in this one to ensure you get a smooth and creamy sauce.

Cacio e Pepe on a plate with a fork

What is Cacio e Pepe?

This rustic recipe is an Italian favorite for its simple ingredients and creamy consistency. This is a dish I love to order in restaurants and while the ingredients are simple, the flavor is anything but.

In this dish, a simple sauce is made from butter, cheese and pepper with a little bit of the starchy pasta water.

While many versions use olive oil (and even sometimes a bit of cream), I opt for butter.

ingredients to make Cacio e Pepe

Simple Ingredients

PASTA – Spaghetti, capellini or any long pasta is most commonly used!

CHEESE Pecorino romano is the cheese listed in this recipe for its nutty and bright flavor. Parmesan or asiago will melt easily and evenly too. I find I get the best results if I finely shred the cheese on the small side of a cheese grater myself.

Do not use pre-shredded or store grated cheeses in this recipe, they often have additives that affect how they melt.

ingredients to make Cacio e Pepe

Serve cacio e pepe with tossed salad and some cheesy garlic breadsticks!

How to Make Cacio e Pepe

Simply wholesome and unforgettable, Cacio e Pepe makes a perfect meal!

This recipe can be a bit tricky. This recipe has simple ingredients but to be honest, can take a couple of times to get it just right (kind of like making a carbonara).

There are many different methods used for making this recipe from Serious Eats’ two pan method to the addition of cream from Cooks Illustrated. I personally find cooking the butter with starchy water and then adding the pasta and finally mixing in the cheese works best.

If the mixture is too hot, the cheese can seize up.

  1. Grate Cheese (per recipe below) finely using the smallest side of a box grater. I tried using a food processor to grate it a few times, the results were not as smooth.
  2. Boil Pasta in just enough water to cover it (you need starchy water for the sauce so don’t add too much). Cook until pasta is al dente. Reserve some of the pasta water. Do not rinse!

adding spaghetti to sauce to make Cacio e Pepe

  1. Make Sauce Work quickly, you need the pasta to be hot. While pasta drains, immediately melt butter in the sauce pan and whisk in some of the pasta water until smooth. Toss cooked pasta with the mixture.
  2. Add Cheese With the heat OFF, add cheese a bit at a time tossing with pasta until melted. Add a bit of hot pasta water if needed. Continue adding cheese and pasta water slowly a bit at a time until you get a creamy consistency.

process of adding cheese to pot to make Cacio e Pepe

Tips for a Smooth Sauce

Ensure the cheese is finely shredded by hand (don’t use pre-shredded cheese).

Prepare ALL ingredients before you begin.

Work quickly to use the heat from the pasta (and pasta water) to melt the cheese.

Heat pasta water and butter over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat and before you begin adding the cheese a very little bit at a time while stirring. If the pasta water is too hot, it can cause the cheese to seize up.

Cacio e Pepe after cooking on a plate

  • Cacio e pepe is all about the pasta, so cooking it properly is key. Do NOT overcook.
  • This recipe needs really starchy pasta water so cook in just enough water to cover the pasta.
  • The sauce clings best to unrinsed pasta. Same goes for the pasta water, some of the pasta starch remains in the water, making it a perfect thickener for cacio e pepe.
  • Prep ahead and be ready. Once the pasta is cooked, this dish comes together fast!
  • We’ve had the best results in a non-stick pan.

Perfect Pasta Dishes

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Cacio e Pepe on a plate with a fork

Cacio e Pepe

This cheesy pasta is simple perfection.
Course Dinner, Entree, Lunch, Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 477
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces spaghetti or long pasta
  • 4 ounces Pecorino Romano plus extra for garnish
  • 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper finely ground
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

  • Bring a shallow pot of salted water to a boil. You want enough water to cook the pasta but you want the water to become very starchy so don’t overfill the pot. The water should just barely cover the pasta.
  • Meanwhile, shred cheese with the fine side of a cheese grater. Add finely ground black pepper.
  • Add pasta to boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain well, reserve 1 ½ cups of pasta water (do not rinse pasta). The pasta water should be a bit starchy and a little thick.
  • Working quickly, place 3 tablespoons butter in a pan and melt over low heat. Whisk in 1/3 cup of pasta water until smooth. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the hot pasta and toss with the butter in the pan. With the heat off add cheese a couple tablespoons at a time while tossing with tongs until melted.
  • Continue adding cheese a little at a time tossing until melted and adding pasta water as needed to create a creamy sauce.
  • Garnish with additional cheese and parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Do not use pre-shredded cheeses.
  • Prepare all ingredients before you begin.
  • Shred the cheese with the fine side of a cheese grater.
  • Use just enough water to cook the pasta, you want it to be very starchy.
  • Do not rinse the pasta, you need the starch on the pasta.
  • Save some pasta water, you need the starchy water for the sauce.
  • Work quickly once the pasta has drained, you need the heat from the pasta to melt the cheese to create the sauce.
  • Only add the cheese once removed from the heat so it melts smoothly and evenly.
  • You may not need to add all of the cheese or all of the pasta water. Add just enough to get a creamy sauce.
  • The pasta will thicken as it stands/cools so don’t discard your pasta water in case you want to thin out your sauce.
  • We’ve had the best results in a non-stick pan.

Nutrition

Calories: 477 | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 293IU | Calcium: 323mg | Iron: 1mg
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Cacio e Pepe on a plate with a fork and writing
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Easy Cheesy One Pot Ground Turkey Pasta

This ground turkey pasta is a super easy cheesy meal made in just one pot! It’s so delicious, reminiscent of our favorite hamburger helper recipe but healthier and just as easy!

Add this to your dinner rotation; the entire family will love it!

top view of Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta in a pot

Why You Need This One-Pot Pasta

  • This easy recipe is a time-saver; something every home cook needs! All in one pan, no extra dishes.
  • This recipe is made from scratch but is just as easy as any boxed mix you’ve ever used.
  • It uses ingredients you most likely have on hand.
  • The sauce is so good, my family just can’t get enough and you won’t believe how fast it comes together.
  • It reheats well making it great for lunches (although we never have any left over).

Serve it with a colorful tossed salad and some homemade garlic bread!

ingredients to make Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

What’s in Ground Turkey Pasta?

MEAT Ground turkey is the meat of choice, but ground chicken would work well in this dish too. Or use ground beef and turn it into a hamburger helper style dish.

PASTA Medium pasta shapes work well in this recipe, I love the way the shells act as little cups to hold the sauce. Penne or rotini are great choices.

SEASONINGS Paprika, garlic, and black pepper add flavor. Add salt to taste.

CHEESE Two different kinds of cheese give this ground turkey pasta it’s signature savory flavor and creamy texture.

Be sure to use a bold cheese like sharp cheddar, it gives this dish a flavor boost.

noodles in sauce to make Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

Variations

Ground turkey pasta is also a great way to use up leftovers!

  • Add veggies like spinach, broccoli, or mushrooms (or anything else you think might go well with mac and cheese) for a heartier dish with extra texture and flavor.

How to Make Ground Turkey Pasta

This easy dinner comes together in no time. It’s such a quick dinner to make!

  1. Brown Meat – Brown turkey, onion, and garlic (per the recipe below). Drain any liquid.
  2. Cook Pasta with Meat – Stir in broth, milk, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Add pasta and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the pasta is tender.
  3. Thicken Sauce – Make a slurry by combining equal parts corn starch & water until smooth. Add to sauce to thicken.
  4. Add Cheese – Remove from heat and stir in cheese.

adding cheese to pasta to make Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

Tips For a Perfect Dish

  • Choose a medium pasta shape; shells, penne, bowtie, or rotini are good choices.
  • Different pasta shapes will cook for different times so check your pasta by tasting a piece. Add more time (and a bit more water/broth) if needed.
  • Thicken the sauce further with more cornstarch slurry if needed.
  • Freshly grated cheese will melt better than pre-grated, bagged cheese (bagged cheeses can be gritty). A sharp cheddar will add way more flavor.
  • Add the cheese once the pan is removed from the heat. This keeps it from overheating and separating or becoming gritty.

Leftovers

  • Cheesy ground turkey pasta tastes just as good the next day Keep it in a covered container in the refrigerator and it will keep about 3-4 days.
  • Freeze turkey pasta in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside and it will keep in the freezer for a month.

One-Pot Wonders

Did you make this Ground Turkey Pasta? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

This Ground Turkey Pasta is a cheesy one-pot meal, perfect for a weeknight meal with the family!
Course Dinner, Entree, Lunch, turkey
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 607
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth not low sodium
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ½ cups pasta shells uncooked (or elbow macaroni)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Brown ground turkey, onion, and garlic in a pan until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Stir in broth, milk, dry mustard, paprika, and black pepper. Bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook 9-12 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  • Combine cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water and whisk into the simmering sauce. Simmer 1 minute more.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese.

Notes

  • Choose pasta shapes that are hearty enough to stand up with the meat and any vegetables. Elbow macaroni, penne, bowtie, or rotini are good choices.
  • Different pasta shapes will cook for different times so check your pasta by tasting a piece. Add more time (and a bit more water/broth) if needed.
  • Thicken the sauce further with more cornstarch slurry if needed.
  • Freshly grated cheese will melt better than pre-grated, bagged cheese (bagged cheeses can be gritty). A sharp cheddar will add way more flavor.
  • Add the cheese once the pan is removed from the heat. This keeps it from overheating and separating or becoming gritty.

Nutrition

Calories: 607 | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 694IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 437mg | Iron: 2mg
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Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta in a pot with a title
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Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Spinach Artichoke Dip – Party Perfect!

Spinach Artichoke Dip is one of those snacks that absolutely everyone loves. A cream cheese base is loaded with spinach, a bit of garlic, and of course marinated artichokes. Top it all off with more cheese and bake until golden and bubbly!

This recipe can be made well ahead of time, reheats beautifully, and tastes delicious!

spinach and artichoke dish with herbs and crackerBetween this recipe and my almost famous Jalapeno Popper Dip, I’m pretty much guaranteed an invite to every party! Spinach Artichoke Dip is found on almost every menu and at every party for good reason.

Ingredients

CHEESE Cream cheese, sour cream, and a touch of mayonnaise make up the base of this recipe. Use a hand mixer to make the dip extra smooth.

SPINACH Frozen chopped spinach is defrosted and sqeezed dry. You can substitute fresh spinach for the frozen.

ARTICHOKES Marinated artichokes (instead of canned) have more flavor. Canned artichokes are packed in water with a bit of salt while marinated artichokes are in olive oil and have seasonings that flavor this dip. If you’re using canned artichokes, add a pinch of Italian Seasoning or some dried basil for flavor

MORE CHEESE I use a combination of mozzarella and gruyere. If you don’t have gruyere you can substitute it with gouda or swiss.

Fresh or Frozen

While I love the convenience of frozen spinach, you can use fresh spinach in this recipe too.  Cook 1lb of fresh, cool completely, and squeeze dry. Use as directed in the recipe.

How to Make Spinach Artichoke Dip

Like most creamy dip recipes, this spinach artichoke dip starts with a delicious cream cheese base. The first step to a perfectly scoopable spinach dip is to make the cream cheese nice and fluffy using either a hand mixer or a stand mixer. You can certainly mix it by hand but an electric mixer will make your dip softer so you don’t end up with a ‘chip-wreck’.

  1. Mix base Mix cream cheese, sour cream and a bit of mayo until fluffy.
  2. Add ins Fold in spinach, artichokes and cheeses.
  3. Bake Bake until bubbly.

To Cook in the Slow Cooker spread the dip into the bottom of a 4QT crock pot and cook on low for about 2 hours stirring after 60 minutes. Just before serving, sprinkle extra cheese on top.

unmixed spinach and artichoke dish

What to Serve With Spinach Artichoke Dip

This is a hot spinach artichoke dip and I like to it with crostini. It’s also great with crackers, chunks of sourdough bread or even tortilla chips!

If you happen to have flour tortillas on hand, they make great dippers once baked in the oven! Lightly brush them with olive oil (or melted butter) and season them with a pinch of salt and garlic powder.  Bake at 350°F 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp.

If you’re looking for a fresh crunch (or to keep this low carb), carrots, celery, mini bell peppers or cucumbers are also great dippers!

spinach and artichoke dish with cracker

To Make Ahead

This dip can be made as much as 48 hours ahead of time and refrigerated. Once baked it will keep 3-4 days in the fridge.

If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, it’s great to heat up with a bit of cream and toss with pasta or spoon over chicken and baked for a complete meal!

More Great Dip Recipes

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The Best Spinach Artichoke Dip

This is my favorite Spinach Artichoke dip recipe!! It’s easy to make and always a huge hit!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 292
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese , softened
  • cup sour cream
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided
  • ½ cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach defrosted and squeezed dry
  • 14 oz marinated artichoke hearts chopped

For Serving

  • 1 baguette optoinal
  • olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise and garlic with a hand mixer until fluffy.
  • Stir in parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, gruyere cheese, spinach, and artichokes.
  • Place into a 9×9 casserole dish (or deep dish pie plate) and top with remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is browned.
  • Slice baguette into 1/2″ slices. Lightly brush one side of each slice with olive oil. Broil the oiled side for about 2 minutes or just until lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and gently rub each slice with a clove of garlic. Serve with spinach artichoke dip.

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Notes

*Nutrition information does not include baguette

Nutrition

Calories: 292 | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 568mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 3590IU | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Calcium: 324mg | Iron: 1.5mg

 

 

Spinach Artichoke Dip with cracker and unmixed dip and text 

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Family Italian Favorites

Cauliflower Parmesan

Ingredients

½ cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg and ¼ cup water, beaten together
1 ½ cups panko Italian unseasoned bread crumbs
Kosher salt, as needed
Black pepper, as needed
1 small-medium head cauliflower, trimmed and divided into large floret clusters
½ cup of vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups Marinara Sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Place flour, eggs, and panko into three wide, shallow bowls. Season each with salt and pepper. Dip a cauliflower piece first in flour, then egg, then coat with panko. Repeat with remaining cauliflower.


Fill a large skillet with oil. Place over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, fry cauliflower in batches, turning halfway through, until golden brown. Transfer fried cauliflower pieces to a paper towel-lined plate.
Spoon the marinara sauce over the bottom of an 8-inch baking pan. Place the cauliflower evenly in the baking dish. Transfer pan to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with the shredded mozzarella and return to the oven until the cheese melts.

Lemony Chicken or Turkey Cutlet Piccata

Ingredients

4 servings

1 lb boneless skinless chicken or turkey breast cutlets
Kosher salt and black pepper
½ cup flour for dredging
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons capers rinsed and drained
Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Directions

Pat the chicken breast pieces dry and season with kosher salt and black pepper on both sides. Lightly coat the chicken on both sides with the flour (shake off any excess flour).
In a medium skillet, heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Cook the chicken on 1 side for about 2 minutes, then turn over to cook for 3 minutes. Add the butter and capers. Drizzle the lemon juice over the cutlets and let simmer for 2 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Linguini with Pesto Cream Sauce

6 servings

Ingredients

Pistachio Basil Pesto Sauce
4 cups washed basil leaves
½ cup shelled pistachio nuts
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil

Cream Sauce
1 lb linguini
1 cup pistachio basil pesto sauce
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream

Directions

For the pesto sauce
Place the pistachios, garlic, salt, and pepper in a processor bowl. Process until the nuts and garlic are chopped. Add the basil leaves and process for a minute or two. In the opening spout at the top, pour the olive oil as you process. Keep processing until the mixture is smooth.
Cook the pasta al dente according to the package directions. Drain the pasta in a colander.
In the same pot add the pesto, cream, and Parmesan cheese. Warm over low heat and then add the cooked linguine. Cook for a minute or two. Pour into a serving bowl and top with freshly ground black pepper.

Originally posted at Jovina Cooks Italian

Cod Parmigiana For Dinner

Cod Parmigiana

Ingredients

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 egg
1/2 cup panko Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
12 oz cod or another firm thick white fish fillet
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 oz fresh mozzarella sliced
Cherry Tomato Sauce, below

Directions

Place flour on a plate and add a pinch of salt and pepper. In a bowl, beat the egg with a little water. On another plate, mix bread crumbs with Parmesan.

Coat fish fillets in flour, dip in egg mixture, shake off excess, and coat with bread crumb mixture. Heat oil in a deep skillet with a cover. When the oil is hot, add the breaded fish and cook on both sides until brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Clean out the skillet and add half to the cherry tomato sauce recipe. Heat for a few minutes and return the fish to the pan.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover the pan and place the mozzarella cheese evenly on the fish. Cover the pan and heat on low until the mozzarella melts.

Cherry Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
½ cup diced onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
28 oz can Italian cherry tomatoes (Cento)
1 large sprig of basil
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon capers

Directions

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add onion, garlic, salt, and black pepper. When the onion is tender add the tomatoes, basil, and honey. Break the tomatoes up a little with a wooden spoon and cook for 15–20 minutes over medium heat. Stir in the capers.

Orzo with Diced Zucchini

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat orzo
1 teaspoon salt plus extra for seasoning
1 medium zucchini diced into ½ inch cubes
½ cup diced white onion
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

Add salt to a large saucepan of boiling water. Stir in orzo and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In the same pot heat the oil and add the garlic and onion. Cook for two minutes and add the zucchini. Stir and cook for three more minutes. Add drained orzo, turn heat to low, and let the mixture heat. Serve with the cod.

Originally posted at Jovina Cooks Italian