Classic Baked Ziti

Warm and comforting this is an easy-to-make classic Baked Ziti recipe filled with Italian Sausage, tomato sauce, and cheese to the max! This recipe is especially indulgent with a side of Homemade Garlic Bread.

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Baked Ziti | A Classic Dinner

Love Lasagna but hate the time it takes to make it? Baked Ziti offers all of the same flavors and comforts that lasagna does but with way less effort. Meaty tomato sauce, filling pasta, and all of that melted gooey cheese! Today’s classic Baked Ziti recipe makes a large 9×13 pan which is perfect for large families or to use as leftovers! While I have my Instant Pot Baked Ziti on the blog (that is super popular), I thought I should post a more classic recipe that everyone can make. No special equipment needed!

Main Ingredients Needed

With a couple of pantry staples you can have this Baked Ziti recipe ready for dinner tonight! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ziti Pasta – this is just a specific pasta shape, penne would work perfectly well in its place.
  • Sweet Italian Sausage – I used sweet Italian Sausage here but feel free to use mild or hot!
  • Olive Oil, Onion + Garlic – these three are used with the sausage to add some subtle flavors.
  • Marinara Sauce, Tomatoes + Water – these three make up the sauce. I used storebought marinara sauce (Rao’s). It’s a little expensive but so worth it.
  • Oregano, Basil, Bay Leaves, Salt + Pepper – these herbs and seasonings help flavor the sauce.
  • Mozzarella + Part-Skim Mozzarella – I used a blend of full fat and a lower fat mozzarella in this recipe. Don’t worry, it still tastes great.
  • Parmesan – I also used parmesan for a little bit more cheesy oomph!
melting cheese into ziti

Baked Ziti Variations

Everyone has their secret tips and tricks in making Baked Ziti their own and in this house, I encourage it! Feel free to use my recipe as a base then customize to your liking. Here are a couple of options to get you started:

  • Vegetarian Baked Ziti: feel free to make this a vegetarian meal by leaving out any meat products and then supplementing with more veggies!
  • Adding Vegetables: you can absolutely use/hide vegetables in this dish. Consider wilting spinach, adding shredded zucchini, or shredded carrots to this dish! Or serve your vegetables on the side!
  • Using Different Meat: although I use a pork Italian sausage for this baked ziti recipe, you can absolutely replace it with ground beef or ground turkey.
baked ziti in baking dish before baking

How to Make Baked Ziti

For full details on how to make baked ziti can be found in the recipe card down below 🙂

Step 1: Boil the Pasta

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Cook ziti according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Step 2: Brown the Meat

In another pot or deep skillet with high sides, heat the pan over medium heat. Brown sausage, breaking apart as it cooks. Drain if desired. Replace back in the pan. To the cooked sausage, add olive oil, onion, and garlic and saute until mostly tender.

Step 3: Make the Sauce

Stir in diced tomatoes, marinara sauce, water, basil, oregano, bay leaves, salt, pepper. Stir well. Cover and simmer. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings. Remove bay leaves.

Add cooked ziti to the sauce and stir to coat. Add in fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Stir to melt slightly.

Step 4: Bake

Pour into lightly greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese, cover with lightly greased foil and bake. Top with chopped parsley (optional) and serve hot.

baked ziti topped with cheese in baking dish before baking

Storing Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti will last in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 4-5 days! Which means it’s great for leftovers and meal prep. Alternatively you can make a double batch and freeze one portion for later!

Freezing Instructions

One of the best parts about Baked Ziti is that it can be frozen to last even longer and make a super easy dinner for the future, I love when that happens!

Simply double the recipe, bake one portion, and with the other store in a freezable container before baking (those aluminum casserole dishes found at the grocery store would work great for this). Be sure to cover tightly with aluminium foil and then plastic wrap before freezing. Freeze for up to 3 months.

When ready to bake, thaw in the fridge overnight then bake as accordingly!

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Try this Baked Ziti soon, I just know you’ll love it!

The recipe card is down below, enjoy 🙂

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Classic Baked Ziti

Warm and comforting this is an easy-to-make classic Baked Ziti recipe filled with Italian Sausage, tomato sauce and cheese to the max!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword baked ziti
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 665kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ziti pasta
  • 1.25 lbs Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 25 oz marinara sauce I used Rao’s
  • 14.5 oz petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella drained and cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup part skim mozzarella shredded

Instructions

  • Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Cook ziti according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In another pot or deep skillet with high sides, heat pan over medium heat. Brown sausage, breaking apart as it cooks. Drain if desired. Replace back in the pan. To the cooked sausage, add olive oil, onion, and garlic and saute until mostly tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes, marinara sauce, water, basil, oregano, bay leaves, salt, pepper. Stir well. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Taste sauce and adjust seasonings. Remove bay leaves.
  • Add cooked ziti to sauce and stir to coat. Add in fresh mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Stir to melt slightly. Pour into lightly greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, cover with lightly greased foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Top with chopped parsley (optional) and serve hot.

Nutrition

Calories: 665kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 87mg | Sodium: 1370mg | Potassium: 817mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 785IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 356mg | Iron: 4mg

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Spinach Lasagna (no boiling needed)

This tasty Spinach Lasagna is an easy recipe and jam-packed with spinach & three kinds of cheese!

Layers and layers of pasta, sauce, cheese & spinach, this dish can be made ahead of time, freezes and reheats well and everyone loves it.

Spinach Lasagna on plates with Reynold's Wrap

I am so excited to have partnered with Reynolds Wrap® to bring you this favorite spinach lasagna!

Tips for an Easy Meal

Who doesn’t love to cook entrées that are easy, delicious, and filling? Spinach Lasagna is a family favorite, with its fragrant layers of rich flavors — and lots and lots of cheese! Below are our favorite time-saving tips!

  • Lining the pan with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil before baking makes cleanup a total breeze. (This works with any lasagna recipe)!
  • Skip boiling the noodles, and simply pour hot water over them while you prepare the sauce and the cheese mixture.
  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil is durable and sturdy and using it to line the pan means you can lift the lasagna out (without the foil tearing) for easy cutting and serving!
  • This dish can be made up to 3 days ahead of time before baking.
  • Bake spinach lasagna covered with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil for the first 45 minutes to keep it from drying out.
  • Top with cheese and bake uncovered for the last 15 minutes; this gives a nice cheesy crust on top.

This dish is a great one to bake an extra and give to a neighbor or loved one. I am excited to partner with Reynolds Wrap® this year especially after learning of their partnership with Feeding America®. They are helping provide meals to people who need them. Did you know that 1 in 9 Americans do not have access to a meal? This affects all walks of life, children and adults alike, which means many children and families need help. Reynolds Wrap® has joined Feeding America® in the fight against hunger by helping to provide 2 million meals* to families across the country. 

Visit Feeding America® here for ways that YOU can get involved, including donating, fundraising, and volunteering to name a few. Volunteers are always needed across the United States (check out the link above to find a food bank close to you) and each has a variation of needs making every volunteer experience a little different.

*$1 helps provide at least 10 meals on behalf of the Feeding America® network of food banks

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Ingredients

SAUCE We love homemade marinara sauce but a jarred sauce makes this extra quick. Replace the marinara with a meat sauce if you’d like.

SPINACH LAYER Spinach lasagna needs a great spinach layer. We add ricotta, mozzarella, and parmesan for great flavor. Frozen spinach works well in this recipe (but you can replace it with fresh if you’d prefer). Be sure to squeeze it dry so the layers set up.

PASTA Traditional lasagna noodles are our favorite (and they don’t actually require boiling, more on that below). You can also use fresh lasagna sheets found in the refrigerate area (no boiling required for those either)!

Time Saving Tip

To make lasagna without boiling the noodles first—even if they are not the oven ready kind — pour boiling water over them while you prepare the sauce and cheese mixture.

Use plenty of sauce and be sure to cover the casserole with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil so no steam escapes. Tender noodles and no boiling!

ingredients to make Spinach Lasagna

How to Make Spinach Lasagna

Spinach lasagna takes a bit of time, but it’s easy to pull together. Your family will love its cheesy goodness!

  1. Prep Sauce Simmer your favorite marinara sauce with some onions, garlic, and seasonings (per recipe below).
  2. Prep Filling Stir together spinach, ricotta, some mozzarella, and some parmesan.

Sauce in a dish with Reynold's Wrap and lasagna noodles

  1. Layer the Lasagna Line the pan with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil and layer the lasagna.
  2. Bake Cover tightly with foil and bake. Uncover, add cheese, and bake until browned.
  3. Rest 15-30 minutes to allow the lasagna to set up. Grab the edges of the foil and lift it out of the pan. Cut and serve.

Spinach Lasagna in pieces on Reynold's Wrap

 

Make it a Freezer Meal

  • Freeze a whole lasagna by prepping it in a casserole dish lined with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil, extending the foil on each side about 6 inches. Wrapping in foil will protect the spinach lasagna from freezer burn.
  • Fold over the foil and freeze the lasagna. Once frozen, remove the lasagna from the casserole dish (and wrap well in Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil). This way your casserole dish can be used for other things until you’re ready to thaw and cook the spinach lasagna.
  • To bake from frozen, place the foil-wrapped lasagna back into the same pan and bake covered 75 to 90 minutes at 350°F or until hot in the middle. Open the top of the foil, add cheese and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

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More Lasagnas We Love

Did you love this Spinach Lasagna? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Spinach Lasagna

This homemade Spinach Lasagna is cheesy & budget-friendly, it’s the perfect dish to feed a crowd!
Course Casserole, Dinner, Entree, Pasta
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Rest Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 476
Author Holly Nilsson

Equipment

  • Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil

Ingredients

  • 9 lasagna noodles
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups pasta sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach thawed
  • 15 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese shredded, divided
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese shredded, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9×13 pan with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil.
  • Place lasagna noodles in a pan and cover with boiling water for 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water and dab dry.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add onion and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add pasta sauce and Italian seasoning. Simmer 5 minutes more or until slightly thickened.
  • While sauce is simmering, squeeze spinach to remove moisture. Combine with ricotta cheese, 2 ½ cups mozzarella cheese, ¼ cup parmesan cheese, egg, and fresh parsley. Mix well.
  • Place 1 cup of sauce in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Layer with 3 lasagna noodles. Add ½ of the spinach and cheese mixture and ⅓ of the sauce.
  • Add 3 more lasagna noodles, remaining ½ of the spinach and cheese mixture, and ⅓ of the sauce. Top with the last 3 noodles and the remaining sauce.
  • Cover with Reynolds Wrap® Heavy Duty Foil to ensure it is well sealed and bake 45 minutes. Remove foil, top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until browned.
  • Cool 20 minutes before cutting.

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Nutrition

Calories: 476 | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1320mg | Potassium: 751mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 5430IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 553mg | Iron: 3mg
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Bruschetta Chicken

This delicious Bruschetta Chicken Recipe is a simple, fast and healthy dinner! Made with chicken cutlets and topped with a tomato basil topping inspired by my bruschetta. I love this recipe and know you will, too!

tomato bruschetta topping on chicken

Bruschetta Chicken | A Favorite Dinner

This Bruschetta Chicken made its way around the web when I first posted it last week for dinner. Lots of people were sharing the picture because they were THAT excited about this ever-popular recipe. Now, all you lovely readers can actually share the prettier pictures with accompanying recipe to boot!

Main Ingredients Needed

This recipe is a relatively healthy one that only requires minimal (but flavorful!) ingredients.

  • Roma Tomatoes – fresh and slightly tangy, Roma tomatoes are the perfect type for bruschetta chicken.
  • Garlic + Fresh Basil – garlic and basil to complement the tomatoes.
  • Chicken – simple cooked chicken for a bright and fresh meal.
  • Balsamic Glaze – I love to top this meal with a balsamic glaze, it perfectly rounds out the flavors in this Italian-inspired dish.

Variations

This Bruschetta Chicken recipe is a simple one, but don’t let that deter you from customizing it for a little more flavor. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Parmesan Cheese: feel free to top this dish with parmesan cheese.
  • Red Onions: these can be added to the bruschetta to add some punch.
  • Italian Seasoning: try adding this to the chicken while it cooks. More herbs equals more flavor.
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How to make Bruschetta Chicken

For full details, including increments, see the recipe card down below!

Step 1: Make the Bruschetta Topping

Dice the tomatoes and add them to a large bowl. Add in the minced garlic, fresh basil, salt and pepper. Stir to coat and then set aside.

Step 2: Brown the Chicken

Blot chicken with paper towels and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and preheat over medium heat. Cook 4-5 minutes per side until its well browned and registers at 165 degrees F.

Step 3: Drizzle with Balsamic Glaze

Once the chicken is fully cooked, top with your bruschetta topping, drizzle with balsamic glaze and enjoy!

tomato bruschetta topping on chicken

How to Serve Bruschetta Chicken

Here are some traditional items to serve with this meal:

Low Carb Options

Or if you are sticking to a low carb diet, here are some tasty alternatives:

  • zucchini noodles
  • cauliflower rice
  • asparagus

More Recipe to Try!

And that’s it! Bruschetta Chicken, a simple 30 minute meal perfect for those busy weeknights.

The printable recipe card is down below, save/print/bookmark this page 🙂

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Bruschetta Chicken

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This delicious Bruschetta Chicken Recipe is a simple, fast and healthy dinner! Made with chicken cutlets and topped with a tomato basil topping
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword bruschetta chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 4 serving
Author Lauren

Ingredients

for the bruschetta topping-

  • 4 roma tomatoes diced
  • 1 small clove garlic grated
  • 10 basil leaves chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 chicken cutlets

Instructions

  • Dice the tomatoes and add them to a large bowl. Add in the minced garlic, fresh basil, salt and pepper. Stir to coat and then set aside.
    diced tomatoes, garlic and basil in glass bowl
  • Blot chicken with paper towels and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and preheat over medium heat. Cook 4-5 minutes per side until its well browned and registers at 165 degrees F.
  • Once the chicken is fully cooked, top with your bruschetta topping, drizzle with balsamic glaze and enjoy!
    bruschetta chicken on white plate

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Potato Corn Chowder

This potato corn chowder has tender chunks of potato and corn in a thick velvety creamy broth!

This makes for a quick weeknight meal or a great lunch. Serve with a fresh salad and some bread for dipping.

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Quick & Savory Soup

  • This soup tastes like it’s been simmering on the stove for hours but it’s super fast to make.
  • It’s creamy, rich and satisfying.
  • Add chunks of salmon, garlic shrimp or even leftover ham.

ingredients to make Quick Potato Corn Chowder

Ingredients

Lots of healthy and tender vegetables make up this thick and hearty chowder!

VEGETABLES Colorful carrots, corn, and celery are simmered in a rich and creamy base. Time saving tip: frozen vegetable medley can be used in a pinch! Corn can be fresh off the cob, use frozen kernels, or even canned.

POTATOES We use baking potatoes in this recipe since they’re nice and starchy. Toss in some leftover mashed potatoes or use up extra baked potatoes in this recipe.

BASE Chicken broth mixed with cream and potatoes make the base. Use cartons of broth or homemade stock. If serving it vegetarian-style, just sub out the chicken stock for vegetable broth!

How to Make Potato Corn Chowder

Old fashioned potato corn chowder comes together so quick and easy!

  1. Sauté veggies and garlic in butter. Add potatoes.

ingredients in a pot and bowl to make Quick Potato Corn Chowder

  1. Add broth, & seasonings. Simmer until potatoes are tender.

adding ingredients to pot to make Quick Potato Corn Chowder

  1. Add corn and cream. Remove bay leaf and blend some of the potatoes in the chowder and stir.

blending Quick Potato Corn Chowder in a pot

To Thicken Creamy Soups

There are a few different ways creamy soups can be thickened.

  • Blending some of the potatoes or vegetables in the soup will naturally thicken it.
  • Make a slurry by combining equal parts corn starch and cold water.  Slowly pour into the simmering chowder a bit at a time until thickened.
  • Add a sprinkle or two of mashed potato flakes.

Slow Cooker Version:

  1. Sauté onion, celery, carrot, and garlic in melted butter for about 3 or 4 minutes until the onion and garlic are fragrant.
  2. Add the sautéed vegetables to the remaining ingredients to a crockpot and set on high for 3 hours or low for 5, stirring occasionally.

Instant Pot Version:

  1. Set Instant Pot to sauté and cook onion, celery, carrot, and garlic in melted butter for about 3 or 4 minutes until the onion and garlic are fragrant.
  2. Add potatoes, broth, cream, seasonings, and bay leaf. Cover and set on high for 12 minutes, then quick release the pressure.

top view of cooked Quick Potato Corn Chowder

What to Serve with Potato Corn Chowder

Potato soup is perfect for mix-ins! Create a DIY Potato Corn Chowder by setting out bowls of some of our favorite mix-ins and toppings:

  • Bacon bits
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

Don’t forget the sides! We recommend some homemade cornbread, with a drizzle of sweet honey or some cheesy breadsticks, and a tangy cucumber tomato salad.

Leftovers

  • Potato corn chowder tastes better the next day! Store it covered in the refrigerator and it will keep for about 4 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave.
  • To freeze, ladle cold soup in zippered bags labeled with the date and it will keep in the freezer for about 3 months. If frozen, the consistency will change a little bit.

More Potato Soups

Did your family love this quick Potato Corn Chowder? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Quick Potato Corn Chowder

This creamy soup is loaded with corn, potatoes, and seasonings, and comes together so quickly. It’s the perfect meal for a busy weekday night!
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Instant Pot, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish, Slow Cooker, Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 323
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 small carrot finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 medium baking potatoes peeled and diced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cups corn fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup light cream

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. Cook 3-4 minutes or until onion is tender.
  • Add potatoes, chicken broth, seasonings, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook covered 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  • Add corn and light cream, simmer additional 4 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
  • Using a potato masher, or hand blender slightly mash some of the potatoes to thicken the soup.

Notes

To keep prep time quick, prepare the potatoes while the veggies are cooking. Prepare the remaining ingredients while the potatoes are cooking.

Frozen vegetables can be substituted for fresh. Add them along with the corn.

If you’d like to thicken it further, combine 1 tablespoon corn starch with 1 tablespoon water and whisk into the simmering soup.

Add a sprinkle or two of mashed potato flakes can also be used to thicken this soup.

 

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 323 | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1028mg | Potassium: 911mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2877IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 2mg
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Fennel Salad (With a Bright & Tangy Dressing)

This tangy orange and fennel salad is bright and fresh with a quick zesty orange dressing!

This combo of citrusy, savory, nutty, and crunchy ingredients is an amazing side or perfect topped with salmon or grilled shrimp.

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A Fresh Side

Shaved fennel is often used as a garnish, served roasted or even on pizza! The flavor of fennel is similar to anise or black licorice and it’s both fresh and crunchy.

Fennel can be eaten cooked or raw in slaws or salads like in this recipe.

ingredients to make a Fennel Salad

Ingredients

FENNEL Fresh fennel should but cut into thin slices for this recipe.

GREENS Any greens you’d like work well, I prefer a greens mix with tender leaves for this recipe.

CITRUS Sectioned orange slices add fresh zesty flavor (grapefruit is another great addition). While it takes a little bit of time, sectioning oranges makes for a great salad and it can be done days ahead of time.

DRESSING Orange juice, rice wine vinegar, honey, garlic, and oil are used to make this citrusy, zesty dressing!

pouring dressing over Fennel Salad

Variations

  • Switch out orange segments for canned mandarin orange segments and add the juice to the dressing or use small pieces of fresh grapefruit and the grapefruit zest in the dressing.
  • Sliced black olives make for a dramatic and colorful garnish!
  • Freshly roasted and cooled beets make a colorful addition.
  • Granny smith apples and cucumber or radishes, fennel salad takes on a whole new look!
  • Try the citrus-like salad dressing as a marinade or add some soy sauce to it and use it as an Asian-style stir fry marinade!

How to Cut Fennel for Salad

If you’ve never cut fennel before, it’s easy.

  1. Cut bulb from the green stalks (which can be eaten raw or added to stir frys or soup recipes).
  2. Cut bulb in halves so it lies flat & slice thinly vertically (a mandoline works well if you have one).

 

How to Make Fennel Salad

Fennel salad looks gourmet, but it’s actually super easy to make!

  1. Add sliced fennel to the celery & mixed greens. Toss.
  2. Prepare dressing (per recipe below) in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake.
  3. Drizzle over salad & garnish with nuts & orange segments.

Fresh & Flavorful Salads

Did your family love this Fennel Salad? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

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Fennel Salad

Bright & colorful, this Fennel Salad is a healthy, flavorful dish that’s perfect as a light lunch or side dish!
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 279
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 large bulb fennel
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 orange divided
  • ¼ cup candied pecans , or walnuts, chopped

Dressing

  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake until combined. Set aside.
  • Cut the rind off of the orange and cut into segments. Thinly slice celery on the diagonal.
  • Cut off the top stems of the fennel (these can be reserved for stir fries) and remove any discolored outer leaves. If the bulb is really large, cut in half from root to stem.
  • Using a mandoline (or a very sharp knife) thinly slice the fennel bulb and place in a bowl, add celery and mixed greens. Drizzle with dressing and toss well.
  • Garnish the salad with walnuts and orange pieces.

Nutrition

Calories: 279 | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 537mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1140IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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Margherita Pizza

A perfectly crispy and chewy crust that is topped with a homemade tomato sauce, melty mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, a sprinkling of sea salt, and a drizzle of olive oil. This is the ultimate Margherita Pizza recipe! Crack out that Pizza Dough and try this delicious classic!

baked margherita pizza on cutting board

Ever since we moved out of NYC, Gordon and I have been dying to eat some amazing pizza. Since Margherita Pizza was our favorite, its the one we’ve been trying to perfect first and I’m so excited to be sharing this recipe with you today. New York knows they make pizza well and there are SO many pizzerias that have great pies. Our favorite pizzeria in the city was steps away from our last apartment and mama, was it good. So, we’ve been using our memories and tastebuds as a guide and gotten as close to the original as one can at home. I hope you come to love this recipe and become master pizza makers in the process.

But First, What is Margherita Pizza?

Margherita Pizza is not to be confused with a margarita…as in the drink. Two totally different things! The name Margherita actually comes from Italian royalty, technically Margherita of Savoy, the Queen of Italy. Word on the street is she was tired of the French food she was being served on a trip to Naples, so the most famous pizza maker of the time in Naples, was then asked to make her a pizza. And thus the Margherita Pizza was born.

There is more to the story, but that’s basically all you need to know.

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Main Ingredients Needed

Here’s everything you’ll need to make Margherita Pizza. Because this is a such a simple recipe with very few ingredients, the quality of those ingredients is what is most important.

For the Sauce

While I tried making this recipe with just the San Marzano Tomatoes, I found adding a few simple ingredients to help bring out that tomato flavor was best.

  • San Marzano Tomatoes – I chose to use San Marzano Tomatoes for their authentic quality and taste (you can read all about it here). This is the brand I used and have loved them!
  • Olive Oil – to make the sauce a little saucier and to add some silkiness.
  • Garlic – for flavor.
  • Sugar – to cut the acidity from the tomatoes.
  • Salt + Pepper – season to taste!

Toppings

A Margherita Pizza always will have fresh basil and fresh mozzarella.

  • Fresh Basil Leaves – these are placed right on top of everything else (whole or sliced)! They add a fresh quality to the dish.
  • Fresh Mozzarella Cheese – Cut into thin slices or broken into pieces to place on the pizza. BelGioioso is the brand I used and is widely available.
  • Sea Salt + Olive Oil – these are optional finishing toppings for the baked pizza. While they are optional, I’d highly recommend them!

Variations

Margherita Pizza is so so so good all on it’s own, but if you are looking to spice this recipe up, feel free to use some of these ideas:

  • Smoked Mozzarella: this is seriously some yummy stuff that elevates the whole dish.
  • Herby Pizza Dough: consider adding Italian Seasoning (a mix of herbs) to your pizza dough, that way, even the crust is packed with flavor.
  • Grill Your Pizza: have you ever tried grilling pizza before? Let me tell you it’s life-changing. Luckily for you, I have a whole how-to on grilled pizza.
diced fresh mozzarella cheese on paper towels

How to Make Margherita Pizza

For full details on how to make Margherita Pizza, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Step 1: Preheat Oven and Pizza Stone

Move the oven rack to the very bottom of the oven. Remove any extra racks from the oven. Add pizza stone to the bottom rack and preheat the oven to as hot as it will go: usually 500-525 degrees F. Once the oven is preheated, keep the stone in there for an extra 30 minutes to ensure it is hot.

Step 2: Make the Sauce

Empty a can of tomatoes into the bowl of a food processor. Add olive oil, garlic, sugar, and salt. Pulse until mostly smooth, but still has a texture with a few small chunks.

A Note About This Fresh Pizza Sauce

The recipe for the fresh sauce makes plenty of sauce…more than you’ll need for this recipe. Store extras in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to two months.

spreading margherita pizza sauce onto pizza dough

Step 3: Prep Mozzarella and Basil

Cut mozzarella into small cubes. Press between paper towels to remove any extra moisture. Set aside. Pick fresh basil leaves off stems and set aside or chop into smaller pieces.

Step 5: Form Your Pizzas

Stretch and roll pizza dough out to be 4 individual pizzas, or 2-12 inch pizzas. You want the crust to be about 1/4 inch straight across, with an optional thicker edge. It may take a few tries to get your crust perfect. Too thin and you’ll have a hard time getting the bottom crispy, especially if there is too much sauce.

Transferring that Pizza onto the Hot Stone

Use extra flour and cornmeal to keep the dough from sticking to pizza peel/cutting board/plate/whatever you’re using to transfer the pizza directly onto the hot stone. Before you start adding the pizza toppings, shake the pizza peel gently to ensure the dough moves easily back and forth. If it’s stuck, add more flour and/or cornmeal underneath so it slides easily. Here is a great pizza peel that works perfectly.

unbaked margherita pizza on plate

Step 6: Bake

Add a thin layer of pizza sauce to the dough (less is more). Again, you’ll have to test this out to see what you like best and how it bakes up for you with your oven and pizza stone.

Top with fresh mozzarella and transfer to the hot pizza stone. Bake until bottom crust is browned and crispy and cheese is hot and bubbly. For us, that was 7 minutes exactly.

Step 7: Cool, Garnish and Serve!

Remove hot pizza off the stone and onto a cutting board. Top with fresh basil, a small little drizzle of olive oil, and a light sprinkling of sea salt. I used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes and they really did such a nice job! Do not use table salt..it won’t give you the same taste or effect. Cut and serve immediately.

cut margherita pizza on cutting board

While I still miss the classic Margherita Pizza slices I used to get weekly from the corner pizzeria shop in NYC, this is a close second. Use my directions to make some of the best homemade pizza ever.

Helpful Tools for Homemade Pizza

Pizza Stone. Take your pizza to the next level with a pizza stone! If you want that delicious crispy bottom you find at pizzerias, a pizza stone is the way to do it. This is the one I recommend. If you don’t have a pizza stone or don’t want to invest in one, consider getting large tiles from the hardware store. They work just the same. Upside down cookie sheets will also work in a pinch, but not in the same way because they don’t hold their heat quite as well as a thicker stone would.

Pizza Peel. This will make transferring pizza to the hot stone so much easier! Yes, you can absolutely get by without it, but one you have it you’ll wonder why you didn’t get one sooner. This is the one I recommend. Alternately, use a large, flat plate dusted with cornmeal for easy transferring. Once the pizza is baked, use a large spatula to remove to a cutting board.

Pizza Cutter. This obviously makes cutting pizza so much easier. Again, you don’t HAVE to get one to have success. It’s just nice to have. This is the one I recommend. Alternately, use a knife or kitchen shears.

More Italian Dishes to Try!

Be sure to check out these other Italian dishes too!

The printable recipe card is down below! Save it because it’s a good one 🙂

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Margherita Pizza

Homemade pizza crust topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil, sea salt and olive oil. This is the ultimate Margherita Pizza recipe!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword margherita pizza, margherita pizza recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 547kcal

Ingredients

For the Sauce*

  • 28 oz can San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

For the Pizza

  • 12 fresh basil leaves whole or chopped
  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella cut into cubes
  • coarse sea salt + olive oil

Instructions

  • Move oven rack to the bottom of the oven. Remove any extra racks from the oven. Add pizza stone to the bottom rack and preheat oven to 525 degrees or as high as it will go. Once oven is preheated, keep stone in there an extra 30 minutes to ensure it is hot.

Make the Sauce

  • To make the sauce, empty can of tomatoes into the bowl of a food processor. Add olive oil, garlic, sugar and salt. Pulse until mostly smooth, but still has texture with a few small chunks.
    pouring margherita pizza sauce into bowl
  • Cut mozzarella into small cubes. Press between paper towels to remove any extra moisture. Set aside. Pick fresh basil leaves off stems and set aside or chop into smaller pieces.
    diced fresh mozzarella cheese on paper towels

Form the Pizzas

  • Stretch pizza dough out to be 4 individual pizzas, or 2-12 inch pizzas. You want the crust to be about 1/4 inch straight across, with an optional thicker edge. It may take a few tries to get your crust perfect. Too thin and you’ll have a hard time getting the bottom crispy, especially if there is too much sauce. Use extra flour and cornmeal to keep dough from sticking to pizza peel/cutting board/plate/whatever you’re using to transfer the pizza directly onto the hot stone.

    Before you start adding the pizza toppings, shake the pizza peel gently to ensure the dough moves easily back and forth. If it’s stuck, add more flour and/or cornmeal underneath so it slides easily.

    risen pizza dough in bowl
  • Add a thin layer of pizza sauce to the dough (less is more).
    spreading margherita pizza sauce onto pizza dough

Bake

  • Top with fresh mozzarella and transfer to the hot pizza stone. Bake 7 minutes or until bottom crust is browned and crispy and cheese is hot and bubbly.
    unbaked margherita pizza on plate
  • Remove hot pizza off the stone and onto a cutting board. Top with fresh basil, a small little drizzle of olive oil and a light sprinkling of salt. Cut and serve.
    baked margherita pizza on cutting board

Notes

*The recipe for the fresh sauce makes plenty of sauce…more than you’ll need for this recipe. Store extras in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to two months.

*If your oven only goes to 500 degrees, you’ll want to bake your pizza for a few extra minutes to make sure the bottom gets plenty crusty. Of course check the progress as you go since every oven is different.

*If your crust it too thin, it won’t get very crispy because of the sauce and moisture in the cheese. It’s better to err on the side of thicker than thinner.

Nutrition

Calories: 547kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 1438mg | Potassium: 631mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 873IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 357mg | Iron: 6mg

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French Dip Sandwiches

I love French Dip Sandwiches, but don’t love the time it takes to make the classic version. Enter my super speedy method! Roast Beef lunch meat and store bought Au Jus are jazzed up with a few extra ingredients to make this whole sandwich taste amazing and come together in about 15 minutes. It’s a killer dinner and so so delicious with Macaroni Salad or Potato Salad.

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French Dip Sandwiches in 15 Minutes

I know that title seems a little unbelievable, but it’s true! I’ve rigged the classic French Dip Sandwich and shaved down as much time as possible to create a fast but still delicious and flavorful sandwich you are going to love. With the help of your broiler and a few store bought ingredients, you will be enjoying these French Dips in no time. Makes amazing lunches or fast dinners.

Main Ingredients Needed

Here is the really short list of grocery items needed to make these French Dips at home!

  • Au Jus Gravy Mix– a powdered mix when whisked together with water creates a really tasty base for our Au Jus dip. This is the Au Jus Mix I used, but feel free to use the brand you prefer.
  • Roast Beef– thinly sliced lunch meat. I look for the roast beef that has the least amount of fat in the deli case. That’s just my preference, though. Use a brand you like.
  • Garlic + Bay Leaves– used to flavor the au jus so it tastes more homemade
  • Hoagie Rolls– I like toasting the exterior of these rolls just a touch before opening them up and toasting the insides. The toasting is completely optional, but I do find that it helps them hold up a little better.
  • Butter-used to butter the inside of the toasted rolls
hot roast beef in au jus in pan with tongs

How to Make French Dip Sandwiches

Again, this is a speedy recipe. No special equipment or tools needed. For increments and more specific directions, check the recipe card at the bottom of this post, right before the comments.

Step 1: Make the Au Jus + Warm the Beef

Whisk powdered Au Jus together with water in the bottom of a pot or deep skillet. Mine called for 3 cups of water, but double check yours to make sure that increment of water to powder is correct. You want to make it according to package directions.

Smash two cloves of garlic and add them to the au jus. Add the bay leaves. Transfer to stove and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and add in the roast beef to warm. Keep meat warm over low heat.

Step 2: Toast and Butter Your Rolls

While au jus/meat is warming, toast your hoagie buns. I like to toast the bottoms of the rolls, and toast the insides. Watch your bread closely as you don’t want it to burn. The toasting is definitely optional but it helps keep your bread together when you add the juicy meat. Also optional, but feel free to spread butter on the exterior of the roll too. It miiiight be overkill, but man is it good.

Once the insides of the bread are toasted, spread 1/2 tablespoon of butter onto each half and rub with raw garlic clove. SO much flavor is added when you rub the bread with the garlic. Don’t skip this step! It makes such a difference.

Step 3: Assemble the French Dips

Divide the meat between each bottom half of the sandwich and add the provolone cheese, 1 slice per sandwich. (You can always add more if you like it cheesy.) Broil again briefly to melt the cheese; should take 30 seconds to 1 minute since the meat is already hot.

Add the top, cut in half and serve with hot au jus.

Favorite Sides for Hot Sandwiches

While the warm French Dip Sandwich is really filling and delicious on its own, here are a few tasty sides that would made this meal more complete:

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Love French Dip Sandwiches? Try these other Favorites:

Anyways, I hope you love love love this recipe as much as my family has come to love it! It’s a simple dinner that has made our dinner menu three weeks in a row. While I love spending the time on classic recipes from time to time, sometimes its nice to have a quick recipe in your back pocket for those busy nights. Enjoy, friends!

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French Dip Sandwiches

Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 487kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Powdered Au Jus Mix
  • 3 cups water to make the au jus, check package directions
  • 3 cloves garlic divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 14 oz Roast Beef Lunch Meat
  • 4 Hoagie Buns/Rolls
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 slices provolone cheese

Instructions

  • Turn oven onto broil. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
  • Whisk powdered Au Jus together with water in the bottom of a pot or deep skillet. (Mine called for 3 cups of water, but double check yours to make sure that increment of water to powder is correct. You want to make it according to package directions.) Smash two cloves of garlic and add them to the au jus. Add the bay leaves. Transfer to stove and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and add in the roast beef to warm. Keep meat warm over low heat.
  • While au jus/meat is warming, toast your hoagie buns. I like to toast the bottoms of the rolls, and toast the insides. Watch your bread closely as you don’t want it to burn. The toasting is definitely optional but it helps keep your bread together when you add the meat.
  • Once the insides of the bread are toasted, spread 1/2 tablespoon of butter onto each half and rub with raw garlic clove.
  • Divide the meat between each bottom half of the sandwich and add the provolone cheese, 1 slice per sandwich. (You can always add more if you like it cheesy.) Broil again to melt the cheese; should take 30 seconds to 1 minute since the meat is already hot.
  • Add the top, cut in half and serve with hot au jus.

Notes

To make this more Macro Friendly, simply reduce the butter by half OR omit it completely.

Nutrition

Calories: 487kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 2124mg | Potassium: 407mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 521IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 557mg | Iron: 5mg

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White Bean Hummus

Roasted garlic makes this White Bean Hummus extra delicious! Blended chunky or creamy, it is sure to please! Spread onto a wrap or sandwich or serve on its own with pita bread, vegetables, and/or crackers.

white bean hummus on plate with pita and carrots

White Bean Hummus | With a Whole Head of Garlic!!!

I love a good hummus recipe and after being fresh out of garbanzo beans (chick peas) which is the classic ingredient for the original hummus, I decided to use white beans instead and add in roasted garlic for a lovely and delicious variation. Man oh man, what a good idea that was! Roasting garlic mellows out that strong garlic flavor while turning it sweet! It is an extra (optional) step that you are welcome to skip…just don’t add a whole head of RAW garlic to your recipe.

roasted garlic wrapped in foil

Main Ingredients

Here’s everything else you’ll need to make White Bean Hummus!

  • White Beans – also known as Cannellini beans (found in the canned section of your local grocery store)!
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – or just regular or light olive oil if you aren’t a huge fan of the taste.
  • Cumin – for a little spiced flavor.
  • Lemon Juice – for freshness and some zing.
  • Salt + Pepper – don’t forget to season as you go! This will give your hummus a ton of flavor.
beans, garlic, salt and pepper in food processor

How to Make White Bean Hummus

For full details on how to make White Bean Hummus, including increments, see the recipe card down below 🙂

Step 1: Roast the Garlic

Start out with a cute little garlic clove…or a big one. Now slice that baby down the center and take a whiff!

Place the two halves on some foil and drizzle with a little olive oil. Fold it up into a cute little package and throw it in the oven. I roasted mine at 350 for 40 minutes.

Once you pull it out of the oven, the cloves should be a lovely golden color and they should smell sort of sweet.

Step 2: Puree Ingredients

Now, let the hummus magic begin. Drain and rinse a can of white beans, then pop those into a food processor.

Squeeze the two halves of roasted garlic to make the cloves pop out. If they are roasted to perfection, then they all should just smoosh right out.

Next squeeze in some lemon juice for a little zing, some cumin for a little spice, and some salt for seasoning.

Start pulsing that mixture while you stream in some olive oil. Add in as much as you need to get the desired consistency you want. I used about 3 tablespoons.

Step 3: Adjust Seasonings then Serve!

After a minute or so, you have a pretty good looking dip! Taste it at this stage and add in anything extra you think it needs. I added in more salt and another little squeeze of lemon juice.

To serve, you just spoon it onto a platter, drizzle more olive oil over the top and add some pine nuts and parsley for decoration. See! I told you it was easy!

blended white bean hummus in food processor

What to Serve with White Bean Hummus?

White Bean Hummus is an excellent source of fiber and protein, served with veggies and you have a well rounded snack or meal! Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:

  • pita bread
  • crackers
  • baby carrots
  • cucumber
  • zucchini
  • bell peppers
  • celery
  • or any other of your favorite raw veggies!

More Hummus Recipes to Try!

And that’s it! White Bean Hummus, an easy and healthy dip that is perfect for any occasion.

The printable recipe card is down below, have a good day!

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White Bean Hummus

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Roasted garlic makes this White Bean Hummus extra delicious! Serve with pita bread, vegetables, and/or crackers.
Course Dip, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword white bean hummus
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 173kcal
Author Lauren

Ingredients

  • 1 head garlic
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus extra for drizzling on the garlic before roasting. You may need more depending on your consistency preferences
  • 15 oz white beans or Cannellini beans
  • 1 small lemon juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the head of garlic in half horizontally to expose the cloves. Drizzle with a little olive oil and wrap in foil. Bake 30-40 minutes or until fragrant and cloves are golden in color. Then remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
    roasted garlic wrapped in foil
  • Into the bowl of a food processor, pour in beans, lemon juice, cumin, salt and pepper. Squeeze both halves of the roasted garlic head into the food processor. The roasted cloves should pop right out. Turn machine on and drizzle in 3 Tablespoons of olive oil, processing until desired consistency has been reached. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking-more salt, more cumin, more lemon juice, etc.
    beans, garlic, salt and pepper in food processor
  • Spoon onto serving platter. Top with another drizzle of olive oil, pine nuts and parsley, if desired. Serve with pita bread, vegetables or crackers. Also delicious on a sandwich or wrap.
    blended white bean hummus in food processor

Nutrition

Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 441mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Carrots – In the Air Fryer!

Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots are extra easy peasy in the air fryer (but they can be made in the oven too)!

Sweet potatoes & carrots are cooked to tender perfection with a bit of brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt for the perfect side dish!

top view of Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots glazed in a bowl

Easy Air-Fried Veggies

These can be oven roasted or air fried. If you’re new to air frying, you can find everything you need to know about air fryers here!

Veggies cooked in an air fryer are similar to roasted veggies and taste great because they come out caramelized!

Much like air fryer potatoes, they take a fraction of the time and come out fluffy inside and crispy on the outside.

cut up sweet potatoes and carrots with ingredients to make Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

Ingredients

VEGGIES Any kind of sweet potatoes and carrots work well in this recipe. Feel free to try rainbow-colored carrots or white/yellow sweet potatoes.

OIL/BUTTER Oil is great for making the seasonings stick and butter is added after cooking for flavor.

Air Fryer Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots in the air fryer after cooking

Sweet or Savory

  • Brown sugar goes well with carrots and sweet potatoes, it’s great in this recipe to make a sweeter side with a dash of cinnamon.
  • If you’d prefer a savory dish, carrots and sweet potatoes pair well with fresh thyme or dill.
  • Either way, toss with butter and salt once they’ve cooked.

How to Roast Sweet Potatoes & Carrots

Just like most air fryer recipes, this cooked quickly compared to the oven version (but I’ve included directions for both below).

  1. Prepare sweet potatoes and carrots according to the recipe below.
  2. Toss veggies with all of the other ingredients except butter.
  3. Cook in the air fryer for about 15 minutes or in the oven for about 35 minutes.
  4. Toss with butter and serve.

Leftovers

  • Store leftover sweet potatoes and carrots in an airtight container in the refrigerator and they’ll last about 3 days.
  • Reheat them by placing them in a toaster oven or under the broiler for about 7 minutes.
  • Freeze to add to soups or stews.

Fave Air Fryer Veggies

Did you love these Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes and Carrots? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Carrots

These Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Carrots are simply seasoned, cooked until crisp on the outside, tender on the inside!
Course Air Fryer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 111
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sweet potatoes peeled and diced 1″
  • 3 large carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar optional
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • Toss all ingredients except butter in a bowl.
  • Preheat air fryer to 400°F.
  • Place into preheated air fryer. Cook 10 minutes.
  • Shake basket and cook an additional 4-7 minutes or until lightly browned and tender.
  • Toss with butter and serve.

Notes

For sweeter veggies, add a little bit of extra brown sugar with the butter when tossing.

For a more savory side, skip the brown sugar and cinnamon and opt for salt & pepper with thyme. Or toss fresh dill with the butter after cooking.

To roast in the oven, prepare as directed. Bake on a parchment-lined pan at 400°F for 35-40 minutes or until tender.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 111 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 175mg | Potassium: 339mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 15507IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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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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adding cheese to Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta with a title
Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta in a pot with a title
ingredients to make Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta with finished dish in a pot and a title

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