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Chicken spaghetti, from Pioneer Woman.
Up until about 5 years ago, I’d never heard of chicken spaghetti.  I’m not sure if it’s a Texas thing or a Southern thing or what, but whatever the case, I’ll take it.  My parents never cooked a lot of “American” food when I was growing up, but the one thing my mom did make was tuna casserole.  I know most people groan at the thought, but it was a big treat for my brother and me, and I think that’s where my weird fondness for casseroles come from.
Shrimp and shells with tomato cream sauce, from Pioneer Woman.
You can rarely go wrong with any of PW’s recipes. This is one of Troy’s all-time favorite dishes, so of course I had to make it for Father’s Day dinner.  First breakfast in bed and then this? Yes, he is indeed a lucky man.  I’ve made this enough times that I don’t really measure the ingredients anymore, although I do tend to use a lot more tomato sauce and less cream than in the PW recipe, but that’s just our personal preference.  I normally wouldn’t use shell pasta, but that’s what I had on hand and like everything else in my pantry, it needs to go!
Penne with sausage, artichokes & tomatoes
Whole grain penne with sausage, artichokes & tomatoes, topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
This is another regular dish in our menu rotation.  I love it because not only is it very quick to put together, but it’s also very tasty. It’s called “pasta concoction” because it’s something that I concocted one evening based on what happened to be in my pantry/freezer and the ingredients vary depending on what I have on hand.  I’ve also made it with fresh broccoli, spinach, arugula, chicken breasts, etc., but the one constant tends to be the can of diced tomatoes, which adds moisture and brings everything together without getting too saucy.
Baked Rigatoni

Baked rigatoni with Italian-style ground turkey, ricotta, chopped spinach and mozzarella.

It’s been easy dinners this week, mostly out of necessity for our busy schedules of late.  Pasta bakes are a big favorite in our house, usually served with side salads and garlic bread.

Spaghetti and meatballs

Whole grain spaghetti, homemade meatballs, tomato sauce, and garlic bread.

Best dinner ever – both the husband and the kiddo went crazy over it.  Had to shoot this with the flash in the my pitch-black kitchen because it was late by the time this was done cooking.  More or less based on my recipe, here.