Comfort Foods: Pizza Bake

 

comfort foods pizza bake

Ingredients

  • 2  pouches (7.5 oz each) Bisquick® Complete buttermilk biscuit mix
  • 1  cup water
  • 1  jar (14 oz) pizza sauce
  • 1  package (8 oz) sliced pepperoni
  • 2  cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

 

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix and water until soft dough forms. Drop half of dough by spoonfuls evenly in bottom of baking dish (dough will not completely cover bottom of dish).
  2. Drizzle about 1 cup pizza sauce over dough. Arrange 1/2 of the pepperoni slices evenly over sauce. Top with 1 cup of the cheese. Repeat layers with remaining dough, pizza sauce, pepperoni and cheese.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into squares to serve.

 

Tips

To make half a recipe, divide ingredients in half; bake in sprayed 8-inch square glass baking dish for 22 to 25 minutes.

Add your favorite pizza toppings to the layers. Try cooked sausage crumbles, chopped green bell pepper, onion or olives.

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Comfort Foods: Penne with Mozzarella, Tomatoes, and Herbs

 

Penne with Mozzarella, tomatoes, and herbs comfort foods

Total Time: 30 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 10 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

 

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces penne rigate or other small tube pasta, like ziti, or short fusilli (corkscrews)
  • 4 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus as needed
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound baby mozzarella (boconccini), drained
  • 2 tablespoons fruity extra-virgin olive oil, plus for drizzling
  • 3 large ripe tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives

 

Directions

Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil over high heat, then salt it generously, add the pasta, and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain.

Meanwhile, strip the leaves from the oregano and thyme sprigs. Chop them together with the garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the pepper, and then use the flat side of the knife to mash and smear the mixture to a coarse paste. Put in a bowl, along with the cheese, olive oil and toss to coat the cheese with the herb paste.

Cut the tomatoes into pieces about the same size as the cheese. Gently fold the tomatoes, parsley, and olives in with the cheese. Add the drained pasta and toss, then drizzle over a bit of olive oil and toss again. Serve now or room temperature.

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Comfort Foods: Italian Chicken Packets

 

Italian Chicken Packets Foil Oven Grill

 

 

 

Prep Time: 5
Total Time: 25
Ingredients: 4

 

NUTRITION INFORMATION

Serving Size:  4 servings (1 breast and 1 cup vegetables each)
Calories:  237

 

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups frozen broccoli cuts
  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup light Italian dressing
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (4 breasts = 1.25 lb)

 

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine broccoli, drained tomatoes and dressing in medium bowl.
  2. For each packet, lay two 20×12-inch sheets of regular foil on top of each other.
  3. Place 1 chicken breast on each foil packet. Spoon broccoli and tomato mixture equally over each chicken breast. Bring up short sides of each foil packet and double fold top. Double fold both ends to seal each packet, leaving space for steam to gather.
  4. Place packets on baking sheet; bake 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in centers (165°F). Carefully open ends of packets to allow steam to escape before fully opening.
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Comfort Foods: Easy Calzones

 

comfort foods easy calzones recipe

 

Total Time: 3 hr 40 min
Prep: 40 min
Inactive: 2 hr
Cook: 1 hr
Yield: 8 servings
Level: Easy

 

Ingredients

  • 16 whole frozen, un-risen dinner rolls (I use Rhodes, can also use frozen bread loaves)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 whole medium onion, diced
  • 1 pound breakfast or Italian sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 15 ounces whole milk ricotta
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 whole eggs plus 1 whole egg, beaten
  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • Marinara Sauce, warmed, for serving, recipe follows
  • Marinara Sauce:
  • Olive oil
  • 3 to 4 whole cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole small to medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine (or chicken broth)
  • Three 15-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and ground pepper
  • Pinch sugar
  • Fresh parsley leaves
  • Fresh basil leaves

 

Directions

Place the frozen rolls (or frozen bread loaves) on a baking sheet to thaw. Cover with a tea towel and let thaw and rise for 2 to 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and allow to cook for a couple of minutes. Add the sausage and cook until brown, crumbling the sausage as you stir. Add the Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Remove from the skillet and allow to cool on a plate.

In a separate bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, salt, some pepper, parsley and 2 eggs.

When the sausage is cool, stir it into the cheese mixture and set aside.

When the rolls are thawed and risen, roll them out on a lightly floured surface until paper thin. Spoon 3 to 4 tablespoons of the filling onto half of the dough circle. Fold half of the dough over itself, and then press the edges to seal.

Brush the surface of each calzone with the beaten egg, and then bake until nice and golden brown, 10 to 13 minutes. Serve with warm Marinara Sauce.

 

Cook’s Note: If you want a larger calzone, use frozen bread loaves and use one-quarter to one-third of the loaf for each calzone.

 

Marinara Sauce:

Add a tablespoon or so of olive oil into a hot pan over medium-high heat and throw in the garlic and chopped onions and give them a stir.

Now add the wine (or chicken broth), whisking to deglaze the bottom of the skillet. Cook until the liquid reduces by half.

Add the crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste and a pinch of sugar. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Toward the end of the cooking process, chop up your fresh parsley and basil and add it to the sauce to taste, stirring to combine.

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Comfort Foods: Chicken Tortilla Casserole

 

comfort foods chicken tortilla casserole

Total Time: 1 hr 45 min
Prep: 30 min
Cook: 1 hr 15 min
Yield: 12 servings
Level: Easy

 

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt
  • Chicken Gravy, recipe follows
  • 1 cup canned green chiles, chopped and drained
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • Twenty-four 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 3 cups shredded Cheddar

 

 

Directions

Add the chicken to a large stockpot, cover with water and add a large pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside to cool. When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken and set aside. Reserve 3 1/3 cups of the broth (1 cup is for the chicken gravy, supplement with boxed stock if you don’t have enough.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13- by 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

In a large saucepan, combine 2 1/3 cups of the reserved broth, the Chicken Gravy, green chiles, onions, garlic, sour cream, cumin, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.

Spread 1 cup of the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Arrange a layer of 6 tortillas over the mixture, and then top with 1 cup shredded chicken and 1/2 cup of the Cheddar. Repeat this layer three more times, ending with cheese. Spread any remaining mixture over the cheese. Make sure all of the tortillas are covered or they will get very hard during baking. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

 

Chicken Gravy Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper

 

Chicken Gravy Directions:

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan and whisk in the flour to make a roux. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and the flour turns light brown in color. Gradually whisk in the stock and milk and continue to stir while cooking over medium heat. When the mixture thickens, after about 5 minutes, whisk in some salt and pepper.

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Comfort Foods: Chicken Spaghetti

 

comfort foods Chicken spaghetti

 

Total Time: 1 hr 40 min
Prep: 20 min
Cook: 1 hr 20 min
Yield: 8 servings
Level: Easy

 

Ingredients

  • 1 whole raw chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 pound thin spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Two 10 3/4-ounce cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the chicken pieces to the boiling water and boil for a few minutes, and then turn the heat to medium-low and simmer, 30 to 45 minutes.

Remove the chicken and 2 cups of the chicken cooking broth from the pot. When the chicken is cool, remove the skin and pick out the meat (a mix of dark and white) to make 2 generous cups. Discard the bones and skin.

Cook the spaghetti in the chicken cooking broth until al dente. Do not overcook. When the spaghetti is cooked, combine with the chicken, 1 1/2 cups of the cheese, the green peppers, red peppers, seasoned salt, cayenne, soup and onions, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Stir in 1 cup of the reserved chicken cooking broth, adding an additional cup if needed.

Place the mixture in a 9- by 13-inch casserole pan and top with the remaining 1 cup cheese. Bake immediately until bubbly, about 45 minutes. (If the cheese on top starts to get too dark, cover with foil.)

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