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Quick Country Pasta Lasagna

Servings 6 - 8

Quick Country Pasta Lasagna

We love family friendly recipes, and with this one the whole family can not only enjoy together but cook together too!

20 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 6-8 oz. Country Pasta Homemade Style Egg Pasta
  • 1 lb. Mild Italian Sausage
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 c. Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1 c. Onion, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
  • 28 oz. canned Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. Basil Paste (or 1 Tbsp. fresh Basil)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1 c. Ricotta cheese
  • 1 c. grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1 ½ c. shredded Mozzarella, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add noodles and cook for 18-20 minutes.
  3. In a deep skillet over medium heat add sausage and cook, make sure to break up into small pieces. Once sausage is cooked to golden brown (about 8 minutes) add red pepper, onion, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook all combined for 1-2 minutes more.
  4. Next stir in tomatoes and basil. Bring to boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes until it begins to thicken slightly. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. While sauce is simmering, in a small bowl lightly beat egg. Stir 1/2 c. Parmesan, 1/2 c. mozzarella, and 1 c. ricotta into the egg.
  6. Using a 2 qt. baking dish layer ingredients starting with an even layer of sauce on the bottom, top with a layer of noodles, followed by the cheese mixture spread over the noodles, then ladle the remaining sauce over cheese mixture.
  7. Sprinkle the top with remaining 1/2 c. Parmesan and 1 c. mozzarella.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is a golden brown, and sauce is bubbling.
  9. Garnish with fresh basil if desired before serving.
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Easy Seafood & Country Pasta

Servings 6

Easy Seafood & Country Pasta

A delicious seafood pasta dish that works for a quick weeknight dinner or weekend dinner party!

15 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Country Pasta Homemade Style Egg Pasta
  • ¼ c. butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onion (chop bottoms and top separately)
  • ¼ c. white wine
  • 1 c. heavy cream
  • **(lighter versions use 2 c. half and half or 1 c. heavy cream and 1 c. nonfat half and half)
  • 1 c. half and half
  • ½-pound imitation crab-meat
  • 1-pound cooked shrimp
  • 1 c. Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. red pepper flakes (more if you like it spicy)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 18-22 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
  2. While pasta is cooking begin chopping garlic and green onions. Cut imitation crab meat into small bite size pieces and remove tails from the shrimp.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and green onion bottoms until lightly browned.
  4. Deglaze your saute pan with white wine and cook until liquid has been mostly reduced.
  5. Stir in cream, and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Add imitation crab, shrimp, Parmesan cheese, tops of green onions, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until heated through.
  6. Transfer cooked pasta to a serving dish, and top with seafood sauce. Garnish with parsley.
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Insta – Pizza Pasta

Servings 6 - 8

Insta – Pizza Pasta

5 minPrep Time

11 minCook Time

16 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. sausage, mild Italian
  • 14 oz. pizza sauce
  • 24 oz. pasta sauce (traditional or classic)
  • 30 oz. water
  • 10-16 oz. mozzarella
  • 20 slices pepperoni (add more if desired)
  • 1 lb. Country Pasta Homemade Style Wide Egg Pasta - uncooked
  • 3 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 ½ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper as desired
  • 1 Tbsp. butter

Instructions

  1. Set the pressure cooker (Note: we used the 6-qt. Instant Pot®) on sauté. Melt together the butter, garlic, Italian seasoning and sausage.
  2. Turn sauté mode off. Add spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce and pasta to the sausage mixture.
  3. Add in the water and stir. Replace lid and make sure the manual release valve is closed.
  4. Set on high pressure for 8 minutes and let it natural release for 3 minutes.
  5. Mix in half of the cheese and pepperoni to the meat/pasta mixture.
  6. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and pepperoni on top of mixture. Replace the lid and let the cheese melt and the pepperoni warm through.
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One Pot Ham & Cheese Country Pasta

Servings 4

One Pot Ham & Cheese Country Pasta

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. Country Pasta Homemade Style Egg Pasta
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lb. diced ham
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 c. frozen peas
  • 32 oz. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/3 c. heavy cream
  • 1 c. shredded swiss
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan
  • Freshly chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add shallot and garlic and cook until soft, 3 minutes. Add ham and cook until crispy, stirring occasionally, Season with pepper.
  2. Pour chicken broth and water over mixture, bring to a slow boil. Add Country Pasta once boiling and stir. Maintain slow boil until pasta is cooked through, stirring occasionally. (Note: If pasta not done and water has evaporated too much, add water in 1/2 cup increments as needed.)
  3. Once pasta is cooked through, add frozen peas. Then add heavy cream, Swiss, and Parmesan and stir until creamy.
  4. Garnish with parsley and serve.
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One Pot Creamy Chicken Florentine Country Pasta

Servings 4-5

One Pot Creamy Chicken Florentine Country Pasta

15 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 Boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 can mushrooms (optional)
  • 5 oz. julienne cut sun dried tomatoes (optional)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 8 oz. Country Pasta
  • 1 15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 c. fresh baby spinach
  • ¼ c. heavy cream
  • ¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, melt butter and olive oil together. Brown the chicken, mushrooms and onion in the butter and olive oil until chicken is cooked through. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and garlic and sauté 2-3 more minutes. Add salt and pepper and stir to mix through.
  2. Cover chicken mixture with chicken broth and bring to low boil. Add Country Pasta and boil until al dente, stirring regularly to keep pasta from sticking to bottom of pan. (Note: if you added too much pasta, you’ll need to add water in ½ C. increments to make sure pasta is covered and has enough water to absorb for cooking process.)
  3. Once pasta is cooked, add can of fire roasted tomatoes, stirring to heat. Then add mozzarella cheese and stir until combined. Mix in the spinach and cream and heat through.
  4. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve.
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One Pot Seafood & Pasta Stew

Servings 4-6

One Pot Seafood & Pasta Stew

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 32 oz. Vegetable Broth
  • 1 c. Water
  • 8 oz. Country Pasta
  • ½ onion, diced small
  • 1-2 tsp minced garlic
  • 8 oz. frozen scallops
  • 8 oz. frozen shrimp (tails removed)
  • 4 oz. frozen peas
  • 4 small tomatoes, diced
  • 7 oz. Canned, diced tomatoes
  • 1 small bunch of parsley
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add vegetable broth and water to large pot, bring to boil.
  2. Then, add Country Pasta, onion and garlic. Reduce heat slightly, keep at a low boil for 15 minutes. (Note: Pasta must have adequate liquid coverage. If you put more than 8 oz. pasta in, you’ll want to add more water or broth.)
  3. Once pasta has boiled for 15 minutes, add all remaining ingredients to pot and simmer another 15 minutes.
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Make-Ahead-And-Relax Meal Ideas For The Holidays

Make Ahead Meal Ideas_Country PastaCan you believe there are only two weekends left to get everything finished up before the holidays are upon us? Soon, houses will be filled with scents of the season, maybe a hot toddy or two, and best of all, relatives and friends ready to celebrate and make memories together.

If you are one of those who will be hosting this year, we want to offer you some help in using the last few days left to pre-prepare some of your meals, so when your visitors arrive, you can focus on spending time together rather than working away in the kitchen.

One of our favorite dishes to make up in advance is actually one of the original Country Pasta recipes. The Country Pasta Bake is easy to make, serves a handful of people, and best of all, is delicious. To make ahead of time, you’ll just need to prepare the dish per the recipe, let it cool after being in the oven, cover with tin foil, then toss in the freezer. You’ll then need to remove from freezer and put in the refrigerator 24 hours before you’ll be serving, and about 1.5 hours before eating, you’ll want to preheat the oven to 375 degrees, pop it in and bake for approximately 1-1.5 hours (keep in until it is hot and bubbly in the center). Simply serve with a little side salad and garlic bread, and dinner is done!

We also liked many of these recipes, both for breakfast and dinner, that you can find here: TheSpruceEats.com

Wishing you a relaxing, fun and delicious holiday season with family and friends!

Bon Appetit!

Soup Season, Favorite Recipes Shared with Us

Turkey Noodle SoupIs there anything better than hearty soup on a cold winter day? Last month we did a drawing asking folks to share their favorite soup recipes with us. We received some amazingly delicious looking recipes, so we wanted to pull them all together to share with everyone. Here’s a link to all the wonderful soup ideas we received.

Favorite Soup Recipes Shared with us

 

Please note that while we kept the majority of the information as it was submitted, we did add a little detail to some of the recipes.

11-26-18 Jingle All The Way

Coming across an old photo was the inspiration for our holiday blog this year. Horse drawn sleighThe picture, from our local newspaper in the mid-80’s, is of Country Pasta’s founder, Dean Knutson, driving his team of horses with kids headed to see Santa at the “North Pole,” pictured in the background. One of the greatest things about my dad, Dean, was how much he loved to make people happy. He thoroughly enjoyed giving these kids and parents an experience like this.

I still have vivid memories of this hayride when I was a kid. Helping people get on and off the wagon, leading Christmas carols, and being one of Santa’s elves handing out candy canes to the kids who came to share their wish list, were my main duties. Whether you were part of the crew, or one of the visitors, I’m sure this event has left lasting memories for all.

Although we no longer have the Holiday Hayride, there are many other events in our small community providing kids and adults alike, with wonderful holiday memories. Our annual “Parade of Lights” has grown so much in recent years, and has become an incredible community-wide event. Mr. and Mrs. ClausSince it seems the entire town comes out for the experience, catching up with friends and enjoying the holiday spirit together rounds out the experience. And this will be the second year that “Lights Under the Big Sky” will take place in our neighboring community. Lights, games, photo opportunities, and a holiday market all make this an occasion to remember.

We know events like this don’t organize and run themselves, so we want to take a moment this holiday season to say ‘thank you’ to all of the event coordinators and volunteers in our town, and in all small towns and big cities across the country. We hope you know that your efforts do not go unnoticed or unappreciated. You are providing experiences, and memories, that will last a lifetime for so many people. Thank you.

Happy Holidays!

Heather

Insta – Recipes Add Spark to Your Weekly Menu

Now that kids have been back in school for a couple months, Creamy pasta with zucchini, carrots, and peaswe imagine that you’re starting to settle in to the routine of things. However, are your weekly meals also becoming too routine? Looking to mix it up a bit? Not to worry, we’ve got your back!

At Country Pasta, we were anticipating this moment. Throughout the summer we were busy creating several Fall pressure cooker recipes so we could help provide you with some new ideas to liven up the menu. You’ll love the convenience and your family will love the flavors. We’ll chalk this up as a win-win.

New Recipes:

Be sure to check out our whole menu of Insta-Pasta recipes. Whatever you do, do not miss trying the Insta-Cheesy Fiesta Pasta. It has become a fan favorite and is the perfect way to shake up Taco Tuesday.

We hope these meal ideas will add a little spark to your weekly menu. We know how hard it is trying to always provide your family with healthy meals, all while juggling school, practice, work, etc.

Stay strong and power on!

 

Insta – Creamy Country Garden Vegetable Pasta

Servings 4

Insta - Creamy Country Garden Vegetable Pasta

5 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 8-10 oz. Country Pasta Homemade Style Egg Pasta - uncooked
  • 1 cup Italian blend cheese
  • 1 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup yellow squash
  • ½ cup carrots
  • 1 cup peas
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Place pasta, garlic, chicken broth and white wine in the pressure cooker (Note: we used the 6-qt. Instant Pot ®).
  2. Place your pressure cooker on manual high pressure for 8 minutes, and close pressure release valve.
  3. While pasta is cooking; chop zucchini, squash, and carrots.
  4. When timer goes off do a quick release, make sure to stay clear of hot steam from valve.
  5. Once pressure is released open lid and add all vegetables to pasta mix. Set pressure cooker for an additional 4 minutes on high pressure.
  6. After the vegetables have cooked do another quick release, and stir in heavy cream. Then change setting to sauté mode and add cheese. Keep on sauté mode until cheese has melted and the sauce has thickened.

Notes

Try this dish with your own veggie favorites!

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Insta – Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta

Servings 6

Insta - Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta

Bacon and Cheese combine for serious flavor - you had me at bacon...

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 1 package Original Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 cup cooked and chopped bacon
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 8 oz. Country Pasta Homemade Style Egg Pasta
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Turn pressure cooker to Saute setting and allow to preheat (Note: we used the 6-qt. Instant Pot ®).
  2. Once heated add oil, chicken, and ranch dressing packet stirring to coat. Saute chicken for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Next add cream cheese, pasta, broth, and water to pot.
  4. Close lid and pressure release valve. Select the Manual setting for High pressure and set for 10 minutes.
  5. Allow pressure to naturally release for 3-5 minutes; then quick-release any remaining pressure.
  6. Open lid and stir in shredded cheddar cheese and cooked bacon; let dish set for 5 minutes to thicken.

Notes

Recipe inspiration from Plain Chicken.

We suggest adding more cheese to thicken if desired - because who doesn't love more cheese.

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Insta – Steak Fajita Pasta

Servings: 8

Insta - Steak Fajita Pasta

8 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

23 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ - 2 lbs. chuck steak
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 ¾ c. beef broth
  • 8-10 oz. Country Pasta Homemade Style Egg Pasta
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 c. sour cream
  • ½ c. grated cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro – optional for topping

Instructions

  1. Combine the chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, sea salt, pepper and set aside.
  2. Slice your onion into thin, half-moon slices.
  3. Turn pressure cooker to sauté mode; add oil and allow to heat (Note: we used the 6-qt. Instant Pot ®).
  4. Cut your steak into thin quarter inch strips.
  5. Once your pressure cooker is heated up add steak, onion and half of your seasoning mix. Sear the steak for about 3 minutes.
  6. Add beef broth and pasta. Stir
  7. Pour crushed tomatoes on the top, do not stir.
  8. Cut peppers into long strips. Place peppers on tin foil, fold foil into pouch and place on top of crushed tomatoes (this allows the peppers to cook without getting mushy).
  9. Close lid and pressure release valve, set pressure cooker on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  10. Once it has cooked for 10 minutes, let pressure naturally release for 5 minutes.
  11. Remove foil pouch with tongs and carefully open and incorporate the peppers into the pot. Stir in sour cream and the remaining seasoning mix.
  12. Top each serving with shredded cheese and cilantro.

Notes

We love this quick hearty dinner, and thank 365 Days of Slow Cooking for the inspiration.

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Insta – Cheeseburger Pasta

Servings 6

Insta - Cheeseburger Pasta

6 minPrep Time

13 minCook Time

19 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. ground beef
  • 8-10 oz. Country Pasta Homemade Style Wide Egg Pasta
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • 2 c. chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • Can of diced tomatoes 28 oz.
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 c. Sour Cream
  • 16 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Turn pressure cooker to sauté mode (Note: we used the 6-qt. Instant Pot ®); add olive oil, garlic and onion. Sauté for about 2 minutes.
  2. Next add ground beef, garlic powder, parsley, and oregano to pressure cooker and cook until ground beef is browned.
  3. Add all other ingredients except the cheese and sour cream. Stir pot well and make sure pasta is submerged in liquid.
  4. Place pressure cooker on high pressure for 10 minutes and close pressure valve.
  5. Once cooking is done let pressure cooker naturally release for 3 minutes then open pressure valve for a quick release (keeping clear of steam).
  6. Incorporate shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream, and serve.
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Creamy Country Pasta with Salmon and Peas

Servings: 4 Servings

Creamy Country Pasta with Salmon and Peas

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz Country Pasta noodles
  • 2 TBS Butter
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Minced
  • 2 Cans Salmon (5 oz)
  • 2 TBS Flour
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas
  • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ Cup White Wine
  • 2 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • ½ Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 Tsp chopped Mint Leaves

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water before draining.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat butter over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add canned salmon and peas and sauté until salmon is heated through. Sprinkle flour over salmon and peas and sauté until well mixed. Pour in heavy cream and mix with salmon and peas. Add white wine, lemon juice and parmesan cheese. Mix well.
  4. Lower heat to simmer and stir sauce with salmon and peas until slightly thickened. Turn off heat.
  5. Add cooked pasta and ½ cup reserved pasta water. Stir together until well blended.
  6. Add mint leaves, stir.
  7. Top with parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe inspired by urbanblisslife.com

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Insta – Cheesy Fiesta Pasta

Servings: 8

Insta – Cheesy Fiesta Pasta

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey, or lean ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning or 1 packet store bought
  • 16 oz. Salsa
  • 15 oz. can black beans
  • 15 oz. can corn