Cheesy Ham and Tortellini Bake - an easy 30 minute meal the whole family will love!

Happy Wednesday!

I’ve got a delicious and easy Cheesy Ham and Tortellini Bake for you today! Because I love a 30 minute meal! Especially one that the kids eat without complaint!

Those are my favorite.

Don’t you just love tortellini? I am obsessed. They literally cook in 2 minutes and they make a meal so much more fun than regular pasta. Why have plain pasta when you can have cheese-filled pasta? That’s my life motto.

Cheesy Ham and Tortellini Bake - an easy 30 minute meal the whole family will love!

Along with the tortellini, this yummy casserole has ham, peas, lots of swiss cheese, and a crispy Ritz cracker topping. Ritz crackers make everything better, right?

If you’re not into swiss, use whatever cheese you like. I’d actually bought Parmesan for this but I accidentally melted all of it onto tortilla chips during a weak moment over the weekend. Whoops.

But yes, any cheese will work! I wouldn’t go for, like, a pepperjack but you know, swiss, Parmesan, or cheddar would all be delicious.

Cheesy Ham and Tortellini Bake - an easy 30 minute meal the whole family will love!

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Homemade Spaghetti-Os recipe!

The problem with summer- I mean, besides the 3 year old creating giant mud puddles in the backyard and then rolling around in them in the 5 minutes it takes me to do dishes – is that my kids start asking for lunch at 9:30.

Which is usually about an hour after they eat breakfast.

The amount of food we’re currently going through is blowing my mind. I’ve been to the grocery store 5 times in the last week.

So I’ve been trying to come up with easy lunch options that don’t include an entire loaf of bread and half a jar of peanut butter.

They love canned pasta. You know, ravioli, spaghetti-os, macaroni and beef, stuff like that. Who can blame them? I’d eat that stuff if I could.

But c’mon, I have 3 boys. If I split a can of spaghetti-os between the 3 of them, they’d laugh at me and ask where the rest is.

I’ve made these Homemade Spaghetti-Os twice now and both times, we’ve got two lunches out of each batch. Major win! And they love them. I put meatballs in it the first time (just frozen turkey meatballs that I baked and then added at the end) so you can add them if you want or skip them if you’re a Spaghetti-Os purist.

Homemade Spaghetti-Os Recipe

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newman’s Own. All opinions are 100% mine.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

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If you haven’t noticed, I’m ALL ABOUT the pasta salads. It’s my go-to summer side dish. Mostly because I always over cook potatoes for potato salad and who likes mushy potato salad?

Well, my 3 year old. But that’s beside the point.

Anyway, because I’m making pasta salad every weekend this time of year, I’m always trying to come up with a new version or new stuff to put in it. This one was a definite winner over this past weekend. It’s got bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, and black olives. So all my faves! And then it’s tossed with my favorite ranch dressing by Newman’s Own.

You guys know I love Newman’s Own products and you probably also know that I’m obsessed with the salad dressings. I am in a full-on relationship with the Lite Honey Mustard – I can’t remember the last time I had a salad without it. Husband and I also love the Balsamic, Olive Oil and Vinegar, Family Recipe Italian, and Creamy Caesar. Plus, Newman’s Own has a bunch more that I haven’t even tried yet.

This post is about the Ranch though! I’m pretty particular about ranch (as everyone should be) and Newman’s Own definitely makes my favorite. It’s great tasting, high quality, and made from the finest ingredients.

Plus, you can feel good about buying Newman’s Own because all profits go to charity. For more information, check out the Newman’s Own Facebook page or the Newman’s Own BuzzFeed Page.

And next time you pick up a bottle of Newman’s Own Ranch dressing, you should definitely try this recipe. It’s perfect for a party, potluck, barbecue, anything!

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Happy Tuesday, guys!

I’m bringing you my new favorite pasta salad recipe the day after I decided to go completely Paleo for a week! Gahhhhh!

My husband grilled both nights over the weekend and left me in charge of side dishes. (He made this chicken with thighs instead of breasts and it was delicious and then he did the boys’ favorite smoked sausage with barbecue sauce.) 

I always go for the same couple side dishes with grilled foods. I always go for the same broccoli salad because we never get tired of it and then always pasta salad.

I tried this Southwestern Pasta Salad recipe because it seemed lighter than most pasta salad recipes. No heavy sauce, you know? This recipe uses salsa and then a light olive oil and lime juice dressing – it’s delicious! I’m obsessed with all things bean right now (conveniently not Paleo) and I was all about the combination of  black beans, corn, and avocado. 

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Pasta with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes - a light pasta recipe that won't weigh you down.

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Mine was spent mostly complaining about how I stayed up until midnight (I do anyway, let’s be real) on Saturday to get some #LillyforTarget stuffs and BEFORE IT WAS EVEN OFFICIALLY LIVE, it was all sold out.

Y’all. I had the dress I wanted in my cart and by the time I entered my card info, it was gone. 

The worst.

I got very little unpacking done because I was also busy watching all the shows I missed while hotel living. I am so into Younger. So good. 

Also, unpacking is annoying. 

You know how when you pack your own house, you fill a single box with all your blankets? And then you put all your dishes in a box and label it “kitchen”? And all your bathroom stuff goes in one box?

I think when we weren’t looking, our movers sprinted through the house, grabbing an item from each room, and then pulled a room out of a hat to label it. 

I found my bathroom scale in a box labeled toys, my favorite boots in a box labeled dog pillows (I mean, what is a dog pillow?!), and I still can’t find the part of my favorite lamp that holds the lampshade.

Why did they take apart a lamp and put all the pieces in different boxes, you ask?

Who knows.

Anyway, we did have this pasta over the weekend and it was absolutely delicious. It’s got three of my favorite foods: sausage, artichokes, and Parmesan! Plus pasta and sun-dried tomatoes and even some fresh basil mixed in. 

This is my idea of a good summer pasta since it’s light but still comforting. 

Pasta with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes - a light pasta recipe that won't weigh you down.

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