Sausage Stuffed Manicotti - pasta filled with sausage and cheese and covered in sauce and more cheese. Total comfort food!

In the early years of my marriage, my husband worked down at the shipyards in Bayou la Batre. It was a good 45 minutes from our tiny apartment and every day he was gone well before the baby and I woke up and didn’t get home until well after the baby went to bed.

Back then, alone in the apartment all day with just a baby and Desperate Housewives marathons, cooking dinner was the highlight of my day. I loved any recipe that required multiple steps and a bunch of different pans.

I was, like, a weird sense of accomplishment if I managed to dirty every pan in the kitchen.

Plus, I loved having something “wow” worthy on the table when my husband finally got home and manicotti was one of my faves.

Sausage Stuffed Manicotti - pasta filled with sausage and cheese and covered in sauce and more cheese. Total comfort food!

Buuuuut, I’ve tried to cut down on the number of pans in this recipe because I no longer have time for… well, anything.

This is a current favorite in my house. I can throw it together quickly and everyone loves it. I think the key to making it super flavorful and delicious without a ton of work is the Jimmy Dean Roll Sausage. It already has tons of spices and herbs in it so you really don’t have to do much.

I made a quick filling with the Jimmy Dean Sausage, onion, garlic, and mozzarella. Filled the manicotti noodles with the mixture and then covered them with pasta sauce (jarred or homemade works!) and cheeses. After 20 minutes in the oven, it’s ready to go.

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Sausage Stuffed Manicotti - pasta filled with sausage and cheese and covered in sauce and more cheese. Total comfort food!

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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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