Cheesy Skillet Pasta with Meat Sauce

by Marla on December 6, 2012 · 108 comments

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Are you looking for a quick and satisfying meal? Something that can go full circle from dinner to lunch and back again? Great! This pasta is perfect no matter when you enjoy it.

This recipe I adapted from one of my besties cookbooks. I bet most of you know Jenny from Picky Palate right?

I am thrilled to share the Picky Palate cookbook with you all today!

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If you have any picky eaters in your house then this cookbook is essential. The recipes are well rounded, ingredients easy to find and the meals are very affordable.

There is a great reason why Jenny’s blog is one of the most popular foodie destinations in the world.

Yes, in the world  folks.

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Jenny’s amazing personality shines through in the intro and all of the head notes in the book. Her recipes are sure to become family favorites!

In this cookbook you will find tempting breakfasts such as: Apple-Spice Puff Pancake with Caramel Syrup, Bacon and Cheddar Florentine Quiche & Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Bread.

There are plenty of savories for lunch and dinner: Cheesy Chicken Pot Pies, Slow-Cooked Green Chili Pork Tacos, 10-Minute Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup & Black Bean Guacamole Burgers are a few to tempt you.

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The desserts! Jenny has such a way with sweets.

In her book you will be dazzled by Ice Cream Sundae Brownies, Almond Lover’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (yes please!) her super famous Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies and plenty more!

All of the recipes are expertly photographed by another amazing pal Matt Armendariz (Matt Bites) The photos leap off the pages and will make you want to dash to the kitchen.

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My kids and husband love pasta. Seriously, they could eat it for every meal.

This skillet dinner is filled with protein from lean bison and cheese.

I used brown rice pasta so my gluten free readers would not feel left out.

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The crushed tomatoes offer up some veggies.

I love to serve pasta with a side of extra tomato sauce too.

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My recipe here is an adaptation. Be sure to check out page 108 (Rigatoni Skillet Dinner) in the Picky Palate cookbook for Jenny’s version.

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Also visit The Picky Palate Cookbook post on Jenny’s blog to see more reviews and stores to purchase her cookbook. It would make for an amazing and affordable holiday gift!

Cheesy Skillet Pasta with Meat Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Cheesy Skillet Pasta with Meat Sauce

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces dry Brown Rice Pasta
  • 1 pound organic ground Bison (lean chopped meat great too!)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 cup chopped White Onion
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 14 ounce can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 1/4 cup low fat Shredded Mozzaralla Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian Parsley, plus extra for garnish

Method

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Set oven to a low broil with the rack in the middle. Sauté onion and garlic in a large oven safe skillet over medium heat until softened and fragrant. Add the bison, salt, smoked paprika and pepper. Stir and break up the meat until it is browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain fat from pan if necessary. Add the tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup of the mozzarella and the pasta, stir to combine until well combined and cheese is melted.
  • Top skillet pasta with 1 cup shredded mozzarella. Put skillet under the broiler for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and browned.
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{ 106 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa December 6, 2012 at 3:30 am

Scrumptious and so comforting! The kind of dish I love to eat when it’s cold outside.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life December 6, 2012 at 3:40 am

My great-great-grandma’s English pasty recipe is the best family recipe we have!

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3 SalBug December 6, 2012 at 5:34 am

My mom’s tamale pie. Yummy!

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4 Phoebe December 6, 2012 at 5:37 am

My grandmother’s “fruitcake” recipe – it’s more like a pound cake, spiked with sherry and nutmeg and studded with raisins.

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5 Sarah G December 6, 2012 at 5:39 am

MY favorite family recipe is for Chicken Pot Pie. It’s so simple, but so good!

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6 Kaitlyn December 6, 2012 at 5:57 am

My favorite family recipe one for cinnamon swirl bread.

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7 Shawna @ CheekyChic Family December 6, 2012 at 6:06 am

We have too many family favorites to choose just one, but we do love my Granny’s beef stew recipe. It’s simple yet so divine! I ate it as my first meat because the beef is cooked so long it’s soft and easy to chew, and I’ve made it for all my kids when it was time for their first table food. It warms my belly and my heart each time I make it.

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8 Jack December 6, 2012 at 6:51 am

Panko Chicken – it’s much healthier than fried!! :)

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9 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit December 6, 2012 at 6:57 am

Wow, looks like a great cookbook and I love the pictures you took of everything (as always).

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10 kim@hungryhealthygirl December 6, 2012 at 7:06 am

My family all loves pasta with pesto, tomatoes, chicken and black olives! I love your adaptation of Jenny’s recipe. I have bison that needs to be used up and this looks perfect for that.

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11 fenella higgins December 6, 2012 at 7:08 am

My family favorite is spaghetti with meat sauce, so this looks similar to my recipe, but taken up a notch with extra cheese!! Sounds yummy :)

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12 Sarah L December 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

This looks like a great cookbook. I love my family’s kidney bean goulash.

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13 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet December 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

It would have to be my Hubby’s pasta carbonara!

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14 Rena December 6, 2012 at 8:25 am

lasagna!

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15 Kenya Johnson December 6, 2012 at 8:39 am

My favorite family recipe is pot roast.

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16 Kendra December 6, 2012 at 8:59 am

We love homemade pizza:)

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17 Millie December 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

This recipe looks great for kids! My grand-children are picky eaters and I try to make healthy meals for them all the time when they come over. I know this dish has lots of cheese but is a little more healthy because it calls for bison and brown rice. Do you know of any other dishes they may like. You can contact me on my blog!
Thanks, Millie
http://leanandluscious.blogspot.com/

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18 Sean December 6, 2012 at 9:23 am

Favorite fam recipe would definitely have to be twice baked potatoes.

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19 Alina December 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

It would definitely have to be my grandma’s beef stew.

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20 Linda G December 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

I love a casserole my mom used to make. It is a really simple ground beef and rice casserole. I taught my ex how to make it and it was the only thing he could cook. He could grill, just not cook.

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21 Maria Malaveci December 6, 2012 at 9:53 am

Favorite Family Recipe is Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna)

mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

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22 kindra baron December 6, 2012 at 9:55 am

white chicken chili!

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23 NancyC December 6, 2012 at 10:03 am

My mom’s chili is a great family recipe. This book looks like it has a lot of great family favorites!

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24 Katherine D. December 6, 2012 at 10:05 am

German chocolate cake balls!

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25 barbara n December 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

My go to family favorite is some kind of pasta…the possibilites are endless!

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26 Lindsay December 6, 2012 at 10:14 am

My grandmother’s apple pie!

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27 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

What a great pasta recipe, looks comforting and delicious for the whole family!
Enchiladas are a recipe our family has been making for years, and they are a favorite!

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28 Cairn December 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

Looks yummy! I have kids that are picky from time to time and I love cookbooks. Thanks for the chance to win!

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29 Caroline B December 6, 2012 at 11:08 am

I love my family’s recipe for chicken picatta.

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30 Elin December 6, 2012 at 11:18 am

It’s not a meal, but it’s my favorite family recipe. I love my great aunt Anne’s apple cake.

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31 Sherry D. December 6, 2012 at 11:22 am

Potato Rolls….always requested, always loved!

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32 Carla @ Carlas Confections December 6, 2012 at 11:46 am

One of my favorite recipes that has been passed on by my mom is her chicken wings. Its always in the dinner rotation, and it always makes the hubs very happy :)

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33 Michelle S December 6, 2012 at 11:59 am

Beef Rouladen……so good!!

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34 Michelle P. December 6, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Our family favorite recipe is Chicken Pasta Alfredo (gluten-free as well) with veggies. It makes an appearance once a month on our menu at home. I’m so excited to check out this book. I love her recipes. Thank you for posting this recipe. I’m glad to know it turned out well with the gluten-free noodles.

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35 Terry December 6, 2012 at 12:07 pm

My mama’s pecan pie recipe :)

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36 Rachel @ Following In My Shoes December 6, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Love your adaptation!

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37 Rachel @ Following In My Shoes December 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

We love slow-cooked carnitas…. YUM!

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38 Laura (Tutti Dolci) December 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I love a skillet pasta, this looks delish!

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39 Jamie December 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I think it is chili. We are always so happy when it is cool enough outside to have chili again.

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40 Laura December 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I would LOVE to win this cookbook, I’ve been a longtime follower of Picky Palate and am seeing her cookbook EVERYWHERE! Please pick me!

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41 Morgan December 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

My favorite family recipe is a classic ground beef chili! Smokey and spicy…yum!

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42 Nadia@loveliveandgarden December 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

My favorite family recipe is stuffed grape leaves. I kind of revised my grandmother’s traditional recipe when I was pregnant with my third child though. But I ended up liking the revised version better :-)

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43 Liz Lanza December 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

My favorite family recipe is chicken pot pie.

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44 Erin December 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

My favorite family dinner recipe…hmmmm. There are so many! I would say creamy spinach enchiladas. They are delicious!

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45 JOAN GODFREY December 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

sounds good!! will have to try it!

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46 Shelly December 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

My Grandma’s pumpkin bread recipe!

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47 Nadia@loveliveandgarden December 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

My favorite is stuffed grape leaves. I craved them daily when I was pregnant with my last baby..

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48 sara December 6, 2012 at 1:53 pm

my mom’s lasagna!

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49 Luli December 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Mom’s strogonoff :)

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50 Kay Gee December 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Baked potato soup

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51 Katherine R. December 6, 2012 at 2:41 pm

My favorite family recipe is sausage and peppers! We love to put a batch in the crockpot and let it simmer all day!

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52 Kristen McLane December 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

This is hard because my family members have different tastes. My boys like spicy and my daughter is completely opposite. One meal we all like is chicken and dumplings.

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53 jessica w December 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

beef stroganoff

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54 Ilene December 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

The book sounds awesome.

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55 Ilene December 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Creme brûlée French toast for Christmas morning.

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56 libby December 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Oh I could use this cookbook—have some real picky eaters old and young!

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57 Emily @ Life on Food December 6, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Cheesy pasta always makes me happy!

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58 Pamela December 6, 2012 at 4:57 pm

My family favorite is probably my mom’s homemade spaghetti recipe. Very comforting and the whole family loves it!

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59 Irene Chen December 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I always try to make a pasta dish once in a week. This one looks like a winner for my next week’s pasta menu. It’s scrumptious and making me hungry for some tonight.

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60 Stephanie December 6, 2012 at 5:24 pm

My moms lasagna!! (Love your use of Bison… I am making this tomorrow night – thank you!)

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61 Kathy December 6, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I love our family lasagna recipe.

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62 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen December 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

There is something so comforting about a pasta skillet meal and they are so easy! I can’t wait to get Jenny’s cookbook and thanks for the link love!

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63 Amy L December 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm

My family is Italian and we make a recipe we call popat, which is a sort of fritter made with bread crumbs, parmesan, eggs, and seasonings, which is fried then cooked in tomato sauce. It is the best thing to serve with pasta. My family loves them more than just about anything else I make.

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64 Kelly G December 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Love my mom’s spanish rice!

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65 Laurie December 6, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Reminds me of a childhood favorite: beefaroni!

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66 Amanda Renea December 6, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Favorite family recipe: chipped beef in gravy on toast. Yeah, it’s technically on the back of the package, but it was my favorite growing up!

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67 blima December 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm

My moms tofu stir fry

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68 Keshakeke December 7, 2012 at 1:04 am

My favorite family recipe is my Mema’s carrot cake

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69 LisaT December 7, 2012 at 4:43 am

I love a cookbook with good photographs and this one looks like it falls into the good-photography category.

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70 Cindy Brickley December 7, 2012 at 6:12 am

My Spaghetti! I make the best in the world (so I am told by many).

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71 Maria December 7, 2012 at 6:35 am

Love Jenny and her book!

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72 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] December 7, 2012 at 6:43 am

Yum!! I love how easy and wholesome this recipe is. I am adding it to my weeknight meals recipe list!

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73 Sallie December 7, 2012 at 6:52 am

My mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce is my favorite thing, and one I haven’t mastered yet!!

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74 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 7, 2012 at 7:09 am

My favorite family recipe is for my mom’s turkey meatballs. They are so good :)

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75 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings December 7, 2012 at 7:17 am

great recipe– for the whole family!

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76 Natalie S December 7, 2012 at 7:31 am

My favorite family recipe is my mom’s chicken noodle soup! So good!

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77 HeatherChristo December 7, 2012 at 7:44 am

Spaghetti and meatballs! This looks great!

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78 Jes T December 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

My grandmother’s fudge recipe :-D It’s amazing!

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79 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl December 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

I love cooking with bison – looks delish.

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80 Sam December 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

Sliders, tacos and baked Mac & Cheese!

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81 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com December 7, 2012 at 11:54 am

I love baking savory dishes in tart shells.

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82 Teawench December 7, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Today, I’m going with lasagna. Not sure who or where the recipe came from but it’s what I want for comfort food.

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83 Lauren December 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm

My in-laws have a highly secretive rib recipe that I got when we got married (reason enough to marry into this family!!) It is so delicious!

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84 kari m. December 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Special k roast with my moms cheesy potatoes

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85 Amanda Thompson December 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde!

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86 nik December 7, 2012 at 5:09 pm

My favorite is my Dad’s Sicilian pizza. Cheers!

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87 Dianne Shaw December 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm

My favorite family recipe is my mom’s potroast

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88 Jen S. December 8, 2012 at 12:59 am

I love to make golabki for my family the way my grandmother used to make it for me growing up!

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89 Bree December 8, 2012 at 11:07 am

Looks so nice and easy!

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90 Elizabeth December 8, 2012 at 11:10 am

Kielbasa and Broccoli served over pasta

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91 Paulina Rapavi December 8, 2012 at 3:50 pm

My favorite recipe is my mom’s spaghetti bolognese. It’s so delicious I could eat it everyday

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92 Kristin December 8, 2012 at 6:13 pm

I love my mom’s recipe for red velvet cake! So wonderful!

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93 Sheryl December 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

This recipe sounds great! I’m going to have to try it out.

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94 Sara December 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm

We all love taco night.

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95 Linda December 9, 2012 at 11:05 am

Naming just 1 favorite family recipe is difficult, but I’ll say my Aunt Eleanor’s Cedric’s Casserole.

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96 Jan Johnson December 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm

My favorite family recipe is my mother’s cornbread dressing with giblets gravy, which sadly is not written down and I have to just mimic what she used to do as she says to use a bit of this and that!

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97 Esi December 10, 2012 at 5:14 am

Fun recipe! I’m excited to see the book.

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98 susan December 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

okay- that looks great…wish I had that for lunch right about now!

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99 MikeVFMK December 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Love this recipe. I’m all about skillet recipes and pasta in the winter. Definitely on my to-do list. Beautiful Marla.

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100 Denise Browning December 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm

This pasta looks scrumptious, Marla!!! It’s a complete meal.
I also loved the forks seen in the picture. I hope you don’t mind that I ask you…Where did you buy them? Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!!

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101 Marla December 20, 2012 at 4:41 am

Hi Denise, I believe a few of those are from Pottery Barn Kids :)

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102 jackie @ marin mama cooks December 20, 2012 at 6:18 am

Ok, this looks amazing! I just printed the recipe and I’m making it tonight. We love buffalo and I use it in place of ground chuck in tacos, burgers, Bolognese sauce, you name it. I love that it contains no fat and is actually leaner than chicken and has so many omegas. I love your blog and it’s pretty similar to mine, healthy (most of the time) family cooking. I can’t wait to check out more recipes!
xoxo, Jackie

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103 Andrea December 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Love this, but had trouble finding a couple of the ingredients. The Bison was almost $8. a lb, so I used lean ground chicken instead & it turned out great!

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104 Marla December 31, 2012 at 1:52 am

Sounds like a delicious adaptation Andrea! I will try that too :)

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105 Andrea December 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm

You know what else sounds good for this? fresh basil. I love basil! I also like your idea of having some sauce on the side. Since I had this for leftovers again tonight, the noodles had soaked up a lot of the sauce,, so its nice to have some sauce on the side to pour on it.

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106 Marla January 1, 2013 at 1:58 am

Totally agree Andrea! I love fresh basil too. Happy New Year!

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