Tangy Tomato Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 6 bone-in pork loin chops (8 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, sliced
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Hot cooked egg noodles, optional

Bacon White Cheddar Pesto Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto sauce, purchased or homemade
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces grated white Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Asian Garlic Noodles

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 12 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 zucchinis, diced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
FOR THE SAUCE
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste), or more, to taste*
  • 1 tablespoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, sambal oelek, oyster sauce, ginger and sesame oil; set aside.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
    Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp and 2 tablespoons soy sauce mixture, and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  3. Stir in mushrooms, bell pepper, zucchinis and carrot to the skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in spaghetti, shrimp and remaining soy sauce mixture until well combined, about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with cilantro, if desired.

American Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (29 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
  • 12 dry lasagna noodles
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pint part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Penne With Arrabbiata Sauce

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound (450g) penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as desired
  • 1 medium clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 (28-ounce; 794g) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand (see note
  • 2 ounces (60g) finely grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • Small handful minced flat-leaf parsley leaves

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan of boiling salted water, cook penne until just short of al dente, about 1 minute less than the package recommends.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine oil, garlic, and pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat until garlic is very lightly golden, about 5 minutes. (Adjust heat as necessary to keep it gently sizzling.)
  3. Add tomatoes, stir to combine, and bring to a bare simmer. When pasta is ready, transfer it to sauce using a strainer or slotted spoon. (Alternatively, drain pasta through a colander, reserving 1 cup of cooking water. Add drained pasta to sauce.)
  4. Add about 1/4 cup pasta water to sauce and increase heat to bring pasta and sauce to a vigorous simmer. Cook, stirring and shaking the pan and adding more pasta water as necessary to keep sauce loose, until pasta is perfectly al dente, 1 to 2 minutes longer. (The pasta will cook more slowly in the sauce than it did in the water.)
  5. Continue cooking pasta until sauce thickens and begins to coat noodles, then remove from heat and toss in cheese and parsley, stirring vigorously to incorporate. Stir in a drizzle of fresh olive oil, if desired. Season with salt and serve right away, passing more cheese at the table.

Chuck’s Favorite Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 (8 ounce) package elbow macaroni
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 (12 ounce) container small curd cottage cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil, add pasta, and cook until done; drain.
  2. In 9×13 inch baking dish, stir together macaroni, shredded Cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix together bread crumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle topping over macaroni mixture.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is golden