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Steak & Onion Taco

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Steak & Onion Taco

Steak, grilled onions & melty cheese. #justmakeit

Makes 4 tacos

INGREDIENTS

  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup red onion, finely sliced
  • 3/4 pounds thinly steak (NY, sirloin, filet, flank, skirt - pretty much whatever thinly sliced)
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper, or
  • 1 teaspoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • ½ cup romaine lettuce, finely shredded (preferably from the fatter, crunchier end)
  • 4 -6 inch corn or flour tortillas

Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chili sauce (the ketchup kind)
  • 1 tablespoon capers with a tiny drizzle of caper juice
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl, mix well and set aside
  2. Heat a medium non stick pan with a tablespoon of oil and add onions
  3. Cook over low/medium until golden and beautifully softened, 5-7 minutes, set aside and keep warm
  4. Using same pan, turn heat to high, and just before it smokes add a little more oil and the steak, salt, black pepper or steak seasoning – cook a couple minutes stirring quickly
  5. In the pan, make 4 piles of the steak and add cheese to each on each, cover with a lid for another 30 seconds
  6. Build taco: tortilla, sauce, lettuce, steak/cheese and onions.

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Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy

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Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb pork sausages (preferably British bangers, though a good pork sausage would do)
  • 1 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 8 ounces beef broth
  • 1-12 ounce bottle Guinness (only using 8 ounces, but you drink the rest)
  • 1 teaspoon each of Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1-2 cups cooked mashed potatoes

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring one medium-size pot of water to barely a simmer; add the sausages and cook for 20 minutes
  2. Meanwhile in a large non-stick pan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and add onions; cook until nicely caramelized,  5-7 minutes
  3. Add flour to onions, stir well and cook for another minute or so
  4. Slowly add beef broth and 8 ounces of Guinness, letting the sauce come to a low simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened - season with salt and pepper to taste and keep warm
  5. Heat a medium non-stick pan over medium, and a little oil and sear on all sides until nicely golden brown
  6. To serve, place a small scoop of mashed potatoes onto a plate, top with sausages and spoon the Guinness gravy over the top
  7. Boom!
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Salmon & Fresh Veggies One Sheet Pan Passover Meal

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Salmon & Fresh Veggies One Sheet Pan Passover Meal

Spend more time this Passover enjoying family and traditions with this easy one sheet pan salmon and fresh vegetables meal.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Makes four servings

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces green beans
  • 10 ounces tomatoes
  • 12 small-ish carrots, ends trimmed
  • 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • 2 leeks, white & light green parts only – cleaned and thinly sliced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 6 ounces sugar snap peas
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced fine 
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Four 6 – ounce salmon fillets 
  • 1 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped basil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Put green beans, tomatoes, asparagus, baby carrots, leeks, red pepper and sugar snap peas in a large bowl. Add garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes & oil – mix well to combine.
  3. Season salmon with salt, pepper and top with pesto. Place salmon among the veggies and put baking sheet into the oven. Cook 15 minutes, then turn to broil and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until salmon is nicely golden.
  4. Plate vegetables & salmon and top with chopped basil.

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Rack of Lamb One Sheet Pan Easter Meal

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Rack of Lamb One Sheet Pan Easter Meal

Easter has enough fun family traditions to occupy your time that the last thing you need is to be caught in the kitchen. So here is an easy sheet pan recipe to make your holiday dining simple and still delicious.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Yield: Makes four srvings

Ingredients

  • 6 medium tomatoes, cut into 6 wedges each
  • 2 Japanese eggplants, each cut into ½ inch semi-circle pieces 
  • 1/2 large red onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 zucchinis, diced 
  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes, each sliced lengthwise
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard, plus more for lamb
  • Juice of one lemon juice
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons each finely chopped fresh thyme & rosemary
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 rack of lamb, excess fat removed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Put tomatoes, eggplant, red onion, red pepper, zucchini & potatoes in a large bowl.Combine olive oil, garlic, Dijon, lemon juice and salt & pepper – mix well and add to veggies, toss and then place everything on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with thyme and rosemary, add lemon slices and put into oven – cook about 10 minutes.
  3. While it cooks, brush lamb with Dijon mustard and season with salt & pepper then add to the sheet pan..Continue to bake until vegetables are done and lamb is 140 degrees – about 25 minutes longer.
  4. Remove pan from oven, slice rack into individual chops and serve with vegetables.

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Homemade Hummus

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Homemade Hummus

Doesn't get much better than this.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • ⅓ cup tahini
  • 1 - 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, drained (reserve the liquid)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon fresh parsley, rough chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Paprika
  • Pita

DIRECTIONS

  1. Using a food processor with the metal ‘S’ blade, add garlic and lemon juice
  2. Process about 1 minute, until garlic is minced then scrape down sides of the bowl with a spatula
  3. Add tahini, garbanzo beans and cumin
  4. Continue to process another 2 to 3 minutes - add reserved liquid until hummus is relatively smooth and scoop into a serving bowl
  5. Make it pretty with a little parsley, a good drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of  paprika
  6. Serve with pita bread/chips, vegetables...whatever your heart desires

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Quick Asian Chicken Broth

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Quick Asian Chicken Broth

My go to drink of choice when I’m sick, trying not to snack on shitty, unhealthy stuff or just want something delicious.   

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 green onions cut into 2 inch lengths 
  • 10 or so sprigs of cilantro
  • Four 1/8 inch slices ginger (skin in is fine)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled & rough smashed
  • 15 or so Sichuan pepper corns
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put everything in a pot and bring to a low simmer, then cover and leave for 10 - 15 minutes 
  2. But check a couple minutes after being covered to make sure it’s not boiling - it does that after it gets covered sometimes
  3. To drink, I remove the peppercorns, ginger & garlic but leave in the greens 

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Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries

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Shoestring Sweet Potato Fries

Not to be a broken record…but these are totally simple & delicious. 

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, rinsed (no need to peel)
  • 2 teaspoons neutral oil - like vegetable or avocado
  • ½ teaspoon each Kosher salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin  and/or curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spiralize sweet potato using the small noodle blade, then place the spiralized potato in a large mixing bowl
  3. Add oil, salt, pepper and cumin and/or curry powder if using (which you should be) to the potatoes and mix well so the seasonings incorporate evenly
  4. Place spiralized potatoes on a baking sheet and bake 20-30 minutes (toss fries halfway through) or until nice and golden brown

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French Toast Waffles

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French Toast Waffles

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Grand Marnier (optional)
  • Two ½ inch thick slices Brioche bread
  • Butter
  • Syrup (optional)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. In a shallow medium sized bowl beat the eggs with the milk, salt and Grand Marnier (if you choose to)
  3. Dip each side of the bread slices into the egg mixture (but don’t soak it too long) and place in the waffle iron
  4. Cook waffles until golden brown
  5. Top with butter, syrup and powdered sugar

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Bourbon Peach French Toast

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Bourbon Peach French Toast

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS

  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Peach, diced small
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1 ½  tablespoons bourbon, separated
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons granulated white sugar
  • Two-Four 1 ¼ inch thick slices of bread (any you like, but get a good one)
  • Powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat non-stick pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter and add peaches, cooking just to soften
  2. Add brown sugar to the peaches, mix until sugar melts and add lemon zest; then stir in 1/2 tablespoon whiskey, cook out the alcohol- about a minute, set aside
  3. In a shallow medium sized bowl beat the eggs with the milk, white sugar and 1 tablespoon bourbon
  4. Preheat a separate nonstick skillet on medium heat until butter melts and starts to sizzle
  5. Dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture (be sure cover both sides AND the ends) and place in the skillet
  6. Cook until golden brown (about 3 - 4 minutes before turning) on each side and be sure to cook the ends too
  7. Put on a plate, top with peach mixture and sprinkle with powdered sugar to serve

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Polenta Bruschetta

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Polenta Bruschetta

Serves 6-8 as an appetizer

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced small
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 Polenta Chub (makes about 20 rounds)
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil (use what you have but I used avocado oil)
  • ½ cup goat cheese, soften

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix tomatoes, basil, garlic, and olive oil - pinch of salt and pepper to taste; set aside
  2. Open Polenta and remove rounded ends
  3. Slice polenta into ½ inch slices
  4. Brush oil onto polenta slices and season with salt and pepper
  5. Grill on each side for 3-5 minutes until they get really good grill marks
  6. Remove polenta from the grill
  7. On each grilled polenta round, spread a little goat cheese, top with bruschetta mixture and serve.
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Baked Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

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Baked Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/3 cup salsa verde (green salsa)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese - Monterey Jack, cheddar or even a mix…it’s up to you
  • 1-2 tablespoons finely minced chipotle peppers
  • 10 flour tortillas, approximately 6 inches in diameter

Toppings for serving

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 425
  • Combine chicken, salsa, cheese and chipotles in a bowl - mix well to combine
  • Heat tortillas slightly to make them pliable, add some filling and roll up tightly
  • Place seem-side down on a greased baking sheet and brush or spray with neutral oil
  • Bake approximately 25 minutes or until golden and crispy
  • Plate, add toppings and serve - yum.

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Mayo Cheese Bread

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Mayo Cheese Bread

My mom's old school recipe never fails.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/3 cup shredded asiago cheese (or a combo of shredded Monterey jack & cheddar)  
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 sourdough baguette  

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Combine mayo, onion, cheese & parsley - mix really well
  3. Season with pepper and a pinch of salt, stir through
  4. Cut baguette horizontally and spread on cheese mayo mix
  5. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly
  6. Slice into pieces and serve
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Cheesy Breakfast Grits

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Cheesy Breakfast Grits

So so easy and delicious - ok, we complicate slightly but deliciously by adding sausage and a fried egg.

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups water
  • big pinch Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking grits
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese (I like Monterey Jack, but use whatever you like or have)
  • 6 ounces pork sausage
  • 2 eggs 
  • 2 greens onions, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Boil water and add salt & grits - stir well and turn down to low
  2. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened
  3. Add butter, milk and cheese, stir until creamy & well combined - cover and keep warm
  4. Cook sausage in a non-stick pan until just no longer pink and keep warm
  5. Cook eggs however you like - over easy, sunny, poached it’s up to you
  6. Put 1/2 the grits into each of 2 bowls and add some sausage, green onions and top with the egg
  7. Boom
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Artichoke Hearts

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Artichoke Hearts

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Serves 1-2

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 1 can (15oz) whole artichoke hearts, drain, cut in half and dry on paper towels
  • Avocado oil or any high retention oil to cook
  • Kosher salt and fresh black ground pepper
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a wok or pan on high with about 2 tablespoons oil and add artichokes- let sit about a minute or until artichokes get some “charred” coloring
  2. Add pinch of salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, garlic and stir-fry about 30 seconds or so - add fresh parsley, stir and serve with squeeze of fresh lemon juice on top

 

Note: This is a fast cooking dish...prep all your ingredients beforehand

 

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Black Bean Burger

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Black Bean Burger

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Makes 2 big burgers or 3 smaller ones

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ red onion, diced
  • ½ red bell pepper, diced
  • Olive oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed
  • One 15 ounce can black beans, drained (save a little liquid)
  • Kosher salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 or 3 English muffins or buns - just something good though ya hear me?
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • Squeeze fresh lime juice
  • ½ cup baby arugula, dressed with a little oil, salt & pepper
  • 2 slices of cheese (whatever you like, I used provolone for one and munster on another)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook onion and pepper in a non-stick pan with a little oil until just softened
  2. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30-45 seconds more, then set aside
  3. Mash beans in a medium bowl, then add onion, pepper & garlic mixture, pinch of salt and pepper, cumin, chipotle and ¼ cup panko
  4. Mix everything well to combine, put a little oil on your hands and shape into 2 or 3 patties; set aside
  5. Coat the patties (in this order) using 3 separate bowls for flour, beaten eggs then panko
  6. Heat the pan you cooked the onions in, add a little more oil and cook patties until crispy and brown on each side (about 3-4 minutes per side)
  7. Add cheese slices when you flip the burgers over, let cheese melt
  8. Toast English muffins or buns lightly
  9. For the sauce, mix sour cream, chipotle pepper and lime juice; set aside
  10. Build burger: bottom bun, sauce, arugula, black bean burger, bun top.

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Sardine Avocado Toast

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Sardine Avocado Toast

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Serves 1-2

Ingredients

  • 4 slices french baguette - about ¼ inch thick
  • Olive oil
  • 1 ripe avocado, slightly mashed
  • 4-6 grape tomatoes, sliced
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 can sardines (I like the ones in olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Directions

  1. Heat a flat griddle or pan on medium-high
  2. Brush each baguette slice with olive oil and toast until lightly golden
  3. Spread a little avocado on the toast, then layer with a few slices of tomatoes - season each slice with pinch of salt, fresh ground pepper and a little bit of the red pepper flakes (if you want)
  4. Top with sardines and garnish with parsley

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These small, little bites of deliciousness are always welcome - and easy to make especially if you keep frozen, precooked meatballs in your freezer.  

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 pound ready made mini meatballs (in the freezer section)
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 2 green onions, white & light green parts only, thinly sliced on an angle
  • sesame seeds for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a pot and heat on the stove over medium heat until sauce comes to a slight boil - then turn down heat and simmer
  2. Place the meatballs in the pot, simmer 10-15 minutes until heated through
  3. Serve over rice, garnish sesame seeds and green onions on top.
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Brussels Sprout & Bacon Flatbread

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Brussels Sprout & Bacon Flatbread

If you're a Brussels sprouts hater, there's a very good chance this could change your mind.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 bacon strips, sliced widthwise
  • 3-4 whole brussels sprouts, sliced thin
  • ⅓ cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon each Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pita bread
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • ½ cup fresh baby arugula

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven 425 degrees
  2. Heat a medium frying pan, add bacon - cook until just the edge of crispy, leave about ½ tablespoon of grease in the pan discarding the rest and add Brussels sprouts -  cook about 6-7 minutes and set aside
  3. In a small bowl, combine ricotta, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic - mix well
  4. Spread ricotta mixture evenly on pita, add bacon/Brussels mixture and top with Monterey Jack cheese
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cheese melts and pita is slightly crispy
  6. While flatbread is in the oven, mix arugula with a little olive oil, season with salt and pepper
  7. Remove flatbread, top with arugula and serve.

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Grilled Scrambled Egg Sandwich

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Grilled Scrambled Egg Sandwich

How have I not done this before?

Makes 1 sandwich

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 strips bacon, sliced thin
  • 4 cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices of bread (any you like)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 slice cheese (any you like, I used Jack)
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. In small skillet on medium heat cook bacon until almost crispy, remove excess bacon fat and add mushrooms – cook until nicely softened, about 5 minutes
  2. Add butter to the bacon mixture then the egg – scramble in the pan until egg cooked through and set aside
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise on one side of bread, then cheese and the egg mixture, season with salt and pepper to taste – top with 2nd slice of bread
  4. Spread top slice with ½ tablespoon mayonnaise, and grill in a non-stick pan until nicely browned – repeat with 2nd sid.

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One Pot Mac

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One Pot Mac

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ lb bacon, sliced thin widthwise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 ounces macaroni-type pasta (I used orecchiette in this recipe)
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Using a large pan with high sides, cook bacon on medium heat just until almost crisp and mix in garlic until fragrant - remove bacon in a small bowl
  2. Lightly rinse and drain the uncooked pasta to get some of the starch out - set aside
  3. Put the same pan back on medium heat - add milk, pasta, mustard powder, butter, ½ cup chicken broth and pepper - give it a little stir to loosen the pasta
  4. Bring to a boil, then turn it down and let simmer until milk has reduced into thick sauce; about 10 minutes or so
  5. Stir in cheese and bacon - if sauce is too thick, add a little more broth to thin sauce out.

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