Category Archives: Pasta, Rice, etc.

Kel’s Lemony-Garlic Angel Hair Pasta with Bacon, Butter and Olives

Lemony-garlic angel hairHere’s a refreshing pasta dish that I have been making for years. It stars fresh angel hair, lemon and garlic, and is quick and simple to make. The addition of bacon, black and Spanish olives, butter and Parmesan/Reggiano cheese makes it melt-in-your-mouth heavenly. Leave out the bacon for a vegetarian version that also is sure to please! If you don’t have fresh pasta, the boxed angel hair is good too, it just doesn’t absorb the sauce quite as well.

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Kel’s Tasty Turkey Meatballs for Pasta, Pizza and Pitas

Meatballs in marinare are served!

I normally buy ground turkey breast that is at least 99% fat free, but the other day Harris Teeter had 93% lean ground turkey on sale for $3.98 per pound, which was a great deal and saved me a little more than $1.00 per pound. Yaaay! Immediately I thought I’d make turkey burgers for dinner because with the extra little bit of fat they would be juicier. However, for some reason when I got home I asked Brad what he would prefer – turkey burgers or meatballs, and he quickly responded, “Meatballs.”

Actually, meatballs turned out to be a great choice, since I got three meals for two out of one pound of meat: turkey meatballs in marinara sauce over pasta; meatball-stuffed pita sandwiches; and homemade garlic-herb crusted pizza with meatballs, green peppers, olives and onions (recipe to be posted soon.)

Rock this turkey meatball pie!

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Pull-Apart Chicken Thigh and Olive Stew (or Pasta Sauce)

Pull-Apart chicken with tomatoes and olives

I rarely buy chicken thighs since my family prefers chicken breasts, but there was a great sale on them so I decided to pick some up to cook in my new Ninja cooker. I recalled a wonderful crockpot recipe from my late and wonderful grandmother, Mamma, that combined chicken, olives and canned tomatoes, but that was from my college days and I had no idea where it was. So I improvised and made what turned out to be a delicious dish to be eaten either by itself as a hearty stew, or as a thick sauce served over some sort of pasta. The olives and tomatoes blend wonderfully together and by making this in the slow cooker, all of the flavors have a chance to intensify.

If you don’t have a Ninja, that’s okay – you can use a skillet for the first few steps. Once you brown the chicken and add the seasonings, wine and tomatoes, just transfer it all to the slow cooker and proceed. The Ninja does make the process easier and faster, though.

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Pull-Apart Chicken Thigh and Olive Stew (or Pasta Sauce)

Pull-Apart chicken with tomatoes and olives

I rarely buy chicken thighs since my family prefers chicken breasts, but there was a great sale on them so I decided to pick some up to cook in my new Ninja cooker. I recalled a wonderful crockpot recipe from my late and wonderful grandmother, Mamma, that combined chicken, olives and canned tomatoes, but that was from my college days and I had no idea where it was. So I improvised and made what turned out to be a delicious dish to be eaten either by itself as a hearty stew, or as a thick sauce served over some sort of pasta. The olives and tomatoes blend wonderfully together and by making this in the slow cooker, all of the flavors have a chance to intensify.

If you don’t have a Ninja, that’s okay – you can use a skillet for the first few steps. Once you brown the chicken and add the seasonings, wine and tomatoes, just transfer it all to the slow cooker and proceed. The Ninja does make the process easier and faster, though.

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Pull-Apart Chicken Thigh and Olive Stew (or Pasta Sauce)

Pull-Apart chicken with tomatoes and olives

I rarely buy chicken thighs since my family prefers chicken breasts, but there was a great sale on them so I decided to pick some up to cook in my new Ninja cooker. I recalled a wonderful crockpot recipe from my late and wonderful grandmother, Mamma, that combined chicken, olives and canned tomatoes, but that was from my college days and I had no idea where it was. So I improvised and made what turned out to be a delicious dish to be eaten either by itself as a hearty stew, or as a thick sauce served over some sort of pasta. The olives and tomatoes blend wonderfully together and by making this in the slow cooker, all of the flavors have a chance to intensify.

If you don’t have a Ninja, that’s okay – you can use a skillet for the first few steps. Once you brown the chicken and add the seasonings, wine and tomatoes, just transfer it all to the slow cooker and proceed. The Ninja does make the process easier and faster, though.

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Pull-Apart Chicken Thigh and Olive Stew (or Pasta Sauce)

Pull-Apart chicken with tomatoes and olives

I rarely buy chicken thighs since my family prefers chicken breasts, but there was a great sale on them so I decided to pick some up to cook in my new Ninja cooker. I recalled a wonderful crockpot recipe from my late and wonderful grandmother, Mamma, that combined chicken, olives and canned tomatoes, but that was from my college days and I had no idea where it was. So I improvised and made what turned out to be a delicious dish to be eaten either by itself as a hearty stew, or as a thick sauce served over some sort of pasta. The olives and tomatoes blend wonderfully together and by making this in the slow cooker, all of the flavors have a chance to intensify.

If you don’t have a Ninja, that’s okay – you can use a skillet for the first few steps. Once you brown the chicken and add the seasonings, wine and tomatoes, just transfer it all to the slow cooker and proceed. The Ninja does make the process easier and faster, though.

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Pull-Apart Chicken Thigh and Olive Stew (or Pasta Sauce)

Pull-Apart chicken with tomatoes and olives

I rarely buy chicken thighs since my family prefers chicken breasts, but there was a great sale on them so I decided to pick some up to cook in my new Ninja cooker. I recalled a wonderful crockpot recipe from my late and wonderful grandmother, Mamma, that combined chicken, olives and canned tomatoes, but that was from my college days and I had no idea where it was. So I improvised and made what turned out to be a delicious dish to be eaten either by itself as a hearty stew, or as a thick sauce served over some sort of pasta. The olives and tomatoes blend wonderfully together and by making this in the slow cooker, all of the flavors have a chance to intensify.

If you don’t have a Ninja, that’s okay – you can use a skillet for the first few steps. Once you brown the chicken and add the seasonings, wine and tomatoes, just transfer it all to the slow cooker and proceed. The Ninja does make the process easier and faster, though.

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Pull-Apart Chicken Thigh and Olive Stew (or Pasta Sauce)

Pull-Apart chicken with tomatoes and olives

I rarely buy chicken thighs since my family prefers chicken breasts, but there was a great sale on them so I decided to pick some up to cook in my new Ninja cooker. I recalled a wonderful crockpot recipe from my late and wonderful grandmother, Mamma, that combined chicken, olives and canned tomatoes, but that was from my college days and I had no idea where it was. So I improvised and made what turned out to be a delicious dish to be eaten either by itself as a hearty stew, or as a thick sauce served over some sort of pasta. The olives and tomatoes blend wonderfully together and by making this in the slow cooker, all of the flavors have a chance to intensify.

If you don’t have a Ninja, that’s okay – you can use a skillet for the first few steps. Once you brown the chicken and add the seasonings, wine and tomatoes, just transfer it all to the slow cooker and proceed. The Ninja does make the process easier and faster, though.

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Pull-Apart Chicken Thigh and Olive Stew (or Pasta Sauce)

Pull-Apart chicken with tomatoes and olives

I rarely buy chicken thighs since my family prefers chicken breasts, but there was a great sale on them so I decided to pick some up to cook in my new Ninja cooker. I recalled a wonderful crockpot recipe from my late and wonderful grandmother, Mamma, that combined chicken, olives and canned tomatoes, but that was from my college days and I had no idea where it was. So I improvised and made what turned out to be a delicious dish to be eaten either by itself as a hearty stew, or as a thick sauce served over some sort of pasta. The olives and tomatoes blend wonderfully together and by making this in the slow cooker, all of the flavors have a chance to intensify.

If you don’t have a Ninja, that’s okay – you can use a skillet for the first few steps. Once you brown the chicken and add the seasonings, wine and tomatoes, just transfer it all to the slow cooker and proceed. The Ninja does make the process easier and faster, though.

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Pull-Apart Chicken Thigh and Olive Stew (or Pasta Sauce)

Pull-Apart chicken with tomatoes and olives

I rarely buy chicken thighs since my family prefers chicken breasts, but there was a great sale on them so I decided to pick some up to cook in my new Ninja cooker. I recalled a wonderful crockpot recipe from my late and wonderful grandmother, Mamma, that combined chicken, olives and canned tomatoes, but that was from my college days and I had no idea where it was. So I improvised and made what turned out to be a delicious dish to be eaten either by itself as a hearty stew, or as a thick sauce served over some sort of pasta. The olives and tomatoes blend wonderfully together and by making this in the slow cooker, all of the flavors have a chance to intensify.

If you don’t have a Ninja, that’s okay – you can use a skillet for the first few steps. Once you brown the chicken and add the seasonings, wine and tomatoes, just transfer it all to the slow cooker and proceed. The Ninja does make the process easier and faster, though.

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