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15 Quick and Easy Family Dinners You’ll Love

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When the mood strikes me, I’m more than willing to tackle a recipe that’s going to take me a while to make. The end product is usually well worth the effort! But on your average weekday, I really only have the time and patience to throw together a Rachel Ray-style 30-minute meal. But just because I want something that I can make fast doesn’t mean it can’t also be delicious!

There is a treasure trove of quick and delicious recipes out there on the web, just waiting to be discovered. Every so often (usually when I’m getting sidetracked from something important) I end up searching the web for quick and tasty-looking recipes to try out. This time I figured while I’m at it, I may as well collect a bunch of them and share them with you! Because I’m sure I’m not the only one who aims to maximize taste while minimizing time and effort. :-)

This one-pot “lasagna” recipe from Damn Delicious caught my eye almost immediately, and I was eager to give it a try. It’s just as easy as cooking up a boxed pasta dinner, but WAY more delicious. Give it a try! And be sure to keep scrolling after the recipe for even MORE quick and delicious dinner ideas!

One-Pot “Lasagna”

from Damn Delicious

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Ingredients:

  • 3 Italian sausage links, casing removed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 oz farfalle pasta
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the Italian sausage and cook until browned (about 3-5 minutes), using a wooden spoon to break it down into small pieces. Drain off any fat remaining in the pan.

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Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes to the skillet alongside the cooked sausage.

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Bring the mixture to a simmer, then stir in the pasta and 2 cups of water. Stir, and let the mixture come to a boil. Once it’s boiling, cover the skillet and reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked through, then remove the skillet from heat.

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Stir in mozzarella and parmesan into the pot, making sure it’s well combined. Using a small scoop or spoon, add the ricotta in dollops over the top of the skillet, then replace the lid for another 3 minutes or so.

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Garnish with chopped parsley, and serve immediately.

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Jill Nystul (aka Jillee)

Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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Jill’s 30 years of homemaking experience, make her the trusted source for practical household solutions.

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  • That One-Pot Lasagna sounds scrumptious! With my husband’s iffy stomach when it comes to anything approaching spicy, I’ll have to substitute ground beef and leave out the red pepper flakes, but it will still be easy and tasty.

  • These all look wonderful! The meatloaf cupcakes will certainly be a hit and it’s Fall…aka-“carb season” so yeah, keep what you like coming!

    Some of actually LIKE and EAT carbs and still lose weight. Sheesh.

  • Love the inclusion of all the veggies, especially the leafy greens. But agree with the earlier comment, too much pasta and carbs. Latter can be limited by increasing vegetables and decreasing pasta proportions. And consuming only occasionally.

  • I was very excited to open these recipes, but disappointed to find that they are mostly pasta-based, high carb, high calorie recipes. I’d love to see a similar bunch of quick, low-cal, no/low carb recipes that are not all raw vegetable based. I must admit, the fish tacos caught my attention. I will simply skip the shell!

    • I have learned to love pasta recipes, even though I”m allergic to wheat. I just substitute spaghetti squash. Since it could make what should be a quick recipe into a very lengthy one, I cook the squash when I have time, then put the prepared “pasta” in the fridge for when I need it in a quick recipe within a day or two.

      Cauliflower is another tasty, and much quicker, substitute for pasta, especially in strong-flavored dishes. (If you haven’t tried cauliflower “potato” salad, you should! Just make it like your regular potato salad, except with cauliflower cut up small.)

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