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Spinach and Mushroom Frittata

A delicious way to enjoy the healthy benefits of spinach and it is so easy-to-make!

Vegetable cooking spray
10 eggs
1 (10-3/4 ounces) can condensed Cream of Mushroom soup
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1-1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 12x8x2-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

2. With a wire whisk, beat the eggs in a large bowl; stir in the soup, spinach, 1 cup of the cheese and the black pepper. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish.

3. Bake for 35 minutes or until the eggs are set in the center. Sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese. Let stand 5-minutes or until the cheese is melted. Makes 8 servings.

Emily

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Black Bean Enchiladas

These easy-to-make great tasting enchiladas are sure to become a favorite of family and guests alike.

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
3/4 cup medium salsa
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
10 (6-inch) corn tortillas
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
Chopped avocado, black olives, sour cream and cilantro, if desired

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 11×7-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cumin; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in corn, salsa, beans and 1 cup of the cheese. Remove from the heat.

2. Stack tortillas on a microwaveable plate. Cover with a paper towel; microwave on High for 1 minute to soften. Place 1/4 cup of the bean mixture along center of each tortilla. Roll up tightly; place seam sides down in baking dish. Spoon remaining bean mixture on top. Pour enchilada sauce over all, spreading to cover all tortillas. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup cheese.

3. Bake covered for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly around the edges. Garnish with the remaining ingredients, if desired. Makes 10 enchiladas.

Emily

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Easy Ravioli Bake

This delicious cheese-filled ravioli recipe makes fixing dinner a simple and easy affair; something every family cook can appreciate!

1(26 to 28 ounce) jar tomato pasta sauce (of your choice)
1 (25 to 27.5 ounce) package frozen cheese-filled ravioli
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray bottom and sides of a 13×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Spread 3/4 cup of the pasta sauce in bottom of baking dish. Arrange 1/2 of the frozen ravioli in a single layer over sauce; top with 1/2 of the remaining pasta sauce and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layers once, beginning with the ravioli. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese.

3. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil; bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until bubbly and hot in the center. Allow to stand 10 minutes before cutting. Makes 8 servings.

Emily

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Seven-Layer Rigitoni Casserole

Seven-Layer Rigitoni CasseroleYou and your family will enjoy pure “comfort in every bite” with this hearty and delicious recipe.

3 cups uncooked rigatoni pasta
1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 (28 ounces) can crushed tomatoes, undrained
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (7 ounce) jar roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook the pasta according to the package directions using minimum cook time; drain.

2. In a 10-inch skillet over medium heat, cook sausage, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink; drain. In a small bowl, combine the tomatoes, garlic and basil.

3. Layer 1/2 each of the pasta, sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, Parmesan cheese, tomato mixture and mozzarella cheese; repeat layers.

4. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until hot and cheese is golden brown. Makes 8 servings.

Emily

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Triple Cheese Pasta

Triple Cheese PastaIf your family is like mine, pasta of any kind is always welcome at the dinner table. This creamy, cheesy, easy-to-make recipe is no exception!

1 (10-3/4 ounces) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 (8 ounce) package shredded two-cheese blend
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups rotini pasta, cooked and drained

1. In a 1-1/2-quart casserole, combine the soup, cheeses, milk and pepper; stir in the cooked pasta.

2. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Makes 4 servings.

Emily

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Twice-Baked Potatoes

Twice-Baked Potatoes DSCN2078A delicious alternative to the usual baked potato!

4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed
1 garlic bulb
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Paprika

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Pierce the potatoes several times with a fork; place on a baking sheet. Wrap the garlic bulb in aluminum foil and place alongside the potatoes. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the garlic is softened and browned. Allow the garlic and potatoes to cool for 15 minutes or until comfortable to handle.

2. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Leaving the skins intact, scoop the pulp into a large bowl. Slice the garlic bulb in half; squeeze out the pulp and add it to the potato pulp. Add the chicken broth, sour cream and pepper, stirring and mashing with a fork until the desired texture. Spoon the mixture into the potato skins; sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and paprika.

3. Place potatoes back on the baking sheet; bake 15 minutes or until the potatoes are heated through and lightly browned. Makes 8 servings.

Emily

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Baked Potato Gratin

We love these cheesy potatoes with just about any main dish I serve whether it’s beef, chicken or pork.

Baked Potato Gratin

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3 cups milk
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
10 cups thinly sliced (1/8-inch thick) all-purpose potatoes
1-1/2 cups shredded Parmesan cheese
1-1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat; stir in the flour using a wire whisk until smooth. Gradually stir in the milk; heat to boiling. Reduce the heat to Low; cook, stirring frequently, until sauce is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the Dijon mustard and salt.

3. Spread 1/2 the potato slices on bottom of baking dish; top with 1/2 of the sauce and 1/2 of each of the cheeses. Repeat the layers. Cover with aluminum foil.

4. Bake 50 minutes; remove the foil and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown. Makes 12 servings*.

* This recipe can easily be reduced by half if desired.

Emily

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Mexican Dip

Mexican DipWhether you are hosting a party, hanging out with friends, or watching a movie with your family, this dip is sure to be a favorite.

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
1 cup chopped onion
1 (8.8 ounce) package ready-to-serve Spanish rice*
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
16 ounces process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
Tortilla chip scoops

1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef, Italian sausage and onion until the meat is no longer pink and the onion is tender; drain. Transfer meat mixture to a 3 to 5-qt. slow cooker.

2. Heat the rice according to the package directions; stir into the meat mixture. Add the refried beans, enchilada sauce and cubed cheese; stir to blend. Cover and cook on Low for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until the cheese is melted. Serve with the tortilla scoops.

* I did not have the ready-to-serve Spanish rice so I substituted a 5.6 ounce package of regular Spanish rice. I prepared it according to the package directions and stirred it into the meat mixture before adding the remaining ingredients.

Emily

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