Chicken Bacon Garlic Alfredo Roll Ups

Alfredo Roll Ups are cheesy, perfectly portioned servings of deliciousness. This is going to be one of the best meals you will ever make!

Anything with lasagna noodles is just fun to make and delightful to eat! You have to try these favorites, Classic Lasagna, Zucchini Lasagna and Lasagna Soup!

Chicken Bacon Garlic Alfredo Roll ups on a plate.

Easy Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups

Some things I make on the blog that I really hope everyone tries. This is one of those recipes. I have already made it twice in one week. And because I loved it so much I invited my family over for Sunday dinner. They had to experience how amazing this meal was, and they could not get enough. This will turn your ordinary roll ups upside down. It is different, creamy, decadent and full of flavor!

It all started with these Alfredo Roll Ups. An early recipe on the blog that I’ve been tweaking over the years and have now perfected. The homemade alfredo sauce is absolutely perfect,  I promise you won’t find a better one out there. Then I added the bacon, because bacon makes everything better. It was a simple addition that turned these into divine individually portioned bites of heaven. This is a dish the whole family will love! I bet you will make them again and again!

Ingredients for Chicken Roll Ups

All of these ingredients can be easily found at the grocery store. I used a rotisserie chicken or use chicken from this incredible whole chicken in the instant pot recipe. So good!

  • Lasagna Noodles: Precooked but just to al dente. Drain and rinse your noodles in cold water and separate to avoid sticking together.
  • Chicken: Cooked and shredded. Rotisserie chicken works well here.
  • Bacon: Cooked and crumbled, use the air fryer for a quick way to cook your bacon.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Grated, but shred your own to avoid cheese that has anti caking agents on it.

Garlic Alfredo Sauce Ingredients 

  • Butter: Adds a bit of salt and tons of flavor.
  • Heavy whipping Cream: Creates a creamy decadent sauce.
  • Cream Cheese: Not only adds flavor but helps to thicken it as well.
  • Garlic: Freshly minced garlic works best.
  • Garlic Powder: This will add more flavor without the chunks.
  • Italian seasoning: A great seasoning with all the best herbs. Make your own here.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste
  • Parmesan Cheese: Grated fresh will give you the best flavor.

How to Make Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups

This may seem hard, but it is not! It is actually quite simple. My kids love to help me roll the noodles up, they also love to eat the filling.

  1. Prep: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cook: In a large pot cook the lasagna noodles according to the package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse the noodles with cold water and lay them on a paper towel to remove excess water.
  3. Alfredo: In medium saucepan add butter, heavy whipping cream and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat and whisk until melted.
  4. Season: Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until smooth.
  5. Cheese: Add the grated parmesan cheese. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes or until it starts to thicken.
  6. Bottom of Pan: Line the bottom of the 9×13 pan with 1 cup of the alfredo sauce.
  7. Layer Noodles: Spread 2 Tablespoons of the alfredo sauce over each noodle. Take 1/8th of the shredded chicken and bacon and spread evenly over each noodle and top with about 3 tablespoons shredded cheese.
  8. Roll it: Carefully roll up each lasagna noodle and place seam side down in your 9×13 prepared pan. Repeat.
  9. Cover: Once they are all in the pan, pour the remaining alfredo sauce over the top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  10. Bake it: Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

Placing alfredo chicken and bacon on lasagna noodles and then rolling them up.

Tips for the Best Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups

These roll ups are absolutely divine. They are fun and different and are going to be a family favorite for sure.

  • Noodles: Make sure you cook your noodles al dente. You want them to soft and pliable but firm enough to roll. I do not recommend using no boil noodles. They just do not work with this recipe.
  • Chicken: This is a great recipe to use up extra chicken you may have from another dinner. I like to cook thighs and breasts in the air fryer to use for recipes. They both would be amazing in this recipe.
  • Cheese: Mozzarella is a classic cheese for this lasagna dish, be sure to grate your own. It will melt easier and more evenly. Other cheese you could use is provolone or gouda.
  • Alfredo Sauce: If you want a lighter alfredo you can use half and half, it will still you all the flavor and creaminess. Also try subbing out the parmesan for romano, asiago or pecorino romano.
  • Cover while cooking: If you are worried about the noodles exposed edges becoming crunchy, cover the dish with foil before placing it in the oven. Everything is already cooked so you essentially you are heating the insides. Uncover the roll ups the last 5-10 minutes to brown the cheese.

Baked chicken bacon alfredo roll ups in a pan.

Double it and Freeze!

One of the best things about this meal is that it is so easy to prep ahead of time and or freeze for another day. Since I am making one batch of these roll ups, I might as well make two. It is just as easy and i can freeze one to have later or to give away. It just makes sense.

  • Make ahead:  Make these chicken bacon alfredo roll ups up to a day ahead and place in the fridge tightly covered. When ready to bake, remove from fridge half hour before cooking. Bake for regular time and uncover the last 5-10 minutes.
  • Freeze: To freeze, make the chicken bacon roll ups and place in the pan. Tightly cover with plastic wrap and then with foil. Freeze for up to 2 months. Remove from freezer and let thaw in the fridge. Bake as directed. Note: Dairy does not freeze well so you might notice a bit of separation in the sauce. It will not change the flavor, just the look.  It is totally normal and still good to eat.
  • Leftovers: Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Scooping out a lasagna roll up out of the pan.

More Roll up Fun to Have with Your Food

Rolling your food up isn’t just a fun way to play with your food, it is a fun way to eat your food too. You can either unroll them bite by bite or just cut into them. Roll up food can include so many different foods from sweet to savory. If you want to have more fun with your food, try these tried and true roll up recipes today!

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Chicken Bacon Garlic Alfredo Roll Ups

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Chicken, Bacon, and cheese all rolled up into perfect portions and topped with the BEST homemade garlic alfredo sauce!  One of the best meals that you will make!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian American
Keyword chicken alfredo roll ups, chicken bacon garlic alfredo roll ups, chicken roll ups
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 859kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 8 Lasagne noodles
  • 2 cups chicken cooked and shredded, I used rotisserie
  • 1 pound bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded

Garlic Alfredo Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream 2 cups
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse the noodles with cold water and lay them on a paper towel to remove excess water.
  • In a medium saucepan add butter, heavy whipping cream, and cream cheese. Cook over medium heat and whisk until melted. Add the minced garlic, garlic powder, italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Continue to whisk until smooth. Add the grated parmesan cheese. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook for about 3-5 minutes or until it starts to thicken.
  • Line the bottom of the 9×13 inch pan with 1 cup of the alfredo sauce.
  • Spread 2 Tbs of the alfredo sauce over each noodle. Take 1/8th of the shredded chicken and bacon and spread evenly over each noodle and top with about 3 Tbs shredded cheese.
  • Carefully roll up each lasagna noodle and place seam side down in your 9×13 prepared pan. Repeat.
  • Once they are all in the pan, pour the remaining alfredo sauce over the top and top with remaining cheese. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes until heated through and cheese is bubbly.

Notes

Updated on March 27, 2021

Originally Posted on July 13, 2015

Nutrition

Calories: 859kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 38g | Cholesterol: 205mg | Sodium: 1005mg | Potassium: 302mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1741IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 359mg | Iron: 1mg

 



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Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Air Fryer Whole Chicken is going to change the way you do chicken! Super easy, it comes out perfectly tender, juicy and full of flavor!

Air frying is an easy way to get dinner done, and done right! Serve with Potatoes, Salad, and some Rolls for a winner, winner, chicken dinner!

 

A whole chicken covered with herbs in an air fryer basket.

The Best Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Everyone loves those succulent rotisserie chickens you can buy at the grocery store. You pick one up and you can do so many things with it. Well, I have the perfect recipe that completely puts those rotisserie chickens to shame. Air frying a whole chicken, is super easy and it gives you this incredible crispy full of flavor outside. And tender, juicy, flavorful inside. I used to be intimidated by cooking a whole chicken, but it is so easy and the air fryer guarantees delish results every time.

Air frying whole chicken is also cheaper than buying one and you can have it on your time. I also love the fact that I can customize the spices if needed to. My whole family loves this chicken and I can use it so many different ways. Use the chicken all by itself or use it to make soups, casseroles, wraps, and more. You have to try this air fryer chicken recipe today!

What You Need For Air Frying

With just a few ingredients, you can have a rotisserie style chicken in no time. Change up the seasonings to your likings.

  • Whole chicken:  4-5 pounds and with the giblets removed.
  • Olive Oil: For coating the chicken to help it fry and the seasoning to stick.
  • Italian Seasoning: A wonderful combination of spices that will are delicious on chicken. You can make your own here.
  • Garlic Powder: Garlic and chicken are a good match, they will taste incredible.
  • Paprika: Adds color and flavor to the chicken.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste.

How To Air Fry A Whole Chicken

You are going to love how hands off this chicken is. Just flip it once and you end up with impeccable juicy chicken every time.

  1. Prep the Chicken: Rub the chicken with the oil.
  2. Seasoning:  In a small bowl combine Italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika and salt and pepper. Rub all over the chicken
  3. Air Fry: Place the chicken breast side down in the air fryer. Cook at 360 degrees for 30 min.
  4. Flip: Turn the chicken and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Seasoning the chicken, cooking it and flipping it in the air fryer.

Tips For Tender and Juicy Whole Chicken

Truly air frying a whole chicken could not be any easier. And with just a few tips you can have the best chicken ready in about an hour.

  • Pat It Dry: After you remove the giblets from the inside, pat the chicken dry. This will help the oil and seasonings stick to the chicken. It will also crisp the skin up better because if there is extra moisture on the skin it will just steam.
  • Season: When you season the chicken, do it generously and completely. You want to cover the bird well so it will taste amazing all over.
  • Internal Temperature: This is super important, you want to cook the chicken till it 165 degrees inside. Insert the meat thermometer into the thigh area of the chicken and away from the bone. The temperature will continue to rise 1-3 degrees after the chicken is removed.
  • Start with Breasts down: You will want to place your chicken breast side down at first. This will help the juices keep the white, drier part of the chicken juicier as it cooks. Starting with the breasts up will result in a drier bird.
  • Flip: But you do want to flip the chicken halfway through to make sure the skin gets crispy all over. Trust me you don’t want to miss that step.
  • Let it Rest: Once the chicken is done, you can either leave it in the basket and cover or remove and place on a cutting board and tent the chicken with foil. Let the chicken rest 10-15 minutes to allow the juices to reabsorb in to the meat before cutting.

Variations of Seasonings

With this recipe being so easy, it also amazingly customizable and you can use the chicken in so many ways. Depending on what you want to use it for, your spices and seasonings can be changed up.

  • Mexican: If you are using it in Mexican dishes, use cumin, chili powder, garlic, smoked paprika and even a taco or fajita seasoning blend.
  • Italian: For a more Italian flavor, keep the Italian seasoning, and add some extra oregano and basil
  • Dry Rub: Use ranch or Italian dry dressing as a rub with the olive oil or this French onion soup mix would be incredible.
  • Mix it Up! Other ideas include lemon pepper, Asian 5 spice, or any other flavoring you think will be good.

How to Serve Air Fryer Chicken

Possibilities are almost endless, besides being delicious on its own, this chicken taste scrumptious in so many things.

Sliced juicy chicken on a plate with a wedge of lemon.

More Chicken Dinners to Love

Chicken for dinner is one of the best things you can have. It is easy to cook, super versatile and good for you too. Lower in fat and calories it is a favorite protein among everyone. I always have chicken in the freezer and I usually don’t go home from the store without buying some. Because it is so fast to cook, it is awesome for those busy nights and you can dress it up so easily to make it super fancy if you need to. BBQ, baked, fried, it does not matter how you cook it, I have a recipe for you.

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Air Fryer Whole Chicken

Air Fryer Whole Chicken is going to change the way you do chicken! Super easy, it comes out perfectly tender, juicy and full of flavor!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer chicken, air fryer whole chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 327kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1 (4-5) pound whole chicken giblets removed
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Rub the chicken with the oil. In a small bowl combine italian seasoning, garlic powder, paprika and salt and pepper. Rub all over the chicken.
  • Place the chicken breast side down in the air fryer. Cook at 360 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken and cook for an additional 30 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Nutrition

Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 96mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 263IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg



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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage will make your St. Patrick’s Day a breeze. The beef is tender and the cabbage and potatoes is full of flavor, you will love this!

Corned Beef and Cabbage is a classic then add Soda Bread to complete the meal. For dessert enjoy a little green with Mint Brownies or a Shamrock Shake.

Corned beef, potatoes, cabbages, and carrots on a platter.

Corned Beef and Cabbage

This Irish holiday is a favorite at our house. Along with everything being turned green ( think green milk, pancakes etc), we get to eat this delectable dish! Corned Beef and cabbage is a must for St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Cooking it in the instant pot guarantees tender moist beef and perfectly cooked cabbage and potatoes.Adding the carrots gives it texture, color and flavor. It is the easiest and most delicious way to eat this Irish traditional meal.

Cooking the corned beef and cabbage in the instant pot is a hands off approach that will save you time and stress. If this is your first time cooking it, then the instant pot is the way to go. It will come out perfect and tender! Cook the vegetables separate from the beef so that they don’t get over cooked. This will be a meal that will wow your family! It is so good you may want to make it more than just once a year, which you probably should anyway!

What is Corned Beef?

Traditional Irish made this meal originally with boiled bacon, but when they immigrated to America, they could not afford it pork or bacon. Corned Beef Brisket is what they used instead. They paired it with the cheapest vegetables around, cabbage and potatoes. It has been tradition here in America ever since.

Corned beef is beef brisket that has been soaked in brine and then cured with salt and seasonings. The pink color comes from the sodium nitrate that is used in the  curing process. Corned beef comes in multiple cuts, and is best cooked for a long period of time so that it comes out tender. It can be boiled, slow cooked, or roasted.

What You Need To Make Corned Beef

Now is the time to buy corned beef! I like to buy more than one and stick one in my freezer for later in the year when I get the craving. Corned beef is a favorite.

  • Onion: Roughly chopped
  • Corned Beef Brisket:
  • Water: Needed to create the pressure.
  • Pickling Spice: Many corned beef come with the spices in a packet included.
  • Carrots: Use regular carrots and not baby carrots for best flavor.
  • Baby Potatoes: Red or yellow potatoes work well.
  • Cabbage: Roughly  chopped.

How to Make Corned Beef and Cabbage in the Instant Pot

The instant pot takes the work and fret out of making fork tender corned beef. The vegetables need to be cooked separately so they don’t turn to mush.

  1. Place: Add the onion to the bottom of your instant pot. Place the corned beef on top and sprinkle with pickling spice.
  2. Cook: Add the water the instant pot and make sure the valve is turned to seal. Set the instant pot to high and cook for 80 minutes.
  3. Rest: Once the time is up, carefully turn the valve to release and let the remaining pressure out. Remove the beef and onions from the instant pot and set it aside to rest.
  4. Cook Vegetables: Take out two cups of the water and add the carrots, potatoes, and cabbage. Make sure the valve is turned to seal. Turn the pressure cooker to high for 5 minutes. Once the time is up then release the pressure. Once the pressure is released slice up the meat going against the grain and serve with vegetables.

Putting the corned beef in the instant pot and adding the vegetables.

How to Buy Corned Beef

March is the perfect time to buy corned beef, although you can usually find it year round. It is mostly found in two different cuts. The flat cut brisket and the point cut. You can also sometimes find a corned beef roast, but they are not as popular since they have the least amount of fat and dry out easily.

Flat cut brisket and point cut brisket are the cuts you want to look for and buy. Flat is a favorite because it comes in a uniform shape and size. This makes the corned beef easy to cut and you can trim the fat off easy from the top. Point cuts usually have the most fat, but can be the most tender.  Either one will work beautifully for this Instant pot recipe.

Cooked corned beef with cabbage, potatoes, and carrots.

Tips for the Best Instant Pot Corned Beef

Leftover corned beef is divine! Make a Breakfast Corned Beef Hash or these Incredible Corned Beef Sandwiches!

  • Potatoes: To get the best results you want to use waxy potatoes that won’t break down as easily when cooked. Yukon golds or yellow potatoes, red potatoes and fingerlings are all ideal choices. Avoid russets, they can break down into mush when cooked.
  • Carrots:  Yes baby carrots can be used and are convenient, but if you have the time use large carrots peeled and chunked. They will give you better flavor and hold up nicely to the instant pot.
  • Pickling Spices: Almost all corned beef will come with a package of spices with it. This is the same as pickling spices and you can just use them for ease. If you do not have a packet use a combination of allspice berries, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, whole pepper seeds, bay leaves and whole cloves. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cut against the Grain: This is one of the most important steps for insuring tender, melt in your mouth meat. As you look at your corned beef you’ll notice how the strands of meat lay in one direction, usually lengthwise. You are going to want to cut against that or at a perpendicular angle. This automatically will help the meat be tender and not fibrous when you eat it.
  • Leftovers: Store leftovers tightly wrapped or in an airtight container for up to 5 days. You can freeze it for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat as desired.

Sliced corned beef, cabbage, carrots, and potatoes on a plate.

More Recipes With Cabbage to Rediscover

Cabbage is wonderful little vegetable that gets overlooked sometimes. It is an exceptionally healthy food. Cabbage  is especially high in vitamins C and K. In addition, eating cabbage may even help lower the risk of certain diseases, improve digestion and combat inflammation. It also adds crunch, volume and taste to dishes. So add these tried and true recipes to add more cabbage to your life. It’s good for you!

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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage

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Instant Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage will make your St. Patrick's Day a breeze. The beef is tender and the cabbage and potatoes is full of flavor, you will love this!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Irish
Keyword Corned beef, Corned beef and cabbage, instant pot corned beef, instant pot corned beef and cabbage
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 580kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion quartered
  • 3-4 pound corned beef brisket
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons pickling spice
  • 4 large Carrots
  • 1 pound baby potatoes
  • 1 head cabbage quartered

Instructions

  • Add the onion to the bottom of your instant pot. Place the corned beef on top and sprinkle with pickling spice.
  • Add the water the instant pot and make sure the valve is turned to seal. Set the instant pot to high and cook for 80 minutes.
  • Once the time is up, carefully turn the valve to release and let the remaining pressure out. Remove the beef and onions from the instant pot and set it it aside to rest.
  • Take out two cups of the water and add the carrots, potatoes, and cabbage. Make sure the valve is turned to seal. Turn the pressure cooker to high for 5 minutes. Once the time is up then release the pressure. Once the pressure is released slice up the meat going against the grain and serve with the veggies.

Nutrition

Calories: 580kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 2835mg | Potassium: 1460mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 8180IU | Vitamin C: 137mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 5mg



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Best Ever Baked Rigatoni

Baked Rigatoni is full of zesty meat, tender noodles and lots of cheese!  Super simple this is the ultimate comfort food!

Turn this hearty dish into a wonderful meal and serve it with these favorites. Garlic Bread, Asparagus and a Salad!

Baked rigatoni being spooned out of a bowl.

Baked Rigatoni

Baked Rigatoni is like taking the best parts of lasagna and spaghetti and putting them together. What you get is a magical hearty, cheesy dish! Everyone loves baked rigatoni! With tons of cheese, zesty tomato sauce and tender noodles, it is just so good! This is truly one of those comfort foods that fills you up both tummy and soul! Baked Rigatoni is a meal everyone loves to come home to and will readily devour.

Rigatoni is named for the noodles typically used in this Italian dish. Rigatoni noodles are large, round, and have ridges that help to hold in all the saucy goodness. They are a larger hollow noodle too which makes it wonderful as will fill with the meaty sauce and cheese. Do not get it confused with ziti which is smaller and does not have ridges or penne which is cut on a diagonal. Baked Rigatoni makes a large amount, so come hungry!

What You Need For Rigatoni

Amazing ingredients on their own, combine to create an incredible homey dish.

  • Rigatoni: Cook the pasta al dente for best results.
  • Olive Oil: The perfect oil for this Italian dish.
  • Small Onion: Finely chopped.
  • Garlic Mince the garlic.
  • Ground Beef: Use lean ground beef.
  • Ground Sausage: Using Italian sausage add a nice bit of spice.
  • Italian Seasoning: A great combination of spices and herbs.
  • Salt and Pepper: Add to taste.
  • Marinara: Use your favorite jarred sauce or even better make your own, it is so easy and delicious!
  • Mozzarella: Use freshly shredded mozzarella over pre-shredded.
  • Parmesan: Finely grated.
  • Chopped Basil: This is optional but adds great flavor.

Making Baked Rigatoni Pasta

You cook the meat and onions and sauce all in the same pan. Saves for easy cleanup.

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×13 inch baking dish and set aside. In a large pot bring water to a boil and cook the rigatoni according to package directions.
  2. Saute: In a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat add the olive oil, onions and garlic. Saute until tender.
  3. Meat: Add in the ground beef and sausage and cook and crumble until no longer pink.
  4. Sauce: Add in the Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, and marinara sauce. Reduce heat and let simmer.
  5. Pasta: Drain the pasta and return to the large pot. Add the meat sauce to the pot and stir until combined.
  6. Layer: Spread half of the pasta in the bottom of your 9×13 inch dish. Layer with half of the pasta.
  7. Add: Layer with half of the cheeses. Repeat with remaining pasta and cheese.
  8. Bake: Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.

Making the meaty sauce and adding the noodles and cheese for Rigatoni.

Tips For The Best Baked Rigatoni

Rigatoni is simple and basic, but you can make it amazing with a few tips.

  • Noodles: Rigatoni is the noodle of choice for this casserole, but you can use other noodles in a pinch. Try to use similar type of noodle. For example rotini, penne, fusilli or large shell pasta. Whichever noodle you use cook the noodles al dente. This helps the noodles absorb the sauce.
  • Fresh Cheese: It is best if you can shred your own cheese, it will melt much easier and taste better. Pre-shredded cheese often comes with anti-caking agents that prevent it from melting the same and can alter the taste.
  • Meat: You can use extra lean ground beef so it isn’t overly greasy. If you find you have a lot of grease in the pan after you cook it. Remove the meat and drain the grease into a can or something you can throw away once the grease has solidified. Do not pour the grease down the sink. It is bad for your pipes. Then back in the meat and continue as directed.
  • Add a little Heat: You can make your baked rigatoni a bit more zesty by using a spicy Italian sausage, or you can add red pepper flakes to taste.
  • Add Vegetables: This is a great dish to add vegetables to or hide them in. Zucchini, mushrooms, peppers, carrots, or spinach.

Baked rigatoni in a white bowl.

Make Ahead and Freeze!

This is one of those amazing recipes that you can make ahead of time and it will actually taste better after it has sit and the flavors have melded together.

  • Make Ahead: Make the baked rigatoni according to directions but do not bake it. Tightly cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before baking. Let the 9×13 pan sit for about 20 min before baking.
  • Freeze: If you want to you can even freeze the rigatoni before it is baked or after for up to 3 months. If you don’t bake it let it thaw overnight in the fridge or on the counter for a few hours. Bake as directed, checking to make sure it is done in the middle. It may need more time. If you have baked it, simply thaw and reheat in the oven or microwave.
  • Leftovers: This makes a large dish, so you can feed a crowd or have leftovers. I have to say leftovers taste even better than when it is fresh. There is just something about Italian food that is always better the second day. Leftovers can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days. Reheat in the microwave.

Two plates with baked rigatoni.

More Pasta Dishes to Fall in Love With

Pasta is one of the best comfort foods there is, it’s filling, and incredibly versatile. Combine it with all sorts of different sauces and meats to create marvelous dishes! Pasta comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and is so fun to cook with. So when you need a pasta fix reach for some of these divine recipes, they are all delectable.

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Baked Rigatoni

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Baked Rigatoni is full of zesty meat, tender noodles and lots of cheese!  Super simple this is the ultimate comfort food!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian, Italian American
Keyword baked rigatoni, rigatoni, rigatoni pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 906kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 16 ounce rigatoni pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 1 Tablespoon italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 (24 ounce jars) marinara sauce or Homemade Marinara
  • 16 ounce mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • chopped basil for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish and set aside. In a large pot bring water to a boil and cook the rigatoni according to package directions.
  • In a medium sized sauce pan over medium high heat add the olive oil, onions and garlic. Sauté until tender.
  • Add in the ground beef and sausage and cook and crumble until no longer pink.
  • Add in the italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste, and marinara sauce. Reduce heat and let simmer.
  • Drain the pasta and return to the large pot. Add the meat sauce to the pot and stir until combined.
  • Spread half of the pasta in the bottom of your 9×13 inch dish. Layer with half of the pasta.
  • Layer with half of the cheeses. Repeat with remaining pasta and cheese.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until bubbly.

Nutrition

Calories: 906kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 58g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 1144mg | Potassium: 726mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 648IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 530mg | Iron: 4mg

 



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Air Fryer Toasted Ravioli

Air Fryer Toasted Ravioli are crispy golden nuggets of YUM!  Perfect as an appetizer or even a meal, you are going to love these!

Appetizers are some the most delicious dishes out there. Try these tried and true favorites like this Crab Dip, Jalapeño Poppers and Spinach Artichoke Dip!

Toasted air fryer ravioli in a bowl with marinara.

Toasted Ravioli

Air fryer ravioli has a crisp golden crunchy outside, that is full of Italian flavor. And then inside is soft, warm and full of cheese. Creating these delicious finger food is super easy and really fast. So when you need a go to appetizer or even a meal, that is a bit different reach for these toasted ravioli. They will be a hit every single time! Having that crunch outside combined with the super tender inside is MUST make. You are going to love it!

Making this appetizer in the air fryer makes it even that much better. You do not have to use extra oil and fat for frying, but you will still get that fried golden taste. The air fryer cooks by circulating the air around the ravioli so cooks evenly and it will bake up fast. Ready to eat in about 15-20 minutes, you can have a delectable dish ready in no time. This is one you just have to try. It is so satisfying.

What You Need For Air Fryer Ravioli

Super easy these ingredients are easy to find. Look for Ravioli in the refrigerated section near the cheese. You can use thawed frozen ravioli as well.

  • Eggs: 2 Large eggs beaten well.
  • Italian Seasoned Breadcrumbs:  Can use unseasoned breadcrumbs and add your own Italian seasoning if you desire.
  • Parmesan Cheese: Use finely grated parmesan for best results.
  • Cheese Ravioli: Refrigerated or frozen and then thawed will both work.
  • Olive Oil Spray: Do not use cooking spray such as PAM, it can ruin your air fryer.
  • Marinara: This is optional for dipping, but oh so good. Use this homemade recipe.

How to Make Ravioli in the Air Fryer

From start to finish you can have these done in about 15-20 minutes. The fact they are so easy and so delicious is huge bonus.

  1. Whisk: In a small bowl add eggs and whisk.
  2. Combine: In another small bowl combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.
  3. Dredge: Dip each ravioli into the egg mixture and then into the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Complete: Continue with each ravioli and place into the basket of an air fryer.
  5. Air Fry: Cook at 360 degrees for 3-4 minutes. Spray with olive oil spray and flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until golden.

Seasoning ravioli and placing it in the air fryer.

Tips For The Best Ravioli in the Air Fryer

Using the air fryer for these toasted ravioli make these a healthier option than frying, but you will still get that amazing crunch and flavor. If you do not have an air fryer, no worries you can use this baked ravioli recipe and still get incredible toasted ravioli.

  • Do not Overcrowd: Air fryers work best when you do not over crowd the food inside. This way the circulating air can get all around the food and cook it evenly. You will probably have to cook the ravioli in batches.
  • Keep Warm: Keep previous batches warm in an oven heated to 200 degrees. Place on a cookie sheet with parchment paper to keep them crispy.
  • Oil spray: You will want to spray the ravioli thoroughly so that the breadcrumbs will crisp up. And you will need to spray both sides after you flip them. Avoid using cooking sprays, they have additives in them that can ruin your air fryer basket.
  • Do I need to Cook the Ravioli: You can pre-cook the ravioli, but that it is optional. It will help soften the inside even more, but if you don’t have time, you don’t have to.
  • Frozen Ravioli: You can use frozen ravioli, let it thaw on the counter. You might have to add a minute or two to the cooking time.

Air fryer ravioli in the air fryer basket.

Variations and Sauces for Ravioli

Appetizers that are customizable are some of the best. You can vary this toasted ravioli to your liking. Also create a dipping bar with all the different kinds and let everyone choose their favorite.

  • Ravioli: You can use different kinds of ravioli, meat filled, lobster, sausage etc. Whatever kind of ravioli you like will work in this toasted ravioli recipe. I would recommend a good quality ravioli that a good portion of filling for the best results.
  • Sauces: Marinara is just the beginning. You can use Pesto, Alfredo, Ranch or a melted butter with Italian Seasoning. And of course garnish with extra cheese.
  • Leftovers: Everyone loves these, so I will be surprised if you have any leftovers. But if you do, they will be just as good as when you made them fresh. Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat in the air fryer for 2-3 minutes.
  • Freeze: Freeze cooked toasted ravioli for another day. Cool completely and freeze in a freezer bag for up to 3 months. Reheat for 3-5 minutes at 350 in the air fryer or until heated through.

Dipping toasted ravioli in marinara.

More Appetizer Recipes to Try

We love appetizers at our house, they bring lots of flavor and variety. Everyone loves to dip, scoop and snack their way to a great meal. The beauty of appetizers is you can usually create a whole meal out of them. They are the best way to try new things too. And we can eat with our hands and it is ok. Use any of these favorite appetizer recipes and you will be the hero of the party. Or you can combine several of them for a fun dinner.

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Air Fryer Toasted Ravioli

Air Fryer Toasted Ravioli are crispy golden nuggets of YUM!  Perfect as an appetizer or even a meal, you are going to love these!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer ravioli, air fryer toasted ravioli, toasted ravioli
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 148kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 (14 ounce) package cheese ravioli
  • olive oil spray
  • marinara sauce for serving

Instructions

  • In a small bowl add eggs and whisk. In another small bowl combine breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese.
  • Dip each ravioli into the egg mixture and then into the breadcrumb mixture.
  • Continue with each ravioli and place into the basket of an air fryer.
  • Cook at 360 degrees for 3-4 minutes. Spray with olive oil spray and flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until golden.

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 104mg | Sodium: 429mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 272IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 1mg



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Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Air Fryer Hot Dogs taste better than any grilled, boiled or game-day hot dog you have ever had! Making them in the Air Fryer is a game changer!

Serve up these summertime hot dogs anytime of the year! Have them with my famous potato salad, pasta salad or just some amazing homemade fries.

Air fryer hot dogs in a bun with mustard, ketchup and relish on a plate.

Easy and Delicious Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Air Frying is usually faster, healthier and the results are just impeccable. Hot dogs are no exception! The circulating air wraps around the hot dog cooking the inside to a tender, juicy perfection and creating perfect texture to the outside. They taste better than from the grill, boiled, or even cooked over an open flame. They are so delicious!

Now you don’t have to wait for summer to have the perfect hot dog. Any time of the year you can serve up a hot dog worthy meal right in your air fryer. Placing the bun in the air fryer with the hot dog at the end warms the bun and toasts it perfectly, without dirtying another pan or burning it in the toaster. So when your family is in need of a quick meal, or you are just craving a good hot dog, all you have to do is reach for the air fryer!

Classic Hot Dog Ingredients

With only two main ingredients you can’t get much simpler than this.

  • Hot Dogs: Pick your favorite high quality hot dog for excellent results.
  • Hot Dog Buns: Be sure to buy a bun that fits the hot dog.
  • Optional Toppings: Whatever you desire. Think ketchup, mustard, pickles , etc. See below for more ideas.

How to Make Hot Dogs in the Air Fryer

Air frying hot dogs makes these taste better than fresh off the grill and it is faster! You are going to love it!

  • Cook: Place the hot dogs in your air fryer basket. Cook at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
  • Buns: For a toasty bun, add your hot dogs to your bun the last 2 minutes of cooking if desired. Top with your favorite toppings!

Hot dogs ready to cook.

Know your Air Fryer!

For the first batch of hot dogs, check after 6 minutes to see how they are doing. Some air fryers cook faster, hotter, slower or at a lower temperature. Cook the hot dogs until your desired doneness.  Use my times as a guide.

Up close picture of cooked hot dogs.

Tips For The Best Air Fryer Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are easy and a fast meal on those buys weekdays or lazy weeknights.

  • Slice or Prick Hot Dogs: Nope, you do not have to prick or slice your hot dogs before air frying. They will not explode on you. You can give them diagonal slits if you want to give them kind of a grilled look, but it is not necessary.
  • Quality Hot Dog: The better the quality of hot dog the better the flavor and taste. One of the great things about hot dogs is how cheap they are. You can make a great dinner on a budget and it will taste fantastic.
  • No Oil Needed:  You do not need to pre-oil your air fryer basket or spray the hot dogs with oil.
  • Bun: Toasting the bun in the air fryer is a must try. It creates the perfect soft bun on the inside and a slight toasty crunch to the outside.

Hot dogs in buns in an air fryer.

How to Serve your Hot and Ready Hot Dogs

There are multiple ways to eat a hot dog and everyone has their opinions. Just remember everyone is right in their opinion when comes to how to eat a hot dog.  Here are some ideas though if you need them.

Hot dogs in buns with ketchup and mustard up close.

More Air Fryer Recipes You Have to Try!

Air frying is changing the way we cook. It creates crispy crusts, juicy tender centers and it is just so easy to use. Using less oil makes foods more healthy and better for you. Air frying often is a faster way to cook too. It just creates foods with tastes and textures you cannot get any other way. Here are some of our favorite Air Fryer Recipes you have to try so you know exactly what I mean!

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Air Fryer Hot Dog

Air Fryer Hot Dogs taste better than any grilled, boiled or game-day hot dog you have ever had! Making them in the Air Fryer is a game changer!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer hot dogs, hot dogs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 Hot Dogs
Calories 229kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 4 hot dogs
  • 4 hot dog buns

Optional toppings:

  • relish
  • ketchup
  • mustard

Instructions

  • Place the hot dogs in your air fryer basket. Cook at 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes.
  • For a toasty bun, add your hot dogs to your bun the last 2 minutes of cooking if desired. Top with your favorite toppings!

Nutrition

Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 3mg



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5 Minute Air Fryer Biscuit Pizzas

5 Minute Air Fryer Biscuit Pizzas are the perfect solution to snack time or dinner time! Super easy and versatile these pizzas bake to perfection in the air fryer.

Pizza is a favorite at our house and when it’s homemade and super easy, it is the best!  I am adding this biscuit pizza to these already tried and true favorites, Stromboli, Homemade Pizza and Air Fryer Pizzas.

Air fryer biscuit pizzas with pepperoni and olives.

Quick and Easy Biscuit Pizzas

This 5 minute biscuit pizza recipe is the quick and easy! The biscuits cook up a tender almost flakey crust that’s absolutely luscious. Topped with your favorite pizza sauce and your favorite pizza toppings, it just can’t be beat. The circulating air that is the cooking element for air fryers heats the pizzas evenly creating the ideal crust. Not only is the crust flakey, buttery and heavenly, but the toppings get cooked perfectly too. These are going to become a family favorite!

I love kid friendly dinners, just like these english muffin pizzas, these biscuits are a kids dream. They can roll out the dough, and put on their own toppings. My kids tend to eat better when they help make it. These are easy enough and fast enough you can make them for dinner or great after school snack. This is going to change pizza night at your house. You are going to love the results the air fryer gives these biscuit pizzas. It is so good, you have to try them!

Air Fryer Biscuit Pizza Ingredients

Simple ingredients that you can find easily at your local grocery store make this super easy. Buy an extra can of biscuits so you always have some on hand. That way you can have these whenever the craving strikes.

  • Refrigerated biscuits: Regular or grand biscuits. If you use grand see note below.
  • Pizza Sauce: Use your favorite jarred or homemade.
  • Desired Toppings: I used mini pepperonis and olives.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Shred your own for the best results.
  • Olive Oil Spray: Avoid sprays with additives, they can ruin your air fryer basket over time.

Only 5 Minutes to Make!

Roll them out, top them and bake them! These biscuit pizzas are done from start to finish in about 15 minutes. Ideal for a crazy weekday or lazy weekend. Pair with a salad and some bread sticks and you have dinner done!

  1. Preparation: Lightly spray the bottom of your air fryer with olive oil spray.
  2. Biscuits:  Flatten each biscuit in the bottom of your air fryer basket.
  3. Sauce: Spread with 1 Tablespoon pizza sauce.
  4. Top: Add desired toppings, I used mini pepperonis and sliced olives.
  5. Cheese: Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake: Turn air fryer to 350 degrees and bake for 5 minutes or until golden.
  7. Note: If you use grand biscuits, just increase the cooking time to 8-10 minutes and only two will fit in the air fryer.

Biscuit pizzas in air fryer with sauce, then pepperoni, olives and cheese.

Tips for the Best Biscuit Air Fryer Pizzas

These biscuit air fryer pizzas are perfect for a pizza party. Have all the biscuits ready to go and a buffet of toppings, see below for ideas. Your party goers can make their own pizzas, which everyone loves to do. Have extra biscuits on hand. These are so fun and good, they’ll want more than just one!

  • Spray: Like I have mentioned before, do not use non stick sprays in your air fryer. The additives will ruin your air fryer basket over time. Use only oil sprays. You can make your own by placing oil in a pump or spray dispenser.
  • Make: It might be easier for your kids, guests etc., to make their pizzas before you place them in the air fryer. If this is the case be sure to flour the surface of your cutting board, counter or cookie sheet. Whatever you happen to be using. This way they will come up easily. Use a large spatula to transfer to your air fryer basket.
  • Keep your toppings Small: Chop your toppings up small. This way they will cover your pizza evenly and cook evenly too.
  • Store: If you have leftovers keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 2 minutes.

Perfectly baked air fryer biscuit pizzas.

Variations for Air Fryer Mini Pizzas

Pizza these days comes in all sorts of varieties, and there is no reason these biscuit pizzas cannot do the same. If you can imagine it, you can make it. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Sauces:  This is the base of great flavor. Your creations will start here. Think BBQ Sauce, Alfredo, Marinara, or a simple brush of olive oil and fresh garlic.  And don’t forget to try pesto sauce, oh yum!!
  • Toppings: The list here is endless. Start with your meats; chicken, pepperoni, salami, sausage, hamburger, bacon and ham. Then add your vegetables; peppers, zucchini, onions, pepperoncini, olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach, tomatoes, artichokes, and pineapple.
  • Cheese: Your going to want to put your cheese on last, so it keeps everything in place. Besides the standard mozzarella try using cheddar, provolone, havarti, blue cheese, gouda, parmesan, gorgonzola, and  Pecorino-Romano.

Biscuit air fryer pizza on a plate with cheese pepperoni and olives.

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5 Minute Air Fryer Biscuit Pizzas are the perfect solution to snack time or dinner time! Super easy and versatile these pizzas bake to perfection in the air fryer.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer biscuit mini pizzas, air fryer pizza, mini pizzas
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 pizzas
Calories 255kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1 can regular refrigerated biscuits*
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce

Desired Toppings

  • I used mini pepperonis, sliced olives
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • olive oil spray

Instructions

  • Lightly spray the bottom of your air fryer with olive oil spray. Flatten each biscuit in the bottom of your air fryer basket.
  • Spread with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce.
  • Add desired toppings. I used mini pepperonis and sliced olives.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
  • Turn air fryer to 350 degrees and bake for 5 minutes or until golden.

Notes

*If you use grand biscuits, just increase the cooking time to 8-10 minutes and only two will fit in the air fryer.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 672mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 129IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 2mg



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Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta

Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta is pretty much a one pan wonder you will want to cook over and over again!  Perfect for a busy night, this is a hearty comforting dish that will truly satisfy.

Creamy Tuscan flavor is exquisite, divine and goes are favorites on my blog. These tried and true tuscan recipes are a perfect example, try Creamy Tuscan Scallops, Shrimp or Chicken.

Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta in a pan garnished with parmesan.

Italian Sausage Pasta

This is super easy pasta that will taste like you slaved over it all day. This Tuscan pasta has tender pasta, savory sausage, flavorful sun-dried tomatoes and spinach all smothered in a creamy decadent sauce. It’s insanely delicious and it’s fast. You can even argue that it’s made in one pan, especially if you already had pasta already cooked. This creamy sausage pasta hits the spot when comes to wanting something full of flavor and comforting. It’s going to become a quick family favorite.

This will feel like you’re eating at a fancy restaurant or having an intimate dinner for two all in the comfort of your own home. Pair this with a side of breadsticks, some roasted vegetables and a tasty chocolate dessert and you have fine dining on busy weekday at home. Whether it’s your first time with a Tuscan sauce or not, you have to try this tonight! You are going to love the way the sausage and sun-dried tomato come together in this sauce. It’s heavenly.

What Does “Tuscan” Mean?

Tuscan food is based on the Italian idea of cucina povera or “poor cooking.” It’s a concept of cooking that started very literally. It means simple meals that are inexpensive and could easily be made into large amounts. For instance this recipe can be doubled super easily as could this Tuscan pasta salad or vegetable and chicken stew. They are filling dishes that taste amazing without super expensive ingredients.

Tuscan cooking doesn’t use complicated seasonings or elaborate ingredients or even fancy creations. This is because they focus on using fresh, high quality ingredients that bring out incredible flavors without the extras. It’s delicious done simply and done right!

Ingredients for Sausage Pasta

Creating this creamy dish is fast and easy and doesn’t take a bunch of crazy ingredients. Pick your favorite type of ground sausage, pork, chicken and turkey all work really well. And you can control the spice level by what kind of sausage you get. Look for sun dried tomatoes either in the produce section or the canned vegetable aisle.

  • Penne Pasta: Cook the pasta al dente
  • Ground Sausage: Pick your favorite kind, mild, or spicy.
  • Olive Oil: Olive oil goes perfectly with this Italy inspired dish.
  • Heavy Cream: This will create the creaminess in the sauce.
  • Chicken Broth: Adds richness and flavor.
  • Garlic Powder: Garlic is great flavor in this tuscan pasta.
  • Italian Seasoning: I love this seasoning, it has all the great spices together. You can make your own here.
  • Parmesan cheese: Love this cheese with this dish. Fresh is best if you have it.
  • Spinach: Gives color, vitamins and nutrition.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes: Sweet and savory, these are just too good.

Making Pasta with Sausage

Truly this dish couldn’t be easier. You are going to love that it tastes so amazing but is so simple to through together. It’s perfect for a busy weekday, or a quiet weekend. Either way you have to try it!

  1. Pasta:  Bring a large pot to boil and cook the pasta according to package directions.
  2. Sausage: In a large skillet add the sausage. Cook and crumble until it is no longer pink. Set aside on a plate
  3. Sauce: Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.  Whisk over medium high heat until it starts to thicken. Add the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes and let it simmer until the spinach starts to wilt. Add the sausage back to the pan and add the pasta and stir until heated throughout.

Cooking the sausage, making the cream sauce and mixing it all together in the pan.

Tips and Variations for Tuscan Sausage Pasta

Use your imagination and what you have on hand to create this splendid dish.

  • Pasta: I love using pasta that can really soak up the sauce and hold it in its crevices. For this creamy sausage pasta you can use almost any pasta you like, even spaghetti if that’s what you have on hand. Try cavatappi, rigatoni, conchiglie, or fusilli for fun and ease.
  • Al dente: Cook your pasta al dente. This means that the pasta is tender but is still chewy and holds it shape with a bit of firmness. This will allow the pasta to absorb the sauce a bit and hold on to the flavor in every bite.
  • Sausage: You can use just about any sausage you would like. I prefer to use Italian sausage, which is just sausage flavored with Italians type spices versus regular sausage, but both will work. Italian sausage can be found in both mild and spicy, and either taste amazing. For lower fat versions try chicken or turkey Italian sausage.
  • Heavy Cream:  You can use half and half instead of heavy cream to also cut a few calories but it won’t quite have that richness.
  • Spinach: If you don’t have fresh spinach, frozen will work. Be sure to really squeeze out any of the extra liquid. Kale and Swiss chard can also be used.

How to Store Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta

Like most Italian dishes, they are almost better the next day after the flavors have had time to meld together. Keep leftovers tightly covered in fridge for up to 4 days.

You can also keep this frozen for up to 4 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the microwave or on the stove. If it needs thinning add a bit of chicken broth or water as it heats.

Tuscan sausage pasta in a white bowl with a fork.

More Pasta Recipes to Devour

Pasta is an ideal comfort food, its customizable, filling and a great energy source. Adding pasta to leftovers is a great way to stretch meals and make them go further. Pasta is tender and you can flavor it in so many ways and with so many different foods, and it all just works. Pasta comes in so many fun shapes too. Try something new the next time you are at the store and grab a type of pasta you’ve never tried before. It puts a fun spin on old favorites. Need a new way to serve up pasta tonight? Try one of these tried and true favorites for dinner that’s guaranteed to win the family over.

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Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta

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Creamy Tuscan Sausage Pasta is pretty much a one pan wonder you will want to cook over and over again!  Perfect for a busy night, this is a hearty comforting dish that will truly satisfy.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Italian American
Keyword italian sausgae pasta, sausage pasta
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 People
Calories 778kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce penne pasta uncooked
  • 1 Pound Ground Sausage
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups spinach chopped
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot to boil and cook the pasta according to package directions.
  • In a large skillet add the sausage. Cook and crumble until it is no longer pink. Set aside on a plate.
  • Add the heavy cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Whisk over medium high heat until it starts to thicken. Add the spinach and sundried tomatoes and let it simmer until the spinach starts to wilt. Add the sausage back to the pan and add the pasta and stir until heated throughout.

Nutrition

Calories: 778kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 28g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 875mg | Potassium: 687mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1439IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 281mg | Iron: 3mg

 



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Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup with ham is the perfect comfort food for any occasion. Full of vegetables, flavored with ham and cooked to perfection, you and your family are going to LOVE this soup.

Soups are one of the most comforting food, especially on chilly nights! Try Broccoli Cheese, Zuppa Toscana or my Winning Cheeseburger soup when you want to come home to something warm and delicious.

Homemade Split pea soup with ham in a bowl.

Split Pea Soup with Ham Bone

Split Pea Soup flavored with ham is just like the one you grew up on. Full of vegetables and tender split peas this soup is easy to make and even better to eat. It is  hearty and soul warming. Split pea soup is one of those feel good soups that’s also good for you. Don’t let the color of this incredibly delicious soup throw you. Its vibrant color just means it tastes good and is healthy too. The aroma is unbelievable and the flavor will keep you coming back bowl after bowl.

Split pea soup is one my go to favorites after I’ve cooked a ham and have leftovers. It’s the perfect way to use the hambone and not let it go to waste. It gives the pea soup just enough of that salty smoky flavor that makes this soup irresistible. The ham also gives it an extra punch of protein and will help satisfy your hunger.  Another plus to this recipe is the fact that split peas are so cheap. So if you use leftover ham, it’s quite a low cost hearty dish. Serve it with a side of rolls and a nice green salad and you’ve got a meal that’s sure to delight!

Ingredients For Pea Soup

Hearty and wholesome, this soup is chock full of good for you ingredients. Herbs and spices give that extra umph and flavor. If you don’t have a leftover ham bone you can use, ask the butcher for one at your local grocery store. You can also leave out the ham bone and just add ham. It won’t be quite as flavorful but still amazing.

  • Butter: For sautéing the vegetables.
  • Onion: A classic ingredient for most soups.
  • Carrots: Dice into bite sized pieces.
  • Celery: Add incredible flavor to the stock.
  • Garlic: Gives the split pea soup a nice flavor.
  • Dried Split Peas: These can be found with other dried beans at your local store.
  • Chicken Broth: Flavor and the base of the soup.
  • Ham bone: If you don’t have one on hand, see if you can get one from your local butcher.
  • Salt and pepper: Add more or less to taste.
  • Fresh Thyme: Fresh gives a nice light flavor. You can use dry, just use ½ teaspoon.
  • Chopped Ham: This is optional, but you’re going to love the extra flavor it gives.

How to Make Split Pea Soup

Like most soups this Split pea soup is pretty hands off once you sauté the vegetables. The longer you can let it simmer the more the flavors will meld together. Whip this up with plenty of time to make some biscuits to go with it.

  1. Sauté: In a large pot over medium high heat ad the butter and let it melt. Add the onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Sauté until tender
  2. Add: Pour in the split peas and chicken broth. Next carefully place in the hambone.
  3. Simmer:  Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 60-90 minutes stirring occasionally. Cook until the peas split and soup has thickened.
  4. Shred: Remove the hambone and shred the ham. Add it back to the soup. Add salt and pepper and thyme. Garnish with additional ham if needed.

Sauteing vegetables, cooking the ham bone and stirring in ham for spit pea soup.

What are Split Peas?

  • What are they? Split peas are field peas that are dried, peeled and split in half for easy cooking. They come in both green and yellow varieties, which can be fun to add both to the soup. The yellow ones tend to be more mild in flavor and the green split peas are sweeter. That’s why they pair so perfectly with the salty ham. As they cook they will thicken and create a wonderful creamy texture, perfect for soup.
  • Do you need to Soak Them? Split peas are small so they don’t need to be soaked. The long cooking time for the soup is more than enough to give these split peas the soft texture you want.  Just give the split peas a nice rinse before adding them to the soup. Since you don’t have to soak the peas, it saves you time in the beginning. The long cooking time also allows the flavors to meld beautifully together and they will cook down and thicken to a perfect texture.
  • Are they Nutritious? Split peas are definitely good for you. They are low in fat, high in fiber and protein, and are a great source of vitamins and minerals including magnesium.

Tips and Variations for Pea Soup

  • Add Vegetables: This is a hearty soup already, but you can even more depth to it by adding in a few red or yellow potatoes with the diced carrots.
  • Thicken: When cooking the peas should break down and thicken on their own, if you feel you want it thicker, simmer uncovered for the last 20-30 minutes. Do note that the soup will thicken as it rests and cools. You might actually need to thin it out with water the next day.
  • No Ham Bone: If you don’t have a ham bone don’t worry. You can still get that great flavor from thick chunks of sliced ham. Throw them in with the stock and allow it to simmer along with the rest.  Add bacon at the end for garnish and even more flavor if you desire.

Storing Leftover Soup

If you have any leftovers, which are always better the next day, they can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Keep it tightly sealed, and remember it will thicken as it sits. Add broth or water to thin it as needed. Reheat on the stove top on medium low or microwave individual portions.

Can I Freeze It?

Yes, this soup will freeze well! First let the soup completely cool and place in airtight containers or freezer safe ziplock bags. This will keep in the freezer for up 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat the next day.

Ladling split pea soup out of stock pot.

More Soups to Love!

Soup is so good and such an easy way to make dinner. They can be super healthy, super comforting, and always super yummy! There’s nothing quite like a nice warm bowl of goodness to cheer you up on a chilly night after a hard day. Soups are relatively easy too. You can throw everything in a pot and let it simmer away till you’re ready to eat. Soup is easy to change and adapt as well. If you don’t have a certain ingredient it can usually be substituted for another, depending on what it is. Soup is just so delicious, try some of these tried and true scrumptious soups tonight!

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Split Pea Soup

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Split Pea Soup with ham is the perfect comfort food for any occasion. Full of vegetables, flavored with ham and cooked to perfection, you and your family are going to LOVE this soup.
Course Dinner, main dish, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword pea soup, split pea soup, split pea soup recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8 People
Calories 259kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 large carrots diced
  • 3 celery stalks diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound dried split peas
  • 6 cups chicken broth more if needed
  • 1 ½ – 2 pound ham bone
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 cup chopped ham for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium high heat add the butter and let it melt. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sauté until tender.
  • Add in the split peas and chicken broth. Add in the ham bone. Bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for 60-90 minutes stirring occasionally. Cook until the peas split and the soup has thickened.
  • Remove the ham bone and shred the ham. Add it back to the soup. Add salt, pepper, and thyme. Garnish with additional ham if needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 1030mg | Potassium: 808mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4705IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3mg



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Perfect Air Fryer Tofu

This Air Fryer Tofu is super crispy and full of flavor. The tofu is so easy to cook in the air fryer, it is a must try!

For a restaurant worthy meal start with wontons then add this air fryer tofu to a bed of rice and vegetables for a delicious dinner.

Air fryer tofu in a bowl of rice and broccoli.

Air Fryer Tofu

If you love tofu or even if you are new to tofu, this is the recipe for you!  Cooking tofu in the air fryer is a fun way to cook. Using the air fryer will probably be the only way you cook it from now on. If you know tofu, it can be a pain to cook. Tofu often sticks to the pan even if it is oiled. Air frying solves all those problems and it creates that incredible crispy crust on the outside without the frying. If you thought you did not like tofu or haven’t tried it before. Now is the time.

Tofu seems to be one of those foods that either people have tried it and like, or they haven’t tried it at all and think they’ll hate it. Introducing your family or even yourself, to tofu with this air fryer recipe is super easy and it’ll be one of the best ways to enjoy this super food. Trust me you are going to love this and your family will to!

Ingredients for Crispy Tofu

Tofu can be a couple of different places in your local grocery store. First check the produce section in the refrigerator area. Also see if it’s in your store’s natural foods section. It can also be found sometimes in the dairy aisle as well. If all else fails. Ask someone who works there. It’s grown in popularity so it’s usually easy to find.

  • Extra Firm Tofu: There are many types of tofu so be sure to get the extra firm variety.
  • Soy Sauce: Adds flavor and color.
  • Sesame Oil: Creates a deep richness in the flavor.
  • Cornstarch: Helps create an extra crispy crust

Making Tofu in the Air Fryer

There are a few steps and things to know about tofu if you’ve never cooked with it before. But don’t fear it’s super easy. You’ll love the results.

  1. Press it: Remove the tofu from the package.  Press the tofu to remove the moisture.  If you don’t have a tofu press, you can simply just put the tofu in the center of a dish towel and gently press to remove the moisture.  Or you can put it in between two dishtowels and lay a heavy bottomed skillet on top of the tofu for 30 minutes.
  2. Mix: In a medium sized bowl add sliced tofu, soy sauce and sesame oil and gently toss to coat.  Sprinkle cornstarch on top and toss.
  3. Bake:  Place the tofu in the basket of an air fryer so they aren’t touching each other.  Turn the air fryer to 360 degrees.  Cook for 10 minutes.  Flip the tofu and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until they are crisp. Cooking time will depend on how much moisture was left in the tofu.

Tofu being prepared and seasoned for the air fryer.

Types of Tofu and How to Use Them

Tofu comes in different degrees of firmness: silken, soft, firm, and extra-firm.

  • Silken is best for blending into smoothies and desserts.
  • Soft is often used in heartier soups, and stews.
  • Firm and extra-firm are best for stir-frying, and baking. Be sure to check your recipes to use the tofu that’ll work best for your dish.

All About Tofu

This air fryer recipe is the perfect way to try tofu for the first time. The results will have you coming back for more. Here is what you need to know about this fantastic food!

  • What is tofu? Tofu, sometimes called bean curd or soybean curd,  made from soybeans, water and a coagulant or curdling agent. The process of making tofu is similar to making cheese.
  • Where did it come from? Tofu is believed to have originated in China over 2,000 years ago by accident.
  • Is it good for you? A serving of tofu is only 70 calories and is considered a nutrient dense food. It high in protein and contains all the essential amino acids your body needs. It also contains a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Including tofu in your diet might help protect against certain types of cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
  • What does Tofu taste like?  Tofu is a lot like chicken in that is pretty bland by itself. The curdling agent in tofu however, absorbs flavors incredibly making it ideal to use with spices, sauces and marinades.
  • Storing Tofu: Uncooked tofu needs to be kept immersed in water and sealed in its original packaging. Store the tofu the same way you purchased it. If it was in the fridge, keep it in the fridge , etc. Refrigerate any unused portion in a sealed container covered in water for up to 3 days.

Tofu cooked in the air fryer.

Tips and Variations For The Best Tofu

Air frying tofu is seriously the best way to cook it, and it’s super easy to customize.

  • Drain It: The first thing you must know about tofu for this air fryer recipe and any recipe is that it needs to be pressed so the moisture can be removed. The water will keep it moist and fresh while storing, but it needs to be drained before using.  Don’t skip this step. The more water you can press out of the tofu the crispier your air fried tofu will be.
  • Don’t overcrowd the basket: Air frying uses circulating air to cook your food, similar to a convection oven. For the air to circulate properly and give a good crisp all over, leave space between the tofu. Cook in batches if you need to.
  • How to use air fryer tofu: This is truly a must make air fryer recipe and you can use the tofu in so many ways. Add it to salads, buddha bowls, and stir-fry.  We love it in this Pad Thai recipe. Where ever you want to use it’ll be fantastic.
  • Spice it up: Feel free to play around with the spices. Using honey, spicy mustards, sriracha, garlic powder, onion powder, and don’t forget the marinades. Tofu absorbs flavor amazingly well. Marinate for an hour up to 24 hours before baking.
  • Leftovers: Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days and reheat for a few minutes in the air fryer.

Using chopsticks to pick up air fried tofu with rice and broccoli.

More Air Fryer Recipes

Air frying is changing the culinary world and for the better. As you probably know it’s a miraculous way to cook food. It’s healthier, faster and super easy. It creates delicious crusts on the outside and it’s tender and juicy on the inside. Everything is always Perfect!

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Air Fryer Tofu

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This Air Fryer Tofu is super crispy and full of flavor. The tofu is so easy to cook in the air fryer, it is a must try!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian American, Chinese
Keyword air fryer tofu
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 People
Calories 116kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 1 pound block extra firm tofu
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch

Instructions

  • Remove the tofu from the package. Press the tofu to remove the moisture. If you don't have a tofu press, you can simply just put the tofu in the center of a dishtowel and gently press to remove the moisture. Or you can put it in between two dishtowels and lay a heavy bottomed skillet on top of the tofu for 30 minutes.
  • In a medium sized bowl add sliced tofu, soy sauce and sesame oil and gently toss to coat. Sprinkle cornstarch on top and toss.
  • Place the tofu in the basket of an air fryer so they aren't touching each other. Turn the air fryer to 360 degrees. Cook for 10 minutes. Flip the tofu and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until they are crisp. Cooking time will depend on how much moisture was left in the tofu.

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 815mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 145mg | Iron: 2mg



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