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Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce

With my dissertation behind me and only 21 days until I graduate and get hooded for my Ph.D. you’d think I would be care-free and excited. Not so much, more like the same old stress and anxious. I am still working on a couple last experiments per reviewers comments on my paper, job hunting, and worrying about what I am going to do if I don’t have a job lined up by the end of January when my lease runs out. With any luck that last item won’t become a reality, but in the meantime it’s a good time for some comfort food.

Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce 1

Stuffed shells are great comfort food. Those big shells hug in their cheesy goodness of a filling while being wrapped up in a warm blanket of sauce. Sounds like the life, doesn’t it? This sauce happens to be extra special because it is a pumpkin alfredo sauce with sage. Now wait, don’t get discouraged thinking you have to make your own alfredo sauce (but you can if you want). This recipe uses a premade jar of alfredo mixed up with pumpkin puree and a couple other flavor additions to create a great fall pasta dish.

Stuffed Shells with Pumpkin Sage Cream Sauce 2

One year ago: Individual Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Two years ago: Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Three years ago: Veggie Lasagna
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Fiesta Alfredo Pasta Bake

The other day I was looking through my disseration to double-check on some information and I found a silly typo. There is a “he” where it should have been “the”. Oh well too late now, it was sent off for printing two weeks ago! I have a feeling I will find more than just one minor typo in there as time progresses. It’s difficult to find every little thing when you are staring at 187 pages of glorious information. Blinded by the light!

While we are on the subject of errors, I specifically bought scallions to garnish this dish and totally forgot. Apparently I was so hungry while taking photos that I didn’t stop to notice or care because all I wanted to to was devour it! With its beautiful colors, creaminess and crunchy topping staring at me, you could hardly blame me. There was also plenty of kick. Mild-taste buds beware: you may way to omit the chipotle and use a mild salsa.

Fiesta Alfredo Pasta Bake

One year ago: Applesauce-Sweet Potato Pancakes

Two years ago: Crème Brulee

Three years ago: Big, Fat, Chewy Multichip Cookies
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Chicken & Spinach Alfredo Pizza

Sometimes my pizza toppings are composed of a random array of things found while digging through the junkyard that is my refrigerator. Those pizzas don’t regularly manage to find their way onto this screen, but once in awhile I create something worth repeating beyond the realm of simply using up leftovers. With the amount of pizza eaten in my kitchen, one is bound to squeak out every once in awhile.

This is another one of my pasta-dish-gone-pizza recipes. The first was the Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pizza, inspired by none other than my Guiltless Cajun Chicken Alfredo. But instead of cajun seasoning and broccoli, you have spinach and pesto with your chicken alfredo pizza. Isn’t coming up with new pizzas fun? I remember when choosing between pepperoni or just cheese seemed like a difficult choice. Now the topping options are endless and I must try them all!!

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CHICKEN & SPINACH ALFREDO PIZZA

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

1 recipe thin-crust pizza dough

2 Tbsp basil pesto

1/2 cup Alfredo sauce

1/2 cup cooked shredded chicken

1 cup fresh spinach

1/2 cup Mozzarella, shredded

1/4 cup Parmesan, shredded

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees with a pizza stone placed on the center rack for 15 minutes.
  2. On a cornmeal dusted pizza peel, roll out the pizza dough. Spread the pesto and Alfredo sauce over the dough within 1/2 inch of the edge. Top with chicken pieces, spinach and sprinkle cheeses over top.
  3. Shimmy off the pizza peel onto the preheated pizza stone and bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly.

Source: The Spiffy Cookie original

 

Gnocchi with Roasted Red Pepper Cream Sauce

I love gnocchi dishes and after reading about how this one in particular made sea-food eaters at dinner jealous, I knew I had to try it (being a fellow non-seafood fan). I have had sun-dried tomato alfredo sauces many times, but I think this was my first experience adding roasted red peppers. And let me just tell you that every last drop of this sauce was devoured, I made sure of it. There was no way I was allowing any of that deliciousness go to waste. And even though I went ahead and used a homemade lighter alfredo sauce recipe instead of jarred, it was still quick to throw together. Next time I might even add some chicken.

Stay turned because tomorrow I am guest posting on Lemon Sugar – the very place this recipe originated!

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GNOCCHI WITH ROASTED RED PEPPER CREAM SAUCE

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 package fresh gnocchi

2 cups Alfredo sauce (jarred or homemade)

1-14 oz. can petite diced tomatoes

1/3 cup chopped roasted red pepper

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup white wine

Pinch of salt

2 Tbsp fresh chopped basil, plus more for garnish

1/2 cup grated Parmagiano-reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine alfredo sauce, salt and wine.  Stir until combined, and barely simmering.
  2. Add heavy cream, tomatoes and roasted red pepper and stir to combine.  Bring to a light simmer and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in grated cheese and fresh basil.  Set aside and prepare gnocchi according to package directions.  Drain gnocchi and stir into prepared sauce.
  4. Garnish with more grated cheese and fresh basil.  Serve.

Source: Lemon Sugar

Chicken Alfredo Biscuit Casserole

When you think of an Alfredo sauce, “light” is not the first word that normally pops into your head to describe it. So when I was given a sample of Classico’s new light Alfredo pasta sauce, I’d be lying if I said I weren’t skeptical. 50% less fat at 45% fewer calories (60 cal/serving)? But aren’t fat and calories the reason why Alfredo sauce is so good to begin with? Why rob it’s characteristics?

This skeptic was proven wrong – this sauce was great. I couldn’t tell it was a lighter version at all. Granted I did not eat it by itself, but who sits down with a bowl of Alfredo for dinner? I won’t judge you if you do, because pasta is just a vehicle for sauce to get into my mouth anyway. However, this dish has no pasta at all. Instead there are buttery biscuits on top, MmMmm!! Definitely making this again, and will be looking for this light Alfredo sauce on the shelf the next time pasta sauce is on my grocery list.

CHICKEN ALFREDO BISCUIT CASSEROLE

Serves 5

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp butter, divided

2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 clove garlic, minced

1 jar (15 oz) Classico light creamy Alfredo pasta sauce

1/4 cup milk

2 cups chopped cooked chicken

2 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed

1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese, divided

1/4 tsp dried basil leaves

Salt and pepper

1 can (10 biscuits) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 8-inch square (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Cook mushrooms, onion and garlic in butter, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in Alfredo sauce, milk, chicken, broccoli, 1/4 cup Parmesan and basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook until mixture is thoroughly heated and bubbly, stirring constantly. Spoon into baking dish.
  3. Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Cut each biscuit in half crosswise. Arrange around edge of baking dish, overlapping slightly. Drizzle biscuits with remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.
(To make ahead, follow directions through step 2, using a glass baking dish. Cover and refrigerate. When ready to bake, uncover and heat in microwave until bubbly and heated throughout, stirring as needed. Then complete steps 3 and 4.)

Source: Adapted slightly from Pillsbury

Disclosure: This post is part of a Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with Classico Light Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce and I received a free sample of Classico® Light Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce.

Recipe also featured on All Free Casserole Recipes.

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