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Easy Stuffed Shells

Ingredients
36 uncooked jumbo pasta shells
1 jar (24 ounces) spaghetti sauce
36 frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs (1/2 ounce each), thawed
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Cook pasta shells according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water.

Spread 1/2 cup sauce into a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Fill each shell with a meatball; place over sauce. Top with remaining sauce and the cheese.

Bake, covered, 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 3-5 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Yield: 12 servings.

Recipe found here: Easy Stuffed Shells

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5-Cheese Ravioli Marinara

Ingredients
1 package (25 ounces) frozen five-cheese or chicken ravioli
4 small zucchini, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
1/3 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

Directions
Cook ravioli according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine zucchini and marinara sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered. 7-9 minutes or until zucchini is crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.

Drain ravioli; add to zucchini mixture. Heat through, stirring gently to combine. Top with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: 5-Cheese Ravioli Marinara

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Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles

Ingredients
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
4 teaspoons Sriracha Asian hot chili sauce
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
12 ounces uncooked multigrain spaghetti
1 pound lean ground chicken
1-1/2 cups julienned carrots
1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup finely chopped unsalted peanuts
4 green onions, chopped

Directions
In a small bowl, whisk the first six ingredients until blended. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook chicken, carrots, pepper and garlic over medium heat 5-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink, breaking up chicken into crumbles; drain.

Stir in peanut butter mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 3-5 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Serve with spaghetti. Top with peanuts and green onions. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles

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Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

Ingredients
1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon Sriracha Asian hot chili sauce or 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

SALAD:
2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed
1/2 pound uncooked Japanese soba noodles or whole wheat linguini
1 package (14 ounces) coleslaw mix
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Directions
In a small bowl, whisk the first nine ingredients; set aside. Cook edamame and soba noodles according to package directions; drain. Rinse noodles in cold water; drain again.

Just before serving, combine the coleslaw mix, carrots, green onions, noodles and edamame in a large bowl. Add dressing; toss to coat. Garnish with sesame seeds. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Soba Noodles with Ginger-Sesame Dressing

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Hearty Portobello Linguine

Ingredients
1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated linguine
1/4 cup olive oil
4 large portobello mushroom caps (about 3/4 pound), halved and thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 plum tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup pitted Greek olives, halved
1 teaspoon Greek seasoning
3/4 cup crumbled tomato and basil feta cheese

Directions
Cook linguine according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook and stir until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomatoes, olives and Greek seasoning; cook and stir 2 minutes.

Drain linguine; add to pan and toss to coat. Serve with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Hearty Portobello Linguine

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Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo

Ingredients
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth
1 cup loosely packed basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

Directions
In a Dutch oven, saute onion in butter for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1-2 minutes longer or until onion is tender. Stir in the tomatoes, broth, basil, sugar and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the orzo according to package directions; drain. Add orzo and cream to soup; heat through (do not boil). Sprinkle servings with cheese. Yield: 16 servings (4-1/2 quarts).

Recipe found here: Basil Tomato Soup with Orzo

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Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/2 pound sliced baby portobello mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup marsala wine
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese, divided
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Directions
Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. In a large skillet, cook chicken in 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat 6-8 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°. Remove and keep warm.

In same skillet, saute mushrooms in remaining oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute.

Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by a third. Stir in cream and remaining salt. Return to a boil; cook until slightly thickened.

Return chicken to pan; add 1/3 cup cheese. Cook until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with remaining cheese; garnish with parsley. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola

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