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Creamy Cavatappi & Cheese

Ingredients
6 cups uncooked cavatappi or spiral pasta
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
4 cups 2% milk
6 cups (24 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup cubed process cheese (Velveeta)
3 green onions, chopped

TOPPINGS:
1/2 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
3 thick-sliced bacon strips, cooked and coarsely crumbled
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 green onion, chopped
Coarsely ground pepper, optional

Directions
Cook cavatappi according to package directions.

Meanwhile, saute garlic in butter in a Dutch oven. Stir in flour and pepper sauce until blended; gradually add milk. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Stir in cheeses until melted; add green onions. Drain cavatappi; stir into cheese mixture.

Transfer to a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Combine the bread crumbs, bacon and melted butter; sprinkle over top.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with green onion and, if desired, pepper. Yield: 10 servings.

Recipe found here: Creamy Cavatappi & Cheese

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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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