CopyCat Recipe: Olive Garden Spaghetti Sauce

CopyCat Olive Garden Spaghetti sauceCopycat Olive Garden Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

I love pasta and  Olive Garden, I just wish we had one closer. So I found this amazing copycat Olive Garden Spaghetti Sauce Recipe and it’s perfect and tastes just like it!!   Pair this with those awesome breadsticks and I am in heaven :-)  Breadstick recipe to come!

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground round
2 tablespoons oil
1 can stewed tomatoes – (14 oz) — cut up
6 ounces V-8 juice
1 jar Prego spaghetti sauce – (16 oz)
1 envelope onion soup mix
1/2 cup grape jelly

Directions:
Brown meat in oil until pink color disappears. Crumble with fork. Stir
in tomatoes, V-9 juice, Prego, soup mix and grape jelly. Cook, stirring
often, 15 to 20 minutes or until jelly melts and sauce is piping hot.

This recipe yields enough sauce for 6 to 8 servings.

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Cookie Dough Brownie Bites!

Cookie Dough Brownie Bites
Yes I know forget the dieting because it’s all out the window!  I am drooling over these AMAZING Cookie Dough Brownie Bites from The Domestic Rebel!!  It takes some will power to even get cookie dough in the oven for cookies but now this is just a new level of yumminess!!
These also store awesome in the freezer so bag them up and you have your fix for when that chocolate craving hits! ;-)
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups miniature chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 pkg fudge brownie mix, baked and cooled
  • 1 pkg Candiquik or chocolate almond bark
Instructions
  1. Let’s make some dough! In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy. Add the milk and vanilla; beat to combine. Lastly, beat in the flour and pinch of salt until a soft dough forms. Stir in ONE (1) cup of the mini chips.
  2. On a foil-lined baking sheet, drop rounded, (scant) Tablespoon-sized balls of dough. I used a cookie dough scoop for this and just scantily filled it so the cookie dough balls wouldn’t be so big. Freeze the cookie dough balls for about an hour to firm up.
  3. Cut the brownies into small squares, about 1″ in size. Pick up a square and gently flatten it with your palm. Fudgy brownies will flatten easily and retain their moisture which is why it’s important to make sure you use a fudgy brownie mix rather than a cake-y one.
  4. Place a cookie dough ball in the middle of the flattened brownie and very gently, wrap the brownie around the cookie dough ball. If the brownie cracks, that’s okay; just kind of roll it in your fingers until the brownie completely surrounds the cookie dough. Repeat until all cookie dough balls are covered, then return to the freezer for 30 minutes or so.
  5. Prepare chocolate bark according to package directions. Using a fork, dip each brownie truffle into the chocolate, coat completely, and allow excess to drip off. Return to the foil-line sheet and sprinkle the tops with the remaining cup of mini chips, for garnish.

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Crock pot Brown Sugar Meatloaf!

Meatloaf is such a yummy comfort food and I love having this for dinner with a side of corn, mac & cheese dinner rolls or whatever else you have around.  Your family will think you spent hours in the kitchen and I am telling you there will be no leftovers.  Crockpot Ladies have this awesome Crock pot Brown Sugar Meatloaf recipe that will make a comfort food on the table a snap!

Also sometimes I make two of these and freeze one for later ;-)

Ingredients

 

3 Pounds of Lean Ground Beef (I Highly Suggest a 93/7% Split or Better)
4 Large Eggs
1Cup of Milk
1 1/4h Cup of Italian-Seasoned Breadcrumbs
2 Package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
2 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2Teaspoon Ground Ginger
2 Cup of Ketchup
1Cup of Brown Sugar
2 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
Pam
Liner

 

Instructions

  1. I used an oblong crock to get the best “loaf size”.
  2. I strongly suggest using a Reynolds Liner that are specifically for crockpots with this recipe.
  3. It makes it much easier to pull out the meatloaf in one piece.
  4. Spray with Pam or similar.
  5. Mix lean hamburger, eggs, milk, onion soup mix, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and ginger in a large bowl mixing it well so it can make a loaf.
  6. Scoop the hamburger mix into the crock-pot, making it a loaf like size, keeping it from the sides if possible.
  7. Cook on low for 6 hours (strongly suggest not trying it on high).
  8. You will want to use your meat thermometer and make sure it gets to an internal temp of 160 before pulling it out.
  9. I pull it out with a liner, lay it on a simple plate and then use 2 large spatula’s to transfer the meatloaf to a nicer dish.
  10. If one doesn’t want to use a liner, you can use foil by making long but narrow pieces and lay them down in the crock, and then put the meat loaf in, so you can pull them out by grabbing on the foil and pulling up.
  11. Mix the ketchup, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce in a separate bowl and then spread on top of the meatloaf, a few minutes before you pull it out.
  12. Strongly suggest using hamburger that is at least 93% fat free, otherwise you’ll have an excess of grease.

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Banana Split Brownie Ice Box Cake!

Hugs and Kisses XOXO has the wonderful Banana Split Brownie Ice Box cake that I know would make you the hit of the party at ANY get together you have coming up this year!  This would also make a great Birthday cake to go along with all the Birthday Freebies here.

Ingredients:
10 Brownies
1 container Cool Whip
1 jar hot fudge
small bag of walnuts
1 jar maraschino cherries
2 bananas, sliced

Filling:
1 PINT HEAVY CREAM
1 PACKAGE (3.4 OUNCES) INSTANT VANILLA PUDDING
1/3 CUP MILK

Beat all together until creamy and thick!

Directions:
Lay 5 brownies in an 8×8 pan. (Cut last brownie to fill in sides.)  Spread all of the cream on top.  Add another layer of brownies.  Spread or pipe on the whipped cream.  Top with banana slices, hot fudge, walnuts and cherries!

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Easy Frito Pie Recipe!

Easy Frito Pie

In my search for new recipes I came across this yummy recipe from RealMomKitchen.com for Easy Frito Pie!  As you know if you follow my recipes board on Pinterest I am always in search for new recipes!  Have any of you tried this one?  My mouth is watering just looking at it. :-)

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4-1/2 cups corn chips (You can use Fritos or I found I like the Kroger generic brand better)
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¾ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 6 Tbsp finely chopped red onion
  • Sour cream and minced fresh cilantro, optional
Directions:
  1. In a large pot, brown beef until fully cooked; drain.
  2. Stir in the chili powder, flour, salt and garlic powder until blended; gradually stir in water.
  3. Add the beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 12-15 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  4. To serve, divide chips among six serving bowls. Top with beef mixture followed by cheese, tomatoes and onion; garnish with sour cream and cilantro, if desired.

This makes about 6 servings.

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Baked Taco Ring Recipe!

We love Mexican food at our house and when I came across this Baked Taco Ring Recipe from Just a Pinch I knew this is something we must have!  It’s super delicious, great to serve when you have company over and you can add as many toppings as you like.

Ingredients
2 tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
1 lb lean ground beef (can use ground chicken or turkey)
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 1/2 c cups grated tex mex blend cheese, or cheddar
chopped tomato, lettuce, black and green olives, sour cream and cheese for garnish. you can also chop some jalapeno peppers on top if you like it spicy!
Directions

  • Separate the crescent pastry and lay out in a circle, pointed ends out on a foil lined pizza pan, sprayed very lightly with cooking spray. Use some of the leftover crescent rolls to to make the center a bit thicker as this will hold the meat.
  • Brown meat in a frying pan until no longer pink. Drain fat and add taco seasoning as directed on package, reducing the water to a scant 1/3 cup from the 1/2 cup called for. Drain excess liquid from meat.
  • Sprinkle meat mixture in a circle inside the crescent rolls, then sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over the meat. Pull crescent roll points over meat and cheese and tuck in.
  • Bake at 350 degrees until pastry is golden brown.
  • Add remaining 1/2 cup of cheese, chopped lettuce, tomato, black olives, and jalapenos (if using), into the middle of the ring, then add a few dollops of sour cream if desired, before serving.

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Cheese Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole Recipe!

Sometimes just a bit of good old cheesy potatoes is definitely called for and when I came across this Cheese Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole recipe on Food.com I knew I MUST try it!  It is so delicious, simple and its easy on the budget.

Ingredients
  • 3 cups potatoes, peeled, boiled and cut into cubes when cool
  • 4 Tbs butter
  • 4 Tbs flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ lb Velveeta cheese, diced
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb skinless smoked sausage (ham or hot dogs will work too)
  • ⅛ tsp paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cut sausage in half, lengthwise, and chop into bite size pieces.
  3. Cook in a frying pan for about 15 minutes, turning frequently to SLIGHTLY brown.
  4. Meanwhile, put cooked potatoes in a 2 qt casserole dish. Add cooked meat and toss.
  5. Mix remaining ingredients (minus the cheddar cheese & paprika) in a saucepan over medium heat until warm, creating a roux). Cook until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth. Use a whisk and stir constantly.
  6. Pour sauce over potatoes and meat and gently mix until incorporated.
  7. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top, and then sprinkle paprika evenly over the top.
  8. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

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Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes!

Homemade Girl Scout Cooke Recipes

Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes

Girl Scout cookie season just ended and if you start getting a craving for all your favorites after those Thin Mints in the freezer are gone here are some great Homemade Girl Scout Cookie Recipes you can use to keep you satisfied! :-)

Thin Mints and Do Si Dos are my favorite!  What is yours?

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Mint Oreo Trifle!

Mint Oreo Trifle

If you are looking for a yummy go to dessert that is elegant, fun and is sure to impress your guests you will love this mint Oreo Trifle!  Honestly I am not usually even a mint lover, but this trifle is AMAZING!  Creamy pudding a is the perfect contrast for the crunchy Oreo cookies and melt in your mouth Andes mints.  You are going to love it too!

Mint Oreo Trifle

INGREDIENTS
16 Oreo Mint Cookies
1 small package JELL-O Chocolate Pudding
2 cup cold Milk
2 cup Heavy Cream
¼ cup Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Mint Extract
Green Food Coloring
24 Andes Mints, chopped

DIRECTIONS
Make pudding according to package directions.
Place in refrigerator.
Whip heavy cream until it begins to peak.
Add powdered sugar and continue to whip.  Add mint and 6-10 drops food coloring and continue to whip until peaks form.
Place in refrigerator.
Chop 3 Oreos for each dessert and place in bottom of container.
Top with about 1/4 cup chocolate pudding.
Chop 5 Andes mints for each and place on top of pudding.
Top with whipped cream mixture.
Shave remaining Andes mits on top of desserts and top with remaining Oreo cookie.

If you happen to not like mint you can opt out of the mint ingredients and use vanilla instead.

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Crock Pot Potato Soup!

 

Crockpot Potato SoupThe Crock pot is my best friend and I try and find a variety of crockpot meals so I can do my best to make crazy days a little less crazy!  Potato soup is one of my favorites and I have been trying to find one that works good for the crock pot AND is low on calories and less fattening.  As you can imagine I have been through quite a few recipes trying this and I am happy to report I have finally a Crock Pot Potato Soup that is not only simple and healthy but yet everyone in my family loves it! :-) I hope your family does too.

Crock Pot Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • ½ cups Diced Onions
  • 4 cups Cubed Russett Potatoes – Skin On
  • 1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt
  • 4 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 minced garlic
  • 8 ounces, weight Cream Cheese
  • 9 slices Bacon
  • ½ cups Shredded Cheese
  • ¼ cups Green Onions, Chopped

Instructions:

In a crock pot, combine onion, potatoes, seasoned salt, stock and garlic cloves. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Blend or Puree about 1/3 of the mixture. Return to the crock pot with the rest of the soup and stir in the cream cheese. Stir every 15 minutes until well blended.

Top each bowl with crumbled bacon, shredded cheese and onions.

Note: if you like the soup a little thicker you can mash some of the potatoes up and it chunky and  so creamy and just like those at the restaurants.

 

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