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If you’re hunkering down for the winter, chances are you’re cooking more at home. Soups, stews, pot roast – it’s high time for comfort food. If you want a stick-to-your-bones recipe that’s perfect for those 30 degrees and below days, make slow cooker goulash.

Slow Cooker Goulash

There is a lot of conversation around goulash and how to make this popular wintertime dish. While we aren’t calling our recipe Hungarian goulash, the dish did originate in Hungary. It’s a meat and vegetable stew seasoned with lots of paprika and other spices.

Slow Cooker Goulash

North Americans have reworked the recipe into a more familiar Hamburger Helper-style dish – and we aren’t complaining. The slightly spicy sauce, ground beef, and pasta combine for a comforting  meal both the kids and adults at the table will love.

Slow Cooker Goulash

Make the meat sauce in your slow cooker, then stir in cooked elbow macaroni and plenty of cheddar cheese. Switch the slow cooker to WARM and melt a little extra cheese on top before serving or transfer to a baking dish and melt the cheese under the broiler for a few minutes. No matter how you serve it, slow cooker goulash is sure to warm you from the inside out this winter.

Slow Cooker Goulash

 

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  1. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat oil. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Stir in ground beef, cooking until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain fat if necessary.
  2. Add meat mixture to slow cooker crock with tomato puree, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, bay leaf, paprika, salt and black pepper.
  3. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or LOW for 7 to 8 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente according to package directions. Drain and stir into crock with 1 cup shredded cheese.
  5. Top with remaining 1 cup shredded cheddar.
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If you’ve been on Instagram, Pinterest, or flipped through a food magazine over the past year you’ve probably come across a one-pot pasta recipe. These one pan wonders (usually) take under 30 minutes to cook from start to finish, leaving you with a tasty meal and, since it’s all made in one pot, minimal cleanup.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

No need to pull out a stock pot or dutch oven for this one-pot shrimp alfredo. We cooked this 30 minute meal in a deep-edge skillet instead.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

In the skillet, arrange dry spaghetti in the middle of the pan. Then place frozen, cooked shrimp on one side of the pasta and frozen peas on the other.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

Pour 2 ½ cups of water over the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes until the pasta is al dente and most of the water has evaporated.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

Add butter and stir until it’s fully melted and mixed with the other ingredients. Then stir in a cup of half-and-half and a cup (or if you’re a cheese-lover like me, a cup and a half) of grated parmesan cheese. That’s all there is to it. I guess it’s pretty easy to understand what the one-pot pasta hype is all about, after all.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

Serve this shrimp alfredo with a sprinkle of cracked black pepper, some fresh basil, and a little extra parmesan (for good measure).

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

These 30 minute meals are perfect for feeding the family when you’re crunched for time and want to clear out some room in the freezer. Watch one-pot shrimp alfredo disappear from your table and smile knowing there’s only one pan to wash after dinner.

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo

One-Pot Pasta: Shrimp Alfredo
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  1. In a large skillet, arrange dry spaghetti noodles in center of pan. Place frozen cooked shrimp on one side and frozen peas on the other. Add salt to water and pour over ingredients in skillet.
  2. Over high heat, bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-high and simmer until pasta is al dente and water has nearly evaporated, 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add butter and stir until melted. Stir in half and half and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with black pepper.
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The big game marks the end of football season – one last hurrah. And what better excuse to pull out all the stops at your watch party? If you’re already brainstorming gameday goodies, put this Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad on the menu. It’s a guaranteed W.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

This recipe is everything you love about Buffalo wings – plus pasta. Sign. Me. Up.

In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, hot pepper sauce (we used Frank’s Red Hot for that authentic Buffalo wing flavor), white vinegar, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Add shredded chicken, pasta (we used bowtie), celery, blue cheese (plenty of it), and green onion to the mayonnaise mixture. We used a rotisserie chicken to save on time, but you could use leftover slow cooker shredded chicken or canned if you have it in the pantry.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Toss it all together until the pasta and chicken are fully coated with the spicy, creamy sauce.

The blue cheese is the perfect complement to the heat in the sauce, while the celery adds texture – a nice crunch – to the pasta salad. It’s bright, it’s flavourful, it’s perfect for feeding a crowd.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Serve it chilled alongside Buffalo wings and Buffalo chicken dip for an all-Buffalo-everything watch party or put it in your back pocket and make it for the first backyard BBQ of the summer. No matter the season, this Buffalo chicken pasta salad is sure to put you on the winning (menu-planning) team.

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  1. In a large bowl, stir together mayonnaise, hot pepper sauce, vinegar, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
  2. Add chicken, pasta, celery, blue cheese and green onion to mayonnaise mixture. Toss until pasta and chicken are coated with mixture.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or until ready to serve.
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I’ve never met a macaroni and cheese I didn’t like. Macaroni and cheese with broccoli, macaroni and cheese with crab meat, macaroni and cheese with bacon. It’s all good. I didn’t think my love for macaroni and cheese could grow until I realized you could make macaroni and cheese from start to finish in your rice cooker. Yes, in your rice cooker. And the best part, it takes under 20 minutes.

In the rice cooker pot add chicken broth and 1 box of pasta. Set the rice cooker to the HEAT/SIMMER cycle for 12 minutes. After the cycle is finished, open the rice cooker and add cheese, half and half, mustard and pepper, stirring until the cheese melts. It’s just that simple.

 

Serve this creamy macaroni and cheese as is or spruce it up a bit with things you have in the kitchen. Top with Old Bay seasoning or cayenne pepper, steamed broccoli or edamame, or even crispy ham or bacon. Mix and match until you find your family’s favourite combination.

 

 

We added a little extra cheese on top and melted it in the Easy Reach Convection Oven before serving. Once you make this macaroni and cheese and realize how easy it is and AND how little time it takes, we guarantee it will make it’s way to your table again and again.

 

Test Kitchen Tip: Use the steam basket that comes with the Digital Simplicity Rice Cooker to steam the broccoli before adding it to your macaroni and cheese.

 

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  1. In the rice cooker cooking pot, add broth and macaroni.
  2. Set HEAT/SIMMER cycle for 12 minutes.
  3. Add cheese, half and half, mustard and pepper to cooking pot. Stir until well blended.
  4. Serve immediately.
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Baked Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce is great over spaghetti or on a sub roll - perfect for quick, cheap and healthy family dinners. From Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Chicken parmesan is an Italian classic that can be served in many different ways. Whether on its own with a vegetable side, over spaghetti noodles or on a crusty roll, it’s sure to be tasty. Our recipe below makes perfectly crispy, pan fried chicken cutlets which are then topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and placed under the broiler for five minutes. Once the cheese is melted and gooey, it’s topped with homemade slow cooker marinara sauce and freshly chopped basil, which adds a pop of freshness to the plate.

Baked Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce is great over spaghetti or on a sub roll - perfect for quick, cheap and healthy family dinners. From Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

This crispy chicken parm feels like it was made by grandma, so it’s comforting and the whole family will love it. It’s great for a chilly spring day or when you miss the taste of home. Serve it with a side of angel hair or spaghetti pasta or by itself on a sandwich or sub roll. It will remind you of your favorite Italian restaurant, but you’ll appreciate how quick and easy it was to prepare this delicious meal at home.

Baked Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce is great over spaghetti or on a sub roll - perfect for quick, cheap and healthy family dinners. From Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Baked Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce is great over spaghetti or on a sub roll - perfect for quick, cheap and healthy family dinners. From Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach
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  1. Place bread crumbs, flour, Parmesan cheese and garlic in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal and shake to combine.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg and milk. Dip chicken in egg mixture. Let excess drip back into bowl, then place in bag with crumbs.
  3. Shake two pieces of chicken at a time in bag until coated. Remove from bag and place on a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken until all pieces are coated.
  4. Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  5. In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken a few pieces at a time until golden brown, turning once, about 4 minutes. Place cooked chicken in baking pan.
  6. Heat Broiler on HIGH.
  7. Spoon marinara sauce over chicken pieces. Top with Mozzarella cheese slices.
  8. Broil 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  9. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with parsley.
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Serve Chicken Parmesan over your favorite pasta or on a sub roll.

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