Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Roll ups

Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Rollups -- A Pinch of Joy
Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Rollups -- A Pinch of Joy

From my sister, Bee . . . a  creamy, cheesy pasta dish with chicken made over the top delicious with yummy bacon.  Sooo good.  I got to do the filling and rolling for this batch  — since I was hanging around the pan of browned bacon, I think.  She’s generous with bacon, but has this idea that everyone should have an equal chance.  :-)   I learned from her when visiting a couple years ago, that its so much easier to snip bacon into one inch pieces BEFORE browning.  Duh!  Here’s what the pan looked like right out of the oven.  Too bad you can’t scratch and sniff, because the aroma is delightful!! 

Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Rollups -o- A Pinch of Joy

 
Chicken and Bacon Lasagna Roll ups
 
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 lasagna noodles. cooked
  • 1 pound bacon, diced, cooked and drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup approximately prepared Alfredo sauce,
Topping
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese,shredded
Filling
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 6 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ c4up grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring large pot of water to boil, add lasagna noodles and cook according to package directions for al dente. Do not overcook. Drain and separate noodles to allow excess water to drain.
  2. Grill or cook chicken breasts until done, Let cool slightly and dice or shred. Set aside.
  3. Cut bacon into one inch pieces and fry. Add diced onions and minced garlic when bacon has browned and cook until bacon is crisped, about three minutes. Lift bacon mixture onto plate lined with paper towels to drain.
  4. Mix together cheeses, sour cream, and seasonings.
  5. Lay noodles flat on paper lined surface. .Divide and spread the filling onto the pasta evenly.
  6. Add shredded chicken onto each pasta, about ½ cup chicken on each roll. .
  7. Set aside ⅓ cup bacon mixture. Distribute remainder bacon mixture on top of the chicken and cheese on the lasagna noodles
  8. Sprinkle Parmesan on top of the bacon and chicken.
  9. Spread ½ cup of Parmesan Cream Sauce on the bottom of a medium baking dish.
  10. Roll each lasagna and noodle and put seam side down in baking dish.
  11. Spread remainder of cream sauce.evenly across top of lasagna rolls
  12. Top with remainder of bacon.mixture
  13. Sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan on top.
  14. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes.
  15. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes to firm before serving.

Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake -- A Pinch of Joy

Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake -- A Pinch of Joy

Sister Kay introduced  the  family to Overnight Coffee Cake at a family reunion two or three years ago.  Crusty cinnamon  sugar atop a light  sweet dough – sooo good.   She shared the recipe which is still in my to do file.  This weekend we were at sister Vee’s home and were awakened with  the wonderful aroma of baking bread and cinnamon.  

Vee graciously allowed me to take a picture of the coffee cake to share with you.  Well, actually I said good morning, saw the pan setting on the table,  grabbed a plate from the cupboard, my camera from the bedroom and went out to the front porch to take a picture.   Wheels and Bytes are used to having perfectly good food snatched right out from in front of them for a photo session.  Apparently that’s not the norm in every family!   But they just laughed at me and gave me a place at the table anyway.   

Overnight Cinnamon Coffee Cake
 
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Spicy cinnamon sugar atop a light, fluffly sweet dough -- cinnamon rolls without the "roll" and fuss.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 15 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 package yeast
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk
Topping
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Proof yeast by adding package of yeast to the warm water (NOT hot) and letting set ten minutes.
  2. Combine dry ingredients, then cut in shortening.!
  3. Add eggs, milk and yeast mixture to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Dough will be very thick.
  4. Cover tightly and place in refrigerator to rise overnight.
  5. In the morning, grease 9x15" pan (jelly roll pan) and spread dough evenly over pan.
  6. Melt butter and drizzle over dough.
  7. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle evenly over butter topped dough. If more sugar is desired, add ¼ cup brown sugar.
  8. Cover and let set at room temperature for twenty minutes.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes.
  10. Add powdered sugar glaze, if desired.
  11. Serve hot.

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Creamy Pasta and Veggie Salad

Creamy Pasta and Veggie Salad -- A Pinch of Joy
Creamy Pasta and Veggie Salad -- A Pinch of Joy

Creamy Pasta and Veggie Salad makes a great dinner salad for cool summer eating. It’s also perfect for potlucks and family. However or whenever, this salad makes an appearance it is a well balanced blend of carbs, veggies and proteins.   It’s healthy and makes a big salad so it will serve a large number of people – or be a made ahead dinner salad a couple of times for three or four eaters. It’s also a nice change from mayo dressed salads and always disappears quickly.

I like for my ingredients to “even out” so there aren’t little bits of leftover ingredients setting around. Three cups of dry pasta is generally about a 16 ounce package. That’s what I use if the dry pasta measures out between 2 ¾ cups and 3 ¼ cups. Any less and the salad won’t have the pasta base needed to carry the other flavors and foods. Any more and the salad could end up dry and low on flavor. Half a small onion will come out to about ¼ a cup. We always have  raw veggies in the fridge so half a pepper or a few celery ribs is okay because that’s enough for another dish.  But if there is  a bit of anything left that won’t get used, just dice it up and add it to the salad.     I have also used packaged shredded carrots for salads. For this one, I buy a package of diced ham and a package of shredded cheese, to save time. This is one of the “flexible” dishes where you can substitute what you have on hand, adjust the quantities to suit and it will still be good. If it seems dry after refrigerating, stir in a couple of tablespoons of milk to moisten without changing the flavor.

Creamy Pasta and Veggie Salad
 
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Recipe type: salad
Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups dry pasta (shell, rotini, penne, farfalle)
  • ¼ cup onion diced
  • ¾ cup raw carrot, sliced or shredded
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • ½ cup red pepper, diced
  • 8 ounces cubed ham
  • 8 ounce package frozen peas
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 16 ounce container sour cream
  • ½ cup French dressing
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water.
  2. Dice vegetables.
  3. Mix sour cream, French dressing, seasoning in medium bowl.
  4. In large bowl, mix together pasta, vegetables, cheese, and ham. Fold in dressing.
  5. Cover and chill 2-4 hours before serving. Best if refrigerated overnight.

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