Bacon, Tomato and Basil Pasta – 20 minute meal

I love pasta for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that pasta makes a quick meal.  And it’s extremely versatile.  For this dish, I used angel hair.  It cooks in just a couple of minutes.

Bacon Tomato Basil Pasta - 20 minute meal

 

Some friends gave us a bunch of tomatoes from their garden.  Now that’s a great gift!  But they needed to be used soon.  Pairing them with pasta made perfect sense.

I also had a pound of bacon in the fridge, some white wine and fresh basil in the garden.  My original thought was to make this pasta dish. It also has bacon, tomatoes and basil, but it requires more Parmesan cheese than I had on hand.

So I decided to do a lighter sauce, with no half & half and no Parmesan.  We had just enough cheese to garnish, so it worked out great.

And this is a quick meal.  Especially if you already have the bacon cooked.  I needed to cook mine, but I still had it made in about 20 minutes.

I usually cook the bacon in the oven.  Not only is it easier and less messy, it allows me to do other things while it cooks versus stand at the skillet and get popped with hot grease.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches with Creamy Ranch Slaw

Can you believe we’ve made it to Day 75 in our Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series?  There have been such a variety of recipes shared.  Scroll to the bottom of this post and you’ll find a link to all of them.  

The combo of chicken, bacon and ranch is one of my favorites. In my opinion, any dish with the three of them is bound to be good. One morning when I was pressed for time and trying to think of something to throw in the slow cooker for dinner, I realized I had all three on hand – and these sandwiches were born!

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These are a great go-to dinner, especially in warm weather. Despite being a hot sandwich, the cool ranch slaw makes these feel light and refreshing.  I love to pair these with fries and some veggies with dip.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches with Creamy Ranch Slaw

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ - 2 lbs. boneless chicken breast
  • 1 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
  • 3 oz. real bacon bits
  • 1 bag coleslaw mix
  • Ranch dressing
  • Rolls, for serving

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in the bottom of the slow cooker. In a small bowl, whisk together the broth and dressing mix. Pour over the chicken. Sprinkle the bacon bits over the top.
  2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Shred the chicken once cooked.
  3. While the chicken is cooking, toss the coleslaw mix with enough ranch dressing to lightly coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Serve the shredded chicken on rolls, topped with ranch slaw.
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This is day 75 in our 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

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Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

15 min Gluten-free BLT Pizza

Have you ever had one of those nights that you literally had 15 minutes to get dinner on the table? I seem to have them a lot. We get home – it’s dinner time and everyone is hungry! This little gem is one of my favorites. Now that I discovered it, my family asks for it once a week. I hope that it becomes a favorite in your home too.

You’ll need:

  • Gluten-free pizza crust
  • 2 cups of Mozzarella Cheese
  • Bacon bits (homemade or bought)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced green onions
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup of ranch (I make mine like this)

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Lay the pizza crust out on a pan.
  3. Cover with the cheese, bacon, and green onions.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes until all toppings are melted and lightly browned.
  5. Mix the tomato, lettuce, and ranch together in a bowl.
  6. Serve the pizza with the lettuce mixture on top of it.

15 min Gluten Free BLT Pizza

Ingredients

  • Gluten-free pizza crust
  • 2 cups of Mozzarella Cheese
  • Bacon bits (homemade or bought)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced green onions
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup of ranch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Lay the pizza crust out on a pan.
  3. Cover with the cheese, bacon, and green onions.
  4. Bake for 5-7 minutes until all toppings are melted and lightly browned.
  5. Mix the tomato, lettuce, and ranch together in a bowl.
  6. Serve the pizza with the lettuce mixture on top of it.
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Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 7 years. They have two kids – a 3 yr old boy and a 1 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.

 


Bacon-fest!

I’m so excited to celebrate bacon again this year!  Bacon-fest was one of the most popular Ingredient Spotlights last year and the Pinterest board has a good following as well.

Here are a few of my recipes using bacon from 2012.

Kentucky Hot Brown Bake

5 Minute BLT Salad

Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole

I can’t wait to see the recipes you’ve made during the last year.  Feel free to link up as many as you like, just be sure to include a link back to Eat at Home.  Bacon-fest is on!

 

 

5 Minute Lunch – BLT Salad

Some days at home you just need a quick lunch. My favorite one to make is a BLT salad. And the secret is in the dressing. My grandma taught me to make this dressing. Not only is it easy but it’s also delicious. This salad is a weekly go-to because I typically have these leftovers in the fridge by the end of the week. It’s just enough for one. Or you could double or triple to make for more people.

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Kentucky Hot Brown Bake

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This is not your traditional Kentucky Hot Brown.  If you’ve ever had the real deal, then you already know that.  If you’ve never had a Hot Brown, here’s a description for you:  Turkey, bacon, tomato on toast, served under so much cheese sauce that you can’t find the sandwich.  Amazing!

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This bake is adapted from a recipe I found via Pinterest on Mr. Food for Italian Layer Bake.  I adapted the layers to make it a KY Hot Brown Bake.

This bake is easy to put together, although you do need to allow time for it to bake and set a few minutes before serving.  It’s delicious, with gooey cheese and bacon.  Everyone in the family loved this one.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Bacon-fest!

Smokey, crisp strips of bacon sizzling in an iron skillet.  Does it get any better than that?

For me, yes.  It can get better if the bacon takes the starring role in a classic BLT sandwich. Toasted bread, iceberg lettuce, garden-fresh tomato, bacon and Miracle Whip.  Fantastic!

I cannot wait to see all the recipes you’ve got for bacon!  I’ve already started a Bacon Board on Pinterest with my bacon recipes.  I’ll be adding many of yours as we go.

Share your recipes!  Link up any recipe that uses bacon.  Feel free to link as many as you like.  Be sure to link back to Eat at Home in your blog post.  You can use the button below, if you like.

 

Beef and Bean Topped Potatoes

This is a quick meal, except for the potato baking.  But even that can be done in the microwave if you’re really pressed for time.

And there are a couple things you can do to make it even faster.  Keep cooked ground beef in the freezer so it’s ready to go for recipes like this.  You can also keep cooked bacon and onion in the freezer.

Or you can slow it down by putting the topping in the slow cooker until you’re ready for dinner.

Another bonus, this recipe is versatile.  Vary the ingredients for what you have in your pantry.  I don’t think you can mess this one up.  Nearly anything goes.

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Bean and Bacon Soup – Ready in 10 Minutes

This soup is really just assembly only, as long as you’ve got the bacon and onions in the freezer. It’s a good one to keep in mind for those nights when you really don’t have time to cook, but everyone needs to be fed.

The bacon, onion and tomatoes add a lot of flavor to the beans.  It reminds me of the flavor of Italian Sausage and Bean Soup.

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Bacon Tomato Ranch Pasta Salad

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Soccer season is presenting a real challenge to dinnertime.  We’ve been picnicking on the field while we watch the games.  But sandwiches can get old, especially if you’ve packed one for lunch too.  I created this easy pasta salad to take with us one night.  It’s creamy and flavorful with homemade ranch dressing.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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