BRRRRRR! It is freezing outside! It is so cold that it takes your breath away when you go outside in the morning. It is chilly days like this that really make you want to snooze your alarm for just 5, 10 or 15 more minutes so you do not have to leave the comfort of your toasty bed. Who does not love a quick, easy & hearty meal to warm them right up on chilly days like this? Here are two recipes that are sure to have you asking for more! Enjoy!
This first recipe is for an Easy Cheesy Ravioli Bake. With less than 5 ingredients, this is a perfect weeknight dinner that can be thrown together in a flash!
- 20 ounce package refrigerated cheese-filled ravioli
- 1 – 26 oz. jar pasta sauce (your favorite)
- 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Cook ravioli as directed on package. Drain and set aside.
- In medium/large pot, mix pasta sauce and basil and cook on medium heat until heated through (about 4-6 minutes). Add cooked ravioli and mix well.
- Pour into 9×13 pan. Top with cheese and bake for 12 minutes. ENJOY!
This Crockpot Chicken Gnocchi Soup is an excellent recipe for a comforting winter meal. Throw together a small salad and you are good to go!
- 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 cups mirepoix (just a simple mixture of chopped onions, celery, and carrots)
- 1-2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1-2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
- 2 12 ounce cans evaporated milk
- 2 1lb. packages mini potato gnocchi (about 4 cups)
- 6 slices bacon
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 5 ounces fresh baby spinach
- Place the chicken, mirepoix, basil, Italian seasoning, poultry seasoning, salt, and broth in a crockpot or slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-8 hours. Shred the chicken directly in the crockpot.
- Add the cornstarch mixture, evaporated milk, and gnocchi. Stir and replace cover. Cook another 45 minutes – 1 hour until the soup has thickened and the gnocchi has softened.
- While the soup is thickening, cut the bacon into small pieces and fry until crispy. Drain on paper towels and wipe most of the bacon grease out of the pan, leaving just a little bit for the spinach/garlic. Add the garlic and saute for one minute. Add the spinach and stir until wilted. Remove from heat. Add the bacon and spinach to the crockpot. Stir to combine.
- Add any additional liquid as needed (I added about a cup of water once it started to thicken) and season again with salt and pepper as needed.