Pasta

A perfect vehicle for almost any flavor. A good, cheap, filling starch, or a delicate envelope for a delicious filling.

Chili Mac

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It's not all epic concoctions here. Sometimes, I'm in the mood for something bad for me. But, even the bad food has good things to know.

Mac and Cheese was a special occasion growing up. I don't know if they put crack in it, but there is something about the classic blue box that tastes nostalgically better than all other Mac and Cheese.

But, eating just a box (or two) of Mac and Cheese just isn't enough adulting for my taste. So, tonight, I spiced it up a bit with some spicy beef.

A good spice blend can be applied to a lot of things. So it is with this one, which works well in Chili Mac, tacos, burritos, and goes well with chicken or beef.

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Classic Lasagna

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About a month ago, someone put the idea of a "breakfast lasagna" in my head. It turned out not to be what I thought, but I tried it anyway. I took scrambled eggs, onions, green peppers, cheese, and bacon, layered it all with lasagna noodles, and served it with sour cream. It was not terrible, but I used way too much onion by far, so it was also not very good, and I will have to revisit it...

But, I used only half of the lasagna noodles I bought, so I decided to make a classic lasagna like Grandma used to make (for Christmas, I swear, we had Christmas lasagna. I love you, Grandma).

A classic lasagna is only barely more difficult than Spaghetti Bolognese. It takes all the same ingredients, adds some cheese, and bakes it like a cassarole.

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Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta

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Before tonight, I had never had kale. Of all the greens I've had (which are lettuce and spinach and now kale), I think I like kale the most.

Kale is annoying to prep, though. First you have to remove it from the stalk. Then, for this recipe, you need to cut the larger chunks into strips. For 1 lb. of kale, this took about 15 minutes. In the future, it might be easier to cut the strips while the kale is on the stalk.

This is yet another Budget Bytes recipe. I really like these recipes, because they aren't overly complicated, and especially aren't overly expensive.

In order to make this more of a meal, I added 1 lb. of ground turkey. I'm not sure it was necessary, as the end result was 4 meal-sized servings. But, some extra protein never hurt nobody.

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