Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival Copycat

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Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival Copycat Pasta in Bowl with Fork

Ever popular, Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival is a flavorful and easy pasta dish made with sauteed chicken, bacon, and a creamy, cheesy tomato sauce.

Whenever I think of Italian food, my brain automatically goes to pasta. Without a doubt, it’s my favorite kind of Italian food. One of my favorite Italian pasta dishes comes from Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant, and it’s called Grilled Chicken Bowtie Festival.

My copycat version of Carino’s Chicken Bowtie Festival is made by combining bow tie pasta with chicken, bacon, garlic, red onions, tomatoes in an Asiago cream sauce. Instead of only using marinara sauce or Alfredo sauce, you get the best of both worlds with the cream sauce and the fresh tomatoes.

To be honest, I’m not sure why Carino’s calls it a “festival”. If I had to guess, I think it’s because it’s a beautiful white dish with pops of red throughout (from the bacon, tomatoes, and red onion). It’s really stunning when it comes to the table.

Now, there’s no need to go out when you can make this copycat favorite at home! It’s full of flavor and does not need any special ingredients. It’s absolutely perfect for dinner any night of the week!

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Instant Pot White Chicken Chili

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Use a secret pantry ingredient to give this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili a flavor boost! A dump and go recipe that’s easy, comforting, and delicious!

Want to know the secret ingredient for easy, flavorful white chicken chili? Jarred Salsa Verde! It’s such a time-saver, and it’s packed with flavor. Seriously, it makes meal prep so quick.

A few years ago, I became obsessed with salsa verde. Consequently, I always have a jar (or two) in my pantry. It’s a quick and easy flavor bomb that can be added to so many dishes.

Since this white chicken chili is prepared in the Instant Pot, all the ingredients are dumped into the pot and pressure cooked together. Then, top the white chicken chili with all your favorite yummy toppings!

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Parmesan-Crusted Sourdough Turkey Sandwich

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Parmesan-Crusted Sourdough Turkey Sandwich

Packed with flavor, this grilled turkey sandwich is made with bell peppers, onion, jack cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and Parmesan-crusted Sourdough! It’s truly a perfect grown up sandwich! Serve with fries for a full meal.

Meet a new sandwich you are sure to love: the Parmesan-Crusted Sourdough Turkey Sandwich. I know my mom and I fell in love with it the first time we had it! This sandwich is full of unique flavors you wouldn’t expect would go well together, but it’s so delicious. Truly, this is a grown-up grilled turkey sandwich.

If you are new to the blog (or if you’re not), welcome! If it’s not your first time, you know I love creating my favorite restaurant foods at home. Especially when I can’t easily access them. This recipe is no exception.

This sandwich is inspired by one you can find at the Lake Yellowstone Hotel. In their Lake Hotel Dining Room, they serve a very similar sandwich. When we visit, my mom and I both love to order it for lunch and take in the beautiful view across the lake. I’m those memories are why I love this sandwich so much, and I’m excited to share it with you!

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Copycat Johnny Carino’s Chicken Milano

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Copycat Johnny Carino's Chicken Milano on White Plate

Copycat Johnny Carino’s Chicken Milano is fettuccine Alfredo served with sauteed chicken breast topped with toasted mushrooms, ham, basil, and provolone.

Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant will always have a special place in my heart because it reminds me of my mom. The first time my mom and I went there was on one of our annual trips to Yellowstone National Park.

For a little background, my mom does not like tomato-based sauces. However, she loves Italian food. So, she will ask for the breaded cutlet from the Chicken Parmesan. But then, she’ll ask for the marinara sauce to be substituted with Alfredo sauce.

On our first visit to Johnny Carino’s, the Chicken Milano immediately stood out because that’s basically what my mom orders at Italian restaurants. We both ordered it, and we both fell in love. It’s the perfect dish if you’re like my mom and love Italian but don’t love marinara sauce.

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Tater Tot Casserole (Pantry Meal)

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Layer flavorful ground beef, veggies, cheese, cream of chicken soup, and tater tots until hot and bubbly for tater tot casserole the whole family will love!

Depending on where you live, Tater Tot Casserole may also be called Tater Tot Hotdish. No matter what you call it, it’s a family favorite, kid-friendly, weeknight meal that comes together simply and quickly for dinner. It’s easy, creamy and and oh so yummy!

The best part is, this tater tot casserole is so versatile depending on what is in your fridge or pantry! Although, our family loves it with ground beef, canned veggies, cheddar cheese, and tater tots!

Because tater tots are used, preparation is so much faster than if you use homemade mashed potatoes. It’s just pure comfort food at it’s finest.

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Dinner in a Pumpkin (Pumpkin Casserole)

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Dinner In a Pumpkin Baked (Pumpkin Casserole)

Dinner in a Pumpkin is a casserole cooked right inside a pumpkin! As you serve it, scrape out the tender pumpkin to eat along with the delicious filling!

I get SO excited for Halloween! One of the things I always look forward to is Dinner in a Pumpkin, or pumpkin casserole. Since this dish is seasonal, it’s always really special when I get to eat it. So, I make it as often as I can while pumpkins are still available.

To make dinner in a pumpkin, prepare the casserole filling ingredients. Then, stuff the pumpkin, and bake. As you serve the casserole, also scoop out portions of the pumpkin to eat! After dinner, just throw the pumpkin away! Since there are no casserole dishes, clean-up is so easy.

Speaking of which, why are pumpkins not available AFTER Halloween?! You can find so many other seasonal types of squash. Why not pumpkin? Maybe, if more people make this dish, we don’t have to waste all the after-Halloween pumpkins with a pumpkin smash. #savethepumpkins

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Cottage Cheese and Crackers

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Creamy cottage cheese, butter crackers, and Salad Supreme Seasoning combine to make a perfect, quick, easy, inexpensive, kid-friendly, snack or meal.

If you’ve ever wondered what to do to with cottage cheese, you’ve come to the right place! Cottage cheese is so versatile, and it can be used in more ways than hidden inside a lasagna.

In 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, there is about 80-100 calories and 14 grams of protein! It’s a filling and satisfying snack for not a lot of calories. Plus, it’s not expensive.

For as long as I can remember, my family loves eating cottage cheese and crackers as a snack or a full meal. My brother especially loves cottage cheese and crackers, and I think he could subsist solely on them if he had to.

Even though they are easy to prepare, I still want to provide you with a quick and easy recipe (that only dirties one spoon)! Let’s get to it.

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Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

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You’re only 15 minutes and 5 pantry ingredients away from homemade Alfredo sauce infused with yummy garlic, butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, and Parmesan.

For as long as I can remember, our family receives laughs and scoffs for keeping a large 3-lb block of cream cheese in our fridge. The reason why: to make this amazing homemade Alfredo sauce whenever we want! Inevitably, once they try this homemade Alfredo sauce recipe, they stop laughing. Because it is so tasty!

It takes just 15 minutes to make, and it’s way better than Olive Garden and the store-bought Alfredo sauces. This sauce was one of the first things I learned to make.

When you don’t know what to make for dinner, this is such an easy recipe to go to. It can be tossed with pasta for fettuccine Alfredo. Or it can be used in a myriad of other ways. See the post below for more ideas!

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Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken Fajitas

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This Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken Fajitas recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner that’s healthy, delicious and made all on one pan in under 30 minutes! Perfect for meal prep too!

You’ve heard the never ending debate, right? Does pineapple belong in pizza? Well, I’m here to shake things up even more! So, does pineapple belong in fajitas?

Obviously, my answer is, yes! I’m team #pineapplegoesonpizza and #pineapplefajitas.

Even if you are not a fan of pineapple on pizza, you should give these sheet pan pineapple chicken fajitas a try! They are absolutely delicious! Due to the pineapple and BBQ sauce, it gives the chicken fajitas a sweet and sour vibe. Such a fun tropical twist on the original!

Because this is made on one sheet pan, clean up is quick. Plus, it can be prepared in advance for healthy lunches or dinners throughout the week.

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Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

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Making grilled, sweet, and sticky Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs at home, just like those found at your favorite restaurant, is simple and totally doable!

Let’s just get this out there. Why is teriyaki so hard to spell?! No matter how hard I try, the spell checker is correcting me. Please tell me it’s not just me! Even though I struggle spelling it, teriyaki sauce tastes so delicious! So, I’m pushing through this for you!

Nothing quite compares to the taste of authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs! As it grills, the sticky and sweet marinade caramelizes and intensifies in flavor. You would never guess how simple it is to make at home.

At least, the toughest part of this recipe is waiting for the chicken to marinate. Though, once that’s done, dinner can be on the table in about 15 minutes! This recipe for Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs is bound to be your new family favorite!

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