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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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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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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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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Copycat Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta

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Copycat Chili's Cajun Chicken Pasta Table Spread

Copycat Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta is made by combining penne pasta and Cajun chicken in a rich and flavorful cream sauce and topped with fresh tomatoes!

Have you ever been to a restaurant and ordered something so delicious, you knew you had to create it at home? That is the way I feel about Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta. The first time I ever had it, I was addicted. I knew I would never be able to rest until I learned how to make it at home.

I don’t remember where I found the starting recipe, but I have refined it over the years. Once I made it for my family, they also fell in love with it. To this day, they often request it for dinner!

Even though, I have given the recipe to my family, they claim it never tastes the same unless I make it. So, in an effort to set the record straight, I am sharing all my “secrets” to make my yummy, signature dish.

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Slow Cooker or Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

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Salsa Verde Chicken is a quick, easy, and flavorful protein made in the slow cooker with pantry ingredients! Great for meal prep and freezer cooking.

Welcome to the first post for Mexican May on the blog! In this post, I am sharing the recipe for one of my favorite proteins to meal prep, and I make this at least once a month (if not more often). Flavorful slow cooker chicken does not have to be hard!

When giving friends and family new meal prep ideas, Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken is one of the first recipes I always recommend because it is quick to prepare, has a short amount of ingredients, and most importantly, it tastes delicious!

Plus, this is great for a low-carb diet because it is a quick way to add flavor and protein to your meals. Per serving, there are only 3 g of net carbs and 23 g of protein.

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Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast and Gravy

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Beef Pot Roast and Gravy with Bite on Fork

A slow cooker does all of the work for this beef pot roast–including making its own gravy! Dump 6 ingredients in a slow cooker and forget it for 9-10 hrs.

One of my dear friends, Brandi, introduced me to this recipe for slow cooker beef pot roast when she entertained my husband, Jonny, and I for game night at her house. From the first bite Jonny and I were hooked, and we ranted and raved about how good it was. Jonny whispered to me under his breath that I should ask her how she made it, so I could make it for him too. Brandi was surprised at our reactions because she explained it was made with just a few ingredients all thrown into the slow cooker. Those are the best kinds of recipes!

Every time I’ve made this recipe since then, we still have the same reactions after the first bite. This beef pot roast and gravy is so flavorful, and we both say, “Yum!” out loud. The slow cooker does all of the work for this recipe — including making its own gravy! The beef does not need to be seared before hand, and all the ingredients can be dumped in to the slow cooker and forgotten.

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