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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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse Individual Serving

This no-bake, Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is a light, fluffy, creamy, and decadent dessert full of festive fall flavors and real pumpkin!

Maybe, it’s just me. But, sometimes, I get SO excited to share a recipe with you! Especially one that tastes like pumpkin cheesecake but that is much friendlier on the waistline. It’s my recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse!

This sweet treat is full of fall flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice. Whipping cream cheese and heavy whipping cream gives this dessert a light and refreshing texture. Meanwhile, the cinnamon graham crackers provide crunch and flavor. It’s so stinking good!

This recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake Mousse is easy and delicious. In fact, it only takes 15 minutes to prepare. Yet, this yummy treat is still impressive for entertaining family and friends. They will never guess how fast it is to make.

Bonus: To make this dessert, no cooking is required! Just whip 7 simple ingredients together and chill!

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Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

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Jarred Alfredo Sauce - Horizontal View

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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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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Easy No Churn Toffee Caramel Ice Cream

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Pan, Bowl, and Spoon of No Churn Caramel Toffee Ice Cream

Easy no churn Toffee Caramel Ice Cream requires no eggs or ice cream maker! It takes less than 10 minutes prep and can be customized with your own add-ins!

Homemade ice cream is really easy to make at home, and no eggs or ice cream maker are required! Plus, it can be made in less than 10 minutes right in your blender! After freezing for 6 hours, you’ll have rich and creamy ice cream!

The no-churn vanilla ice cream base recipe I use is adapted from Cook’s Country’s recipe. Using this base, you can customize it with your favorite add-ins. The ice cream flavor possibilities are truly endless!

Inspiration for this recipe is from my favorite ice cream from Smiths/Kroger: Private Selection™ English Toffee Caramel Ice Cream. The ice cream starts with premium vanilla ice cream swirled with a rich and sweet caramel sauce and English Toffee pieces. It’s so delicious!

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Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

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Bowl of Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is super creamy, cheesy, and slightly spicy! It comes together in 5 minutes, and it’s perfect for meal prep!

You know, when people ask you if you were stuck on an island, but you could have any food, what would it be? Mine is definitely macaroni and cheese. I once at it for 3 days straight. No joke!

This Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is one of my all time favorite varieties of mac and cheese! It is super rich, creamy, cheesy, and slightly spicy. It’s even easier than the boxed kind since you don’t even have to boil the pasta! Plus, it doesn’t require evaporated milk or a roux.

Three Cheese Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese is amazing as a full meal or as a side dish. Additionally, it’s great for meal prep. Since, all the ingredients are added to the slow cooker and forgotten, your hands (and pans) are free to work on other components for your meal prep.

It’d also be awesome to take to a pot luck, tailgate, or other gathering! Can you ever go wrong with macaroni and cheese?

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Mini Raspberry Lemon Cheesecakes

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Pan of Mini Raspberry Lemon Cheesecakes

Lemon lovers will beg you to bring these (almost no bake) tart, sweet, rich, and creamy mini raspberry lemon cheesecakes to your next gathering!

This recipe is adapted from Cook’s Country‘s recipe for Lemon Icebox Cheesecake. It is packed full of lemon flavor with the right balance of tart and sweet.

The original recipe makes one 9″ cheesecake, but I adapted the recipe to make mini cheesecakes that can be easily shared and taken to potlucks or other gatherings. How pretty would these look at a 4th of July celebration picnic or barbecue?

The only baking required for this recipe is to set the lemon-flavored crust. The mini raspberry lemon cheesecakes get their fluffy and creamy texture from a gelatin based lemon cream cheese filling that sets up as it chills in the fridge. To really make these cheesecakes special, top the cheesecakes with a stunning swirl of lemon curd and raspberry preserves.

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Best Key Lime Pie

Best Key Lime Pie - Clean Fingers Laynie - Learn to make the best key lime pie with a buttery graham cracker crust, a tangy and creamy key lime filling, and a perfectly fluffy whipped cream topping!
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Key Lime Pie - Clean Fingers Laynie

Learn to make the best key lime pie with a buttery graham cracker crust, a tangy and creamy key lime filling, and a perfectly fluffy whipped cream topping!

I hesitate to call any recipe the “BEST” because there are so many different food palates and taste preferences. What I may think is the “best” someone else could think is just “okay”.

However, I really believe this is the Best Key Lime Pie!

This recipe for the Best Key Lime Pie starts with a homemade, buttery, sweet, graham cracker crust. Then, it’s filled with a rich, tart, creamy, and tangy key lime filling. Finally, it’s topped with a fluffy whipped cream that perfectly balances out the other flavors in the pie.

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