World’s BEST Meat Lasagna Recipe

I make a super good lasagna. It’s a fact. It’s rich and flavorful and cheesy and a mouthful of comfort food in every bite.

Made this last night SO good. Definitely the best meat lasagna recipe. Really good dinner comfort meal and also freezer friendly

A few weeks ago when I made it last my sister announced that she just going to stop ordering lasagna and just make me make it whenever she feels the pull. So this is for her. “I’m not your kitchen slave make your own lasagna ;)”

Wow this is amazing. Made this meat lasagna recipe twice now. Great family dinner and freezes well too

Okay I’ll probably keep making her lasagna because like with all of her food luring the second she says “you know what sounds good” my brain is like “yes we NEEEEED that…NOW.” So this is for the rest of you that can’t psychologically manipulate me into making you lasagna.

Oh man this is good. Can't wait to make this meat lasagna recipe again. Best dinner ever and freezes for an easy weeknight meal

Best Meat Lasagna Recipe

Makes enough to fill a 9×13 inch pan.


  • 8-10 Lasagna noodles cooked (or not if you use no boil noodles)
  • 6 C Marinara Sauce (your favorite homemade or store bought about 1 C per layer)
  • 1 lbs Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 C Mozzarella
  • 4 C Bachemel Sauce (recipe below)
    • 4 TBS Butter
    • 5 TBS Flour
    • 4 C Milk
    • 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese
    • onion powder (about 1/2 tsp) adjust to taste
    • nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp) adjust to taste
    • garlic salt (1-2 tsp) adjust to taste
    • pepper (about 1/8 tsp) adjust to taste
    • Italian seasoning (about 1 TBS) adjust to taste
  • 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese (this is in addition to the bachemel)

Hands down the best lasagna recipe I've tried. Turns out perfect every time and freezes great for an easy weeknight meal


  1. Cook pasta if needed.
  2. Brown sausage and drown excess drippings.
  3. Make Bachemel sauce by melting butter in a large pan over medium high heat.
  4. Mix in flour and cook for a minute stirring.
  5. Turn heat down to medium low and whisk in milk slowly making sure to incorporate and minimize any flour lumps.
  6. Add in cheese and seasoning. Start conservatively with the seasonings and add until it suits your taste.
  7. Cook until thick enough that it will hold it’s shape when you swipe some off a spoon dipped into the sauce.
  8. Set aside.
  9. Assemble the lasagna as pictured above.
  10. Bake at 450 F for 30-45 minutes.
  11. Broil to brown the top if desired.
  12. Let rest for at least 10 minutes before serving if you want it to set. We’re always too impatience and just eat it right away.

Finally a meat lasagna recipe that the whole family loves. Great recipe and freezes great.

Aww shoot just writing this up has given me the “I need lasagna” bug again. Luckily I have a small dish of it in the freezer from last time I made this. A half of this recipe is perfect for a small family. If you want use two 8×8 pans and freeze one for later. I love those aluminum pans that you can bake in and toss when you’re done.

It's a keeper. This is super good and freeze great. Probably the best meat lasagna recipe I've tried. Will be making it again.

I hope you give it try it is one of our family’s all time favorite recipes. It really is so good.

Hands down the best lasagna recipe. Already made it twice and it freezes nicely for an easy weeknight dinner of meat lasagna.

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10 Tips for Meal Planning Success + Parmesan Zoodles Recipe

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Whether to it’s reign in the budget or to keep the calories in check I’ve found meal planning to be key to helping us eat at home. #MangiaTonight #CollectiveBias 

Great tips and tricks for family meal planning to save money and eat healthier. Reclaim family dinner.Since both of us work from home it’s a real struggle not to want to eat out every night. We want to “do” something, to make it an event but eating out daily is just too expensive. Plus I don’t know about you but I always over eat and order way more unhealthy foods than what we eat at home. And the thing is, we enjoy the food I cook and with a little thought it’s easy to make even meals at home something to look forward to. For me if I have a meal plan for the week that I have shopped for I’m WAY more likely to eat at home and stick to the plan. So today I’m sharing 10 tips for meal planning success.

1. Pay attention to the family schedule (and special events).

Each week look and think about what this week has in store for you. Are there weekly activities like the soccer or piano that will occupy your time? What time will you be getting home? How much time do you really have that day to prep dinner? Factor all of that in when you are selecting your meal for that day. Also think about if you have any special events that will change your normal schedule or that might have you eating out (whether this is grabbing a bite after being out for the evening or eating at the home of relatives).

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2. Make a list or pinterest board of recipes.

I highly suggest making yourself a few pinterest boards. One for tried and true recipes that you would happily make again. You can even upload your own picture to represent a family favorite that isn’t somewhere on the internet. For example if you guys enjoy taco night, next time you have tacos snap a picture and upload it to your board so when you’re planning it’s right there in front of you. Also make at least one for recipes you want to try. I have a few including yummy savory ideas, seafood recipes, and crock pot recipes.  You can also just make yourself lists but I find pinterest is so easy since it’s visual and I’m always finding stuff I want to try throughout the week and I just pin them as I see them.

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3.Take advantage of pre-made and convenience foods.

Whether you are using something like this new Bertolli Chicken Parm Bakes or even a my freezer friendly enchilada recipe that you had in your freezer, I recommend using some just heat up type of options. I found the Chicken Parmigiani Bake as well as lot of other yummy looking Bertolli frozen family dinners for a great price at Smiths.  There are so many great convenience foods these days that are just as simple as popping in the oven or heating in a skillet. I use a few every week. I like to pair them with a little something extra so for this meal I used frozen chicken parmesan that just needed to be baked as well as frozen bread dough that I let rise and I sprayed with oil and sprinkled with seasoning. Then I paired them with some basic zoodles for me and a comb of zoodles and traditional pasta for my husband and we had a delightful complete meal.

Delicious and healthy zucchini noodle recipes. Zoodles are so easy, super healthy, low calorie and fast to make. Great recipe.

Basic Zoodles (2 serving)

  • 3-4 medium zucchini cut into noodles (see this post for how I do that)
  • Garlic Salt to taste (I do a couple good shakes)
  • Pepper to taste
  • Spray oil
  • 1 tsp butter (optional)
  • 2 tsp grated Parmesan

In a nonstick skillet (nonstick is VERY important) over medium high heat spray with oil and saute the zucchini noodles until cooked through. I like mine softer but it’s totally a matter of preference.If it’s your first time making zoodles just taste it often to see when you like it. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to your plate. Top each serving with 1 tsp grated Parmesan. Feel free to eat as is or mix with pasta noodles for more traditional pallets.

I'm obsessed these 10 minute parmesan zucchini noodles are soooo easy and delicious. I've made them once a week since I discovered this recipe.

4. Try to shop once for everything you need for the week.

I found the frozen chicken Parmesan and the zucchini for this meal all at my local Smiths and tried to grab everything else I needed for the week while I was there. I know that for me if I have the ingredients, especially produce or fresh meat I’m more likely not to decide to eat out since I’m worried about them going bad. Likewise if you’re using any frozen items that will need to thaw, take them out and put them in the refrigerator the night before so you limit your excuses for the next day.

Bertolli Chicken Parm Bakes

5. Be willing to be flexible

I think it’s important to assign specific meals to days since this helps me think in concrete terms about our schedule and if anything needs to be thawed or thrown in the crock pot. BUT if you get home at the end of the day and just don’t feel like what’s on the menu by all means switch for one of the other days’ meals. After all you did all your shopping already so you can easily make that swap.

6. Plan on an “eat out” or “leftovers” day.

We love eating out so I always plan in an eat out day. Sometimes it’s connected to an event and sometimes it’s just there for when we feel like we have to get out of the house or I just don’t feel like cooking that night. Likewise I know lots of people account for eating leftovers for a day or two. If you are leftover eaters (we aren’t, leftovers die a slow death in our fridge) then by all means factor that in.

Delicious but light low calorie chicken parmesan. Great Parmesan zoodle zucchini noodle recipe

7. Try to plan some double duty meals.

I like to plan means that work overtime. I think the easiest way of doing this is by making some crock pot meat early in the week and then repurposing it into a meal later in the week. It’s simple to turn a roast (or really any kind of meat) into tacos, Stroganof, enchiladas, or even soup. Another easy idea is to make a double batch of your favorite freezer friendly meals (like my Stuffed Shells or Knock off Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana) and then freeze a batch for a later week.

8. Build in diversity and make it an event.

I think one of the biggest reasons people fall off of meal planning is that they get into a rut. Make sure to try new things. This is where those pinterest boards come in handy. Just allow yourself more time when trying a recipe for the first time and I always like to serve it along size something tried and true just in case. We are huge foodies. The baby is a GREAT eater and I think a big part of that is that we make dinner an event. We look forward to it, we all eat the same thing, we talk about the food, and of course we try to make everything we eat and serve our little one delicious. When you’re busy it’s easy to just forget to value meal time so that is a perfect oppertunity to use the pre-made stuff like the chicken Parmesan in these pictures or a previously homemade dish. That way you can really focus on a whole meal and time together and enjoy the food!

Chicken parmesan and zucchini noodles. Great parmesan zoodle recipe in just 10 minutes

9. Keep your eyes on the goal.

Remember how much you will save. By eating at home even if you’re very spendy with ingredient you’ll save tons of money over eating out even if eating out is just fast food. You will also be saving your health. Whether you are content with your weight or trying to cut some calories, when you do the cooking you know exactly what goes into it and you can make sure that you feed your family veggies and a balance of nutrients. Also with the crazy serving sizes at restaurants these days is SO hard not to over eat even if you’re sure the particular foods are good options.

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10. Write it down.

Last but most importantly write it down. Every week I sit down at the computer and write out my weekly menu. I actually send it out in my newsletters with links to the recipes on Thursdays this helps me to stay accountable and it’s just fun to share. When I’m at the store I pull it up on my phone. A lot of times I write my list on good old paper since I’m totally a paper and pen girl. I even made these meal planning printable that you can use as well. Sometimes I’ll snap a photo of my plan and share it on Instagram. People love it. Whether you want to be public or not you should definitely write down your meal plan. Personally I highly recommend sharing it with someone even if that is just someone in your household, but really I bet your friends would love to see it on social media typed up or as a pic!

I hope those ideas were helpful. For even more help I’ve made a printable meal planning sheet. This is available to my newsletter subscribers. Just go ahead and subscribe below in the teal box and once you confirm your email you will receive code to access the printable!

Love these awesome meal planning tips and free printable. bonus easy healthy recipe

Tell me how you are ready to get your meal planning under control will you start with a few convenience foods, new pinterest boards, let me know! And remember you can find Bertolli items at some of the lowest prices of the year in a Kroger or Kroger banner store near you. Kroger banners include Fred Meyer, Smiths, Frys, Dillions, King Soopers, City Market, and QFC. Find a store near you.

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20 Minute Creamy Shrimp Pesto Zoodles Recipe

Have you had zucchini noodles also known as zoodles? For me it was seriously love at first bite.

This is a keeper. Made it tonight and it's SO good. One pot zucchini noodle (zoodle) creamy pesto shrimp recipe. Fast so it's perfect for healthy light weekday dinners and tastes great.

I totally “borrowed” my sister’s zoodle maker 6 months ago and refuse to give it back. It’s so freaking cheap though I should probably buy my own. But I digress. Zoodles are sooooo good and if you are trying to lose weight or eat healthier or have this be “the year of your best body” bwahaha have you seen that commercial? then you need these in your life.

20 minute light and healthy creamy pesto shrimp zucchini noodles AKA zoodles recipe

This 20 minute creamy shrimp pesto zoodles recipes is my weeknight go to when I want something satisfying but light. It is SO yummy and easy to put together you gotta try it. If you have zucchini haters or non-zoodle lovers you can do what I do which is cook up some pasta (these noodles make it super speedy) and just give them mostly traditional empty calorie wheat noodles and make yours with the zoodles or half and half is good too.

Easy way to please everyone with regular pasta and zoodles. zucchini noodles. 20 minute creamy pesto and shrimp recipe. SO yummy for weeknight dinners

Really it’s super easy to customize. I still make the noodle eaters have some of the zucchini though and it makes everyone get more veggies even if they don’t want a heaping plate of them like I do. Okay lets get to the recipe.

So glad I tried this. Super yummy low calorie and filling zoodle zucchini noodle recipe. With creamy pesto and shrimp sauce. Fast and great for weeknight dinners or lunch


  • 4-5 Medium Zucchini (if you want half to be pasta I do 2-3 zuccs and 2 oz pasta)
  • 1/4 C Pesto
  • 1/8 C-1/4C Heavy Cream
  • Salt and peper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 16-20 Shrimp (I’ve used both cooked and raw tail on)

Just made this and it's so good and fast. Healthy light creamy pesto shrimp zoodles zucchini noodle recipe


  1. Season shrimp with salt, pepper and onion powder. If the shrimp is already cooked set aside.
  2. If your shrimp is raw cook them until ALMOST done in a NONSTICK (this is important) pan that is heated up and sprayed with a good amount of spray oil like Pam. Remove from heat and set aside. If you have tail on shrimp cook them with the tails on this will give them better flavor. Once cooked discard the tails.
  3. Make your zoodles. Cut the round end off of the zucchini and with and use the stem part as a handle. If you have this zoodle maker this step will go super fast. Like just a couple minutes max.
  4. Then in the pan you cooked the shrimp on. Make sure it is hot and resprayed add in the noodles. When they are close to your desired texture (some people like them more soft and others with a snap) this will only take a few minutes over medium high heat, turn off the heat.
  5. Add in pesto and cream and stir. Add as the cream to your desired consistency. If you are spitting this with regular noodles. Make sure your noodles are cooked before you start step 4. I like pronto noodles when I’m in a rush. Then I just put noodles on one side of the pan and the zucchini on the other and and mix on their own sides and just a bit of overlap will happen in the middle which is fine since I want everyone to at least have some zuccs.
  6. Add back in the shrimp just to reheat. If you need to you might want to turn your heat back on just for a minute.
  7. Add any additional salt you might want.
  8. Enjoy and marvel at the fact that that delicious meal was mostly veggies and so low in calories!

New favorite. Will be in our weeknight dinner rotation. Healthy and light creamy pesto shrimp zoodles (zucchini noodles) recipe.

I love this dish so much. Seriously it’s on regular rotation at our house. I hope you love it just as much as we do!

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AD 10 Minute One Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe

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My new favorite weekday dinner recipe. 10 Minute buffalo chicken one pot pasta. So fast and so yummy.

This time of year I am SO crunched for time that even my normal speedy 30 minute meals seem to eat away time that I just don’t have. With my busy season I’m sad to report that I’ve been picking up food and eating out way too much. I just get so busy that really only super easy meals are the only kinds that will have a chance of being made. So I’m super excited to share this 10 Minute One Pot Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe. #EverydayEffortless #CollectiveBias

10 minute one pot buffalo chicken pasta recipe

For me it’s not so much how long the food takes to make, although that does play a part. But in addition to the making of the food there is the cleaning of the dishes. And anyone that knows me knows that I HATE DOING DISHES.

Pronto Pasta and Tyson Ready Chicken

Honestly I’m not sure why I’ve never tired to convert my recipes into one pot creations before. I just recently discovered Barilla Pronto pasta which is magical no drain stuff. You just throw it in a pan with water and in 10 minutes it’s ready to go.  No waiting for water to boil and draining and all of that. And it tastes just like traditional pasta, told you magical. I combined that with the full cooked 98% fat free Tyson Grilled and Ready chicken breast strips and that made it so this dish came together in just about 10 minutes.

This is a keeper. 10 minute one pot buffalo chicken pasta recipe

Even with all my costume sewing this time of year I can certainly manage 10 minutes and clean one pot. I feel like I had an epiphany while I was making this dinner. How on earth had I never tired these time saving products? Really if you know me in the real world or have just been around for a while you know I just crazy busy this time of year with all my costume orders.

Must try. One pot 10 minute buffalo blue cheese chicken pasta recipe. great weeknight dinner idea

Most years our dinners fall by the wayside and we eat fast junk or out which isn’t fast and adds up. Any ways I know I’m not the only one that has busy times so I thought I’d share since I can already tell this is going to be a lifesaver for me.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta Recipe10 minute buffalo chicken blue cheese pasta recipe in one pan. great weeknight dinner idea

  • 6 oz Barilla Pronto Pasta (I used spaghetti but any kind will work)
  • 2 C Water
  • 1-1 1/2 C Milk
  • 2 TBS Butter
  • 2 TBS Flour
  • 2 oz Cheese (I like Havarti but any neutral cheese works)
  • 1/4-1/2 C Blue Cheese crumbles
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Strips
  • Buffalo Sauce

This is SO good and easy. Fast chicken dinner pasta recipe

  1. Start by adding the pasta and water to a cold pan.
  2. Turn on heat and boil for about 10 minutes. When most of the water is absorbed add in the butter and flour and stir.
  3. Then gradually add in the milk and cheeses to form the sauce.
  4. Season with onion powder and salt and pepper.
  5. If the chicken is still frozen thaw/heat in microwave while pasta is cooking.
  6. Place on top of the pasta and drizzle with buffalo sauce to your family’s preferences.
  7. Serve with some celery and garlic bread for a complete meal.

New favorite chicken dinner. 10 minute one pot buffalo chicken blue cheese pasta recipe

Super easy right? I am so excited about how fast this recipe came together I can’t wait to make more of my family’s favorites in to quick prep one pot meals. Seriously I see lots more one pot 10 minute meals in my future. Check this page out for more effortless meal ideas.

It's a keeper. Buffalo blue cheese chicken pasta in one pot. Really comes together in just 10 minutes

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Every Day Pasta Recipes Features

Yummy and easy pasta dinner ideas and recipes

Who doesn’t love pasta? It is so yummy, satisfying and quick making it perfect for every day dinners. Here are some awesome pasta recipes and crafts that you guys have shared.

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Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here today and sharing a ton of awesome looking crock pot recipes. I don’t know about you but lately I feel like I’m barely keeping up. Luckily I’ve been utilizing my slow cooker which has helped keep me sane so I figured I could use some more awesome recipes and you guys sure had tons to pick from!

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World’s Best Easy Mac and Cheese Recipe

Hands down the best mac and cheese recipe. No weird ingredients, really fast and good.

Are you ready for the world’s best and super easy mac and cheese recipe? No really, people like my macaroni and cheese. I get asked for the recipe all the time. It’s so easy and so yummy.

Delicious 20 minute macaroni and cheese recipe. This is a keeper

Mac and cheese is one of my go-to’s.  You’ll find it on my weekly menu 9 times out of ten. While I like to do different varieties like my Taco Mac and Cheese recipe which I’ve already shared it all starts with this basic recipe. You can use whatever cheese you want but I think it’s good to use two different types of cheese. Most of the time I use Havarti and Colby Jack because that’s what I usually have on hand but I’ve made it with pepper jack, brie, sharp cheddar and more. The key is to have variety. Ingredients

World’s Best Easy Mac and Cheese Recipe

Easy and delicious cupboard mac and cheese recipeIngredients

  • 4 ounces pasta (small elbows or shells are my favorite)
  • 2 TBS Salted butter
  • 2 TBS All purpose flour
  • 1 C Milk
  • 1-2 ounce Havarti (I use sliced cheese I have on hand)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 C Colby Jack Cheese
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • dash of grated nutmeg
  • dash of powdered onion


  1. Boil the pasta. When done drain making sure to reserve 1/2 C of the pasta water.
  2. In a separate pan large enough to hold all the pasta (I use a wok) melt the butter and combine with flour. Cook over medium heat for a minute or two.
  3. Slowly whisk in milk and cook while it thickens.
  4. Add in remaining ingredients. Taste and add any additional cheese or seasoning to suit your preference.
  5. Stir in drained pasta.
  6. If you want your sauce a little thinner add in some of the reserved water. I usually add at least 1/4 C since the sauce will thicken up as it cools and I prefer a saucier mac and cheese.

My go to mac and cheese recipe. This is so good and easy and I always have the ingredients on hand.There is just something so good and comforting about a delicious bowl of creamy macaroni and cheese.

Super easy and delicious macaroni and cheese recipe the whole family will love

This recipe is so easy that I’ve taught my niece how to make it. She helps me every time we make it for the family and has been doing so since she was 5! Yup it’s that easy :)

Hands down the best basic mac and cheese recipe. No weird ingredients. Quick easy and delicious.Slurp slurp I’m getting hungry I think we might have to have Mac and Cheese tonight for dinner.

Great spin on mac and cheese. Taco mac and cheese recipe.

Want more mac and cheese ideas? Be sure to check out my Taco Macaroni and Cheese recipe. We love this one so much!

The best of comfort food. Quick and easy buffalo macaroni and cheese recipe from Rae Gun Ramblings

And if you’re a  wings fan you have to check out my Buffalo Mac and Cheese recipe. It’s so yummy and has all the flavors of delicious wings and blue cheese dip!

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Crock Pot Lasagna Soup Recipe and Other Football Party Ideas

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We aren’t big sports fans in my house, but we do enjoy what I like to call “Football Food”. Ever since I was little we’d always have a Big Game party complete with buffallo wings and other delicious appetizers. I have to admit I really like the commercial watching and seeing what shenanigans will occur during half time. So today I have a few quick and easy game day food ideas that are little to no prep perfect for keeping you glued to the game or so you don’t have to miss that commercial everyone will be talking about!

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I really like to have options at parties but I have a problem with lots of people RSVP-ing yes to my parties and then about 50% of them actually showing up. Only for my gender reveal party more than RSVP-ed showed up so now I’m even more confused on how much food to prep. My solution is to have party food that 1) can be made quickly and last minute depending on how many people show up and 2) can be frozen and still will be yummy for the future. One of the best things I’ve found for this is doctoring up pre-made food.

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My latest semi-homemade creation is my Lasagna Crock Pot Soup Recipe. My sister made a lasagna soup that was SO amazing I’ve been thinking about it for months. The only thing is that it had loads of ingredients and I just had a feeling the work was unnecessary. So armed with a Stouffers frozen lasagna from Walmart I decided to try and see if I could make a low maintenance crock pot version. It turned out great, total comfort food but with a twist. Not only that but it’s totally freezable so I’ve got a couple of big containers waiting for when the baby comes.

Crock Pot Lasagna Soup Recipe

 Delicious and super easy soup made from a frozen lasagna for the slow cooker - Rae Gun Ramblings #GameTimeGoodies #shop #cbias

  • 1 Frozen Stouffers Party Lasagna
  • 7-9 C Chicken Broth
  • Italian Seasoning and Garlic Salt to taste
  • Shredded mozzarella for topping (optional)
  1. Leave lasagna to thaw enough to be cut with a knife. I put mine in the fridge the night before. It was definitely still frozen when I pulled it out of the fridge but cut-able. As long as it’s not frozen solid you’re good to go. Cut into 1 inch slices and place in crock pot.
  2. Cover with chicken broth. I used 9 cups of water and 7 bouillon cubes (my cubes each make 1 C broth).
  3. Cook on high for 3 hours or until heated through.
  4. Season with Italian seasoning and garlic salt to taste. Top with a sprinkling of shredded mozzarella if desired.

So yummy. This is definitely a recipe I’ll be keeping in rotation and on hand for parties.

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Another thing I like to do for easy party food is to have a pizza station. DiGiorno frozen pizzas are great for this. My husband likes supreme but I don’t do olives or peppers so I like to pre cut slices and have them out so that people can remove toppings they don’t want or add others to fancy it up. In the past I’ve put out various yummy cheeses, pear (it’s good trust me), mushrooms, cooked chicken, BBQ sauce, you get the point. But the idea is that people can adjust the pizza to their pallet and also cook it when they are ready so it can be nice and fresh for the eating.

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Just add a few more quickly made, if more food is needed options, like Hot Pockets and some yummy desserts like crunch dipped Drumsticks and there is the perfect variety without all the time commitment and risk of having way too much (or too little) food. If you’re having a game day party be sure to check out the Limited Edition Touchdown Sundae Ice Cream from Dreyer’s/Edy’s it’s super tasty and you know perfectly theme appropriate #GameTimeGoodies to add to your football party ideas! #cbias

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Freezer Friendly Italian Stuffed Shells Recipe

 Best stuffed shells recipe. Freezes well too. Perfect for having on hand or bring to new moms, etc. at Rae Gun Ramblings

I have loved this freezer friendly Italian stuffed shells recipe for years. The only thing is that it does take some energy and is messy so when I do it I usually save it for a special occasion and/or multiply it so I have a freezer full. This is actually one of my favorite recipes to me it’s special but compared to other special foods it’s actually not too hard to make. In fact we had it for Christmas this year. I made a triple batch so that I could freeze a few trays for after Toasty is here. I have high hopes of making freezer white chili, creamy enchiladas, and shepherd’s pie too before this boy breaks free.

Delicious stuffed shell (freezer friendly) recipe at Rae Gun Ramblings

This recipe makes about 30 large stuffed shells. If you have it with some garlic bread and a salad a serving of 4-5 per adult would be a pretty filling meal. I like to cook extra shells since there always are a handful of shells that stick or break apart when cooking.

Italian Stuffed Shells Recipe

  • 30 to 40 large pasta shells cooked


  • 1 lbs mild Italian sausage
  • 1/2 C white wine (optional)
  • 4 TBS flour
  • 4 TBS butter (if needed)
  • 2 C milk
  • 16 ounces shredded mozzarella (save some for the topping)
  • 1 egg


  • 1 large (28 oz) can diced Italian style tomatoes
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1/2 C white wine (optional)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (or fresh herbs of your choice sage and rosemary are great in this)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Italian stuffed shells. Looks so good and freezer friendly too - Rae Gun Ramblings


  1. Make sauce by sauteing onions and garlic in butter.
  2. Add tomatoes, wine, and herbs. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. In a separate pan (I like to use a wok) make the pasta filling. Start by browning the sausage with wine. Remove cooked sausage when wine is mostly cooked down and set aside. If there is a lot of grease drain all but 4 TBS (if there is not that much left use butter).
  5. Add 4 TBS of flour to the oil to make a roux.
  6. Slowly stir in milk to create a cream sauce. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes and add sausage back in.
  7. Stir in cheese (reserving some to and add any desired seasoning to taste (ex. onion powder, pepper flakes, herbs, salt and pepper).
  8. Stir in egg (you want to the mixture to be warm but not hot enough to cook scramble the egg).
  9. Boil the pasta and then run it under cold water to stop the cooking.
  10. Put a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  11. Fill the shells and layer in the pan. Top with more sauce and a sprinkling of reserved cheese.
  12. Bake at 400 F for 20 to 30 minutes until heated through. Allow to stand 5 minutes before serving

World's yummiest stuffed shells recipe. I make this all the time. And it freezes great. Recipe from Rae Gun Ramblings

If you want to freeze it do so before baking. You can bake it from frozen which will probably take extra time (30-60 minutes more) or if you think ahead thaw it in the the refrigerator and bake like normal. Nothing besides the egg needs to be cooked so you just want to make sure it’s nice and hot inside. Enjoy!

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Recipe: Wine Sausage Tomato and Basil Pasta

This blush sausage pasta sauce recipe is one of my go to weeknight recipes. I use wine for the extra flavor but if you don’t do alcohol I will still be a tasty one. It is fast and yummy. It’s perfect for when you don’t know what you feel like and you want to eat fast.

Also it only dirties one pan and one pot (but that’s just for pasta water). Plus it’s 100% better than fast food and you can have it in your tummy faster than running through the drive through.

Wine Sausage Tomato and Basil Pasta

  • 1/2-1 tsp minced garlic
  • 8 oz ground Italian sausage
  • 1/2 tsp crushed pepper flakes
  • 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 TBS White Wine (if you don’t use alcohol you can leave it out but it adds tons of flavor and you can cook off most of the alcohol)
  • 1/2 C whipping cream
  • 1/4 C chopped basil
  • salt to taste
  • 4 ounces cooked pasta (I like homemade fettuccine)

Partially brown the sausage, add  garlic and pepper flakes and finish cooking meat. Then add tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Add wine and cream. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook on low for 1 minute. Add salt if needed. Toss with cooked pasta and chopped basil. Stab it with your fork and stick it in your mouth.

Serves 2 adults but multiplies well.

Recipe: Creamy Bacon Clam Fettuccine

This is one of my go to recipes for busy weeknights. I love how convenient this creamy bacon clam fettuccine recipe is. It’s one of those recipes that you normally have the ingredients on hand. It tastes better than most things you’d get at a restaurant and it’s a super fast recipe to whip up. I made it for years before we became spoiled snobby fresh pasta babies but if you want to take a gander of making this with fresh past I’m telling you, you won’t be sorry. I make a ton of fresh past and freeze it in bundles for quick meals. Here’s my light wheat pasta recipe.

Creamy Bacon Clam Fettucine

  • 2-4 strips bacon (just up to your own tastes I’ve done it both ways)
  • 1 TBS butter (if needed)
  • 1 can chopped clams and juices
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 C heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 C Parmesan cheese
  • salt if needed (I usually don’t need to add salt)
  • 4 basil leaves chopped (and/or up to 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning)
  • 4 oz cooked pasta
  1. Cook bacon set aside and reserve drippings. You want about 1TBS of grease  (use the bacon drippings for extra tastiness and add butter if it’s not quite enough)
  2. Saute garlic in bacon drippings.
  3. Add clams and juices from can. Cook for a few minutes to heat clams through and thicken the sauce a little.
  4. Add cream, cheese, and pepper. Stiring until melted and well combined.
  5. Turn off heat and add herbs.
  6. Toss in pasta and bacon and serve. Make sure to lick the dishes clean.

This makes 2 adult sized meal portions. You can definitely multiple the recipe to feed more though. I hope you like it! It’s definitely one of our favorites.