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Breakfast Casserole II

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

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It’s pretty safe to say that we like our breakfast casseroles around here.  There’s my Quick and Easy Breakfast Casserole, and Tracy’s Breakfast Pizza, but I’ve been seeing so many breakfast casseroles that use all the same stuff that’s found in my typical breakfast casseroles, minus the meat with the addition of hash browns.  So, I whipped up my own take on what I am calling Breakfast Casserole II.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 7 eggs
  • 1 cup shredded swiss
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1 package shredded hash browns, thawed
  • 1 package cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

Recipe Instructions

First, pre-heat the oven to 350, then cook your bacon and chop it up.

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

Next, whisk together milk and eggs, then add cheese, bacon, and hash browns.

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

Spread evenly into a 9×13 baking dish.

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until the cheese is all bubbly and the tops of the hash browns are brown.

Breakfast Casserole Recipe with hashbrown potatoes, bacon, and cheese

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Mister Spice and I liked this casserole, but we prefer both of our other go-to recipes over this. I felt like it needed more egg and less hash brown. Overall, though, we give it 3/5 herbs. What’s your favorite breakfast casserole recipe?

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

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I am nearly thirty-years-old, and I had never truly even heard of such thing as “spaghetti squash” until the last year or so. I’ve never really liked other kinds of squash (summer squash, butternut, etc)., but after several friends insisted that spaghetti squash “noodles” were just as good as regular spaghetti noodles, I decided to give it a try. I was a little overwhelmed by all the different ways to fix spaghetti squash, but I decided to whip up a marinara sauce, make some turkey meatballs, and see how it all turned out.

Spaghetti Squash “Noodles” Recipe Ingredients

  • one large spaghetti squash

Marinara Sauce

  • three large cans of Hunts crushed tomatoes (I chose the cans with basil for extra flavor)
  • three cloves minced garlic (or three large tablespoons)
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Basil
  • 2 tbsp Oregano
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan

Turkey Meatball Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey (I used 99% lean and it was a little too lean; 85% would be much better)
  • 1 raw egg white
  • 1/2 cup Italian Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 2 tbsp dried Parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground thyme, optional

Spaghetti Squash

Cut squash in half, length-wise.

Spaghetti Squash

Reminds you of a pumpkin, huh?  In pumpkin fashion, remove seeds and pulp.  I used my hands, but next time I do believe I will use the scraper I use on my pumpkins at Halloween because I didn’t feel like I scraped it enough.

Spaghetti Squash

See?  Still a little too pulpy.  Anyway, lay cut side down on greased cookie sheet and bake in the oven at 375 for about 45 minutes.

Spaghetti Squash

In the meantime, prepare marinara by heating olive oil in a medium sauce pan.  Place garlic and herbs in hot oil and stir for about a minute.

marinara sauce

Add crushed tomatoes, pepper, and sugar, stirring well.

marinara sauce

Cover and simmer on low for around 2 hours, stirring occasionally.  After two hours, add grated Parmesan.  At this point, I gave the sauce a taste, and felt it needed something.  I added some of my trusty Tony Chachere’s cajun seasoning until I was satisfied, but you could add some salt and pepper to taste.  Stir well and let rest while you prepare meatballs.

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For meatballs, place all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

turkey meatballs

turkey meatballs

Mix well with your hands until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.  Roll into golf-sized balls and place on greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes OR at 375 for 30 minutes as I did since I was kind of in a hurry at this point.

turkey meatballs

While meatballs are baking, turn spaghetti squash over and begin to scrape with a fork.  I was amazed at how easily the “noodles” came out!

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

It took a while to scrape both halves out into a large bowl, but I was able to get about 6-8 cups of noodles out.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

When I first tasted the squash alone, I was a little leery of pretending it was actual spaghetti.  But with some sauce and a dusting of Parmesan, I really didn’t notice much difference!  I happily ate a large plateful.  The turkey meatballs were flavorful but a little dry due to the extreme leanness of the meat.  However, overall, Mister Spice and I give this 3.5 out of 5 herbs.  It was a lot of work, but it was nice knowing we were eating a very healthy, flavorful meal.

Spaghetti Squash

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Meaty Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti

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If you’re familiar with our blog, you can probably tell that we like our spaghetti around here.  In fact, I believe Mrs. Herb is working on a Spaghetti Recipe Comparison post, so I won’t point out all of our other spaghetti posts.  I will say, though, that I’ve only posted one baked spaghetti recipe, Creamy Baked Spaghetti, and this recipe is pretty similar.  However, this one leaves out the cream cheese and is much meatier and, in my opinion, more flavorful.

Mr. and Mrs. Herb and some more friends of mine were over for a game night, and I doubled the typical recipe to make sure I had enough to feed three hungry men!  That said, keep in mind the recipe ingredients are double the regular portion; you could probably cut everything in half and comfortably feed 4 people.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 2 cans Hunts tomato sauce
  • around 24 oz spaghetti noodles (I used whole wheat here)
  • about 4 cups of shredded mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasonings (or seasonings of your choice)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning
  • diced onion, optional (I didn’t use onion because Mrs. Herb doesn’t like it)

Baked Spaghetti Ingredients

In a large sauce pan, brown beef; drain, and add all seasonings, garlic, sauce, and tomatoes.

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Let sauce simmer on low.  In the meantime, cook noodles and rinse well in cold water.

Baked Spaghetti

Spoon some of the sauce mixture into a large lasagna pan (a regular 9×13 will handle a regular portion, but not the double portion of this recipe)!

Baked Spaghetti

Next, either add the noodles to the saucepan, or transfer noodles and sauce into a large mixing bowl and mix well.

Baked Spaghetti

Spread evenly into pan.

Baked Spaghetti

Top with all of the mozzarella cheese, and ignore the pleading gaze of the cat sitting on the bar stool.

Baked Spaghetti

Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted.  You’ll find it is very easy to cut into pieces, and extremely tasty!  That’s why I give this recipe 4/5 herbs.  Happy eating!

Baked Spaghetti

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Broccoli Cheese Soup Comparison Results!

Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe Comparison

 

The Results are in!

We loooove broccoli cheese soup. This winter has been the perfect time to try out some good broccoli cheese soup recipes!

Three recipes were tested. You can find our posts on them here, here, and here.

AND THE WINNER IS:

Broccoli Cheese Soup I AND Broccoli Cheese Soup III!

Recipe 1 was our favorite for flavor, but recipe 3 had a wonderful, creamy consistency that we loved. We rated both of them 4 out of 5 and could not decide on a winner! Either recipe is a great choice!

Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

We are still open to trying and testing YOUR favorite recipe for broccoli cheese soup, so if you have a great broccoli cheese soup recipe that you think we should try, you can submit your recipe by emailing us at mrsherb@herbonherbs.com!

 

Chicken Marsala Comparison Results!

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We have a winner!

Over the past couple of months, we tried four different recipes for Chicken Marsala, including adaptive recipes from:

It was a lot of fun experimenting with one of our favorite dishes. Each recipe was pretty good, but there was a winner (and a very close second!)

The champion is:

CARRABBA’S RECIPE – Chicken Marsala IV!!!

followed very, very closely by Giada’s recipe – Chicken Marsala II

So there you have it. If you’re looking for an absolutely scrumptious dish to delight your significant other, friends, or family, we highly recommend either one of these recipes!

We look forward to doing some more recipe comparisons! Let us know if there’s anything in particular you would like for us to compare!

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