Hunk of Meat Monday – Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.One of the most popular recipes on Beyer Beware is Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe. So, what was the first thing I made in Casserole Crock Pot Slow Cooker. The results, perfection. People, I don’t know if I love the recipe or the crock pot more.

I was tempted to not precook the pasta for this but before I start screwing with the recipes, I decided I should make it once the regular way. Especial since I was going to be using favorite gluten free pasta when I made it. Gluten free pasta can sometimes do weird things. So I made it very similar to the original recipe.

I started by frying up some bacon.

Bacon frying for chicken bacon ranch pizza casseroleNow that I have your attention, let’s get the bacon crispy and then remove from the pan, drain all but about a tablespoon of bacon grease. While the bacon was frying, cut up four chicken breasts into cubes and coat and ranch dressing seasoning mix. You can use this ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix which should be able to be found in most grocery stores. I used my Penzey’s ranch dressing mix. Add the chicken to bacon grease reserved frying pan along with diced onions and peppers. I always have frozen onions and peppers on hand. It makes prepping casseroles like this go so much faster. Cook the chicken and veggies till the chicken is fully cooked.

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.While the chicken is cooking, it is time to transfer attention to the pasta. Like I said, I used gluten free pasta. Otherwise I would have used bow tie pasta. And yes, I have subscribe and save deliver my pasta to me each month. I didn’t cook the pasta fully. I cooked it to a little before al dente. In other words, if it says to cook 10-12 minutes, I cooked it about 8 minutes. Drained and returned to pot which was no longer over heat. Then stirred in the Alfredo Sauce, evaporated milk and 2% milk.

Now, it gets real. Start layering the ingredients by starting with half the pasta and sauce in the bottom of the crock pot.

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.

Follow with half the chicken, onions and green peppers. Sprinkle with diced tomatoes and then one cup of Italian blend cheese. The repeat with the remaining pasta, chicken bacon, tomatoes, cheese, and then keep a little bit of bacon to top it off. Now, just cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours.

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.

Did I mention the family loves this recipe? Even my non-chicken eating husband had two helpings. Yes, two helpings. But he did mention wanting to try it with sausage. Now, I have another idea for a casserole this week. This Casserole Crock Pot Slow Cooker is going to get the workout at our house. Be sure to get more recipes over at Recipes That Crock.

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.

Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole

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Crock Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Casserole recipe is always a favorite around our table. And now that I can make it in the crock pot, it is one of my go-to recipes.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound of bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 pound of bow tie pasta, cooked 75% of the time
  • 1, 15 ounce jar of Alfredo Sauce
  • 1, 12 ounce can of evaporated milk
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 ounce of ranch seasoning and salad dressing mix
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups Italian blend cheese
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces, coat with 1 - 1.5 tablespoons of ranch seasoning. Saute in a skillet with 1 tablespoon of bacon grease along with bell peppers and onion. Cook till chicken is no longer pink.
  2. Combine Alfredo sauce, evaporated milk and milk with the partially cooked pasta. Stir in one teaspoon of ranch seasoning.
  3. Begin layering casserole with half the pasta and sauce combination. Then layer ½ of each of the following chicken and tomatoes. Use ⅓ of the fried bacon. Spread 1 cup of cheese over top and repeat one more time.
  4. After the cheese the second time, cover with 1 cup of cheese and remaining bacon.
  5. Cook on low for 2-3 hours till casserole cooked through and cheese is melted on top.

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Crock Pot Italian Chicken with Artichokes and Roasted Peppers

This crock pot Italian chicken recipe is full of flavor with the artichokes, roasted red peppers, capers and of course white wine.

Oh I love of my crock pot Italian chicken. And then when I went to make it last week I didn’t have any banana peppers. Normally it seems I have four or five jars of my banana pepper rings. I guess I am a little obsessed with my Italian Beef too. So, I had to improvise with what I had on hand. And what did I have on hand along with my zesty Italian salad dressing seasoning? Roasted red bell peppers, artichokes and capers. Oh and of course wine and garlic. Because I literally own stock in both of those things.

I decided that these skinless, boneless chicken thighs were not going to go to waste after all. And yes I use thighs. I rarely use white meat. But if that is what you have, this recipe will work fine with chicken breasts too. Honestly, buy whatever is on sale. And please remember all chicken is hormone free (at least synthetic hormones) so don’t be fooled by the crazy marketing labels.

Back to the crock pot. After placing the chicken thighs in the bottom of the crock pot, the zesty Italian packet was sprinkled over top of the chicken. Then I drained the artichokes and layered them over the chicken followed by the drained peppers, and then four or five smashed cloves of garlic. Then it needs a half a cup of white wine. I used a Pinot Grigio I got from ClubW.

I love cooking with wine. It means I have basically a whole bottle left to drink. It is a sacrifice. But someone has to do it. I do it for my families need to have good food.

Crock Pot Italian Chicken might appear to be fancy, but this recipe is super easy and only needs 6 ingredients.

Cook the chicken on low in for about 6-8 hours. Then spoon the chicken and vegetables out of the crock pot. If you have capers, sprinkle a tablespoon or two over the chicken. I figured I would crave the acidic and salty flavor with the lack of banana peppers. If you don’t have them or don’t like them, leave them off.

Now, what to serve them with. Let me tell you, if you just cooked some angel hair, you could easily toss the pasta into the crock pot and combine together in the juices and serve immediately. My family however inhaled the chicken before pasta was ever made. Proof the chicken is finger licking good.

Crock Pot Italian Chicken with Artichokes and Roasted Peppers
This crock pot Italian chicken recipe is full of flavor and only needs six ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 1 packet Zesty Italian dressing seasoning mix
  • 1 jar of quartered artichoke hearts in water, drained
  • 1 jar of roasted red peppers and garlic (or add 4 fresh garlic cloves separate from the peppers), drained
  • ½ cup white wine such as Pinot Grigio
  • 1 tablespoon of capers
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken in the crock pot and cover in Italian seasoning packet.
  2. Pour drained artichokes, roasted red peppers and garlic over the chicken.
  3. Pour wine over top of the layers.
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Remove from crock pot and sprinkle capers over top of the cooked chicken and vegetables.
  6. Serve over pasta.

 

Hunk of Meat Monday: Creamy Italian Sausage Soup

There is only one reason I can appreciate old man winter. ONE. And it is soup. I love soup. And I love eating soup when the weather is cold outside. This cream Italian sausage soup is officially my new favorite soup.

Creamy Italian Sausage Soup is a twist on chili or lasagna soup. So good and feeling. Plus easily low carb and gluten free.This soup is one of those things that just leaves you wanting to clean up the bowl with a crusty piece of bread. Or lick it clean. Whatever you prefer. And, honestly, you can have this soup on the table in 30 minutes or let it simmer in the crock pot all day long. Your choice!

bowl of creamy Italian sausage soup

The most important thing about this soup is the pork. I used ground pork and added Italian sausage seasoning. I added a tablespoon of seasoning to a pound of ground pork. Plus a teaspoon of And these days I don’t make any soup without two pounds of meat. Don’t have ground pork at your grocery store? You can also buy Italian sausages or brats and just remove the casings. Either way, you are bound to get the flavorful Italian pork sausage base.

Italian Sausage Soup Base makes the soup full of flavor. If you want to cut calories, the soup at this point is delish without the added creamy, cheesy goodness.

Once the pork is browned you can start adding the sauces. I used a big 24 ounce can of garlic and herb tomato sauce. Then added a can of diced tomatoes. I added fire roasted tomatoes because that is what I had. Again, add whatever kind of tomatoes you have on hand. I then added The combination of just the pork, sauce and tomatoes makes an amazing soup base full of flavor. You honestly could stop now. But why would you want to stop now. Keep going. It just keeps getting better.

Creamy Italian Sausage Soup has five ingredients and endless flavors.

If you want to cut calories, the soup at this point is delish without the added creamy, cheesy goodness. But, how about you add the block of cream cheese now. Stir the cream cheese into the tomato and meat base till completely melted. So, now the secret ingredient comes to play… Wait for it…

Two tablespoons of brown sugar. Yep. Suuugggaaaaarrrrrrrrrr. Trust me and add it.

And again you have choices. I ate a bowl without pasta. But I am feeding a bottomless pit, so I added pasta to the soup. I would recommend a bow tie or another wide type noodle to catch sauce easily. Add the al dente pasta when the cream cheese is melted. Add more water if you want the soup to be thinner. I sort of like my soup to be more stew like. Stoups are my favorite.

Big Pot of Creamy Italian Sausage Soup is my new go-to recipe for cold, winter days.

Creamy Italian Sausage Soup

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Serves: 6 servings

This cream Italian sausage soup recipe is simple with just a five basic ingredients with a super sweet secret ingredient.
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds of ground Italian Sausage or ground pork with 2 tablespoon Italian sausage seasoning
  • 1- 24 ounce can of garlic and herb tomato sauce
  • 1 -15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1-2 cups of water
  • 1 - 8 ounce block of cream cheese
  • 8 ounces of bow-tie past cooked till al dente
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes - optional
Instructions
  1. Brown the sausage or pork with seasonings. Drain any excess grease. Return to soup pot
  2. Add red pepper flakes, tomato sauce and diced tomatoes along with salt and pepper. Add one cup of water. Simmer till just starting to bubble.
  3. Stir in cream cheese into the tomato and meat base. Add the brown sugar. Continue to simmer on low heat.
  4. Add pasta. Stir to combine and serve with shredded mozzarella cheese.

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Hunk of Meat Monday: Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops have just three ingredients but will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops for dinner.Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops have just three ingredients but will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops for dinner. I will make these any day of the week. With the drippings from the crock pot, you can create a quick gravy and serve with mashed potatoes.

The three ingredients are simple: pork chops, butter, and ranch dressing mix. That is it. It is that simple

Crock Pot Ranch Pork ChopsButter you ask? Well, when everyone went all health crazy, they wanted to cut fat from their diet. So, today we have very lean pork. Too lean personally, but we are healthier thanks to the lean pork, right? Well, maybe not. So when ever I cook a lean piece of pork like the pork chops that normally have minimal fat around it I add fat. It is no different with these pork chops.

Season the pork chops generously with the ranch seasoning. I used three tablespoons total. I buy bulk dressing mix, however one envelope would also be the equivalent. I used a stick of butter but you could safely use just four tablespoons of butter.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops have just three ingredients but will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops for dinner.Then it is all up to the crock pot. I cooked on low for 6 hours. You could go a pinch longer. Again pork chops can be easy to dry out, even with butter, so don’t let them cook for 12 hours unless you planning on them being closer to a pulled pork type meat.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork ChopsServe up with some mashed potatoes and make some quick gravy. To make the gravy, I took 1/4 cup of the juices from the crock pot and mixed a heaping tablespoons of corn starch with a cup of milk. Simmer over a medium heat till thickened. You could also use two tablespoons of flour to make a roux with the crock pot juices and slowly add the cup of milk. Add more milk if you want a thinner gravy.

Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops
These Crock Pot Ranch Pork Chops just have three ingredients that will leave you with flavorful, juicy pork chops that everyone will love.
Ingredients
  • 4 thick cut pork chops, bone-in or boneless
  • 1 stick (8 Tablespoons) of real butter
  • 1 package of Ranch Dressing Mix (3 tablespoons)
Instructions
  1. Coat the pork chops with ranch mix.
  2. Place two pork chops in the crock and place two tablespoons of butter on top of the pork chops.
  3. Place two additional pork chops on top of the pork chops.
  4. Top each with two tablespoons of butter.
  5. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

 

Hunk of Meat Monday: Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken

I am giving away my new favorite cookbook. Maybe it is because it is grilling season, and I love to grill on my Big Green EGG. Or maybe it is because I am making food that looks like this Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken.

Bacon wrapped BBQ chickenAnd just how do you get to this end beauty. Start with chicken tenders or in my case chicken breasts and then cut them in half.

Chicken breasts for bacon wrapped BBQ chickenI multi-task in the kitchen so before you start wrapping your chicken, get your special barbecue sauce going. Pick your favorite barbecue sauce and then add two tablespoons of brown sugar and a teaspoon of onion powder.

homemade barbecue sauce

As the sauce simmers, get to wrapping up your chicken. I was able to use one slice per chicken. Some folks may want to hold the bacon in place by toothpicks. I had good luck keeping the bacon in place with the just the barbecue.

bacon wrapped chicken

Once it safely wrapped and completely covered with bacon, it is time to slather each piece with your barbecue sauce.

Barbecue Sauce Bacon Wrapped Chicken

I used a grill brush to put the sauce on but you could also use a spoon.

Brushing on Barbecue Sauce on Bacon Wrapped ChickenThen it is grill time! The bacon will put off bacon grease. So, if you a grilling over a gas grill, you may want to put the chicken a little in between the burners or a more indirect location on the grill.

Grilling Bacon Wrapped ChickenNow, don’t get flip happy. If you flip too much the bacon will fall off. And you don’t want to lose the bacon to the grill. Trust me. I cooked the chicken for about 10-15 minutes on each side. Use a meat thermometer and make sure you cook your chicken to 165 degrees. And plus, you want your bacon done too!! The barbecue and bacon will keep the chicken juicy.

If you want to enjoy a bacon wrapped meal, add some asparagus wrapped in bacon to the grill.

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Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken
Ingredients
  • 1 cup favorite BBQ sauce, divided
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut in half
  • ½-1 lb bacon
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine barbecue sauce, brown sugar and onion powder. Simmer for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.
  2. Meanwhile wrap chicken breast with one to two slices bacon each. Set aside ¾ cup sauce mixture. Brush remaining sauce mixture over chicken.
  3. Place chicken on grill not directly over flames to prevent flare ups with a medium-high heat. Grill for 25-30 minutes, flipping twice, until nearly done. Brush chicken well with reserved sauce mixture.
  4. Cook until chicken juices run clear and sauce is caramelized. Always cook chicken to 165 degrees.

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast and Gooseberry Patch Giveaway

Nothing says Hunk of Meat Monday like a pot roast. When it is rainy and dreary, coming home to this zesty Italian pot roast will make everyone happy. Italian Pot RoastThe beautiful thing about the crock pot is that you stuff it full of goodness and then walk away. zesty Italian pot roast Simple ingredients of a beef roast, potatoes, carrots and a can of tomatoes with some Italian seasoning. Then let cook on low or slow roast in the oven for several hours on 300 degrees. Italian Pot Roast The perfect flavorful pot roast with no needed ketchup. And if you love slow cooker meals, you will love this 101 Super Easy Slow-Cooker Recipes Cookbook that has other yummy recipes like Brunswick Stew. Brunswick StewOr Smoky Hobo Dinner smoky hobo dinner So, if you are looking for a new cookbook to partner with your crock pot this cookbook is the book for you. 101 Super-Easy Slow Cooker Recipes But don’t know about the recipes I am showing you? You aren’t convinced? Check these recipes out too-

The Country Cook

This Farm Family’s Life 

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Alarm Clock Wars

Now, if you want this cookbook, let me know what your go-to meal is in the crock pot is. Just leave a comment simple as that. But don’t wait too long, you have till May 7 to register!

Slow Cooker Zesty Italian Pot Roast
An easy traditional pot roast made with a few non-traditional ingredients that make it a zesty Italian pot roast.
Ingredients
  • 2.5 pound beef roast (chuck, arm, rump)
  • 4 potatoes, quartered and peeled if so desired
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 stalk celery cut into 1 inch chunks
  • ½ teaspoon pepper and salt
  • 1, 14.5 ounce can of tomatoes
  • ½ teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • ¼ cup water
Instructions
  1. Place raw vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Set beef roast on top of vegetables followed by tomatoes and Italian seasonings. Pour water over top.
  3. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  4. Slice pot roast and serve with vegetables.
  5. Thicken remaining juices with flour or corn starch.

I was given two copies of the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook. One to keep and one to give. The recipes and reviews of the recipe are my opinion.

Hunk of Meat Monday: Bowtie Pasta and Sausage

Have you ever become obsessed with something? So obsessed it makes the people you life with crazy. This bowties and sausage recipe brings to light two obsessions in the Beyer household: a pot and smoked sausage.

Bowties and sausage | Beyer BewareThe pot is my obsession. It is the Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 3-1/2-Quart Round French Oven in cherry. Big enough for a one pot wonder for a family of 4 but small enough that I can actually lift it up with a meal in it. Obsessed. You may remember if you follow me on Instagram when I lost my mind at the Le Creuset outlet.
Le Creuset Outlet in South CarolinaAnd the smoked sausge…that would be my daughter. She is a healthy eater who finds higher end meats more desirable. I can’t say I blame her. Except for smoked sausage. She could eat her weight in smoked sausage. So, when I saw this recipe in the Good-For-You Everyday Meals Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch, I knew that at least one person in my family would be simply in love. And boy was I right. Big hit at the dinner table and once again it was a quick prep.

smoked sausage with onion and pepper
Simple ingredients with the smoked sausage, onions and peppers. Slice them all up and get them going in the skillet. Notice I have cheese filled sausage. Use what you like. All beef, jalapeño, skinless, not skinless, all will work just fine. Slice the sausage, pepper and onion up and get sautéing.

Sausage with onions and peppers While the sausage and veggies are cooking, get your pasta cooking. I have a favorite gluten free pasta that I used. The original recipe called for bowtie pasta. Again, use what you have on hand.

My favorite gluten free pastaCook according to the package directions, drain and add to the sausage and veggies.

Gluten free pasta with sausage onions and peppersAdd beef broth to the pot and stir together. Serve to your hungry family with some buttered bread and big glasses of milk.

pot of pasta and smoke sausageLove this recipe and want some more like it? Go check out the giveaway for the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook!

Bowties and Sausage

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This quick and easy bowties and sausage recipe is one of my daughter's favorites. Serve with some buttered bread and fill your family's bellies.
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces of bowtie pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of Italian pork sausage or smoked sausage cut in ½ inch pieces
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or pan over medium heat and add sausage, onion and pepper. Cook until sausage is fully cooked and vegetables are tender.
  2. Drain any grease or fat and return to pan.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions while sausage and vegetables cook. Drain.
  4. Add beef broth to sausage and vegetables and bring to a boil.
  5. Stir in cooked pasta.

 

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

We can all pretend that we are always ready to whip up a meal for our starving kids. But, after being on the road or on a plane for a month straight, I would rather everyone just make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

When I came across the recipe for quick spicy beef burritos in my latest Gooseberry Patch Cookbook I am reviewing on the way home from a week on the beach, I knew even my kicking and screaming bad attitude towards cooking right now could handle it.

Quick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasThe great thing about this recipe is Beyer pantry friendly ingredients.

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos Recipe

Don’t we all have refried beans, diced tomatoes and chilies and taco seasoning in bulk? Or just me?

Taco Meat add ins

Of course, I always have literally hundreds of pounds of meat just laying around in one of my two chest freezers. I get the frozen pound of ground beef going with a quarter cup of diced onions.

Browning beef for burritosOnce the beef is browned, drained of any excess grease, add those tomatoes, beans and seasoning.

Quick Spicy Beef Burrito FillingsStir to combine and let simmer for several minutes. And I dare you not to steal a bite.

Beef Burrito FillingYou will notice my spoon is missing from my awesome Fighting Illini spoon rest.

Quick Beef Burrito filling with Illini spoon restNow, stop sneaking bites and start assembling. For a healthier option, grab whole wheat tortillas. If you are gluten free, go for the corn. If you are me and you are going with what you have, you will use run of the mill flour tortillas for the family.

Quick beef burritos

Add shredded cheese and roll up tortillas and serve.

Quick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasNotice, I have some corn tortillas in the mix. And if you like more filling in your burritos, go for it. Add some guacamole. It’s healthy!

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Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

Serves: 5

Serving size: 1 burrito

Lovers of Tex-Mex food looking for a change of pace from regular tacos will fall in love with these quick spicy beef burritos.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • ¼ c. diced onion
  • 1-1/4 ounce package of taco seasoning
  • 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown beef with onion.
  2. Drain off any excess grease and stir in the taco seasoning, beans and tomatoes and chilies. Simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Warm up flour tortillas or crisp up corn tortillas and fill with beef filling.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese and then roll up and serve immediately.

This recipe is from a cookbook given to me by Gooseberry Patch. The recipe commentary and opinions are mine.

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