Cheesy Pasta Bake with Pesto and Meat Sauce
Oh so cheesy and delicious! This easy to make Cheesy Pasta Bake with Pesto and Meat Sauce will be loved by the whole family.
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 Tbsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
- 2 cans diced tomatoes, (14.5oz cans)
- 1 can tomato sauce, (8oz can)
- 1/3 cup pesto
- 10 oz pasta shells
- 1 ¾ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
In a large saucepan over medium heat, add butter and onions; sauté until translucent. Increase heat to medium-high, add ground meat and sauté, making sure to cook meat until it is no longer pink. In the same saucepan, add jalapeños, basil, Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Mix well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes while stirring occasionally.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
While sauce is simmering, boil pasta according to package instructions but only cook pasta until it’s al dente*. Drain and set aside.
Once sauce has finished simmering, remove from heat and stir in pesto. Add pasta shells to sauce and mix gently until sauce and pasta are well mixed.
In a 2.5 quart, oven-safe dish, add half of pasta and sauce to the bottom of the dish. Layer half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, followed by the remaining pasta and sauce. Top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and golden. Top with fresh basil leaves and more Parmesan, serve and enjoy!
*Al Dente: Pasta is cooked to be firm to the bite.
The Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The perfect combination of cheese, bacon and onions make this grilled cheese sandwich one to be desired by many.
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 Tbsp of butter. Add onions and 1 tsp of Slap Ya Mama Low Sodium Blend Seasoning. Stirring consistently, sauté onions until they are golden brown and soft. Remove from pan and set aside on a plate.
Using the same skillet, fry the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and set aside on a paper towel covered plate to let drain.
In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce and ½ tsp of Slap Ya Mama Low Sodium Blend Seasoning. Mix well and set aside.
Sandwich Assembly: Spread mayo mixture on the inside of each slice of bread. Working from the bottom slice up, add 4 pieces of bacon, 2 slices of cheese, onions, 4 pieces of bacon, 2 more slices of cheese and top with a slice of bread. Using softened butter, spread 1 Tbsp of butter on the outside of the top slice of bread.
In a skillet over medium-low heat, place sandwich butter side down. Butter the top side of the sandwich with another 1 Tbsp and continue grilling sandwich on both sides until the bread is golden brown and the inside of the sandwich is ooey gooey with melted cheese.
Using a sharp serrated knife, cut sandwich in half and enjoy.
NOTE: This recipe will make 2 large grilled cheese sandwiches due to the fact that we used larger than normal slices of bread. If using regular sized slices of bread, this recipe may make 4 sandwiches total.
Loaded Sweet Potato Skins
These delicious and extra loaded sweet potato skins are sure to be a game time favorite or just a favorite in general. Enjoy!
- 4 medium sweet potatoes, rinsed
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- ¼ cup half & half
- 2 tsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- ½ cup sharp cheddar, shredded
- ½ cup mozzarella, shredded
- 6 strips bacon, cooked crispy & crumbled
- sour cream (topping)
- chives, chopped (topping)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a fork, pierce each sweet potato a few times and place on a large baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until soft. Allow potatoes to cool slightly. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise.
Reduce oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Using a spoon, scoop out the meat of the sweet potato, making sure to leave a thin layer of sweet potato inside. Place the scooped out part of the sweet potatoes into a medium sized bowl. Place the potato skins back on the baking sheet face up, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 10 minutes.
In the bowl of sweet potatoes, add half & half, butter, Slap Ya Mama and jalapeños. Mix well, making sure to mash potatoes until they are smooth and creamy. Once the skins have baked for 10 minutes, remove from oven and fill each half with equal amounts of the mashed sweet potato mixture. Mix the two cheeses together and top each potato skin with cheese. Place back in oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Remove from oven, generously top with bacon, a dollop of sour cream and chives. Serve hot and enjoy!
Hats off to connoisseurs who enjoys the classic cheese & crackers snack that started the long and joyous path to finding great, innovative appetizers and snacks. At Slap Ya Mama, we love the classic cheese & crackers, and we love it even better with a splash of our hot pepper sauce. With so many cheese and cracker options to choose from, you can mix and match to find your favorite combination.
Grab your favorite type of cheese, whether it’s pepper jack, provolone, or the classic cheddar, and your favorite crackers. Grab a bottle of Slap Ya Mama Hot Pepper Sauce and add a splash of our delectable hot sauce to a slice of cheese to place on a cracker and enjoy!