Cheesy Pasta Bake with Pesto and Meat Sauce

Cheesy Pasta Bake with Pesto and Meat Sauce

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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.

Slap’s Chicken Bacon Pasta

Slap’s Chicken Bacon Pasta

Slap’s Chicken & Bacon Pasta w/ Spinach & Tomatoes in a Cheesy Garlic Cream Sauce

Slap’s Chicken Bacon Pasta is an easy to make pasta dish with chicken & bacon mixed in a cheesy garlic cream sauce with tomatoes and spinach.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 2 tsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp basil
  • 3 medium tomatoes, cubed (large cubes)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3oz spinach leaves
  • 1 ⅓ cup half & half
  • 1 ⅓ cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 10oz penne pasta
  • 7 bacon strips, cooked, drained and chopped
  • ½ tsp Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Seasoning (optional)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated (topping)

Directions:

Season chicken breast evenly on both sides with Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning, thyme, oregano and basil; set aside.

In a large skillet with a lid, heat olive oil over high heat. Once oil is hot, reduce heat to medium, add chicken and cook until chicken is fully cooked through. Set chicken aside and keep warm (wrap in foil).

While chicken is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to directions on package. Drain and set aside.

In the same skillet over medium heat, add tomatoes, garlic and crushed red pepper, mix well. Add spinach and cover, trying to keep spinach on top of the tomatoes, stir occasionally. Cook for about 8 minutes or until spinach has wilted. Add half of the chicken (chopped into chunks) and half of the bacon. Mix well.

Add half & half to skillet, increase heat to medium high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to medium low heat and add in shredded Parmesan cheese. Stir constantly until cheese melts and the sauce becomes creamy; about 2 minutes. Add penne pasta, bacon and Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Seasoning; mix well and remove from heat.

Chop the remaining chicken into chucky pieces and top pasta with chicken. Serve, sprinkle Parmesan cheese if desired and enjoy.

Slap Ya Mama’s Cajun Baked Ziti

Slap Ya Mama’s Cajun Baked Ziti

Slap Ya Mama Cajun Baked Ziti

This Cajun twist on Baked Ziti is an easy and delicious dish that is sure to be loved by your family and friends.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound dry ziti pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 tsp. Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 32oz (28oz & 14oz ) can peeled and diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. white sugar
  • provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Seasoning
  • stick butter, used to coat bottom and sides of baking dish

Directions:

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta and cook until al dente (firm to the bite), about 8 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground meat. Add in Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning, onions, bell pepper, green onions and garlic. Sauté until onions are clear. Stir in tomatoes, basil, oregano and sugar. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter bottom and sides of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer as follows: ½ of the ziti pasta, provolone cheese, sour cream, ½ tomato sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella cheese and remaining sauce mixture. Top with Parmesan cheese and Slap Ya Mama Hot Blend Seasoning.

Bake for 30 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Slap Ya Mama Pastalaya

Slap Ya Mama Pastalaya

Slap Ya Mama Pastalaya is a unique take on the traditional Cajun Jambalaya.  With smoked sausage, spicy chicken, fresh shrimp and pasta instead of rice, this dish will most definitely become a household favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 12oz chicken breast, cubed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ large sweet onion, julienned
  • bell pepper, julienned
  • ½ pound smoked sausage, sliced
  • 14 ½ oz can diced tomatoes
  • 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
  • 12oz large fresh shrimp (26-35 ct), peeled & deveined
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • 8oz penne pasta, cooked to package directions

Directions:

Season cubed chicken breast pieces with 1 ½ tsp of Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning.  In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and chicken.  Cook chicken until all sides are browned.  Add onions to skillet, cook until they start to soften then add bell peppers, and sausage.   Sautee for 5 minutes then add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, oregano, basil, thyme and the remainder of Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning (1 ½ tsp).  Bring to a light boil, reduce heat to medium-low and let simmer for 20 minutes.  With 4 minutes left to cook, stir in shrimp and parsley.  Serve over a bed of penne pasta and enjoy.

Makes 6 Servings

Spicy Cajun Shrimp & Pasta

Spicy Cajun Shrimp & Pasta

It’s Cajun cooking time! Slap Ya Mama’s new recipe is Spicy Cajun Shrimp & Pasta. Delicious Cajun pasta complete with assorted toppings and our white pepper blend seasoning. Mix things up with Louisiana flavors on us!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb fresh shrimp (21/25), peeled, deveined & rinsed
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 green onion stalks, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded & diced
  • 4 roma tomatoes, seeded & chopped
  • 1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp white sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp Slap Ya Mama White Pepper Blend Seasoning
  • 8-10 oz pasta, cooked to package directions

Directions:

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil, onions, garlic, green onions, jalapeno and ½ tsp of Slap Ya Mama White Pepper Blend Seasoning.  Cook until the garlic is slightly golden brown and onions are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are softened, about 2 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium low; add tomato sauce, lemon juice, ½ tsp white sugar and ½ tsp of Slap Ya Mama White Pepper Blend Seasoning.  Bring to a light simmer and let simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.  Season shrimp with the remaining Slap Ya Mama White Pepper Blend Seasoning and place in the sauce.  Cook each side of shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes.  Remove pan from heat to prevent shrimp from continuing to cook.  Serve over a bed of pasta and enjoy!

Servings – 4

Slap Ya Mama Spaghetti & Meatballs

Slap Ya Mama Spaghetti & Meatballs

Nothing says Mama’s cooking like Spaghetti & Meatballs. Slap Ya Mama’s Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe is sure to give you that familiar sensation of Mama’s cooking. Complete with beef, pork, and seasoned meatballs with our special original blend and hot pepper sauce. Whip up some today!

Ingredients

Meatballs:

Sauce:

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup red wine or ½ cup water
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes, 28oz
  • 1 can tomato sauce, 8oz
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning
  • 8 fresh whole basil leaves, chiffonade (topping)
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese (topping)
  • 1 ½ - 2 pounds spaghetti pasta, cooked to package directions

Directions

Meatballs:

In a large bowl, combine meat, garlic, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, eggs, parsley, Slap Ya Mama Original Blend and Slap Ya Mama Pepper Sauce.  Combine lightly with a fork.  Using your hands, lightly form approximately 16 meatballs; about 2” in size each.  Place formed meatballs on a cookie sheet and place in freezer for 7 to 10 minutes to help them become firm.

In a large 12” skillet or pot, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low, very carefully place 5 to 7 meatballs in oil.  Brown meatballs on all sides, turning with a fork or spatula; approximately 10 minutes per batch.  Removed and drain on a paper towel covered plate and set aside.  Discard the oil in the skillet but do not clean the skillet.

Sauce:

In the same skillet, add onions and garlic and sauté until translucent.  Add in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, wine or water, parsley, sugar and Slap Ya Mama Original Blend Seasoning.  Mix well and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.  Gently stir in meatballs, careful not to break up meatballs.  Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.  Gently stir a couple of times during simmer.

Serve over spaghetti and top with Parmesan and basil.  Enjoy!