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Dinner on the Fly and a Blonde Moment…

Good Sunday Everyone. Hope the weekend has been nice for everyone. I can’t believe how fast Christmas is coming this year! This will be the weirdest Christmas by far for us. We head out to CA next week to unpack, then come back 5 or 6 days later to celebrate Christmas with our family then go back to our new home in CA after the new year. Are we crazy or what?

Aside from our craziness and my lack of cooking these days, I managed to make another nice and easy dinner that can be prepared in under 30 minutes. Not too many ingredients, but still has lots of veggis that hopefully the kids won’t mind. Try my tactic of chopping up the kid’s pasta with scissors and I bet they’ll eat it right up. If you haven’t tried ground chicken sausage in a while, give it a try, it has great flavor and cooks up fast. I found this particular sausage at Sprouts here in AZ for really cheap. Check it out next time you are at the grocery store, it makes for a great pasta!

Chicken Sausage Florentine Rigatoni

2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

1 large onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 Cups fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped

1 lb ground chicken sausage

½ teaspoon salt

26 oz can Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes

15 oz can Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes

8 leaves fresh basil, chopped

1 lb dry rigatoni noodles

2 Cups shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion for 5 minutes or until softened. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in spinach and cook until wilted down. Add chicken sausage and salt; cook until cooked through.

2. Place both cans of tomatoes into a food processor and process until nearly smooth. Add to skillet along with fresh basil. Reduce heat to low and simmer.

3. Cook rigatoni according to packaging directions. Drain and transfer to sauce. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted.

8 servings


Remember THIS Beauty? It happens to be one of my all time favorite recipes to make and to eat. Here is another version that we enjoy just as much. These would be fabulous on any Christmas plate. Enjoy!!

White Chocolate Butterfinger Blondies

¼ Cup butter

¾ Cup white chocolate chips

½ Cup sugar

¼ Cup brown sugar

1 Cup flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ Cup white chocolate chips

6 Fun Size Butterfingers, crushed up (I pounded them with a rolling pin)

2 eggs

2 Tablespoons sour cream

2 Fun Size Butterfingers, crushed up

2 Tablespoons sanding sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt butter in microwave safe bowl. Stir in ¾ Cup white chips until melted and smooth. In a large bowl add the sugar, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, ½ Cup white chips and crushed Butterfingers. In a small bowl whisk the eggs and sour cream. Pour into the dry ingredient bowl along with the melted white chip mixture. Mix until just combined.

2. Pour into an 8×8 inch baking dish lined with foil that’s been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes clean from center. The last 15 minutes, mix the chopped Butterfingers and sanding sugar in a small bowl until combined then sprinkle over top of blondies. Finish baking then let cool completely before digging in!

9 blondies

Have a Great Week! Best of luck with all of your Christmas Shopping! See you soon!

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  1. 1
    Cristine says:

    That pasta looks delicious! My daughter loves spinach, so this is definately going on my menu! And those blondies look divine!

    Good luck with the move! 🙂

  2. 2
    HoneyB says:

    Hi Jenny! Its good to hear from you again – and with a great pasta dish too! I echo Cristine with her good luck wishes! 🙂

  3. 3
    Lisa says:

    I never can pass up pasta. Nice blondies. I actually prefer them over brownies. Good luck in your move!

  4. 4
    Stephanie says:

    Mmm, those blondies look so delicious! I could eat up a whole plate of them right now!

  5. 5
    Bob says:

    I could go for a big bowl of that pasta right now! I love chicken sausage. My girlfriend got a package of sweet ones and I did a tomato-cream-sage sauce with them. It was mad good.

  6. 6
    Catherine Wilkinson says:

    Oh, Jenny…I’m the lamest friend ever! I haven’t been keeping up, but I promise to do better. I’ve started to blog again, so I’m semi-lame.
    Drop an email whenever you get the time and fill me in on the move, etc. Kisses to the boys!

  7. 7
    Barbara Bakes says:

    I’m going to make this pasta recipe this week. My market makes a great chicken sausage. Thanks for sharing it. Good luck with the move!

  8. 8
    Mary Ann says:

    This pasta would be a crowd-pleaser at our house. My kids love pasta, plus veggies- yum! Hope your week doesn’t end up being too crazy!
    The brownies look great too!

  9. 9
    carol says:

    How can you go wrong with pasta? It sure does look like a tummy pleaser to me!
    And the blondies? Well-suffice it to say those sure sound over the top to me!
    Sounds like you won’t know whether you’re coming or going during Christmas with the move and the holiday family stuff-YIKES! Hang on with both hands and enjoy the ride, Jenny! 🙂

  10. 10
    Emily says:

    That pasta looks so cheesy and delicious!

    Yes, Christmas is coming up fast. I can hardly believe it.

  11. 11
    Helene says:

    Christmas will be without my husband. He is working in Africa. I’ll spend the day with my 3 kids. I love the blondies.

  12. 12
    Meg says:

    Dinner looks delicious. I love Muir Glen fire roasted tomatoes.

    Those blondies look amazing!

  13. 13
    Sharon says:

    I absolutely love all your recipes! I think I bookmark every post 🙂 Good luck with all the craziness!

  14. 14
    Allie says:

    You know I can’t pass up a good pasta recipe and the blondies look perfect! Best wishes on the move at least it’s almost here it’ll fly by in no time.

  15. 15
    Patsyk says:

    As always, your recipes look delicious! You’ve got a crazy few weeks ahead of you, and I wish you lots of luck on the move!

  16. 16
    My Sweet & Saucy says:

    Both look delish! Hope you enjoy the Christmas season even with your crazy schedule!

  17. 17
    Colleen says:

    Two FANTASTIC looking recipes again!

  18. 18
    Live.Love.Eat says:

    That rigatoni looks outstanding. All my favs are in there. Good luck with everything. Are your boys excited? Or sad to be leaving friends?

  19. 19
    Carrian says:

    That pasta is perfect for tomorrow night and yum on the blondies!!!

  20. 20
    Aggie says:

    This is my kind of dinner!! It looks delicious. And those blondies!! I may have to make some for husband’s holiday party…they look irresistable!!

    Good luck with your move!! And enjoy your holiday with your family!!

    Stop by my blog when you get a chance…I’m having a little giveaway for my 100th post! 😉

  21. 21
    CookiePie says:

    That pasta looks so good! What kid wouldn’t want pasta with all that yummy cheese? And the blondies look sooooo luscious too!

    Best of luck with the move, and hope you’re enjoying the holidays!

  22. 22
    Katrina says:

    Yum to the easy dinner! YUM to the blondies. I love those!
    Merry Christmas to you!
    Quick question–I just made your gingerbread biscotti and just wondered, there’s no ginger in the recipe. Was that an oversight or just how you made it? I wasn’t sure, so I added 1/2 t. of ginger. They just finished the first bake and are SO good! Love the cinnamon chips

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    All I can say is YUMMMMMMM!

  24. 24
    Bridgett says:

    The pasta looks fantastic! Very decadent. Good luck on the move.

  25. 25
    Pam says:

    How can you go wrong with pasta oozing with cheese. The chicken sausage is a great idea.

    Loving the blondies…I could eat too many of those.

  26. 26
    That Girl says:

    rigitoni is my favorite pasta, and I especially love it with sausage!

  27. 27
    Deborah says:

    The pasta for dinner, and the blondies for dessert – sounds perfect to me!!

  28. 28
    Jaime says:

    those blondies look amazing! i love white chocolate

  29. 29
    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    Sounds you’re gonna have a weird Christmas allright! Good luck with all the moving dear, and don’t stress much. Pasta and blondies are delicious as allways!

  30. 30
    E says:

    I’ve been drooling over your recipes for a while now and this pasta is the first one I’ve actually made. Fab! My husband loved it too. Thanks! Your blog rocks.

  31. 31
    andrea says:

    Can’t seem to find sanding sugar…is it necessary? Is there something I can substitute for it?

  32. 32

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  33. 33
    Janelle says:

    I made this for dinner tonight for my parents and they (and I)just loved it. It smelt so yummy cooking. Thanks for sharing all your amazing food with us. As you can tell I am on here a lot. I send people your recipes and the link to your page when they are looking to make something for dinner. My boyfriend and I just love it 🙂

  34. 34

    Cheers – great story
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