Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake

Turning your favorite pizza toppings into a delicious and cheesy pasta bake is a delicious dinner option.  This Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake disappeared quickly when it was put on our dinner table.

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Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake - your favorite hawaiian pizza turned into a delicious cheesy pasta dish

Are you ready for this?

I turned another one of my favorite pizza toppings into a delicious pasta bake.  I know, you are just as surprised as me.  Ha!

This pasta obsession of mine hasn’t gone away yet, even in the heat of summer.   Of course most days we are grilling out or eating salads.  But then a random day will come, and I just have to have pasta covered in lots of cheesy goodness.

Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake - your favorite hawaiian pizza turned into a delicious cheesy pasta dish

Last week when the pasta craving came over me, I decided to come up with another pizza inspired pasta bake.  Now this is one that you will have to trust me on!

Hawaiian pizza is one of my favorites, but for some reason we just do not order it that often.  A few weeks ago we had some friends over that love ham and pineapple pizza too, so we all enjoyed a large Hawaiian BBQ pizza for dinner.  It was the first time I had one with barbecue sauce on it, and I have to say I was loving it.

So now I have a pasta craving that needs satisfied and a pizza flavor still fresh in my head.  Why not combine the two and see what happens?

Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake - your favorite hawaiian pizza turned into a delicious cheesy pasta dish

Cheesy goodness that is out of this world!  That’s what happens.

My kids devoured this pan of pasta!  Usually I will get some sort of “bad” feedback from at least one picky child, but not this time.  Everyone loved the dinner and went back for more.

Woo hoo!  Dinner success is mine!

Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake - your favorite hawaiian pizza turned into a delicious cheesy pasta dish

When you are making a pasta dinner and you want it on the table faster, make sure to prep some ingredients before hand.  You can chop the veggies and ham the night before and have them in containers in the refrigerator.   Or you can chop them while the pasta is boiling.  There are not that many in this dish, so you can easily have everything prepped while you wait for the noodles to cook.

Another time saving tip is to buy bags of frozen already chopped veggies.  I have a few of those in my freezer for nights when I am in a hurry.  You can buy packages of cubed ham in the deli section of the store too.  See?  I just saved you 10 minutes of chopping time.  You are welcome :-)

There is no need to dirty a thousand pans while making dinner.  Make sure you reuse pans as you are cooking.  This dinner needs two pans.  Three if you count the baking dish at the end.

After the noodles are done cooking, drain them and put them right back in the same pan.  Drizzle the noodles with a little bit of oil to keep them from sticking.  Saute the veggies and ham in a large skillet.  When these are finished cooking, spoon them right on top of the pasta.  Now reuse the dirty skillet to melt the cheese in.  All of these ingredients will be in one dish sometime, so it is ok to reuse the pan.   But if you absolutely love washing dishes, go for it and get a clean pan out.

After the cheese is all melted, stir it into the pasta.  You can go ahead and eat it now if you are in a hurry.  BUT…if you have time to wait another 20 minutes, bake it with more cheese on top.

There is always time for extra cheese here!

Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake - your favorite hawaiian pizza turned into a delicious cheesy pasta dish

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Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Cheesy Hawaiian Barbecue Pasta Bake

Ham, pineapple, and barbecue sauce add a delicious pizza twist to this cheesy pasta bake. My kids went nuts for this dish.

Ingredients

8 ounces pasta noodles
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 cups cubed ham
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained (20 oz. can)
1 - 12 ounce can evaporated milk
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta al dente according to the package directions. Drain and put back in pan. Stir in 1 teaspoon oil and cover. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet saute the onion and pepper in 1 Tablespoon oil for 2 minutes. Add the garlic, ham, and pineapple and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Spoon the ham mixture into the pasta and cover again.
  3. Pour the milk and barbecue sauce into the skillet. Bring to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmer. Add 2 cups mozzarella cheese and stir until melted and creamy. Pour over the pasta and ham in the other pan. Stir together. Season to taste with the salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a greased 8x8 pan and top with the remaining cheeses. Sprinkle with oregano. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then broil for 2-3 minutes to brown the top. Serve immediately. Serves 6.
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Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet

*I have been selected by Kraft Foods to be a spokesperson for VELVEETA Cheesy Skillets.  While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own.

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Some of the things I like to look for when shopping in different kitchen stores are fun baking pans.  I have started to accumulate quite a collection of different types of pans.  There are pans for making donuts, whoopie pies, and cheesecake stored in totes in our basement.  Those pans come out every so often when I have a fun baking idea.

On the shelves in my basement are also a few different sizes of skillets.  I tend to forget those pans are down there when I make dinner.

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Recently VELVEETA contacted me about trying their new Cheesy Skillet dinners for my family.  These are a delicious and easy way to put those unused pans back into play.

Apparently there are quite a few other people out there that have forgotten about their skillets too.  VELVEETA noticed that there are thousands of skillets listed for sale on online auction sites.   All of their owners have forgotten how to use these skillets for dinner.  VELVEETA purchased more than 1,000 skillets and returned them to their owners with a box of VELVEETA Cheesy Skillet.  #whatmyskilletisfor

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I was very excited to watch for my new skillet and boxes of Cheesy Skillets to arrive.  That box was opened immediately, and the first one I noticed was the Nacho Supreme Skillet Dinner staring back at me.  I have a slight weakness for any and all things nacho related.  A plate of nachos can not be anywhere near me, or I will devour it all.

Seeing that dinner on top was a sign to me that I needed to make this one first for our family.

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The only thing you need to add to these boxed dinners is the meat.  Now the Nacho Supreme does call for ground beef, but chicken nachos happen to be my favorite.  So I substituted a pound of chicken for the beef.    I love that these dinners are easy to make, and that you can change up the ingredients based on what you like or have on hand.

I cooked the chicken in my skillet and then added the water, noodles, and seasoning and waited for it to come to a boil.  After the noodles finished cooking, I also added one can of drained corn and one can of rinsed black beans.

Now it is time to add that Liquid Gold!

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I think stirring in the packet of cheesy goodness was my favorite thing.  I mean look at the Liquid Gold covering all the noodles and meat.  This is definitely what those unused pans in my basement need.

Now to set the table and add one more nacho inspired topping.  I had bowls of chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes, and diced avocados ready for anyone who wanted to take their dinner to another level.  This Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet got thumbs up from everyone around the table.   Our skillet will definitely be used again for more meals.

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Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 5 - 1 cup servings

Chicken Nacho Supreme Skillet

Chicken, beans, corn, and nacho toppings turn this VELVEETA Cheesy Skillet into a delicious nacho experience.

Ingredients

1 pound chicken, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 box VELVEETA Nacho Supreme Cheesy Skillet
2 cups water
1 can corn, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
lettuce, diced tomatoes, and diced avocados for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook until completely cooked through.
  2. Add the water and the bag of noodles and seasoning to the cooked meat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until most of the water is gone, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  3. Stir in the can of beans and corn. Open the cheese packet and stir into the pasta. Drizzle the top of the skillet dinner with the salsa packet.
  4. Serve with lettuce, tomato, and avocado if desired. Makes 5 - 1 cup servings.
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*I was sent a new skillet and boxes of VELVEETA Cheesy Skillets to review.  I also was compensated to create a recipe and blog post.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

Cheesy Beef Panini

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

We have added a new member to our family.

Now before you start thinking we have a new baby or puppy, let me set you straight. We bought a panini press. And it has been love at first use. Honestly, I think someone has made a sandwich on it every day for the past week. My oldest even told me he was kidnapping the machine when the time comes for him to move out.  I think it is safe to say this new purchase is going to get lots of use in the next few years.

Another thing I’m thinking is thank goodness for a machine that is so easy to use that our kids can make their own lunches this summer.

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

And hooray for easy to use products from Mezzetta to jazz up those summer sandwiches. They were wonderful enough to send me some jars of product to get our sandwich making started. These products are also available in the condiments aisle of your local grocery store.

I decided to start with some roast beef and add some peppers and onions. As I looked at the jars on my counter, I stopped on the Savory Garlic. This spread is a blend of olive oil, parmesan cheese, and garlic. It was the perfect thing to spread on the outside of my bread before putting the sandwich in the panini press. If you do not have a panini press available, you can use a griddle or a pan on the stove to grill it to perfection.

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

Look at all that goodness inside the sandwich. Who can turn down a sandwich loaded with meat, melty cheese, peppers, and garlic?

Cheesy Beef Panini - roast beef, melty cheese, onions, peppers, and garlic toasted in a toasted panini sandwich

I think it’s time to get my sandwich love on again for lunch and dinner today. My family shouldn’t have a problem with that…I hope. At least it’s better than cold cereal for dinner.

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Now for some fun in the kitchen. Mezzetta is hosting a “Make That Sandwich” contest. Do you have a sandwich idea that could win? The grand prize winner will come home with $25,000 and two runners up will receive $1,000. You need to include at least two Mezzetta products in your original creation. Contest details are available here. Now get in the kitchen and start creating sandwich fun. I would love to say one of my readers won this contest.

Cheesy Beef Panini

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Cheesy Beef Panini

A delicious blend of roast beef, cheese, peppers, onion, and garlic in a toasted sandwich.

Ingredients

4 slices thick oat bread
6 slices deli roast beef
4 slices smoked Gouda cheese
2 teaspoons Mezzetta Savory Garlic Spread
1/4 cup Mezzetta Roasted Bell Pepper Strips & Caramelized Onions

Instructions

  1. Spread the outside of the bread slices with the Savory Garlic spread. Place a slice of bread spread side down. Top it with 3 slices roast beef, 2 slices cheese, and 1/2 the peppers and onions. Place another piece of bread on top, spread side up. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  2. Place sandwiches on a panini press or griddle that has been preheated to medium high heat. Cook for a few minutes or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Cut in half or quarters and serve. Makes 2 sandwiches.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mezzetta. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta

Tomatoes and basil give this easy beef pasta a delicious flavor.  It is the perfect 20 minute meal you can enjoy any day of the week.

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta - cherry tomatoes, basil, and beef makes this pasta dinner a delicious meal in under 30 minutes
The answer is yes.

What?  You weren’t going to ask if I was officially obsessed with making pasta dinners?

Well, I will just admit it now before you start wondering.  I am officially and totally in love with creating new pasta dinners.

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta - cherry tomatoes, basil, and beef makes this pasta dinner a delicious meal in under 30 minutes

The idea for this pasta came from a magazine I was reading at my son’s orthodontist appointment.  Now here’s the problem.  I have absolutely no idea what magazine it was.  All I remember is there was a dinner with pan roasted tomatoes and basil.

And the dr.’s office is an hour away, so I can’t just pop in one day to see if that magazine is still sitting there.  Even if I could…I don’t remember what the front cover looked like.  So, let’s just pretend I came up with this entire meal by myself :-)

Ok, fine.  Let’s just talk about something I do remember.  And that is just how good this pasta was.

This “sauce” for this dish comes from sautéing the tomatoes and basil in olive oil.  Then toss it with already cooked pasta and cooked beef fajita meat.  You can buy the meat at Sam’s Club, but any pre cooked beef fajita mix from any store would work.  Sprinkle the warm pasta with some shredded parmesan cheese before serving.

A dinner that is easy, delicious, and ready in 20 minutes.  Perfect for those busy (or lazy) days of summer

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta - cherry tomatoes, basil, and beef makes this pasta dinner a delicious meal in under 30 minutes

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Tomato Basil Beef Pasta

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings

Tomato Basil Beef Pasta

Tomatoes and basil sauted in olive oil creates a delicious and light dressing for pasta and beef. This dinner can be ready in about 20 minutes.

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups frozen, precooked beef fajitas meat (I buy a 24 ounce bag from Sam's Club)
12 ounces pasta
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 ounces fresh basil leaves, chopped
6 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
salt and pepper
shredded parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Saute the meat in 1 Tablespoon oil over low-medium heat until heated all the way through. Remove from the heat, cover, and set aside.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the al dente package directions. Drain and toss with 4 Tablespoons olive oil. Cover and set aside.
  3. Heat 1 Tablespoon oil up. Add the tomatoes and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the chopped basil and cook for 1-2 more minutes. Stir the meat and tomatoes into the pasta. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Serve with shredded parmesan cheese. Makes 6-8 servings.
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Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas

These Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas topped with lettuce and tomatoes have quickly become a new family favorite meal in our house.  They are easy to make and can be on the table in 30 minutes.

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas - these spicy chicken and bacon enchiladas have become a family favorite meal

So apparently I have become quite forgetful in my “old” age.  Yes, I am getting up there in age despite the fact that I look very young.  Or at least that is what everyone kept telling me last weekend at the conference :-)  Thank goodness for good genes and good skin to make me appear to be young…or maybe just thankful for good makeup that hides those wrinkles.  Either way, I must admit I was loving all those sweet comments on my age.  Keep em coming.  LOL!

Forgetful much?  I can’t even get through the beginning of a blog post without getting side tracked.  You only thought you were getting this dinner recipe.

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas - these spicy chicken and bacon enchiladas have become a family favorite meal

So, the other day I wrecked my husband’s mountain bike.  And by “wrecked” I really mean just scraped it slightly on a sign.  In my defense (and it’s really not a great one) I was in a hurry to get my boys some food so we could head to the ball park for games.  Not a great excuse, but I’m sticking to it.

My husband had gone for a bike ride the other day and had left the bike attached to the roof rack on the van.  He did remind me that it was still there multiple times, yet I still forgot and went through the McDonald’s drive thru that afternoon.  Out of sight, out of mind is apparently a great way to describe my memory!

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas - these spicy chicken and bacon enchiladas have become a family favorite meal

You would think that the guy behind me could have jumped out of his truck when he saw the crazy lady with the bike on her van headed into the drive thru.  At least maybe after he saw this said crazy lady hit the first sign.  Good thing the first sign was on a hanging chain.  I didn’t even realize we had gone under it.  Then I ordered and started to go forward only to hear this awful scraping sound.  At first I thought something was happening to the sign beside me…then it hit me.  Crap!  The bike is on top!

I had my oldest son get out and make sure the bike was still standing.  Thank goodness for tall drive thru signs here!  The handlebars only scraped the bottom of the sign.  My son did say he noticed the guy behind us laughing.  Yeah, thanks a lot for the help mister!!!

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas - these spicy chicken and bacon enchiladas have become a family favorite meal

At least I haven’t become too terrible forgetful in the dinner making scene.  In fact, I am kind of loving this “new” area of blogging.   I promise there are still way more desserts to share.  But since we all need to eat real food now and again, I figured why not branch out and share the dinners we eat.

These enchiladas are so easy to make.   Use leftover cooked chicken, bacon, cheese, and green chilies to make a filling for the tortillas.  You can even do this the night before.  If you want to save some time, buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store deli.  Keep the mixture in a sealed container in the refrigerator until you are ready to start.

When it is time to cook dinner, wrap the filling into 8 flour tortillas and lay them in a 9×13 baking dish that has a little bit of alfredo sauce in the bottom.  Then smother the tops of the enchiladas with the rest of the sauce.  It only takes 20 minutes in the oven to heat everything through.  You can use this time to chop the lettuce and tomatoes and to set the table.

Go ahead and turn your oven to broil for 2-3 minutes at the end of the baking time.  It helps to brown up the tops of the cheese.  Just don’t forget about it and burn dinner!

Crispy, melty cheese dinners always get rave reviews here!

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas - these spicy chicken and bacon enchiladas have become a family favorite meal

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Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 8 enchiladas

Chicken Bacon Alfredo Enchiladas

A spicy chicken and bacon filling gets rolled into flour tortillas and then baked with a creamy Alfredo sauce. Lettuce and tomatoes on top add a fresh texture to the delicious dinner.

Ingredients

1 - 16 ounce jar ready made Alfredo sauce (I used Ragu)
1/2 cup milk
2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
1/2 cup diced cooked bacon
1 - 4 ounce can diced green chilies
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
8 flour tortillas
diced tomatoes
chopped lettuce

Instructions

  1. Stir together the Alfredo sauce and milk. Spread out a few spoonfuls on the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
  2. Combine the chicken, bacon, green chilies, cheddar cheese, and 1 cup mozzarella cheese in a bowl. Divide the mixture onto the 8 tortillas. Roll each one up and place in the prepared pan. Pour the remaining Alfredo mixture on top. Sprinkle with the leftover mozzarella cheese.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Then broil on high for 2-3 minutes to brown the cheese. Remove and serve hot. Top with lettuce and tomatoes. Serves 5-6.
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Looking for a pasta dinner to make in under 40 minutes?  This Chicken Sausage Pasta Bake is full of meat, veggies, and ooey, gooey cheese.

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This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta Bake is an easy and delicious dinner for those busy week nights.  You can have a hot dinner that everyone will enjoy in under 40 minutes.

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Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake

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Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake - ham, broccoli, and plenty of cheese make this a dinner that disappears every time

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And judging from the amount of response and traffic on the few recipes I have shared so far, you guys are loving them too.   I still have a few more delicious pasta recipes up my sleeve.  Well, actually they are in my belly and on my computer just waiting for the right day.

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 Remember that time I told you how I didn’t like to make dinner?

Hhhhmmmm!  Yeah, I might have changed my mind on that.  Lately, I have been filling my food lists with some delicious sounding savory dishes.  Very slowly I am working my way through that list.

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Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake

This easy, cheesy pasta bake comes together in no time when you combine the toppings from a chicken supreme pizza with pasta and cheese.  This Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake is definitely comfort food to the max.

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My goal to start making more dinners is going pretty well.  I have been trying to experiment more with savory foods along with all the sweets each week.

So far, so good.  I have this one and one other dish ready to share with you.  Both meals were given thumbs up by my little taste testers.
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This warm comforting chili gets its sweet and spicy flavors from chipotle peppers and a can of Dr. Pepper.   It is the perfect cold weather dinner.

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This winter has been the craziest I can remember for a while.  More snow and ice than we have had in a long time that’s for sure.

Yesterday it was 65* and nice, and then today we woke up to snow and 32*.  It’s like spring is just teasing us with a nice day here and there, but then winter comes back with a fierce smack down.  At this rate it might be snowing on Easter day.  I sure hope not!  But that just means another day to enjoy a hot comforting dinner.    [Read more...]

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We just finished up signing our youngest up for soccer and baseball, and our daughter is looking at running track and also has a volleyball camp in a few weeks.  That means meal time is about to become interesting in our house.

Track practice is right after school until dinner time.  Soccer and baseball usually starts right after dinner.  That means dinner needs to be fast and easy, so that everyone can enjoy a hot meal before heading to the next activity.    With Spring quickly coming and practices going on the calendar, I am on the look out for new and easy dinner ideas for our family.  [Read more...]