Favorite Recipes from the Coxes!

Hello Friends! So this past weekend Ben and I were in our last wedding of the summer. It was great and so sweet to catch up with dear friends and stand beside the Bride and Groom as they entered into this awesome union! We had so much fun, and wish the Barkley's the best!!
 
 




 
 
Now back in Starkville, Ben and I are literally jumping for joy about 4th of July! Not just because we get a break from work for a few days but because we are going to get to stay in town at home for the first weekend since our wedding.....for real. It is going to be a much needed break, and a time to catch up on some DIY furniture projects and such for our home! :) We are super pumped about the down time!
 
I am still learning a whole lot about cooking and how to manage grocery shopping, meal planning, meal prep, and cooking every week, but it has been so much fun! So I wanted to share some of our favorites that I have made thus far. Hope you try them out and enjoy them too!
 
ONE PAN SPICY SAUSAGE PASTA
 
 
 
I loved this, I finally was able to use my large cast iron skillet to make this, and it was delicious. Served with garlic bread and roasted asparagus...it was a yummy meal!
 
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 14-ounce package smoked turkey sausage, sliced into rounds
1 1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (depending on how brothy you like it)
1 10-ounce can Ro-Tel Tomatoes and Green Chiles, Original Style (Drained)
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 ounces uncooked penne pasta (about 2 1/2 cups)
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Thinly sliced scallions
Salt, to taste

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a cast iron skillet (or other oven-safe skillet) until smoking.

Add the sausage and onion, and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add in the garlic, and cook for 30 seconds.

Add the broth, Ro-Tel, heavy cream, uncooked pasta, and pepper, and give the mixture a good stir. Bring to a boil, cover the skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until the pasta is tender, about 15 minutes, stirring once or twice while cooking. Preheat the broiler while the pasta is cooking.

Remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in 1 cup of the cheese. Taste, and add salt as needed. Top with the scallions and remaining cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted and lightly browned - about 3 minutes.
 
 
Fig’s Cheese Muffins
 
 
These were so good that Ben and I each ate like 4 a piece....I found these on the Pioneer Woman's blog, and will make these again and again in the future!
 
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups shredded colby-jack cheese
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter (I used salted)
Whisk together dry ingredients, then stir in cheese.
In a separate bowl, whisk egg, milk, and butter together. Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and stir with a spoon to combine.
Bake in greased muffin tins at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
Makes 12.
 
http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/08/dairy-contest-finalist-recipe-cheese-muffins/

Hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as we have! :) I'll be blogging with updates on our weekend projects soon!

Take Care!

-Rach.