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Greek Pasta Salad from @hamiltonbeach
Take a break from mayo-based pasta salads this spring and summer and replace their spot on the picnic table with this refreshing Greek version with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives and feta. The tangy dressing makes it a light and bright side at any barbecue or cookout and the recipe makes enough to feed a group for a potluck.

Greek Pasta Salad from @hamiltonbeach

The flavorful homemade vinaigrette can also be used as regular Greek salad dressing, and we love how quick and easy it is to make in the single-serve blender. It’s a spring and summer classic for a reason, as it’s delicious tossed with a medley of crisp, fresh veggies and al dente pasta. Even kids clear their plates when they eat this pasta salad, and there’s no such thing as having too many healthy family-friendly recipes on hand.

Greek Pasta Salad from @hamiltonbeach


Greek Pasta Salad
SERVES: 12

Ingredients
1 cup olive oil
2/3 red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 package (1 lb.) rotini pasta, cooked
1 container (8 oz.) crumbled feta cheese
1 container (8 oz.) grape tomatoes, halved
1 jar (7 oz.) pitted kalamata olives, drained
1 small cucumber, sliced
1 small red onion, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup sliced pepperoncini peppers
Instructions
In a blender jar, add red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Cover and blend on HIGH until well blended. Remove filler cap, with blender running, gradually add oil through the filler cap until mixture is creamy.
In a large bowl, add pasta, crumbled feta, grape tomatoes, kalamata olives, cucumber, onion and pepperoncini peppers.
Pour oil mixture over pasta, stirring until blended.
Cover and refrigerate overnight for flavors to blend.
Notes
Use a food processor to quickly slice cucumbers and chop onions.
Reserve ¼-½ cup of the vinaigrette and mix it into the pasta just before serving to ensure the salad is moist and fresh.
Cook the pasta al dente, so it’s just done and not overcooked. This will ensure a chewy bite and prevent a soggy salad.
This is a customizable recipe. Don’t like pepperoncini? Swap them out and add sun dried tomatoes. As long as you stick with Mediterranean flavors, it’ll be delicious.
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Baked Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce is great over spaghetti or on a sub roll - perfect for quick, cheap and healthy family dinners. From Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Chicken parmesan is an Italian classic that can be served in many different ways. Whether on its own with a vegetable side, over spaghetti noodles or on a hoagie roll, it’s sure to be tasty. Our recipe below makes perfectly crispy, pan fried chicken cutlets which are then topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and placed under the broiler for five minutes. Once the cheese is melted and gooey, it’s topped with homemade slow cooker marinara sauce and freshly chopped basil, which adds a pop of freshness to the plate.

Baked Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce is great over spaghetti or on a sub roll - perfect for quick, cheap and healthy family dinners. From Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

This crispy chicken parm feels like it was made by grandma, so it’s comforting and the whole family will love it. It’s great for a chilly spring day or when you miss the taste of home. Serve it with a side of angel hair or spaghetti pasta or by itself on a sandwich or sub roll. It will remind you of your favorite Italian restaurant, but you’ll appreciate how quick and easy it was to prepare this delicious meal at home.

Baked Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce is great over spaghetti or on a sub roll - perfect for quick, cheap and healthy family dinners. From Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach


Chicken Parmesan with Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce
SERVES: 4

Ingredients
1/2 cup Italian seasoned Panko bread crumbs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
1 package (1 lb.) thin sliced chicken breasts
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces fresh Mozzarella cheese, sliced
Grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
Place bread crumbs, flour, Parmesan cheese and garlic in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal and shake to combine.
In a large bowl, beat egg and milk. Dip chicken in egg mixture. Let excess drip back into bowl, then place in bag with crumbs.
Shake two pieces of chicken at a time in bag until coated. Remove from bag and place on a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken until all pieces are coated.
Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a large skillet heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken a few pieces at a time until golden brown, turning once, about 4 minutes. Place cooked chicken in baking pan.
Heat Broiler on HIGH.
Spoon marinara sauce over chicken pieces. Top with Mozzarella cheese slices.
Broil 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with parsley.
Notes
Serve Chicken Parmesan over your favorite pasta or on a sub roll.
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Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

I don’t know what it is about this time of year, but for some reason, everyone in my house is working late, traveling and running from event to event. Long nights and busy weekends don’t make for good food choices and it’s tough to spend a Sunday meticulously preparing lunches for the week ahead. We’ve been ordering take out and pizza more often than I’d like to admit. But that’s going to stop – because now I have foolproof slow cooker recipes like this comforting Italian Wedding Soup.

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Instead of making poor choices so early in the year and destroying all the progress we’ve made towards our nutrition goals, this simple soup has come to our rescue. We make this hearty soup filled with healthy ingredients in the slow cooker. It takes a few minutes to prepare the meatballs, and, within a few hours, the entire house is filled with the inviting aromas of Italian ingredients, savory broth, turkey meatballs, spinach and pasta. Bring the crock to the table and add parmesan and freshly cracked pepper. Your whole family will love it and you can easily reheat leftovers during the hectic week ahead.

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup
SERVES: 6

Ingredients
1 pound ground turkey
2 large eggs, beaten
1 large onion, chopped, divided
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
1/2 cup chopped parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
2 containers (32 ounces each) chicken broth
1 cup ditalini pasta
3 cups fresh spinach leaves
Instructions
Stir turkey, eggs, 1/2 of the onion, bread crumbs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a large bowl until well blended. Roll turkey mixture into balls using 1 tablespoon per meatball.
Add meatballs and remaining ingredients, except pasta and spinach to slow cooker crock.
Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 3 to 3 1/2 hours or LOW for 6 to 6 1/2. Add pasta, cover and continue cooking for 15 minutes until pasta is tender and meatballs are cooked through.
Stir in spinach and remaining Parmesan cheese before serving. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and coarse black pepper.
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Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @Hamiltonbeach

When we shared our recipe for marinara sauce, we talked about how versatile it is. We’ve used it in spaghetti, lasagna and now this Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake.

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @Hamiltonbeach

In this recipe, we take the classic marinara sauce and mix it with parmesan cheese, cream and salt, creating a shortcut version of a tomato cream sauce or vodka sauce that is creamy, cheesy and delicious. It serves as the base for the pasta, chicken and spinach. When combined, they create a mouthwatering blend of Italian flavors.

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @Hamiltonbeach

The strings of melty cheese as you pull a spoonful from the baking dish – and the pasta and chunks of chicken – mean kids and adults alike will love this tasty meal that is quick and easy to prepare. Leftovers reheat well in the oven or microwave, so don’t worry about making too much.

Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @Hamiltonbeach


Cheesy Chicken and Spinach Pasta Bake
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon salt
1 package (1 lb.) penne pasta, cooked al dente, drained
2 cups cooked chicken, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 cups baby spinach
1 package (2 cups) shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Instructions
Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 13x9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, stir together marinara sauce, Parmesan cheese, heavy cream and salt.
Add cooked pasta, chicken and spinach, stir until blended.
Place half of pasta mixture in prepared baking dish. Top with 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover with remaining pasta mixture. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mixture is heated through.
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Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

This slow cooker marinara sauce is a beautiful red blend of chunky tomatoes, fresh basil and aromatic spices. It’s absolute perfection on spaghetti, and it could be used on a hundred other things, too. That’s the beauty of this recipe: it makes a lot, so you can store some in the fridge or freeze it for later use in a lasagna or pasta bake.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Don’t worry, making homemade marinara sauce isn’t complicated or difficult. In fact, it’s so easy, you can put it all the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it simmer all day, just as if you were making it on a stovetop. Need a meat sauce? Just add cooked ground beef, pork, turkey or sausage to the finished sauce, and you’re good to go.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

You can always have delicious, homemade marinara sauce on hand, save money on jarred sauces and know what ingredients are in your food when you use this simple and flavorful slow cooker marinara recipe.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes
1 can (29 ounces) tomato puree
1 can (29 ounces) tomato sauce
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon dried parsley
2 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 small bunch (about 1 ounce) fresh basil, leaves only, cut into strips
Instructions
In a large saucepot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until the onion is translucent and garlic is golden, about 4 minutes.
Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato puree, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, parsley, oregano, salt, dried basil and pepper. Bring to a boil, then pour tomato mixture into the slow cooker crock.
Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours or LOW for 9 to 10 hours. Stir in fresh basil before serving.
To store, cool and place in air-tight containers. Freeze up to 6 months.
Notes
If you have a slow cooker with stovetop-safe cookware, substitute it for the saucepot in the directions above. After cooking the onions and garlic, add ingredients as listed, place the cookware in base, cover and cook as directed.
For a meat sauce, add 2 to 2 1/2 pounds of cooked and drained lean ground beef, turkey or sausage to the crock with the other ingredients, then continue to cook as directed.
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