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Around our home, the holidays are usually filled with plenty cooking and lots of parties. Our three kids all have birthdays during this time. One is two days after Thanksgiving, one three days before Christmas, and the other one, five days after Christmas. We tend to celebrate all the kids birthdays and make it a point to keep their birthday and holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas separate, no matter how large or small the celebration may be. Not to mention, my husband and I celebrate our wedding anniversary in the middle of December, too.
Because the holidays are usually so busy with all kinds of parties, projects and obligations, the last thing I want to do is slave over meals in the kitchen all day. At the same time though, I do not want to spend money on eating out all the time. Neither do I want to feed my family junk. So I am always looking for short cuts to cook quick, easy, yet hearty meals for my family during the holidays.
ConAgra canned foods have always been a go-to, easy way to prepare meals when I am in a crunch like that. Hunt’s tomato products are perfect for preparing hearty, healthy, quick, delicious, and not to mention stress-free recipes for family meals and entertaining during the busy holiday season. Coupled together with PAM olive oil cooking spray, my easy healthy holiday meals are set!
I always have a bunch of Hunt’s tomato products like crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, etc. in my pantry so I never run out until the next grocery trip. I usually get all my Hunt’s products from Walmart, which is only a stone throw away from our home. But even so, I do not want to be running back and forth to the store, so I tend to stock up whenever I go shopping.
Yesterday, we celebrated our second daughter’s birthday. And let me tell you, it was not the easiest day trying to finish up her party details and taking care of our three little ones plus another baby sitting anther child that I watch a couple days a week. At one point, I thought I was going nuts and just could not keep up anymore. I found myself in the laundry room with a baby in one hand, just standing there starring. I wanted to escape it all! Not that there was not any laundry to be done, either. But I felt it was more pleasant to look at than the world of birthday decor, kids toys, and dishes that were waiting to be taken cared off. Literally, I was on my feet in the kitchen from the time I woke up until around 4 pm. Our daughter’s party was only with our immediate family but because it is in the middle of the holidays, it was a bit hectic. Preparing this quick tasty dinner with Hunt’s tomato products from ConAgra really was a huge time saver in the midst of my chaotic holiday/birthday evening.
Also, I love that ConAgra also carries PAM cooking spray which added to my easy meal preparation. Their cooking spray is not only great for spraying and greasing pans. It is good for sauteing foods, too! And with Extra Virgin olive oil who could resist, right?
To make my Easy Skillet Bowtie Pasta dinner, I used their Classic Skillet Lasagna recipe and modified it to our taste. I began by browning my meat in a sauce pan. Then I added my tomato products and some seasonings (see recipe below). Look how rich and red that looks already.
Then I added cooked bowtie pasta and mozzarella cheese. And the meal was pretty much done!
Really, it was that easy and dinner was ready in under 30 minutes. And I really needed easy in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the season.
- 8 ounces bowtie pasta
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 28 ounce can Hunt’s diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano
- 1 8 ounce can Hunt’s tomato sauce
- 3 tablespoons Hunt’s tomato paste
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 tablespoon crushed basil
- 1 tablespoon crushed oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1-1/2 mozzarella cheese
- PAM cooking spray
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, while pasta is cooking prepare meat sauce. Spray a large skillet with a generous amount of Pam cooking spray (1 to 2 tablespoons).
- Saute onions over low heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Add ground ground beef and cook until browned and the meat is no longer pink.
- Drain out the oils.
- Return the skillet to the stove and add in Hunt’s diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, and oregano. Add in salt and pepper. Stir until fully combined. Add in the bowtie pasta and stir. Stir in one cup of mozzarella cheese and top with a sprinkle of basil, if desired.
- Remove meal from the pot and pour into a large serving dish.
- Top with remaining mozzarella cheese and extra basil.
So tell me, have you tried ConAgra canned food products to make your holiday meal preparation easier? What are some of your favorite easy recipes to create with Hunt’s tomato products. I would love to know your thoughts in the comments! Find more easy and delicious holiday meal inspiration at ConAgra.