Grilled Asparagus Recipe

Fresh Grilled Asparagus that gets grilled to perfection. Grilling asparagus gives you char marks and a smoky flavor that is amazing!  Within minutes you have tender asparagus coated in parmesan and garlic that will become a family favorite!
My favorite part about grilling is cooking vegetables on the grill. Bacon Wrapped Asparagus, Parmesan Herb Asparagus Fries with Creamy Greek Yogurt Ranch or Roasted Lemon Parmesan Garlic Asparagus are some of our favorite Asparagus recipes.
Grilled Asparagus Recipe

Grilled Asparagus

I absolutely love grilled asparagus.  Have you tried it?  The smoky flavor and charred edges are the best part!   This asparagus recipe was one of the first recipes on the blog.  We make it almost every single time that we grill.  It is quick and easy and cooks within minutes along side of your meat on the grill.
I have made this recipe countless times since posting it almost 3 years ago!  But the pictures definitely needed an update.  I think it is safe to say I have gotten better with my photography over the years and its fun to see how far I have come!
I know that you guys will love this recipe!  It is the perfect way to get in your veggies while you are grilling and the topping is so good that kids will love it as well. And the parmesan garlic topping.  This is a five star recipe!

How do you make Grilled Asparagus?

  • Prepare asparagus and trim the bottoms. Lay the asparagus in the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss in the olive oil. 
  • Lay the asparagus on the grill in a row. Grill for 5-10 minutes over medium high heat until they have char marks and are fork tender. Remove asparagus and place back in the pan. Toss with garlic and parmesan cheese. Serve. 
  • *You can also grill the asparagus in foil if desired.
Parmesan Garlic Grilled Asparagus

Do you wash asparagus before cooking?

Rinse the spears under cool water to remove any grit. Snap off the bottom inch or so using your fingers; the stems will naturally break where the tough woody part ends and the tender stem begins. Dry the spears by rolling them between two kitchen towels.

How do you know when asparagus goes bad?

It is the tips of asparagus they will begin to go bad first, which is also the most desirable part of the asparagus. The best way to tell if your asparagus is going bad is to look at the tips, they will begin to turn a very dark green (almost black) and when you touch them they will just mush between your fingers.

Can you grill asparagus in foil?

Yes!

Grilling Asparagus
Perfect Asparagus on the grill

Grilled Parmesan Garlic Asparagus

Fresh asparagus that gets grilled to perfection. The grill adds char marks and a smoky flavor that is simply amazing! Within a just a few minutes you have tender asparagus coated in parmesan and garlic that will become a family favorite!

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Prepare asparagus and trim the bottoms. Lay the asparagus in the pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss in the olive oil.
  2. Lay the asparagus on the grill in a row. Grill for 5-10 minutes over medium high heat until they have char marks and are fork tender. Remove asparagus and place back in the pan. Toss with garlic and parmesan cheese. Serve.
  3. *You can also grill the asparagus in foil if desired.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes (in half the time)

Cheesy Scalloped potatoes are the perfect comfort food…  creamy, rich and cheesy; but they always take so long to cook! Not anymore! This recipe uses a method that will show you how to make this cheesy goodness in about half of the time of traditional scalloped potatoes recipe

My mom taught me an easy little trick that speeds up the cooking of the potatoes and has them ready on time every time!  If you just pop them in boiling water for just a few  minutes before you put this together, you will cut down your cooking time by as much as an hour, saving time for delicious main dishes like meatloaf or pork chops!

A close up of a spoon serving cheesy scalloped potatoes.

What Are Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes are a classic side dish made with thinly sliced potatoes layered and baked until hot and bubbly. A classic scalloped potato recipe doesn’t include cheese and is made with a roux (white sauce).

While similar to au gratin potatoes, there are some key differences:

  • Potatoes au gratin have a cheese sauce (instead of a white sauce), and are most often made with layers of onions and potatoes.
  • Classic scalloped potatoes don’t contain cheese sauce or cheese
  • Cheesy scalloped potatoes use a white sauce and are layered with cheese

A pot full of potato medallions surrounded by cheese and other cheesy scalloped potato ingredients.

How Do You Make Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes are easy to make and delicious but they can take a very long time to cook, not anymore!! In this quick recipe, I have a couple of tips to reduce the baking time from about 90 minutes to 45 minutes! 

Tips to reduce cooking time:

  • Potatoes: Boiling the sliced potatoes for a couple of minutes makes this recipe quick as the potatoes don’t have to cook as long and they’re already warm going into the oven.
  • Sauce: These cheesy scalloped have a quick and easy shortcut white sauce to save time (and effort). I use condensed cream of mushroom soup and layer with cheese and onions! If you’d prefer you can make your own Homemade Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup or use cream of chicken or cream of celery!

A collage of process shots of cheesy scalloped potatoes being layered and assembled.

To Make Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes:

  1. PREP:
    • Slice the potatoes (I use a mandoline slicer to make it quick) and drop the potatoes into boiling water for 5 minutes (this is a huge time saver).
    • Mix the white sauce ingredients together.
  2. LAYER:
    • Layer the sauce, potatoes and cheese in a 9×9 baking dish
    • Top with more cheese
  3. BAKE:
    • Bake the cheesy scalloped potatoes until golden and bubbly.

A serving dish full of cheesy scalloped potatoes fresh from the oven topped with pepper and parsley.

Can You Freeze Scalloped Potatoes

Potatoes can sometimes change texture when frozen, so scalloped potatoes taste best when made fresh. If you plan to freeze them, make sure you have already baked them first. Raw potatoes can still oxidize in the freezer, causing them to turn grey.

Cheesy scalloped potatoes should last up to a month in the freezer. The trick to ensuring they taste great is in the reheating, like most potato side dishes, we prefer to reheat in the oven with a little bit of fresh cheese added on top!

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Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

This scalloped potatoes recipe is quick and easy to put together yet tastes incredibly delicious!

  • 2 lbs yellow potatoes
  • 1 can cream of mushroom (chicken or celery soup)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 small onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Wash potatoes and slice 1/4″ thick (no need to peel). Drop into boiling water for 5 minutes. During the last minute, add sliced onions to the water. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, combine soup, milk, pepper and garlic powder in a bowl. Microwave until hot.
  4. Put a little bit of the soup mixture in the bottom of a greased 2qt casserole dish, a 9×9 pan or an oven safe pan. Layer 1/2 of the potatoes, 1/2 of the soup mixture and 1/2 of the cheese. Repeat layers ending with cheese.
  5. Bake at 375 for 45-55 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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All American Chef’s Salad

Chef’s Salad is made with just a few basic ingredients but looks different on menus nearly everywhere you go! Made with crisp lettuce, hearty toppings including eggs, ham and cheese this recipe is best topped with a homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing or Thousand Island Dressing!

This makes for a perfect lunch or a nice refreshing dinner on a warm night (and we always add in a side of Homemade Garlic Bread).

Chef Salad in a wooden bowl topped with boiled eggs, diced ham and cheese and sliced cucumbers and tomatoes.

Crisp, colorful, and filling, a good chef’s salad recipe is low in carbs while still guaranteeing the flavor! No need to feel deprived when you’re noshing on a great fresh crisp salad recipe. Whether you order out or make it yourself, this recipe takes the guesswork out of what a chef’s salad really is and what goes into it!

What is a Chef Salad?

As one of the great American salads, this salads ingredients are basically the same, a bed of lettuce, some type of cold meat (ham, turkey, chicken, tuna, or roast beef), hard-boiled eggs, cucumber, cheese, and tomatoes.  How you want to prepare and present it is up to you! Like America, be resourceful and use what you have! All you need to remember, is a true Chef Salad has lettuce, eggs, meat and cheese as the foundation!

How to Make a Chef Salad

This is the easy part! For a keto chef salad, use just the egg whites and save the yolks for another recipe.

  1. Lettuce: Clean and then tear Iceberg or Romaine lettuce. Cutting lettuce with a knife makes the cell walls of the leaves turn brown faster. Besides, why wash another knife when you can just tear the lettuce into perfect bite-sized pieces? Put the lettuce in a bowl or divide onto separate (preferably chilled) salad plates.
  2. Toppings: Top with the diced ham (or meat of your choice), the diced green onions, the sliced (or chopped) hard-boiled eggs, the tomatoes and one cup of sliced cucumber.
  3. Cheese: Add the cheddar or Swiss cheese. You could even try a blue cheese or honestly,  whatever you have on hand would work.
  4. Dressing: Serve with Thousand Island or Ranch Dressing.  Bleu Cheese Dressing is also a good alternative, but typically, a chef salad is not made with a vinaigrette.

Close up of Chef's salad ingredients in a wooden bowl. What to Serve with Chef Salad

Since a chef salad is a full entrée in and of itself, a simple side of homemade croutons or a crusty piece of bread with butter really rounds out the flavors and textures. A good quality of mixed olives or marinated vegetables served on the side makes for an even more colorful look! You can always top it with either an oven Oven Baked Chicken Breast or Grilled Chicken Breast to add a little bit of extra protein!

Brew up some homemade iced tea or strawberry lemonade or pop open a bottle of a bright Pinot Grigio! Then sit back and enjoy!

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Chefs Salad

This Chefs Salad is a classic all american dish with lettuce, meat, eggs and cheese as the foundation.

  • 8 cups lettuce (iceberg or romaine)
  • 4 oz diced ham
  • 4 oz diced cheddar cheese (or swiss)
  • 3 green onions (sliced)
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • 2 tomatoes (sliced or wedged)
  • 1 cup cucumber
  1. Wash and dry the lettuce.  Tear into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl (or divide over 4 individual serving plates).

  2. Top with remaining ingredients.

  3. Serve with Thousand Island or Ranch dressing.

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This old fashioned chefs salad is made with meat, cheese and boiled eggs. Making this salad quick to make, hearty to eat and happens to be keto friendly. #spendwithpennies #chefssalad #sidesalad #lunch #ketofriendly

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Nothing is more comforting than a hot, melty grilled cheese sandwich. Grilled cheese and tomato soup are a combo made in heaven. It’s the perfect easy lunch recipe and great for even the pickiest of eaters.

The best grilled cheese always starts with a sturdy bread, lots of cheese and a smear of … butter mayonnaise on the outside!

Grilled cheese sandwich halves stacked on top of one another

The Best Grilled Cheese

Friends, there are NO wrong answers for making this lunchtime classic. As long as you’ve got bread and a generous amount of cheese, you’ve got the basis for the best grilled cheese sandwich.

Best Bread for Grilled Cheese:

This is what making grilled cheese is all about!

  • Use whatever bread you love, but make sure it is sturdy enough to hold the cheese in.
  • White bread and sourdough are the most popular, but even a thickly sliced boule will make a perfect grilled cheese!
  • Dark rye and pumpernickel pair well with lighter cheeses like Gouda or Havarti (add a slice of pear or apple between the slices for a sweet crunch!)

What is the Best Cheese for Grilled Cheese?

Grilled cheese sandwiches are not the place for cheese judgement. Anything goes!

  • A classic grilled cheese is made with American cheese and white bread (but I love sneaking in sharp cheddar too)!
  • Real cheddar, a bit of provolone, creamy processed cheese, leftover brie from last night’s party. Any and all varieties work!
  • Pick your favorite or all of them! Smooth, creamy and oh so dreamy!

ingredients for a classic grilled cheese sandwich on a cutting board

How to Make Grilled Cheese

Most of us know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich, but do you know how to make an amazing grilled cheese? Here are my tips to make the best grilled cheese:

  1. Low Heat: Low heat allows the bread to get a golden crust while the cheese has a chance to melt.
  2. Open faced: If you’re filling it really full with cheese and other goodies, start by cooking it without a top slice of bread and covered for a couple of minutes. It won’t get soggy but the little bit of steam helps melt the cheese. Once the cheese starts to melt, add the top slice of bread.
  3. Get Cheesy: It really doesn’t matter what cheese you use as long as its one you love and don’t skimp on it! I cover every corner of the bread, nobody wants a grilled cheese without loads of cheese.

The BEST Tip for a Perfect Grilled Cheese

My friends, this is a must. I make grilled cheese without butter! Swap out the butter on the outside of the sandwich for mayonnaise. Cook mayonnaise side down in the pan.

Your grilled cheese will come out perfectly golden with a crust that doesn’t get soggy and is not greasy!

If the pan is too hot, the cheese won’t melt before the outside is cooked. If you notice the cheese taking awhile, cover it with a lid. The steam will help melt the cheese so it cooks evenly!

stacked grilled cheese sandwiches with a sandwich pick in the middle

What Can I Add to My Grill Cheese?

Honestly, what can’t you add?  Caramelized onions, sliced apples. or pears, bacon, and even a smear of crunchy peanut butter can take your grilled cheese sandwich to a whole new level!

Add pepperoni for a pizza grilled cheese and of course my all time favorite Dill Pickle Bacon Grilled Cheese!

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Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Nothing is more comforting than a hot, melty grilled cheese sandwich. Serve this lunch time favorite with a bowl of tomato soup for dipping!

  • 4 slices white bread (or sour dough)
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese (or American cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar (optional)
  1. Preheat a small skillet over low heat.
  2. Spread mayonnaise over one side of each piece of bread and place mayonnaise side down in the skillet.

  3. Top with cheddar cheese slices, black pepper to taste and remaining slice of bread, mayonnaise side out.
  4. Grill until golden, about 4-5 minutes. Flip and grill the other side until golden.

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Easy 3 Ingredient Bubble Pizza

Bubble Pizza is almost as much fun to make as it is to eat. If you’ve ever had monkey bread, pull apart pizza bread is a similar concept. Canned biscuit dough (or even homemade biscuits) are tossed with cheese, pizza sauce and toppings for an easy snack!

To turn bubble pizza bread into a meal, add hearty toppings like Italian sausage and serve with a fresh tossed salad or even veggie sticks or Caesar Salad!

A pan of bubble pizza ready to be served with marinara sauce

A perfect homemade pizza is hands down one of my favorites! Tender chewy crust, zesty sauce and of course loads of toppings. As much as I love a good pizza, I also love having a recipe in my pocket for something that has all of the same delicious flavor with just a few ingredients a very little prep.

Bubble Pizza Ingredients

Since it’s so easy to prepare, pizza bread is the perfect snack to introduce your kids to cooking too! You’ll need just three ingredients:

  • Pizza Sauce
    • Use store bought or homemade
    • Cirio pizza sauce is my favorite brand (I get it our local Italian market for about $3)
  • Biscuit Dough
    • Canned biscuit dough to keeps this recipe easy
    • Homemade dough (or dough from biscuit mix) will work as well.
  • Shredded Cheese
    • Mozzarella is best for achieving that gooey goodness that makes pull apart pizza bread so good
    • Parmesan adds great flavor
    • Swap in some extra sharp cheddar to pump up the flavor even more
  • Toppings
    • No toppings are required if you’d prefer plain cheese
    • Add fresh basil with mozzarella to create a Margherita Pizza bread
    • Cook watery toppings (like mushrooms) before adding

Ingredients for pizza bread ready to be prepared including quartered biscuits, cheeses, pizza sauce and pepperoni.

How to Make Bubble Bread

You won’t believe how easy it is to make a pizza casserole with biscuits. Here’s all you do:

  1. Separate the biscuits and cut into quarters, using kitchen scissors or a knife.
  2. Toss the pieces with the pizza sauce and half the cheese & toppings.
  3. Place the mixture in a casserole dish and bake until puffed up and lightly browned.

Top with the remaining cheese and cook until melted and gooey. So easy!

Pizza Bubble Bread baked and ready to serve

What to Serve with Pizza Bread

Bubble Up Pizza Bread is the ultimate party snack food, so serve it with a variety of dips that go well with the flavors of pizza. Marinara sauce is a popular (and delicious) choice! Other good options include ranch dip, Blue Cheese Dressing or Spicy Dill Dip.

Bubble Pizza makes a terrific finger food to serve at parties or on game day. Just don’t forget to put out plenty of extra-large napkins –or better yet, a roll of paper towels!

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Easy Bubble Pizza

This easy bubble pizza is quick and delicious recipe needing just a few ingredients. Add your favorite toppings and bake until bubbly.

  • 1 roll of biscuit dough
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese (or cheddar) (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • Toppings as desired
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces using kitchen scissors or a knife.
  3. In a large bowl, toss biscuit pieces, pizza sauce, toppings and 1/2 cup of cheese.
  4. Spoon biscuit pieces into a well greased 9×9 pan. Top with toppings. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned and centre seems cooked.

  5. Top with remaining cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Broil to brown if desired.

Easy Pizza Bubble Bread in pan with a piece being taken out

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Bubble Pizza Bread

bubble pizza with a piece being taken

Bubble Pizza is almost as much fun to make as it is to eat. If you’ve ever had monkey bread, pull apart pizza bread is a similar concept. Canned biscuit dough (or even homemade biscuits) are tossed with cheese, pizza sauce and toppings for an easy snack!

To turn bubble pizza bread into a meal, add hearty toppings like Italian sausage and serve with a fresh tossed salad or even veggie sticks or Caesar Salad!

A pan of bubble pizza ready to be served with marinara sauce

A perfect homemade pizza is hands down one of my favorites! Tender chewy crust, zesty sauce and of course loads of toppings. As much as I love a good pizza, I also love having a recipe in my pocket for something that has all of the same delicious flavor with just a few ingredients a very little prep.

Bubble Pizza Ingredients

Since it’s so easy to prepare, pizza bread is the perfect snack to introduce your kids to cooking too! You’ll need just three ingredients:

  • Pizza Sauce
    • Use store bought or homemade
    • Cirio pizza sauce is my favorite brand (I get it our local Italian market for about $3)
  • Biscuit Dough
    • Canned biscuit dough to keeps this recipe easy
    • Homemade dough (or dough from biscuit mix) will work as well.
  • Shredded Cheese
    • Mozzarella is best for achieving that gooey goodness that makes pull apart pizza bread so good
    • Parmesan adds great flavor
    • Swap in some extra sharp cheddar to pump up the flavor even more
  • Toppings
    • No toppings are required if you’d prefer plain cheese
    • Add fresh basil with mozzarella to create a Margherita Pizza bread
    • Cook watery toppings (like mushrooms) before adding

Ingredients for pizza bread ready to be prepared including quartered biscuits, cheeses, pizza sauce and pepperoni.

How to Make Bubble Bread

You won’t believe how easy it is to make a pizza casserole with biscuits. Here’s all you do:

  1. Separate the biscuits and cut into quarters, using kitchen scissors or a knife.
  2. Toss the pieces with the pizza sauce and half the cheese & toppings.
  3. Place the mixture in a casserole dish and bake until puffed up and lightly browned.

Top with the remaining cheese and cook until melted and gooey. So easy!

Pizza Bubble Bread baked and ready to serve

What to Serve with Pizza Bread

Bubble Up Pizza Bread is the ultimate party snack food, so serve it with a variety of dips that go well with the flavors of pizza. Marinara sauce is a popular (and delicious) choice! Other good options include ranch dip, Blue Cheese Dressing or Spicy Dill Dip.

Bubble Pizza makes a terrific finger food to serve at parties or on game day. Just don’t forget to put out plenty of extra-large napkins –or better yet, a roll of paper towels!

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Easy Bubble Pizza

This easy bubble pizza is quick and delicious recipe needing just a few ingredients. Add your favorite toppings and bake until bubbly.

  • 1 roll of biscuit dough
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese (or cheddar) (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • Toppings as desired
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Cut each biscuit into 4 pieces using kitchen scissors or a knife.
  3. In a large bowl, toss biscuit pieces, pizza sauce, toppings and 1/2 cup of cheese.
  4. Spoon biscuit pieces into a well greased 9×9 pan. Top with toppings. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned and centre seems cooked.

  5. Top with remaining cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Broil to brown if desired.

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Easy Quiche Recipe

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This Easy Quiche Recipe starts with a premade pie crust but no one has to know! It’s loaded with ham, cheese and green onions and is the perfect easy breakfast or dinner!

You can really add anything you want to this easy quiche recipe — other vegetables, different cheeses or seasonings — but ham and cheese is our favorite way to do it up. I don’t know about you, but we love eggs for any meal of the day here. We’ll take any excuse to enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and this easy quiche recipe definitely bridges the gap between all three. I love keeping my quiche recipes easy, and serving them up with lovely fruit or a beautiful fresh salad!

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Eggs for Brunch

If you love eggs as much as we do, you might also like this Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Bacon or this Mexican Slow Cooker Breakfast!

There are so many variations on a classic quiche recipe, but I wanted to keep things super simple this time around. We’re starting with a premade, refrigerated pie crust and filling it with all the good stuff!

easy quiche recipe in glass pie plate

You can definitely use a premade, frozen pie crust that has already been pressed into a disposable pan if you want to make this quiche even easier, but I like to roll mine out and bake it in one of my own pie plates. That way no one has to know about the shortcuts we took!

Tips for making this Easy Quiche Recipe:

  • This recipe really couldn’t be any easier — start with a premade pie crust, and fill it with your favorite things, plus some eggs and milk.
  • A lot of quiche recipes you will find have precooked ingredients and require an extra pan plus additional prep time. We are using cooked, cubed ham and green onions in this recipe to ensure this easy breakfast quiche recipe comes together as quickly as possible!
  • Don’t forget to keep an eye on the quiche as it bakes — you don’t want the crust getting too brown on top as the eggs cook! If necessary, cover the outside ring of the crust with a bit of foil to prevent it from browning further.
  • If you aren’t a fan of the traditional pie crust, try making a Puff Pastry Quiche or these Easy Mini Quiche made with wonton wrappers!

Can you make a quiche ahead of time?

You bet! Once baked, cool the quiche for up to two hours on the counter, and then refrigerate. To reheat, cover the quiche with foil and bake for about at 325F (until just heated). Cooling it before refrigerating helps keep the crust a bit more crisp.

slice of quiche on a white plate

How do you make a Crustless Quiche:

If you’re looking for a gluten-free alternative, or you’re just not a big fan of crust (hey, we all have our own preferences!), you can absolutely skip the crust and just pour the egg mixture right into the pan to make this into a crustless quiche recipe. It’s that easy!

Just don’t forget to grease the pie plate first because eggs can be tough to get out after they’re cooked!

Since you won’t need to watch the crust for signs of doneness, you will just bake a crustless quiche until the eggs are completely set all through the center.

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Easy Quiche Recipe

This Easy Quiche Recipe starts with a premade pie crust but no one has to know! It’s loaded with ham, cheese and green onions and is the perfect easy breakfast or dinner! You can really add anything you want to this easy quiche recipe — other vegetables, different cheeses or seasonings. 

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk (or cream)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup cooked ham (chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons green onions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Unroll pie crust and press into a 9″ pie plate, crimping the top edges if desired.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.
  4. Sprinkle ham, 1 cup of cheese, and green onions into the pie crust and pour the egg mixture over top. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup cheese on top of egg mixture.

  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the center is completely set. Let cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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A slice of Easy Quiche on a white plate

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Classic Club Sandwich

A Club Sandwich is one of the most iconic sandwiches on any menu! Layers of ham, bacon and turkey with juicy tomatoes, crisp lettuce and cheddar cheese create the perfect bite!

We love to enjoy this sandwich alongside some delicious baked french fries or even some crispy fried dill pickles on the side!

A club sandwich cut into quarters to be served

Restaurants and diners of all shapes and sizes (and prices!), and country clubs, schools, resorts, even hospitals have some version of a club sandwich recipe on their menu! And who can blame them? It is delicious, and looks so yummy too!

What is a Club Sandwich?

Probably the most obvious sign that you’re getting a club sandwich is the unique way it is stacked with three layers of bread and then cut into quarters and secured with a toothpick.

What are Club Sandwich Ingredients? The classic club sandwich has been around for generations because it is chock-full of the things we love best all served up on some soft sandwich bread. It’s almost like a BLT with ham and turkey!

  • Turkey
  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mayo

And of course you can make a chicken club sandwich with leftover baked chicken! And why stop at white bread? Try some sourdough, whole wheat or even rye. Make a fancy California club sandwich and use sliced avocados, fancy microgreens and some stone ground mustard? Any way is the right way when it comes to this sandwich!

The ingredients for a club sandwich on a cutting board

How to Make a Club Sandwich

Making a turkey club sandwich can be as easy or as elaborate as you want! With a few simple steps you can create a basic club sandwich, add a few extra layers or toppings and you can dress this sandwich up as much as you’d like!

  1. First Layer: Spread the mayo on one side of lightly toasted bread. Add turkey, tomato and cheese (be sure to put the tomatoes in the middle so the bread doesn’t get soggy).
  2. Second Layer: Layer ham, bacon and lettuce.
  3. Top with the final slices of bread, secure with cute sandwich picks and cut into quarters.

A club sandwich cut in half and served with pickles and olives

Optional Extras: In the second layer, this is where you will add the lettuce add in your own favorites! Slices of avocado, hard boiled eggs, a smear of mustard… the possibilities are endless.

Serve with pretty much any side dish you love!  Cold potato salad, dill pickle pasta salad, or some potato chips and a chilly beverage and you’ve got a sandwich fit for any occasion!

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Club Sandwich

Layers of bacon, turkey and ham with juicy tomatoes and crisp lettuce make up this classic sandwich!

  • 6 slices bread (toasted and buttered)
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 oz sliced turkey
  • 4 oz sliced ham
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • 1 tomato (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup lettuce (washed and chopped)
  1. Arrange 2 slices of bread on a cutting board. Spread each slice with mayonnaise.
  2. Top with turkey, tomato slices and cheddar cheese.
  3. Spread mayonnaise on 2 more pieces of bread and place on the cheddar cheese.
  4. Top with ham, bacon and lettuce. Spread mayonnaise on the final 2 slices of bread and place on top.
  5. Cut sandwich into halves or quarters. Serve with pickles.

This classic club sandwich is so delicious! With layers upon layers of chicken, turkey, ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes my family just can't get enough! #spendwithpennies #clubsandwich #chickenclubsandwich #lunch #heartysandwich
This classic club sandwich is so delicious! With layers upon layers of chicken, turkey, ham, bacon, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes my family just can't get enough! #spendwithpennies #clubsandwich #chickenclubsandwich #lunch #heartysandwich

Easy Spaghetti Pie {family favorite}

Spaghetti pie is the perfect dish for a kid friendly weeknight dinner or to serve to a group of hungry guests. This spaghetti pie recipe pulls together all of the best aspects of a comforting Italian classic – pasta – cheese, a zesty meat sauce, and more cheese! 

Serve with a green salad tossed with Italian vinaigrette dressing and a loaf of warm garlic bread. After all, when it comes to spaghetti pie, it’s all about no fuss basics!

A slice of spaghetti pie topped with cheese on a plate

Spaghetti Pie Ingredient Prep

Spaghetti pie is exactly what it sounds like. A crust of spaghetti & cheese topped with our favorite Homemade Spaghetti Sauce and more cheese. The whole thing is baked until bubbly and then sliced and served like a pie.

What’s in Spaghetti Pie? Spaghetti pie casserole is layered and the flavors remind me of lasagna (but I think it’s easier to prepare).

  • Crust
    • The “crust” is made of noodles mixed with eggs and cheese.
    • The eggs bind everything together so that you can easily cut your baked spaghetti pie into wedges.
    • We use spaghetti but any long pasta will work in this recipe.
  • Sauce
    • This recipe uses a version of my favorite pasta sauce recipe.
    • Simmer the sauce to make sure it’s thickened.
    • Feel free to add in veggies like diced peppers, mushrooms and zucchini.
  • Cheeses
    • A ricotta layer makes this recipe creamy. Add in your favorite herbs to this layer.
    • You can use cottage cheese in place of ricotta. Cottage cheese has a bit more liquid so you may like to drain it a little bit.
    • If you’re in a pinch, this recipe can be made without the ricotta layer.

Ingredients for spaghetti pie ready to prepare including pasta, cheeses and meat sauce in bowls

How to Make Spaghetti Pie

What I love best about this spaghetti pie recipe is that it’s a terrific make-in-advance dinner that can be ready at a moment’s notice. It will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of days unbaked.

  1. Cook the spaghetti noodles al dente (they’ll cook a bit more in the oven) and toss with eggs and cheese. Press into a deep dish pie pan.
  2. Brown beef and stir in pasta sauce (or marinara sauce) and tomatoes. Simmer to thicken.
  3. Layer ricotta and meat sauce over spaghetti noodles. Top with cheese and bake.

A baked spaghetti pie in a white pie plate

Leftover Spaghetti Pie

Leftovers can be refrigerated about 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven until hot (time will vary based on portion sizes).

Leftovers can also be frozen in single portions for lunches. Defrost overnight in the fridge and microwave until heated through.

To Prepare Ahead of Time: Spaghetti pie is practically tailor made as make-in-advance meal for the freezer. Just prepare it as described here, but don’t bake. Instead, pop it in the freezer. When it’s frozen, take it out of the dish and transfer to a large, plastic baggie. Or, freeze it in a disposable foil pan to make clean up and gifting easier.

It can go straight from the freezer to the oven. Add an extra 30-45 minutes to the baking time. Cheesy and delicious, spaghetti pie is always welcome at the table!

A slice of spaghetti pie being served from a pie plate

More Spaghetti Favorites

Spaghetti Pie

This spaghetti pie recipe pulls together all of the best aspects of this Italian classic – pasta – cheese, meat sauce, and more cheese! 

  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese

Spaghetti Crust

  • 6 oz spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs

Cheese Layer

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil (or 1 tablespoon fresh)

Meat Sauce

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 small onion (diced)
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes (drained)
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook spaghetti and drain. Toss with butter. Stir in eggs and parmesan cheese.
  3. Place spaghetti in a greased deep dish pie plate. Press to form a crust.
  4. Combine ricotta cheese, parsley and basil. Spread mixture over spaghetti.

  5. Brown beef and onion until no pink remains. Drain any fat. Add tomatoes and pasta sauce. Simmer 10 minutes or until thickened. Spread over ricotta cheese.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes. Top with mozzarella and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cool 10 minutes before serving.

REPIN this Easy Recipe

A slice of Spaghetti Pie on a small white plate

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Chicken Spaghetti: A New Family Favourite!

Homemade Chicken Spaghetti is one of those easy, cheesy casserole dishes that will become a family favorite in your house in no time. I know it is in mine! Tender chicken and pasta are tossed in an easy homemade cheese sauce and set to bake until golden and bubbly!

Serve this with a side of homemade garlic bread and a caesar salad for a perfect meal!

serving from scratch homemade chicken spaghetti

An Easy Casserole

If you like simple, filling and satisfying casseroles, then this chicken spaghetti recipe is for you. Prepping it is easy and even more so if you make it with rotisserie chicken or leftover Oven Baked Chicken Breasts!

Just like a traditional baked spaghetti casserole, the ingredients are basic, and probably staples in your kitchen already. In addition to the chicken, which you need to cook and shred in advance, you just need spaghetti, canned diced tomatoes, broth, cream, and cheeses!

How to Make Chicken Spaghetti

If you are making chicken spaghetti with rotisserie chicken, then there is no need to cook the chicken in advance. Just shred two cups and set aside. If you are cooking from scratch, you can make make Poached Chicken (although I usually have a big batch of crock pot shredded chicken in the freezer for recipes like this).

Then, just follow these simple steps for the best-ever baked chicken spaghetti:

  1. Cook the spaghetti until it is al dente
  2. Make the cream sauce and cook until thick and bubbly. Add in the cheeses (remember to remove the sauce from the heat before adding the cheese).
  3. Stir in the pasta, chicken and tomatoes and place in a greased casserole dish.
  4. Top with more cheese and bake until bubbly!

Allow your baked chicken spaghetti to rest for five minutes to firm up.

Ingredients for homemade chicken spaghetti casserole

Short Cut Chicken Spaghetti Sauce

Short on time? Make a Short Cut Chicken Spaghetti Recipe! Try it with canned cream of mushroom soup, and a can or two of Rotel tomatoes instead! It will still be tasty and satisfying. Be sure to buy the rotel without lime added!

Here’s a quick and easy shortcut sauce for chicken spaghetti:

  • Sautee peppers and onions.
  • Add in one can of cream of mushroom soup and 3/4 pound diced processed cheese (like Velveeta). Heat until melted and creamy.
  • Season with onion and garlic powders and pepper (the Velveeta and soup have plenty of salt already, so you may not need to add any.)
  • Continue as directed in the recipe.

Now all that’s left is to bake and enjoy!

What to Serve With Spaghetti Casserole: Serve up whatever your favorites to go along with an Easy Lasagna or Cheesy Chicken Casserole are. For us that usually means a fresh green salad (or kale salad) and some dinner rolls or biscuits.

A serving of chicken spaghetti topped with parmesan cheese and parsley

Leftovers?

Can You Freeze Chicken Spaghetti? Chicken spaghetti freezes exceptionally well, so go ahead and make it in advance. Once you place it in the casserole dish, you don’t need to bake it first, just freeze for up to four months.

Here’s a little trick: Line your dish with parchment paper and let it freeze solid, then transfer to a large freezer bag. That way you don’t have to tie up your casserole dish for months. The chicken spaghetti is already pre-formed for the dish, so all you have to do is slide it back in when you’re ready to reheat.

You can cook this directly from frozen (but be careful, most glass dishes cannot go from freezer to oven). Cover it in foil to prevent the cheese topping from overcooking. Cook at 375°F for about an hour, or until it is piping hot throughout!

Baked chicken spaghetti is rich and super filling. It doesn’t need many fussy side dishes. I like to serve it with bread sticks or garlic bread, and a cucumber salad or fresh green salad dressed with vinaigrette for some color and crunch.

More Family Favorite Casseroles

Chicken Spaghetti

This easy cheesy Chicken Spaghetti casserole combines tender chicken and spaghetti in a homemade cheese sauce!

  • 8 oz spaghetti (cooked)
  • 2 cups chicken (shredded)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 cloved garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup light cream
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes (drained or tomatoes with chilis)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (divided)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Cook spaghetti al dente. Drain well.

  2. Cook onion and bell pepper in butter until tender. Add flour and seasonings. Cook 1-2 minutes. Stir in broth and cream a little bit at a time until smooth. Cook until thick and bubbly. 

  3. Remove from heat, add parmesan cheese and 1 cup cheddar. Mix until smooth and melted. Season with season and pepper to taste.

  4. Combine spaghetti, cream sauce and canned tomatoes, mix well. Spread in a greased 9×13 dish.
  5. Top with remaining cheddar cheese and bake 25-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Chicken Spaghetti served on a small white plate is pictured in the top photo. The bottom photo shows the entire casserole with two servings, both on white plates, at the side of the casserole.