Twirly Italian Chicken Soup

The flour in this soup gives it a creamy texture without the additional calories of cream, and the oregano and basil give it an Italian flavor that my family finds irresistible! The Hobbit (our curly-haired youngest with the appetite of a hobbit!) eats 2 or 3 bowls of this every time I serve it! –Mellyn Continue reading

Parmesan-Honey Pasta with Beef

Adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff

A friend shared this awesome crockpot pork roast recipe (see link above). We liked it so much, we had to find a way to make it food storageable. Drum roll, please…If you’re short on time or pork roast, you can now get the same tasty sauce in a skillet meal that cooks up in minutes. –Mellyn Continue reading

Bow-tie Pasta with Blackened Chicken

After tasting a friend’s delicious blackened chicken pasta dish made with fresh ingredients, I had to find a way to make something similar with shelf stable ingredients! This is one of my all-time favorite food-storage recipes and definitely one of our family’s 19. –Mellyn

Yield: 10-12 servings

  • 12 ounces pasta (we like bowties)*
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 or 2 13-ounce can(s) chicken
  • 4 teaspoons blackening seasoning, divided** 
  • 1 4-ounce can mushrooms, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 7.6-ounce can  table cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Toss chicken with 2 tsp blackening seasoning. Heat oil over high heat in a large skillet. Add chicken and sauté until it starts to brown a bit.
  3. Add mushrooms and tomatoes to chicken.
  4. Whisk garlic powder, salt and blackening seasoning into table cream. Add to chicken mixture.
  5. Heat until warm, but don’t boil or the cream will curdle.
  6. Drain pasta and add to skillet.
  7. At this point, you can bake pasta for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees and melt a little cheese over the top or just eat it from the skillet.
*I’ve made it several times using rice instead of pasta. If you’re doing this, you can reserve the liquid from your canned chicken, tomatoes and mushrooms and add about an extra 1/2 cup of water to cook the 1 1/2 cups rice. 
**You can buy this or if the high cost gives you heartburn, I use Tom’s recipe that I found at It makes about 24 teaspoons. I mix up a batch and keep it with my other spices. 


“Fresh” Tomato Pasta Salad

Created especially for tomato week, this salad is so tangy, it makes my mouth water just to think about it! I love the different flavors and textures. It goes together quickly, so it makes the perfect quick lunch or side dish. For a fresh option, tear up a handful of spinach leaves and mix them in before serving. Feta crumbled on top is yummy, too! –Mellyn

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