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Everything to Cook with Pumpkin This Fall

 

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 3 large Nellie’s Free Range Eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped walnuts
  • Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, beat first five ingredients until smooth.
  • 2. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with cake mix and drizzle with butter. Top with walnuts.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

 

Ingredients

  • 1 package (11.1 ounces) no-bake cheesecake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Whipped topping
  • Additional cinnamon, optional

Directions

  • 1. Set aside filling mix packet from cheesecake. Combine the contents of the crust mix packet with butter and sugar. Press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 9-in. pie plate. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the contents of filling mix packet, milk, pumpkin, cinnamon and cloves. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  • 3. Pour into the crust. Chill at least 1 hour. Top with whipped topping and sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

 

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Beat in pumpkin. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in oats and chocolate chips.
    • 2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Flank Steak Pinwheels

 

Ingredients

  • 8 bacon strips
  • 1 beef flank steak (1-1/2 pounds)
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • CREAM CHEESE SAUCE:
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Directions

  • 1. Place bacon strips on a microwave-safe plate lined with paper towels. Cover with another paper towel; microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until partially cooked.
  • 2. Meanwhile, cut steak horizontally from a long side to within 1/2 in. of opposite side. Open meat so it lies flat; cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to 1/4-in. thickness. Remove plastic. Place spinach over steak to within 1 in. of edges; top with red peppers.
  • 3. With the grain of the meat going from left to right, roll up jelly-roll style. Wrap bacon strips around beef; secure with toothpicks. Slice beef across the grain into eight slices.
  • 4. Grill, covered, over medium heat 5-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Discard toothpicks.
  • 5. In a small saucepan, combine cream cheese, milk, butter and pepper. Cook and stir over low heat just until smooth (do not boil). Stir in blue cheese. Serve with pinwheels.

Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Lasagna

 

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups meatless spaghetti sauce
  • 1 carton (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 9 no-cook lasagna noodles
  • 2 medium sweet red peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese
  • Chopped celery and additional crumbled blue cheese, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven, cook chicken in oil over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in wing sauce and spaghetti sauce. In a small bowl, mix ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.
  • 2. Spread 1 cup sauce onto the bottom of an oval 6-qt. slow cooker. Layer with three noodles (breaking noodles to fit), 1 cup sauce, a third of the peppers and a third of the cheese mixture. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining sauce; sprinkle with blue cheese.
  • 3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until noodles are tender. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Top with celery and additional blue cheese if desired.

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells

 

Ingredients

  • 1 package (12 ounces) uncooked jumbo pasta shells
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • FILLING:
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • ASSEMBLY:
  • 4 cups meatless pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced and halved

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 375°. Cook shells according to package directions for al dente; drain. Toss with oil; spread onto a baking sheet.
  • 2. For filling, toss chicken with Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat; saute chicken just until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; stir in butter until melted. Stir in bread crumbs; cook until crumbs are slightly toasted, 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.
  • 3. In a large bowl, mix cheeses, milk, parsley and the remaining salt and pepper. Fold in chicken.
  • 4. Spread 2 cups pasta sauce into a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Fill each shell with 2-1/2 tablespoons ricotta mixture; place over sauce. Top with remaining sauce and cheeses (dish will be full).
  • 5. Cover with greased foil; bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake until heated through, 10-15 minutes.