We’re Hammin’ Creamy Pasta

This is a recipe that one of our Moms (Marlee’s) makes whenever we have leftover Honey Baked Ham.

This is such a simple recipe and it utilizes a lot of ingredients you may already have in your pantry. So it’s delicious and it helps you clear your pantry.

Also, be mindful about adding salt. Ham is already incredibly salty and if you add too much, the dish can very easily be over salted! And it’s much easier to fix and under salted dish than an over salted dish.

We’re Hammin’ Creamy Pasta


  • Leftover ham from Easter (or any other fun Ham-casion)
  • All those leftover peas in the freezer
  • Onion or shallot or BOTH
  • Chicken broth
  • Cream of mushroom or chicken soup
  • Pasta
  • Cayenne pepper
  • White pepper
  • Salt
  • Fresh Ground Pepper

Step 1: Dice the shalion (shallot/onion) and ham.

Step 2: Heat pan with some olive oil, when ready, sauté the shalions. (We added a splash of white wine to deglaze the pan, INA style).

Step 3: Add chicken broth, then cream of mushroom soup. Whisk until it’s smooth.

Step 4: Add spices: cayenne, white pepper, salt and black pepper.

Step 5: Cook pasta, drain, put back into the boiling pot, and add the sauce.

Step 6: Mix in ham and peas, give it all a good mix and enjoy!

We’re Hammin’ Creamy Pasta

Beefy Saint Paddy’s Day Guinness Stew (Slow Cooker)

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY! We hope you’re wearing green and if you’re not, we hope you’re not being pinched!

Today’s recipe is a favorite of ours Slow Cooker Guinness Stew! No pictures today, just this delicious, hearty, beef stew recipe. And it’s super easy to make, if we were Ina we would be saying, “How easy is that?”


Okay, back to the recipe. This one is super easy, and requires almost zero effort. All you do is throw things into a crock pot! How easy is that? 😉

What You Need

  • 1 to 2 pounds stewing beef
  • 2 to 3 russet potatoes (chopped)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 carrots (chopped)
  • 3 parsnips (chopped and optional)
  • 3 celery stalks (chopped)
  • Two 12oz Bottles of  Guinness
  • Beef Broth (About 2 cups, give or take)
  • Worcestershire
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 to 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • Kosher Salt
  •  Pepper

**First turn on your crock pot to high, and just let it heat until you’re ready to use it.

Step 1:

Cut the potatoes, carrots, parsnips, celery, and onions into large chunks. You really don’t want them too small or else as they cook, they will become mushy! Put chopped veggies off to the side.

Step 2:

Okay, I know we said you throw everything into a crock pot, but this step is totally worth it. You don’t have to do it, but I think you’ll thank us in the end. Season your meat liberally with kosher salt and pepper. In a pan heat some olive oil over medium high heat. When the oil is shimmery, throw the first batch of the meat in and brown on all sides. Remove and place on paper towels, repeat until all the meat is browned.

Step 3:

See? Was that so bad? Easy peasy! Next, add all your chopped veggies into the crock pot, then the meat, bay leaves, and rosemary. Next pour the Guinness in, add a couple splashes of the worcestershire. Pour in the beef stock until everything is covered.

Step 4:

If you plan on cooking this on HIGH, you’ll want to cook it for 4 to 6 hours. If cooking on LOW, you’ll cook for about 10 to 12 hours.

This recipe is great to cook overnight or prep the night before, and leave it while you go to work. As with some dishes like this, it’s always better the next day. But if you can’t wait (don’t worry if you can’t, we have made many of dishes and then ate them straight away) serve over rice, mashed potatoes, or serve with bread.

Another plus to this recipe is you can really add whatever you like. You can add garlic, add more potatoes, less carrots, more celery, don’t like russet potatoes you can add red potatoes and you get the idea. It’s really easy and really versatile.

Happy Cooking!

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!

Today’s dish was inspired by One Pot Spanish Chicken and Potatoes from Pinch of Yum. It was one of those recipes that we made, and EVERYONE loved. And every time we’ve made it since, it becomes more and more popular.

It’s a rather simple dish, and so full of flavor. And did we say it was really easy to make? Because it is! You don’t have to be a whiz in the kitchen to make this, we promise. YOU CAN DO THIS!

For really developed flavors, make the sauce part of the dish first, and the following evening make the chicken and potatoes portion.

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!


Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!

For the Sauce:

  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil (more if needed)
  • 1 large sliced yellow onion
  • 4-6 tbsp garlic (or 3 elephant garlic gloves) we love garlic too much
  • 5 vine-ripe tomatos, cut in half and roasted
  • 1 medium to large eggplant or as we prefer Aubergine (skin peeled and diced)
  •  Season salt (We use Lawry’s) and pepper to taste
  • Smoked paprika
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Approx. 1 cup chicken stock

For the chicken and friends:

  • 1½ lbs. chicken breast meat
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 large Russet potato, sliced
  • crusty bread or rice for serving

Step 1:

Heat the oven to 400°F. Slice tomatoes in half and toss with some olive oil, enough to coat them, and some salt and pepper. Put tomatoes on a cookie sheet and let it roast in the oven for 40 minutes.

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!

Step 2:

Sauté onion and garlic for about 5 minutes, then add in the eggplant. Continue to sauté until eggplant is melding (getting soft sounds…awkward).

Step 3:

When the tomatoes are done, CAREFULLY move them into the pot open face down or butt side up, however you want to look at it. Let them simmer together for    5 minutes.

Step 4:

Break up the tomatoes and give it a good mix together. Transfer in batches to a blender, please don’t put it all together, you will have a hot explosion of (painfully hot) goodness, and as wonderful as that sounds…it’s not. Add in chicken stock while blending to get your desired consistancy. Add salt and pepper, paprika, onion and garlic powder, cayenne pepper. We like to start with a few shakes of each and adjust to your own liking. This it the point in the cooking where we put the spices into small prep bowls and pretend we’re Emeril, BAM!

Step 5 (optional):

After the sauce has cooled put it into tupperware, and let it get busy with itself overnight. I personally think this sauce is best the next day. But if you need it like RIGHT NOW, please go on to the next step immediately.

Step 6:

Slice the potatoes into discs, I used a mandolin to make sure they were all the same thickness. You can parboil the potatoes for a few minutes if you want, or just put them into the sauce a few minutes before the chicken. (If you gave your sauce “a break” overnight: heat it up in a separate pot first).

Step 7:

Slice your chicken into chunks or bite size pieces. Toss with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the oil of your choosing. We’re fans of olive oil and coconut oil. Once chicken is coated in oil season with salt, pepper and paprika. Remember, you don’t have to use those, those are just what we chose for this dish.

Step 8:

Place frying pan on the stove, and turn the heat to medium high. When the pan is hot, put the chicken in and brown. Once the chicken is brown, transfer to the pot with the sauce. You can also sauté the potatoes in the same pan as the chicken and add them to the pot with the sauce.

Step 9:

Cover the sauce, and simmer until the chicken is cooked. About 10 minutes. Serve over quinoa, rice or serve with a bread to sop up all the saucy goodness. Enjoy!

Chicken, Potatoes, and Tomatoes Oh My!

What’s really great about this dish is how versatile it is. All you do is change out the paprika for any other spice you like, like curry, tikka masala, Garam masala, and you get the idea.

You can also add other kinds of vegetables towards the end of the cooking process. more onions, bell peppers, peas, and you get the idea!

Happy Cooking!