Family-Favorite Comfort Foods

Inspired dishes for weeknight dinners.

Inspired dishes for weeknight dinners. Warm meals that come together quickly are a necessity for busy families, especially on weeknights filled with homework, practices, meetings and more. Serving up comfort food that requires less time in the kitchen makes for more moments spent together at the table.

Pasta and Chicken in Garlic Cream Sauce

(Serves Eight)

Prep time: 30 minutes, cook time: 10 minutes

Recipe courtesy of Milk Means More

  • 4 slices bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces
  • 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 10 ounces (about 4 cups) farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • 2 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes, for garnish

Place removable pan inside programmable pressure cooker. Using sauté function, cook bacon, uncovered, until crisp. Use slotted spoon to remove bacon from pan. Drain bacon on paper towels. Leave 1 tablespoon drippings in pan; discard remaining. Add chicken to bacon drippings in pan in two batches. Using sauté function, stir-fry chicken 2-3 minutes, or until cooked through. Use slotted spoon to remove chicken from pan. Repeat until all chicken is cooked. Press cancel. Stir pasta, broth, garlic, Italian seasoning and pepper into drippings in pan. Secure lid and set pressure release to sealing function.Select high pressure setting and cook 5 minutes. Press cancel. Allow pressure to release naturally 5 minutes. Move pressure release to venting function to release any remaining steam. Remove lid.  Stir cream into pasta mixture. Using sauté function, cook and stir, uncovered, until boiling. Boil, uncovered, about 4 minutes, or until sauce generously coats pasta, stirring frequently. Press cancel. Stir in chicken and Parmesan cheese. Place spinach and bacon in large bowl. Pour pasta mixture over top. Toss until combined. Ladle into serving bowls. Top each serving with tomatoes.

Italian Stir-Fried Pork and Pasta

(Serves Four)

Cook time: 30 minutes

  • 1 Smithfield roasted garlic & herb marinated fresh pork loin filet
  • 1 package (8 ounces) spiral pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small zucchini squash, sliced lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup julienne-sliced sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Heat skillet or wok to 400° F. Slice pork loin filet into thin strips. Cook pasta according to package directions. Add pork strips and oil to heated skillet. Stir-fry until meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Add zucchini, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic and butter to skillet; stir-fry until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta and add to pork and vegetable mixture with cheese and basil; toss to coat.

For more creative yet easy ways to reimagine mealtime, visit Smithfield.com/ShakeItUp.

Cheesy Turkey Chili Mac

(Serves Eight)

Prep time: 20 minutes, cook time: 10 minutes

Recipe courtesy of Milk Means More

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chili peppers
  • 1 2/3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces (about 1 3/4 cups) elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 cup 2 percent or whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 3/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt or sour cream

Place oil in removable pan of programmable pressure cooker. Place pan in pressure cooker. Using sauté function, heat oil until hot. Add turkey and onion. Cook, uncovered, about 5 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink, stirring to break up. Press cancel. Stir in beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, broth, chili powder, garlic salt and pepper. Stir in macaroni. Secure lid and set pressure release to sealing function. Select high pressure setting and cook 5 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally 2 minutes. Move pressure release to venting function to release any remaining steam. Remove lid. Stir macaroni mixture. Whisk together milk and flour. Stir into macaroni mixture. Using sauté function, cook and stir, uncovered, 1-2 minutes, or until boiling. Press cancel. Stir cheese into macaroni mixture until melted. Ladle into serving bowls. Spoon dollops of yogurt or sour cream on top.

Find more weeknight meal solutions at milkmeansmore.org.

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