Christmas Pasta

I was a little pessimistic when I set out to make this colorful Christmas pasta dish. I thought, sure, it looks Christmasy (and it’s nowhere near Christmas time), but I wasn’t sure it’d have a lot of flavor. I was pleasantly surprised at the end result, which Anita absolutely raved about.Christmas Pasta

This Christmas pasta is an incredibly easy way to cook up a big dish for a crowd. Also try my baked Angel hair with sausage. It’s also a big favorite of ours.

Christmas Pasta

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 8 -12

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 2 pounds sweet Italian Sausage torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 red bell peppers cut into 1" chunks
  • 3 green bell peppers cut into 1" chunks
  • 3 sweet onions cut into 1" chunks
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds spaghetti cooked al-dente
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Spray a large casserole dish with non-stick spray.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in large skillet. You need a skillet large enough to hold the meat, veggies, and pasta, so if you don't have a really large one, use a big pot instead.
  • Add sausage and cook until done.
  • Meanwhile, cook the pasta until almost done. Drain well.
  • Remove sausage with a slotted spoon.
  • Add in the peppers and onion and cook until starting to soften, 8-10 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper and add the garlic and cook another minute.
  • Remove from heat. Stir the meat back into the veggies.
  • Add the pasta to the pan and stir well.
  • Pour mixture into the casserole, cover with foil, and bake 35-40 minutes.
  • Serve drizzled with a little olive oil and sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Reindeer Noses

Oh yummy! Fun-to-eat (and make!) Reindeer noses make for great holiday treats! We love making a big ole batch of ‘noses’ and sharing them with Anita’s co-workers. How can you make these without smiling? How can you eat them without smiling? You can’t! They’re great! Creamy chocolate, crunchy sweet M&Ms and salty pretzels. The perfect combination!Reindeer Noses

You can also make these reindeer noses with Hershey’s Kisses instead of Rolos, but you might have to keep them in the oven a little longer so that the chocolate melts enough.

For Easter, make my flower pretzel bites. Just as easy and guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

Reindeer Noses

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 175 F (or whatever the lowest temperature is you can set your oven on).
  • Place pretzels on a baking sheet.
  • Place Rolos at bottom of pretzel, covering the bottom hole.
  • Place in oven 3-4 minutes or until starting to soften. Don't let them get too soft.
  • Remove from oven and top the Rolos with the M&Ms, pushing in lightly.
  • Let cool completely.