5 Minute Recipe: Skillet Tuna Pasta

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If you are like me you probably have experienced those evenings when dinner just doesn’t seem to come together. Rather than getting in the car and visiting the drive-thru or calling your favorite Papa (Johns), how about throwing together a delicious and fast homemade meal?

A few weeks ago Ronzoni sent me some of their 3 1/2 minute pasta to try. Now, you know how I love pasta, so I was a bit skeptical that this pasta would taste good, considering it takes less than 4 minutes to cook. I put it to the test last week and here’s what happened.

 

Considering you have to get the water boiling the meal actually takes about 13 minutes, but a 13 minute home cooked meal is still better than drive thru burgers and fries!

5 Minute Recipe: Skillet Tuna Pasta

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 13 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box Ronzoni Quick Cook Pasta
  • 2 cans tuna
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic (adjust for preference)
  • 1 teaspoon chicken paste
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup shredded parm cheese
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • Optional:
  • Frozen Peas
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Shredded Zuccini

Instructions

  1. Boil Ronzoni Quick Cook Pasta for 3 1/2 minutes.
  2. While pasta is boiling melt butter in a sauce pan.
  3. Add onions, garlic and chicken paste and vegetables (optional) to the sauce pan.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add cream and cook until boiling.
  6. Remove from heat add salt, pepper, pasta, cheese, and tuna.
  7. Serve.
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5 Minute Recipe: Skillet Tuna Pasta

Prep

Cook

Total

Yield 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 box Ronzoni Quick Cook Pasta
  • 2 cans tuna
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic (adjust for preference)
  • 1 teaspoon chicken paste
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup shredded parm cheese
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • Optional:
  • Frozen Peas
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Shredded Zuccini

Instructions

  1. Boil Ronzoni Quick Cook Pasta for 3 1/2 minutes.
  2. While pasta is boiling melt butter in a sauce pan.
  3. Add onions, garlic and chicken paste and vegetables (optional) to the sauce pan.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add cream and cook until boiling.
  6. Remove from heat add salt, pepper, pasta, cheese, and tuna.
  7. Serve.

Ronzoni has given me a Quick Cook kit to give away to one reader. Included in the kit:

  • One box of Ronzoni Quick Cook
  • One Walmart gift card in the amount of $100
  • One kitchen timer

To enter leave a comment sharing what quick, three-minute, homemade meal you would whip up for your family when crunched for time. Giveaway ends November 15, 2011.

Disclosure: Ronzoni provided me with a box of quick cook pasta and a gift card to cover the cost of ingredients for this recipe.

 

Comments

  1. Kim Hanners says:

    I would whip up hamburger noodle skillet with my pre-browned ground beef.

  2. Heather Angle says:

    When I need a quick meal for supper, I love to whip up tuna melts that I make under the broiler, served with fresh fruit and yogurt. 🙂

  3. The standby quick and easy meal here (and my youngest child’s favorite) is bean and cheese burritos.
    Other than that and left overs, most things take more than 5 min’s (but not a lot more).

  4. When we are really crunched for time we do salad with whatever leftover meat we have in the fridge.

  5. Angela Lehmann says:

    I would whip up my pesto pasta served with some fresh asparagus and grape tomatoes! At the end of summer, I take all my basil and make batches of pesto and freeze it in servings for pasta. It would be super easy to thaw that while boiling the water and pasta, and cooking the asparagus and tomatoes in with the pesto. Super simple, super quick! 15 minutes, dinner is done 🙂

  6. I’m a big fan of quick quesadillas!

  7. A quick meal of ground beef and noodles with cheese.

  8. I would make grilled cheese sandwiches with canned soup.

  9. Emily Wilford says:

    I would make nachos! (chips, cheese, pre-browned ground beef microwaved until the cheese melts and then tomatoes and lettuce sprinkled over the tops!

  10. I like to saute onions and garlic in a little olive oil then add some shrimp and a little lemon juice. I cook it until the shrimp are cooked then I add cooked pasta and a little parmesan cheese. Season to taste. This is a really quick recipe that my family enjoys.

  11. Grilled Cheese & Soup, Quick & Yummy

  12. Janel Nooney says:

    I would whip up a cheeseburger salad, with pre-browned venison. Put meat in a skillet add ketchup, mustard, chopped red onion. On a plate put a bunch of lettuce, top lettuce with meat mixture, top with shredded cheddar cheese, chopped dill pickles, and diced tomatoes. You can also add croutons! Delicious!! Thanks for this yummy recipe, I am going to have to give it a try, maybe we will have this for dinner tomorrow! 🙂

  13. i’m such a bad mom. In crunch time, it’s breakfast for dinner! toast, cereal, scrambled eggs, sometimes if I have ham, we’ll have ham/eggs/cheese sandwiches…

  14. Julie Taylor says:

    I made taco salad last night with pre-cooked ground beef. Didn’t take long at all and was yummy!

  15. Cassie Enebrad says:

    Very cool! I had no idea there was a quick cook pasta available. I would go with a cheesy pasta skillet with noodles, spaghetti sauce, diced pepperoni, diced onions, diced green peppers, and mozzarella .

  16. In 3 minutes I would make Macaroni and Cheese with Kielbasa sausage.

  17. christie seymer says:

    I would cook a skillet lasagna with prebrowned meat and sauce with ronzoni noodles and add shredded cheese on top..mmmm good 🙂

  18. Tuna seems to be my go to when we need something quick. add it to salad, noodles or just on a sandwich.

  19. My quick, go-to-meal is BBQ Chicken Pizza. Take a whole wheat pita, add some honey BBQ sauce and top with shredded cooked chicken and cheddar cheese. Throw in the toaster oven or oven to warm. Delicious!

  20. Shelli Wodsedalek says:

    I want to try this tuna skillet! Usually for quick meals we so homemade sub sandwiches.

  21. I would totally use the quick cook noodles with a jar of alredo or marinara sauce…and voila;) YUMOLICIOUS pasta. I am really interested to see if this pasta really cooks that fast….that’s crazy:)

  22. Shawnnelle says:

    Breakfast for dinner: pancakes & eggs 🙂

  23. I make a Buffalo chicken pasta when I am pressed for time.

  24. Tara Bakaj says:

    when we are in a rush we do good old fashioned peanut butter and jelly on wheat bread. with a side of string cheese and some kind of fruit. its and oldie but a goodie!!

  25. Jill Mills says:

    I would do bacon and tomato pesto pasta…pesto from our Kroger deli, cherry tomatoes cut in have, crumbled baon, and some of that quick pasta now that i know it exists! Woohoo! 😉

  26. Omelets are a great, filling, quick meal. Cheese, veggies, even lunch meat cut into small pieces have gone into them.

  27. grilled mozzarella and roasted-red-pepper sandwiches and steamy tomato soup – lots of lycopene and whole grains – oh yum!

  28. I do breakfast for dinner! I saute whatever leftover meat we have with a veggie (red pepper, grn. pepper, spinach etc), add eggs and top with some cheese. That plus a salad/fresh fruit and toast/tortilla is fast and leaves me feeling less guilty than the drive thru! 🙂

  29. I like doing pasta and I make a quick sauce with cream cheese, milk, sour cream, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese and salt and pepper. Sometimes I add some (drained) canned peas to the sauce as well. Grilled cheese with some sliced apples or leftover veggies on the side is always good too. 🙂

  30. Morgen Teal says:

    We do grilled cheese and ham with tomato soup! The kids love it and it’s really a breeze under the broiler!

  31. I would say tuna melts or grilled cheese here.

  32. Christina M. says:

    Awesome recipe! With a family of six, I love quick and easy recipes. It let’s me spend more time with Mt family.

  33. With several little ones, I had to learn to cook fast! I would take a box of mac and cheese, add in pre-cooked hamburger, and a can of peas! Instant Cheeseburger Mac and veggie! My kids love it!

  34. Three minutes? The fastest thing in my repertoire is PB&J!

  35. i’d whip up chicken and rice – i LOVE that one dish meal!!
    ~liz

  36. I seem to always have leftover chicken in my fridge. Baked, grilled, or leftover rotisserie. And I always, always have flour tortillas and cheese! Homemade Quesadillas!! Here is a link to a similar to Taco Bell’s Quesadilla sauce. Can mix it up while the pan is heating. http://myfindsonline.com/2011/07/23/taco-bell-spicy-quesadilla-sauce/

  37. I would whip up a pepperoni pizza casserole with the quick cooking pasta. Pepperoni’s canned pizza sauce from my pantry, pasta and mozzarella cheese. If I have time I would add onions, green peppers, etc.

  38. Scrambled eggs and toast is our go-to when we’re time crunched. We love breakfast for dinner and it’s SO QUICK! 🙂

  39. When time is short we do a lot of sandwich melts(whatever we have on hand ) or scrambled eggs.

  40. Bridget Burritt says:

    I like to whip up quesadilas (sometime we add tuna or cooked chicken).

    The Kids love grilled cheese.

  41. We do grilled cheese, ham, tomato, onion(for my husband) sandwiches, and tomato soup.
    karhostetter@verizon.net

  42. We make what we call Turkey Goulash…pre cooked turkey ( I always do that with my grd beef and grd turkey) Macaroni noodles, and home canned diced tomatoes, few seasonings and we are good to go…they all like it…which is rare in a family of 8!

  43. When I’m in a crunch I’ll make quesadillas, nachos or cheese enchiladas!

  44. Grilled cheese or tuna sandwiches are always quick here!

  45. I saute up a little shrimp in butter and hot sauce (kinda like buffalo wings) and serve it over precooked frozen rice. Since the rice is cooked and the shrimp take no time, this meal comes together fast and I throw some celery and carrots sticks on the side with ranch for dipping!

  46. tiffanie h says:

    oatmeal with fruit or sandwiches when were on the run

  47. Our quick meal standby is ham and cheese quesadillas with fresh fruit. One thing that my kids will all eat. 🙂

  48. Vanessa S. says:

    grilled chicken wraps w/grilled chicken that is kept ready to go in the freezer 🙂

  49. Jerri Singley says:

    Whenever we are very crunched for time we make ‘Tuna on the Fly!’ it is toasted English muffins that have been cut in half, tuna the way you like it on top, and then your choice of cheese generously sprinkled on top. Pop it into your preheated oven for a few mins just allowing the cheese to melt and voila! It’s inexpensive, literally only takes a min or so to make and the kids have a blast because thy can ‘make’ their own! 🙂

  50. Scrambled eggs, turkey bacon and toast.

  51. I would make mac n cheese with cut up ham or Bacon,lettuce,tomato sandwhiches with kicking sauce.

  52. Oooh, how about some broccoli, carrots, cream, tomatoes, feta and chicken! Pour that sauce over some noodles…Oh, yum!

  53. Enchiladas with prebrowned and taco seasoned ground beef in tortilla shells. Add enchildada sauce and cheese to the meat, put in shells, roll, top with remaining enchilada sauce and shredded cheese. It does bake for awhile though.

  54. Kim steadman says:

    For a quick meal..we usually do bean burritos w/cheese..super quick and the family loves them.

  55. Michelle Jackson says:

    My quick meal is cheese quesadillas, tomato soup and carrot sticks. My family loves it every time!

  56. One of my quick go-to meals is bean tostadas. I keep homemade refried beans in the freezer so it’s just a matter of thawing those out while I chop up some lettuce, tomato and cheese. Add sour cream and salsa from the fridge and walah!

  57. Chicken & Noodles! Chicken broth, noodles a canned chicken. I thicken it up with a little corn starch and serve with instant potatoes if we don’t have time to fix fresh. Salad or some quick steaming veggies round out a quick meal.

  58. Renee Rayder says:

    I make quesadillas in our quesadilla maker with shredded beef or chicken from the freezer. I keep a few sandwich baggies in there just for those nights. Plus drive thru isn’t really an option – it’s 45 minutes away. Faster to make almost anything!

  59. A quick meal in our home is black bean burritos with cheese and sour cream. Another is noodles with olive oil and italian spices.

  60. Pasta tossed with Italian dressing and feta cheese. Yum!

  61. Connie Greene says:

    Cheese quesadillas are the answer in our house!!! Simply warm tortillas on a grill and add shredded cheese – we have added leftover chicken or hamburger to them with southwest tomatoes – throw on a little sour cream and DONE!

  62. We love homemade quesadillas with a side of sliced avocados and some black bean and corn salsa!

  63. Julie Ricker says:

    Stir fried veggies and leftover meat over rice. It’s always a quick go-to meal that uses up leftovers!

  64. I keep frozen mashed beans in the freezer so in a pinch, I take it out and we have bean burritos.

  65. Cook the pasta and pour over it some of my canned (from my own garden!) marinara. It’s actually what we’re having tonight!

  66. Kathy Smith says:

    My quick meal is sausage and scrambled eggs.

  67. Erica Williams says:

    Spaghetti is my favorite quick go to meal!

  68. Heather Durham says:

    Pasta (quick), sausage (pre-cooked kilbasa), onions and peppers (fresh or frozen)! Maybe a dash or marinara or Italian dressing. Mmmmm…

  69. Burritos made w/refried beans, tortillas, and cheese.

  70. If I don’t have much time I usually scour the fridge for leftovers from other meals or I mix up some chicken salad.

  71. Grilled Peanut Butter sandwiches with Soup & Salad…

  72. Cook the quick pasta and toss it with Philadelphia cooking cream (Garlic Herb flavor), precooked, diced chicken, and frozen peas. Or use the Southwest flavor cooking cream and use corn, black beans, and chicken, topped with salsa.

  73. I agree with the breakfast for supper folks! Scrambled eggs with cheese and toast. 🙂

  74. My girls love what we call tortilla wrap ups. Not the healthiest things for you, but they are fast and taste good. We have used all varieties of tortillas. Layer them with cheese, lunch meat, tomatoes, and sometimes onions and/or green peppers is they are available. Stick it in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and roll it up when it comes out. We have also added picante sauce to it sometimes.

  75. Soup and sandwiches!

  76. I’d make tacos!

  77. Our quick and easy meal is nachos. If we don’t have any leftover meat in the fridge, we will make it with salmon or eggs for our nachos. We almost always have tortilla chips!

  78. My quick meal is usually pasta with meat sauce!

  79. Chili mac n’ cheese

  80. My go-to fast prep meal is eggs and toast or cereal.

  81. Jennifer Gouldsmith says:

    Grilled cheese!

  82. Our quick and easy meal is usually hamburger helper. Not 5 mins, but still not to shabby!!

  83. Cheryl Marlow says:

    Well, several come to mind, ground deer burger, spaghetti w/garlic bread. Sloppy joes w/mac and cheese. A tossed salad w/ grilled chicken. Grilled tomato and cheese sandwhich. Thanks for sharing your recipe, God bless =)

  84. My favorite go-to – impromtu Monte Cristo Sandwiches – We always have lunchmeat – so I pan fry them and top with powdered sugar and raspberry and strawberry jam on the side. My kids LOVE them!!

  85. My go to meal for busy nights is a pot of spaghetti with marinara sauce, quick, easy and cheap!

  86. My favorite quick meal is cheese quesadillas!! Even better with some leftover or canned chicken!

  87. A quick meal idea for us would be pasta, sliced smoked sausage, onions, garlic, pasta sauce and parmesan cheese. 🙂

  88. I’m with Erika, bean and cheese burritos (we call them bean burrows), serve with sour cream and salsa, soo good!

  89. Tortellini with marinara sauce is a quick favorite here.

  90. Smoked Sausage and steamed cabbage – the most time this meal takes is the time it takes to chop up the head of cabbage and cut the sausage up in pieces. Quick and easy!

  91. Our quickest meals are usually pasta, rice or scrambled eggs.

  92. melissa fox says:

    One of our quick meals is:
    canned beans, rice, corn, tomatoes, etc. served with chips or shells – cheese and sour cream optional

  93. Quesedillas or Egg mcmuffin!

  94. refried beans, cheese, burritos.

  95. I like to use leftover Mexican rice (from taco night) with some cheese for quick quesadillas. Serve with sour cream mixed with a little salsa…Yum!

  96. i love love love taco salad! fast and easy if pre cooked/seasoned ground beef is on hand! one of my fave foods!

  97. 3.5 min cooking rice sounds fabulous!! Our quick meal is grilled cheese with whatever proteins and vegetables we have on hand (and always with avocado!) My favorite is cheese + ham + apple or pear.

  98. I whip up some spaghetti and meatballs (of course it takes a little over 5 minutes because the water has to boil, but still quick and easy)

  99. amy marantino says:

    scrambled egg sandwiches.

  100. Heather R. says:

    When I’m crunched for time, I make pancakes for dinner! I serve them with whichever fresh fruit I have on hand, and always make them more nutritious by mixing in ground flaxseed, and mashed bananas.

  101. Grilled cheese with tomato soup!

  102. I make Chicken wraps. Chicken and grilled onions and peppers. Wrap it up and that’s it! They are so yummy and you can add whatever you like to them!

  103. I would make a tasty vegan meal: pre cooked brown rice, a can of rinsed black beans and some pica de gallo with some herbs and olive oil.

  104. My husband’s meat spaghetti. It’s amazing and our go to meal when my planned menu falls through.

  105. Jennifer Best says:

    For a quick cook meal we make fried egg sandwiches. The kiddos love this, they think that it is a special treat and Mommy thinks that it is super easy and yummy!

  106. We love bean tostadas! Refried beans, melted cheese, black olives (for the kids) lettuce and tomatoes for mom and dad! Serve with chips and homemade salsa…yummy!

  107. TheHappyHousewife says:

    Enter Shelly J.

  108. Quick Chicken, Ramen Noodles, and Vegetables –
    Cook one or more packages of Ramen Noodles of any flavor you want and using the number of packages you would need to feed your family. I usually cut back on the water about 1/2 cup or more per package of Ramen noodles to make the final product less soupy.

    Add either frozen or canned (drained,) stir-fry, Chinese or any desired vegetables and one or more cans of chicken (drained.)

    Continue to heat together as needed and serve.

    Add frozen egg rolls for a quick meal.

  109. I love doing tacos. So quick and easy and everyone loves them

  110. I would make pasta. I keep No-Mato sauce in freezer bags and already cooked whole wheat angel hair. I just pop both in a pot and heat it up! Very yummy!

  111. sharon barry says:

    Grilled ham and cheese sandwhiches with tomato slices!

  112. I think I would whip up a skillet ground beef stroganoff!

  113. Kellie Shulruff says:

    Our go to, quick meal is: Cheese (sliced), fruit and vegtables cut up in bite size pieces with crackers or just alone. Pretty healthy, but quick and easy.
    I think I would really like to try this rigatoni pasta dish…except I would try my lactose, fat free milk instead of the cream…makes it much healthier…just add a pinch of cornstarch.
    Thanks so much for this opportunity…great for this time of year!!
    Kellie

  114. Oh goodness, when pressed for time, we either do quesadillas, which my son loves, or my husband takes over and makes his version of goulash –pre cooked hamburger meat, noodles, chopped onion, cream of chicken soup, and sometimes sour cream, along with spices to taste.

  115. Our quick go to meals are quesadillas or eggs w/bacon and cheese.

  116. Jennifer Terwee says:

    My quick meal would be fry some eggs in a pan, while toasting bages. Then I add cheese and the kids favorite meal -egg muffins.

  117. I like the Ronzini garden noodles. I cook those up as well as some cubed chicken. Then I toss it all together with a can of cream of chicken soup. Yum!

  118. Why do we only get 3 minutes when you got 5?!?! 🙂 I like to make a big batch of burritos or chicken quesadillas and keep them in the freezer, wrapped in wax paper and put in freezer bags. Makes for a quick lunch OR dinner – just pop the burritos in the micro for about 3 minutes (flipping half-way), or throw the quesadillas on the griddle with a little butter until they brown.

  119. I usually make tacos when I’m in a hurry!

  120. Shellee Chase says:

    Grilled cheese, it is a staple around here.

  121. I boil penne pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, saute onion and minced garlic and kielbasa sausage in a pan until onion is translucent and sausage is browned. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer. Drain pasta and add to spaghetti sauce mixture. Add feta cheese and shredded mozz and let cheese melt. Ready to serve!

  122. Homemade (from scratch) mac -n- cheese with 3 1/2 minute pasta.

  123. Delanna Lynch says:

    We LOVE quesadillas for a quick meal! Chicken & cheese if we have the chicken, plain cheese otherwise, but oh so yummy either way!

  124. Favorite quickie meal is scrambled eggs, toast and fruit.

  125. French bread pizza takes less than 10 minutes to make. So easy & quick!

  126. Our quick go to meal is usually sandwiches (grilled cheese or whatever leftover meat we have) or breakfast food (scrambled eggs and french toast)

  127. Charise McNutt says:

    Quesadillas and refried beans and salsa!

  128. We love homemade egg mcmuffins – fried egg, ham and cheese on a toasted english muffin. We serve it with fruit and everyone loves it.

  129. Cheese quesidillas with salsa! yum!!

  130. Breakfast – Biscuits, bacon & eggs! Always our standby.

  131. Cheryl Greene says:

    We love buttered pasta, microwavable veggies and an apple or grapes. Quick, easy and the kids are sure to eat it!

  132. I make scrambled eggs, too, when I’m pressed for time.

  133. I will mix tuna with a little mayo and chopped onions, and either make a sandwich, or put over rice or pasta. Is fast, and delicious.

  134. I would make spaghetti with my pre-browned ground beef! Thanks for the give-away, Toni!

  135. Holley Marino says:

    I fix my “famous pasta” when crunched for time. It involves pepperoni, canned diced tomatoes, whatever other vegetable I have fresh (or a bag of frozen), a LOT OF GARLIC, olive oil and shredded mozzarella! We ALL love it!

  136. when in a crunch and my ten children want to know “what’s for dinner ” ? I can whip up this wonderful soup in about 15 mins. You take equal amounts of chicken broth & water, start boiling it, add diced tomatoes w/ the juice. Then add one pack of frozen spinach and one bag of your favorite tortillas ( we like cheese ) any kind of frozen veggies you have on hand add some salt, pepper, garlic…… and in 15 mins you have a healthy yummy soup 😉 I add parm. cheese on top when serving or sprinkle mozz. on top. What is on hand !

  137. We either have eggs and toast or pbj with fruit and a cup of chocolate milk.

  138. I would make breakfast burritos with eggs and sharp cheddar cheese (already browned sausage if I have it on hand) in soft tortillas.

  139. I love easy mac and cheese (instead of cheese sauce, I layer pasta and cheese)

  140. I make tacos for a quick dinner.

  141. I am sad to say that when we are crunched for time it is a make your own night. Some just make a sandwich while others might just eat a bowl of cereal.

  142. noodles with pasta sauce..add a salad and you have a filling meal!

  143. We make “Mexican Pizzas” when pressed for time. Tostadas, topped with some decried beans and maybe some seasoned meat, then cheese. Put in the oven at 350 until cheese has melted some. Add other topping if wanted (sour cream/greek yogurt, tomato, lettuce, etc.).

  144. Jamie Bates says:

    I will make quesadillas with whatever I have on hand. We always have tortillas in the house

  145. I whip up grilled cheese and carrots with ranch dressing and milkshakes. Doesn’t take long and it fills up the tummy! 🙂

  146. I love making baked ziti with hamburger meat and pasta!

  147. We do grilled cheese!

  148. My go-to quick meal is Sloppy Mike’s…so named because it’s my hubby’s “secret” recipe (that I’ve hacked!)

  149. I make chili dip- cream cheese, beanless chili dip, cheddar cheese, and cilantro. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Eat with tortilla chips and dinner is ready! I put out sour cream, tomatoes, and lettuce.

  150. Melissa T. says:

    Not something I do often, but my go-to quick meal is butter noodles, hot dogs & steamer broccoli. We all love it & it comes together in a flash!

  151. My favorite quick go to meal are quesadillas or homemade mac and cheese!

  152. Grilled cheese and soup. Sounds good for tonight!

  153. I make black bean soup, using either canned or pre-cooked and frozen black beans. Quick, cheap and yummy!

  154. Megan callister says:

    Quesadillas with whatever leftovers we have n the fridge!

  155. Jessica Rossi says:

    We do grilled cheese and tomato soup! Everyone loves it and it’s a quick clean up too!

  156. Pat Ciulka says:

    We like eggs, cheese and leftover meat scrambled and put in a tortilla wrap with salsa. Very quick to make and healthy.

  157. The fastest thing I can think of for this family of eight – hot dogs! 🙂

  158. My go to is toasted cheese sandwiches, served with any leftovers I can find in the fridge! Also, breakfast for dinner is fast 🙂

  159. Favorite quick 3 minute meal is grilled cheese and tomato soup

  160. We make chicken casserole. Not including the pasta boiling time, it takes only about 3 minutes to cook. It’s shredded cooked chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, shredded cheddar, and pasta. Mix it all together and heat in skillet for about 3 minutes or until bubbling! Thank you so much for giveaway opportunity!!! I love your blog!

  161. Debbie Luzier says:

    I always have some rice a roni or home made rice a roni in the freezer. I throw it in a skillet with sliced up kielbasa sausage, some frozen peas, and dinner time in nothing flat. Everyone loves this!

  162. Amanda Friedl says:

    Wow – thrilled with all these short timed ideas! I must admit when we get to the 3 minute marker I’m far more likely to just get something out (fast food 🙁 ) so… If i had to stay home, we’d probably end up at grilled chz/tomato soup…

    Would love to win!

  163. 3 minutes that all the time I get….wow I have a hard time with 20. I would have to say it would be cereal:(. I know depressing huh. I need to check out those quick noodles, I’ve never seen them before.

  164. Isabel Acosta says:

    I would whip up chicken veggie quesadillas. cooked chicken any veggies on hand peppers onions mushrooms cheese yummmm

  165. Greta Dees says:

    tortillas with pre-browned ground beef, and refried beans.

  166. i make cooked chicken off the bone add some canned carrots mushrooms onions peppers cook in skillet add cheese .

  167. Grilled Cheese of course! with grape jelly YUM!

  168. We do burritos or wraps depending if we have beans or lettuce and a meat.

  169. I am aways looking for new and fresh ideas for a quick meal. I love to whip up some chicken salad (made with chicken left over). I also have a cheeseburger skillet recipe I love to use (similar to hamber helper but tons more tastier and healthier =) Homemade veggie soup from the freezer is always a winner also!

  170. Heather Yordy says:

    Beans and cheese is a go to for my family!

  171. Quesadillas with whatever left over meat..chicken or beef with a salad .
    Quick & easy !!

  172. We always have leftovers filling up our fridge. It would be a leftover night to clean out the fridge for new leftovers.

  173. Heather S. says:

    3 minutes is a tough one. When we don’t have a lot of time, sandwiches are big. We typically do grilled cheese or tuna. Open up a can of green beans and wash some grapes – and done. I’ve tried the quick cook pasta as well. My kids love it with some shredded parmigiana cheese, a little garlic salt, and a little bit of cream or milk. I’ll have to try this one next time.

  174. Dana DeMerchant says:

    I have 8 children and a husband a 3 minute meal is almost impossible lol but here is what we do in a crunch.

    In No Time Casserole

    Recipe By :
    Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time: 0:00
    Categories : Casserole Poultry

    Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
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    3 cups cooked chicken ; cubed (Left Over Ok)
    2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
    2 cups frozen broccoli
    2 (10 ounce) cans cream of mushroom soup ; (Undiluted)
    3/4 cup chopped onions ; (optional)
    1/8 tsp celery seeds
    1/8 tsp garlic powder

    1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.

    2. Mix all ingredients.

    3. Transfer to a 9 X 13 casserole dish.

    4. Bake for 30 minutes.

    5. Let Stand for 5 minutes.

    6. Serve with side salad.

    Comments: This casserole is so quick even the most hurried household can
    have a homemade hot meal!

  175. Chicken salad sandwiches! Super quick and easy!

  176. I’d make a quick chicken and vegetable alfredo with rotisserie chicken and the quick cook pasta

  177. We have chickens so eggs are always plentiful. A omelet would be our meal of choice in a rush. There are usually odds and ends in the fridge that can be added to make it a nutritious and yummy meal any time of the day.

  178. BLT sandwiches with pre-cooked Bacon are a favorite at our house!

  179. I whip up quesadillas – cooked chicken from the freezer with a little cheese and some frozen diced peppers!

  180. Quesadillas or paninis here! What I wouldn’t give to win this… Triplet newborns means any timesaver I can find is worth its weight in gold!

  181. Kelly Perry says:

    grilled chz and tomato soup

  182. Sandwiches are fastest…whatever leftovers can be warmed in the microwave is a close second.

  183. A quick meal we like is grilled ham and cheese sandwiches.

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  184. I have a pretty quick fettucini alfredo dish its not three mintues but it is pretty darn quick and my kids love it.

  185. I would make fried egg sandwiches or canned soup and grill cheese or spaghetti with cooked ground beef I keep in the freezer or frozen meatballs.

  186. jodie gerhardt says:

    my “crunch time meal” is mini pizzas!
    1)take an english muffin, split it in half, arrange on a microwave safe plate.
    2)put a spoonfull (or two depending on how much sauce you like) of pizza sauce (or spahgetti sauce) on the english muffin then spread it around evenly.
    3)top with mozzerella cheese, and pepperoni (if you have them on hand).
    for a more “grown up taste” add tiny sprinkles of italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, garlic salt, or grated parmesan cheese (great time to use all those little packets that come with delivery pizza you’ve been saving in the back of the kitchen drawers).
    4) pop in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, or until cheese is melted and Volia! mini pizzas!

  187. When we’re short on time our go-to meal is quesadillas and fresh fruit or veggies.

  188. scrapper al says:

    One quick and easy go-to meal for me is frozen dumplings. Just boil the water and then simmer the dumplings for a few minutes. Add some frozen veggies (microwave them) and fruit for dessert and you have a quick and easy meal.

  189. Bonnie Kingsley says:

    3 minutes…. chicken tetrazinni, well sort of. Quick cook pasta, crm mushroom, cooked chicken, can of mushrooms, frozen peas, and cheese – stir hot pasta into heated mixture and serve with salad and bread.

  190. I love to saute a little anchovy, minced garlic, capers, and red pepper flakes real quick in some EVOO and toss with hot pasta, adding copious amounts of grated parmesan or goat cheese crumbles on top! For some protein I may add some pre-cooked shrimp. Quick and packed with flavor!

  191. Shemara Lakin says:

    I have a few things on my quick meal list, and those happen offten because I am single mom and between work, college and school activities time is limited…
    #1.Quesadias, cheese and leftover chicken or other meatsOr
    #2. Maybe some quick tacos or taco salad.
    #3. sometimes we use the taco leftovers and bake some potatoes or sweet potatoes and top with favorite leftovers, like; chilie,ground beef, chicken or steak,veggies, fruite ( sweet potatoe) etc…works great in a pinch.
    I would have to use gluten free pasta because of allergies and donate the wheat pasta to the food bank 🙂

  192. We eat grilled cheese and tomato quesadillas on nights we’re short for time.

  193. I suppose I would make a quick omelet or scrambled egg dish. 🙂

  194. If there weren’t any leftovers to reheat it would probably be scrambled eggs and toast. 🙂

  195. Pasta with premade meat sauce I keep in my freezer for those exact situations!!

  196. My quick go-to dinner is burritos! I try to always have home made beans on hand… Just takes 2 minutes to heat the beans then a minute or two to warm the torts, slap some beans & cheese on then wrap them up and YUM!

  197. Becky Milstead says:

    Spaghetti is our typical fast dinner when I don’t have a lot of time. Quick cook noodles would make it even easier! I can’t wait to try them. 🙂

  198. Crockpot are really handy also…love our Cheesy Chicken Dump N Go recipe… =D

  199. Jennifer Marie says:

    We love breakfast at our house. Our 3 minute meal would be minute oats, toast, fruit, and juice. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  200. Kelli Cessna says:

    I make tuna patties with fresh veggies and dip when I’m in a pinch. Or I go for breakfast for dinner…scrambled eggs & toast, or pancakes is a huge hit!!!

  201. Leslie M.P. says:

    Quesadillas are quick and easy. Also, breakfast for dinner–breakfast burritos generally work pretty good. I almost always have eggs and tortillas on hand.

  202. Grilled cheese and tomato soup (Campbell’s of course). Clearly I need to win! 😉

  203. We do breakfast for dinner in a crunch I know eggs are better for them than Fast food we add fresh fruit to round it out. I can’t get my kids to eat toast though but they will do pancakes

  204. I fix bacon tomato sandwich for hubby and the kids with no bread

  205. Jennifer Moore says:

    Lately, I’ve been on a caprese salad kick. Slice up tomatoes and use sliced fresh mozzarella (cheap at Sam’s Club). Drizzle with reduced balsamic vinegar and fresh basil. That’s it!

  206. I keep pre cooked chicken and ground turkey in the freezer most of the time. I could whip up mexican tacos, nachos, or quesdillas pretty quickly.

  207. Pancakes is one on my all time quick ones. add some eggs to the side and we are good to go. Who said breakfast is only good in the morning! 😉

  208. PB&J, frozen homemade waffles, or noodles mixed with veggies, garlic, butter, & parm cheese.

  209. Taco Salad:
    Add some tomato, avocado, and cheese to a bag of lettuce. Warm up a can of chili. Toss the salad, chili and a bag of Fritos together and you’re ready to eat! Quick and delicious 🙂

  210. Tortillas, canned refried beans, shredded cheese, leftover chicken and lettuce and tomato

    love your pasta recipe!

  211. Angelina Triplett says:

    Spagetti and home made frozen meat sauce.

  212. Nicole Caroen says:

    I would make chicken quesadillas, the chicken is already in the freezer and ready to go and I always seem to have tortillas and cheese! Thanks for the contest!

  213. Big fan of egg burirtos for a quick dinner!

  214. I’d have to say eggs or something frozen in the freezer. It’s just 2 of us now, so the meals in the freezer don’t take that long at all. And who doesn’t like breakfast for dinner?

  215. Grilled cheese and tomato soup!

  216. When the kids are dying of hunger and “NEED FOOD NOW,” I usually do grilled cheese sandwiches and carrot sticks. Quick and crowd-pleasing.

  217. Spaghetti with meat sauce!

  218. My go to meal is grill cheese, broccoli and corn muffins – 30 min or less!

  219. Christa Brown says:

    Black beans heated in a skillet with a bit of chicken broth. Smash it up and throw it on a tortilla and top with cheese. Voila! Bean burritos!

  220. Valerie White says:

    I would make pbjs with celery stalks. we love pbj sandwiches here!

  221. Jodie Gerhardt says:

    I would make Mini Pizzas!
    1) Take a halved english muffin, and arrange on a microwave safe plate.
    2) Put a spoonfull or two of pizza (or spahgetti sauce) on each half and spread evenly.
    3) Top with shredded mozzerella cheese and optional pepperoni. For a more adult taste sprinkle tiny pinches of italian seasoning, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, or parmesan cheese. (This is a great time to use those little packets that come with delivery pizza that you’ve been throwing in your kitchen drawer).

  222. Jodie Gerhardt says:

    I would make Mini Pizzas!
    1) Take a halved english muffin, and arrange on a microwave safe plate.
    2) Put a spoonfull or two of pizza (or spahgetti sauce) on each half and spread evenly.
    3) Top with shredded mozzerella cheese and optional pepperoni. For a more adult taste sprinkle tiny pinches of italian seasoning, garlic salt, red pepper flakes, or parmesan cheese. (This is a great time to use those little packets that come with delivery pizza that you’ve been throwing in your kitchen drawer).
    4) Pop in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and bam! 3 minute meal 🙂

  223. Quesadillas, sandwiches, or 5 can bean soup-kidney beans, garbanzo beans, navy beans, lima beans, and green beans, add some tomato sauce and spices… but that may take longer than 5 min.

  224. I have made scrambled eggs with cheese and mushrooms,and then served it in warmed flour tortillas. seve with fruit. Yum and is a good fast meal when time is short or out of stuff to make something fast!

  225. When my time in the kitchen is limited I have a few quick meals that my family always enjoys. Shrimp and Crab Melts, Grilled Cheese, Frittatas, and Bean Burger (basically baked beans with ground beef). Quick and easy!

  226. jaime welch says:

    Love your blog!
    In 3 minutes I could have deli meats, cheese, crackers and fresh fruit and veggies on the table.

  227. My hubs and my favorite quick meal is egg burritos. Scramble some eggs, toast up some tortillas (flour for him, corn for me), add some canned black or refried beans and green chilis. Delish! and as in tradition for anything in a tortilla – a few splashes of our favorite hot sauce – tapatio!

  228. Our go to meal is fried rice..there’s always a pot of rice on the stove so with the rice we add sliced spam, eggs, green onions and some soy sauce…or we’ll use whatever leftover meat or veggies are in the fridge..
    Cooks up quickly and is always yummy!!

  229. Mary Ann Woods says:

    I would fix grilled cheese (low fat cheese and lite/high fiber bread) and tomato (low sodium) soup with cut up veggies and ranch (fat free) dressing as dip.

  230. Gina Fosdick says:

    That might be good to try it today.

  231. I usually go for the tortillas, cheese, and refried beans to make homemade quesadillas with a side of corn, or I heat up soup with sandwiches.

  232. Marla Cosner says:

    My kids LOVE spaghetti, so I always have noodles, sauce and ground beef on hand–quick meal to serve with any veggies or fruit!!

  233. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup! Especially for winter. 🙂

  234. Rachel Bonneau says:

    One of my favorite quick meals is cooked pasta ( I like macaroni) a jar of my home canned stewed tomato and a 1/4 cup bacon bits. Season with black pepper and maybe a little onion powder or garlic salt. Simple yet yummy.

  235. Our quick meal is grilled cheese sandwiches.

  236. roast beef with provolone sandwiches done on the Forman grill. Served with banana pepper rings and chips.

  237. Kim Wideman says:

    Can’t go wrong with scrambled eggs and toast! 🙂

  238. Lynne Wilson says:

    Hot ham and cheese and a can of soup, quick and easy

  239. Grilled cheese and whatever leftover soup we have. Three minute noodles sound great, I always forget to start the pasta!

  240. Sounds yummy! For a quick meal around here we whip up chicken fried rice using leftover chicken (or tuna) and left over rice. Canned soup and sandwiches are also easy, so are any type of burrito – egg or if available bacon, egg and cheese. When my kids were smaller (and one burrito would feed my husband, two kids, and myself) I would buy a plain carne asada burrito from a local taco shop and take it home and divide it up into multiple burritos – adding instant mashed potatoes and cheese. Delish!

  241. Black bean quesadillas or Grilled Cheese with Tomato Soup

  242. noodles with butter and parmesan are a favorite here!

  243. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with tomato soup (from a can!)

  244. I always have pre-browned hamburger meat. I reheat on skillet add 1 cube melted beef boullion cube mixed with 2 tbls french onion soup mix. add corn into mixture and if I have potatoe wedges that i premade or had for left overs i mix them in. and vwalla! pop toast in the toaster and spread garlic butter ontop. Boyfriend loves it, so does his friends. I make it for videogame night

  245. I’d pull some pinto beans out of the freezer. Make some minute rice and we’d have bean burritos.

  246. In our family we call it goulash and it is comfort food for me. It’s pasta with tomato sauce, butter, salt and lots of pepper. We just love it!! Hubby not quite as much, he wants meat in it but he eats it. 🙂 If it’s just me sometimes for lunch I’ll make pasta and put a can of petite diced tomatoes on it. Love it, love it, love it!

  247. alison albert says:

    Our quick meal is quesadillas! I like to throw in leftover veggies if we have them, and heat up a can of refried beans.

  248. Jennifer thomas says:

    We make scrambled eggs with canned sliced potatoes and smoked turkey sausage! Yummy and quick!

  249. Aubreylaine says:

    Paninis or omelettes are my quick go to meal!
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  250. Quickie meals for us are either a breakfast for dinner with eggs, toast and sausage patties or grilled cheese and tomato soup. Although I do have to admit occasionaly we do partake in frozen bagged meals, although not money saving ideas.

  251. Our go to quick meals are either breakfast for dinner or soup (most likely ramen noodles if the kids have a say =) ) and sandwiches

  252. My hubby cooks more often and faster than me {and oftentimes batter}. When we are crunched for time, he makes philly steak sandwiches with the frozen steak slices from Wal Mart, canned mushrooms, butter, mayonnaise and melted cheese on hoagie rolls. Yum!! We always try to have these ingredients on hand!!

  253. I’d make spaghetti with the quick cook pasta – without the pasta I’d make pizza burgers (buns, pizza sauce, mozzarella).

  254. I love to make quesidillas for a quick meal or breakfast for dinner: cheesy eggs. Scrambled eggs with shredded cheese (ham & veggies if we had it).

  255. Cindy Stephens says:

    I think that I would use the same recipe but substitute cooked chicken in the place of tuna since my family isn’t fond of tuna. Also, probably throw in more cheese:)