Lidl Dinners: Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

Prep Time: 5 mins                    Cook Time: 30mins             Total Time: 35 mins


12 oz pasta (I prefer the Tri-color rotini.)
1/2 lb. frozen broccoli cuts, thawed and drained well
1/2 - 1 cup shredded carrots
1 yellow or orange bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 tsp minced garlic
1 onion diced
1/4 to 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese
4 oz ricotta cheese


1. Cook pasta according to directions on box.
2. After 5 mins, add the broccoli, carrots, and bell pepper to the boiling water. Bring back to a boil for another 2 minutes of cooking.
3. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water; then drain the pasta and vegetables and return to the pot.
4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and onions and cook until just golden, about 1 - 2 mins. Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and 1 tsp salt. Cook until the tomatoes begin to wilt, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking water.
5. Pour the tomato mixture over the pasta and vegetables.
6. Add the cheeses and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

As this dish sits, it tends to dry out. Just add a little bit of heavy cream and more ricotta cheese. Stir well, and then heat up. Good as new.

Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken Thighs (serves 6-8)

Prep Time: 5 mins                    Cook Time: 4 hours             Total Time: 4 hours 5 mins

1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp minced garlic
1 onion, chopped finely
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbs olive oil
6-8 chicken thighs


1. Combine the first three dry spices in a small bowl and spread over chicken on both sides. Set aside.
2. Pour olive oil and garlic with onion on bottom of the crock pot. Pour in 1/4 balsamic vinegar. Place chicken on top. Turn chicken over so both sides have "kissed" the balsamic vinegar.

3. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours. 

This is part of my seven days of dinners with Lidl. We spent under $90.00 for seven meals for a family of four. All meals are toddler and mom approved, and we even bought several desserts! Click here for the rest of the list. This is the last of the meals, and the leftovers in the past seven days have been awesome. Now to go shopping again!