7 Delicious but Quick Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights

5. Sassy Chicken Soup

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  • · 4 cups chicken broth
  • · 2 pounds chicken breast, cooked and cubed
  • · 1 (15 oz.) can black beans
  • · 1 (15 oz.) can tomatoes with green chiles
  • · 1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained
  • · 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • · 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • · 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • · 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • · 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • · Sour cream and cheese for topping, if desired

Put all ingredients, except sour cream and cheese, in large stockpot. Stir to combine; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Top with sour cream and grated cheese, if desired.

6. Cannoli

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  • · 2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • · 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • · 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • · 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • · 1/2 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
  • · 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • · 1 dash cinnamon
  • · 12 cannoli shells

Place ricotta in strainer and apply light pressure to remove as much liquid as possible. If necessary, wrap ricotta in a piece of cheesecloth first to prevent it from pushing through the strainer. Place drained ricotta in medium bowl and whisk until most of lumps are smoothed out. Sift in powdered sugar and continue to whisk. Using mixer, beat cream until it becomes stiff and forms peaks. Using spatula, gently fold the cream into the ricotta mixture. Add vanilla, chocolate chips, lemon zest, and cinnamon. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to filling cannoli shells. Do not fill shells until just before serving, as shells become soggy fairly quickly.

7. Homemade Baked Churros

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  • · 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • · 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • · 1 cup water
  • · 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • · 3 eggs
  • · 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • · 1/2 cup cinnamon
  • · 1/2 cup sugar
  • · Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350° F. In medium saucepan, combine butter, salt, and water. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, add flour. Stir to combine. Mixture will thicken as you stir. Leaving dough in saucepan, beat dough on low with a hand mixer, adding one egg at a time and mixing well after each. When mixture is well combined, add vanilla. Spoon dough into pastry bag fitted with large star tip. Lightly spray cookie sheet with cooking spray and pipe 6- to 8-inch rows of dough, leaving at least 1 inch between each churro. Bake for 15–20 minutes or until golden brown. Make sure churros are a nice golden brown before removing. In large, flat dish, combine cinnamon and sugar. When churros have cooled, spray each one lightly with cooking spray, then roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Simplify Supper

From her grandfather Salvatore Granato's roots in Southern Italy to the legacy of her family's beloved Italian deli in the heart of Salt Lake City, Krista Numbers has a deep-seated love for good food. In Simplify Supper, this busy wife and mother proves that simple can be satisfying as she dishes up dozens of delectable dinners. From some of her family's best-loved Italian meals to fast feasts with an international flair, discover quick comfort foods you'll want at the heart of your dinner table.

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