Fresh, easy recipes for fall

Ramen Noodles, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Easy Mac can only go so far during midterms. Try these easy and tasty recipes for something more satisfying than meals in weeks past. Don’t feel like sharing? These recipes make for great leftovers all week long.

Stadium Style Sausage and Peppers

serves 2

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:
1 4-pack Italian Sausage
1 large yellow onion
1 large Bell pepper
1 large tomato
3 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Prep ingredients on cutting board. Cut sausage into half-inch rounds, slice onions and peppers into slivers. Dice tomatoes by cutting rounds. Slice horizontally, then vertically, to create cubes.

2. Place sausage into large pan. Cook on high heat until brown, about seven minutes. Add onions, peppers, tomato and olive oil. Cook on medium heat until ingredients become soft and well-combined, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Serve on its own, on a hero roll or over pasta.

Grown Up Mac-and-Cheese

Serves four

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 1/4 cups milk
3/5 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
1 box macaroni elbows

1. Bring salted water to a boil and start cooking pasta.

2. Melt butter in separate saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and stir constantly, until mixture turns a sandy color.

3. In a separate saucepan or in a microwave, bring milk to just before boiling (bubbles).

4. Add milk to butter mixture, stirring constantly. Bring sauce to a boil. The sauce should gradually get thicker.

5. Stir in grated cheese. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne. Serve over pasta.

Cinnamon Apple Slices with Ice Cream

Serves one

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 apple, cored and sliced
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp water
Vanilla ice cream

Combine all ingredients (except ice cream) in microwave safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or microwave safe top. Cook for two minutes. Serve over ice cream, pancakes, French toast, or just about anything.

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