Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!

What is that saying anyway?  Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy?  Is a lemon just known to be easy to squeeze?  I’ve had some hard lemons in my day, let me tell you.  (TWSS?)  Anylemon, I wanted to share two dinner recipes that I’ve made recently, because A) THEY’RE BOTH SO GOOD and B) THEY’RE BOTH SO EASY (peasy lemon squeezy)!! (Yes that needed CAPSLOCK to address the DELICIOUSNESS and EASINESS of the recipes.)

First up – Spaghetti w/ Roasted Tomatoes & Herbs from Real Simple (MmmMmMmmmMMmM)

Spaghetti w/ Roasted Tomatoes & Herbs

Yes, it’s spaghetti but A) You cant really mess up and B) I LOVE PASTA!! So that’s always a win in my book. And although this dish is super easy, the flavor of the roasted tomatoes is out of this world. Seriously. Just don’t bite into them too soon after they’ve come out of the oven – you will burn your mouth. Dave learned that the hard way. 🙁

– 12 ounces spaghetti (3⁄4 box)
– 2 pounds cherry tomatoes (about 6 cups)
– 6 cloves garlic, smashed (We used more, cause we LOVE garlic)
– 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
– kosher salt and black pepper
– 1/2 cup chopped mixed fresh herbs (such as basil, parsley, and chives)I had fresh basil and chives in my little concrete garden, so I omitted. Not a huge fan of it anyway.)
– shaved Parmesan, for serving

1. Heat oven to 400° F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain and return it to the pot.

2. Meanwhile, on a rimmed baking sheet, toss the tomatoes, garlic, 2 tablespoons of the oil, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Roast, tossing once, until the tomatoes begin to burst, 20 to 25 minutes.

3. Toss the pasta with the tomatoes, herbs, and the remaining tablespoon of oil. Serve with the Parmesan and additional oil, if desired.

YUM.  The next amazeballs dish is Smashed Potato Soup!  This Better Homes & Gardens slow cooker recipe was not included in my BHG slow cooker book, but was emailed to me in one of those handy newsletters I signed up for.  Thankfully it did, because this soup is very filling, very yummy and very easy!!  (And I heart my CrockPot.  No really, we have a deep seeded love for each other.)

Smashed Potato Soup

– 3-1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
– 1/2 cup chopped yellow and/or red sweet pepper I used yellow… I feel it’s the underrated of the bell/sweet peppers
– 1-1/2 teaspoons bottled roasted garlic Just used regular jarred, chopped garlic
– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
– 4-1/2 cups chicken broth
– 1/2 cup whipping cream, half-and-half, or light cream I used half-and-half
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 ounces) We had leftover shredded Mexican blend, so I used that
– 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
– Sliced green onions (optional)

1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine potatoes, sweet pepper, garlic, and black pepper. Pour broth over all.

2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours.

3. Mash potatoes slightly with a potato masher. Stir in whipping cream, cheddar cheese, and the 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions. If desired, top individual servings with additional sliced green onions. Makes 8 servings.

Smashed Potato Soup

This dish actually almost didn’t happen because at some point of the day, the CrockPot turned off!!  There must have been a small power outage on our block, because Dave came home (he gets home earlier than me) and noticed it was off – and not on the “warm” setting it automatically switches to when it’s done.  Ahhh!!  So the smart man turned it on high and just let it run.  An hour or so after I got home, it was ready to eat!!  Phew.  I think next time, since *hopefully* the power wont go out again, the potatoes will be even more tender. And the leftovers were great!! 

These recipes, and a few others I’ve made, have almost helped me reach my goal of learning 50 new recipes in 365 days!  They are #48 and #49, respectively, and so I have one more recipe to make in order to hit my goal!!  YAYYYY!!!  That being said, I should make it a good one!!!  And by good, I mean DESSERT!!  Now the question is, what to make???


  1. I was totally looking for a recipe for potato soup, too! Lacey, you're awesome. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. um. i need to make both of those like yesterday, seriously delicious.

  3. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... says

    I love your recipe posts, and I'm thinking I may have to hop on board this 50 recipes in 365 days thing! Love it!

    The next dessert recipe that I want to make is a pumpkin cheesecake with praline topping. Buuuut, this may be kind of hard since they don't sell canned pumpkin in New Zealand! I'm going to try and do it the old fashioned route and make my own puree… if I can find any pumpkins to start with, ha ha!

  4. ÄsK AliCë says

    MMmm that potato soup looks so good! 50 recipes in 365 days is a great idea (not too many that you get overwhelmed but enough to be a challenge)

  5. I love making easy pasta dishes like that! I would totally make that one, except my boyfriend isn't a fan of tomatoes, so he probably wouldn't eat it.

  6. oh my goodness – both of those sound absolutely delicious!

  7. I can't decide which of these recipes looks more delicious!


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