Spaghetti Carbonara

The Spaghetti Carbonara from Budget Savvy Diva was great on the budget but was sort of bland in taste. I also didn’t really realize I was making a dinner without any vegetables at all so it ended up not being very filling. I might try this recipe again in the future with ham bacon (we used turkey bacon like the recipe called for) and throw some peas or some other vegetable in it, for added taste and nutritional value.

Our first Spaghetti Carbonara

Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

In our 2011 trip to Italy, Lenny’s nonna cooked us the best bechamel sauce lasagna on the planet. Since then, I’ve been inspired by like 100 Pinterest posts to give it a try.

The recipe I settled on following (mostly) was the Artichoke Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce from Green Healthy Cooking. I ended up using more mushrooms in lieu of the artichokes because I’ve never really liked them unless they are deep-fried…

The lasagna turned out pretty well but it was a far cry from anything as delicious as nonna made. Given the number of dishes required to make this meal, this will be the only bechamel lasagna that I will ever make, so I guess we just have to go back to Italy sometime soon to experience the real thing again!

Mushroom Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Tonight’s dinner was the Baked Macaroni and Cheese recipe from Rachel Cooks. It was super simple to put together, easy on the number of dishes to put it altogether, and tasted pretty good. Next time I might throw some broccoli into it though to make it a smidgen healthier and tastier; I found it a bit bland. Here are a couple pictures:

Toasted to perfection!

A close-up of my lunch for the next few days 😉