Menu Plan Monday

18 Oct

Here is my menu plan for the week. Almost every Monday is Spaghetti Night (or some other shaped pasta). I have done this for years because it is such a no brainer meal. Everyone eats spaghetti without complaint which makes for a happy momma.

Monday: Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce, Tossed Salad and Artisan Bread

Tuesday: We have late dentist appointments so I will be picking up pizza on the way home.

Wednesday: Hamburgers w/ Homemade Buns, Roasted Potatoes, Cauliflower (doesn’t really go with hamburgers but I never made it last week so I need to make it before it goes bad.)

Thursday: Asian BBQ Chicken, Fried Rice, Egg Rolls

Friday: Sausage Pasta (see recipe below), Broccoli, Artisan Bread

Saturday: Church function:  Hay ride and cookout

Sunday: Chicken Quesadillas, Spanish Rice, Carrot Sticks

Baking this week: Homemade Hamburger Buns (never made these before so this will be an experiment) Brownies, Pumpkin Bread, Cookies – not sure what kind yet.

Last week I tried making Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day and it was so easy and tasted so good! My husband said it was the best bread he ever had. So now it is my new dinner bread which is something my husband has to have any time we have pasta. There are several things I really liked about this bread besides how easy it was to mix up:

It makes 4 loaves.

The dough will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

You do not have to knead the dough.

It makes a small loaf so that it is just enough for our family of 5 to each have a slice or two.

If you have never made bread before I would highly suggest this recipe.

Sausage Pasta

This is a super easy recipe to throw together and, with the addition of different vegetables, can make lots of variations.


Course: Main Course

Serves: 4


  • 34 pound pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10 ounce) package fresh chopped spinach
  • 12 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and reserve.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil and sausage; cook through until no longer pink. During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add onion and garlic to skillet. Add broth, basil and tomatoes with liquid.
  3. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes to slightly reduce. Add chopped spinach; cover skillet and simmer on reduced heat until spinach is tender.
  4. Add pasta to skillet and mix together. Sprinkle with cheese and serve immediately.

View recipe at

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Menu Plan



2 responses to “Menu Plan Monday

  1. Julie

    October 18, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Visiting from Money Saving Mom…looks like a good menu and thanks for sharing the Artisan bread link. I’ve been thinking about trying this bread recipe for months and months and I think I am finally convinced to try it this week! I love to bake and cook but breadmaking terrifies me!! lol


  2. organizingmomma

    October 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Julie, if you follow the directions then you should have no problem. I made the dough a second time yesterday and used a little less salt this time. Also make sure you use enough flour when shaping the dough because the dough is very sticky. I didn’t have a pizza peel and just used a small wooden cutting board. I put quite a bit of cornmeal under the dough so it would slide off easier. Also I did not use a pan of water in the oven but I did use a pizza stone. Good luck!


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