Posts Tagged ‘pasta’

Meat Lover’s Lasagna

October 19, 2008

INGREDIENTS
2-1/2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1-1/4 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 cup and 3 tablespoons water
1-1/4 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
1-1/4 medium onion, chopped
1-1/4 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon and 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 tablespoon and 1-3/4 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
2-1/2 teaspoons sugar
garlic salt to taste
9-1/2 uncooked lasagna noodles
29 cooked meatballs
1-1/4 egg
1 cup and 3 tablespoons ricotta cheese
2-1/3 cups and 1 tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS
1.In a large saucepan, combine the first 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain. Crumble meatballs into the sauce.
2.In a small bowl, combine egg and ricotta cheese. Spoon 1 cup of the meat sauce into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Layer with half of the noodles, ricotta mixture, meat sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Repeat layers. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until golden brown. Let stand for 15 minutes before cutting.

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Crunchy Fried Ravioli

October 19, 2008

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 egg
3/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 (25 ounce) package frozen cheese ravioli, thawed
3 cups vegetable oil for frying
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 (16 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce

..DIRECTIONS
1.Combine milk and egg in a small bowl. Place breadcrumbs and if desired, salt in a shallow bowl. Dip ravioli in milk mixture, and coat with breadcrumbs.
2.In a large saucepan, heat marinara sauce over medium heat until bubbling. Reduce the heat to simmer.
3.In a large heavy pan, pour oil to depth of 2 inches. Heat oil over medium heat until a small amount of breading sizzles and turns brown. Fry ravioli, a few at a time, 1 minute on each side or until golden. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately with hot marinara sauce.

Cheesy Heaven Mac & Cheese

October 19, 2008

INGREDIENTS
1-1/3 (8 ounce) packages elbow macaroni
1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon butter
1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
5-1/3 cups warm milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
salt and pepper to taste
1-1/3 pinches cayenne pepper
5 ounces cubed ham
7 ounces cubed Cheddar cheese
7 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
7 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
paprika to taste

..DIRECTIONS
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish. 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.
2.In medium saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour to make a roux. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly, then whisk in warm milk a little at a time to make a white sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer. Mix in salt, pepper, and cayenne, and stir frequently until sauce thickens.
3.Remove pan from heat and stir in cheddar, mozzarella, jack and ham. Combine pasta with sauce and stir well. Pour into baking dish. Use paprika to make a decorative pattern on top. Bake 45 to 60 minutes, or until top is the desired crispiness. Let rest 20 minutes before serving.

Prize Winning Meaty Balls

October 15, 2008

INGREDIENTS:

* 1 pound ground beef
* 1/2 pound ground veal
* 1/2 pound ground pork
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 2 eggs
* 1 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
* 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
* salt and ground black pepper to taste
* 2 cups stale Italian bread, crumbled
* 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
* 1 cup olive oil

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine beef, veal, and pork in a large bowl. Add garlic, eggs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.
2. Blend bread crumbs into meat mixture. Slowly add the water 1/2 cup at a time. The mixture should be very moist but still hold it’s shape if rolled into meatballs. (I usually use about 1 1/4 cups of water). Shape into meatballs.
3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Fry meatballs in batches. When the meatball is very brown and slightly crisp remove from the heat and drain on a paper towel. (If your mixture is too wet, cover the meatballs while they are cooking so that they hold their shape better.)
4. Place cooked meatballs into Marinara Sauce and cook for 15 more minutes.

Cheesy Vegan Pasta Melt

October 15, 2008

 

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• 16 oz. whole wheat mostacciolli
• 3/4-1 whole green bell pepper
• 3 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
• 1 6 oz. can tomato paste
• 3 tablespoons water
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 tablespoons onion powder
• 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
• dash of salt and pepper
• 6 oz. tofutti ‘sour cream’
• 4 oz. tofutti ‘cream cheese’
• 5 oz. vegan gourmet mozzarella (shredded)
Cook and drain pasta according to instructions on box. make pasta sauce by combining tomato sauce, paste, water, garlic, onion, Italian seasoning and salt/pepper in a medium sauce pan. heat on medium-high until sauce starts to simmer aggressively, then lower heat to medium-low, cover, and let it simmer lightly for about 15 minutes, stirring often. this will be a thicker sauce since it is going into a casserole type dish. add in the softened cream cheese and sour cream, and heat on low for about 5-10 minutes until you have a nice creamy red sauce.

in a 9×11 glass casserole dish, use about three tablespoons of the sauce to coat the bottom (prevents sticking). layer 1/2 of the mostaccioli in the dish, then layer 1/2 sauce, 1/2 green pepper and 1/2 of the mozzarella. then repeat with the other half of the ingredients.

place in the oven at 350 f° for about 25 minutes, until the sauce starts to bubble and the cheese begins to melt. pull out and cool around 10-12 minutes before trying to serve, although in my house we only make it about 5 minutes.

ONE OF THE GREATEST COMFORT FOODS!!!!!!!