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Faux Lasagna Noodle Casserole

May 23, 2018

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We love lasagna but sometimes it feels like a lot of effort to make right. This noodle casserole has all the yummy parts of lasagna (pasta, cheese, sauce) while being a little simpler to put together.

You will need:

  • 12 oz short shaped noodles (works best with farfalle, gemelli, or egg noodles)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 14 oz crushed tomatoes
  • 2 T garlic powder
  • 2 T onion powder
  • 1 T dried minced onion
  • 1 T oregano
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 16 oz cottage cheese
  • 1 c grated Parmesan
  • 1 small bunch scallions, chopped
  • 3 c shredded cheese (suggest an Italian blend)

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Light grease a 9×9 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot of salted water, cook your noodles to al dente according to packaging. Drain and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the onion and beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until the beef is crumbled and browned (about 7-10 minutes). Drain off any excess fat from the skillet.
  4. Stir the crushed tomatoes into the beef-onion mixture along with 1 tablespoon of the garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of the onion powder, and 1 tablespoon of the oregano. Season with salt and pepper to taste and allow to simmer 5-10 minutes.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sour cream with the cottage cheese, Parmesan, 1 tablespoon of the garlic powder, 1 tablespoon of the onion powder, and scallions. Season with pepper to taste.
  6. Mix the noodles into the sour cream mixture.
  7. Spread half of the noodles in the prepared pan.
  8. Spread half of the beef on top of the noodles.
  9. Spread half of the shredded cheese on top of the noodles.
  10. Repeat with another layer of noodles then beef and finally cheese.
  11. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  12. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the cheese on top is melted and slightly golden.
  13. Allow to cool five minutes before serving.

 

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Cajun Alfredo with Shrimp

February 21, 2018

Looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a something special for the weekend? Check this out! The shrimp are nice and juicy and spicy, and the noodles are creamy and delicious.

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You will need:

  • 8 oz fettuccine
  • 2 T garlic powder
  • 2 T paprika
  • 1 T cayenne pepper
  • 1 T dried thyme
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 T basil
  • 1 T oregano
  • 3 t salt
  • 3 t pepper
  • 2 T flour
  • 1 lb large shrimp, shelled and de-veined
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 3/4 c chicken stock
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • 2 t dried parsley
  • 1 c shredded Parmesan

Then you will…

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the fettuccine until al dente according to the package.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, paprika, cayenne, thyme, onion powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. (You will use one tablespoon and two teaspoons in this recipe and can save the rest for another dish in an airtight container).
  3. In a second small bowl, combine one tablespoon of the spice mixture with the flour.
  4. Toss the shrimp with the seasoned flour mix.
  5. In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil over medium high heat.
  6. Add the shrimp and cook until crisp and cooked through, about 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  7. Add the chicken stock, heavy cream, parsley, and one to two teaspoons (depending on how much spice you want) of the seasoning mix to the skillet.
  8. Bring to a light bubble to allow the sauce to thicken slightly.
  9. Whisk in the cheese.
  10. Stir in the fettuccine.
  11. Remove from heat and serve topped with the shrimp!

 

 

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Italian Sausage and Pumpkin Stuffed Shells

November 14, 2017

We enjoy all sorts of pasta in our house, including stuffed shells. My son also loves sausage. These shells are perfect for the fall: they have a little spice from ground Italian sausage and extra creaminess from a little pumpkin puree snuck into the mix.

You will need:

  • 1 box jumbo shells, parboiled and rinsed in cool water according to directions
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, removed from casings, crumbled and browned
  • 1 c ricotta cheese
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 T fresh sage, finely minced
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 c grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 c shredded Italian cheeses
  • 2 jars of your favorite tomato sauce

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked sausage with the ricotta, pumpkin, egg, sage, garlic, pepper salt and grated Parmesan.
  3. Stuff a shell with the sausage mixture and place in the prepared baking dish.
  4. Repeat until you can’t fit more shells in the dish.
  5. If you end up with extra sausage mixture, sprinkle it over the tops of the shells in the dish.
  6. Spread enough sauce over the tops of the shells to cover them.
  7. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes and remove from oven. Remove the foil and set the foil aside.
  9. Sprinkle the top with shredded Italian cheese.
  10. Bake another 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  11. Allow to rest at least 5 minutes before serving.

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Pasta with Sausage, Peas and Ricotta

September 3, 2017

We are always looking for new ways to build a pasta dinner. This is combination of sausage and tender peas with spice from crushed red pepper flakes is excellent with the creamy and bright whipped lemon ricotta. Just add your favorite dried or fresh pasta for a lovely dinner. We used our fresh arugula pasta, and it was an great pairing.

You will need:

  • 1/4 c pine nuts
  • 1 c ricotta cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/3 c + 3 T grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 T olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage, out of its casing
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c frozen peas
  • 1/2 c favorite stock (I used beef because it was on hand)
  • 1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 lb pasta
  • Pepper to taste

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Then you will…

  1. Toast the pine nuts in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring often, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ricotta with the lemon zest, 3 tablespoons of the Parmesan, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Set aside.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the sausage and saute 5-6 minutes until starting to brown, breaking it up as you stir.
  5. Add the onion and garlic. Saute until the onion softens and turning golden, 3-5 minutes.
  6. Add the peas, stock, red pepper flakes, and salt. Mix together.
  7. Lower the heat to medium-low and allow the sauce to simmer and reduce, while you cook the pasta.
  8. Cook the pasta in salted water according to its instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water for the sauce when you strain the pasta.
  9. Stir the pasta and Parmesan into the sauce.
  10. Add the pasta water, a little at a time, until your sauce is the desired consistency and coats the pasta.
  11. Season with fresh pepper to taste.
  12. Serve the pasta and sauce topped with some of the ricotta and pine nuts.
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Fresh Spinach Pasta

May 4, 2017

I love when you are talking to friends and decide it is a lovely day for a spontaneous dinner party. We decided to contribute some fresh spinach pasta to go with a friend’s amazing alfredo sauce.

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You will need:

  • 1 t olive oil
  • 12 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 3 eggs (whites and yolks)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t dried basil
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • 5 c flour
  • 4-7 T ice water

Then you will…

  1. Heat the olive oil in a nonstick skillet.
  2. Cook the spinach with the garlic power just until wilted.
  3. Remove and press between paper towels until the spinach is as dry as you can make it.
  4. Put the spinach in a blender and puree till smooth.
  5. Add the egg yolks and whites plus the salt, basil and oregano. Pulse until mixed well.
  6. Create a mound of flour on the counter with a well in the middle.
  7. Pour the spinach mixture into that well.
  8. Incorporate with your hands.
  9. Add a tablespoon of the ice water and then knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. (Add water as needed until dough comes together).
  10. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 20 minutes.
  11. Divide into portions and either use a pasta machine of your choice or roll it out and shape however you want.
  12. Gently toss the fresh pasta with cornmeal to keep it from sticking.
  13. Allow it to dry for at least an hour before cooking. (If you want to freeze some, form it into small heaps/nests. Place those on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Place in freezer until hard. Transfer from sheet into freezer ziplock bags and then cook from frozen as desired).
  14. Then add to a pot of boiling salted water and cook for 2-4 minutes, or until al dente.
  15. Toss with your favorite sauce!
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Deconstructed Pierogi Lasagna

March 17, 2017

Pierogi are filled dumplings that often have some combination of potato, cheese and meat inside. Rather than making individual dumplings, we decided to try it in the style of a lasagna. This is a rich and hearty dinner, so consider a light salad alongside for freshness.

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You will need:

  • 1 package fresh lasagna noodles (or 9 boxed noodles, parboiled)
  • 12 oz thick cut bacon
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 lb red skinned potato
  • 3 T butter
  • 8 oz reduced fat chive and onion cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 small bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 c shredded cheddar cheese

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Spread the bacon on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until starting to crisp up. Remove from the oven. Transfer the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate and set aside. Crumble once cool.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  4. Cut the potatoes into 1 inch chunks. Put them in a large pan and cover with cold water. Add some salt.
  5. Bring the potatoes to a boil and allow to cook until able to be easily pierced with a fork, about 7-10 minutes.
  6. Drain the potatoes and return to the pan. Add the butter and cream cheese, and mash the potatoes until mostly smooth.
  7. Mix in the scallions and half of the bacon.
  8. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Line the baking dish with 1/3 of the lasagna noodles.
  10. Spread 1/3 of the mashed potatoes and sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese.
  11. Repeat two more times with the remaining noodles, potatoes and cheese.
  12. Sprinkle the top with the remaining bacon.
  13. Cover lightly with foil.
  14. Bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Remove the foil and continue baking until warmed through, bubbly and golden, another 15 minutes or so.

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Parmesan Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas

September 14, 2016

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This quadruple “p” dinner is a luscious comfort dish: the Parmesan adds creaminess, the prosciutto adds a yummy saltiness, the peas add a hint of sunshine and spring, and pasta is a favorite of D’s.

You will need:

  • 1 lb of your favorite pasta
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T butter
  • 4-6 oz prosciutto, sliced into thin ribbons
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 16 oz frozen peas
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 1 T fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 T fresh basil, chopped
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c Parmesan, grated

Then you will…

  1. Salt a large pot of water. Bring to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the instructions, stopping 1-2 minutes shy of al dente. Save 1 cup of the cooking water when you drain the pasta.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium low heat.
  3. Add the prosciutto and onion and saute until starting to turn golden and crispy, about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the frozen peas and allow to saute another 2 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cream, mint, basil, and red pepper.
  6. Mix in the cooked pasta.
  7. Stir in the lemon zest and season with the pepper.
  8. Mix in the Parmesan, thinning the sauce with some of the reserved pasta cooking water as needed.
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