Dinner, Pasta

Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli Lasanga

With Lent upon us we are always looking from some new Lenten favorites. Having seen this on on Pinterest, we decided to give it a try. The only thing we were missing was the frozen spinach, so a quick trip to the store and added an extra to the freezer. The recipe came together very quickly and was very good too. Too bad our kids weren’t home to give this a try as they would love it.

INGREDIENTS
3 tbsp. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. flour
2 c. milk (preferably whole)
2 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
1 c. shredded mozzarella, divided
1/4 c. freshly grated Parmesan
1 (14-oz.) can artichoke hearts, chopped
2 c. frozen spinach, defrosted and chopped
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)
2 lb. frozen cheese ravioli
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 375°. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk the flour into the butter and garlic and cook until the mixture is bubbling and golden, 1 minute more. Gradually pour in the milk, whisking constantly. Bring mixture to a simmer then stir in cream cheese, 2/3 cup mozzarella, and Parmesan. Let simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Fold in artichoke hearts and spinach, then add lemon juice and red pepper flakes, if using, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Spread a thin layer of your prepared sauce onto the bottom of a 9″-x-13″ baking dish. Lay ravioli in a single layer in the bottom of the baking dish, then top with half the prepared sauce. Repeat with remaining ravioli and remaining sauce. Top with remaining cheese and bake 30 minutes, until sauce is bubbling and ravioli are tender.
If you’d like the top to be golden, broil on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Dinner, one pot meals, Pasta, Uncategorized

Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel



Just by looking a this picture you can almost taste how delicious this is. My son and I were watching an old Ina Garten episode from the summer of 2017 on pasta dishes and saw her making this recipe.  My mouth was watering by the end of the episode and I knew that I needed to make this.  So off to the store this morning to get the necessary ingredients.  My pasta loving son was pleased and so was my hubby.  I even think this is foodie friends worthy.



3 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
3 cups chopped fennel (1 large fennel bulb)
1 ½ cups chopped yellow onion
1 ¼ pounds Sweet Italian sausage, casing removed
2 tsp. minced garlic (2 cloves)
½ teaspoon whole fennel seeds, crushed with a mortar and pestle
½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup heavy cream
2/3 cups half-and-half
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 lb. Rigatoni
½ cup chopped, fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 cup freshly grated Reggiano Parmigiano cheese, divided

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven, such as Le Creuset, over medium heat. Add the fennel and onion and sauté for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Add the sausage and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, crumbling it with a fork, until nicely browned. Add the garlic, crushed fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, 2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. black pepper and cook for one minute.

Pour in the wine, bring to a boil and add the heavy cream, half-and-half, and tomato paste. Bring back to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 2 tbsp. salt and cook the rigatoni according to package directions. Drain and add to the sauce, stirring to coat the pasta. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes to allow the pasta to absorb the sauce.

Off the heat, stir in the parsley and ½ cup of the Reggiano Parmigiano. Serve hot in shallow bowls with passing the remaining ½ cup of Parmigiano.


Uncategorized

Meatball Stroganoff Casserole

This recipe kept popping up in my Facebook feed.  I would click on it and save it, but that was about it.  So just before New Year Eve I decided to give this a try and it didn’t disappoint me or the entire family.  While I was out shopping for my Prime Rib dinner I found the ingredients that I need for this little gem. Our daughter’s boyfriend was driving up from Connecticut for the weekend and wouldn’t make it for dinner, but there definitely was enough left over.  
This reminds me of a cross between Swedish Meatballs and Beef Stroganoff.  Mix it in one pot, place in a casserole and your all set for a hardy dinner. Thanks Pillsbury!

Ingredients

1 bag (12 oz) uncooked extra-wide egg noodles (about 7 cups)
1/4 cup butter
2 packages (8 oz each) white mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 carton (32 oz)  beef flavored broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 oz cream cheese, softened and cut into small cubes (I used low fat)
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 package (22 oz) frozen cooked beef meatballs, thawed
Chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, if desired

Directions

Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Cook and drain noodles as directed on package, using minimum cooking time. Drain; set aside.

Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onion; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are tender. Sprinkle flour on top of mushrooms and onions; stir well. Gradually stir in beef broth; add Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

Heat to simmering, stirring occasionally; cook 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture is slightly thickened. Stir cream cheese into hot broth mixture, stirring constantly with whisk until cream cheese is mostly incorporated (small pieces of cream cheese may remain but will incorporate in baking). Remove from heat; stir in whipping cream.

In baking dish, add noodles, sauce and meatballs, carefully mixing to coat. Cover; bake 30 to 35 minutes or until sauce is bubbling and casserole is heated through. Stir; cool 10 minutes. Stir before serving; garnish with parsley.

Uncategorized

One Pot Chili Mac

Hubby asked me to create a one pot meal tab in my Pinterest account so that we can file quick and easy dinners that we want to try.  Generally he is out on the road during the day working he has an opportunity to stop at the grocery store and pick up what we need.  This one was very hearty on a cold night like we have been having lately.  When the temperature is in the single digits or lower, you want something to warm you up and this hits the spot. 

One Pot Chili Mac

Ingredients

1 pound Ground Beef
2 Tbl Olive Oil
1 Red Onion chopped
1 Poblano Chili seeded and chopped
1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
2 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Cumin
1 14 ounce can Fire-roasted Diced Tomatoes
1 can Kidney or Red Beans
4 cups Beef Broth
10 ounces Macaroni Noodles
2 cups Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese , shredded
2 Tbl Parsley , chopped

Directions

Heat a large pot to medium/high. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking up into small pieces.
Add the olive oil, onion, chili, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and cumin to the beef and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until onion and chili have softened.
Add the beans, tomatoes, beef broth, and macaroni noodles to the pot. Stir to combine and then cover the pot with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring contents every minute or two, until the noodles are al dente.
Remove from heat and sprinkle the top of the chili mac with the shredded cheese and parsley. Cover until service to allow the cheese to melt.
Uncategorized

One Pan Sausage and Penne Skillet

Hubby asked me to create a Pinterest board for One Pot Meals.  This is one of the first recipes that we added to it.  To me, a one pot meals are easy clean up, easy meal planning and something that is hearty and delicious as the days get shorter and colder.  Just add a salad and beverage and you should be all set.  And with a pasta dish our son is always happy.  If he is working after school he will call  and ask what dinner was.  If we say Pasta, then he doesn’t bring home something from work.  

INGREDIENTS

4 links Italian turkey sausage
1/2 medium onion, finely diced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (Optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon basil
2 cups crushed tomatoes
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
5 cups Penne  pasta
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

Remove turkey sausage from casings and fry in large skillet over medium-high heat until crumbled and brown, about 2-3 minutes. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 2 minutes.
Add spinach, red pepper flakes, salt, parsley, oregano, basil, tomatoes and broth and stir until combined. Stir in the pasta. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook, stirring often, until pasta is tender, about 12-15 minutes (smaller pasta will take less time). Top with cheese, cover and let sit until cheese is melted. Serve.

Uncategorized

Chicken Casserole – An oldie but a goodie

How many of you have recipes still on cards and use them frequently?  Haven’t we moved on to the electronic age and look up our favorite recipe on the internet or Pinterest?  Well this one is classic.  I believe that it was from right after we were first married some 26 years ago.  Hubby asked for a recipe that used cooked chicken.  I looked around Pinterest but then remembered I had a couple of older recipes in my recipe box.  This wasn’t the first one I was thinking of, but it caught my eye.  I think I would rename it Chinese Chicken Casserole.

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups chicken, cooked and diced
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cans cream of mushroom soup mixed with 1/2 cup warm chicken broth
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 large can of chow mien noodles
1/2 cup cashews

Directions

Combine all ingredients reserving 1/4 cup noodles for topping.  Place in 1/1/2 or 2 quart casserole.  Bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees. Sprinkle reserved noodles on the last 15 minutes of baking. 
Uncategorized

Pepperoni Lasanga

 We were at the grocery store this afternoon and I saw a large display of mozzarella, lasagna sheets, ricotta cheese in the dairy case on an end cap.  At first I thought it might be the Italian foods festival , but then I realized that Easter is a week away and Lasagna is a staple dish in many houses for Easter dinner.  So why not share my recent Lasagna creation we made a couple of weeks ago.  This one feature pepperoni that is either fried or baked to a crisp.  Adds a unique flavor, plus you can’t help sampling the pepperoni after you have heated it up!  This makes a ton of Lasagna, so plan on a few meals for the upcoming week.

Ingredients



Ready for the oven

Salt
1 pound lasagna sheets
8 ounces sliced pepperoni (about 2 cups)
4 cups Tomato Sauce
1 pound ricotta
1 pound shredded mozzarella
2 pounds bulk Italian sausage, cooked
3/4 cup grated Parmesan

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.        
 
Boil 6 quarts of water, add a pinch of salt and cook the pasta to almost done, about 7 minutes. Remove from the water and shock in an ice bath. 
           
In a medium saucepan, add the pepperoni and sauté over medium heat until crispy, about 10 minutes ( or you can place the pepperoni in a single layer on a backing sheet covered with parchment paper and bake about 5 minutes to crisp up.Remove from the heat and drain on a paper towel. 
            
In a 10- by 14- by 3-inch baking pan or dish, pour 1 cup of the Tomato Sauce in the bottom and around the sides. Layer lasagna sheets on the bottom of the pan, overlapping by 1/2 inch. Add one-third of the ricotta and one-quarter of the mozzarella, sausage, pepperoni and Parmesan. Spoon 1 cup of tomato sauce over the top. Repeat this two more times. 
           
On the top sheet, finish with the remaining cup of tomato sauce, mozzarella, sausage and pepperoni and dust with Parmesan. Bake until the cheese bubbles around the edges and the top is melted and light golden brown, about 45 minutes. If baking the dish from the freezer, add 15 to 20 minutes to the cook time, or until it’s bubbly. Cover loosely with foil if it’s browning too quickly. Remove from the oven; let sit for 15 minutes. Cut and serve immediately with more sauce, if desired.