- 3 Tomato
- 1 lb spaghetti
2 tbsp oil from sun dried tomatoes packed in oil
4 cloves garlic (more or less to suit own tastes)
28 oz can diced tomatoes, keep their liquid
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, rough cut
1 lb cherry tomatoes, big ones sliced in half
Cook spaghetti per package instructions. Meanwhile, in a fry
pan heat oil and saute garlic until just fragrant. To pan
add canned tomatoes and sun dried tomatoes along with the
liquid from the canned tomatoes. Simmer for 10-15 min.
slowly. Add fresh cherry tomatoes and simmer for another
8-10 or until wilted. Toss sauce with spaghetti and serve.
(For about 4 people)
- Baked Spaghetti Pie (Shopping Princess)
- 1/2 lb spaghetti
2 large eggs
1 container (15 oz) part-skim ricotta cheese
3/4 cup plus 2 tbl grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1 cup marinara sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain
Meanwhile, preheat oven 350`F. Grease 9-inch glass pie
plate. In large bowl, with fork, beat eggs. Stir in ricotta
and 3/4 cup parmesan until blended.
Add spaghetti to ricotta mixture and stir until well coated.
Transfer spaghetti mixture to prepared pie plate; top with
marinara sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and remaining 2 tbl
Bake pie 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 10
minutes for easier seriving. Cut into wedges to serve.
- Baked Ziti (annieshim)
- I just had the best baked ziti ever made by my sister
yesterday. I don't have measurements for the ingredients,
but it's basically as much as you want.
Pasta Sauce (with or without meat)
Ziti Pasta (2-3 boxes would equal about 2 pans)
On the bottom of the pan, spread some sauce. Add
layers of the following - cooked pasta, ricotta, sour cream,
pasta sauce, mozzarella. Continue layers ending with
mozzarella. Sprinkle chopped parsley over the top.
Cover with nonstick tin foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350
degrees. 5 minutes before you take it out of the oven,
remove the foil and continue cooking until cheese it melted.
- Baked Ziti (fuzzbe2000)
- 1 pound dry ziti *(you will not need all of this)
1 onion chopped *(I like onion so I use a medium sweet
1 pound lean ground beef *(use more - about 1 1/2)
2 28 oz jars spaghetti sauce *(I add garlic to taste and a
little sugar to cut the acid)
6 oz provolone cheese sliced *(use more - probably 3/4
1 1/2 cup sour cream
6 oz mozzarella shredded cheese *( Use much more, at least 1
2 tablespoons grated fresh parmesan cheese *( use a lot more
of this too)
1. Cook ziti in lightly salted boiling water until al dente.
Drain. I usually rinse with cold water to stop any further
2. In a large skillet brown onion and ground beef over
medium heat. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer 15 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350. Butter 9x13 inch baking dish. Layer
as follows: 1/2 ziti, provolone(all), sour cream (all), 1/2
sauce mixture, remaining ziti, mozzarella and remaining
sauce mixture. Top with grated parmesan.
4. Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven, or until cheeses
Will serve at least 8 (This is very rich!)
- Baked Ziti (Jerz girl2)
- 1 lb Ziti or Rigatoni's
12 oz Ricotta cheese
3/4 C grated Percorino Romano cheese
1/2 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
2 T chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 Cups quick gravy, homemade recipe is below...if you have
to use jarred, you can.
8 oz or more of a mozzarella cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
Light the oven to 350. Bring a large pot of salted water to
a boil and cook ziti until a firm, drain and rinse under
cold water to stop the macaroni from cooking further. DRAIN
Combine ricotta cheese, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup Romano
cheese and parsley in a medium bowl, blend well.
Toss the cooked macaroni with 2 Cups of the gravy. Place
half the macaroni in a 11 x 7 baking dish. Smooth 1/2 the
Ricotta cheese mixture over the macaroni and top with 1/2
the mozzarella cheese cubes. Add the remaining macaroni,
remaining gravy, mozzarella and top with Romano cheese. Bake
until heated thoroughly and the cheese is melted and the top
is browned on top. About 30-35 minutes.
Here is what you can do to make a real fast gravy...
1 28 oz can Italian tomatoes
1-2 large clove garlic minced
1/3 Cup olive oil
1/4 t Oregano
2 cans tomato sauce
1/3 t crushed basil
1 t sugar
1/4 t garlic salt
2-3 T Percorino Romano cheese
salt & pepper to taste
Heat large skillet, add olive oil when the oil is heated,
add crushed garlic let the garlic saute briefly...do not
burn, will make garlic bitter. Cook 2-3 minutes. Add
tomatoes and all seasonings and cook until thick enough for
macaroni. A can of mushrooms can be added 5-10 minutes
before the gravy is served. You can add 1 6 oz can of tomato
paste to make a thicker gravy.
You can also do a quick meat gravy...if you need a recipe, I
have one. You can serve with a homemade garlic bread...an
ingredient I use in my garlice bread, is a tiny dap of mayo
mixed with other indredients, so yummy!!
PS...you can also try a smoked mozzarella and 1-2 eggs in
- Baked Ziti (monicakm1)
- 3 cups ricotta cheese
1 T dried parsley
1 1/2 tsp salt
10 oz frozen chopped spinach
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
26 oz jar spaghetti sauce, divided
16 oz pkg ziti, cooked and divided
16 oz pkg shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
Blend together ricotta cheese, parsley, salt, egg and
spinach. Puree until smooth. Add parmesan cheese
and blend to combine. Spread enough spaghetti sauce in
an ungreased 13x9 pan to cover the bottom. Arrange
half the pasta over sauce. Spread with half ricotta
cheese mixture and half mozzarella. Repeat layers
ending with the mozzarella. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes
- Baked Ziti (vedawhee)
- Jar sauce is always acceptable if the desire to make
your own isn't there. if you are using jar, add the
hamburger to it, to flavor it up some more!
1 lbs of ziti noodles, cooked and cooled.
in a large sauce pan on the stove, over medium heat add 2lbs
of hamburger and start browning it. add
salt/pepper/garlic/parsley to taste. if she has an onion,
chop that up, add it in. if she doesn't, onion powder is a
fine subsitute! add 2 cans of tomato puree or crushed
tomatoes (those 1lb cans on the bottom shelf of the
supermarket are best). let simmer at least 30 minutes, but
the longer the better.
mix the sauce and noodles together. cover the top with
mozzarella and some parmigiana cheese and bake at 350 for
about 20-30 minutes until you start getting bubbles.
the noodles will soak up a lot of sauce, so it might seem
like a lot, but more is better than less, you don't want
those noodles to dry out!
Basil Shrimp and Feta Orzo (chickenbutt)
- 1 regular-size foil oven bag
1/2 cup uncooked orzo
2 tsp olive oil, divided
1 cup diced tomato
3/4 cup sliced green onions
1/2 cup (2oz) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 pound large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Preheat oven to 450F.
Coat inside of oven bag with cooking spray. Place bag on lg
shallow baking pan.
Cook the pasta in boiling water 5 minutes, omitting salt and
fat; drain. Place pasta in a large bowl. Stir in 1 tsp oil
and next 7 ingredients (1 tsp oil through pepper). Place
orzo mixture in prepared oven bag. Combine shrimp and basil.
Arrange shrimp mixture on orzo mixture. Fold edge of bag
over to seal. Bake at 450F for 25 minutes or until shrimp
are done. Cut open bag with sharp knife and peel back foil.
Drizzle with 1 tsp olive oil.
- Bigoli (esadkmfa)
- 6 tbl. olive oil
4 tbl. butter (not sure but think so)
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef, crumbled
2 med. onions, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 cup milk (I use skim because that's what we drink but I'm
sure any will work - I've even used some 1/2 and 1/2)
2 cups white wine (I've used red in a pinch and it works
1/4 tsp fresh nutmeg
1 tsp. salt (not sure but I think so)
28 oz. can tomato sauce
Sautee onions, carrots, celery in oil/butter until onions
are transparent. Add ground beef. When ground beef has lost
its pink color add salt. Stir. Add add milk. Reduce (bring
to boil and then low flame). Add wine. Reduce. Add tomato
sauce and nutmeg. If under a low flame this tomato process
should take about 2 hrs. When reducing always remember to
stir so bottom doesn't burn.
When liquid is all evaporated and product starts to get dry
proceed to next step. When I'm not sure about the amount of
an ingredient I put "not sure." The measurement seems to
work for me but if anybody can suggest anything better I'm
open. You can play around with the measurements to suit your
families liking after you've made it the first. By then
you'll kind of have an idea how the recipe should taste.
- Caplellini Carbonara (katiesmom2)
- 2 Shallots chopped fine.
4 slices of Prosciuto chopped fine.
4 strips of bacon chopped fine.
2 tblsp of olive oil
2 tblsp of butter
1/2 cup chicken stock.
1/2 cup white wine
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup freshly grated parmagiano-reggiano cheese
1/2 pound angel hair
Heat Olive Oil and butter in Large Saute Pan over Medium
Add shallots, bacon and Prosciutto, cook until lightly
Add wine and chicken stock, cook for 2 minutes over high
Add cooked pasta, parmagianno, freshly ground pepper and egg
yolk, stirring vigorously over high heat until pasta is
coated and creamy. Transfer to individual plates and serve.
- Chicken & Bowtie Pasta (MaggieQQ)
- Box of Bow-tie Pasta
1 can of condensed Cream of Celery soup
1 can of condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
1 - 2 cups of diced chicken, turkey or ham
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus an additional 1/4
to 1/2 cup
1 cup of frozen peas
1 cup of frozen niblet corn
1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon of Celery salt and onion powder, to
Prepare Pasta according to instructions on the box.
Drain. Add condensed soup to pasta, chicken, 1/2 cup
shredded cheese, peas, corn and seasoning. Coat the
pasta well, distributing vegetables and chicken. Place
in casserole dish. Sprinkle additional cheese over the
top. Bake at 350 for 25 -30 minutes.
and Ricotta Cannelloni (adeli)
- 1 box (8 ounces) cannelloni or manicotti pasta (about 12
1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
3/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 pound lump crabmeat
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
Bechamel Sauce, recipe follows
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
Add the pasta and cook
until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring
occasionally, about 8 to 10
minutes. Drain pasta.
In a large bowl, mix together ricotta, 3/4 cup Parmesan, egg
yolk, basil, crab,
salt, and pepper.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Fill the cannelloni with the crab mixture and place in a
buttered baking dish. Top
the filled cannelloni with the Bechamel Sauce and sprinkle
with the remaining
Parmesan cheese. Bake until bubbly and the top is golden
brown, about 15 to 20
minutes. Serve immediately.
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups whole milk, warmed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup freshly ground white pepper
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add
the flour and whisk
until smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the warm milk,
until the sauce is thick, smooth, and creamy, about 10
minutes (do not allow the
sauce to boil). Remove from the heat and stir in the salt,
pepper, and nutmeg. (The
sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead. Cool and then cover
Yield: about 4 cups
- Easy Cheese Lasagna
- One Box of no cook lasagna noodles.
One and a half jars of store bought spaghetti sauce.
32 oz. size of ricotta cheese.
ground nutmeg (optional)
8 oz. size package of shredded mozzarella cheese
8oz. size package of shredded cheddar cheese
In a bowl, mix the four eggs with the ricotta cheese until
well blended. I use a wire wisk for this. Also mix in about
1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg if you want.
I use a deep sided roasting pan, about 11 by 14 inches. You
can also use a sturdy heavy foil pan.
Put about 1 1/2 cups of sauce in the bottom of the pan.
Put a single layer of lasagna noodles over the sauce, over
lapping slightly if necessary.
Evenly spread half the ricotta mixture over the noodles. Top
that with about 1/3 of the two kinds of shredded cheese.
Spread more sauce over the cheeses.
Put a second layer of lasagna noodles over the sauce and
repeat the above, starting with the other half of the
You now have 3 layers of noodles, and two of filling in
Place more sauce to cover the top layer of noodles. Sprinkle
with more shredded cheese.
Cover tightly with foil, and bake in preheated oven at 350
degrees for about an hour and fifteen minutes.
Let set covered for at least 20 minutes before serving
Easy Fettuccine Alfredo (Peaches&Cream)
- 8oz pkg cream cheese ( light or regular )
1 cup Kraft Shredded Parmesan cheese ( dairy section )
1/2 cup ( 1 stick ) butter or margarine
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups of canned chicken ( drained ), or leftover
fried/deli chicken (cubed).
8oz. of fettuccine, cooked & drained.
Mix cream cheese, parmesan cheese, butter & milk in
large saucepan; cook over low heat until cheese is
completely melted...stirring occasionally. Add
fettuccine, chicken & toss lightly
- 8oz of Fetuccine
1 1/2 Cups of Heavy Cream
6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Grated Parmeggiano Reggiano Cheese
2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley (finely minced)
1 Tsp Pepper
2 Tsp Salt (or more to taste)
2 Tsp Garlic Powder
Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Meanwhile, heat
6Tbsp butter & 1C of cream in a large saucepan for about 3
minutes. Heat long enough to get butter melted and heat
through. Do NOT boil! Set aside and remove from heat.
Drain pasta, add to saucepan w/sauce. Add the other 1/2 cup
of cream, cheese, garlic powder, salt & pepper into pan and
toss. Heat over low heat for another few minutes until sauce
sets and thickens a bit. Generously sprinkle w/Parsley.
- Hellcat's Spaghetti Pie
- 6 oz cooked and cooled spaghetti
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 C Parmesan cheese
1 C sour cream
1 lb ground beef, cooked and drained
4 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 oz spaghetti sauce
Preheat oven to 350. Combine the spaghetti, eggs, and
Parmesan cheese. Pour mixture into a 9" pie pan, cover with
sour cream, ground beef, and spaghetti sauce. Top with
mozzarella cheese. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
- Italian Gravy - version 1
- 3 pounds ripe fresh plum tomatoes, peeled and seeded or
one 35 ounce can of peeled Italian tomatoes, seeded and
lightly crushed, with their liquid
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
1/4 cup finely shredded peeled carrots
1/4 cup finely chopped celery (including leaves)
4 fresh bay leaves or 2 dried bay leaves
Crushed red pepper
Crushed garlic OPTIONAL
Pass the tomatoes through a food mill fitted with the fine
disc. Heat the oil in a 2 to 3 quart non-reactive saucepan
over medium heat. Stir in the olive oil and cook, stirring
occasionally, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots
and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden,
about 10 minutes. Add garlic now if adding, brown to a
golden color, any darker makes it bitter!
Add the food milled tomatoes and bay leaves and bring to a
boil. Season lightly with salt and crushed red pepper. Bring
to a boil, lower the heat so the sauce is at a lively simmer
and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 45
minutes. Remove the bay leaves. Taste and season with salt
and red pepper if necessary.
- Italian Gravy - version 2
- Two 35-ounce cans Italian plum tomatoes (preferably San
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, diced (about 2 cups)
6 to 8 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped fine
5 to 6 meaty pork neck bones
1 pound ground beef
1 pound ground pork
4 bay leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably the Sicilian or
Greek type dried on the branch, crumbled
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup tomato paste
3 to 4 cups hot water
Anchovy paste...secret ingredient...OPTIONAL
Makes about 8 cups...2 lbs of macaroni
Tomato paste is usually added along with the onions to
caramelize a little bit, but you can add tomato paste right
into the gravy.
(When the gravy is finished simmering, you can pull the meat
from the bones and stir it into the gravy.)
Pass the tomatoes and their liquid through a food mill using
the fine disc. Set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a heavy 4- to 5-quart pot over medium
heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until
golden, about 8 minutes. Make a little room in the center of
the pot, dump in the garlic, and cook, stirring, until the
garlic is lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the pork
bones and cook, turning, until lightly browned on all sides,
about 5 minutes. Add the ground beef and pork and season
lightly with salt. Cook, stirring to break up the meat,
until the meat changes color and the water it gives off is
boiled away, about 10 minutes. Continue cooking until the
meat is browned, about 5 minutes. Add the bay leaves and
oregano, then pour in the wine. Bring to a boil and cook,
scraping up the brown bits that cling to the pot, until the
wine is almost completely evaporated. Pour in the tomatoes,
then stir in the tomato paste until it is dissolved. Season
lightly with salt. Bring to a boil, adjust the heat to a
lively simmer, and cook, uncovered, stirring often, until
the gravy takes on a deep, brick-red color, 2 to 3 hours.
Add the hot water, about 1/2 cup at a time, as necessary to
maintain the level of liquid for the length of time the
Skim off any fat floating on top and adjust the seasoning as
necessary. The gravy can be prepared entirely in advance and
refrigerated for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months.
(To give tomato paste a nuttier flavor,caramelize it by
cooking it in oil along with vegetables before the other
ingredients are added to the pot.)
- Italian Meatballs
- 1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground veal
2 lbs chopped meat(85%-93%)
garlic powder..I use alot, I love the stuff...sometimes
again a ton of Locatelli Pecorino Romano cheese, I love the
A pinch or 2 or 3 of water
A smidgen of Ketchup
On occasion a little bit of chopped onion
My grandmother sometimes added a pinch of red wine, I do
- Italian Sauce (kdb1225)
- Olive oil to cover bottom of large sauce pan, or dutch
Chopped garlic and onions to cover the bottom of the pan and
cook until clear.
Add a spoonful or 2 of beef bouillon to the onion mixture in
Add one large can of tomato paste and blend with
onion,garlic bouillon mixture. Stir until completely smooth.
Add oregano, basil, and parsley to this mixture and stir.
Add 1 large can of crushed tomatoes, and 1 large can of
tomato puree, and blend well.
Add one can of water for each can of tomatoes, puree and
paste you put in. Stir and let simmer until sauce thickens.
As soon as the meat is cooked and drained of all grease,
place meat in the pot with tomato sauce and continue to
Cook and stand back because the aroma from this sauce is so
good, people will be rushing to get into this pot of sauce
with bread!!! It's always better the second day.
Sometimes I will make Chicken Cacciatori and put it in this
sauce. I will cook the chicken breasts in the oven (boneless
skinless). While that is cooking I will take the different
colored peppers, mushrooms, sliced, and onions, sliced and
cook them in olive oil and garlic. when the chicken is done,
I cut it up and put it in the pan with the veggies, and let
it cook. You can keep it separate or put it in the sauce.
It's really good!!
I hope you enjoy these dishes and I do wish I could give you
the directions for the meatballs, but it's just a sense of
- Lasagne (Jerz girl2)
- 2 Tblsp. olive oil
1/2 cup minced onions
1 lb. ground chuck steak
1 1/2 tsp. Garlic Salt
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. oregano
3 Tblsp. snipped Italian parsley
1 can Italian tomatoes
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
1/2 lb. lasagna (1-1/2 wide noodles)
1 lb. thinly sliced Mozzarella cheese
1 lb. Ricotta cheese
Heat olive oil in skillet and saute onions. Add beef and
cook just until red color disappears. Add garlic salt,
pepper, salt, oregano, parsley, tomatoes, tomato sauce and 2
Tblsp. Romano cheese to meat.
Simmer covered for 30 min. Cook lasagna according to
directions, drain and cover with cold water. In 12 x 8
baking dish, arrange on third of meat mixture, then a single
layer of drained lasagna placed lengthwise, layer of
Mozzarella, layer of Ricotta, 2 Tbsp. Romano. Repeat, ending
with remaining meat mixture/gravy and Romano.
Bake 30 minutes in a 350 give or take. Makes 8/10 smaller
- Lasagna Monte (adeli)
- 1 pound lasagna noodles
2 pounds poached, boneless and skinless chicken breasts
3 cups fresh green chiles, roasted, peeled and cut in strips
or one 27 ounce can whole green chiles, sliced
1 - 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
1 - 1/2 cups sour cream
1 8 ounce package sliced mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup canned sliced pitted black olives
Preheat oven to 325. Cook noodles until done. Place the
first of three layers of noodles in a 9 x 15 inch buttered
baking pan. Slice the poached chicken breasts and cover the
noodles with half of the chicken slices. Cover the chicken
with half of the green chiles. Mix together the ricotta
cheese and sour cream. Spoon half of this mixture over green
chiles. Repeat the layering process beginning with the
noodles. Then place the last layer of noodles on top. Cover
with the mozzarella slices and sprinkle with olives. Bake
uncovered for 30 minutes. Enjoy!
From the Pink Adobe Restaurant, Santa Fe, NM
- Macaroni Pie (Jerz girl)
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (85% to %95 is fine)
1/4 cup chopped FRESH parsley leaves
1 cup breadcrumbs
1 small onion, chopped
1 cup grated parmesan cheese(Parm Reggiano)
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
3 cups cooked tubetti (tiny tubes or baby shells)
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 lb provolone cheese, shredded
1/3 cup olive oil
4 cloves minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
56 ounces crushed tomatoes in puree
24 ounces tomato paste
20 ounces water
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup FRESH basil leaves, torn
2 ounces romano cheese
parmesan cheese, for garnish
You will need 3 hours 45 minutes 35 mins prep
Read directions all the way through first!!
Meat Crust: Mix ground beef, parsley, bread crumbs,
onion, eggs, 1/2 cup parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and
1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl very gently.
Do not over mix.
Put mixture into lightly greased 10-inch pie plate or
11" x 7" casserole dish.
Shape crust so that it's about 1" thick.
Tomato Basil Gravy(sauce)
In large pot, cook garlic and red pepper flakes in oil
on low heat for 4 minutes only.
Add tomatoes, paste, water, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1
teaspoon black pepper, sugar and basil leaves.
Bring to boil.
Reduce to low heat.
Add chunk of Romano cheese and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix the filling (3 cups cooked macaroni, 1/2 pound
mozzarella, 1/2 pound provolone, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
and 2 cups tomato basil gravy) in a bowl.
Scoop into meat crust.
Bake for 1 1/2 hours.
Let cool for at least 15 minutes.
Top each slice with tomato basil gravy and sprinkle with
Be forewarned that the gravy(sauce) has to be cooked for
1-1/2 hours before you can even begin to put the rest
together. There's lots of prep, plus another 1-1/2 hours
for the assembled casserole to cook. It might take
longer than the time I listed. Everybody has a different
oven temp, might take longer...remember that! If top
starts to brown too much or burn put foil on. Tweak the
recipe, including the cooking times if you need to.
Macaroni Royale (hollee)
- 8 oz uncooked elbow macaroni
1 carton (6 oz) whipped cream cheese with chives
2 lbs ground beef
2 large onions, thinly sliced
2 cans (8 oz each) tomato sauce
4 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup (8 oz) sour cream
Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Add
cream cheese; toss until melted. Transfer to a greased
13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. In a skillet, cook beef
and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink;
drain. Add tomato sauce, salt and sugar; mix well. Spread
over macaroni mixture. Combine egg and sour cream; spread
over meat mixture. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes
or until lightly browned.
If your grocery store doesn't carry cream cheese with
chives, stir 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh chives into
6 ounces of softened plain cream cheese
- This is not your ordinary manicotti recipe. You make
your own manicotti “crepes”. They are made quickly one at a
time in a small non-stick skillet, then filled, rolled and
baked. They literally melt in your mouth!
Sauce: Make your own meat sauce or use your favorite
Manicotti crepes (makes about 24):
2 cups flour
2 cups water
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
3 lbs. ricotta
1 lb. shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning to taste
To make manicotti crepes: Combine flour, water & salt. Beat
until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Heat a 5-6 inch
skillet and grease with a few drops of olive oil. Put about
¼ cup of batter in a hot skillet and roll around pan to
distribute evenly. Cook over LOW heat until firm (takes only
a minute or two). DO NOT BROWN. Turn and cook lightly on
other side. Proceed with remaining crepes (no need to grease
skillet a second time). Allow to cool slightly for ease in
To make filling: In a large bowl, mix the filling
Making the manicotti: Put some tomato sauce on the bottom of
a large baking dish; spread to cover. Put about 2 heaping
tablespoons of filling down the center of each crepe and
roll up. Put manicotti seam side down in dish. Cover with
more sauce and sprinkle with additional grated cheese.
Bake in 350° oven for 45 minutes. Serve with additional
sauce and grated cheese.
You should not think these are difficult to make! I have
given the recipe to several people and most act like it
would be a daunting task! It isn't. It moves along quickly!
I have even taken to using 2 small skillets (I have 2, one a
little smaller than the other) when making a lot. I make the
pasta crepe in the first (takes maybe a minute on the first
side), then I flip it onto the larger skillet and cook the
second side (takes maybe 30 seconds). This moves along
quickly. If you only want to make enough for say a 13x9 pan,
then you only need half the crepe recipe which makes about
12-14, then adjust the filling, as needed. These can be made
ahead, just so you know. At Christmas, I make these the day
before (my kids help with the process, so it has become sort
of a tradition). I assemble the whole thing up until the
baking step. The next day, I take them out of the fridge a
little earlier, so they won't be so cold. If they are a bit
cold, you can bake this an hour.
Manicotti - version 1
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
2 large cloves garlic, minced
3 cups homemade or canned unseasoned crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
15 or 16 ounces whole or part skim ricotta cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus a little more
1 small onion, chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus 2
4 tablespoons freshly grated Romano cheese, plus 2
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
8 ounces manicotti shells, cooked al dente and drained
For gravy, heat medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add
olive oil and onions. Saute until onions are softened, about
3 minutes. Add the garlic and saute another minute. Add the
tomatoes, basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook just until
the mixture is hot, about 5 minutes from heat until
Preheat oven to 400. Grease a 13x9x2 baking dish with olive
oil or olive oil spray. Heat a small skillet over
medium/high heat. Add the 1 tablespoon olive oil and onions.
Saute until onions are softened, about 3 minutes. Add the
garlic and saute another minute. Remove from heat and cool
slightly. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, 4
tablespoons Parmesan, 4 tablespoons Romano, onion mixture,
basil, parsley, salt and pepper. Using a small spoon, stuff
each manicotti shell with about 2 tablespoons of the cheese
mixture. Place side-by-side in the baking dish. Top with the
tomato gravy, then the remaining Parmesan and Romano
cheeses. Drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake, uncovered,
for about 25 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove from
oven and let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
I always place the ricotta in a strainer lined with a coffee
filter and placed over a bowl to separate excess liquid. It
will take about 30 minutes in the refrigerator.
Manicotti - version 2
2 cups ricotta cheese (15 ounces)
1 cup shredded mozzarella (about 6 ounces)
2/3 cup coarsely chopped basil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
For the crepes:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup water
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3 cups tomato gravy
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta with the mozzarella,
basil, 1 teaspoon of salt and the pepper.
2. In a blender, process the flour, water, eggs and 1/2
teaspoon of salt until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
3. Heat an 8 inch crepe or omelet pan over moderately high
heat. Lightly butter the pan and add 2 tablespoons of the
batter; working quickly, swirl the pan to coat it evenly.
Cook until the top of the crepe is dry and the bottom is
lightly golden, about 1 minute. Flip the crepe and cook
until the bottom is lightly golden, about 20 seconds longer.
Transfer the crepe to a large plate and repeat with the
remaining batter to make a total of 16 crepes.
4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Coat the bottom of a 3
quart baking dish with 1 cup of the tomato gravy. Arrange
the crepes on a work surface. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the
ricotta filling in a line down the center of each crepe.
Loosely roll up the crepes and arrange them, seam side up,
side by side in the baking dish. Pour the remaining 2 cups
of tomato gravy over the manicotti and sprinkle with the
Parmesan cheese. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the
tomato gravy is bubbling and the manicotti are heated
through. Serve piping hot.
- 1 cup sifted all-purpose flur
1 cup water
2 pounds ricotta cheese
Grated Parmesean or Romano cheese
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 pound Mozzarella, cut into strips (I use shredded)
24 ounces Tomato sauce
To make pancakes: combine flour, water, and 1/4 teaspoon
salt and beat until smooth. Beat in 4 eggs, one at a time.
Heat a 5 to 6-inch skillet and grease with afew drops of
oil. Pul about 3 tablespoons batter in hot skillet and roll
around pan to distribute evenly. Cook over low heat until
firm (bubbles will form on top); do not brown. Turn and cook
lightly on the other side, Continue making pancakes until
all batter is used. This abount will make 12 to 14 pancakes.
Do not grease skillet a second time. NOTE: Too much oil in
pan will not let the pancakes form.
To make filling: mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 3 eggs, ricotta,
1/4 cup Parmesean, and pepper. Put about 2 tablespoons
filling and a strip of Mozzarella on each pancake and roll
up. Pour 1 cup of tomato sauce into a large shallow baking
dish. Put Pancakes seam side down, in sauce, Cover with
remaining sauce and sprinkle with 1/2 cup Parmesean. Bake in
preheated moderate oven (350 degrees)for 45 minutes
Makes 6 generous servings.
When I first made this recipe, I accidently added a little
sprinkle of parmesean to the pancake batter, and it adds
something to the pancake flavor, and I still do it today.
Not much, just a sprinkle.
These pancakes are light and much better than the boxes of
- 1 lb Lean ground beef
1/4 c Chopped onion
1 Clove garlic; mashed
1 cn Spinach; drained and chopped (14 oz)
1/2 c Cottage cheese
2 Eggs; lightly beaten
12 Cooked macaroni shells
1 Jar spaghetti sauce with mushrooms; (15 1/2 oz)
1/2 c Grated parmesan cheese
1 c Shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan;
set aside. Brown ground beef in medium skillet over
medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic. Sauté 3 to 4 minutes
until onion is tender. Drain off excess fat. Remove from
heat and add spinach, cottage cheese, eggs, salt and pepper.
Stir until well mixed. Fill each shell with 1/4 cup meat
mixture. Place filled shells in prepared baking pan. Pour
spaghetti sauce evenly over filled shells. Sprinkle
Parmesan, then mozzarella cheese over Sauce. Bake 30 minutes
Microwave Fettuccine Alfredo (Peaches&Cream)
- 4oz cream cheese ( light or regular )
1/2 cup of Kraft parmesan cheese ( shelf kind )
1/2 cup milk
6oz. of cooked & drained fetuccine noodles
Microwave milk & cream cheese on high 2 minutes. Take
out & stir in the parmesan cheese. Place back in
microwave & cook on high for additional 2 minutes. Toss
with the noodles. You can add one cup cooked shrimp or
Pasta with Asparagus and Goat Cheese (dmginca)
- 2 lbs asparagus, cut into thirds
4 tbsp butter
12 oz short size pasta (such as cavatappi or penne or
5 oz goat cheese (Chevere)
2-3 tbsp snipped chives
1 1/2 cups hot pasta water
In a 450 oven, roast asparagus with 1 tbsp butter for 10
min. Meanwhile, cook pasta per package directions saving
required liquid. In same pot as pasta cooked in, melt
remaining butter and add chives and cheese. Melt cheese
adding enough water to make sauce of desired consistency. (I
begin by adding 1/2 cup of water and add from there. The
most I've used is about 1 cup) To pot and sauce, add
asparagus and pasta, stir to coat everything with sauce.
Serve (For 4 people)
Paula Dean's Baked Spaghetti
- 2 cups canned diced tomatoes
2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup water
1/2 cup diced onions
1/2 cup diced green bell peppers
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning salt
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
2 small bay leaves
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
8 ounces uncooked angel hair pasta
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup grated monterey jack cheese
House Seasoning (use 1 1/2 tsp)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a stockpot, combine the tomatoes, tomato sauce, water,
onions, peppers, garlic, parsley, seasoning mixtures, sugar,
and bay leaves. Bring to a boil over high heat, and
then reduce the heat and let simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
Crumble the ground beef in a large skillet. Cook over
medium-high heat until fully cooked, with no pink color
remaining. Drain the fat from the meat, and then add
the ground beef to the stockpot. Simmer for 20 more
Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
Cover the bottom of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan with sauce.
Add a layer of pasta and then a little less than 1/2 of each
cheese; repeat the layers, ending with the sauce.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Top the casserole with the remaining cheese, return it to
the oven, and continue to cook until the cheese is melted
and bubbly, about 5 more minutes. Cut into squares
1 cup salt
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container
for up to 6 months
Penne with Parmesan Cream and Prosciutto (Veeda
- 2 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups plus 2 tablespoons finely grated
1 lb penne
2 oz thinly sliced prosciutto, coarsely chopped
Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat to 375.
Bring cream and 1 1/2 cups of cheese, 3/4 t black pepper and
3/4 t salt to a boil in a small saucepan over moderate heat.
remove from heat.
Cook pasta until al dente, then drain. return pasta to pot
and stir in parmesan cream and prosciutto, tossing to coat.
Transfer mixture to shallow baking dish (not glass) and bake
for 15 minutes. stir pasta again to coat evenly.
Sprinkle remaining 2 T of cheese over the top and broil
pasta 1-2 minutes for the top to be lightly browned.
Pizza in Reverse
- 2 round flat bread rolls, split in two
Tomato-based pasta sauce of your choice
1 medium onion, thinly sliced and cooked on George Foreman
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
6 slices salami, shredded
3/4 cup mozzarella or tasty cheese
2 – 3 shredded basil leaves (optional)
12 black olives, slivered
Set the George Foreman Grill on medium heat for 7 – 8
minutes. Place the onion slices on the surface of George
Foreman Grill and cook until softened, turning with plastic
Spread cut surfaces of the rolls with the pasta sauce. Top
two rounds with softened onions, tomato slices, shredded
salami, grated cheese and shredded basil. Sprinkle on the
Place the tops on the rolls and arrange on the preheated
Lifestyle grill. Cook for 5 – 6 minutes until tops are
coloured and fillings is heated through.
Serve at once with lettuce, small gherkins and cherry
Ray's Pasta Toss (coracora)
- 1 pound curly short cut pasta (recommended: campanelle
by Barilla, fusilli or cavatappi
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
1 pound ground sirloin
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, eyeball it in your
1/2 teaspoon allspice, eyeball it in your palm
1 teaspoon, several drops, Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup dry red wine, a couple of glugs
1/2 cup beef stock
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
1 cup fresh basil, about 20 leaves
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, a couple of handfuls,
plus some to pass at table
Heat a large pot of water to boil for pasta. Salt water and
cook pasta to al dente. Heads up: you will need a ladle of
the starchy cooking water to help form sauce before
Heat a deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add
extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan. Add the meat and
break it up into small bits as it caramelizes. Once meat has
good color to it, 4 to 5 minutes, add garlic, onions and red
pepper flakes and season with salt, pepper, allspice and
Worcestershire sauce. Cook another 5 minutes, deglaze the
meat and onions with red wine, cook off a minute, then
combine about 1/2 cup of stock into the meat. Stir in the
tomatoes and bring to a bubble. Reduce heat to medium low
and simmer 5 minutes.
Place ricotta cheese in the bottom of a shallow bowl. Add a
ladleful of boiling, starchy pasta water to the ricotta and
stir to combine. Add a couple of handfuls of grated Parmesan
to the ricotta and mix it in.
Drain pasta. Toss hot pasta with cheeses. Add half the thick
meat sauce to the pasta bowl and combine. Tear or shred the
basil and add to the meat and pasta, toss again. Taste to
adjust salt and pepper. Serve bowlfuls of Not-lasagna with
extra sauce on top and more grated Parmesan to pass at the
**Easier than lasagna, because it's not. This
pasta, meat sauce and ricotta toss-up is just as hearty and
comforting as the layered Italian favorite, but it's ready
in a fraction of the time and with much less effort
- Rigatoni (cooper)
- 1/2 pound hamburger or Owens sausage
1 32 ounce jar spagatti sauce (spicier the better)
1 pound box Rigatoni
1 small can sliced black olives
8 ounces mozerella cheese grated (2-2 1/2 cups)
Brown meat. Salt and pepper to season. Boil rigatonni
according to package directions but drain and rinse 3
minutes before being done.
Mix cooled rigatonni with pasta sauce and meat. Pour into a
5 quart cassarole (or better yet a tin foil throw away
cassarole.) Top with grated cheese and sliced olives and
bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until it's cheese is
glistening and smells like pizza!!! Enjoy.
If you have more time and the inclination, add chopped onion
and green pepper to the meat as your browning it for more
flavor and homemade taste. If your in a hurry, forget the
veggies and just buy a chunky Garden Style pasta sauce
instead and don't be afraid to add a little garlic or
italian seasoning to perk it up a little.
Rigatoni Alla Rescigno
- Recipe by John Sierp
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons sea salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, rinsed, trimmed
and cut into 1-inch pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as necessary
1 pound pancetta, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
2 portobello mushroom caps, trimmed, gills removed, and cut
into 1/4-inch pieces
3 shallots, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons Garlic Oil
1/2 cup homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
1 cup dry sherry
15 medium red tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and cut into
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
15 fresh basil leaves, julienned
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 pounds rigatoni
1/4 cup heavy cream
Freshly grated Pecorino Romano
1. Combine flour, garlic, oregano, sea salt, and cracked
black pepper in a shallow dish; dredge chicken in flour
mixture. Heat olive oil in a Dutch-oven over medium-high
heat. Add chicken in batches; sauté until golden brown,
about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels; set aside.
2. Using the same pan, brown pancetta over medium-high heat.
Add mushrooms, shallots, and garlic oil; cook until shallots
are translucent. Add chicken stock 1 tablespoon at a time to
prevent sticking, if necessary.
3. Increase heat to high; add sherry, and stir with a wooden
spoon to scrape browned bits from bottom of pan. Cook for 2
4. Add tomatoes, red pepper, if using, remaining chicken
stock, and half of the basil; season with salt and pepper.
Reduce to medium-low heat, and cook until sauce begins to
thicken, 40 to 50 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil; season
with salt. Add rigatoni, and cook according to package
instructions. Drain; set aside.
6. Stir cream and remaining basil into the sauce; season
with salt and pepper. Transfer rigatoni to a large serving
dish; top with chicken, and pour sauce over. Sprinkle with
cheese, and serve with bruschetta, if desired.
- 1 lb. ground meat or turkey
l/2 cup chopped onion (or more to taste)
l6 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato paste sm.
2 1/2 c. uncooked egg noodles
3/4 c. cottage cheese
tbsp. parsley flakes, l l/2 tsp. oregano tsp. salt and
l l/2 cups water
3/4 c grated parmesan cheese
l cup shredded mozzarella
Cook beef, onion and garlic in Dutch oven until browned
and onion is tender. Drain excess fat if you have to,
Add tomatoes, paste, parsley, salt and pepper. Add water
and bring to a boil. Stir in noodles and simmer until
noodles are tender, about 25 minutes. Still only to
prevent sticking. Mix cottage cheese and parmesan cheese
and stir in oregano in separate bowl. Drop by
teaspoonfuls onto lasagna mixture and top with
mozzarella. Cover and heat about 5 minutes or until
Baked Ziti (DarthKitty)
- 1 lb. sausage or ground beef
2 jars spaghetti sauce
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 lb. dry penne rigate noodles
1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
1 c. grated parmesan cheese
Brown sausage or ground beef and drain off fat. Mix with
spaghetti sauce and Italian seasoning.
In a separate bowl, combine ricotta, parmesan and 1 c.
Layer in slow cooker as follows: 2 c. meat sauce, 1/2 of the
noodles, 1/2 of the cheese mixture, 2 c. meat sauce, 1/2 of
the noodles, 1/2 of the cheese mixture. Pour rest of meat
sauce over all. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or until
noodles are tender.
- lasagna noodles
1 pound fresh spinach or 2 10 oz. boxes frozen spinach,
defrosted and drained
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tbl. cooking oil
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup chopped ripe olives
1 1/2 tsp. oregano
1 (15 oz.) container ricotta cheese
16 oz. monterey jack cheese, sliced
grated parmesan cheese
Rinse spinach, cook covered (no extra water)
for 5 min. or until wilted. Stir once or twice.
In saucepan cook mushrooms, carrots, and onions in hot oil
tender, but not brown. Stir in tomato sauce, tomato paste,
and oregano. Simmer for 5-10 min.
In a greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish. layer half each of the
ricotta, spinach, Jack cheese, and sauce. Repeat layers.
slices of cheese for the top.
Bake at 375F for 30 min. Let stand 10 min. before serving.
Pass the parmesan.
Notes: I added some basil and fennel to the sauce. All the
veggies sliced up quickly
in a food processor. . I used no-boil noodles (you can use
regular uncooked lasagna noodles),
and made 2 8in pans of lasagna instead of one big one. I
also used pepper jack cheese to spice it
up a little.
Vegetable Lasagna Toss
8 ounces lasagna noodles
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed with press
1=12 ounce bag broccoli florets
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 can (15 to 18 ounces) white kidney beans
(cannellini) drained and rinsed
3 large tomatoes coarsely chopped
1/3 cup freshly grated Romano cheese plus additional
Heat a 5 to 6 qt covered saucepot of salted water to
boiling, add noodles and cook till just tender,
about 2 minutes longer than label directs.
Meanwhile, in non stick 12" skillet heat oil over
medium heat, add garlic and broccoli and cook 1
minute stirring frequently.
Add broth, cover and cook 8 minutes. Stir in beans,
cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes longer or till
broccoli is very tender. Stir in tomatoes, remove
Drain lasagna noodles and add to broccoli mixture in
skillet and sprinkle with Romano, toss to coat
noodles. Serve with additional Romano if you like.