Spinach & Cheese Lasagna

INGREDIENTS 1 (16 ounce) container ricotta cheese 1 (8 ounce) container cottage cheese 2 cups shredded Italian blend cheese 1 (12 ounce) bag frozen spinach, thawed and drained dry 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 (9 ounce) package oven ready lasagna noodles 12 slices provolone cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese Fresh basil, for garnish Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta, cottage cheese, Italian blend cheese, spinach, eggs, salt and pepper until well combined.?Spread half of one jar of marinara on the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish. 3. Top sauce with 5 lasagna noodles so all of the sauce is […]

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna Bake

INGREDIENTS For the lasagna: 10-15 no-boil lasagna noodles 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken (use rotisserie chicken for lots of yummy flavor) 12 ounces frozen peas ½ cup Parmesan cheese ½ cup Swiss cheese 1 cup water ¼ cup seasoned breadcrumbs fresh herbs for topping For the sauce: 6 tablespoons butter 1½ tablespoons minced garlic 6 tablespoons flour ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning ¾ teaspoon salt 5 cups milk INSTRUCTIONS 1. Make the sauce: Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant – stir continuously to avoid burning because burnt garlic will taste bitter. Add the flour, poultry seasoning, and salt. Whisk and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the milk, one cup […]

Bangin’ Shrimp Pasta!

Ingredients 1 lb of spaghetti or your favorite pasta of choice 1 1/2 lbs of medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (or 1 pound boneless chicken, chopped) 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 tsp paprika 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley Black pepper to taste For the Sauce: 1/2 cup of Hellmans mayonnaise 1/2 cup Thai sweet chili sauce (in the asian isle) 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tablespoons of lime juice 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 tablespoon onion powder Instructions 1. In a large bowl, mix all ‘sauce’ ingredients together then set aside. 2. Cook pasta, drain. 3. Place the uncooked shrimp OR chicken in a medium bowl, add the paprika, 3 cloves of garlic, […]

Broccoli Pasta Salad

Ingredients: 4 cups cooked bow-tie pasta (about 6 oz. dry pasta) 7 sweet mini peppers (orange, yellow and red), diced 1 head broccoli, chopped 1/3 cup dried cranberries 3/4 to 1 cup three cheese ranch dressing salt (to taste) pepper (to taste) slivered almonds (optional) Instructions: Cook pasta until al dente, drain and rinse in warm water.  Seed, then dice peppers, and chop broccoli into small bite size florets and pieces.  In a large bowl, put peppers, broccoli, cranberries and pasta.  Pour dressing over ingredients, and mix well until all ingredients are coated with the dressing.  Cover and refrigerate at least two hours. Top with slivered almonds (optional) before serving.

Baked Ravioli with Vodka Sauce

Ingredients: ¼ cup butter 5 garlic cloves minced 1 medium onion diced 1¼ cups vodka 2-28oz cans tomato sauce 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoon fresh chopped basil 1 cup heavy cream 3-16 oz bags frozen ravioli (I used beef) 1½ cups fresh mozzarella ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese chopped fresh parsley Instructions: In a large pot or dutch oven over medium heat add butter. Add onions and cook until soft about 5 minutes, add garlic and cook another minute. Carefully add in the vodka and simmer uncovered, until reduced by about half, about 5-6 minutes. Add in the tomato sauce, sugar, salt and pepper, oregano, […]

Pasta Salad Recipe

Ingredients:  1 pound tricolor rotini (corkscrew) pasta 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced 1/4 pound genoa salami, diced 1/4 pound pepperoni sausage, diced 6 ounce can sliced black olives, drained 1/2 pound asiago cheese, diced For the dressing: 0.7 ounce package dry Italian salad dressing mix 3/4 cup olive oil 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (parsley and/or oregano) 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper Optional, for serving: 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved Instructions: Using a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta in s colander and rinse with cold water. In a large mixing bowl, combine and mix all ingredients except for the dressing ingredients. […]

Slow Cooker Chili Mac

Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 1 small onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 (30 oz) can chili beans 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes 2 cups beef broth 1 tablespoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin 8 oz elbow macaroni salt and pepper to taste Desired toppings: cheddar, sour cream, green onions, corn chips Instructions: In a large skillet brown ground beef until no longer pink. Drain grease and add to slow cooker. Add in remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Cover and cook on low for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. ** NOTE: If you need to cook this for more than 2 1/2 hours leave the pasta out. Cook pasta on the […]

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta

Ingredients: 1 box (1 lb) penne pasta 3 TB butter 2 tsp. minced garlic 3 TB flour 1 cup chicken broth 1 cup milk 2 tsp dried parsley ½ cup grated parmesan cheese salt and pepper to taste Instructions: Cook pasta according to packaged directions. Melt butter in a medium sauce pan, add garlic. Cook for 1 minute over medium heat Add flour and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly. Add milk and broth, stirring constantly. Cook until sauce boils and thickens. Add parsley and parmesan cheese. Add desired salt and pepper. Continue stirring until cheese has melted. Serve immediately. Pour sauce over pasta and serve.

Italian Sausage Rigatoni

Ingredients: 1/2 pound uncooked rigatoni 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 pound Italian sausage with casing removed 2 garlic cloves, minced 1/4 cup yellow onion, finely chopped 1/4 cup beef broth or red wine 1 can petite diced tomatoes 1 8-ounce can tomato paste 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley 1 teaspoon finely chopped basil parmesan cheese or grated non-dairy cheese (optional) Instructions: Cook pasta according to package directions. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and onions, and sauté for about 2 minutes, just until the onions are translucent. Add ground sausage to skillet and stir until fully cooked, about 5 minutes. Add beef broth or wine and scrap browned sausage bits off the bottom of […]

Mushroom Lasagna (Vegan Recipe)

Instructions:  Mushroom bolognese 1 tbsp olive oil 1 white onion, diced 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 small carrot, grated 400g button mushrooms, thinly sliced 2 tbsp tomato puree 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp mixed Italian dried herbs (Basil, oregano, thyme) 400g chopped tomatoes 240ml vegetable stock 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with 2 tbsp cold water For the lasagna 12 gluten-free lasagna sheets 1 tin Sacla free-from Besciamella white sauce (Optional) vegan cheese, grated Instructions:  Make the bolognese sauce Heat olive oil in a pan. Add the onions, garlic, grated carrot, salt and pepper and saute for a few minutes, until softened. Add the mushrooms and tomato puree. Mix to combine. Add the vinegar, herbs, chopped tomatoes and vegetable stock. […]