Pasta

Pasta e Fagioli

December 11, 2010

 

Pasta e Fagioli

INGREDIENTS

1 Chopped Onion

1 Chopped Celery Stalk

2 Chopped Carrots

2 ½ Ounces Chopped Pancetta

4 Chopped Garlic Cloves

5 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2 Bay Leaves

6 Cups Chicken Stock

1 ½ Cups Water

½ Cup Chopped Parsley

4 Chopped Basil Leaves

1 ¼ Cups Cannellini Beans

28 Ounces Tomatoes (I like to use canned tomatoes)

8 Ounces Boiled Ditalini Pasta (short tubes)

Salt & Pepper to Taste

In a large stock pot add the oil, onion and garlic.  Brown lightly.  Next add the pancetta, carrots, bay leaves and salt & pepper. Cook about 6 minutes on medium heat. Add the tomatoes, chicken stock, water and herbs.  Cook for another 20 minutes.  Add the beans and cook another 5 minutes.  Finally, add the pasta.  Serve and enjoy.

Sinful Lasagna

November 27, 2010

Sinful Lasagna

SAUCE

  • 2  tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped peeled carrots
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • 6 ounces spicy Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with added puree
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon golden brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

LASAGNA

  • 15 lasagna noodles (about 12 ounces)

 

  • 2 15-ounce containers part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces)
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, squeezed dry
  • 2 large eggs

 

  • 4 3/4 cups grated mozzarella cheese (about 1 1/4 pounds)

 

Preparation

FOR SAUCE:
Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and garlic; sauté until softened, about 12 minutes. Add beef and sausages to pan; sauté until cooked through, breaking up meat with back of spoon, about 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer until flavors blend and sauce measures about 5 cups, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Cool.

FOR LASAGNA:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook noodles in large pot of boiling salted water until almost tender, about 7 minutes. Drain; cover with cold water.

Combine ricotta and 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese in medium bowl. Mix in spinach. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix in eggs.

Drain pasta and pat dry. Spread 1/2 cup sauce over bottom of 13×9-inch glass baking dish. Place 5 noodles over sauce, overlapping to fit. Spread half of ricotta-spinach mixture evenly over noodles. Sprinkle 2 cups mozzarella cheese evenly over ricotta-spinach mixture. Spoon 1 1/2 cups sauce over cheese, spreading with spatula to cover (sauce will be thick). Repeat layering with 5 noodles, remaining ricotta-spinach mixture, 2 cups mozzarella and 1 1/2 cups sauce. Arrange remaining 5 noodles over sauce. Spread remaining sauce over noodles. Sprinkle remaining 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese evenly over lasagna. (Can be prepared up to 1 day ahead. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate.) Cover baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake lasagna 40 minutes; uncover and bake until hot and bubbly, about 40 minutes. Let lasagna stand 15 minutes before serving.

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