Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta

Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta

by Pam on October 11, 2012

I found this recipe on Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice[1]  and had to make it immediately   I loved the idea of baking spaghetti with a layer of ricotta then topped with mozzarella, olives, and tomato slices.  It was fun to make and smelled amazing while it baked.  It was flavorful and delicious!  We all loved it, even my daughter who doesn’t like cheese, liked it.  I am excited to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Coat an 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Cook the spaghetti in salted water, per instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, combine the ricotta cheese, basil, minced garlic, egg, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Mix well until thoroughly combined.

Drain the pasta then place it back into the pot it was cooked in.  Add the spaghetti sauce and mix until evenly coated.  Place half of the spaghetti into the baking dish.  Spoon the ricotta cheese on top of the spaghetti and leaving an inch border around the edges.

Cover the ricotta mixture with the remaining spaghetti.  Sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese, olives, and tomato slices.  Season the tomatoes with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese.

Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.  Enjoy.

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Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta




Yield: 8

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 35 min.

Total Time: 40 min.



Ingredients:

8 oz of whole wheat spaghetti, cooked per instructions
2 1/2 cups of marinara sauce
10 oz of ricotta cheese
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 egg
2 tbsp Parmesan cheese
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 cup of fresh mozzarella, grated (more if desired)
2 tbsp black olives, sliced
1 tomato, sliced

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat an 8 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

Cook the spaghetti in salted water, per instructions.

While the pasta is cooking, combine the ricotta cheese, basil, minced garlic, egg, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Mix well until thoroughly combined.

Drain the pasta then place it back into the pot it was cooked in. Add the spaghetti sauce and mix until evenly coated. Place half of the spaghetti into the baking dish. Spoon the ricotta cheese on top of the spaghetti and leaving an inch border around the edges.

Cover the ricotta mixture with the remaining spaghetti. Sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese, olives, and tomato slices. Season the tomatoes with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste then sprinkle with a bit of Parmesan cheese.

Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice

References

  1. ^ Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice (www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives

by Pam on October 10, 2012

My kids are big fans of mashed potatoes and they are always very happy when I serve them with dinner. I decided to change it up and bit and make smashed potatoes with butter, sour cream, and chives. I used Yukon gold potatoes because they are rich, creamy, and so delicious.  I served this side dish with the Italian Meatloaf[1] and the Sautéed Kale, Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Parmesan[2] for a delicious and comforting meal.  We all LOVED these potatoes and they tasted great (with the leftover meatloaf) the next day too.

Heat a large pot of salted water until boiling.  Add the potatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until fork tender and cooked through.  Drain the potatoes; add the sour cream, butter, chives, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Mash by hand with a potato masher until creamy.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Smashed Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chives




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 20 min.

Total Time: 25-30 min.



Ingredients:

6-7 Yukon gold potatoes (leave the skin on), halved
3 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Heat a large pot of salted water until boiling. Add the potatoes and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until fork tender and cooked through. Drain the potatoes (leaving the skin on); add the sour cream, butter, chives, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Mash by hand with a potato masher until creamy. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



References

  1. ^ Italian Meatloaf (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Sautéed Kale, Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Parmesan (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Sautéed Kale with Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Parmesan

Sautéed Kale with Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Parmesan

by Pam on October 9, 2012

I served this side dish with the Italian Meatloaf[1] and they paired nicely together.  I have only used kale in soups so I was excited to give it a try as a main vegetable for our meal.  I loved the garlicky flavor of the wilted kale with the sweetened grape tomatoes.  It was light, healthy, and very delicious – even my kids ate it!

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the crushed red pepper, kale, and grape tomatoes then cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes.  Add the garlic and continue cooking, stirring constantly for 1 minute.  Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Add 1 tablespoon of water to the skillet then cover with a lid; steam for 1-2 minutes.  Remove the lid and taste; re-season if needed.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

 

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Sautéed Kale with Grape Tomatoes, Garlic, and Parmesan




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 10 min.

Total Time: 15 min.



Ingredients:

2 tsp of olive oil (I used garlic oil)
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
2 cups of kale, chopped
Handful of grape tomatoes
1 clove of garlic, minced
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1-2 tbsp of water

Parmesan shavings, if desired

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper, kale, and grape tomatoes then cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add 1-2 tablespoon of water to the skillet then cover with a lid; steam for 1-2 minutes. Remove the lid and taste; re-season if needed then sprinkle with shaved Parmesan if desired. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Italian Meatloaf (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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