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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)

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Italian Meatloaf

Italian Meatloaf

by Pam on October 8, 2012

I was craving meatloaf so I decided to try a new recipe from Michael Chiarello[1] instead of my usual meatloaf[2] recipe.  I found this recipe for an Italian meatloaf that looked and sounded terrific.  It was very easy to put together, it smelled amazing while it baked, and it turned out really moist and tender.  We all liked the meatloaf and it paired well with potatoes & greens I served with it (recipes to post soon).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Coat a loaf man with cooking spray.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions, peppers, and mushrooms to the skillet.  Cook, stirring often, until tender; about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.  Remove from the heat and let them cool.

Combine the ground beef with the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, basil, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, and balsamic vinegar along with the onion mixture.  Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; combine gently with your fingers until evenly mixed – be sure not to over mix.  Pack the mixture into the loaf pan.  Spread the marinara sauce evenly over the top of the loaf.

Place into the oven and bake for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center reaches 160 degrees.  Remove from the oven and let the meatloaf rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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Italian Meatloaf




Yield: 8

Prep Time: 15 min.

Cook Time: 60 min.

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutues



Ingredients:

2 tsp canola oil
1/2 sweet yellow onion, finely diced
2 baby bell peppers, finely diced
3 button mushrooms, finely diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 lb lean ground beef
3/4 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp dried oregano
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp balsamic vinegar
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 cup of marinara sauce

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a loaf man with cooking spray.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, peppers, and mushrooms to the skillet. Cook, stirring often, until tender; about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let them cool.

Combine the ground beef with the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, basil, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and balsamic vinegar along with the onion mixture. Season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; combine gently with your fingers until evenly mixed – be sure not to over mix. Pack the mixture into the loaf pan. Spread the marinara sauce evenly over the top of the loaf. Place into the oven and bake for 1 hour or until a meat thermometer inserted in the center reaches 160 degrees.

Remove from the oven and let the meatloaf rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Michael Chiarello

References

  1. ^ Michael Chiarello (www.foodnetwork.com)
  2. ^ meatloaf (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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Italian Chili

Italian Chili

by Pam on September 9, 2012

We finally had a cool day today in Portland.  It was cloudy, cool, and a much needed break from the heat! I found a recipe at The Slow Roasted Italian[1] that looked and sounded perfect! It had a wonderful chili flavor with an Italian twist.  It smelled amazing while it simmered on the stove all afternoon and tasted even better.  My daughter, who does not like chili, actually liked this and nearly ate her whole bowl full.  My son loved it and asked for leftovers for his school lunch tomorrow.  My husband and I both really liked it too and I look forward to eating the leftovers this week. Thanks for the great recipe Donna.

Side Note:  Use a potato masher to break up the ground beef and Italian sausage quickly and easily into crumbles.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the ground beef and the turkey Italian sausage, removed from casings, into the Dutch oven.  Use a potato masher to break up the meat into crumbles.  Add the chili powder, dried basil, oregano, cumin, crushed red pepper, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes.  Add the diced onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the meat crumbles; cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes.  Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili beans with sauce, and drained kidney beans.  Cover with a lid then lower the heat to low simmer.  Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 hours.  Taste the chili and re-season if desired.

Ladle into bowls then top with shredded Parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Italian Chili




Yield: 12

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 2-3 hours



Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
1 lb lean ground beef (I used 90/10)
1 lb turkey Italian sausage, removed from casings
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried cumin
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 sweet yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 15oz cans of diced tomatoes
1 10oz and 1 8oz cans of tomato sauce
2 15oz cans of chili beans with sauce
1 15oz can of kidney beans, rinsed and drained
Parmesan cheese, shredded

Directions:

Side Note: Use a potato masher to break up the ground beef and Italian sausage quickly and easily into crumbles.

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the ground beef and the turkey Italian sausage, removed from casings, into the Dutch oven. Use a potato masher to break up the meat into crumbles. Add the chili powder, dried basil, oregano, cumin, crushed red pepper, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste; cook stirring occasionally for 2-3 minutes. Add the diced onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the meat crumbles; cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili beans with sauce, and drained kidney beans. Cover with a lid then lower the heat to low simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 hours. Taste the chili and re-season if desired.

Ladle into bowls then top with shredded Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by The Slow Roasted Italian

 

 

References

  1. ^ The Slow Roasted Italian (theslowroasteditalian.blogspot.com)
  2. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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