Showing posts with label pasta. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pasta. Show all posts

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Homemade Ravioli and Ragu Pasta Sauce

I love the holidays, and the food that goes along with it! This year that includes Homemade Ravioli and Ragu Pasta Sauce. Like a lot of people, I am a pasta lover. But I am not a pasta lover just for the pasta. My true love is the sauce! I can remember going to my grandmother's house every year during the holidays, and there was always sauce simmering away on the stove. Oooh, it was amazing! That deep aroma wafting through the house; when I opened grandmas front door, it put a smile on my face that never left. It smelled like home! I got that same warm, happy, comfort feeling when I prepared these homemade ravioli with Ragu Pasta Sauce for my family. The smells came wafting past me, and for a second I was sitting in Grandma's kitchen again.
Pasta Sauce, ravioli, cheese

These ravioli's were fun and easy to make. My goal for the next time I make these is to make the dough thinner.  It has always been a holiday tradition to serve pasta in our house on Christmas Eve, and I have been continuing the tradition for many years, but ravioli's are a new addition to our special tradition. The Ragu Pasta Sauce makes this recipe taste authentic, just like when Assunta Cantisano came to America with the recipe for this special tomato sauce. She was an amazing woman, who, against all odds, made Ragu Pasta Sauces a success! Ragu: Crafted with Passion. Simmered in Tradition! To read more about Assunta Cantisano, her incredible story, and her amazing sauce, click here to go to the Ragu Landing Page. Did you know that Ragu Pasta Sauce has no artificial flavors, no  artificial colors, and no high fructose corn syrup? It is amazing!



Ravioli Filling

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Quick and Easy Lasagna

This lasagna dish is quick and easy to make. Hence, the name, Quick and Easy Lasagna! It is made with sauce from a jar, 3 types of cheese, ground chuck and whole wheat noodles. That's it!



Quick and Easy Lasagna

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Caprese Pasta Salad

This Caprese Pasta Salad is cool and refreshing. Now, that is something I would think I would be writing in July, for sure. But it is September and it is very hot and terribly muggy here in North Carolina. This salad is just the thing to help you cool down. It has the traditional caprese ingredients, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil. I didn't do it here, but you could add some shredded chicken and make this salad a meal! Enjoy and try to stay cool!

Caprese Pasta Salad

Vinaigrette
2 tablespoons Tarragon Vinegar
2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
Salt and Ground Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Confectioner's Sugar
6 tablespoons Sunflower Oil

Salad
Whole Wheat Pasta
Cherry Tomatoes
Fresh Basil thinly sliced
Mozzarella Block
Vinaigrette

Start by putting your vinegar, mustard, 
and salt and pepper in a bowl.
Add the confectioner's sugar.
Mix ingredients with a whisk.
Drizzle in the oil, whisking gently until smooth and blended.
Taste test to check if additional salt or pepper is needed.
Wash your tomatoes and......
roll your basil leaves together and then chop thinly.
I used a block of mozzarella because that is what I had on hand.
I used this very small scoop to make mozzarella balls.
They were the perfect size. You could also use mozzarella 
balls that are already round when you buy them. They
are very tasty and some are marinated.
Place everything but the vinaigrette together in a bowl.
Toss together with just a little vinaigrette and add more
if you need.
I hope you enjoy this simple, refreshing salad!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Here are some other recipes you might enjoy:


Seaside Pasta Salad



Super Simple Spaghetti Salad


Strawberry and Avocado Salad 


Monday, February 17, 2014

Homestyle Marinara w/ Chicken and Whole Grain Rotini

My husband and my son are pasta lovers. They could eat it everyday! I am not a pasta lover. I have always loved Italian sauces, but the pasta, no, it wasn't my thing. But last night I decided to cook some whole grain rotini I bought last week at the grocery. What a treat! It was so good-maybe I do love pasta! I covered the pasta with a homemade marinara that is simple, quick, and tasty! That actually describes the entire meal!
Homestyle Marinara w/ Chicken and Whole Grain Rotini 
1-28 ounce can of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
1-2 cloves Garlic
Vegetable Oil
1-2 teaspoons Dried Italian Seasoning
Pinch of Sugar
1 Bay Leaf
1 box Barilla Whole Grain Rotini Pasta
1 pound raw Chicken Breasts
Vegetable Spray
Cheese-Mozzarella or Provolone
Place your can of tomatoes in your food processor and puree them.
If you don't mind tomato pieces in your sauce, there is no 
need to puree. I have some picky eaters in this house! You can 
just chop the tomatoes into small bite sizes pieces.
It will look nice and smooth like this.
Chop up your garlic clove.
Heat your garlic clove in the vegetable oil.
Once your garlic pieces start to brown go ahead and
add your sauce to the pan.
Add 2 teaspoons of dried italian seasoning, a pinch of sugar
 and 1 bay leaf. Let simmer for 30-40 minutes.
Boil the water and cook your pasta.
Cut your chicken into bite size pieces and grill them
in a pan sprayed with vegetable spray.
Put it altogether. I layered rotini pasta in the bottom, sauce
on top, then chicken, more sauce, and then cheese. I used the rotini
because all the edges in the pasta hold the sauce. That is also why I
served this in bowls. I used a 4 cheese mix because that is what
I had on hand. It was actually pretty good on the pasta!


Monday, July 23, 2012

4 Cheese Stuffed Shells

I love Italian food, so when I was assigned the blog, Cookin' with Moxie, for this months Secret Recipe Club, I was thrilled. Cookin' with Moxie is a wonderful blog written by Jamie, whose blog is stuffed as full as these pasta shells of delicious sounding and beautiful looking foods. What to make was a difficult decision, but I finally decided on Jamie's 4 Cheese Stuffed Shells. They were so delicious, and cheesy and just yum!!
4 Cheese Stuffed Shells
1 pound Jumbo Pasta Shells
30 oz. Ricotta Cheese
2 1/2 cups Mozzarella, divided
1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup Provolone Cheese
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Egg
2 tablespoon minced, flat leaf Parsley
2 tablespoon chopped, fresh Basil
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 cups Marinara Sauce, preferably homemade

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add pasta.
Cook the shells until soft but not cooked through
(about 1/2 the cooking time on the box)
Drain pasta and set aside until the filling is ready.
Place the ricotta in a bowl.
Add 1 cup of the mozzarella and the Parmesan.
Add the provolone.
Mix together.
Add the garlic powder, egg, parsley, basil, salt and
pepper. Mix thoroughly.
In a 13X9 casserole dish, pour in half of your
marinara sauce. 
Fill your partially baked shells with the cheese filling.
Place the shells in your dish on top of the marinara.
The shells should be open side up.
(I used a smaller dish)
Place the rest of your marinara on top of the shells.
Top the marinara with 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese.
Garnish with minced basil and parsley, if desired.
Cover your dish with foil, and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Uncover and continue to bake for an additional 15-20 minutes,
or until the sauce starts to bubble.
Serve immediately.
Enjoy!

Thanks for joining me today!
Stop by and see what all my fellow Secret Recipe Club members made:

Monday, April 23, 2012

Chicken Parmigiana!~Secret Recipe Club

Chicken Parmigiana is one of my all time favorites! I just love the creamy, cheesy, gooey Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese piled high atop a really deep tomatoey, marinara sauce, and moist, lightly breaded chicken. It's just so ~ Yum! Well, today is my day for Secret Recipe Club, and my assigned blog this month is The Savvy Kitchen. This is a great blog written by Amy, who loves to cook, and is getting married in just a couple months. Congratulation and Best Wishes, Amy! Amy has lots of fun, tasty looking recipes, you must try out~starting with this chicken parmigiana!
Chicken Parmigiana
1-1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
Salt
Pepper
3/4 cup Flour
2 Eggs
1 tablespoon Water
3/4 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
Olive Oil
Mozzarella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Pasta
2 cups Marinara Sauce

1  32 ounce can San Marzano Crushed Tomatoes
3 Garlic Cloves
1 tablespoon Olive Oil

I made my own tomato sauce for this recipe. 
 The recipe calls for 2 cups of Marinara sauce, and my family
loves the sauce I make, and it's so simple!
Let's make the sauce first.
Chop your three cloves of garlic.
Place one tablespoon of olive oil in your pot,
and add the chopped garlic.
Let it cook until light brown.
Add your can of crushed tomatoes. 
Let cook for 20 minutes on medium low.
Stir a couple of times.
Let your sauce sit on low while you prep your chicken.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
We need to pound out the chicken, and make it a little thinner.
Cut a piece of wax paper, fold it in half, and place your first piece
of chicken on the wax paper.
Fold wax paper over the chicken.
I could not find my meat mallet, so I used a can to 
pound out the chicken. I pounded from the center, out,
just flattening the chicken a little.
Now, lets put together our assembly line.
Make an egg wash by adding the 1 tablespoon of water
to the two eggs. 
Mix well.
Place the flour, salt and pepper in a bowl. 
I try not to use salt, if I can avoid it, so I substituted
garlic powder for the salt.
 It worked out great and was delicious!
Place your seasoned bread crumbs in a bowl, or on a plate.
Take a piece of chicken, and dip it in the flour.
then coat the piece of chicken by dipping it in the egg,
and finally in the bread crumbs.  
Continue to do this with all of your pieces.
Heat a frying pan with some olive oil, 
and when it becomes hot,
 add your piece of chicken.
This is totally optional, but I wanted to make the marinara 
smooth, so while the chicken was frying, I put the
sauce in the blender, and pureed.
Use a 9" X 13" oven safe pan.
Spray the bottom with pan spray.
Spoon 2-3 spoonfuls of sauce in the bottom of the pan.
Add your chicken pieces on top of the sauce.
I left one piece plain and it was delicious.
Spoon some of the sauce onto your 
pieces of chicken.
Sprinkle the mozzarella and Parmesan on top of the sauce.
Bake for 5-7 minutes.
Cook your pasta.
Place the pasta on your plate, top with sauce,
and top with your chicken.
Serve with garlic bread!
Enjoy!

Thanks Amy, for a delicious dish that is quickly
 becoming a family favorite!