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Old 05-26-2006, 03:37 PM   #11
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"Hit me with your best Pasta dish"

Throws her pan of lasagna at Bam......it stuck......IT'S DONE!!!
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Old 05-26-2006, 04:08 PM   #12
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8 oz of bow tie pasta, cook as directed/drain
crumble 1 lb. of hamb. meat brown /drain(you can use italian sausage if you like)
add spahgetti sauce to meat
stir together,
add 2 cups of italian cheese
and 1/2 cup parmasean

top with cheese
cover
bake in a 375 degree oven for anout 45 minutes.
serve with a salad and garlic bread...
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Old 05-26-2006, 07:46 PM   #13
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Here's one of my favorites:

1 lb spaghetti, fusilli or similar pasta
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
6 cloves garlic, cut in half
4 cups stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup dry red wine
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 tbs basil (I prefer dried here)
1/2 tsp oregano

Heat oil in a medium sized frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until it turns a pale golden brown; remove and discard garlic. Add to pan tomatoes (break up with a spoon) and thier liquid, oregano, wine, salt, pepper, and basil. Adjust heat so mixture boils gently; cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened (15 to 20 minutes).

Meanwhile, cook pasta until al dente. Drain well and place in a warm serving bowl. Mix hot pasta gently with mozzarella cheese. Pour tomato sauce over all and stir.
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Old 05-26-2006, 08:04 PM   #14
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Seafood pasta

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons cream cheese (may use reduced fat)
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
2 cloves minced garlic (from a jar is fine)
1-1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese (buy a chunk and grate it yourself)
shrimp, crab, scallops…whatever you have
handful of frozen peas small jar of pimentos (opt)
fresh Italian Parsley (opt)
16 oz cooked fettuccine

Directions:
In a saucepan, melt butter and sauté garlic until fragrant over medium heat. Stir in flour. Gradually blend in milk while stirring with a whisk. Stir constantly over medium heat until thick and bubbly, about 8 minutes. Stir in cream cheese, heat two minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually add 1 cup of the parmesan and stir until fully melted. Add the seafood and allow to heat through. Toss with cooked pasta. Moisten with a little reserved liquid from the pasta water, if needed. Top with remaining parmesan.
Cook a few frozen peas or asparagus tips in with the pasta for a bit of green. Garnish with a sprinkling of fresh Italian Parsley.
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Old 05-26-2006, 08:20 PM   #15
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Ooooooh Constance, that sounds like heaven in a bowl. I AM going to try that recipe. As for the parmesan....poor fingers are still hurting, but the difference between what you can buy already grated and what you grate yourself is amazingly so different. I never use the already grated stuff any more. :)
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Old 05-26-2006, 08:42 PM   #16
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You can always do it in your food processor, Icy. Fresh really is better.

I know about hurting fingers. Hugs to you.
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Old 05-27-2006, 04:31 AM   #17
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I like to add mini Italian sausage meatballs made with sweet italian sausage, a little breadcrumbs, a couple cloves of garlic and a little Italian spices into the meat sauce, letting it simmer all day (only need about 45 minutes, but I like to simmer all day).
YumYum Lasagna

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 (29 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
12 dry lasagna noodles or the no boil noodles
2 eggs, beaten
1 pint part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
½ lb mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:

I typically make the lasagna the day before I want to serve it because it really tastes really good the second day. In a large skillet brown ground beef, garlic and onions over medium heat. Add the Oregon, brown sugar (sounds weird but is good), basil, 1 teaspoon of salt, tomato paste and diced tomatoes. Only need to simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally but I simmer all day.

In a medium sized bowl, mix ricotta, parmesan, parsley and ricotta and place in the refrigerator where the flavors can mingle until needed.

If you use the no boil noodles, skip this part. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add lasagna noodles, and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until al dente; drain. Drain the noodles and blot them off on paper towels.

Put some of the sauce on the bottom of the lasagna pan or 9x13 baking dish, cover with 1/3 of the noodles. Cover with ½ of the ricotta mixture, ½ of the mozzarella cheese and then 1/3 of the sauce. Repeat steps and then top with remaining noodles, sauce and ½ lb shredded mozzarella. Sprinkle additional Parmesan cheese over the top.

If you are baking immediately, bake for 30 minutes, if bringing out of the refrigerator and reheating, I have found it will take at least 1 hour before it starts bubbling on the top and is warm all the way through. Could be my oven, but you will need to watch it. I also typically cover the lasagna for the first half hour of reheating to keep the cheese from burning. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
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Old 05-27-2006, 10:46 AM   #18
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Icy, that's a good looking lasagna recipe. I always use a little brown sugar in my homemade tomato sauce, too.

Have you ever thought about simmering your tomato sauce in a crockpot? I'll bet it would be real good, and you wouldn't have to worry about it scorching.
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Old 05-27-2006, 02:11 PM   #19
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Well last time I made 8 pans of the stuff and sauce wouldn't fit in the crockpot. :) Had some for my niece's bridal shower, gave some away, had 12 people over for a meal and still have a lot in the freezer. I doubt I will be making it again for quite a while and since it is a little labor intense, I like to make several batches at one time.
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Old 05-28-2006, 12:31 PM   #20
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I like to cook simple pastas. Since we eat whole organic foods that are not chemically processed, this dish is great if you enjoy very fresh flavors.

8 oz. whole grain organic spaghetti, cooked per package directions
1 fresh-off-the-vine tomato (no tinned or refrigerated tomatoes), seeded & chopped
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
bunch of basil leaves, torn
2 oz. (60 ml.) to 4 oz. (120 ml.) of your best olive oil

Toss everything together with hot pasta. Top with grated parm.
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