Category: Pasta


Ingredients:

1 lb. pasta (shells)

1 cup of grape or cherry tomatoes (cut in half)

1 cup of feta cheese (cut in bite size pieces)

Pesto Recipe:

1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 tbs minced garlic
5 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups olive oil
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Make pesto sauce and refrigerate for about an hour.
  2. Boil pasta to desired taste. (Drain well)
  3. Put pasta, tomatoes and feta cheese in a large bowl.
  4. Put about 1/4 cup of pesto sauce on top. (Mix well.) If you feel it needs more pest sauce add a little more.  (Refrigerate for 30 minutes for a cold pasta salad.)     *Pesto sauce can stay in refrigerator for 2 weeks.
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Rolled Lasagna

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Ingredients:

1 lb. lasagna (at least 10 slices)

3 cups fresh ricotta cheese

2 cups fresh mozzarella (shredded)

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 cups tomato sauce (homemade suggested)

1 large egg white (beaten)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/2 tsp. fresh parsley

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. In a large pot of boiling water, boil lasagna for about 10 minutes. Read directions on box for exact time. Drain well, when done.

2. In  large bowl, mix ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, egg white, salt, pepper and parsley. Mix well.

3. In a large baking pan, coat the bottom with 1 cup of tomato sauce.

4. Take a piece of lasagna and lie on a flat surface. Put 2 tbs. of ricotta mixture on top. Spread ricotta evenly on lasagna slice. Roll up  lasagna slice. (see picture)

5. Place each lasagna roll in baking dish. You can put a little more sauce on top evenly. Also, sprinkle a little additional cheese on top.

6. Cover pan with aluminum foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for additional 5 minutes.  Serve hot.

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Ingredients:
1 lb. cooked spaghetti
1 1/2 cups fresh ricotta
1 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella (shredded)
1 cup thinly sliced pepperoni
2 eggs (beaten)
4 tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper
Directions:
1, Boil spaghetti to desired tatse. Drain, pour cold water over spaghetti. Drain well.
2. In a large bowl mix ricotta, mozzarella, pepperoni, a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well.
3. Mix the beaten egg into the cooled spaghetti. In a large frying pan, put olive oil. Put half the spaghetti in pan. Put all ricotta, mozarella, pepperoni mixture on top. Spread it out.
4. Put remaining spaghetti on top.
5. On a medium heat, cook on one side for 10-12 minutes. After 8-10 minutes, using a dish, flip over and put back in pan. Cook on other side for another 8-10 minutes. You want it to be crispy on the outside. (See picture) Serve hot.
Optional: If you have a cast iron pan, you can bake it in the oven. 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes.

Cooking With Mr. C.’s Homemade Lasagna

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Ingredients:

2 lbs. tomato sauce

2 lbs. ricotta cheese

3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

2 eggs

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. dried parsley

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. ground black pepper

1lb. box lasagna noodles

Directions:

1. Boil lasagna noodles according to directions on the box, drain well and let cool a few minutes.

2. In a large bowl, mix together ricotta cheese, 2 cups of the mozzarella cheese, eggs, half of the grated Parmesan cheese, dried parsley, sea salt and ground black pepper.

3. To assemble, in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish, evenly spread 3/4 cup of the sauce mixture. Place a layer of lasagna noodles.

4.  Use half of the cheese mixture and spread evenly. Add 1/4 cup sauce on top. . Repeat layers twice. Top with 3 noodles, remaining sauce, remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.  Cover with aluminum foil.

5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree  oven for 45 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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Penne Shrimp and Broccoli

Ingredients:

1 lb. penne

1/2 lb shrimp (uncooked)

1 large bunch of broccoli

3 cloves of garlic (chopped)

1 red bell pepper (chopped)

olive oil

sea salt and broccoli

Directions:

  1. In a pot of boiling water, cook broccoli for 5 minutes and drain well.
  2. In a large skillet, put garlic and 3 tbsp. of olive oil. Let garlic brown a minute and then add shrimp.
  3. Turn shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add broccoli and red bell pepper to skillet. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.  Stir frequently. Add a drizzle more of olive oil. Stir. Let cook for about 5 minutes.
  5. Serve over your favorite cooked pasta.

Cold Linguine Salad

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Ingredients:

1 lb. linguine

1 red pepper (seeds removed, sliced thin)

1 yellow pepper (seeds removed, sliced thin)

1 small red onion (sliced thin)

1 head of broccoli (chopped into small pieces)

1 zucchini (chopped into bite size pieces)

olive oil

1 clove of garlic (chopped)

sea salt and black pepper

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. In a large part of water , boil linguine for 10-12 minutes. (to your desired taste)

2. Drain linguine well. Add 1 tbs. of olive oil, garlic and stir. Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Mix well.

3. Add peppers, onion, broccoli and zucchini. Refrigerate pasta.

4. When ready to serve, remove from refrigerator and add parmesan cheese. Stir well.

Antipasto Pasta

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I lb. rigatoni pasta

1/4 lb. ham (chopped)

1/4 lb. salami (chopped)

1/2 cup black olives (pitted and sliced)

1/2 cup red onion (sliced)

1 cup roasted peppers (sliced and chopped)

2 tbs. olive oil

1 tbs. fresh parsley (chopped)

1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

3 tbs. parmigiano reggiano (optional) * Any parmesan cheese is good.

Directions:

1. Boil pasta to desired taste. Drain well.

2. Add olive oil and stir well.

3. Add all other ingredients, mix well and serve.

*This is delicious warm and also cold.

Stuffed Spinach Ricotta Shells

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Ingredients:

1 lb. box macaroni shells (for stuffing)

1 lb. ricotta cheese

1 egg’

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1 lb. piece of mozzarella cheese (shredded)

2 cups fresh spinach (chopped)

tomato sauce

Directions:

1. Boil pasta shells (according to box directions) Drain well.’

2. In a large bowl, add ricotta cheese, 3/4 lb. of the mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, egg and spinach. Mix well.

*Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

3. In a large baking pan, coat the bottom with tomato sauce.

4. Begin to stuff each pasta shell. Place in pan.

5. Put tomato sauce on top of pasta shells, and spread remaining 1/4 lb. shredded mozzarella cheese on top.

6. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. You want cheese melted and bubbly.

Penne With Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Ingredients:
1 lb. of your favorite pasta
1 lb. broccoli rabe
1 lb. sweet sausage (sliced)
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
olive oil
salt and pepper
grated cheese
1/2 cup white wine (optional)
Directions:
1. In a skillet, put 2tbs. of olive oil. Add sliced sausage. Drizzle a little more olive oil. Cook for 15 minutes. Set to the side.
2. In a pot of boiling water, throw in broccoli rabe. Cook for 5 minutes and drain well.
3. Set up a pot of water. When water begins to boil, throw in pasta. Depending on the pasta you are using, do a taste test before it’s done.
4. In a skilet, put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Add garlic. Once garlic browns, add broccoli rabe. Drizzle a lttle olive oil and salt and pepper. After 5 minutes, add sausage. Stir together. If you decide to add white wine, add it now. Cook for additional 3 minutes on a low simmer.
5. Drain pasta well. Add sausage and broccoli rabe on top. Sprinkle your favorite grated cheese on top. Serve warm. Serves 4 people.

Pesto Tortellini

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Ingredients:

1 lb. frozen or fresh tortellini (tricolor is nice)

2 cups fresh basil leaves (no stems)

2 tablespoons pine nuts or walnuts

2 large cloves garlic

½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Combine basil leaves, pine nuts or walnuts and garlic in a food processor and process until very finely minced. With the machine running slowly drizzle in the oil and process until the mixture is smooth. Add the cheese and process very briefly, just long enough to combine.
  2. Boil tortellini according to directions. Drain well when done.
  3. Pour pesto sauce on top and mix well. Serve warm.