Category: Pasta


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.

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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.

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.

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Ingredients:
1 lb. whole wheat pasta shells (mini)
3 ears of corn (*Canned corn, well drained is fine too.)
1/2 cup red onion (chopped)
1/4 cup red bell pepper (minced)
1 cup fresh ricotta
1 tsp.sea salt
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 pieces of fresh basil (chopped)
Directions:
1. Remove husks from corn. Brush with a little olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. On a grill/barbecue, grill ears of corn until a little golden brown. Turn while cooking. (about a total of ten minutes) *Or, open canned corned and drain very well. Grill in skillet for about 3 minutes.  Skip Step 2 if using canned corn.
2. Let corn cool for about 15 minutes and then shuck the corn off the cob.
3. Begin to boil pasta to your desired taste.
4. Drain pasta well. Put pasta in a large bowl. Add corn, red onion, red bell pepper, 3 tbsp. of olive of oil and 1 tsp. of sea salt. Mix well.
5. Pour pasta onto a serving  platter.
6. Place dollops of fresh ricotta on top. Put basil leaves on top.
Optional: Drizzle a little olive oil on top.
Note: Some enjoy this as a cold pasta dish as well as a warm one.

New Year’s Day Penne Pomodoro

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Ingredients:
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic (chopped))
1 medium onion (diced)
3 ripe large tomatoes (chopped)
1/4 cup basil leaves (chopped)
1 lb. pasta (cooked)
parmesan cheese
sea salt
Directions:
*You will add your cooked pasta to this tasty sauce.
1. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil.
2. Add the onion and garlic, and cook for 2 minutes.
3. Add tomatoes and cook, tossing, for 5-7 minutes, until they have broken down.
4. Add a pinch of sea salt.
5. Add cooked pasta to tomato sauce skillet. Add basil and toss together.
6. Finish with an extra drizzle of olive oil and parmesan cheese.
*Double the recipe, for those who like extra sauce.

Cold Tortellini and Tomato Salad

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Ingredients:
1 lb. bag of frozen cheese tortellini
2 cups grape tomatoes
1 cup red onion (chopped)
2 tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)
3 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Directions:
1. Cook tortellini according to directions, or to desired taste. Drain well.
2. In a large skillet, put olive oil. Sauté cherry tomatoes and red onion for about 3 minutes.
3. Pour tomatoes over cooked tortellini. Let cool.

*Refrigerate For About 2 hours.
Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and serve.
Serve cold.

Penne With Salami and Carrots

Ingredients:
1 lb. bow tie pasta (or your favorite pasta)
1 lb. carrots (shredded/grated thin)
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil (chopped)
1/4 lb. salami (sliced into thin pieces)
3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
3 tbs. olive oil
salt and pepper
Directions:
1. Boil pasta in water. (Time depends on pasta you use. Do a taste test, to see if done.)
2. In a skillet, add oil and garlic. When garlic browns, add carrots, sun dried tomatoes and salami. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook on a low heat and stir.
3. Drain pasta well. Pour carrot mixture on top. Sprinkle with your favorite parmesan cheese.
Serve hot. Serves 3-4 people.

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Ingredients:
1 lb. bag cheese tortellini (frozen or fresh)
4 cups fresh spinach (chopped)
2 cups. chopped plum tomatoes
1/2 cup kalamata olives
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Directions:
1. Boil tortellini (follow instructions on bag). Drain well and set aside.
2. In a large skillet put olive oil and brown garlic. Add tomatoes and stir for about 2 minutes. Add spinach and stir until tender. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper. Remove and add to tortellini. Put olives on top.
Serve warm.

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Ingredients:
2 boneless chicken breasts
1 lb. rigatoni pasta
1 cup cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 tbsp. fresh parsley chopped
olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
*Parmesan cheese
Directions:
1. Sprinkle chicken breasts with sea salt and black pepper. Grill for about 20 minutes.(turning over periodically) Brush with a drop of olive oil while grilling. Chicken should be well cooked. (cut open to make sure it’s cooked) Let cool for a few minutes and slice thin.
2. In a large skillet, put 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Brown garlic for 2 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes until tender.
3. Boil pasta until desired consistency. (drain well)
4. Put tomatoes and chicken on top of pasta. Sprinkle with parsley and parmesan cheese.
Serve warm.