Cooking With Mr. C.’s Lentil Soup

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Ingredients:

1 cup dry lentils

2 medium sized carrots (diced)

2 medium sized celery stalks (diced)

1 medium size onion (diced)

3/4 lb. small red potatoes (cut into 1/2 in. pieces)

1 garlic clove (minced)

1 16 oz. can of Italian Style Stewed Tomatoes

8 cups chicken broth

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

1 small head escarole ( about 1 lb.) (thinly sliced)

3 cups water

olive oil

Directions:

1. In a 5 quart pot, add 3 tbs. of olive oil. Over a medium heat, warm oil and add carrots, celery and onion. Cook until tender and stir occasionally. Add garlic and stir until garlic browns. Add salt and pepper.

2. Stir in stewed tomatoes (with the liquid), lentils, chicken broth, potatoes, and water. Stir with spoon. Heat to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 50 minutes. While soup is simmering (about 20 minutes in) add the shredded escarole. Stir escarole and continue to simmer. Add a pinch of salt if needed. You can serve with some grated cheese on top.

Serve hot. Serves 4-6 people

 

 

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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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Italian Baked Clams

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ngredients:
3 (6 oz.) cans of minced clams in juice
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
2 tsp. oregano (fresh preferred)
2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 tbs. parmesan cheese
2 tbs. of olive oil
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients.
2. Using premade (aluminum) clam shells, stuff each one. Depending on how much you stuff each one, you will need about 12 clam shells.
3. On a baking tray, put stuffed clam shells.
4. Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes or until tops of clams are slightly crispy.
Serve with lemon.