Tag Archives: italian

Cheesy Baked Shells

11 Jun

This is one of those meals where it’s “how many of these are too many before I start to get judged?”… haha. I literally loved these and ate them the next day for lunch as well. They are so flavorful and cheesy. For me, it’s important to be able to make food quickly and this took me under an hour – I love italian food and this is definitely going to be a go-to recipe for me. Try it!

Ingredients:
1 Box Jumbo Pasta Shells
15 oz container of Ricotta Cheese
1 square of mozzarella cheese, diced (I get part skim)
1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano
1/2 cup parsley
1 jar of pasta sauce (get one that has onion, garlic, and basil)
Salt and Pepper

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place a large pot of water with salt to boil and cook shells per package instructions. I would boil until pasta is soft but still a little al-dente. Meanwhile, In a medium size bowl, combine the ricotta, dice the mozzarella and add half of it, the parmigiano reggiano, parsley, salt and pepper (use your best judgement, enough to add flavor) and mix to combine the filling. On the bottom of a large baking dish, spread half the pasta sauce on the bottom of the pan to coat evenly. Once the pasta is cooked, drain. One by one, stuff each shell with the cheese mixture and set on it’s side in the pan right on top of the sauce. Repeat until you run out of space in the baking dish. Sprinkle the rest of the pasta sauce on top of the shells and top with the rest of the diced mozzarella. Add pepper to top and bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. In my photo below I probably should have left it for a few more minutes but either way it came out good (I love the texture of chunky mozz pieces)! These don’t photograph well but they were really good!

-M

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Caprese Salad

12 Jul

Theres a really nice market here in brooklyn called Union Market.

Union Market

They sell so many cheeses, fresh veggies, and organic food galore. I decided to make one a great classic – the caprese salad. My family eats this at so many of our events, and its so simple and so delicious and italian!

Do you want to impress your hubby when they get home? Make this salad, its like making dinner instantly fancy just because its so pretty.

Buon Appetit!

Caprese Salad

Ingredients
Fresh Mozzarella, Sliced in 1/2 inch thick pieces
Tomatoes, Sliced same as above
Fresh Basil Leaves
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
Balsamic Vinegar, for drizzling
Salt and Pepper

Instructions
Slice the mozz cheese and tomatoes into 1/2 inch thick pieces. To make caprese salad, layer it as follows:

Bottom: Cheese
Middle: Tomato
Top: Basil

Drizzle the EVOO and Balsamic liberally. Salt and Pepper on top.

Enjoy!!! you can arrange them any way, and even put greens in the middle if you arrange the layers in a circle. Delish!

M.S.

Delicious Spaghetti and Meatballs

9 Oct

Not sure why i’ve been on a sauce and cheese frenzy… but it just always seems like the right food to fill me up fast!

I’ve been so busy with working my refrigerator is frowning at me with emptiness and the last thing in my freezer was ground beeeeeeeef. I decided = meatballs.

Ingredients:
1 lb of ground beef
1 cup of fresh bread crumbs
1 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp of balsamic vinegar (not sure why!)
1 egg
Spaghetti sauce – to your liking, or make your own!
1 tsp. (understatement) of grated parmesan cheese for topping

Directions:

Mix everything together nicely – then form into meatballs (the size of a golf ball). You can use any sauce you’d like with this or make your own – Heat up the sauce on a saucepan, put the balls into the sauce and let them simmer covered for 30 minutes. Serve over your favorite type of pasta and enjoy!

-M