Baked Spaghetti – submitted by Susan B.
3/4 lb vermicelli pasta or thin spaghetti
1 lb bulk sweet Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped, about 1 1/2 cups
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 cups or 24 ounces of marinara or meatless tomato sauce*
1 1/2 cups water
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 Tbsp olive oil plus more for greasing the casserole dish
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup ricotta cheese
2-3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Put a large pot of water on the stove on high heat. Add salt to the water, about 2 Tbsp for 6 quarts of water. While the pasta water is heating, continue with the next steps.
2 Break up the sausage into clumps into a large sauté pan. Turn the heat on, to medium. Slowly cook the sausage, breaking it up into smaller pieces with the a wooden spoon. The slow cooking will help the fat render out. Cook until the sausage is cooked through, no longer pink anywhere, and lightly browned. Remove the sausage from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside. Drain the fat from the pan (not into your sink or you may clog it!)
3 Add the chopped onions and mushrooms to the pan. Increase the heat to medium high. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions become translucent and the mushrooms have given up some of their liquid. Add the minced garlic and red chili pepper flakes, and cook a minute more.
4 Add the marinara sauce and the 1 1/2 cups of water to the pan with the onions and mushrooms. Add the sausage back to the pan. Add the Italian seasoning and chopped parsley. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to a very low simmer on the lowest simmer setting on your stovetop. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or so while you make the pasta.
5 By this time your pasta water in step one should be boiling. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook, uncovered, at a rolling boil, for 5 to 6 minutes, al dente. Note that the pasta will continue to cook and absorb some of the sauce when it is in the casserole dish in the oven, so the pasta should be al dente. When ready, drain the pasta and rinse in cold water.
6 Place the cooled pasta in a large bowl. Toss with olive oil, then the Parmesan, then 2 beaten eggs. It’s easiest to do this with your (clean) hands.
7 Preheat your oven to 350°F. Rub the inside of a 13×9 inch casserole dish (a Pyrex dish works great) with olive oil. Spread 1 cup of the sauce over the bottom of the casserole dish.
8 Place half of the pasta in an even layer in the casserole dish. Cover with half of the sauce. Then dot the sauce with all of the ricotta cheese. Sprinkle half of the Mozzarella over the ricotta layer. Layer again with the remaining pasta, the remaining sauce, and the remaining Mozzarella.
9 Cover with foil and bake for 40 min at 350°F. Remove the foil and bake an additional 20 minutes uncovered. Remove from oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting into squares and serving.
Read more: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/baked_spaghetti/#ixzz3X9ors838
Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup – Submitted by Susan B.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Yield: About 5 servings
3/4 cup uncooked wild rice blend*
1 cup chopped yellow onion (from about 1 small onion)
1 cup diced carrots (from 2 medium)
1 cup diced celery (from 2 – 3 stalks)
7 Tbsp butter, diced, divided
1 clove garlic, minced
4 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth (measured from 3 14.5 oz cans)
1/4 tsp of each dried thyme, marjoram, sage and rosemary
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts halves
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp lemon zest
Prepare rice according to directions listed on package.
Halfway through the rice cooking, in a separate large pot, melt 1 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Add onion, carrots and celery and saute until slightly tender, about 4 minutes, adding in garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing. Add chicken broth, thyme, marjoram, sage, rosemary and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Increase heat to medium-high, add chicken and bring mixture to a boil. Cover pot with lid and allow mixture to boil 12 – 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through (rotating chicken to opposite side once during cooking for thicker chicken breasts – if they don’t fully immerse in broth). Remove chicken and set aside on cutting board to cool 5 minutes then shred into small bite size pieces. Meanwhile reduce heat to low and add cooked rice. Add shredded chicken to soup.
In a separate medium saucepan (I just rinsed and wiped out the rice pan), melt remaining 6 Tbsp butter over medium heat. Add flour and cook 1 1/2 minutes, whisking constantly. Then, while whisking vigorously, slowly pour milk into butter/flour mixture. Cook mixture, stirring constantly until it thickens. Add milk mixture to soup mixture in pot and cook about 5 minutes longer, or until soup is thickened (at this point, you can simmer the soup for a longer period of time if you want the rice to soften more, just cover with lid first and stir occasionally. You can also add what’s left in the remaining can of chicken broth). Stir in heavy cream and lemon zest and serve warm.
*I used Lundberg Wild Blend Rice which I recommend for this recipe if you can find it.
Recipe Source: Cooking Classy
Huli Huli Chicken – Submitted by Susan B
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + marinating Grill: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 3/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1/3 cup sherry or chicken broth
- 2-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
- 1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 24 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 5 pounds)
- In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Reserve 1-1/3 cups for basting; cover and refrigerate. Divide remaining marinade between two large resealable plastic bags. Add 12 chicken thighs to each; seal bags and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
- Drain and discard marinade from chicken. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack.
- Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until no longer pink; baste occasionally with reserved marinade during the last 5 minutes. Yield: 12 servings.
2 chicken thighs equals 391 calories, 16 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 151 mg cholesterol, 651 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 43 g protein.
Read more: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/grilled-huli-huli-chicken#ixzz3A8wB4A5r
Skinny Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli-Rice Casserole – submitted by Susan B.
Add this recipe to ZipList!Serves 8
2 cups long grain brown rice
4 cups chicken broth
4 cups broccoli florets (about 1 head)
2 green onions, chopped
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1lb chicken breasts, chopped into bite-sized pieces
salt, pepper, garlic powder
5 teaspoons flour
2 cups milk, divided (I used 1%)
1/3 cup light sour cream
8oz shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Bring chicken broth to a boil in a large pot then add rice. Cover then turn heat down to medium-low. When rice has 5 minutes left to cook add broccoli and green onions on top to steam.
- Meanwhile, heat extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and then sauté until no longer pink. Remove to a plate and set aside then very carefully wipe out skillet with a dry paper towel.
- Turn heat down to medium then whisk together flour and 1/2 cup milk in a small bowl. Pour mixture into skillet then add remaining 1-1/2 cups milk. Cook mixture, stirring constantly, until thickened, 7-10 minutes. Remove skillet from heat then add 3/4 of the shredded cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, and stir until smooth.
- Preheat broiler. Combine cooked rice and broccoli mixture with cheese sauce then scoop mixture into a nonstick sprayed 9×13 baking dish and top with remaining cheese. Broil until cheese is melted then let casserole rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Sausage and Spinach Lasagna – submitted by Susan B.
- 2 eggs
- 15 oz. ricotta cheese
- ½ tsp. salt
- 10 oz. box chopped frozen spinach (thawed, excess liquid squeezed out)
- ¼ c. shredded parmesan cheese
- 1 lb. pork sausage
- 24 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
- ¼ c. shredded parmesan cheese (for top)
- ½ lb. mozzarella cheese
- ½ lb. uncooked lasagna noodles
- In a skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink. Drain.
- Mix first 5 ingredients together.
- Grease 13×9 pan (can also use two 8×8 pans) – cover with a little sauce
- Layer noodles, cheese/spinach mix, mozzarella, sausage, and sauce
- Repeat layers, ending with sauce
- Sprinkle ¼ c. parmesan cheese
- Cover and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees
- Can bake directly from frozen, will take at least 90 minutes at 350 degrees
- May wish to remove the cover and continue baking until the top is browned, about 10-15 min.
- Also excellent as a meatless dish, just omit the sausage
Pasta E Fagioli Soup – Submitted by Susan B.
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 3 carrots, shredded
- 1 c. celery, chopped
- 2 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained
- 1 (16 oz.) can white kidney beans, drained
- 4 cups beef stock
- 3 tsp. oregano
- 2 tsp. pepper
- 5 tsp. parsley
- 1 tsp. tabasco sauce
- 1 (20 oz.) jar Prego traditional spaghetti sauce
- 8 oz. pasta (I like using ditali pasta)
- Salt to taste
- Brown ground beef in large skillet. Drain fat. Add beef and all ingredients except the pasta into a large crock pot. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
- Before serving, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and add to soup.
This recipe does make a LOT of soup (approximately 12-15 servings). Make sure you use a large crock pot or feel free to cut the recipe in half!