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Tortellini with Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce And Crispy Prosciutto

Ingredients

Sauce
3 lbs cherry tomatoes, stems removed
1/4 cup good-quality olive oil, plus more for roasting
1 large y onion, diced
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
3–4 sprigs, fresh thyme, stems removed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Pasta
12 oz package shelf-stable cheese tortellini
8 slices of Prosciutto da Parma
A handful of basil leaves
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees℉.
Toss the tomatoes with the other ingredients large baking dish. Roast for 50-60 minutes, until the tomatoes have softened and are just beginning to shrivel. Remove from the oven, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and set aside.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Lay the prosciutto slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper so they don’t overlap, curling the edges like a nest so they don’t get too brown. Bake until the slices shrivel and turn golden, 10 -12 minutes. Set aside.

Cook tortellini according to package instructions. Drain.
Add tomato sauce to the drained pot and gently heat the sauce. Add the chili flakes, basil leaves, and cooked tortellini. Toss gently. Serve in individual pasta bowls. Top each bowl with grated cheese and pieces of crispy prosciutto.

 


Cavatelli with Basil Pesto and Green Beans

4 servings

Ingredients

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 oz green beans, cut into 2-inch lengths
1 lb dried cavatelli pasta
1 cup grated Pecorino-Romano cheese, plus more for serving
½ cup basil pesto, see recipe below

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Let cook to al dente, about 3 minutes less than the package instructions. Add the green beans and cook for the remainder of the time. Reserve ½ cup of pasta cooking water. Drain the pasta. Place in a serving bowl. Gently mix in the [esto, pasta water, and cheese. Serve in individual serving bowls.

 


Basil Pesto

Ingredients

4 packed cups of washed basil leaves
½ cup shelled pistachio nuts, pignoli, or walnuts
4 garlic cloves, peeled
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Place the pistachios, garlic, salt, and pepper in a processor bowl. Process until the nuts and garlic are chopped.

Add the basil leaves and process for a minute or two. In the opening spout at the top, pour the olive oil as you process.

Keep processing until the mixture is smooth. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Caprese Salad

2-3 servings

Ingredients

2 large vine ripe tomatoes
4 oz fresh mozzarella
Black Olives
Extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup fresh basil leaves, sliced thin

Directions

Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella cheese into 1/4″ slices.

Assemble the salad by layering slices of tomato, mozzarella, and basil leaves on a serving plate.

Season with salt, pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.

Scatter a few olives around the serving plate and serve.


No need to turn on the oven for these easy and delicious recipes.

Easy Mac And Cheese

Ingredients

4 cups (1 lb) elbow macaroni
Salt
11/2cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups shredded Cheddar Cheese
½ teaspoon yellow mustard powder
¼ cup panko crumbs
8 ounces processed Velveeta cheese, diced

Directions

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water for 5 minutes. Drain.
In the same pot over low heat, melt the cheeses in the milk, butter, and mustard until smooth. Stir in the drained macaroni. Serve.

Chesapeake Style Salmon Patties

You can use canned salmon, but I prefer this method for using cooked salmon in recipes because the fish stays fresh and moist.

Ingredients

1- 6 oz wild-caught salmon filet, skin removed
Celery leaves and parsley stems
1 cups saltine cracker crumbs
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning or other seafood seasonings
1/3 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Lemon wedges and tartar sauce for serving

Directions

In a medium skillet, place a layer of celery leaves and parsley stems in the bottom of the pan and add ½ cup of water. Bring to a simmer. Sprinkle the salmon fillets with a bit of salt. Place salmon fillets, skin-side down on the pan, and cover. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove to a plate to cool for about 15 minutes. Shred the filet. Clean out the skillet.

In a mixing bowl, combine the cracker crumbs with the following 7 ingredients {egg}.

Fold in the salmon. With floured hands, form into two patties. Heat the oil in the skillet over medium heat.

Cook the patties for 3 minutes on each side or until lightly golden. Serve with lemon or tartar sauce.


Pasta Aglio E Olio With Zucchini

Ingredients

8 oz spaghetti
1 tablespoon salt for the pasta
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ of a small onion, minced
1 small zucchini, finely chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ cup Parmesan cheese

Directions

Cook pasta in boiling salted water according to package directions for al dente. Drain.
While the pasta is cooking, saute the oil, onion, garlic, red pepper, and zucchini just until the zucchini is slightly softened. Toss with the cooked pasta and then with the cheese.

Arugula, Avocado, Bell Pepper, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

3 cup arugula
1 large tomato cut into bite-size pieces
1 large avocado cut into bite-size pieces
1 Cucumber cut into bite-size pieces
1 small red bell pepper, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 small red onion cut into bite-size pieces
Ranch Dressing

Place the arugula and vegetables in a salad bowl. Mix gently. Dress with Ranch dressing to taste.


Pan-Seared Chilean Sea BassWith Asparagus Tortellini Anr roasted carrots

Pan-Seared Chilean Sea Bass

2 servings

Ingredients

Juice of 1 lemon
2 (8-ounce) wild caught Chilean Sea Bass fillets skin removed
1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1/2teaspoonlemon pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 large garlic clove finely chopped
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
¼ cup heavy cream

Directions

Coat fish in flour mixed with salt and lemon pepper. Heat a deep medium skillet and add the oil and 1 tablespoon of butter.

Cook until fish is browned and just opaque in the center, about 6 minutes per side, lowering heat if lemons and fish brown too quickly. Transfer fish to a platter and lemons to a serving plate.

Place the skillet over low heat and add garlic. Cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice and cook for 1 minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and swirl in butter and cream.

Asparagus Tortellini

Ingredients

Half a bunch of asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch lengths
10 oz frozen mixed spinach and cheese tortellini, cooked al dente

Directions

Cook the asparagus the way you like them. I roasted them for the last 15 minutes during the time the carrots were roasting.

Combine the asparagus and cooked pasta. Add half of the creamy lemon sauce and mix well. Divide in half and place on individual dinner plates. Top with the cooked fish and pour the remaining sauce over the fish.

Roasted Carrots

Ingredients

3 large carrots, peeled
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F
Place the oil in a small baking dish
Cut eh carrots in half and then quarter each half. Place the cut carrots on the dish. Add salt and pepper. Add fresh herbs, if you like them with carrots. I use rosemary. Mix well. Roast for 30 minutes.


 

2-3 servings

Arrabiata Sauce

This recipe can be doubled if you would like extra for another meal.

Ingredients

Half a medium yellow onion minced
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
One 28 oz can of finely chopped Italian tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 bay leaf
Sea salt to taste
8 leaves of basil torn

Directions

In a large heavy-bottom saucepan heat the olive oil and saute the onion with a pinch of sea salt until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and let them cook only for a few seconds until you can smell them and don’t get any color on them.

Add the tomatoes and bay leaf and partially cover it with a lid. Allow the sauce to simmer away on low flame for about 1 hour until thick and concentrated in flavor. Make sure to stir often, every 10 minutes or so, making sure the sugars in the tomatoes do not burn.

Turn off the flame and season to your taste with the sea salt. Stir in the fresh basil leaves and finish it with a drizzle of extra virgin olive o

Shrimp

Ingredients

12{14-16 oz} large (16 to 20-count) shrimp, peeled and deveined
1tablespoons good olive oil
1 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/3 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
Arrabbiata Sauce, homemade
6 oz spaghetti

Directions

Place the shrimp on a plate and pat them dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for one minute. Add the shrimp in one layer and sauté for one minute on each side, until they start to turn pink but are not cooked through. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, and seat aside.

Add the wine to the empty skillet and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes to reduce the liquid. Stir in the arrabbiata sauce and heat until it simmers. Keep on low heat while you cook the pasta.

Cook pasta according to the directions on the package for al dente.

 

Toss the pasta with 3/4 cup of sauce. Stir the shrimp mixture into the remaining sauce. Portion the spaghetti into pasta bowls and top each with a portion of shrimp.

Serve immediately.

 


 

I like this sauce for ravioli because it is thick and adheres to the pasta.

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup onion, diced
3 tablespoons (about 6-8 cloves) garlic, peeled and minced
2 28-ounce cans of whole Italian tomatoes
1-14 oz container of finely diced or crushed Italian tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried oregano
teaspoon chili flavored tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
20 basil leaves, chiffonade
Ravioli
Parmesan cheese

Directions

Pour the oil into a large pot over medium heat.
Stir in the onion and continue cooking, stirring often, until the onion is soft. This takes about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, for another 1 minute.
Pour in the cans and use a wooden spoon to break the tomatoes into pieces.
Add the remaining ingredients. Cover and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Turn the heat down to keep it at a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for about 11/2 hours.

Cook ravioli according to package instructions.
Tip: to drain the ravioli, set a colander in a large serving bowl. Gently scoop the cooked ravioli out of the water with a spider. Set the colander aside and drain the water from the serving bowl The bowl is now warm. Add a layer of ravioli, spread a layer of sauce, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.


Looking for something different for Meatless Mondays, give this dish a try.

Easy Mac & Cheese

Ingredients

2 cups elbow macaroni
Salt
3/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup shredded Mexican Blended Cheese plus ¼ cup
¼ teaspoon yellow mustard powder
¼ cup panko crumbs
4 ounces processed Velveeta cheese, diced
4 roasted and peeled poblano peppers

Directions

To roast and peel the poblanos, broil the peppers until charred, then transfer them to a resealable plastic bag, seal the bag and let them sit for about 20 minutes. Remove them from the bag and peel off the skins. Remove the seeds. Cut one long side of the pepper so it lays flat.

Cook the pasta in boiling salted water for 5 minutes. Drain. In the same pot over low heat, melt the cheeses in the milk, butter, and mustard until smooth. Stir in the drained macaroni.

Heat oven to 350ºF.

 

Spread the peppers in a baking dish, so they lay flat. Spoon about ½ cup of macaroni down the center of each pepper. Fold the sides of the peppers up onto the filling. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of cheese on the topos each pepper, followed by 1 tablespoon of panko crumbs on each.

Bake 15 minutes or until the peppers are heated through.

If you don’t use all the macaroni and cheese in the peppers, you can reheat it as a side dish for another dinner..

Serve this dish with a green salad or a vegetable.

 


Pasta with Swiss Chard and Breadcrumbs

Ingredients

 

4 servings

4 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
¼ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper to taste
8 ounces short pasta
1 tablespoon anchovy paste
½ teaspoon chile pepper flakes
2 bunches Swiss chard, ribs and stems removed, leaves coarsely torn (about 8 cups)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Parmesan or Pecorincheeseo (for serving)

Directions

Heat the butter in a small skillet over low heat and add panko to the skillet and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 5 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta cooking liquid.

Heat the olive. oil in a large skillet over medium. Cook garlic and anchovies, for about 2 minutes. Add chile and Swiss chard and cook until Swiss chard is slightly wilted for about 1 minute.

Add pasta and ½ cup pasta cooking liquid to Swiss chard mixture and cook, tossing often with tongs until sauce is emulsified and coats pasta. Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest and lemon juice.

Transfer the mixture to a pasta serving bowl. . Drizzle with oil; top with breadcrumbs and cheese..

This dish goes well with a Caprese Salad.

 


Rapini or broccoli rabe is a green cruciferous vegetable, with the leaves, buds, and stems all being edible; the buds somewhat resemble broccoli but do not form a large head. Rapini is known for its slightly bitter taste and is particularly associated with Mediterranean cuisine.

Pasta With Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Serves 6-8

Ingredients
1 pound orecchiette pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 bunch broccoli rabe, cut into 2inch pieces
4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1 cup grated Parmesan (4 ounces)
Kosher salt and black pepper

Directions
Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until it’s no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add the broth and red pepper and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli rabe and simmer, covered, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the butter and Parmesan and cook, uncovered, until the sauce thickens slightly 1 to 2 minutes.
Toss the pasta with the sausage mixture and ¼ teaspoon of each salt and pepper.



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