Tag: Italian

Grandma’s Spaghetti

Grandma’s Spaghetti

Grandma’s Spaghetti is one of the dishes my mother in law used to make. My kids always loved her Spaghetti. The instructions were always add a little of this and of that.  This is the closest I’ve ever came to her recipe. There are two things that I know I have different than hers. I use lean ground beef instead of the greasy ground beef, and I add butter; that replaces the grease from the beef. Her secret ingredient was tomato ketchup :). When I do make it, its enough so the kids can take some to their home.

Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan Copycat

Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan Copycat

Chicken Bryan is one of Carrabba’s Italian Grill’s most ordered dishes. It consists of an 8 oz grilled chicken breast, topped with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, and a basil lemon butter sauce. This dish is named after the city of Bryan, Texas, where the Carrabba family settled in the United States. The first time I went to Carrabba’s that’s what I ordered and I knew I just had to find a copycat recipe of this. I must say this one came pretty close. Find out for yourself.

Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti another easy casserole dish perfect for through the week. This is a very basic one, feel free to add some vegetables such as mushrooms, onions, and peppers. Ziti also tends to keep very well, making it possible to prepare the dish the day before, store in a refrigerator, then heat up the following day if necessary.

Ingredients

2 cups ziti
1 package (4 0z) pancetta
1 sm onion
1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 tray hot Italian Sausage
1 tray ground beef (93%)
1 cup left over wine
1 tsp Red Pepper flakes
1 tbsp Italian Herbs
2 tsp salt divided
1 can (28 oz) can crushed  tomatoes
1 tub ricotta cheese
3 cups shredded mozarella
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions

1. Boil water in a large pan add 1 tsp salt, cook the Ziti noodles 8 minutes then drain and set aside.

2. Cut up the Pancetta and fry in a hot skillet, add the minced onion and crushed garlic.

3. When the onion is translucent add the hot Italian Sausage. When the Italian Sausage is done add the ground beef. Add 1 cup of leftover wine, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp Italian Herbs, 1 tsp salt. Mix well then add the can of tomatoes.


4. In a separate bowl mix the ricotta cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese with the cooked Ziti.

5. Spray some olive oil in the baking pan put the ziti mix in first then top off with the meat mixture. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and the rest of the mozzarella. Spray the foil with some olive oil that will prevent the cheese to stick to the foil. Bake in 350F oven for 20 minutes.

Baked Ziti
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups ziti
  • 1 package (40z) pancetta
  • 1 sm onion
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tray hot Italian Sausage
  • 1 tray ground beef (93%)
  • 1 cup left over wine
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp Italian Herbs
  • 2 tsp salt divided
  • 1 can (28 oz) can tomatoes
  • 1 tub ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozarella
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Boil water in a large pan add 1 tsp salt cook the Ziti 8 minutes then drain and set aside.
  2. Cut up the Pancetta and fry in a hot skillet, add the minced onion and crushed garlic.
  3. When the onion is translucent add the hot Italian Sausage. When the Italian Sausage is done add the ground beef, 1 cup of leftover wine, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp Italian Herbs, and 1 tsp salt. Mix well then add the can of tomatoes.
  4. in a separate bowl mix the ricotta cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese with the cooked ziti.
  5. Spray some olive oil in the baking pan put the Ziti mix in first then top off with the meat mixture. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and the rest of the mozzarella. Spray the foil with some olive oil that will prevent the cheese from sticking to the foil. Bake in 350F oven for 20 minutes.

 

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

The first time I heard the name Italian wedding soup, I thought it was the kind of soup that is served at weddings. Come to find out that’s not the case. The original name for this soup is Minestra Maritata. Maritata is the Italian word for married. And this particular marriage is between the vegetables and the meat in the soup.

Spicy Cajun Pasta

Spicy Cajun Pasta

I found this recipe as a copy of T.G.I Friday Spicy Cajun Pasta. I made a few changes to it. Instead of adding garlic I added pesto and couldn’t resist to add some Alfredo Sauce. If you want to lower the calories use whole wheat fettuccine noodles and leave the Alfredo Sauce out.