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Homemade Meat Sauce December 30, 2013

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I grew up in an Italian family who owned a restaurant and the staple of most of our dinners was tomato sauce. I think I have had store bought sauce once in my life as a guest in someone’s home. Honestly, I wouldn’t be shocked if there was meat sauce running through my veins instead of blood. The first time I ever made sauce, I didn’t glance at a recipe or even ask anybody how to do it. I made it just like I watched my grandmother, grandfather, and mother make for years. I hope everybody takes the extra few steps to make homemade sauce for meals instead of store bought sauce, because it really does make a huge difference and it doesn’t take very long. I have to say though, It’s not 100 percent homemade because I do start with canned sauce and add my own flavors and spices. Some people may not consider it homemade, but I do because it’s not straight from a jar. I guess you could call it cheating! I love this sauce, every time my mother or I makes it I always have to grab a bowl of it and eat it like soup! It’s so flavorful and perfect for any type of pasta. Of course you can omit the meats if you want plain sauce and many people enjoy peppers or other types of meat in their sauce. This is how my family loves it, but feel free to spice it up with your own favorite ingredients as well!

 

 Ingredients:

1LB Ground Beef
2-4 Sausage Links, I like to use hot Italian sausage.
2-3 Medium Onions
2 Cans Hunts Tomato Sauce
1 Can Hunts Diced Tomatoes
1/2 Can Tomato Soup
2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1 Tsp Onion Powder
2 Tbsp Red Pepper, sometimes I use more and sometimes less depending on how hot I feel like having it.
1 Tsp each Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, and Basil

Directions:

Brown beef and sausage with onions in large pot. Add cans of sauce and bring to a slow boil. Add spices once boiling, cover and let simmer for about an hour. You can add anything you want and any spices you like.

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Mom’s Lasagna November 19, 2013

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This recipe is simple and delicious. My mom passed it on to me and she got it from her mom and so on. The best part about Lasagna is that you can add whatever you like whether it’s pepperoni, sliced sausage, hamburg, spinach, or anything you want at all. The homemade sauce is the best part, however some people just don’t care to make it themselves. I assure you, it really makes the flavor uniquely better. I’ll be sure to add the recipe for the sauce as soon as possible, it’s really very easy and I always have plenty to freeze for later. In this particular Lasagna I added sliced sausages in the middle and pepperoni on the top. Sometimes I switch it up and add different things, but this is by far my favorite way!

Ingredients:

Tomato Sauce ( I use meat sauce, this is entirely up to you)

2 Boxes Lasagna Noodles

2 LBS Ricotta Cheese

2 Eggs

1/2 C Parmesan Cheese

1 TSP Parsley

1 TSP Garlic Powder

1 LB Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Salt and Pepper

Ingredients:

Mix ricotta, eggs, Parmesan, parsley, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and 1/3 of mozzarella in large bowl. Spoon sauce into lasagna pan and begin layers. Layers are as follows:

Sauce

Noodles

Ricotta

Sprinkle Mozzarella (sometimes I mix it with shredded cheddar as well)

Noodles

Sauce

-This is the layer you can add anything under the sun. Once I spread the sauce I layer the sliced sausages, my mom likes to put spinach and sometimes meatbals or other types of meat.

Sprinkle Cheese

Noodles

Ricotta

Noodles

Sauce

-Here I top it with pepperoni

Sprinkle cheese

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It seems difficult to remember, but think about it as a sandwich. Each layer is divided by noodles and the ricotta is like the bread with sauce in the middle.

Now that you’ve assembled the layers, you will want to gently cover it with foil and bake at 350┬░ for 30 minutes, then remove foil and continue baking for an additional 15 minutes. I’ve made this before to bring to work and sometimes I will bake it for the 30 minutes and stick it in the fridge over night, then I’ll do the uncovered 15 minutes the next day so it’s hot, but not overcooked. When I do it this way I have to do it for around 20-25 minutes the next day where it’s starting out cold rather than hot from baking the first time.

I like to let it sit for a few minutes before cutting so it can set. It makes it a little easier to work with.

Enjoy!

 

Italian Garlic Pasta November 18, 2013

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As an Italian, anything with garlic tastes good to me. My family has always made these HUGE fantastic meals full of garlic and tomato sauce and by the end of the 17 delicious courses you feel like you are going to bust. Now, as an adult who married someone that doesn’t really like pasta and doesn’t really care for tomato sauce, I’m wishing it was socially acceptable to force feed my husband. With all these delicious Italian recipes passed down through the years I’ve been itching to make every single thing I can that includes garlic or sauce…Here is something I know everybody will love. It’s got the delicious roasted garlic butter, which is always a hit, and if there’s any question of how to properly roast the garlic, I will link back to my post on how to do it. It’s very easy if you know what you are doing and totally worth it. Most of the ingredients in this are really to your own taste as to how much you add. I never measure, so the ingredients are approximate and you will need to adjust to your liking. I personally like a strong garlic taste and a little less Parmesan, however the original recipe was the opposite.

Italian Garlic Pasta

Ingredients:

1 box Elbow Macaroni

1 1/2 – 2 Sticks Butter

1 TBSP Lemon Juice

1/2 C Parmesan Cheese

Several Cloves of Roasted Garlic, I roasted two heads of garlic and and used 5-10 large cloves to get the taste I wanted. This part is entirely up to you as to how garlicy you want the garlic butter, which will be the base for the dish.

Directions:

Roast garlic.

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Cook macaroni until tender.

Mash garlic cloves and softened butter together in large bowl until mixed well.

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Once butter is to the desired taste, add a small amount of salt and pepper, lemon juice to taste, and pasta. Top with Parmesan and mix well. You may add more or less Parmesan to taste.

That’s it! Enjoy!

 

 
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