Spaghetti Pie

December 9, 2008 at 10:44 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Spaghetti Pie

I have been looking for new recipes to try that are good weeknight dinners. Misha’s aunt knows about the blog, so I thought that I would try something new on our usual Monday night dinners. We usually do a 5-ish mile hike on Monday nights while Misha is in class, so I was looking for something easy to finish/do after a hike.

Spaghetti Pie
Adapted from Allrecipes via About a Bit of Everything.

Ingredients

2 ounces uncooked spaghetti, broken in half (we used barilla plus, and maybe a bit more than 2 oz)
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3 Tablespoons sour cream (I used low fat)
1/2 pound ground turkey (I could have used more)
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
2 Tablespoons chopped onion
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
2/3 cup tomato sauce (I would use more if I added more ground turkey)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a bowl combine the egg, Parmesan cheese, and cooked pasta.
  3. Press the pasta mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of a greased casserole dish or pie plate. Spread with sour cream. Note: The sour cream was easier said than done, I spreaded it as best I could.
  4. Preheat oven to 350.
  5. Crumble turkey into a skillet, add the pepper, onion, and butter. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink.
  6. Drain fat out of meat.
  7. Add minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  8. Stir in tomato sauce, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  9. Spoon into spaghetti crust.
  10. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  11. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
  12. Serve immediately and enjoy!

I could have used more ground turkey. It was good, but just a different way to do spaghetti. I liked the variation though, a nice way to change the usual pasta dinner.

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Herbed Chicken Parmesan and Orzo with Parmesan and Basil

November 3, 2008 at 10:48 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Chicken Parmesan and Basil Orzo

We have been pretty stuck on dinner ideas lately. I was browsing around cookinglight.com and found this recipe, and decided that it sounded good.

Herbed Chicken Parmesan
Adapted from Cookinglight.com.

Ingredients

1/3 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, minced (I used dried)
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 large egg white, lightly beaten (I just used a whole egg)
1 lb chicken breast tendres (I used chicken breasts, tenderized them a bit and cut them up)
1 Tablespoon butter
1 1/2 cups pasta sauce
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup (1.5 ounces) shredded provolone (we used slices)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine 2 Tablespoons of parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley, basil, and 1/8 teaspoon salt ina shallow dish.
  3. Place egg in another shallow dish
  4. Dip each chicken piece in egg then dredge in the breadcrumb mixture.
  5. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  6. Add chicken and cook 3 minutes on each side (or until done). Put in a casserole dish when done.
  7. While chicken is cooking, combine 1/8 teaspoon salt, pasta sauce, vinegar, and pepper.
  8. Pour sauce over chicken (in casserole dish) and top with parmesan and provelone cheese.
  9. Cook in the oven until cheese is melted and pasta is heated through.
  10. Serve with Orzo with Parmesan and Basil and enjoy!

Orzo with Parmesan and Basil
Adapted from Allrecipes.com.

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons butter
1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
1 14.5 oz can chicken broth
1/2 cup greated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil (I use dried)
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in orzo and saute until lightly browned.
  2. Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed (15-20 minutes).
  4. Mix in parmesan cheese and basil, season with salt and pepper
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Both of these recipes are keepers! I love chicken parmesan, and it was a nice change to add the parmesan to the breading and the balsamic to the pasta sauce. Two very easy changes that made a difference.

This was our first time trying orzo, and it was good. I will be making it again!

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Pasta Carbonara

October 19, 2008 at 4:42 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

Pasta Carbonara

I have made Tom Cruise’s Pasta Carbonara before and loved it. On Sunday night Misha was busy studying and I really didn’t feel like going out to go get something to make dinner. I started looking through the pantry and realized that I had everything for Pasta Carbonara. I was thrilled, so I pulled up PW’s recipe and decided that I would surprise DH with an amazing dinner.

Much to my later dismay, after I started my surprise was ruined and dinner was just about a disaster. Right when I was at the point of cooking the pasta… I started putting it in the water. At first it felt a little.. well.. it might have been a bit old but since it was a special type of pasta made out of legumes I thought that this was maybe how it “got old”. I got impatient and dumped the whole box in only to discover a bunch of bugs!

So DH heard the noise downstairs and discovered the mess that I had gotten myself in. He was a sweetheart and ran to the store and got me more pasta. I really didn’t want to wast a whole pound of bacon and onion. I was totally paranoid though that some buggies jumped over from the pasta box into the cooking onion. After much inspection DH and I determined that our onion was safe.

Ends up it was a wonderful dinner. I served it with our yummy garlic bread.

Pasta Carbonara
Adapted from PW Cooks.

Ingredients

1lb linguine pasta Note: I used Barilla plus spaghetti.
4 eggs
1 pound bacon or pancetta
1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
8-12 cloves of garlic
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup white wine (or substitute another cup of stock) Note: I used more chicken stock.
1/4 cup butter
1 handful of parsley
1 Tablespoon black pepper

Directions

  1. Slice up the bacon into 1-inch wide pieces.
  2. Cook the bacon until browned and crisp.
  3. While the bacon is cooking, set a pot of salted water to boil. When it comes to a boil add the pasta and cook until all dente.
  4. When the bacon is done cooking, remove from pan reserving the grease in the pan.
  5. Saute the onions until they are soft and translucent (a couple of minutes).
  6. Add the garlic to the onions. After they are cooked remove from the pan. Discard the grease.
  7. Place the pan back on high heat until it starts to smoke a little. As soon is the pan is hot, pour in the wine (or chicken stock). Whisk until all the little brown bits on the pan have come off.
  8. Add the chicken stock to the pan along with the bacon, onion, and garlic. Let simmer over medium heat.
  9. Crackand scramble eggs into a large bowl.
  10. Add most of the Parmesan cheese to the eggs, along with the parsley and pepper. Mix.
  11. Drain the pasta, and immediately add the pasta to the egg mixture and toss with a fork.
  12. Add the bacon/onion mixture to the pasta.
  13. Add the butter.
  14. Toss it all together well. Serve with parmesan.
  15. Enjoy!

I forget Tom Cruise’s recipe, I’m not sure how different they are. But as usual, PW’s recipe was a hit!

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