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Fun Italian Recipes

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          RECIPE FOR ITALIAN STUFFED GREEN PEPPERS

 Ingredients
    8 green peppers
    1 pound hot italian sausage cumbled
    1 pound ground beef
    1 onion chopped
    1 cup tomatoes -- fresh or canned
    1 cup rice -- cooked
    italian seasoning
    seasoned pepper
    grated mozzarella

 Directions
    Saute beef, sausage, onion until browned. Drain fat off. Add
    tomatoes, seasonings and simmer for a little bit. Add rice. Stuff
    into peppers that have been cut lengthwise and cleaned out.
    Sprinkle with mozarella or parmesan. Bake in a casserole with
    some tomatoe sauce underneath peppers at about 350 until hot.
    These freeze great. I make a lot at this time of year when
    peppers are cheap and freeze them.

RECIPE FOR ITALIAN EGGPLANT Ingredients 1 large eggplant 1-2 eggs slightly beaten salt Italian bread crumbs 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/3 cup peanut oil 2 tbsps parsley, chopped (fresh) 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (fresh if you have it) 8 ounces mozzarella cheese (sliced) 1/4 teaspoon pepper (freshly grated) 8 ounce can tomato sauce or home made sauce Directions Peel eggplant and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle with salt. Dip in egg and then in bread crumbs. Dry on a rack for a few minutes. Pour oil into a skillet to a depth of 1/8th inch and heat. Brown eggplant on both sides in hot oil. Place slices in shallow pan or casserole dish, overlapping if necessary. Sprinkle with pepper, parsley and Parmesan cheese. Top with mozzarella cheese. Pour tomato sauce over all. Bake in a moderate over (350 degrees) for 20 to 25 minutes. You can put some canned or fresh mushroom slices before the mozzarella cheese too.
RECIPE FOR PIZZA ROMANO Ingredients Makes 2 (12-inch) pizzas 1 1/2-POUND RECIPE Dough: water 1 cup peanut oil 2 tablespoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons bread flour 3 cups sugar 1 tablespoon FLEISCHMANN’S Bread Machine Yeast 2 teaspoons Topping: 1 (15 ounce) can crushed tomatoes 1/2 cup freshly grated Romano cheese 1 tablespoon peanut oil 1 teaspoon dried marjoram leaves 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms Topping: In medium bowl, combine tomatoes, cheese, oil, marjoram leaves, and ground black pepper. Stir well. Directions Add water, oil, salt, flour, sugar, and yeast to bread machine pan in the order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough/manual cycle. When cycle is complete, remove dough from machine to a lightly oiled surface. If necessary, knead in enough flour to make dough easy to handle. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball. Roll each into a 12-inch circle. Place on 2 greased baking sheets; form a standing rim by pinching the edge of the dough. Prick dough with fork; let rest 10 minutes. Prebake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove from sheets; place on wire cooling racks. Spread topping evenly on each pizza crust. Sprinkle with mushrooms. Bake on wire racks at 450 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes or until done. Cool slightly; cut into slices and serve.
RECIPE FOR OLIVE GARDEN'S PASTA E FAGIOLI Ingredients 1 pound ground beef 1 small onion, diced (1 cup) 1 large carrot, julienned (1 cup) 3 stalks celery, chopped (1 cup) 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes 1 15-ounce can red kidney beans (with liquid) 1 15-ounce can great northern beans (with liquid) 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce 1 12-ounce can V-8 juice 1 tablespoon white vinegar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon basil 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon thyme 1/2 pound (1/2 pkg.) ditali pasta Directions Brown the ground beef in a large saucepan or pot over medium heat. Drain off most of the fat. Add onion, carrot, celery and garlic and sauté for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients, except pasta, and simmer for 1 hour. About 50 minutes into simmer time, cook the pasta in 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of boiling water over high heat. Cook for 10 minutes or just until pasta is al dente, or slightly tough. Drain. Add the pasta to the large pot of soup. Simmer for 5-10 minutes and serve.
PASTA WITH PESTO SAUCE Ingredients 1 lb. dry pasta (Rotini, bowtie, etc.) 1 cup cottage cheese 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1 cup chopped cilantro 1 tsp. Salt non-stick pan spray 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 small onion, thinly sliced 1 yellow or red sweet bell pepper, thinly sliced Directions Cook pasta in boiling salted water just until tender. Combine cottage cheese, yogurt, cilantro and salt in a small food processor. Process 30 seconds or until well blended. Spray a small skillet and place over medium heat. Add garlic, onions, and pepper and cook until vegetables are slightly tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain pasta and toss with sauce and garlic in serving bowl.
APPLE-CABBAGE RAVIOLI WITH BACON & THYME BROTH Ingredients Homemade ravioli is a great family project - set up an assembly line with one person rolling and measuring, another filling the ravioli, and another (kids preferred) trimming with a speedy pastry wheel. Once made, ravioli can be frozen until minutes before serving. NOTE: To make this recipe more quickly, substitute wonton wrappers for ravioli dough and proceed from step 2. Ravioli Dough 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup water 2 large eggs 2 tablespoons vegetable oil Apple-Cabbage Filling 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup finely chopped onion 2 cups finely chopped green cabbage 1/2 cup water 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 Golden Delicious Apple, peeled, cored, and grated 1/2 cup ricotta cheese 1 large egg white, beaten Bacon and Thyme Broth 4 ounces thick-cut bacon coarsely chopped 2-1/2 cups water 1 large cube chicken bouillon 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves or 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1-1/2 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon cold water Directions Prepare ravioli dough: In a large bowl combine flour, cornstarch and salt. In measuring cup, beat together water, eggs and oil. Pout egg mixture into flour mixture and beat until dough forms. This can also be done in a food processor. Divide dough into quarters, wrap in plastic and let rest while preparing filling. To prepare apple-cabbage filling, heat butter in large skillet. Add onion and sauté until golden. Add cabbage, water, salt and pepper to onion mixture; cover and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, Add apple to mixture, cover, and cook 7 to 8 minutes or until apple softens. Remove filling mixture from heat, stir in ricotta and set aside until cool enough to handle. To make ravioli, line two baking sheets with clean cloths; dust cloths generously with flour. On lightly floured surface, roll out one quarter ravioli dough to a thin (1/16 inch) 9-inch square. Brush square with egg white and cut square into thirds, creating nine 3-inch squares. Place 2 teaspoons apple-cabbage filling in center of each square. Fold top corner of each square over filling to meet opposite bottom corner, creating a triangle. Pinch seam sides of triangle to seal completely. With knife or pastry wheel, trim edges slightly. Place ravioli on cloth-covered baking sheet. Repeat rolling, cutting, and filling with remaining dough. Dust tops of ravioli with flour, and refrigerate, uncovered, at least 1 hour. (To freeze ravioli, arrange in a single layer on floured sheet and place in freezer until frozen; store in sealed plastic bags for up to 3 weeks. If cooking from frozen, increase cooking time 2 to 3 minutes. Just before serving, prepare bacon and thyme broth; In deep skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon and set aside. Drain fat from skillet, add water and bring to boil. Stir in bouillon cube in thyme, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Stirring, add cornstarch mixture to bouillon mixture. Bring to boil and stir constantly until mixture thickens,. Remove from heat and add reserved bacon; set broth aside while ravioli cooks. In large pot, bring 3 quarts water to boiling; add ravioli an cook 5 to 7 minutes or until tender. Drain, divide among serving bowls or deep plates and ladle bacon and thyme broth over all. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired, and serve.
SPINACH RISOTTO Ingredients 1 small chopped onion 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup uncooked rice 2 cups chicken stock 1/4 teaspoon salt 10 ounces thawed frozen spinach 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 medium tomato Directions In 2-quart casserole, cook onion and olive oil on HIGH 3-4 minutes, until tender, stirring halfway through cooking. Stir in rice, coating each grain. Stir stock and salt into rice. Cook, covered, on HIGH 5-8 minutes, until boiling. Stir. Cook, covered, on MEDIUM (50 % power) 13-15 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Drain spinach well, squeezing to remove all liquid. Stir spinach, Parmesan, and pepper into rice. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Remove seeds from tomato and cut into 1/2" chunks; stir into rice.
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