Pasta Primavera

2 chicken breasts
1 Roma tomato
3 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 c. white wine
1 1/2 c. heavy cream
1 tbsp. basil
Salt & Pepper
1 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese

Boil chicken breasts in separate pan until done, then cut into chunks. In saucepan, combine garlic, cream, wine and spices and cook over low to medium heat. Once it begins to bubble, reduce heat to low and simmer. Slowly add cheese and continuously stir, then add in diced tomato. Mix in chicken and let simmer for three to five minutes.

Toss over some angel hair pasta and that’s it!

Pasta Primavera

Meat & Cheese Lasagna

This is three layers of heaven.

Ricotta cheese mixture (see below)
Box of lasagna (I use the Barilla no-cook lasagna)
Sauce
Mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese

Cheese mixture:

1 15 oz. container low fat ricotta cheese
2 c mozzarella cheese
1/2 c Parmesan cheese
1 eggs
1 tbsp. parsley flakes

Mix together well.

In a 9 x 13 glass pan, spray the bottom lightly and then add a thin layer of sauce on the bottom. Take lasagna piece and spread the cheese mixture on top and lay on the sauce, do this three time to make the bottom layer. Pour sauce on top of the cheese mixture on each layer. Then start the second layer and spread the cheese mixture on top and place on top of sauce of the first layer. Once all three are covered add sauce to each piece of the second layer. Then create a third cheese layer and lay on top of second. This time you will want to use more sauce and cover the entire top of the lasagna. Spread two cups of mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese on top.

Uncooked Lasagna

Bake at 375 for 30 minutes. If cheese begins to brown too quickly, add tinfoil to the top and continue baking.

Simple Pasta Salad

This is all done based on how many servings you need. This pasta salad stores very well in the fridge, so having extra isn’t a bad thing. If you need it for a group of people, I would suggest using an entire box of noodles, if it’s just for your family I’d use a couple of cups.

When I get the meats and cheese for this salad, I go to the deli and just ask for an inch thick slab. This allows you to cut it up into cubes rather than slices.

Ingredients:
Macaroni – I use bowtie
Salami
Pepperoni
Mozzarella cheese
Carrots
Green bell pepper
Onion
Italian dressing

Cook the noodles and run cold water over them. You want to be sure your noodles are cool enough for when you add the cheese and such you don’t want it to melt. Once noodles are cool, add the rest of the ingredients and slowly add the Italian dressing. I suggest adding it slowly because if you add too much it can ruin it, so add some, stir, add more, stir, and so on. It’s so simple…

Viola!
Pasta Salad

Ultimate Spaghetti Sauce

I use this sauce for lasagna, shells, spaghetti, manicotti, and heck, I’ll even use it for pizza sauce if needed. It’s wonderful.

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1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. hot Italian sausage
1 onion, chopped
1/4 c. chopped green bell pepper
1/4 c. chopped red bell pepper
1/4 c. chopped yellow bell pepper
Mixture of fresh hot peppers
3-5 cloves of garlic
2 large can (29 oz) whole tomatoes, chopped
48 oz. tomato sauce (usually one large can and one medium sized can)
2 cans (12 oz total) tomato paste
3 tsp. basil
3 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 1/2 tsp. parsley
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 tsp. sugar (I use raw sugar)
1 tsp. vinegar
1 c. water
Tabasco Sauce

Cook ground beef, sausage, onion, bell peppers, and garlic in large pot (crock pot works well too). Cook until peppers and onions are tender and then add all remaining ingredients. Bring to bubbly plop noise level and then turn on low to simmer for two to three hours.

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This is a veggie sauce I made for a friend. After tasting it, I realized that I do prefer mine with meat and the flavors the meat provides. Good nonetheless and definitely usable for Chicken Parmesan!