Stuffed Shells

Evie Davis

  • 2 boxes jumbo shells
  • 16 oz. Grated mozzarella cheese
  • 15 oz. Ricotta cheese
  • Creamed spinach (see recipe below)
  • Ragu sauce

Cook shells according to package directions.  Mix the cheeses and spinach together and stuff the shells.  Arrange in an oiled baking dish;  pour Ragu over noodles.  Bake at 350 for ½ hour.

Creamed Spinach

  • 2 boxes frozen spinach
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 T. flour
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • salt and pepper

Cook spinach and drain VERY well.  Melt butter in frying pan and sauté garlic.  Stir in flour, add spinach and gradually add cream.  Cook over low heat for approximately 10 minutes, stirring often.  Season to taste.

Spicy Peanut Noodles with Shrimp

Cooking Light

Use only 1 t. or less chili paste if you don’t like it spicy.  If the sauce is too thick thin it with a little water.  It should be the consistency of heavy cream.

Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup water
  • 2 T. soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 T. rice vinegar
  • 1 to 2 t. chile paste with garlic
  • 1/2 t. sugar
  • 1/2 t. salt, divided

Shrimp

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

Pasta

  • 4 cups cooked thick udon noodles or linguine (8 ounces uncooked)
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into julienne strips
  • 3/4 cup chopped seeded cucumber
  • 1/4 cup diagonally cut green onions
  • 3 T. chopped roasted peanuts
  • 2 T. cilantro
  • 4 lime wedges

To prepare sauce, combine the first 6 ingredients and 1/4 t. salt; stir with a whisk.
To prepare the shrimp, toss with 1/4 t. salt.  Saute in nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat for 3 minutes on each side or until done.
To prepare the pasta, combine peanut sauces, shrimp, noodles, bell pepper, cucumber, and onions in a large bowl; toss well.  Sprinkle with chopped peanuts and cilantro.  Serve with lime wedges.

Yield: 4 servings.

Shenanoah Spaghetti with Chicken

Betty Davis

4 servings

  • 8 pieces of chicken
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 ½ t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 small green pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 tart apple, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 8 oz. Tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lb. Spaghetti

Coat chicken with flour mixed with salt and pepper.  Brown chicken in oil.  Remove from pan and drain off all but browned bits and 2 T. of drippings.  Combine remaining ingredients except spaghetti in skillet with chicken.  Cover and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes.  Season.  Serve chicken and sauce over spaghetti.

Spaghetti with Sausage and Zucchini

Evie Davis

This is an old stand bye in our house.

  • 1 ½ lbs. Mild Italian sausage cut into small pieces
  • ½ lb. Fresh mushrooms
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup cooking sherry
  • 3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 1 lb. Sliced zucchini
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • 1 lb. Spaghetti

Sauté sausage and mushrooms in melted butter in large frying pan.  Add sherry and bouillon.  Stir until bouillon dissolves.  Add zucchini and onion.  Cook partially covered over medium heat until sausage is done, about 30 minutes.  Serve over spaghetti.  Pass the parmesan!

Pot Roast Pasta

The New Basics

  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. beef bottom round roast (any kind of pot roast is fine)
  • 1 ½ cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, slivered, plus 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can (28 oz.) plum tomatoes, drained
  • 3 T. tomato paste
  • 1 t. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ t. salt
  • ½ t. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

Heat the oil in a dutch oven over medium-low heat.  Add the pot roast and brown on all sides.  Remove the meat from the pan, and set aside.

Add the onions, carrots, celery, and slivered garlic and sauté until soft, 10 minutes.  Remove the vegetables and set aside.

Set a rack in the bottom of the pot and place the roast on top.  Pour the stock into the pot.  Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Remove the roast and the rack from the dutch oven, and cut the meat into ¼ inch thick slices (they will be quite rare).  Return the slices to the pot, layering them evenly.

Crush the plum tomatoes slightly, and add them to the pot along with the tomato paste, the 1 t. minced garlic, pepper, salt, thyme, bay leaf, red wine, and reserved vegetables.  Bring to a boil, transfer tot he oven, and bake, covered, until the meat falls apart, 1 ½ hours.

Remove the meat and bay leaf from the pot, allow to cool slightly.  Discard the bay leaf.  Shred the meat and return it to the pot.  Add the parsley, and heat through.

Serve over hot pasta. Makes 6 portions.

Pasta Sauce Raphael

New Basics

We like this over tortellini but works with any kind of pasta.

  • 2 jars (6 oz. each) marinated artichoke hearts in oil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 2 T. minced garlic
  • ½ t. dried oregano
  • ½ t. dried basil
  • 1 T. coarsely ground pepper
  • ½ t. salt
  • Pinch of dried pepper flakes
  • 1 can (28 oz.) plum tomatoes, with their juice
  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

Drain the artichoke hearts, reserving the marinade

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan.  Add the onions, garlic, oregano, basil, black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, and reserved artichoke marinade.  Sauté over medium-low heat until the onions and garlic are soft and translucent, 10 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and simmer for 30 minutes

Add the artichoke hearts, Parmesan, and parsley.  Stir gently, and simmer another 5 minutes

6 portions; enough for 1 lb. pasta

White Bean Soup with Pasta and Rosemary Oil

(we usually skip the rosemary oil… but i’m sure it’s good)

For Rosemary oil:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 T. finely chopped rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced.

Warm simmer these ingredients in small saucepan, approx. 5 minute

For soup:

  • 2 cups cannellini beans/navy beans or mix
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. fresh rosemary or 2 tsp. dried
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/3 cup parsley
  • 1 c. diced tomatoes with juice
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 c. small dried pasta
  • parmesan cheese

1.  Heat oil, 1 T. rosemary in soup pot.  Add onion, carrot, celery.   Saute for 10 minutes.  Add garlic, parsley, simmer.  Add beans, tomatoes., 3 quarts water, boil, then simmer approx. 1 hour.  Add 2 tsp. salt, simmer 30 minutes longer.
2. . Puree the soup
3. Cook pasta, strain rosemary oil.
4. Soup into bowls, add pasta to each, drizzle with rosemary oil, sprinkle with parmesan, serve.