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Tortelloni a la Vodka Recipe

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Chef Jean Pierre shares one of his favorite recipes for cheese filled tortelloni pasta with an easy to prepare, but delicious, vodka sauce.

 

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Betty’s Easy Spaghetti with Savory Marinara Sauce

Penne pasta served with tomato sauce

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Easy Spaghetti with Savory Marinara Sauce. This is a great recipe to use if you are in a hurry, and you are looking for a recipe that is tasty and also economical!

Ingredients:

1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
16-oz. can tomato sauce
28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (You may used dried herbs in this recipe; just use 1/3 as much as listed for fresh herbs.)
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon lemon juice
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
16-oz. package uncooked spaghetti (I used only ½ of a 16-oz. package, but I had a lot of sauce left over!)
1 teaspoon salt for cooking spaghetti (optional)

In a deep skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add 1 chopped onion, 2 minced cloves of garlic, and ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes. Sauté until the onion is clear., about 5 minutes. Add a 16-oz. can of tomato sauce, a 28-oz. can of crushed tomatoes, 3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley, 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano, 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Add ½ teaspoon lemon juice, and simmer for 5 minutes more. As soon as you begin simmering your spaghetti sauce, start making your spaghetti, according to package directions. (I add about 1 teaspoon of salt to the boiling water.) The spaghetti will be done about the same time as the Marinara sauce is ready. Drain the spaghetti using a colander. Place drained spaghetti on a large platter and spoon Marinara sauce over the top. Sprinkle ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese over the top, and serve immediately. This recipe makes a *large* amount of spaghetti, but it is still excellent when reheated the next day! I like to serve it with heated French or Italian bread, with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping the bread, and a green salad alongside! Buon Appetito !–Betty 

 

 

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Betty’s Tuna Noodle Casserole Deluxe Recipe

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Tuna Noodle Casserole Deluxe. This is a nice change of pace after the holidays, and it is also a response to those of you who are looking for a dish that is quick, easy, and economical—plus really tasty!

Ingredients:

3 cups uncooked noodles
1 teaspoon salt
(2) 5-oz. cans tuna packed in water, drained
½ cup mayonnaise
1 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped green pepper
2-oz. jar diced pimiento, undrained
½ teaspoon salt
10 ¾-oz. can condensed cream of celery soup
½ cup milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
cooking oil spray

In a large pot, cook 3 cups noodles according to package instructions. (I used 1 teaspoon salt in preparing the noodles.) Drain noodles and return them the pot where they were cooked. Combine cooked noodles, (2) 5-oz. cans tuna, ½ cup mayonnaise, 1 cup chopped celery, 1/3 cup chopped onion, ¼ cup chopped green pepper, ¼ cup diced canned pimiento, ½ teaspoon salt, a 10 ¾-oz. can of cream of celery soup, ½ cup milk, and 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Stir well, until all ingredients are combined. (Note: If you like your vegetables very soft, you may sauté the celery, onion, and green pepper in 1 tablespoon of butter before adding them to the mixture.) Turn mixture into a 2-quart casserole that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray. Bake, uncovered, in a 425 degree (F) oven for 20 minutes. Serve immediately! I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas day, and I hope you can use this recipe after your big holiday meal! Love, Bets ♥

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Posted by on March 16, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen, Pasta, Seafood

 

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Betty’s Loaded Tex-Mex Lasagna Recipe

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Loaded Tex-Mex Lasagna. Along with lasagna noodles, this one-dish meal contains eggs, yogurt, 3 kinds of cheese, Italian sauce, black beans, and spinach. It’s an interesting dish that is loaded with lots of healthy ingredients to start your New Year!

Ingredients:

9 lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions and drained (I put about ½ teaspoon salt in the water to cook the lasagna.)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4-oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature
6-oz. carton plain yogurt
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
10-oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (I squeeze the thawed spinach with paper toweling to remove all liquid.)
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups shredded Mexican-style cheese, divided (You may use taco-style, Monterey Jack, or pepper jack cheese.)
15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
(2) 23.5-oz. jars Italian sauce (I used a garden vegetable variety.)
½ teaspoon ground cumin seed
cooking oil spray

In a mixing bowl, stir together 2 large lightly-beaten eggs, 4-oz. softened cream cheese, 6-oz. plain yogurt, a 10-oz. package frozen spinach, thawed and drained, ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, mash a 15-oz. can of rinsed black beans. Stir in (2) 23.5-oz. jars Italian sauce and ½ teaspoon ground cumin seed. Spread 1/3 of the black bean mixture into a 13-inch by 9-inch by 2-inch Pyrex baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking oil spray. Place 3 cooked lasagna noodles across the bottom. Spread ½ of the spinach mixture over the top of the noodles. Sprinkle 1 cup Mexican-style cheese over the top. Repeat layers one time, and then top with remaining 3 lasagna noodles and the remaining 1/3 of the bean mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees (F) for about 45 to 50 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil, sprinkle with remaining 1 cup of Mexican-style cheese. Bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. This is a hearty, but healthy casserole that you will find to be very tasty, economical, and warming during the winter months ahead. I hope you enjoy it! –Betty

 

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Betty’s Pasta with Tomato and Zucchini Sauce

In this video, Betty demonstrates how to make Pasta with Tomato and Zucchini Sauce. I used penne pasta and topped it with a wonderful tomato sauce made with zucchini and other vegetables.

Ingredients:

8-oz. uncooked pasta (I used penne pasta, but you may use the pasta of your choice.)
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 additional teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium to large zucchini, cut into ¼-inch slices
1 medium onion, chopped
2 medium cloves of garlic, minced
(2) 14.5-oz. cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained (I used stewed tomatoes flavored with basil, garlic, and oregano.)
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
½ cup chopped fresh basil
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

In a large pot, bring at least 2 inches of water to a boil over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon salt. When the water is boiling, add 8-oz. uncooked penne pasta, and cook, according to package instructions. Drain. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil and mix well. Cover with aluminum foil and set aside. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Add 1 sliced zucchini, 1 chopped onion, and 1 minced clove of garlic. Saute about 4 minutes, until onion is clear. Spoon sautéed vegetables into a large bowl and cover with aluminum foil. Set aside. Add (2) cans of Italian-style stewed tomatoes, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper to skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and cook for about 12 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in sautéed vegetables and ½ cup freshly chopped basil. Place cooked penne pasta on a large serving platter. Spoon tomato and zucchini sauce evenly over the top. Sprinkle with ¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese. Serve Pasta with Tomato and Zucchini Sauce along with Italian Bread with Cheese Topping (also in bettyskitchen). This is a healthy dish, and it tastes wonderful! I hope you enjoy it! –Betty 

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2011 in Betty's Kitchen, Pasta, Sauces

 

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Crispy Potato Chip Mac and Cheese

Learn how to make Macaroni and Cheese with Crunchy Potato Chip Gratin! Visit http://foodwishes.com to get more info, and watch over 400 free video recipes. I hope you enjoy this Crispy Potato Chip Mac and Cheese Recipe!

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2011 in Cheese, Pasta

 

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Got Crepes? Make Cannelloni!

Cannelloni Video recipe, by chef john from foodwishes.

Visit http://foodwishes.com to get the ingredients for Cannelloni, and watch over 200 free video recipes!

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2011 in Chicken, Meats, Pasta

 

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