Written By: kittencal on December 9, 2011 Leave a Comment

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You may omit the potatoes and serve this over spaghetti topped with Parmesan cheese

Two cans whole drained mushrooms may be used in place of fresh, do not substitute  crushed tomatoes for the whole tomatoes and use a good brand of Italian tomatoes, no generic here please!

If you like more sauce then process a 14-ounce can tomatoes (well drained) in with the 28 ounce can, discard the juice from the 14 ounce can and increase the oregano and basil amount to 1 1/2 teaspoons

Servings 4


1 cup all purpose flour  mixed with — 2 teaspoons seasoned salt, 1-1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, 2 teaspoons garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon paprika

2  pounds stewing beef

oil, as needed

2 medium onions, chopped

15 small whole white button mushrooms (or use as much as you like)

6 large garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon crushed chili flakes or hot sauce (optional but good to add, can adjust to taste)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

2 bay leaves

1/3 cup dry red wine

1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained  (save the juice to add in later)

4 potatoes, peeded and cubed

1 (10 ounce) package frozen peas

seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste


In a processor process the drained tomatoes until smooth; set aside.

In a large heavy bag combine the flour with all the spices; add in beef cubes, shake the bag to coat the beef in the flour mixture.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat (use enough oil to coat the bottom of the Dutch oven, or as needed) add in beef cubes in batches browning well on all sides. Remove to a plate.

Add in onions; saute scraping up all the browned bits in the bottom of the Dutch oven, cook for about 3 minutes or until onions are softened.  Add in whole mushrooms,  garlic, next 3 spices and brown sugar; cook stirring for 3 minutes.

Return the meat to the Dutch oven along with the bay leaves, wine, pureed tomatoes and the juice from the tomatoes.

Cover and cook in a preheated 325 degree F oven for about 2 hours or until beef is tender (removing about halfway through cooking and seasoning with more salt and pepper if needed).

After about 2 hours of cooking remove from oven and add in the cubed potatoes and peas; cook 25-30 minutes longer or until the potatoes are just fork tender.

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Written By: kittencal on September 18, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Step-by-step instructions to create the perfect gnocchi, use only russet potatoes or you will have a “gluey glob”!

Gnocchi may be frozen, place gnocchi on a baking sheet, freeze until firm then toss into a freezer bag, drop gnocchi into boiling water from frozen state 

Servings 6


4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and quartered

1 large egg, lightly beaten

3 teaspoons salt, divided

1-3/4 to 2 cups all-purpose flour

about 3 quarts water

pasta sauce or alfredo sauce


Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until just fork-tender.

Transfer to a bowl then mash until very smooth.

Measure out 2 cups mashed potatoes then place into a large bowl (save any remaining  mashed potatoes for another use) cool the mashed potatoes slightly.

Stir in egg and 1 teaspoon salt.

Using a wooden spoon gradually beat in 1-1/2 cups flour until blended (dough should be firm and elastic, keep adding in more flour a small amount at a time if needed until you achieve that texture).

Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 15 times.

 Roll into about 1/2-inch -wide ropes.

Cut ropes into 1-inch  pieces.

Press down with a lightly floured fork.

In a large saucepan bring about 3 quarts of  water and remaining 2 teaspoons  salt to a boil.

Add gnocchi in small batches; cook for 8-10 minutes or until gnocchi floats to the top and are cooked through.

Remove with a slotted spoon.

Serve immediately with pasta sauce or alfredo sauce and Parmesan cheese (if not using right away toss the gnocchi generously with oil and refrigerate until ready to use, just heat in the microwave before serving).

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Written By: kittencal on September 1, 2011 Leave a Comment

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I have been making this for years and still enjoy it, it’s a pretty simple recipe and you can adjust all amounts to your taste

You could use olive oil but the flavor may be overpowering, I recommend to use a mixture of cooking oil and butter, I most usually make the spaghetti a day ahead and refrigerate

Servings 4


1 (8 ounce) package uncooked thin spaghetti

6 large garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon crushed chili flakes, or adjust to taste

3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

3 tablespoon butter

1/3 cup minced fresh parsley, or to taste

salt and pepper, to taste

fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Cook spaghetti to just a little over halfway cooked (do not cook until soft!) drain and rinse under very cold water then drain well again (at this point you may place in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use).
In a large skillet heat oil with butter over medium heat.
Add in garlic and chili flakes; cook for about 3 minutes.
Add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet; using tongs lift and mix while heating.
Season with salt and pepper, then mix in parsley.
Toss with Parmesan cheese.
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Written By: kittencal on August 29, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Taken from my “Favorites” folder!

Servings 2-4


1 peeled eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 1 1/4 pounds)

1 large onion, chopped

1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

3 garlic cloves, minced (garlic lovers can use more)

1 teaspoon crushed chili flakes, or to taste

seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

1 (8-ounce) package sliced mushrooms

1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce, divided

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

1/4  cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese


Grease a 1-1/2 quart baking  dish.

Arrange the eggplant slices onto a rack fitted in a baking sheet then season lightly with salt on both sides then allow to sit for 30 minutes or a little longer.

Preheat oven broiler.

Broil 3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Heat oil in a large skillet (use enough oil to coat the bottom of the skillet).

Add onion Italian seasoning, garlic, chili flakes and mushrooms; cook stirring mixture (about 7 minutes) until tender and all the liquid from mushrooms has evaporated, then season with seasoned salt and pepper to taste.

Spread half of mushroom mixture in bottom greased baking dish.

Arrange half of eggplant slices over mushroom mixture.

Top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1 cup mozzarella.

Spread remaining mushroom mixture over mozzarella; top with remaining eggplant slices, then top with remaining tomato sauce.

Cover and bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 1 hour.

Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella and Parmesan.

Bake uncovered, 5 minutes or until cheese melts.

Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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Written By: kittencal on August 29, 2011 Leave a Comment

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No precooking the noodles for this recipe they will cook in the sauce!

If desired brown 1/2 pound Italian sausage meat with the onion and garlic before adding in the sauce, don’t omit the water or the noodles will not soften

Servings 4-6


oil, as needed

1 small onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon crushed pepper flakes

1 (26 ounce)  jar tomato-and-basil pasta sauce (or use your favorite)

1/2 (12 ounce) package extra-wide egg noodles

1 cup water OR beef broth

salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste (also to season ricotta mixture)

3/4 cup low-fat ricotta cheese

1 3/4 cups shredded Kraft Italiano cheese, divided

2 tablespoons  fresh grated Parmesan cheese


In a large skillet cook onion in oil  over medium heat 5 minutes or until softened (use enough oil to coat the bottom of the skillet or as desired).

Add in garlic and chili flakes; cook for about 1-2 minutes.

Stir in pasta sauce, dry egg noodles, and 1 cup water; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low, and simmer stirring occasionally (about 15-20 minutes) or until pasta is just tender and liquid is almost absorbed (season with salt and pepper during cooking).

Meanwhile in a bowl combine the ricotta with 3/4 cup shredded cheese and 2 tablespoons  parmesan cheese, then season with alt and pepper.

Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls over pasta.

Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup Italiano cheese.

Cook covered over low heat about 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted.

Remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes

Written By: kittencal on August 25, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Plan ahead there is a 24 hour chilling time

Servings 6


1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground pork

3 slices white bread, coarsely crumbled

6 tablespoons milk

3 large egg, lightly beaten

8 large garlic cloves, minced

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning (rubbed between fingers to release the flavor)

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons seasoned salt

2-3 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper


Place all ingredients in a bowl.

Using clean hands mix until well combined.

Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.

Shape into desired size meatballs.

At this point you can freeze the meatballs or use right away.

Drop into simmering sauce or bake on a greased baking sheet in a preheated 350 degree F oven until cooked though.

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Written By: kittencal on August 14, 2011 Leave a Comment

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Yield one 12-inch pizza


1 prebaked 12-inch pizza crust

2 tablespoons butter

oil, as needed

1 teaspoon sugar

3 jumbo onions, sliced in half then thinly sliced

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

2-1/2  cups shredded cheddar cheese (can use more)

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


In a large skillet saute onions with garlic, Italian seasoning and cayenne in 1 teaspoon sugar,  2 tablespoons butter and oil until golden brown about 20 minutes (use enough oil to coat the bottom of the skillet).

Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

Spread onions on top of the partially baked pizza crust (add on the oil from the skillet also).

Top with shredded cheddar cheese, then top with Parmesan cheese

Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm.

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