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Written By: kittencal on August 31, 2011 No Comment

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I strongly suggest to make this 1-3 days ahead the he flavor will intesify, if you are planning to freeze make sure to leave in the refrigerator at least 1 day before freezing

Serve this with a crusty loaf of bread

Servings 8-10

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon paprika

2 teaspoons chili powder, divided

2 teaspoons seasoned salt

2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 boneless beef chuck roast (about 3 pounds) cut into 1-inch pieces

oil, as needed

2 medium onions, chopped

6 large garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons crushed chili flakes, or adjust to taste

1 (28 ounces) can stewed tomatoes, undrained

1 (10-1/2 ounces) can beef broth

1-2 tablespoons beef bouillon  granules (optional)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 large bay leaf (or use 2 small)

seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

hot sauce, to taste

1 (11 ounce) can corn kernels, drained OR frozen peas

5 medium red potatoes, cubed

4 medium carrots, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS:—————————————————-

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, with next 5 spices (using only 1 teaspoon chili powder).

Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat.

In a Dutch oven brown beef in hot oil in batches (use enough oil to coat the bottom of your pot) remove the browned beef to a plate or bowl.

Add in onions; cook until softened (about 8 minutes).

Add in garlic chili flakes and remaining 1 teaspoon chili powder; cook stirring for about 2 minutes.

Add in the brown beef back to the pot with the stewed tomatoes with juice, Worcestershire sauce, broth, bouillon granules, bay leaf/s and corn; bring to a boil stirring, reduce heat, partially cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours stirring occasionally (season with salt, pepper and hot sauce halfway through cooking).

*** At this point if desired you may cool then freeze in batches, thaw in refrigerator overnight, heat on top of the stove then add in potatoes and carrots; cook until veggies are fork-tender.

Add potatoes and carrots; cook partially covered 35-40 minutes longer or until tender.

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Written By: kittencal on August 29, 2011 No Comment

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Servings 6

INGREDIENTS:

2 heaping cups uncooked penne OR ziti pasta

1/2-3/4 pound bulk Italian sausage

1 medium onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 (4 ounce) can sliced mushrooms, drained

3 cups meatless pasta sauce

salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

1-1/2 cups Kraft shredded Italiano blend cheese OR mozzarella cheese

pizza pepperoni slices (use as much as you like)

INSTRUCTIONS:——————————————-
Grease a 2-quart baking dish.
Cook pasta in boiling water only to about halfway (the pasta will cook and soften more in the oven) drain and set aside.
In a large skillet cook the sausage meat with onion until browned (about 12-15 minutes).
Add in garlic and mushrooms; cook 2 minutes.
Stir in the pasta sauce and heat through (about 15 minutes).
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Mix in cooked pasta.
Transfer to baking dish.
Top with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.
Cover and bake in a 350 degree F oven for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
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Written By: kittencal on August 29, 2011 No Comment

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Taken from my “Favorites” folder! I make this using my own pizza sauce you can use your own favorite

Servings 4-6

INGREDIENTS:

1-1/2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup sour cream

1/2 teaspoon each dry Italian seasoning – seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1-1/2 cups prepared pizza sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

pizza pepperoni slices (use as much as you like)

canned sliced black olives, drained (use as much as you like)

INSTRUCTIONS:——————————————-

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain then rinse in cold water, drain again very well then transfer to a bowl.

Stir in the eggs, Parmesan cheese, sour cream and Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, black pepper and garlic powder.

Transfer to a greased 11 x 7-inch baking dish.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 10 minutes.

Remove from oven then spread 1-1/2 cups pizza sauce.

Sprinkle 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese over the sauce then pepperoni slices and olives.

Top with remaining 1-1/2 cups cheese

Return to oven and bake 15 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

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Written By: kittencal on August 29, 2011 No Comment

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Taken from my “Favorites” folder!

Ground beef may be substituted for the Italian sausage meat but the flavor will be reduced

Servings 4

INGREDIENTS:

3/4 pound dry spaghetti, cooked and drained (measure 3/4 pound dry before cooking or use as much as you like)

1 pound spicy Italian sausage links, casings removed

1 medium onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound button mushrooms,  sliced

salt and fresh ground black pepper

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 cup heavy (33-35%) whipping cream

3/4 cup grated Parmesan (more at the table)

INSTRUCTIONS:—————————————————–

In a large skillet cook the sausage meat with onion and mushrooms until browned.

Add in garlic: cook 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and their juices and bring to a boil, reduce heat and stir in the cream and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan, then simmer uncovered stirring frequently until the sauce has thickened slightly (about 30 minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper during cooking).

Toss in the cooked spaghetti.

Divide among plates and sprinkle with more Parmesan cheese.

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Written By: kittencal on August 29, 2011 No Comment

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Taken from my “Favorites” folder!

Servings 2-4

INGREDIENTS:

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

INSTRUCTIONS:——————————————–

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 28, 2011 No Comment

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Servings 6

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni

1 pound lean ground beef OR 1 pound Italian sausage links, casing removed

1 medium onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced (garlic lovers can use more!)

1 teaspoon ground cumin OR can use 1/2 to 1 package taco seasoning mix

1 teaspoon crushed chili flakes, or adjust to taste

1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

1/2 cup frozen corn (can use more)

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies

seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

shredded cheddar cheese (use as much as you like)

INSTRUCTIONS:———————————————
Cook macaroni according to package directions. drain.
In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain.
Add in garlic cumin and chili flakes; cook until meat is lightly browned (about 10-12 minutes).
Stir in the tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce and green chilies; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 25-30 minutes stirring frequently (season with salt and pepper about halfway through cooking time).
Mix in cooked macaroni.
Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and allow to melt.
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Written By: kittencal on August 28, 2011 No Comment

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Servings 8

INGREDIENTS:

1  (16 ounce) package uncooked elbow macaroni

1 pound ground beef

1 medium onion, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (can omit or use pickled jalapeno)

4 large garlic cloves, minced (garlic loves can use more)

1 envelope taco seasoning mix (mild or spicy)

1 (14-1/2 ounce) ounce diced tomatoes, undrained

1 (10-3/4 ounce) can condensed tomato soup, undiluted

1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce

seasoned salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

shredded cheddar cheese OR Mexi blend cheese (use as much as you like)

INSTRUCTIONS:————————————————–

Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain.

In a Dutch oven, cook beef with onion and jalapeno over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.

Add in garlic and continue cooking until meat is lightly browned (about 10-12 minutes).

Add in taco seasoning mix; cook stirring for 1 minute.

Stir in the tomatoes, condensed soup and tomato sauce;  bring to a boil stirring, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer  uncovered for about 25-30 minutes or until thickened.

Stir cooked macaroni into meat mixture and heat through.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and allow to melt.

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