Posts tagged: Italian recipes

Best Baked Ziti Ever

Baked ziti is an Italian casserole that combines ziti pasta into a tomato-based sauce and cheese mixture. The cheese mix can be a combination of parmesan, mozzarella and ricotta. The tomato-based sauce is a flavorful mixture of ground beef, onions, mushrooms and seasonings. This recipe takes about an hour to prepare and cook. It serves eight people.

Ingredients:

• 1 lb ziti pasta (uncooked)

Meat Sauce:

• 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 lb lean ground beef
• 1 large white onion (diced)
• 8 oz mushrooms (sliced)
• 1 x 6 oz can tomato paste
• 5 cloves garlic (minced)
• 28 oz crushed tomatoes
• 15 oz tomato sauce
• 1 tbsp dried basil
• 1 tbsp dried oregano
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp black pepper

Cheese Mix:

• 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
• 8 oz whole milk ricotta cheese
• 1 cup parmesan cheese (freshly grated)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Meat Sauce:

Set a large pot over medium-high heat.
Add extra virgin olive oil and heat it.
Add lean ground beef.
Stir and cook for 5-7 minutes or until browned.
Add diced white onion and sliced mushrooms.
Stir and cook for 5-7 minutes or until onions and mushrooms are soft.
Add tomato paste and minced garlic.
Stir to combine.
Pour crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce into the pot.
Season with dried basil, dried oregano, salt and black pepper.
Stir to combine.
Let it simmer.
Once it simmers, reduce to low heat.
Cover the lid and continue to simmer while cooking the ziti pasta.

Cook the ziti pasta according to the package instructions.
Once done, drain the water and set the pasta aside.

Remove the sauce from the heat and set aside.

Cheese Mix:

Meanwhile, prepare the cheese mix.
In a bowl, add softened cream cheese.
Add whole milk ricotta cheese and freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Mix well.
Set aside.

Assembly:

Prepare a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
Add the cooked ziti pasta into the dish.
Pour the meat sauce.
Mix well to coat the pasta.
Spread to distribute evenly in the dish.
Top it off with the cheese mix.
Spread to distribute.
Place it inside the preheated oven.
Let it bake for 20 minutes.
Once done, remove from the oven.
Serve and enjoy!

Tips and ideas:

You can skip adding mushrooms if you don’t like mushrooms.

You can garnish with finely chopped parsley on top.

Best Baked Ziti Ever
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuwRPvIbHxw

Gnocchi With Tomato Sauce Recipe | How To Make Gnocchi

Gnocchi is a dough dumpling entrée originating from Italy. The dough is a combination of mashed potatoes, beaten eggs, and flour. It is formed into bite-sized pieces and dressed with different sauces. In this recipe, gnocchi is served with tomato sauce.

Ingredients:

• 1 kg potatoes (unpeeled)
• 1 egg
• 1-2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp pepper
• 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
• 1.5-2 cups all-purpose flour
• 2-3 tbsp olive oil
• 1 yellow onion (chopped)
• 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
• 800 grams tomato sauce
• 8-10 basil leaves (chopped)
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 1/4 cup pasta water
• some grated parmesan cheese (optional for garnishing)

Instructions:

Set a pot over medium-high heat.
Place the potatoes in the pot.
Cover it with water.
Bring to a boil.
Once it boils, reduce to medium-low heat.
Cover the lid and let it simmer until the potatoes are tender.
Once tender, remove from the pot and transfer to a bowl.
Let it cool.
Peel off the skin and mash the potatoes.
Transfer to a working surface and create a space in the middle of the mashed potatoes.
Crack open an egg into it.
Season with salt, pepper, and grated nutmeg.
Mix until well combined.
Add all-purpose flour.
Knead the mixture until smooth.
Divide the mixture into 4 portions.
Roll out one portion into a 1-inch wide dough rope.
Do with the rest of the dough portions.
Cut into half-inch squares to make the gnocchi.
Set aside.

Set a skillet over medium-high heat.
Add olive oil and heat it.
Saute chopped onion for 4-5 minutes until soft.
Add crushed garlic cloves and saute for 2 minutes.
Add tomato sauce and stir to combine.
Add chopped basil leaves and dried oregano.
Stir to combine.
Let it simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the gnocchi in a pot of boiling water.
Once gnocchi floats, they are done.
Remove from the pot and transfer to a plate.
Set aside water.

Add the cooked gnocchi into the sauce mixture.
Carefully mix to combine for 1-2 minutes.
Add pasta water and stir to combine.
Let it simmer for a minute.
Remove from the heat and transfer to a plate.
Garnish with some grated parmesan cheese.
Serve and enjoy!

Gnocchi With Tomato Sauce Recipe - How To Make Gnocchi
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuOGVT4Ed0w

Frittata — The Perfect Egg Dish

Frittata is a delicious breakfast egg dish. This dish, which looks like an omelette, originated from Italy. The frittata can be cooked with leftover veggies such as steamed broccoli, chopped shallots, and dill. Add some grated cheese for added flavor. This recipe only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:

• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 shallots (sliced)
• 3 prosciutto slices (sliced into bits)
• 1/2 cup broccoli (chopped into small pieces)
• some chopped dill
• 6 eggs
• a splash of milk
• 2 oz smoked gouda cheese (grated)
• freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions:

In a mixing bowl, add six eggs.
Pour a splash of milk.
Whisk to combine.
Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Add half of the grated gouda cheese.
Whisk to combine.
Set aside.

Set a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
Add 2 tbsp of olive oil and heat it.
Add sliced shallots into the skillet.
Saute until shallots are soft.
Add sliced bits of prosciutto.
Saute and cook until prosciutto is crisp.
Add chopped broccoli and dill.
Stir and cook to combine.
Add the egg mixture.
Stir and spread evenly in the skillet.
Sprinkle the rest of the grated gouda cheese.
Place it inside the broiler on low setting for 2 minutes.
Turn the broiler on high setting for a minute.
Once done, remove from the broiler and let it cool for a few minutes.
Transfer to a plate.
Slice to equal portions.
Serve and enjoy!

Frittata — The Perfect Egg Dish
Images – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-q8czZSQbbQ