Italian pot roast

Ingredients

3 lg garlic cloves
1 cup plum tomatoes, seeded & chopped
3 lb chuck roast, boneless
1 tbsp tomato paste
4 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup basil, fresh, finely chopped
1 lb onions, chopped
salt, to taste
2 carrots, peeled & chopped
pepper, freshly ground
2 ribs celery, chopped
1/2 cup red wine, robust, dry

How to prepare

Cut the garlic into thin slivers. Pierce the meat in many places with the point of a knife. Insert one garlic sliver into each of the holes. Heat half the oil in a heavy 3- to 4-quart heat-proof casserole. Add the meat. Brown well over med heat. Remove from the casserole. Add the remaining oil and the onions, carrots and celery. Saut

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Penne alla Bolognese

Ingredients

1 lb chopped beef
1 lb chopped veal or lamb
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
1 lg onion, chopped
4-6 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup red wine
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
16 oz can whole tomatoes w/ juice
salt & pepper to taste
1 lb penne pasta
grated parmesan cheese

How to prepare

In a lg sauce pot, brown the chopped beef and (veal or lamb), drain fat and reserve meat for later. In the same pot, saut

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CHICKEN ROSEMARY

Ingredients

1/2 cup All-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
6 6-oz. boneless – skinless
Chicken breasts
1/4 cup Olive oil
6 Cloves garlic – minced (2
Tablespoons)
1 cup Chicken broth
1/4 cup Pale dry sherry
1/4 teaspoon Dried rosemary

How to prepare

Combine flour, salt and pepper. Dredge chicken breasts in flour mixture, shaking off excess Heat oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Brown chicken in oil until lightly browned, approximately 5 minutes on each side. Remove from skillet. Add minced garlic to the skillet and saute’ lightly. Stir in chicken broth and sherry Return chicken to skillet and sprinkle with rosemary. Cover skillet tightly with a lid, and simmer slowly for 30 to 45 minutes, or until chicken is tender. Thicken juice, if desired

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Basic pizza sauce

Ingredients

1 can whole tomatoes (35-oz can)
1 tsp basil, oregano, or marjoram
1 clove garlic, crushed and minced
2 tbsp tomato paste, optional
Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
Salt, to taste

How to prepare

1 pour the contents of the tomato can into a 2-quart, heavy non-aluminum saucepan and coarsely crush the tomatoes with a fork
2 add the herbs, garlic, tomato paste, salt, and pepper
3 bring to a bubble over med heat, stirring to mix the seasonings
4 as soon as the sauce begins to bubble, turn the heat to low and maintain the sauce at a gentle simmer
5 cook, uncovered, stirring from time to time, for a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 1 hour

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Mama balducci’s brodetto

Ingredients

4 lb baby lamb leg, boned, meat trimmed, and cut into chunks
1 lg onion, chopped
6 plum tomatoes, chopped
3 tbsp chopped fresh italian parsley
2 lg fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 lg pinch ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 lb fresh peas, shelled
8 lg eggs, beaten
2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan

How to prepare

1. In a non reactive, large, heavy pot, combine the lamb, onion, tomatoes, 2 tbsp parsley, the basil, 1 tbsp salt, 2 teas pepper, the wine and 1 cup hot water. Simmer, uncovered, over medium low heat for 1 hour. 2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, blanch the peas in 1/2 cup boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat, drain and set aside to cool. 3. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, cheese, the remaining 1 tab. Parsley, 1/2 tsp salt, and pinch of pepper. Stir in the peas; set aside. 4. Preheat oven to 350

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CHICKEN ITALIAN

Ingredients

3 pounds Skinned chicken breasts
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 tablespoons Lemon juice
2 Cloves garlic – crushed
1/4 teaspoon Oregano
2 tablespoons Dry white wine
pepper to taste

How to prepare

If using whole chicken, cut chicken in half. Blend marinade of all the remaining ingredients. Soak chicken for 10 minutes. Bake in greased pan @ 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender

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Pasta with squid

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp safflower oil
1 lb squid, cut into 1/2″ strips
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
hot pepper flakes to taste
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 tsp dried oregano

Salt to taste
3/4 lb fresh spinach, picked over & well washed about
1 lb feathery greens from fennel tied in a bundle (optional)
3/4 lb pasta, such as penne

How to prepare

Heat the oils in a medium skillet, then add squid. Cook over high heat until liquid cooks out and squid begins to stick. Add garlic and hot pepper and cook about 1 minute. Then add the wine and oregano, lower heat, and cook until wine cooks out. Add salt and spinach. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, then set aside covered. In the meantime, bring 5 quarts water to a boil in a large pot, add fennel greens and cook for 20 minutes. Remove fennel and discard. Add salt and pasta and cook until done al dente. Drain. Toss the pasta with the spinach and squid and cook over high heat for several minutes, stirring constantly. Serve immediately. Serves 4-8

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Sausage and corn chowder

Ingredients

3 ears fresh corn
4 cups whipping cream
2 cups chicken stock
4 garlic cloves, minced
10 fresh thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 onions, finely chopped

1/2 lb hot italian sausage
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 tsp minced jalapeno with seeds
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp all purpose flour
2 medium baking potatoes, peeled, cut into 1″ cubes

1 1/2 tsp chopped fresh chives

How to prepare

Cut corn from cob using small sharp knife. Place cobs in large saucepan; set kernels aside. Add cream, stock, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and 1/3 of onions to pan. Simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Strain through sieve set over large bowl, pressing on solids with back of spoon. Set corn stock aside. Cook sausage in heavy large skillet over medium heat until cooked through, turning occasionally. Cool sausage; cut into 1″ pieces. Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add remaining 2/3 of onions, chiles and cumin and saut

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Portabella Mushroom & Dried Tomato Bruschetta

Ingredients

1/4 cup dried tomatoes
1 cup water
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
2 portabella mushroom caps (about 3/4 pound) 2 garlic
cloves
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 slices crusty Italian bread

How to prepare

In a small saucepan simmer tomatoes in water, uncovered, until tender, about 10 minutes. In a blender puree tomatoes, cooking liquid, and vinegar until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids) and season with salt and pepper.

Cut mushrooms into 1/4-inch-thick slices and mince garlic. In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking and cook mushrooms and garlic with salt and pepper to taste, stirring, until liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and toss mushrooms with remaining tablespoon oil. Keep mushrooms warm, covered.

Toast bread and spread with tomato puree. Top puree with mushrooms.

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Pizza crust

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup flour
1 pkg red star quick rise yeast
1/2 cup water, warm
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic salt

2 tbsp parmesan cheese

How to prepare

In small dish, combine sugar, yeast and with the water. Let sit in warm place for 5 minutes. In large mixing bowl, combine 1 1/4 cup flour, yeast mixture, salt and olive oil. Mix. Take dough out of bowl and place on a floured surface. Dough will be sticky, so up to 1/4 cup more flour may be used during the kneading process (be careful not to use too much flour or pizza crust will be very heavy in texture). Knead for 5 minutes. Put ball of dough in a oiled bowl, cover and let sit in warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Put dough on floured surface and roll to desired thickness and place on greased pizza pan. Add your favorite sauce and toppings and bake at 450 for 15 – 20 minutes.

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