Italian Bread 1

Ingredients

2/3 C Water
3/4 Tsp Salt
2/3 Tsp Sugar
2 C Bread Flour
1 1/2 Tsp Active Dry Yeast

How to prepare

You didn’t mention the size of your breadmaker, so I’m going to figure
it’s the 1lb loaf (I have a panasonic). Anyway, I’ve used this recipe
at least a dozen times and I’ve never had a failure. I USE ONLY
PILSBURY BREAD FLOUR . . . and it has nothing to do with the fact my
father and brother work for the company. Here goes:

allways put water in first and then add the dry ingredients with the
yeast on top. I use the NORMAL setting (3.5 hours) on mine

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Fennel and prosciutto soup

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
2 fennel bulbs (about 2 pounds), trimmed, thinly sliced
1/2 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup chopped prosciutto
3 tbsp chopped green onions
5 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tbsp fennel seeds, chopped
8 cups chicken stock
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

How to prepare

Heat oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add fennel bulbs, onion, prosciutto, green onions, garlic and fennel seeds. Cover and cook until vegetables are tender, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Add stock and simmer 45 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Rewarm before using.) Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with parsley and serve. 8 servings

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Fettucine with lemon and vodka sauce

Ingredients

Fettucine
4 quarts – water
2 tbsp kosher salt
1 lb fettucine
sauce
2 lg lemons – rind washed
1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup vodka
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup parsley, chopped for garnish
3/4 cup parmesan fresh grated, for serving
cooked scallops (optional)
cooked asparagus (optional)

How to prepare

Bring the water to a boil, add the salt, and cook the pasta at a rapid boil until ‘al dente’, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain. While the pasta cooks, prepare the sauce. Finely grate the rind of 1 lemon, then squeeze the juice out of this lemon and reserve. Combine the cream and vodka in a 10-” skillet and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens a little. Add the lemon juice and rind to the hot sauce and cook for 1 minute, stirring. Add the drained hot pasta to the sauce and toss. Season with pepper, garnish with parsley, and serve immediately on warmed plates. Serve the parmesan separately. Variations: add cooked scallops, and/or cooked asparagus, cut in 1″ pieces, into the sauce, just before tossing with pasta.

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JERRY ELLIOTT’S SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Ingredients

1/2 poundHamburger
1/2 cup Sliced fresh mushrooms
3 Slices chopped bacon
1 teaspoon Salt (or to taste)
1 teaspoon Pepper (or to taste)
1/2 poundItalian sausage
1/4 cup Wine (or to taste)
1 tablespoonOlive oil
1 dash Cinnamon (or to taste)
1 dash Ground cloves (or to taste)
1 Chopped onion
1 Chopped green pepper
1 6 oz can tomato paste
1 2.5# can Ital tomatoes+juic
1 Bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon Basil
Several cloves sliced garlic

How to prepare

Saute bacon and some onion in oil. Then add beef, sausage, green pepper and the rest of the onion. Cook until meat is browned. Then add mushrooms, tomatoes (with juice), bay leaf and seasonings. Simmer for 1 hour. Add tomato paste and wine and simmer for another 30 minutes If your sauce winds up being a little runny, add some more tomato paste or let simmer uncovered till desired consistency is achieved I rarely make this recipe the same way twice. It’s a very forgiving recipe and experimentation is reccommended. Try adding a dash of Worchestershire sauce and/or a dash of bitters. Add some oregano, whatever you like. This recipe also doubles very easily The amount of garlic was purposely vague as I’m one of those people who feel that you can never have enough garlic. If you’re not a garlic-aholic, you probably will only need one clove of garlic.

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Angel’s Hair Pasta With Pesto, Shrimp & Vegetables

Ingredients

1 medium-size red pepper
1 medium-size yellow pepper
1 medium-size zucchini (about 12 ounces)
3/4 16-ounce package angel’s hair pasta or thin spaghetti
olive or salad oil
salt
1 10-ounce package frozen peas
3/4 pound shelled and deveined large shrimp
1 7-ounce container refrigerated pesto with basil

How to prepare

1. Slice red and yellow peppers into julienne strips. Cut zucchini crosswise in half; cut each half lengthwise into thin slices. Cut each slice into julienne strips.

2. In saucepot, prepare angel’s hair pasta as label directs, but do not use salt in water.

3. Meanwhile, in nonstick 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, in 1 tablespoon hot olive or salad oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt, cook red and yellow peppers until lightly browned; add zucchini and frozen peas and cook until peas are heated and zucchini is tender-crisp. Remove vegetables to large bowl.

4. In same skillet over medium-high heat, in 1 tablespoon hot olive or salad oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt, cook shrimp, stirring constantly, until shrimp turn opaque throughout and are lightly browned. Add shrimp to vegetables in bowl.

5. Drain pasta and add to bowl with vegetable mixture. Add pesto and toss to mix well.

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Minestrone with cabbage

Ingredients

9 cups homemade beef or chicken
1 1/2 cups dried white beans (great northern or baby limas)
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 medium onions, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups diced zucchini

3 cups fresh green beans (about 12 oz), cut into 1″ lengths
3 cups coarsely chopped cabbage
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced carrot
1 1/2 cups chopped celery, w/leafs
1 1/2 cups diced pared potato
1 1/2 cups chopped, seeded & peeled italian plum tomatoes
1 large sprig fresh rosemary or 1/2 tsp dried, crumbled
salt (optional)
freshly ground pepper
fresh grated parmesan or reggiano

How to prepare

1) make stock
2) soak dried beans overnight, drain or place beans in saucepan with water to cover, boil 1 minute stirring once, let stand, covered for 1 hour. Drain.
3) heat oil in heavy saucepan over medium heat to rippling. Reduce heat to med-low; stir and saut

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Pasta with tomatoes, pine nuts & artichoke hearts

Ingredients

1/4 cups olive oil
1/2 cup pine nuts
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
2 6-oz jars marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

2 tsp chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 tsp dried, crumbled
salt and pepper
9 oz angel hair pasta, freshly cooked
grated parmesan

How to prepare

Heat oil in heavy medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add pine nuts and garlic and saut

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Linguine with roasted vegetables

Ingredients

1 lb linguine
1 cup chicken stock
10 lg cloves garlic, cut in half
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 lb cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 lb asparagus, cut into 2″ lengths
1/2 lb zucchini cut into 2″ pieces
1/2 lb summer squash cut into 2″ pieces
1 large red bell pepper, cut into chunks
8 med scallions, white parts only, cut into 2″ lengths
1 tbsp olive oil
salt and ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 450

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Scalloped tomatoes

Ingredients

3 slices bacon, chopped
2 cups cubed french bread (1/2″ cubes)
16 ripe plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2″ cubes or 2 28 oz cans of whole tomatoes, drained and cubed
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp sugar
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup shredded fresh basil
1/2 (or more) cup of parmesan cheese

How to prepare

1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Cook chopped bacon until almost done over med heat, add bread cubes stirring to coat evenly with the fat. Saut

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