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Tortellini with Artichoke Sauce

Source: Food Network Magazine, March 2011

I changed this recipe around and like what I came out with. The original called for Agnolotti and I used Tortellini. It also called for frozen artichokes, but I find those have zero taste so I used ones packed in oil and drained them. I also substituted 1C milk with 2 Tbsp flour and 2 tsp parmesan mixed in for the half-and-half.

Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 15 min
Cook: 10 min

Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS
1 9-oz package frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and coarsely chopped (I used ones packed in oil and drained them)
1 C half-and-half (I used 1C milk w/ 2 Tbsp flour and 2 tsp parmesan stirred in)
1 clove garlic, smashed
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Kosher salt
1 cup frozen peas (do not thaw)
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 pound refrigerated cheese agnolotti (moon-shaped stuffed pasta) or ravioli (I used tortellini)
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup torn fresh basil leaves (I used 2 Tbsp dry basil)

DIRECTIONS
Combine the artichokes, half-and-half, garlic, red pepper flakes and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large skillet and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover and cook until the artichokes are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the peas and continue to cook, covered, until tender, about 5 more minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and juice. Discard the garlic clove.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the agnolotti and cook as the label directs. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and transfer to the skillet with the sauce.

Add the parmesan to the skillet and gently stir until the pasta is coated. Thin the sauce with some of the reserved cooking water. Stir in the basil.

Per serving: Calories 514; Fat 22 g (Saturated 10 g); Cholesterol 88 mg; Sodium 995 mg; Carbohydrate 56 g; Fiber 9 g; Protein 22 g

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Spinach and Ricotta Dumplings

Source: Food Network, May 2011

I really enjoyed these, but would definitely cook them longer than suggested. The ones I did for 5 minutes weren’t as good as the ones I left in for 10.

I served them over noodles and loved the meatball alternative.

Total Time: 35-45 minutes
Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS
Kosher salt
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1 1/2 cups whole-milk ricotta cheese
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
6 Tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
2 large eggs
Freshly ground pepper
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 cups prepared marinara sauce
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into pieces (I skipped this, what is the point of it?)
Crusty bread, for serving (I served over noodles)

DIRECTIONS
Bring a large, wide pot of salted water to a simmer. Put the spinach in a large bowl and separate it with your hands. Add the ricotta, 3/4 cup parmesan, the flour, eggs, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the nutmeg. Mix with a fork to form a slightly sticky dough.

Spread some flour on a plate. Scoop out heaping tablespoonfuls of the spinach-ricotta mixture and roll into about 24 loose balls using floured hands. Gently roll the balls in the flour.

Bring the marinara sauce to a simmer in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the butter.

Meanwhile, gently lower the dumplings into the simmering water and cook until they rise to the surface and are firm, about 5 minutes.(I gave it more time, about 10 minutes) Remove the dumplings with a slotted spoon, letting the water drain off, and add to the sauce. Gently toss to coat, then transfer to plates and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup parmesan. Serve with bread.

Per serving: Calories 503; Fat 32 g (Saturated 18 g); Cholesterol 210 mg; Sodium 1,251 mg; Carbohydrate 23 g; Fiber 4 g; Protein 27 g

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Ragu-Stuffed Peppers

Source: Food Network, December 2010

I loved being able to use the leftovers from Fettuccine With Quick Ragu.

INGREDIENTS
4 bell peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
About 3 cups leftover ragu*
1/2 cup couscous**
3/4 cup golden raisins
3/4 cup grated asiago or fontina cheese
4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons tomato paste

*Use leftover ragu from Fettuccine With Quick Ragu
**I used 1/2 cup cooked quinoa

DIRECTIONS
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Toss the bell pepper halves with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave until the peppers soften, 10 to 12 minutes. I skipped this step.

If using quinoa – take 1/4 cup quinoa and 1/2 cup water. Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for an additional 6 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff with fork. Set aside.

Meanwhile, mix the ragu, couscous (or quinoa), raisins, 1/2 cup cheese, 3 teaspoons vinegar, the parsley and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl.

Whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon vinegar, the tomato paste and 3/4 cup water in the bottom of a large nonreactive baking dish. Carefully transfer the peppers, cut-side up, to the baking dish and fill with the couscous mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese.

Cover the dish with foil and bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is hot, about 20 minutes. Transfer to plates and drizzle with the cooking liquid from the dish.

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Fettuccine With Quick Ragu

Source: Food Network, December 2010

I love this meal, and the fact that the leftovers can be used in Ragu-Stuffed Peppers. My modification is listed below.

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS
1/2 onion
1 stalk celery, cut into 4 pieces
1 small carrot, cut into 4 pieces
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound ground veal or turkey **
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup whole milk
12 ounces fettuccine
Freshly grated parmesan cheese, for serving

**I used 1/2 lb ground beef and 1/2 lb hot Italian sausage casings removed.

DIRECTIONS
Pulse the onion, celery, carrot, garlic and rosemary in a food processor until finely chopped.

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the chopped vegetables and cook, stirring, until softened and golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the meat, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, milk, 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the fettuccine as the label directs. Drain the pasta, then toss with half of the ragu (about 3 cups). Top with parmesan. Reserve the remaining ragu to make stuffed peppers.

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Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Couscous

Source: Me, based off of Food Network Magazine, December 2010

The original recipe called for this to be served with grits, but I didn’t have any in (and usually don’t) and thought it would taste better over couscous.  We enjoyed this a lot.

Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails intact
2 large cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
Juice of 1/2 lemon, plus wedges for serving
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley
Parmesan
1 box cooked Couscous

DIRECTIONS
Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. Melt the 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, garlic and cayenne, if using, and cook, tossing, until the shrimp are pink, 3 to 4 minutes.

Remove from the heat and add 2 tablespoons water, the lemon juice and parsley; stir to coat the shrimp with the sauce and season with salt and pepper.

Serve over couscous and top with Parmesan.

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Ravioli With Sage-Walnut Butter

Source: Food Network Magazine, October 2010

Wow, this was amazing! I had some leftover lobster ravioli so I tossed that in with some cheese ravioli and it was delicious. I didn’t have fresh sage and used dry sage, but it tasted just fine. I’ve listed the substitution below.

Cook Time: 15 min  *Level: Easy * Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS
Kosher salt
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
2 9-ounce packages refrigerated cheese ravioli
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup fresh sage leaves**
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

** I used 1/2 of 1/4C dried sage

DIRECTIONS
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Combine the vinegar, honey and bay leaf in a small saucepan and boil over medium-high heat until syrupy, 4 to 5 minutes. Cover to keep warm.

Add the ravioli to the boiling water and cook as the label directs. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, then add the sage and walnuts and cook until the nuts are toasted, about 3 minutes. Increase the heat to high, ladle in about 1 cup cooking water and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by about half, 1 to 2 minutes.

Drain the ravioli, reserving another 1/2 cup cooking water. Add the ravioli to the skillet and toss to coat, adding the reserved water as needed. Remove from the heat, toss with the parmesan and season with salt. Divide the ravioli among plates and drizzle with the balsamic syrup.

Per serving: Calories 613; Fat 47 g (Saturated 19 g); Cholesterol 94 mg; Sodium 633 mg; Carbohydrate 29 g; Fiber 4 g; Protein 17g

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Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil

Source:   Giada De Laurentis, Show – Everyday Italian

Shrimp LinguineI think I make this at least twice a month.  The whole family loves it, including my 15-month-old daughter.

The prep time is mere minutes and the cooking time is about 15.  I’ve listed the recipe as Giada did but added my tweaks.

I find we get about 4-6 servings.

INGREDIENTS
For the lemon oil:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 lemon, zested

For the pasta:
1 pound linguine pasta **(I use Barilla Whole Grain Linguine)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shallots, diced **(I use 1 red onion, diced)
2 garlic cloves, minced
16 ounces frozen shrimp
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1 lemon, zested
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 ounces arugula (about 3 packed cups)
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

DIRECTIONS
For the lemon oil:
Combine the olive oil and the lemon zest in a small bowl and reserve.

For the pasta:
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. **(I don’t reserve any of the cooking liquid)

Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked linguine, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine. Turn off the heat and add the arugula. Using a mesh sieve, strain the lemon zest out of the reserved lemon olive oil and add the oil to the pasta. **(I don’t sieve it out and just add it all in). The zest can be discarded. Add the chopped parsley to the pasta and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

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