Penne pasta with vodka sauce, yummy

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Pasta (read here other news) is tasty and simple to make and can go with just about everything – even vodka. This is penne pasta with vodka sauce.

To make, you will need salt, 12 ounces whole wheat penne pasta, 1 can whole plum tomatoes, 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, 2 shallots minced, 1 clove garlic minced, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, ½ cup vodka, 2/3 cup heavy cream, ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, and a handful of freshbasil leaves torn.

To prepare bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the penne pasta and cook according to the directions on the box. Drain the pasta and use some of the water for afterwards. Put the tomatoes in a bowl and crush them with your hands.

Melt the butter over a large skillet over a medium flame and place shallots and cook until they are slightly softened for about 3 minutes. Next add the garlic and the red pepper flakes and cook for a minute. Take from heat and add the vodka, tomatoes and salt and return to the fire and continue to stir until the alcohol cools. This should take about 7 minutes. Add the heavy cream and cook until the sauce thickens and stir in parmesan cheese and basil.

Add the pasta to the sauce and combine and add a bit more parmesan and basil.


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Tortellini with Peas and Prosciutto, a dish with a difference

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What could be more eye catching than ring-shaped pasta? Tortellini (read here other news) those little circles of meat or cheese-filled pasta – livens up any plate.

They are sometimes called belly-button pasta and can be an interesting switch from spaghetti and fettuccine and regular shaped pasta choices

To make the tortellini you need salt, 1 pound meat-filled tortellini, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 4 ounces prosciutto, finely chopped, 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, ¼ cup heavy cream, 1 cup peas, 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, and ½ cup grated parmesan cheese.

To prepare you first heat a large skillet over a medium flame and heat oil and prosciutto and cook until it’s crisp.

Add 1 cup of pasta water and simmer for about 3 or 4 minutes and add cream continuing to simmer until thickened.

Just before the tortellini is done add the peas to eater and cook until they are tender. Drain the pasta and the peas and place in a skillet and coat with the sauce and add parsley and sprinkle with cheese.

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Pork Marsala with Spinach, sweet pork

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There’s nothing tastier than warm succulent pork (read here other news) and with a hint of fresh herbs and Marsala wine it can be the perfect meal for a fine dinner. Pork Marsala with Spinach is one of those fine dishes.

To make you will need 1 ½ pounds of boneless pork roastsaltground pepper, 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1 ½ pounds of white mushroomschicken broth, ½ dry Marsala wine, 1/3 cup heavy cream, 4 teaspoons lemon juice, ½ parsley leaves, and 1 pound spinach.

To prepare you will need to preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Next halve the pork horizontally and then open it out so that it lies flat; Season with pepper and salt, and sprinkle with flour.

Next, in a skillet, heat olive oil over a medium flame and brown on either side. Place in a baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Place mushrooms and salt in a skillet and cook until brown. Use the remaining flour and cook for about a minute. Add the broth and Marsala and boil. Add the cream and continue to boil until the sauce thickens. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice and parsley.

Cook the remaining spinach using the remaining oil and add lemon juice an season. Slice the pork and serve with mushroom and spinach.

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Meatball Submarine, filling

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Meaty, saucy, bready, and filling – this is the meatball submarine sandwich. To make the sauce, take 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 small onion, finely chopped 1 stalk celery, finely chopped, 1/2 medium carrotchopped, salt, 1 28-ounce can whole plum tomatoes, crushed, 1 bay leaf, 2 fresh basil leaves.

 

For the meatballs take 4 ounces russet potato, peeled, salt,1 pound ground veal shoulder, 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons whole milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, ground pepper, and 4 to 6 pieces baguette.

 

To make the sauce heat the oil in a saucepan over medium flame and add onion, celery, carrot, and salt and cook. Stir occasionally, until soft. Stir in tomatoes and their juices, the bay leafbasil and 1/2 cup water.

 

Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens. Season. Make the meatballs by putting the potato in a saucepan with salted water and bring to a boil. Cook until the potato is tender. Cool then grate.

 

Mix the ground veal, parmesan, milkgarlic, thyme, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and salt with your hands until combined. Form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs.

 

Heat the remaining olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs and cook until browned. Add sauce and cook for a further 5 minutes. Fill the baguettepieces with meatballs and add more sauce.

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Zabaglione with berries, simple and delicious

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Zabaglione (read here other news), this Italian dessert which sometimes doubles as a beverage, has been making waves in the United States for over 40 years.

As a dessert it is sometimes served in restaurants. It is also popular in France, Dalmatia, and in the South American countries of Argentina and Uruguay where it is known as sambayon.

To make this simple treat you will need 1 quart sliced strawberries, 1 tablespoon sugar, 5 egg yolks, 1 egg white, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon Marsala wine, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, salt, and biscotti.

To prepare, toss 1 quart sliced with 1 tablespoon of sugar in a bowl and allow to macerate for 10 minutes.

Place egg yolks, egg white, 3 tablespoons sugar, wine, vanilla and a pinch of salt in a large heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water. Be careful not to let the saucepan touch the bowl with water.

Whisk vigorously over medium to medium-high heat until thick and creamy, 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately pour over the berries and serve with biscotti

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Linguine Tuna Puttanesca, tangy Italian

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The name Puttanesca (read other news here) may raise eyebrows but your taste buds will be even more aroused by the pungent tomato sauce of a Linguine Tuna Puttanesca.

To make this saucy Italian delight you will need salt, 12 ounces linguine, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 2 tablespoons capers, drained, 1/2 cup roughly chopped kalamata olives, 1 28-ounce can San Marzano plum tomatoes, 4 basil leaves, torn, plus more for garnish, 1 5-ounce can albacore tuna, packed in olive oil, and freshly ground pepper.

To prepare, first bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add linguine, and a few drops of oil and cook until al dente. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over a medium flame and add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until slightly toasted. Next add the capers and the olives and fry for about 2 minutes and add crushed tomatoes to the skillet. Cook the tomatoes until they are slightly dry and add tomato juice, basil, and salt, and cook until the sauce thickens.

Add the tuna in oil, drain the pasta, and return it to the pot. Add the sauce and toss; Season with pepper and garnish with more basil.

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Chicken parmesan

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Cheese, especially parmesan cheese (read here other news) adds a little touch of flavor to just about every meal. It spices up chicken, beef, or pork.

To make chicken parmesan, you need 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, salt, black pepper, 2 eggs, 4 cups bread crumbs, 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes, 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, 1/2 cup grated provolone cheese, and 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Put chicken breasts between two sheets of heavy plastic on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound the chicken with the smooth side of a meat mallet to pieces ½ inch thick; season with salt and pepper. Next beat eggs and set aside. Then mix bread crumbs and 1/2 cup Parmesan in a separate bowl and set aside. Sift flour and sprinkle over chicken breasts, evenly coating both sides. Dip in beaten eggs and transfer to breadcrumb mixture, pressing the crumbs into both sides.

Repeat for each breast and set aside for about 15 minutes. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over a medium flame and cook chicken until golden for about 2 minutes on either side.

Place chicken in a baking dish and top with about 1/3 cup of tomato sauce. Then layer each breast with mozzarella, basil, and provolone. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is browned and bubbly, and chicken breasts are no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes.

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