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Crack and Cheese

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces elbow macaroni
  • Bacon
  • 4 ounces cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Method
    Fry bacon, shred cheese, make macaroni.
    In saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over low heat. Add flour to make roux. Slowly add milk, whisking smooth. Add cheese and melt. Add pepper, salt, paprika, and bacon. Mix in macaroni.
    Serve immediately.
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Sesame Noodles

2 lbs Chinese egg noodle (they can be very long, I cut them in half)

Immerse in boiling water for 2 minutes, then rinse in cold water.
Marinade for noodles:
6 tbsp sesame oil
6 tbsp black soy sauce
2 tbsp Chinese black vinegar
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
6 tbsp finely sliced scallions
Pour marinade over the noodles. Mix thoroughly. Chill overnight.

Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chunky pasta
  • 1 bundle broccoli rabe, cut into 1″ segments
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 9 ounces mozzarella (cubed or shredded)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black peper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Dash nutmeg

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cook pasta in large pot. 5 minutes before completion, add broccoli rabe. Drain together and set aside in large bowl.
  3. Brown sausage, put in bowl.
  4. In same pan, make bechamel sauce:
    1. Melt butter, add flour and whisk smooth.
    2. Drizzle in milk.
    3. Add salt, garlic, nutmeg, black pepper.
    4. Simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Add sausage and sauce to bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan and mozzarella, mix thoroughly.
  7. Put in 11″x13″ baking dish, top with remaining cheese.
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until edges are bronzed.

Beef and Broccoli Ramen

  • Peanut oil
  • 1 lb steak, sliced thinly
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice win vinegar
  • 3 cups broccoli
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 packets ramen noodles, seasoning packet discarded (3 ounces each)

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup low sodium beef broth (low sodium important)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 6 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice win vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Hot sauce

Method

  1. Add steak, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar to a medium bowl. Marinate minimum of one hour.
  2. Mix all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Cook ramen and set aside
  4. Saute beef, onion, and garlic in wok.
  5. Add broccoli and sauce. Stir and simmer until broccoli is cooked and sauce is thickened.
  6. Toss in noodles and stir to coat.

Chicken Parm

Not a recipe so much as an ingredient list.

  • Chicken thighs
  • Pasta sauce
  • Italian sausage (optional, only if you have time to let them stew in the sauce all day)
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Spaghetti
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Sliced mozzarella
  • Olive oil

Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 lb sweet Italian sausage
  • 3/4 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 6 oz cans tomato paste
  • 2 6.5 oz cans tomato sauce
  • .5 cup water
  • 2 tbsp white sugar (optional?)
  • 1.5 tsp tried basil leaves
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • .25 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 16 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • .5 tsp salt
  • 1 lb sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Method

  1. In dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned.
  2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, Italian seasoning, 1 tbsp salt, pepper, and 2 tbsp parsley. Simmer, covered, for 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Cook lasagna noodles for 8-10 minutes, drain and rinse with cold water.
  4. Mix ricotta, egg, 2 tbsp parsley, and .5 tsp salt.
  5. Preheat oven to 375F.
  6. In the 9×13″ ceramic baking dish:
    1. Spread 1.5 cups of meat sauce.
    2. Layer 6 noodles.
    3. Spread half the ricotta mixture.
    4. Top with a third of the mozzarella slices.
    5. Spread 1.5 cups of meat sauce.
    6. Sprinkle .25 cup Parmesan cheese.
    7. Repeat layers, top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  7. Cover with release foil.
  8. Bake 25 minutes.
  9. Remove foil, bake 25 additional minutes.
  10. Cool 15 minutes before cutting.

Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, trimmed of fat and cubed
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 cloves carlic
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 package baby spinach (5 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Fresh basil
  • Italian seasoning (to taste)

Directions

  1. Cook spaghetti and reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Drain. Do not rinse.
  2. Cook bacon and set on paper towel lined plate. Keep fat on hot in pan.
  3. Fry chicken until cooked through.
  4. Drain pan, retaining a light sheen of fat.
  5. Fry garlic until fragrant. Add tomatoes and stir one minute.
  6. Add 1/2 cup pasta water and heavy cream. Bring to simmer.
  7. Add spinach a handful at a time and allow to wilt.
  8. Remove from heat. Add spaghetti and toss until coated.
  9. Add chicken and crumbled bacon. Garnish with basil.