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Whirled Peas Stuffed Shells1 (12-ounce) box of Jumbo Pasta Shells
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Cup Yellow Onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp Garlic, minced
1/4 Cup Red Wine
1 (28-ounce) can Crushed Tomatoes
1 Tbsp Parsley, chopped
1 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper, freshly ground
1 Cup Frozen Sweet Peas, cooked & cooled
2 Small Garlic Cloves, roughly chopped
1 Cup Parmesan, grated
3/4 Cup Cottage Cheese
1 tsp Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste
2-3 Basil Leaves- Heat olive oil in a skillet.
- Add onion; saute over medium heat for 5-10 minutes.
- Add garlic; cook for another minute.
- Add wine and cook on high heat until almost all of the liquid evaporates.
- Stir in tomatoes, parsley, salt and pepper; cover and simmer over low heat.
- While the sauce is simmering, pulse together peas, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a food processor.
- Add cottage cheese and half of Parmesan; blend until smooth and creamy, then set aside.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Add a tablespoon of olive oil to water to prevent pasta from sticking.
- Add pasta shells and cook until al dente, or according to the directions on package; stir occasionally. Drain pasta.
- Pour 1/4 of marinara sauce into the bottom of a large baking casserole dish.
- Spoon pea mixture into each of the shells; place them into the casserole dish.
- Top with more marinara and the rest of the Parmesan.
- Bake at 375 degrees, until hot and bubbly.
- Garnish with basil leaves. Serve immediately.
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Baked Ziti and Sausage16 oz Ziti Pasta
2 oz Olive Oil
1 lb Ground Italian Sausage
2 Tbsp Minced Garlic
1 C White Wine
12 oz Diced Tomatoes
20 oz Canned or Fresh Marinara Sauce
1 oz Whole Butter
1 oz Chopped Basil
8 oz Shredded Mozzarella
3 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Basil Sprig
- Place ziti in boiling water and cook as stated on package or until al dente.
- Place olive oil into a sauté pan over medium-high heat; cook Italian sausage.
- Once sausage is almost cooked, turn heat off and drain excess grease.
- Turn heat back to medium-high; add garlic and continue cooking for 30 seconds.
- Add white wine and bring to a simmer, reducing wine until almost completely dry.
- Lower heat to medium; add diced tomatoes, marinara sauce, butter and chopped basil.
- Remove from heat, add pasta and half of mozzarella; toss to blend.
- Transfer to baking dish and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
- Place underneath a broiler or in an oven for 2-3 minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
- Garnish with basil sprig and enjoy.
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Godiva Chocolate Crème Brûlée3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
3/4 Cup Half And Half
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/3 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
Pinch Iodized Salt
2 Small Eggs, Yolk (1.5 oz)
1/3 Cup Callebaut Bittersweet Chocolate Pistoles
1/2 Tbsp Chocolate Godiva Liquor
6 Raspberries, Fresh
2 Mint Sprig, Fresh
4 Tbsp Crystallized Sugar
- Place chocolate into medium bowl.
- Place vanilla bean paste in a saucepot with half & half, heavy cream, sugar, and salt; bring to a simmer and remove from heat.
- Place egg yolks into a separate bowl.
- When cream mixture simmers, add half of it to yolks; whisk constantly.
- Stir yolk mixture back into cream mixture.
- Pour 1/3 of cream mixture over the chocolate; whisk until smooth.
- Add the rest of the cream mixture; whisk constantly.
- Add chocolate Godiva liquor – whisk to combine; mix until smooth with an electric mixer. Strain through a fine mesh strainer.
- Portion 8 oz each into 2 crème brûlée dishes.
- Place on a sheet pan in 300 degree oven with no fan.
- Fill sheet pans with hot water about ¼ ways up the sides of crème brûlée dishes.
- Bake with empty sheet pan on top rack.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until set in center; cool at room temperature.
- Sprinkle top of chocolate crème brûlée with crystallized sugar; use blow torch to caramelize until deep golden brown color is reached.
- Place raspberries in center of crème brûlée in a circle; add 1 mint sprig in center.
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Maggiano's Shrimp Scampi6 each Shrimp, (16-20 per lb)
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
6 each Grape Tomatoes, cut in ½
1 Tbsp Roasted Garlic Cloves
1/3 Cup Chicken Stock
1/3 Cup White Wine
2 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Tbsp Fresh Basil, torn
4 pieces Garlic Bread, pieces, cut on a bias in half
1 each Lemon Half
½ Cup Parsley, chopped
Salt & Pepper, to taste
- In a sauté pan, heat olive oil until very hot; add shrimp and cook for a minute.
- Turn shrimp over and cook for 30 seconds.
- Immediately add grape tomatoes, roasted garlic cloves, chicken stock, white wine, lemon and butter.
- Allow sauce and shrimp to cook for 30-45 seconds.
- Add fresh basil and toss together with shrimp mixture; remove from heat.
- Place a piece of garlic bread in center of the plate and pour shrimp and sauce on top of bread; stack neatly and allow some tomatoes and basil to remain on top.
- Garnish with remaining garlic bread, half of lemon and parsley.
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Tomato, Mozzarella, and Green Bean SaladIngredients:
Foccacia, sliced (crostinis)
1 Cup Mixed Salad Greens
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1 Ripe Red Tomato, cut into 1″ cubes
1 Ripe Yellow Tomato, cut into 1″ cubes
3 oz Fresh mozzarella, diced 1/2″ cubes
1/2 Cup Green Beans, blanched, cut 1 ½" pieces
2 Tbsp Red Onions, sliced
2 Tbsp Italian Vinaigrette, see recipe below
1 Tbsp Basil, julienne
3 Tbsp Red Onion, chopped
1 1/2 Tbsp Garlic Puree
1 tsp Sugar
2 Cups Red Wine Vinegar
3/4 tsp Oregano
1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1 1/2 tsp Salt & Pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp Water
1 1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
- Vinaigrette Dressing: Place all ingredients except oils into a plastic container; shake to mix briefly for 20-30 seconds.
- Heat foccacia slices in oven at 525° for 2 ½ minutes or until golden brown.
- Place mixed greens on bottom of the plate.
- In a mixing bowl, toss tomatoes, dash of salt and pepper, fresh mozzarella, green beans, red onions with Italian vinaigrette and basil.
- Place tomato, mozzarella, green bean mixture on top of mixed greens.
- Place crostinis criss crossed leaning up against salad.
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