Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Stephanie's Rigatoni Barese

*From Cooking in Style the Costco Way, p.153

Prep: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb. mild or hot Italian sausage
1 Tbsp minced garlic
salt & pepper to taste (about 1/4 tsp salt)
6 cups torn or coarsely chopped spinach
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1 14.5 oz. can stewed tomatoes, coarsely chopped
16 oz. rigatoni pasta
Parmesan cheese, freshly shaved (choose one with a strong flavor)

1. Cook rigatoni according to package.
2. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in large saute pan over medium heat. Remove casing from sausage and cook, stirring, until crumbled and lightly browned. Drain and set aside in a bowl.
3. Add remaining oil, garlic, salt, and pepper to the pan and cook until garlic just starts to brown.
4. Stir in spinach and basil, and cook until spinach just starts to wilt. Add tomatoes and simmer until spinach is cooked.
5. Add cooked sausage and rigatoni; stir to combine.
6. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Prep: 30 minutes + cooking time

2-4 lbs beef roast (shoulder or chuck roast)
4 carrots, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
3 red potatoes, chopped
1 package dry onion soup mix
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
3/4 cup water

1. Salt and pepper the beef roast. Brown/sear all sides of the meat in a skillet with oil on high heat.
2. Add meat and all other ingredients to a slow cooker. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or 3 hours on high and then 3 hours on low. Meat should fall apart when ready.

Suggestion: Serve with cornbread.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Balsamic Pork Loin Roast

*From allrecipes.com here.

Prep: 1 hour + time to marinate
Serves: 6

2 lbs boneless pork tenderloin
2 Tbsp steak seasoning rub
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil

1. Dissolve steak seasoning in balsamic vinegar, then stir in olive oil. Place pork in resealable plastic bag, then pour marinade overtop. Squeeze out air and seal bag; marinate in refrigerator 2 hours to overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pork into a glass baking dish with marinade. Bake, basting occasionally, until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, about 1 hour. Let the roast rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Suzanne's Sauteed Zucchini

Prep: 15 minutes
Serves: 6

1/4 cup diced onion
2 tsp garlic
4 zucchini, sliced
1 can petite chopped tomatoes
oregano, to taste
basil, to taste
salt & pepper, to taste

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil on medium high heat for 3-5 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add zucchini, can of tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano and basil. Cook until zucchini is crisp tender, about 5 minutes.

Suzanne's Bacon Rice

Prep: 1 hour
Serves: 6


2-3 strips of bacon
1/4 cup finely diced onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1.5 cups rice
1/2 tsp turmeric
3 cups chicken broth


Cut up bacon into little pieces and cook on medium high heat in a coverable pot or skillet for 3 minutes. Add onion and garlic to pan and continue to cook until bacon is crisp and onion is translucent. Add rice, turmeric, and broth. Cover and simmer on low for 45 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Carolyn's Saucy Chicken

Serves: 4
Prep: 1.5 hours

4 chicken breasts
10 oz apricot preserves
1 cup Russian dressing
1 packet dry onion soup mix

Put chicken breasts in shallow baking pan. Combine apricot preserves, Russian dressing, and onion soup mix; then pour over chicken. Bake at 325 degrees, uncovered, for 1.5 hrs.
Serve over rice. 

Nicole's Sweet & Spicy Chicken

Serves: 4
Prep: 45 minutes

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup jalepeno jelly
1/4 cup minced white onion
1 can of drained and rinsed black beans
1 tsp ground cumin

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush the chicken all over with oil and transfer to a shallow roasting pan. Season chicken with salt and freshly ground pepper. Combine the beans, jelly, onion and cumin and mix. Spoon mixture over the chicken. Cover with foil and bake for 15 min. Uncover and bake for 15 more minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

Suggestions: Serve with Spanish rice.