Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Have an Italian night

Baked Ziti

1 jar spaghetti sauce
16 oz. ziti pasta (tube shaped macaroni)
8 oz. ricotta cheese
1/2 cup milk
8 oz. sliced mozzarella cheese
Pinch of crushed red pepper
Pinch of sweet basil
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of Italian seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper

Prepare pasta as stated on package. In a medium mixing bowl dump ricotta cheese into bowl mix in the milk and spices, stir. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an 8 x 12 inch baking dish. Prepare bottom of dish with 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce. In medium bowl add pasta to ricotta cheese. Season with the black pepper and red pepper to taste, and mix until well combined. Then dump into 8 x 12 inch pan. Lay mozzarella cheese on top of macaroni. Add 2 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce to top to keep mozzarella from burning. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly warm. Let stand before serving and top with more spaghetti sauce to serve.

Cheesy Garlic Bread

1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup thinly sliced green onions with tops
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 loaf French bread (about 20 inches), halved lengthwise
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley, optional
Paprika, optional

Mix mayonnaise, cheese, onions and garlic; spread on bread halves, if desired, sprinkle with parsley and paprika. Wrap each half in foil. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or freeze. Unwrap and place on a baking sheet.

Bake at 400° for 8-10 minutes (20-25 minutes if frozen) or until puffed but not brown. Cut into slices. Yield: 12-15 servings.

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