Category: MY ITALIAN

AFC Collaborative Tomato Sauce

COLLABORATIVE TOMATO SAUCE A collaborative effort on Steve’s birthday. He selected the ingredients; I made the dish. Pasta sauce with all our favorite ingredients over thin spaghetti, topped with pan-fried Portobella mushroom. Drizzle with Truffle oil and sprinkle with plant parmesan cheese shreds! Extra toppers included fresh basil and daiya blue cheeze dressing! Taste The…

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Batali Meets Gardein

BATALI MEETS GARDEIN Mario Batali’s Bronze Extruded Tortiglioni tossed with a Pasta Rub of Pumpkin Seed Snow, smoked paprika and garlic. Tossed with a saute of Gardein Chick’n with peppers and red onion in a smokey tomato marinara and peas with a splash of orange! And it’s all cooked up in Guy Fieri’s non-stick cast…

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MARINARA MARINARA

MARINARA MARINARA The perfect sauce for lasagna, manicotti and all other pasta shapes! Also good on hot subs, over rice, mashed potatoes and veggie meats! Or serve it in appetizer bowls with hot toasted bread strips! Makes 5-1/4 cups

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SHARON’S MANICOTTI

SHARON’S MANICOTTI This has been a long time in the planning and waiting stages – mainly to get the filling right absent any animal products. It’s a success I waited three decades to achieve. Makes 11 stuffed pasta and 5-1/4 cups sauce

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EGGPLANT TOMATO CREAM SPREAD

  EGGPLANT TOMATO CREAM  SPREAD Looks rustic, tastes elegant, feels luxurious! Makes 2 cups 4 T. extra virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped 1 med. eggplant (a little more than 1 lb.), unpeeled, cut into 3/8 inch cubes (no larger) salt and black pepper to taste 4 fresh Italian (Roma) tomatoes, seeded and…

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ITALIAN MAC & CHEESE

ITALIAN MAC & CHEESE Tortiglioni pasta cooked with garlic and black pepper, then layered with a garlic, ginger, mushroom and sweet onion tomato sauce and a blend of three veg cheeses. Baked till steaming hot! Taste the pleasure! Serves 12 and makes 9 cups sauce

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CAPONATA BABAGANOUSH

CAPONATA BABAGANOUSH Roasted eggplant combined with a mushroom, red wine and garlic reduction. Finished with toasted sesame seed, tomato and Gia Russa Balsamic glaze! Served with grilled pita bread and/or sliced French baguette and sides of capers and/or chopped Kalamata olive! Makes 3-1/2 cups

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ZUCCHINI LASAGNA

 ZUCCHINI LASAGNA No need for noodles in this lasagna! Lots of zucchini though. Pan-fried planks substitute for the noodles, and as if that weren’t enough –  4 cups grated zucchini go into the sauce. Gentle Italian flavors permeate the custard-like texture of the Tofutti cheese in this once in a life-time experience of walk on…

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MARSALA MUSHROOM PATE

MARSALA MUSHROOM PATE Finely diced mushroom sauteed with roasted eggplant, sweet onion, garlic and Marsala wine. Served cold with French baguette slices, Marsala spicy brown mustard and sliced dill gherkin pickles. Makes 2-1/4 cups

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TRULY TOMATO KALAMATA OLIVE BOLOGNAISE

TRULY TOMATO KALAMATA OLIVE BOLOGNAISE Garlic-flavored textured vegetable protein (TVP) creates the meaty texture, and the Kalamata olives combined with spices and herbs provides the meaty flavor/texture plus the wine flavor, absent the wine, in this special veggie version of Bolognaise, a classic Italian dish of meat, sauce, garlic, wine and pasta. Makes 8 cups

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TRULY TOMATO BRUSCHETTA

TRULY TOMATO BRUSCHETTA Dei Fratelli’s Truly Tomatoes cooked with caramelized onion, garlic and Kalamata olives. Seasoned with fennel, smoke and allspice. Spread on Artisan baguette slices. Broiled, then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil! Sauce makes 2 cups

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RED AND WHITE LASAGNA

RED AND WHITE LASAGNA Lasagna noodles layered with a Tofutti ricotta and cream cheese filling, sweet roasted peppers, and a garlic, tarragon and fennel tomato pepper sauce. The best of white and red in one casserole! Has a sharp cheese flavor the whole world will love! Serves 8-12

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MEXICAN ITALIAN HAT DANCE

MEXICAN-ITALIAN HAT DANCE Caramelized onion, green pepper and mushroom combined sweet red roasted peppers and a salsa-marinara seasoned with garlic, basil and coriander! Tossed with orecchiette (hat) pasta and fresh cilantro. Get ready to party! 6 servings for main dish, 12 servings on a buffet

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PINE NUT PESTO RISOTTO

PINE NUT PESTO RISOTTO Pine nuts blended with fresh basil, garlic, coconut milk, extra virgin olive and a little Grade A maple syrup. Combined with long grain golden rice, steamed zucchini sticks and fresh ripe tomatoes. Elegant! Makes 11 cups

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