Spaghetti with Terranova Italian Sausage
I’m usually not a huge fan of Italian sausage, more of a meatball gal. Terranova’s Italian sausage has changed my mind. They don’t use a huge amount of fennel and have a perfect balance of spicy and sweet. I specifically go to Katie’s in Mid-City b/c they use Terranova’s sausage on their pizza (which is super tasty). Scott cooked up the sausages in his crockpot spaghetti recipe. So good……
1 lb. Terranova Italian Sausage
Jar of your favorite marinara sauce
1 16 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup beef stock
1/2 cup red wine
4 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil and oregano
1 small onion, diced
2 cups of mushrooms
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 package of spaghetti
Saute onion with red pepper in 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add all ingredients (except for spaghetti) into crockpot. Cook 6 hours on high and switch to low.
Prepare spaghetti according to package. Season sauce to taste.
We had tons of leftover beef after slow cooking a roast it in the crock pot for spaghetti. This was a great solution for the leftovers! It’s fairly easy and great to freeze and reheat.
Braised Beef Cannelloni
1 lb. of braised beef (used leftovers)
1 ounce container of light ricotta cheese
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
8 ounces marinara sauce
1 package of dried cannelloni shells
1/2 tbsp of dried basil
1 tbsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook cannelloni per instructions on package.
In a large bowl, mix meat, ricotta, 1/2 cup of mozzarella, garlic powder, basil, and salt and pepper.
Stuff cooked cannelloni with meat and cheese mixture.
Pour 1/2 cup marinara sauce on baking dish. Place stuffed cannelloni on top of sauce. Pour atop remaining sauce. Top with remaining mozzarella.
Bake uncovered for 40 minutes.
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
1 cup of cooked chicken, cubed
1 pizza dough, store bought
Cornmeal or flour, to handle dough
2 tablespoons butter
2 to 3 tablespoons hot sauce, medium to spicy heat
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, a few generous handfuls
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Preheat grill pan to high.Stretch dough to form pizza using cornmeal or flour to help you handle it. If you let it rest and warm up a few minutes it will handle even easier. Set pizza on pizza pan to the side and clean board.
Homemade Terranova Cannelloni
- 1 cup red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup celery, diced
- 1/3 cup carrot, diced
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 lbs of Terranova Italian sausage
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 1/4 cups beef broth
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup Parmesean cheese, freshly ground
- Box of Dried Cannelonni tubes
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 (16-ounce) jar high quality marinara sauce
- 1/2 pound Fontina cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 5 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup Parmesean cheese, grated
- Heat the olive oil in a deep skillet. Add onion, celery, and carrot, and cook over moderate heat until softened.
- Add the garlic, and cook 1 minute. Add sausage (removed from casing). Cook, stirring occasionally, until meat is no longer pink. Drain excess liquid and grease thoroughly.
- Add wine, and reduce for 1 minute. Stir in broth. Add herbs, bay leaf, and salt and pepper.
- Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes. Uncover, and reduce until almost dry. Discard bay leaf. Set aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan set over moderately low heat. Whisk in flour for approximately 2 minutes. Whisk in milk, grated nutmeg, and salt and pepper.
- Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir in parsley and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
- Transfer the cooled meat mixture to a large bowl. Mix in egg yolks. Mix in the cheese and parsley sauce. Set aside to cool.
- In a medium size bowl, combine flour and salt. Make a well in the flour, add the slightly beaten egg, and mix. Mixture should form a stiff dough. If needed, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons water.
- On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for about 3 to 4 minutes. With a pasta machine or by hand roll dough out to desired thickness (recommend the #5 thickness setting on hand-crank pasta machine). Use machine or knife to cut into 4- x 5-inch strips.
- In a pot of boiling salted water, cook the noodles a few at a time until al dente. This should take only a minute or two with fresh pasta. Transfer to a bowl of cold water. Spread the noodles in one layer on paper towels to drain.
- Place 1/3 of the cooled meat and parsley sauce mix into a blender or food processor. Pulse or blend until a smooth texture is achieved, about 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining mixture until all filling ingredients are processed.
- Prepare Fontina Cheese Sauce by placing Fontina, cream, butter and Parmesan in a double boiler or a bowl in a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the cheeses have melted and the sauce is smooth and hot.
- Cover bottom of 9 x 13-inch baking dish with 1/4 inch of marinara sauce. Spoon 1/4 cup of the filling down the center of one noodle, and roll the noodle to enclose the filing. Transfer the cannelloni, seam side down, to 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and filling, arranging in single layer.
- Ladle the remaining marinara sauce on one side of the cannelloni, leaving the other 1/2 of each tube without sauce. Spread the Fontina cheese sauce on the other 1/2 of the cannelloni and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan cheese.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until bubbling. Run under the broiler about 4 inches from the heat for 2 minutes, or until golden.
Inspired by http://www.recipelion.com/Restaurant-Recipes/Olive-Garden-style-Cannelloni-al-Forno#EAohq5F3dSQZkov0.99