Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lasagna in the Crockpot ~Old Farmhouse Style

Old Farmhouse Lasagna
1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 lb. Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (24 oz.) prepared spaghetti sauce
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
fresh oregano & basil or 1/2 tsp. each of dried

15 oz. ricotta cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 sprigs fresh parsley
1 egg

6 - 8 lasagna noodles
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese or Italian blend

In a medium skillet, brown the beef or turkey, 
 Italian sausage, onion. and garlic.
Drain any grease that has accumulated in the pan.
Add the sauces and herbs.

Simmer until warm. 

Stir together the Ricotta, parmesan cheese, 
egg, and fresh parsley.

Spoon a layer of meat sauce into the bottom of your crockpot.
Add a layer of uncooked lasagna noodles, breaking them to fit.
(this will be our secret, as no one will see the broken noodles)

Spread a portion of the ricotta mixture on the noodles,
and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Repeat the layers.
Make sure you end with sauce and cheese.

Cook on low for 4 hours.

Everyone's crockpot is different.
Adjust your cooking time and amount of liquid used
according to your personal preference.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Old Farmhouse Creamy Penne Pasta

Old Farmhouse Creamy Penne Pasta
2 cups penne pasta, cooked according to package directions

3 strips bacon
4 tbsp. butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup onion, diced

1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
red pepper flakes, optional

fresh basil for garnish

Cook bacon in medium saucepan until crisp.
Remove from pan and cut into bite size pieces.

Add butter to bacon drippings in pan.

Saute onion and garlic until translucent.
Add sun dried tomatoes and cook until all are tender.
Add flour and cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Add broth, stirring frequently until sauce comes to a simmer.
Remove from heat.
Add sour cream and parmesan cheese.
Mix thoroughly.

Choose light or fat free
to reduce the calorie content.

Be sure the pasta is well drained and add to the sauce.
Garnish with fresh basil and red pepper flakes.

This pairs well with Grilled Chicken.

Today, I added peas to the leftovers.
It is a tasty summer side dish!