Friday, February 27, 2015

Italian Tuna Skillet Casserole Recipe

Dressed up a little, this classic dish is no where near what you would expect in a tuna casserole it's better than ever Italian style. The flavors are rich and delicious almost Alfredo style but even creamier.  I love the  Italian twist we put int this one and the addition of the tuna, peas adds an abundance of flavors.
Quick and easy to make in a matter of minutes!

Italian Tuna Skillet Casserole Recipe

1 pound fettuccine
3 tablespoons olive oil extra virgin
4 garlic cloves minced fine
2 cans of Italian tuna packed in olive oil drained
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes or fresh diced plum tomatoes (optional)
1/2 cup Pinot Grigio white wine
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup fresh peas or frozen
1/2 cup Romano/Parmesano cheese grated
salt, pepper and red pepper to taste
1 cup chopped fresh basil for garnish

Cook the pasta in boiling salt water until al dente.
In a deep non stick skilled saute the garlic for 3 minutes with the extra virgin olive oil. Add the tuna and tomatoes stir to heat them through. Add the wine and cook one minute then add the cream. When bubbles start to form, stir in the cheese, add all seasonings to taste. Fold in the peas and then toss the drained hot pasta with the sauce. Sprinkle with more grating cheese and garnish with chopped basil. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spinach Vegetable Soup Recipe

I don't make many all vegetable soups recipes with the meat lovers in my home but this is one we love because of it's hearty bold flavor. It you love beans this one is for you!  It's also much lower in fat and will be favorable on your waistline!

Spinach Vegetable Soup Recipe

1 cup finger carrots
1 can drained corn
4 cups fresh spinach
1 small can tomato sauce 4 ounces
1 lb diced fresh tomatoes or use a 28 ounce can
3 tablespoons chopped celery
1 can kidney beans or black beans
1 can great white northern beans
1 can drained peas
1 can chick peas drained and rinsed
1 cleaned and cubed potato
1- 8 ounce package fresh mushrooms
1 medium zucchini chopped in chunks
Optional: 2 cups finely sliced cabbage and 1 minced onion

8 quarts of water or more if needed while cooking and evaporates
2 teaspoons granulated garlic, basil, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper or more to taste

In a 5 quart of larger saucepan, saute garlic in 4 tablespoons oil then add all ingredients. Simmer on low for at least 3 hours until all vegetables are soft and cooked.

You can boil and cook your favorite noodles in a pan and add the drained pasta to this pot after this soup is cooked,  if desired.

+claudia lamascolo  Author