Baked Ziti


  • 1 (1-pound) package uncooked ziti (short tube-shaped pasta)
  • 1 pound hot turkey Italian sausage links
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans petite-diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 350°.

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain the pasta, and set aside.

Remove casings from sausage. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add the tomato paste, salt, pepper, and tomatoes, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine cooked pasta, sausage mixture, and basil. Place half of the pasta mixture in a 4-quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Top with half of mozzarella and half of Parmesan. Repeat layers. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until bubbly.

Risotto Casserole


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup risotto
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup parmesian


Heat oven to 400.

Boil chicken.  Cut cooked chicken into bite size pieces and set aside.

In a dutch oven over medium heat, saute onion in olive oil for 2 minutes.  Add garlic and saute an additional 2 minutes.  Add risotto and saute an additional 5 minutes.  Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.  Stir in mushrooms and chicken.  Top with parmesian.  Cover and cook in the oven for 30 minutes.

Summer Pasta

* 1 pound fresh pasta
* 1/2 cup white wine
* 2 cloves garlic
* 1/2 pound green beans
* 1 pint cherry tomatoes

# Cook pasta according to directions on package. Blanche the green beans.
# In a sauce pan over medium heat, boil wine until reduced. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.
# Combine the pasta, vegetables and sauce. Serve with chicken marinated in wine and barbequed.

Monday Night Lemon Chicken Pasta


* 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 can chicken broth
* 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* pepper to taste
* 1 bunch fresh basil or dried basil to taste
* 2 teaspoons corn starch
* 1 package linguine


Cook the pasta according to directions.

Heat butter in a large saute pan on medium high heat. Add chicken and saute until done. Add garlic and saute 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, lemon juice, pepper and basil (if using dried basil). Reduce sauce slightly (2 minutes), then add cornstarch and stir well. If using fresh basil, add now. Continue to reduce for another few minutes. Sauce should be fairly liquid and light flavored. Serve over pasta and serve with fresh salad or vegetables.

The World’s Best Lasagna


  • 1 package of Lasagna noodles
  • 1 15 ounce container of Ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 large ball of mozzarella, grated
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce
  • 3/4 lb ground meat (beef and/or pork)
  • OMIT 1 head of broccoli, steamed and cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablepoon (or more) red pepper flakes
  • salt, pepper, basil and oregano to taste


Preheat oven to 350F.

Cook Lasagna noodles according to directions on package.

Mix together Ricotta cheese and beaten egg. In a separate bowl, mix grated mozzarella and parmesan.

Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Saute onion for 3 mintues, then add garlic and continue to saute for 2 more minutes. Add the ground beef and pork and saute until done. Drain excess fat. Add pasta sauce, broccoli and red chili flakes to taste. Add additional spices if necessary.

Put 1/3 of the sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish. Place a layer of noodles on top. Spread 1/3 of the ricotta mixture on top. Sprinkle 1/3 of the grated mozzarella mixture on top. Repeat 3 times.

Bake, covered in tin foil, for 30 minutes. Remove the tin foil and continue to bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until the cheese on top is melted.

Farfalle With Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula, and Goat Cheese

Another tasty creation from Thad’s Recipe Collection


* 1 medium shallot, sliced thin
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 3 pints (2 pounds) cherry tomatoes, each tomato halved pole to pole
* Table salt
* 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
* 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, or to taste
* 1 tablespoon sherry, or red wine vinegar
* 3 large garlic cloves, sliced thin
* 1 pound farfalle (bowtie pasta)
* 1 large bunch arugula, leaves torn into bite-sized pieces (about 4 cups loosely packed)
* 4 ounced goat cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)


Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 350.

In small bowl, toss shallots with 1 teaspoon oil; set aside. In medium bowl, gently toss tomatoes with remaining oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper flakes, black pepper, sugar, vinegar, and garlic. Spread in even layer on rimmed baking sheet (about 17 by 12 inches), scatter shallots over tomatoes; roast until edges of shallots begin to brown and tomato skins are slighly shriveled (tomatoes should retain their shape), 35 to 40 minutes. (Do not stir tomatoes during roasting.) Remove tomatoes from oven and cool 5 to 10 minutes.

While tomatoes cook, bring 4 quarts water to boil in large stockpot. Just before removing tomatoes from oven, stir 1 tablespoon salt and pasta into boiling water and cook until al dente. Drain pasta and return to pot; add arugula and toss until wilted. Using rubbeer spatula, scrape tomato mixture into pot on top of pasta and toss to combine. Serve immediately, sprinkling cheese over individual bowls.

Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken


* 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
* 2 chicken breasts
* 1 carrot, sliced
* 1 head of broccoli, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 12 ounces angel hair pasta
* 2/3 cup chicken broth
* 1 teaspoon basil
* 1/4 cup parmesian cheese, shredded


Cook pasta according to directions on package.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 5 minutes until done. Remove from skillet. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the skillet. Add carrots and cook for 4 minutes. Add broccoli and garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, basil, parmesian and chicken to the skillet and simmer for 4 minutes over reduced heat. Serve chicken mixture over pasta.

Mozzarella and Tomatoes


* mozzarella
* tomatoes, sliced
* fresh basil leaves


Slice mozarella and tomatoes. Place on plate slightly layered, alternating between tomato and mozarella. Top with basil leaves.

White Cheese and Sausage Pasta


* 1 pound spicy sasuage
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 3 tablespoons flour
* 2 cups milk
* 6 cups cooked ziti
* 3/4 cup parmesian cheese
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup mozarella cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 400?.

Cook pasta according to directions on the package. Drain.

Remove sausage from casings. In a skillet over medium heat, cook sausage until browned. Drain well and set aside.

Melt butter in pan over medium heat. Add flour. Gradually add milk, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Cook until thick, for about 8 minutes, then remove from heat.

Combine sauce, sausage, pasta, paremsian and salt in a large bowl. Spoon into an 11 x 7 baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake for 20 minutes.

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Pesto Sauce


* 3 cups basil leaves
* 1 clove garlic
* 1/4 cup parmesian
* 1/4 cup olive oil
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper


Process basil leaves in a cuisinart. Add garlic to cuisinart and process. Add parmesian, olive oil, salt and pepper and blend until it forms a thick paste.