Meatless spaghetti sauce

Meatless Spaghetti Sauce
1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
4 medium onions, chopped
1 1/4 teaspoons pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
12 cups chopped peeled fresh tomatoes (about 24 medium)
3 bay leaves
4 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
2 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
Hot cooked pasta
In a large Dutch oven, heat oil. Saute the onions and pepper until onions are tender. Add garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, salt, oregano and basil. Simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add tomato paste and brown sugar; simmer for 1 hour longer. Remove bay leaves. Serve over pasta.
If desired, add cooked meatballs or Italian sausage to the sauce before serving.
Makes 2 quarts.

Recipe of the day. Cheesy chicken and macaroni

Cheesy Chicken And Macaroni
4 small boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 (7 1/4 ounce) package macaroni and cheese dinner, uncooked
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups water
2 cups frozen vegetable blend, thawed
1/2 cup water, optional
Place chicken in 3 to 4 quart slow cooker. Sprinkle contents of cheese sauce packet over chicken. Pour dry macaroni on top. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese. Pour water over all, being careful not to wash off the Cheddar cheese. Cover; cook on low for 4 hours, or on high for 2 hours. Stir in thawed vegetables, mixing them in thoroughly. Add 1/2 cup water, if needed, to keep the dish from cooking dry. Cover; cook on low for another 2 to 3 hours, or on high for another hour, or until vegetables are tender but pasta is not mushy or dry.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.


Recipe. Slow cooker pizza

Slow Cooker Pizza
1 (12 ounce) bag Kluski, or sturdy, noodles
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce, your choice of flavors
16 ounces Mozzarella cheese, shredded
8 ounces pepperoni, thinly sliced
Cook noodles according to package directions; drain. While noodles are cooking, brown ground beef in a nonstick skillet; drain off drippings. Meanwhile, greased interior of 4 quart slow cooker. Pour in one-fourth of spaghetti sauce. Follow with half of the noodles, and then half of the browned beef. Top with one-third of the shredded cheese. Follow with half of the pepperoni. Repeat the layers, beginning with one-third of the sauce, followed by a layer of the rest of the noodles, a layer of the remaining ground beef, half of the cheese and the rest of the pepperoni. Top with the remaining spaghetti sauce. Finish with the rest of the cheese. Cover; cook on low for 2 to 3 hours, or until heated through and until the cheese has melted.
Add sliced mushrooms, chopped or sliced onions, sliced black olives, and dice green peppers to one or more of the layers, if desired.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.


Recipe of the day. Convenient slow cooker lasagna

Convenient Slow Cooker Lasagna
1 pound ground beef
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (8 ounce) package lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
Spray the interior of a 6 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Brown the ground beef in a large nonstick skillet; drain off drippings. Stir in tomato sauce; mix well. Spread one-fourth of the meat sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker. Arrange one-third of the uncooked noodles over the sauce. Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Spoon one-third of the cheeses over the noodles. Repeat these layers twice. Top with remaining sauce. Cover; cook on low for 4 hours.
* Add 1 chopped onion to the ground beef when browning.
* Add 1 teaspoon salt to the tomato sauce and beef mixture.
* Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese to the cheese mixture.
* Add 1/2 cup additional shredded Mozzarella cheese to the top of the lasagna 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 6 to 8 servings.


Recipe of the day. Baked chicken and ravioli

Baked Chicken and Ravioli
1 (9 oz.) pkg. refrigerated cheese ravioli
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 lb. cubed chicken tenders
1 (26 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
1 (9 oz.) pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup shredded Muenster cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In large pot of boiling water, cook ravioli until tender.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion; cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add chicken; cook, stirring frequently, until chicken is done and onion is tender. Add spaghetti sauce and well drained spinach and mix well.
Drain ravioli when cooked and spread into 9″ glass baking dish. Spoon chicken mixture over ravioli. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes until bubbly. Uncover and sprinkle with cheeses. Bake 5-10 minutes longer until cheese melts.

Serves 4


Taco pasta casserole

Taco Pasta Casserole

1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 tablespoon butter
1 large onion; chopped
1 large green pepper; chopped
1 (16 ounce) box large shell pasta
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 jar chunky salsa
2 cups cheddar cheese; grated

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef and drain excess liquid. Add taco seasoning spices as directed on the package, and stir to blend; reserve. In the same skillet, saute onions and green pepper in 1 tablespoon butter until tender. Meanwhile, cook pasta as directed on the pkg. and drain. In a 9 x 13 inch baking pan, spoon stewed tomatoes on the bottom of the pan to cover. Layer remaining ingredients in the following order: pasta, ground beef, and taco seasoning combination, salsa, and cheese. Repeat layering process until dish is full, making sure to finish the top layer with cheddar cheese. Bake in a preheated oven 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove from onion and let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm. Serves 6 to 8

Recipe of the day. Baked cannelloni

A slimming world recipe I will be trying out this week in cooking class.

Baked cannelloni

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Ready in: 30-60 Minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: 2
  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Syns per serving:

This popular Italian dinner is quick to cook and seriously satisfying, with the cheesy filling adding an indulgent finishing touch.


  • 8 cannelloni tubes
  • A few basil leaves, torn
  • 2 level tbsps grated vegetarian Parmesan style cheese

for the Filling:

  • 225g fresh spinach, washed and trimmed
  • 225g fat-free natural cottage cheese
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Salt and ground black pepper

for the Sauce:

  • 425ml passata
  • 1 level tsp sweetener
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Salt and ground black pepper


  1. To make the filling put the spinach in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover with a lid and cook very gently over a low heat for about 5 minutes, until the leaves are limp and bright green. Drain in a colander, pressing down on top of the spinach with a saucer to squeeze out all the liquid.
  2. Chop the spinach and mix with the cottage cheese, nutmeg, egg yolk and seasoning. Spoon the filling into the cannelloni tubes and arrange them in an ovenproof dish.
  3. Mix the passata, sweetener, garlic and seasoning together and pour over the cannelloni. Sprinkle with basil and Parmesan cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas Mark 6 for about 20 minutes, until bubbling and golden brown.

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