Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spaghetti Pie Casserole Recipe

This is a totally delicious casserole that the kids and adults just loved. It's an American version called poor mans lasagna. All in all it's one of the tastiest casseroles I have ever made. I love the fact that its packed with delicious cheeses and amazing Italian sauce. Homemade or semi homemade sauces
 this will be a hit on your tables.

Spaghetti Pie Casserole Recipe

1 pound ground beef or turkey 
olive oil
grated cheese
fennel seed
salt, pepper
1/2 pound cooked spaghetti drained al dente
2 eggs
3 cups shredded mozzarella
1 15 ounce container Ricotta cheese
granulated garlic
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1- 28 ounce can tomato sauce, crushed or diced with  juice or sauce made homemade

Optional: you can add dried oregano and basil to your sauce if you like it 1 teaspoon each

Cook and drain pasta. Place in a large bowl. Add eggs, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic and 1 clove minced garlic mix together. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley,  3 tablespoons grated cheese, salt, pepper to taste. Set aside.

Greased a deep dish pie casserole dish I use 13x9.

In the meantime saute the meat in 2 tablespoon olive oil Add 1/2 teaspoon fennel seed, tablespoon chopped parsley,  last clove of garlic and 1 teaspoon granulated garlic mix together. Stir saute until all the pink is gone. Add salt pepper to taste. Stir in the tomatoes. Cook for half hour on low heat.

Spread the spaghetti mixture into the greased pan. Then spread the Ricotta cheese on top sprinkling the cheese with parsley, granulated garlic and grating cheese evenly over the top,  ending with the meat sauce over the entire casserole. Top generously with grated cheese and mozzarella. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes until cheese melts then broil until cheese browns, watch it carefully don't leave it as you broil it. It looks like a pizza when you cut it!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Peanut Butter Bar Recipe

This is an easy throw together recipe great to take on trips, potlucks, picnics and something mom would make when we had lots of peanut butter in the house!

Peanut Butter Bar Recipe

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup water
1/2 whole milk
1 cup creamy peanut butter

Cream butter sugar and peanut butter until fluffy. Add eggs, vanilla then blend in the dry ingredients beating until well blended.
Bake in a greased 13x9 pan at 350 degrees until toothpick comes clean in the center. Around 25 minutes.

Homemade Frosting for the top:

3/4 cup peanut butter I use crunchy
3 tablespoon softened butter
3 1/2 cups (or to 3/4 cups) powdered sugar
6 tablespoons or more of whole milk
Beat together until smooth and easy to spread consistency.
Optional: more chopped peanuts for garnish or mini chocolate chips