Penne is a pasta favorite and it looks like a cylinder or small short tubes with diagonally cut ends. Mamma uses a Catelli brand which is made in Italy. A great recipe you might want to try with penne is pasta with stuffed tomatoes….Pasta con i pomodori.
A winter classic in Mamma’s house is Pasta con molica pane or pasta with bread crumbs. This is a super simple pasta dish which will provide you some variety if you are always serving a typical Pasta with meat sauce dish to your family. It is truly authentic to this region of Italy and it is very likely you have never heard of or tried this pasta dish before.
This pasta recipe takes a bit of work but if you are having a dinner party and you are wanting to WOW the crowd this Italian recipe will do just that.
1 1/2 lbs Fresh Spinach or 2 (10 oz) packages frozen chopped spinach
2 green onions finely chopped
1 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
36 each Jumbo shells
3 cups Marinara sauce or spaghetti sauce
8 ounces sweet Italian sausage (this item can be left out if wish to have without meat)
Place fresh spinach in large saucepan, cover and cook over moderate heat until wilted. About 4-5 minutes. Drain and cool. When cool squeeze dry and chop fine.
With a large skillet on moderate heat cook the 8 ounces of Italian sausage (remove casings first), until brown or about 5 minutes. To reduce grease use a slotted spoon to place the meat onto a plate with paper towel. Cool and chop fine.
Using same skillet saute 1 small finely chopped onion, 1 clove garlic (minced). Stir frequently for about 5 minutes.
Using a large bowl combine onion mixture, sausage, spinach, 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, 1 cup mozzarella, 1 cup ricotta cheese, 1 egg, 1 tbsp minced parsley, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp black pepper.
Cook pasta as per package instructions…do not overcook. Drain off about half of the water and refill the pot with cold water. Remove shells and place on kitchen towel.
Preheat oven 375 deg F.
Spread tomato sauce over bottom of shallow 2 quart casserole dish. Stuff pasta shells with sausage and spinach mixture and place them on the sauce. Spoon remaining (2 cups) of sauce overall and sprinkle with rest of parmesan cheese (1/2 cup).
Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until heated and bubbling
1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb ground pork
2 cups (500 ml) bread crumbs (soak in water for few minutes)
2 cloves garlic (crushed or grated)
1/4 cup parsley
3/4 cup romano or parmesan cheese
1 tbsp (15 ml) salt
In large mixing bowl add the meat, bread crumbs (after squeezing out the excess water) add eggs. Mix
Add grated or pressed garlic, parsley, cheese, salt
Mix well and shape into meatballs.
Preheat oven to 350 deg F and cook meatballs for 15-20 minutes or until brown… Mangiare and Let Mamma Feed You!