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Monday, July 31, 2017

Italian something.................

I tried a new dish this evening and I liked it. I am not sure it has a name but based on Italian food. I didn't think till after I was done eating, there is no meat in it so it will become a tried and true because I loved it.
Here is what I did.
I cooked up some egg noodles.
In a 9 X 13 glass pan sprayed with Pam I put the cooked noodles. So I guess you can guess the amount by how many you want to serve. Mind you I ate a double dose.
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While the noodles were cooking I prepared the veggies. I had bought fresh mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and on hand I had zucchini, green peppers and a few bits from my garden. I only had about half dozen fresh green beans and some mild Jalapeno peppers, very mild but tasty. I cut up an onion and began to fry in butter along with the mushrooms, adding the rest as I cut them up. I suppose you could use any veggies you have on hand or want to use up. Be sure to have the cherry tomatoes though as they gave it a nice pop and I did not cook them first.
So when that was all done I spread them over the cooked noodles. I sprinkled on some salt and pepper and some dried basil as well as some fresh from my garden that smelled divine. Don't forget the cherry tomatoes.
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I am really enjoying the fresh Basil and Parsley from the garden. Those are things I will grow next year and try to keep some in the house.
Anyway...........I had a jar of Basil, garlic and onion spaghetti sauce that went with the theme. Spread that over the vegetables and topped with Mozzarella grated cheese.
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I put it in a 350 oven, it was in for maybe 45 mins because I wanted the cheese crunchy. OMGoodness it was awesome. So as all the veggies were partly cooked and fresh in any case you can cook to the doneness you enjoy.
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So here is what I used. No measurements really required.
1 jar of spagghetti sause, basil, garlic and onion. 24 oz
1 large onion.
fresh sliced mushrooms.
fresh tiny cherry tomatoes.
small chunks (not slices) of Zucchini.
sliced green peppers.
(maybe corn or any other leftover veggies)
A few leaves of fresh basil.
sprig of fresh parsley.
1/2 teaspoon of dried basil.
salt and pepper.
1 bag of shredded Mozzarella cheese.
Enough cooked noodles to 1/2 fill a 9 x 13 oven dish.

Cook noodles and drain then line your (sprayed)baking dish.
Cook the veggies in butter (gives a better taste than oil but cook how you like them, but don't overcook) then spread evenly over the noodles
Open a jar of sauce and spread over the veggies and top with a bag of shredded Mozzarella cheese.
Cook 350 till nice and brown and if you like it crunchy it takes about 45 mins.

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