Archive for the ‘Baked Pasta’ Category

Creamy Baked Four-Cheese Pasta

May 19, 2009

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This recipe is from the Cook’s Illustrated, Best Cover and Bake Recipe book.   This is the same book with the Mac and Cheese masterpiece.    I tried it out on Sunday with the tomato and basil variation.   Check out the bottom of the recipe for that + another variation with proscuitto and peas.   It’s pretty good and easy to make.   The white sandwich bread topping with a little butter is a great accent.    One note, for the sauce… I had to double check the 2 teaspoons thing to see if it was a typo.   In a stick of butter, it’s only 2/3 of a tablespoon.   Enjoy!     (more…)

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

May 6, 2009

macandcheeseThis is another recipe I got from Cook’s Illustrated.  It’s from their book, Best Cover & Bake Recipes.   I love to cook casseroles because you can just assemble them ahead of time and let them cook for long periods in the oven.    They also travel pretty well and allow you to freeze them.    I made this for one of our beer brewing sessions, and it was the real deal..  got a lot of raves… probably better than what I’ve had in the restaurants.   Although I hear Kelly’s Bar and Lounge makes a mean Mac and Cheese in East Liberty.   The flavors go really well together and the bread crumb crust is divine.  

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V-Day Dinner: Aunt Mickey’s Famous Lasagna

February 16, 2009

I tried out this recipe for Valentine’s Day to treat my girlfriend.    This is her aunt’s recipe.   I thought it was really good, and it got me interested in lasagna again.   I paired it up with two other dishes: Spinach/Basil salad and Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta, which complemented each other really well.  I’ll try and post the other recipes soon.    In addition, we had a nice bottle of barola.   The only difficult task was handling the noodles but I had plenty to spare.   Some of the steps you can do a day ahead.     At first, I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough fillings or noodles for the layers but it would easily fit in a deep lasagna pan. (more…)