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My dad is a big fan of football AND football. You see having an English background I use the word football when I am talking about soccer AND American football. That’s usually how I distinguish it anyways football or American football.
That’s part of growing up with English parents in America, I often joke to Americans that I can translate between the two languages English and American that is! Boot= trunk, liquidizer=blender, I cannot be bothered= I don’t care, crisps=chips, chips= french fries, Aborigine= eggplant… you get the point.
One thing that doesn’t change between continents… pizza. I love pizza, it is my GO TO dinner. Whether it’s at home or out to eat. How the heck can anyone not like pizza? My favorite pizza to make at home? Digorno! Seriously I don’t know how many basketball games I have sat through for the sole purpose of being able to eat pizza. Pepperoni Pizza that is.. with ranch. Perfection!!
I am so sad San Francisco lost and so did New England but at least for the big game I will still have pizza. LOL The only reason I go to sport parties… the food!
I used the four cheese pizza and added some tomatoes on top. I love the four cheese, cuz well its more cheese! But I adore Digorno Pepperoni Pizza especially because the pepperoni’s are cut nice and thick. You really taste them. I HATE thin sliced pepperoni. You know what else is great about Digorno? The sauce, its got so much flavor and for people who are pathetic like me- the sauce is almost a little bit spicy.
PS doesn’t Wednesday (aka my sister) look so exited for some pizza. That’s because we are a family of foodies, we can’t get enough pizza in our lives!
This may be a sponsored post but Digorno Pizza is the ONLY store-bought pizza I use, ever! Have been doing so for years, because it truly is delicious.
I shop at Wal-Mart for two things food and makeup. Seriously, the amount of chocolate chips, eyeliner, heavy cream and mascara I buy from Wal-Mart is not normal. But then again I am not normal 😉
I make homemade ranch to go along with my Digiorno pizza.
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I love lasagna. I have fond memories of begging for lasagna for dinner. Maybe that’s where my love for Italian food began. If I could I would eat garlic cheesy bread, pasta, pizza, mozzarela, proscuitto, tiramisu, cannoli and the rest everyday of my life. Maybe that’s why Italy is my favorite place to visit. The pizza in Naples was unreal. Nothing like what America deems as “pizza”. The tomatoes in Italy are so fresh, vibrant- full of flavor. I am literally sitting here yearning for some Italy time.
Maybe, I should just go through my Instagram profile. Half of my posts from August were of gelato from around Italy. Although, I love to post, tweet, pin, insta, goolge + the main reason I love social media is how it helps me relive my foodie adventures. Make sure you like Barilla on Facebook to see scrumptious photos and recipes of delicious Italian meals.
So I was driving home from Church the other day and stopped at Vons on the way home, I wanted to make a creamy dreamy lasanga, like the one I order at my favorite restaurant, Roman Cucina. I first picked up my noodles. I grabbed the normal Barilla Lasagna noodles but then I saw Barilla Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles and I freaked out!! That’s amazing becuase I am always on a shortage of time so any shortcut sounds good to me!! Then I need some sauce I knew I wantd to do a creamy sauce so I picked up some heavy whipping cream but then the hard part came choosing a sauce, but then I thought use two different ones- best of both worlds!! So I settled on Barilla Roasted Garlic Sauce and Barilla Tomato Basil Sauce!! Great decision if I do say so myself 😉
Now this Rosa Lasagna, it was so easy to make. Something like lasagna sounds like it would take a bit of effort but it really was not, at all! And after I baked the lasagna I broiled it for a few minutes to make the cheese extra delicious. I LOOOOOVE cooked cheese. When I am at Roman Cucina and order the Bruschetta I always pick the hardened cheese on the plate. I know, I have issues.
The Barilla Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles were amazing to work with, Cooks Illustrated even named them as the best oven ready lasagna noodles. I pre soaked them in the pan with hot water for 10 minutes because I was using cream in my sauce, I read that on Cooks Illustrated. The noodles baked up perfectly.
I think it’s safe to say my sissie was excited to eat some Lasagna!!
I added some garlic, tomatoes, onions and basil to the Barilla Roasted Garlic & Barilla Tomato Basil Sauce and the sauce was the best I have ever made. Hands down!! I will always start with these two sauces, I honestly could not stop “tasting” the sauce when I was cooking it. I must have had about 10 spoonfuls. I then proceeded to grab a piece of bread and “mop” up the remainder of the sauce in the pan once I made the lasagna. Again with the issues, I know.
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A delicious creamy marinara lasagna made easy and simple with the help of Barilla Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles, Barilla Roasted Garlic Sauce & Barilla Tomato Basil Sauce! Your family will swoon over this Lasagna!
2 tbsp olive oil
1lb ground sausage or beef
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped small
1 medium tomato, chopped small
2 tbsp chopped basil
2 tbsp chopped garlic
1 jar Barilla Tomato Basil sauce
1 jar Bailla Roasted Garlic sauce
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
1 15 oz container ricotta cheese
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan
1 Box Barilla Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles
2 cups Mozzarella Cheese
1/2 cup ish Parmesan shredded
In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil and swirl around, once pan is hot add ground sausage. Using a wooden spatula spread sausage thin to cook evenly. Cook until no pink remains about 7-10 minutes. Place a piece of paper towel on a large plate and put cooked sausage on top of paper towel.
In a large skillet over medium heat add olive oil and chopped onions cook for 5 minutes. Add in chopped tomato, basil and garlic stir and cook for 1 minute. Add in Barilla Tomato & Basil Marinara Sauce and Barilla Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce. Let cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
Stir in heavy cream and parmesan cheese, let simmer on medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
In a small bowl combine ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan.
In the 9 x 13 dish you will use to bake the lasagna place pasta in and add hot tap water. Let sit for 10 minutes then drain. Take pasta out of dish, spray with non stick cooking spray, place 1 cup of sauce then 3 pasta sheets, followed by 3/4 cup cheese mixture then 1/4 cup mozzarella and 1/3 cup of cooked sausage then sprinkle with roughly 2 tbsp of parmesan cheese. Repeat for 3 more layers.
Once the final layer of pasta is laid down top with remaining sauce, cheese mixture, mozzarella and parmesan.
Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Take foil off of pan and broil until cheese is browned. Let cool for 15 minutes before serving. Goes well with a crisp green salad and garlic bread.
Feel free to use whichever flavors of Barilla Sauce you want.
Tiramisu is one of my ALL time favorite deserts. Years ago I worked at an Italian restaurant and the owner made homemade Tiramisu, that was when I first fell in love. A few nights a week I would take a nice (large) piece home to devour. I justified doing it so often by sharing with my mother 🙂 The restaurant eventually closed down and I was left with no tiramisu! I searched for a delicious one but some were too soggy, too dry, the marscarpone flavor didn’t come through…etc. Well I have now found my favorite Tiramisu from a local restaurant Roman Cucina! Their pasta dishes are delicious as well. If you are in the Orange County area go check it out!
So back to my love of tiramisu- here is a cupcake that is wonderful! I even layered some chocolate in between the cupcake and frosting 🙂 YUM!
Cupcakes: 1 3/4 cups plus 2tbsp cake flour 1 1/4 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 6 tbsp milk 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise 6 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature 5 large eggs plus 4 large egg yolks 1 1/2 cups sugar
Syrup: 1 cup freshly brewed espresso (or very strong coffee) 5 tbsp Kahlua 9 tbsp sugar
Chocolate layer: 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Frosting: 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 12 oz marscarpone cheese at room temperature 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line cupcake pans with liners. In a medium sized bowl combine the cake flour(sifted), baking powder and salt. Whisk to blend. Set aside. Put a small saucepan over medium heat and add milk, vanilla bean seeds and the bean. Heat until the mixture bubbles around the edge, and let it stand for 15 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean pod.
2. In the bowl of an electric add eggs, egg yolks and sugar and whisk until just blended. Put mixing bowl over a medium saucepan of simmering water. Whisk occasionally until sugar is dissolved and mixture is warm about 6 minutes. Remove bowl from saucepan and place back in the electric mixer and whisk until mixture is fluffy, pale yellow and thick enough that it ribbons.
3.Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture in 3 additions. Stir 3/4 cup of the batter into the milk mixture to thicken it. Then fold the milk mixture into the batter. Fill cupcake lined pan evenly and bake for 20 minutes. Rotate the cupcakes halfway through and take out when the edges are light golden brown and the cupcakes are set. Let the cupcake pan sit on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes then transfer cupcakes to wire rack.
4. In a small bowl mix together sugar, Kahlua and espresso. Set aside. Use a metal skewer to poke holes in the cupcakes. Take the syrup and use a pastry brush to brush the syrup all over the top of the cupcakes.
5. Use a double broiler or a bowl over simmering water to melt semi-sweet chocolate chips. Melt them until they are shiny and stir together. While melting cover a cookie sheet with wax paper. Once chocolate is melted add to a piping bag with small round tip and create zig zag designs or circles. Put in the fridge to harden.
6. In the bowl of an electric mixer on medium-high speed whisk the heavy whipping cream. Once hard peaks are formed scrape the cream out into a clean bowl. Put the bowl (not cleaned) back in the electric mixer and use the paddle attachment to mix the marscarpone cheese and sifted confectioners’ sugar together until its light and fluffy. (Note: Make sure the marscarpone is at room temperature otherwise the frosting will have little balls of marscarpone.) Gently fold in the whipped cream into the marscarpone mixture until combined. I piped the frosting onto the cupcakes with a large round tip but you can get creative and use any tip or even use a knife to spread it on:). Sprinkle with unsweetened cocoa powder.
A few weeks ago a dear friend left all of us in Orange County to start a fabulous adventure in Zambia for The Peace Corps! We had a fantastic party to send her away with lots of great friends and food. I made some desserts and also made these scrumptious tomato capresse skewers. They are SOO easy and SOO delicious! A must make for any party you are throwing.
Salt & Pepper
Olive Oil & Vinegar
How to assemble:
First soak your toothpicks in a bowl of lukewarm water for 30 minutes -1 hour. (This helps prevent the toothpicks from splitting)
Next just press one toothpick into one grape tomato, one mozzarella ball and one fresh basil leaf.
Once you are finished sprinkle some salt, pepper, olive oil and vinegar over the top.