Recipes

Italian Style Chili

Italian Style Chili

Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar Monte Bene Spicy Marinara pasta sauce 
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 cups mushrooms, washed and chopped
  • 1 can kidney beans with liquid
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 4 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 
  • 1/4 Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup chives, diced. 

 Preparation:

In a large stock pot, crumble beef over medium heat. Add onion and cook until beef is browned, stirring frequently. Drain if necessary. Add Monte Bene Spicy Marinara pasta sauce, wine, tomatoes, mushrooms, pepper, chili and cumin and bring to a boil. Lower heat, add beans and cover and allow to simmer for 30 minutes, until flavors are well blended. Taste and add extra seasonings as desired. Top with freshly grated cheddar and Parmesan cheeses and fresh chives. 

This fall recipe makes the perfect Game Day meal! 

Continue reading

Mini Frittatas

Mini Frittatas

Serves 4 to 6 

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk 
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 5 oz. honey ham, chopped
  • ¼ cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • Fresh basil, chopped
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease two mini muffin tins. In a large bowl, mix eggs, milk, pepper and salt until well blended. Add ham, basil, and cheese and stir until well combined. Pour egg mixture into muffin tins, filling to just below the rim. Bake frittatas for about 8 to 10 minutes, until the tops begin to puff. Heat Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce. Carefully remove frittatas, plate, and serve with a side of pasta sauce for dipping.

Continue reading

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks and Garlic Marinara Dipping Sauce

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks and Garlic Marinara Dipping Sauce

serves 8

Ingredients: 

  • 1 jar Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce
  • 1 qt. light vegetable oil
  • 1 16 oz. package mozzarella sticks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Preparation:

Pour oil into a large, heavy saucepan and heat to 365 degrees. Slice mozzarella sticks in half horizontally and set aside. Crack eggs into a medium sized bowl and beat until yokes and whites are mixed thoroughly. In another medium sized bowl, mix bread crumbs, pecorino Romano cheese, and salt. Pour flour into a third medium sized bowl. Taking one at a time, coat mozzarella sticks in flour, then eggs, and then bread crumb mixture. Place in oil and fry for about 30 seconds, or until cheese stick is golden brown. Remove and let cool on a paper towel for 5 minutes before serving. Heat Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce and serve with mozzarella sticks for dipping.

 Make it a meal! Serve with sliced fruit and veggies for a casual dinner.

Continue reading

Spaghetti and Homemade Meatballs

Spaghetti and Homemade Meatballs

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients: 

  • 1 1/4 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 lb. imported spaghetti noodles
  • 1 jar Monte Bene pasta sauce (any flavor)
  • 1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Basil leaves, sliced

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 450. Cook pasta al dente, drain, and set aside. Mix 1/2 cup of heated Monte Bene pasta sauce into spaghetti to prevent the pasta from sticking. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, cheese, salt, and pepper. Make meat into 1 1/2" balls and place in a baking dish. Add 1/8" film of water to baking dish to keep meatballs moist. Bake for 12-15 minutes. When meatballs are done, plate the pasta, top with meatballs, and spread remaining pasta sauce evenly. Top with extra pecorino Romano cheese and basil as desired.

 Try different Monte Bene pasta sauce flavors to mix up this classic dish!

Continue reading