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Shakshuka on Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles

Shakshuka on Spiralized Sweet Potato Noodles

Serves 2-4

 

Ingredients: 
  • 1 pack (about 10 oz) spiralized sweet potato noodles 
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 1 jar Monte Bene Spicy Marinara pasta sauce 
  • 1 tsp sea salt 
  • 1 tsp black pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes 

Preparation:

Add Monte Bene Spicy Marinara sauce to a skillet or pan and warm on medium high heat. Once it is warmed, use a spoon to make 4 wells to drop the eggs in. Carefully crack the eggs and add into the wells. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover the skillet and set the heat on low. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the eggs are cooked to your liking. While the eggs are cooking, heat the spiralized sweet potato noodles according to package in a separate pan. Once the sweet potato noodles are finished cooking, divide and transfer to a serving plate. Top with a cooked egg and sauce. Sprinkle with red chili pepper flakes if desired. 

 

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Roasted Garlic Ricotta Penne

Roasted Garlic Ricotta Penne

 

Thank you, Sara's Organic Eats for the wonderful post featuring our Tomato Basil pasta sauce!

Roasted garlic is a staple in Italian cooking. The aroma and flavor of roasted garlic send your taste buds on a trip to Italy. This roasted garlic ricotta penne recipe is an easy dish to make for a weeknight dinner. It is filled with a magnitude of flavor from each of the ingredients. Your family will love it!

Ingredients

  • 1 jar Monte Bene Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
  • 16 oz (1 pound) penne, cooked
  • 10 cloves (about 1 bulb) of garlic, peeled
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • Fresh basil leaf (optional)

Preparation

  • Heat Monte Bene Tomato Basil sauce in a small saucepan on low for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Boil about 4 cups of water in a pot on high heat.
  • Once the water is rapidly boiling add in 16 ounces of penne.
  • Cook penne according to package or until desired consistency.
  • In another pan, add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil on medium heat.
  • Once the oil is hot, add 10 peeled garlic cloves.
  • Sauté garlic for about 5 minutes. Keep stirring the garlic so that it doesn’t burn. Set aside.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, drain the water and add it back to the pot.
  • Add the sauce to the penne and mix until combined.
  • Add in the roasted garlic and the remaining olive oil from the pan to the penne mixture.
  • Mix until combined.
  • Once combined, serve in a bowl.
  • Top with 2 tablespoons of ricotta cheese (per each serving), 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, and a fresh basil leaf.
  • Enjoy!

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Cheesy Vodka Bake

Cheesy Vodka Bake

Serves 4-6


Ingredients:

1 tbsp. olive oil 
4 oz. Pancetta, cut into small dice 
¾ cup Asiago cheese, freshly grated, plus more for the top 
¾ cup Cheddar cheese, freshly grated, plus more for the top 
¾ cup Fontina cheese, freshly grated, plus more for the top 
¾ cup Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly grated, plus more for the top 
Salt and freshly ground black pepper 
1 pound penne
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 Jar Monte Bene Vodka Pasta Sauce 


Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Boil water in large pot and salt. Cook penne until almost al dente.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels.

Warm Vodka Sauce in saucepan. Remove from the heat and add the cheese until completely melted, season with salt and pepper.

Place the cooked penne in a large bowl, add the cheese sauce, reserved pancetta and parsley and stir until combined. Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish.

Combine additional fontina, cheddar, asiago, and parmesan in a bowl and sprinkle evenly over the top of the penne.

Bake in the oven until heated through and the top is lightly golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

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Meatball Sliders

Meatball Sliders

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:

1 1/4 lbs. ground beef
1 jar Monte Bene Spicy Marinara pasta sauce
1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs
2 eggs
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
12 dinner rolls
12 slices provolone cheese
    Preparation: 

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, mix ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, cheese, salt, and pepper. Make meat into 1" 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.

    Lower oven to 350 degrees. Place dinner rolls on a sheet pan. Split open the dinner rolls and place a slice of provolone, a spoonful of Monte Bene Spicy Marinara pasta sauce, and a meatball inside each.  Place sheet pan of sliders into the oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

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    Ratatouille

    Ratatouille

    Serves 4 to 6 

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups (half a jar) Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce
    • ½ cup olive oil
    • 2 small Italian egg plants
    • 2 summer squash
    • 2 beef-stake tomatoes
    • 2 red or green bell peppers
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • ½ tsp. pepper
    • ¼ tsp. oregano
    • Large pinch red pepper flakes (optional)

    Preparation:

    Preheat oven to 350. Slice eggplant, squash, beef-stake tomatoes, and bell peppers into 1/8” rounds. Toss together in a large bowl and add garlic, salt, pepper, oregano, and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes to let the flavors mingle. Heat another 2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium sauté pan. Cook about 1/3 of the vegetables, tossing gently until slightly browned. Transfer sautéed vegetables to a separate dish and repeat with remaining olive oil and vegetables.

    Pour Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce onto the bottom of a large casserole dish. Arrange sautéed vegetables over sauce as desired. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until sauce is bubbly and vegetables are tender.

    Serve with bread and extra sauce as desired.

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    Zucchini Boats

    Zucchini Boats

    Serves 6-8

    Ingredients:

    • 4 medium zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise
    • 1 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1 lb. loose Italian sausage
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 2 cups Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce
    • 1/2 cup Parmesan, finely grated
    • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shaved
    • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
    • 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Preparation:

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. With a spoon, scoop out the flesh from the interior of the zucchini, so they resemble boats. Place the zucchini boats in a baking dish. Cut the scooped out zucchini flesh into bite sized pieces.

    In a medium pan over medium-high heat, cook the Italian sausage for 5 minutes. Add the garlic, onion, chopped zucchini, Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce and salt and pepper. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

    In a medium bowl, mix together the Parmesan, mozzarella, breadcrumbs and parsley.
    Spoon in and mound the sausage mixture into the zucchini boats. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over top. Place in oven and bake 20 minutes. Let cook for 5 minutes and serve.

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    Bucatini All’ Amatriciana

    Bucatini All’ Amatriciana

    Serves 4 to 6

    Ingredients:

    • 1 jar Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce
    • 6 oz. bacon
    • 1 lb. spaghetti 
    • 1 small onion, peeled and minced
    • 4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • ½ tsp. black pepper, freshly ground
    • 1 large pinch red pepper flakes
    • Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
    • Fresh basil to garnish

    Preparation:

    Chop bacon into evenly sized chunks. Add olive oil to a large skillet and place over medium heat. Add the bacon and saute about 4 minutes, until rendering fat and sizzling. Stir in the pepper flakes and black pepper. Add the onion and minced garlic and stir until the onions become soft and the bacon is golden, about 10 minutes (some of the onions should begin to caramelize). Reduce heat to low and add Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the pasta and cook al dente, then drain. Take about 1 cup of the bacon sauce and stir it into the pasta to prevent it from sticking. Plate the pasta and top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle with Pecorino Romano cheese and garnish with basil.

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    Linguine Scoglio

    Linguine Scoglio

    Serves 4 to 6

    Ingredients:

    • 1 jar Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce
    • 6 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 
    • 1 lb. linguine
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tsp. dried crushed red pepper
    • 12 ounces cleaned squid
    • 1 ¼ cups white wine
    • 2 lbs. small little-necked clams, rubbed clean
    • 1 10-ounce lobster tail, shelled
    • 8 ounces uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 4 ounces bay scallops
    • 3 tbsp. parsley

    Preparation:

    Slice squid bodies into ½ -inch rings (leave tentacles whole). Slice lobster tail meat into 1-inch cubes. Heat 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil in a large saute pan and add garlic and crushed red pepper.  Add squid and saute until just opaque (about 3 minutes). Add white wine and simmer until reduced by half (about 20 minutes). Stir in Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce, cover, and simmer over low heat for about 40 minutes.  

    In another large skillet, bring 1/4 of water to a boil. Add clams and mussels, cover, and simmer on medium heat for about 6 minutes (until shells open). Throw out any clams and mussels that don’t open. Drain shellfish into a colander set over a medium sized bowl to catch the juices from the skillet. Strain those juices into the tomato sauce, using a fine sieve. Allow tomato sauce to thicken by simmering, uncovered, for about 10 minutes.

    Add squid, scallops, shrimp, and lobster and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Add clams and mussels and simmer for another minute. Stir in remaining olive oil and parsley and add salt and pepper to taste.

    As sauce simmers, cook linguine al dente, drain and return to pot. Add about one cup of shellfish sauce to the pasta and toss. This will prevent the pasta from sticking. Plate pasta and top with remaining sauce. Top with fresh basil or extra parsley.

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    Spaghetti Bake

    Spaghetti Bake

    Serves 6

    Ingredients:

    • 1 jar Monte Bene Vodka pasta sauce
    • 2 cups leftover turkey, chopped up or shredded
    • 1 lb. spaghetti, cooked al dente
    • 8 oz cream cheese
    • 2 cups cheddar or mozzarella, shredded
    • Salt and pepper to taste 

    Preparation:

    NOTE: For a little extra fun, you can make this in individual ramekins, but it is not necessary if you only have large casserole dishes.

    Preheat oven to 350. Mix the cream cheese into the spaghetti. Place in a greased casserole dish. Add your jar of Monte Bene Vodka pasta sauce and your leftover turkey. Mix well. Pour mozzarella cheese across the top of the spaghetti, distributing evenly. Add salt and pepper and then cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and then remove from oven. Take off foil and then place dish back in the oven, uncovered, and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese and sauce are bubbly. 

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    Zoodles alla Bolognese

    Serves 3 to 5

    Ingredients:

    • 1 jar Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce
    • 1 lb. lean ground beef or ground turkey
    • 3 large zucchinis
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1 tbsp. onion, minced
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated.

    Preparation:

    Slice your zucchinis into noodles using a julienne slicer or thing knife. In a medium saute pan, saute olive oil and onion until onion begins to turn translucent. Add zucchini noodles and gentle saute until noodles are just softened. Plate. In a large skillet, granulate ground beef or turkey until fully cooked, adding salt and pepper. Pour in Monte Bene Tomato Basil pasta sauce. Simmer on low until sauce begins to bubble, then remove from heat and add sauce mixture to zoodles. Top with Pecorino Romano cheese, extra zucchini slices, and serve.

    A healthy twist on noodles that will still keep the whole family happy! 

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