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Spaghetti Squash with Italian Herb Chicken

Spaghetti Squash with Italian Herb Chicken

Traditional spaghetti? Look closer. For those who love a more creative take on the classic Italian dish, try using vegetables in place of your pasta! Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce sits atop a bed of spaghetti squash with chicken in this mouth-watering, flavorful meal sure to satisfy every member of the family at the dinner table.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Total Time: 65 minutes
Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 (1½ lb) squash
  • 1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 jar of Monte Bene Garlic Marinara
  • 2 cups chopped yellow onion (from 1 large onion)
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • Optional: ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Optional: ¼ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Optional: ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds. Place squash, cut side down, on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until tender when pierced with a knife, about 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes.
  2. Scrape and scoop out strands with a fork, leaving a ½-inch border on sides and bottom. Place squash strands in a large bowl and set aside. Increase oven temperature to 450° F.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until just caramelized, about 2 minutes. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in Monte Bene Garlic Marinara sauce and crushed red pepper.
  4. Add chicken mixture to bowl with squash and toss to combine. Spoon mixture evenly into squash shells. If desired, top with Mozzarella and Parmesan.

Buon Appetito!

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Mac 'n Cheese Balls

Mac 'n Cheese Balls

Serves 4-5

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 tbsp unsalted butter        
1 tbsp flour   
1 cup & 1 tbsp milk
½ lb cheddar cheese
½ lb Gouda cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 large egg
1½ cups bread crumbs
Oil, for frying
1 jar Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce

    Preparation:

    Cook the elbow macaroni al dente. Rinse and drain with cold water, and set aside in a shallow pan.

    In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Use a whisk to add 1 cup milk, removing any lumps. Continue cooking until sauce thickens, 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add cheeses, stirring until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Fold cheese mixture into cooled macaroni and refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.

    Use an ice-cream scoop to shape cold mac and cheese into meatball-sized balls. Place on a wax-paper lined tray, cover with plastic, and freeze 4 hours.
    Combine egg and tablespoon of milk in a bowl. Dip frozen mac and cheese balls in egg wash, then flour, then breadcrumbs. Place back on tray and in the freezer until ready to fry.

    Heat oil in a deep-fat fryer or small saucepan to 350 degrees F. Fry mac and cheese balls until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Serve with Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce.

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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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    Cheesy Bread Bites

    Cheesy Bread Bites

    Makes 20 cheesy balls

    Ingredients:

    • 1 jar Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce
    • 1 pizza dough recipe
      • 1 package instant yeast
      • 3 ¼ to 3 ¾ cup all-purpose flour
      • 1 1/3 cups very warm water (120 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • 1/3 cup shortening (gently dissolved in microwave and cooled)
      • 2 tbsp. honey (dissolved in warm water)
      • 1 tsp. salt
    • 2 tbsp. butter
    • 20 cubes of mozzarella
    • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 tsp. fresh parsley, chopped
    • 1 tsp. coarse pepper, freshly ground
    • Salt to taste

    Preparation:

    Preheat the oven to 375 and lightly grease 1 to 2 large baking sheets (there should be enough space for each cheesy ball to have an inch of room on the sheet).  

    Combine 2 cups of flour with the instant yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Slowly add water and honey mixture, then add shortening, mixing for 1 to 2 minutes or until well blended. Add remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time until a soft dough begins to form. The dough should be slightly sticky. Shape the dough into a ball and place it on a floured surface. Knead the dough for about 4 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. Roll the dough into a large ball, then divide it into 20 equal sized pieces (about ½” inch pieces). Flatten the dough onto the baking sheet.

    Place a mozzarella cube on each piece of dough and mold the dough around the cheese to form a ball. Press the seam together tightly and then turn the ball seam-side down on the baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cheese and dough.

    Cover the dough with a loose sheet of plastic wrap and let rise for about 30 minutes, until puffy.Meanwhile, melt butter in a small saucepan with parsley, garlic cloves, pepper, and salt. Brush this mixture over the dough balls, then sprinkle them evenly with Parmesan. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until golden brown and some of the cheese is beginning to ooze out.

    While they bake, heat Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce.Serve cheesy balls hot with sauce for dipping.

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    French bread Pizza

     

    Serves 4

    Ingredients:

    Suggested Additions:

    • Onion
    • Green bell pepper
    • Italian sausage
    • Olives

    Preparation:

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut French bread loaf in half or into slices and place on a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and place in oven. Cook for about 5 minutes if you halved the loaf, about 2 1/2 if you sliced it. Take out the baking sheet and add Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce as desired. Top with mozzarella, Parmesan, and whatever other ingredients you want. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly golden. Slice as necessary and serve!

    This recipe is very flexible! Spruce the ingredients up or dial them back to your liking.

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    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.

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    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!

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    Penne Bolognese

    Penne Bolognese

    Serves 4 to 6

    Ingredients:

    • 1 jar Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce
    • 1 lb. penne
    • 1 lb. ground beef
    • ½ cup Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
    • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
    • 1 tsp. salt

    Preparation: 

    Cook penne al dente, drain, and set aside. In a skillet, brown the ground beef on medium-high until cooked thoroughly, stirring to granulate meat. Drain the excess oil and then stir in salt. Add Monte Bene Garlic Marinara pasta sauce and butter. Bring to a simmer on medium heat, stirring constantly to mix in the butter (approximately 2 minutes). Stir 1/2 cup of sauce mixture into spaghetti to prevent the pasta from sticking. Simmer the sauce mixture for an additional 2 minutes. Plate the spaghetti and top evenly with sauce. Sprinkle with Pecorino Romano and serve.

    A quick, easy, and tasty recipe for families on the go. 

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