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Ravioli Casserole

Ravioli Casserole

Ingredients
3-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
1 package (25 ounces) frozen cheese ravioli, cooked and drained
2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Spread 1 cup of spaghetti sauce in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Layer with half of the ravioli, 1-1/4 cups of sauce, 1 cup cottage cheese and 2 cups mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Recipe found here: Ravioli Casserole

Best Chocolate Raspberry Torte

Best Chocolate Raspberry Torte

Ingredients
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 cups 2% milk

CHOCOLATE FROSTING:
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

RASPBERRY FILLING:
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup red raspberry preserves
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon raspberry liqueur

CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE:
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Chocolate curls and fresh raspberries

Directions
Line three 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper; grease and flour the pans and paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and baking powder; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.

Transfer to prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

For frosting, in a small heavy saucepan, melt chips and butter over low heat. Transfer to a large bowl; cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth.

For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add the preserves, sugar and liqueur; beat until stiff peaks form.

Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup filling. Top with another cake layer and spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers. Top with another cake layer, 1/2 cup filling and remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.

For drizzle, place chips and butter in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Place mixture in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag. Pipe a lattice design over top of cake, allowing some drizzle to drape down the sides. Decorate with chocolate curls and raspberries as desired. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.

To Make Ahead: Bake and assemble the torte 1 day in advance. Garnish just before serving.

Recipe found here: Best Chocolate Raspberry Torte

Irish Beef Stew

Irish Beef Stew

Ingredients
8 bacon strips, diced
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 pound whole fresh mushrooms, quartered
3 medium leeks (white portion only), chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
1 cup dark stout beer or additional reduced-sodium beef broth
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
1 cup frozen peas

Directions
In a stockpot, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper towels. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine flour, salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. Brown beef in the bacon drippings. Remove and set aside.

In the same pan, saute the mushrooms, leeks, carrots and celery in oil until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in tomato paste until blended. Add the broth, beer, bay leaves, thyme, parsley and rosemary. Return beef and bacon to pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours or until beef is tender.

Add potatoes. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 hour longer or until potatoes are tender. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into stew. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add peas; heat through. Discard bay leaves. Yield: 15 servings (3-3/4 quarts).

Recipe found here: Irish Beef Stew

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
8 medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
2 medium carrots, chopped (1 cup)
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
2 cups uncooked egg noodles (4 oz)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 dried bay leaf
5 1/4 cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from two 32-oz cartons)

Directions
1 In 3-quart saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, onions and carrots; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2 Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover; simmer about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until carrots and noodles are tender. Remove bay leaf.

Applebee's Style 3 Cheese Chicken PenneApplebee's Style 3 Cheese Chicken Penne

Applebee’s Style 3 Cheese Chicken Penne

Ingredients
2 chicken breasts
1⁄3 cup Italian salad dressing
3 cups penne pasta
15 ounces alfredo sauce
8 ounces Italian cheese, shredded (Mozzarella, Parmesan, Provolone)
4 tomatoes
1 teaspoon basil
2 -3 garlic cloves
6 tablespoons olive oil

Directions
Chop Chicken and marinade in Italian dressing for 30 minute.

Chop tomatoes, add oil chopped Garlic and basil to make bruschetta. Set aside.

Cook Penne in boiling water.

Grill or broil Chicken.

Divide pasta between two microwavable bowls.

Pour Alfredo sauce.over the pasta in each bowl.

Layer on Bruschetta.

Add a layer of Chicken.

Add a layer of shredded cheese.

Microwave for 3 min, or longer if previously chilled till cheese is melted.

Serve with Garlic bread.

Can be prepared well ahead of time in individual bowls, then Microwaved thoroughly.

Vegetable Noodle Casserole

Vegetable Noodle Casserole

Ingredients
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of broccoli soup, undiluted
1-1/2 cups 2% milk
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 package (16 ounces) wide egg noodles, cooked and drained
1 package (16 ounces) frozen California-blend vegetables, thawed
2 cup frozen corn, thawed

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine soups, milk, 3/4 cup cheese, garlic, parsley, pepper and salt. Stir in noodles, vegetable blend and corn.

Pour into a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover and bake 45-50 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Recipe found here: Vegetable Noodle Casserole

Curly Noodle Dinner

Curly Noodle Dinner

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1 package (3 ounces) beef ramen noodles
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
1 can (8-1/2 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained

Directions
In a skillet, brown beef; drain. Stir in noodles with contents of accompanying seasoning packet, tomatoes and corn; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Yield: 4-6 servings

Recipe found here: Curly Noodle Dinner

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