World’s Best Lasagne

ImageINGREDIENTS:

1 pound sweet Italian sausage
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup minced onion
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
12 lasagna noodles
16 ounces ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS:
In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Worlds-Best-Lasagna/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs in Cabernet Sauce

ImageIngredients:

3 ½ lbs beef chuck short ribs

2 whole shallots, minced

3 stalks celery, diced

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 ½ cups Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon

1 cup beef broth

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 ½ tbsp all purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp salt, divided

1 tsp pepper, divided

Directions:

Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. When hot, add the short ribs. Sprinkle salt and pepper over the ribs in the pan and brown. This will take about three to four minutes per side. You want them very nice and caramelized.

After the ribs have browned, remove from carefully and set them at the bottom of your slow cooker. Take the pan off the heat briefly to cool down, then return to medium heat and add the minced shallots and diced celery. Saute for about five minutes until tender, then add the tomato paste. Mash the tomato paste into the veggies using a rubber spatula and continue to sauté on medium heat for another four minutes.

Pour the wine and the beef broth into the skillet and stir. Add the brown sugar, a teaspoon of salt, half a teaspoon of pepper and the flour. Stir well to get rid of any flour clumps.

Bring sauce to a boil, then to a simmer. Pour sauce right over ribs in the slow cooker. Sprinkle remaining salt and pepper on top. Place lid on slow cooker and cook on HIGH for seven to eight hours or on LOW for 11-12 hours. When done, the meat should literally be falling off the bone.

I like to serve these ribs on top of risotto…or mashed potatoes! Yum.

Source: http://www.eatliverun.com/slow-cooker-beef-short-ribs-in-cabernet-sauce/

Crockpot Spinach & Sausage Lasagne

ImageIngredients:

1 16-oz bag frozen chopped spinach

6 oz spicy sausage, sliced (optional but delicious)

1 15-oz container ricotta cheese

1 cup mozzarella cheese

1 large jar (26 oz) marinara sauce

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

10 “no-boil” lasagna noodles

Directions:

Place frozen chopped spinach in a large microwave safe container with a lid. Microwave on high for three minutes. Remove lid and stir then cook again for another two minutes, or until heated through. Remove spinach from the bowl and wrap tightly in a clean dish cloth or paper towels to squeeze out all the liquid. Do not forget to do this step — it’s important to get out as much liquid as you can from the spinach so you don’t end up with watery lasagna!

Place drained cooked spinach in a large mixing bowl. Add ricotta cheese, 1/2 cup shredded mozzerella cheese, salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.

Pour enough sauce to cover the bottom of your Crock Pot. Lay two lasagna noodles flat side-by-side at the bottom of the pot. If you like, you can break apart another noodle to fit in the sides.

Spread about a fourth of the cheese mixture on top of the noodles. It’s easiest to use your hands here! Then, scatter about four slices of sausage on top of the cheese. Drizzle about 1/4 cup marinara sauce on top and then layer two more noodles. Repeat until you have five layers. Spread remaining sauce on top of the final layer and scatter the rest of the mozzerella cheese on top.

Place lid on the Crock Pot and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours. Lasagna will puff up when done. When ready to serve, cut squares of lasagna out of the Crock Pot to serve.

Source: http://www.eatliverun.com/crock-pot-spinach-lasagna/

Crockpot Korean Short Rib Tacos

ImageIngredients

  • FOR THE KOREAN SHORT RIBS:
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • 1-½ whole Inches Of Ginger, Peeled
  • ¾ cups Soy Sauce
  • ½ cups Plus 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Rice Vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3 pounds Beef Short Ribs
  • FOR THE CUCUMBER SLAW:
  • ½ whole Hot House Cucumber
  • ½ whole Carrot
  • 4 teaspoons Rice Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 2 pinches Salt
  • 1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • FOR SERVING:
  • 4 whole Tortillas
  • 2 Tablespoons Cilantro For Garnish

Preparation Instructions

For the Korean short ribs:

In a mini food processor, blend garlic and ginger until minced. Mix with soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes.

Place short ribs in crockpot and pour sauce over ribs. Turn crock pot on low heat. Cover with a lid and cook for 6-8 hours.
Remove meat from pot, discard bones. Place in the fridge to chill to touch.

Meanwhile, skim fat off the top of the sauce. Place in a sauce pan and simmer until thickened.

Once meat is cool to touch, pull apart with your fingers. Pour about 1/2 cup of the sauce back into the meat. You may serve the extra sauce on the side or discard it.

For the cucumber slaw:

Peel cucumber and chop into matchsticks. Peel carrot and shred.

Mix carrot and cucumber with rice vinegar, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes.

Serve meat on a warm tortilla topped with slaw and cilantro.

Source: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/main-courses/crockpot-korean-short-rib-tacos/

Corned Beef & Cabbage

  • Image3 pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet
  • 10 small red potatoes

  • 5 carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces

  • 1 large head cabbage, cut into small wedges

Directions

  1. Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender.
  2. Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetables are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 more minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes.
  3. Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain.

Source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/corned-beef-and-cabbage-i/

Easy Crescent Taco Bake

ImageIngredients

1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef

3/4 cup Old El Paso® Thick ‘n Chunky salsa

2 tablespoons Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)

1cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)

Shredded lettuce, as desired

Diced tomato, as desired

  • Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll dough; separate into 8 triangles. Place in ungreased 9-inch square pan or 10-inch pie plate; press over bottom and up sides to form crust.
  • In 10-inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in salsa and taco seasoning mix; simmer 5 minutes. Spoon meat mixture in crust-lined pan; sprinkle with cheese.
  • Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until crust is deep golden brown and cheese is melted. Served topped with lettuce and tomato. 

Serve with additional salsa, sour cream and avocado slices.

Source: http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/easy-crescent-taco-bake/9c2bd5f7-63f7-4a6c-afa3-56baeedbc35a/

Beef and Barley Soup

ImageIngredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 pound Beef Cubes (for Stew)
  • 1 whole Large Onion, Medium Diced
  • 2 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 2 whole Carrots, Smaller Ends Cut Into Rounds, Larger Ends Diced
  • 2 whole Potatoes, Large Dice
  • 1-½ teaspoon Seasoning Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt (or To Taste)
  • Ground Black Pepper To Taste
  • 6 cups Beef Stock
  • 2 cups Water Or As Needed
  • ½ cups Pearl Barley
  • ½ teaspoons Thyme
  • 1 whole Bay Leaf
  • 1 can (14.5 Oz. Size) Diced Tomatoes

Preparation Instructions

Heat a large stock pot over medium high heat. Add the olive oil.

Brown the beef cubes for three minutes in the oil, then add the onions and garlic. Lower the heat to medium low and cook until the onions are cooked and just start to caramelize. Stir as needed to keep onions and garlic from burning. Lower heat if necessary; drizzle a little more olive oil if needed to keep food from sticking.

Add everything except the tomatoes to the pot and stir well. Increase the heat and bring the soup to a boil, then turn heat to low, cover pot, and simmer for two hours, stirring occasionally. Adjust heat as necessary to keep soup at a slow simmer. If the soup thickens too much, add a little more water or broth.

Taste to correct seasonings, then add tomatoes and simmer for another hour. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Source: http://tastykitchen.com/recipes/soups/beef-with-barley-soup/