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TRY THIS CHEESE CANNELLONI RECIPE FOR A DELICIOUS MEATLESS MEAL

We receive a lot of requests for meatless meals. We think you’ll enjoy Chef’s Cheese Cannelloni recipe. Serve with a Caesar salad or mixed greens and you have a delicious meatless meal.

Cheese Cannelloni
Serves 4-6
3 each PASTA REA Spinach Lasagna Sheets – 6.5” x 8.5”
3 each PASTA REA Egg Lasagna Sheets – 6.5” x 8.5”
2.25 lb. PASTA REA Ravioli Cheese mixture
24 oz. PASTA REA Vodka Sauce
6 oz. Mozzarella Cheese
8 oz. Grated Romano Cheese
1 oz. PASTA REA Basil Pesto

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Lay out pasta sheets one at a time on a flat surface with the shorter side facing you.
3. Fill a pastry bag with PASTA REA Ravioli Cheese mixture. Do not use a pastry tip.
4. Pipe in about 3 oz. of Cheese mixture in an even line from one side to the other.
5. Roll pasta over the cheese to form a cigar shape tube then cut. You should end up with 2 each 6.5” tubes per pasta sheet.
6. Repeat this process using both spinach and egg pasta sheets resulting in 6 each spinach and 6 each Egg cannelloni 6.5” long and about 1.5” thick.
7. In a 9 x 9 baking dish ladle 6 oz. of PASTA REA Vodka sauce.
8. Place 3 spinach and 3 egg cannelloni on top of sauce alternating colors.
9. Top cannelloni with 6 ounces of PASTA REA Vodka Sauce.
10. Top sauced cannelloni with 2 ounces of mozzarella, 2 ounces of Romano cheese
11. Repeat process.
12. Cover with plastic wrap then foil.
13. Bake in 325 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes until sauce bubbles on the side.
14. Remove wrap and foil and bake to melt top layer of cheese, about 5 minutes.
15. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
16. Cut into 4 or 6 portions. Place a portion on each plate and garnish with Romano Cheese and a drizzle of PASTA REA Basil pesto.

SPINACH TAGLIATELLE WITH HOT SMOKED SALMON, TOMATOES, AND LEMON CREAM

Spinach tagliatelle with hot smoked salmon, tomatoes, and lemon cream is a quick and delicious meal. The contrast of the green pasta with the red tomato creates a pleasant looking dish. We are pleased to offer this recipe from Chef Tony. If you are not a fan of smoked salmon, you may eliminate it or use fresh grilled salmon or shrimp as a substitute.

Spinach Tagliatelle, Hot Smoked Salmon, Tomatoes, and Lemon Cream Recipe

2 portions

1 gallon boiling water
1 tbsp + ¼ tsp Sea Salt
1 Ripe Red Roma Tomato
1 Lemon, zest then juice and hold in separate containers
½ tsp Chopped Parsley
½ tsp Olive Oil
¼ tsp Cracked Black Pepper
12 oz. PASTA REA Alfredo Sauce
12 oz PASTA REA Spinach Tagliatelle
8 oz Hot Smoked Salmon, flaked

1. Bring water to a strong boil, add 1 tbsp sea salt
2. Remove stem from tomato and cut a thin x at the opposite end
3. Drop tomato in water, allow to boil for about 1 minute, remove and cool
4. Remove skin from tomato, cut in ¼ remove seeds, fine dice
5. Toss diced tomato with ¼ tsp sea salt, lemon zest, parsley, olive oil, black pepper, hold
6. On a low flame simmer PASTA REA Alfredo ( you may reserve some pasta water after pasta is cooked to thin the sauce if needed)
7. Cook Tagliatelle in boiling water until al dente, drain well and toss with warm sauce
8. Add salmon, lemon juice to pasta and toss again to incorporate
9. Season to taste with Sea Salt and Cracked Black Pepper if needed
10. Evenly portion pasta on 2 plates making sure they are well sauced and have equal amount of salmon
11. Garnish each dish with ½ of the tomato mixture and serve

Mangia Bene’!

Spinach tagliatelle with hot smoked salmon tomatoes and lemon cream reduced

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Crisp Brussels Sprout & Mushroom Gemelli

Enjoy this delicious meatless pasta recipe utilizing fresh Pasta Rea gemelli. (derived from the Italian word for “twins”) Other small pasta shapes such as cavatappi may be substituted for gemelli.  Be sure to not over-cook the fresh pasta!

Crisp Brussels Sprout & Cremini Mushroom Gemelli  

Serves 2

12 each Brussels sprouts

2.5 tablespoons EVOO

1 tsp Sea Salt

1 tsp Cracked Pepper

6 oz. Cremini Mushroom

2 tsp Garlic

4 ounces white wine

8 oz PASTA REA ALFREDO SAUCE

1 ounce whole butter

½ Lemon, juice only

8 ounces PASTA REA Gemelli pasta

2 ounces Romano cheese

2 tablespoons chives

  1. Pre heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Remove the outer thick leaves of the Brussels sprout and discard. Remove the next layer of leaves until the hard center of the Brussels sprout remains, reserve core.
  3. In a small bowl toss the tender outer leaves with ½ tsp EVOO a pinch of sea salt and a pinch of pepper, reserve the remaining salt and pepper for later use.
  4. Place seasoned leaves on an oiled pan and place in oven. Roast until golden brown, about 5 – 7 minutes. Remove from oven and hold to the side.
  5. With a sharp knife thinly shave the cores of the Brussels sprouts, hold to the side.
  6. In a large sauté pan heat the remainder of the EVOO, add the cleaned mushrooms, garlic and shaved Brussels sprouts. Sauté until tender. Deglaze with white wine and simmer to reduce by half.
  7. Add PASTA REA Alfredo, butter and lemon juice, simmer on low.
  8. Cook pasta in boiling, salted water until al dente, drain well.
  9. Add pasta to sauté pan with sauce, ½ of Romano cheese and chive. Toss well.
  10. Divide finished pasta evenly on two plates, top with remaining cheese and roasted Brussels sprout leaves
Gemelli Pasta with Crisp Brussels Sprout & Mushrooms

Gemelli Pasta with Crisp Brussels Sprout & Cremini Mushrooms

 

 

Gigli Pasta with Cremini Mushrooms and Lemon Mascarpone

Gigli Pasta, Cremini Mushrooms & Lemon Mascarpone
1 gallon purified water
1 tbsp. + ¼ tsp sea salt
2.5 tbsp. mascarpone
2 oz. heavy cream
1 Lemon, zest then juice and hold to the side
1 oz. olive oil
6oz. cremini mushrooms, sliced thin
1 tsp fine minced garlic
1 tsp fine minced shallots
¼ cup white wine
10 oz. PASTA REA Gigli pasta, raw
6 each large sage leaves, thin julienne or chopped
½ tsp chopped parsley
¼ tsp cracked black pepper
2 oz. Romano Cheese

Instructions:
1. Bring water to a rolling boil add salt, lower heat and hold
2. In a small bowl mix the mascarpone and cream to smooth making sure there are no lumps. Zest lemon then juice, hold to side
3. Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan, add mushrooms and sauté until just tender
4. Add the garlic and shallot, sauté until shallots are translucent
5. Add wine and reduce by half, then simmer on low
6. Bring pasta water back to a rolling boil and add pasta
7. While pasta cooks add mascarpone and cream to white wine and mushrooms, stirring to incorporate. Add about 2 oz. of pasta water to season and thin sauce, continue to simmer
8. Cook pasta to al dente, strain well and add to simmering sauté pan
9. Add sage, parsley, pepper, 1 oz. cheese, ½ of the lemon zest and ½ of the juice to pasta and toss well
10. Adjust seasoning if needed with sea salt, pepper. Add lemon juice and zest if needed
11. Top with remaining cheese and serve

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Bucatini Aglio e Olio with Tomatoes and Parmesan

A simple, traditional olive oil and garlic bucatini for the hot summer months!

Sea Salt
1 pound PASTA REA bucatini
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 cloves whole garlic
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

¼ cup rough-chopped Italian parsley
4 ounces of grated parmesan cheese
Cracked pepper (optional)

Instructions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a hard rolling boil.

Heat the olive oil (on medium) in a large thick bottom skillet. Add the whole garlic cloves and cook until golden brown. Remove garlic, discard or save for garnish in the finished dish or another preparation. Keep oil on low heat or remove from flame.
Add the pasta to the boiling water, stirring to prevent the pasta from sticking to the pot.

While the pasta is cooking add the sliced garlic to the warm oil. Turn heat up to medium and cook garlic to a golden brown. Add some of the pasta water to the oil to stop the cooking process. Add the red pepper flakes and continue the cooking allowing the flavors to combine.

Cook the pasta to al dente, drain reserving a small amount of the water to use if needed to add to the sauce to increase volume. Add the parsley and season to taste with more salt and or cracked pepper, toss and incorporate well. Garnish with fresh cracked pepper and parmesan cheese.

Bucatini alio olio with parmesan crumbs

If you have questions regarding the preparation, please contact Chef Tony at trea@creationsincuisine.com or call 602 485-9924. He is always happy to discuss recipes!