f4ba68c1cbedb0122ea82653afbd56f3b53077b88b4c4a5f31 Uncomplicated Healthy Living: Pasta with Two Sauces http://www.freesearchenginesubmission.infoher-libido.com

Friday, April 24, 2015

Pasta with Two Sauces

I was asked to make a dish for a large gathering I will be attending.  There will be people of all ages there.  I was wondering what I could make that would appeal to everyone.  Then it hit me.  Pasta!  Almost everyone loves pasta.  This pasta recipe has two sauces.  A cheesy sauce with spinach and mushrooms surrounds the pasta.  Then it is topped with a tomato basil sauce.  This take a little more work to make, but it is worth it.  You will love it as well.


Pasta with Two Sauces

1 large onion (divided use)
4 cloves of garlic, minced (divided use)
1/4 cup olive oil divided use)
1 28 ounce can organic diced tomatoes
1 1/2 tbsp. fresh minced basil
1 tsp. salt (divided use)
8 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
10 ounces of frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
8 ounces freshly grated mozzarella cheese
3 eggs
16 ounces whole grain pasta of your choice (I used spaghetti)

Tomato sauce:
Dice 1/2 of the onion.  Heat half of the olive oil in a pot.  Add the diced onion and 2 cloves of garlic.  Sweat the onions and garlic until onion is translucent. Add tomatoes, basil and 1/2 tsp. salt.  Bring to a boil reduce heat and simmer until half the liquid is gone.  Puree in the blender or with an immersion blender.  Set aside.

White sauce:
Finely dice the other half of the onion.  Heat the other half of the olive oil in a frying pan.  Add the onion and 2 cloves of garlic.  Saute for two to three minutes.  Add the mushrooms.  Stir to incorporate the mushrooms.  Cover and let the mushrooms steam over low heat until tender.  Open cover and let liquid cook down. Remove from heat and cool.  In a large bowl stir together the ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, the other half of the salt and eggs.  Add the mushrooms and spinach stir to combine.

To complete:
Cook the pasta according to package directions.  You will want it slightly under done because it will be bake as well.  When you drain the pasta save 1 cup on the cooking liquid.  Place the pasta back in the pot and pour the white sauce and cooking liquid over top.  Work to combine the pasta and sauce so that the pasta is completely coated and there is spinach throughout.

Pour pasta into a large rectangular baking dish that has been oiled or sprayed.  Spread pasta in an even layer.  Top with an even layer of the tomato sauce.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes.  Or until hot and bubbly all the way through.  Serve it up and enjoy!

A nice dark leafy salad goes great as a side.  This recipe makes enough for eight servings.  Your smart, you know how to cut it in half for four servings.

As always I would love to hear your thoughts on what I have made.
    

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