Light Alfredo

Ingredients:
1/4 onion, chopped
1/4 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 c skim milk
1/4 c chicken broth
2 1/4 tsp all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
2 TBS grated parmesan cheese
1/4 lb fettuccini
2 lb broccoli

Directions:
1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, and saute until golden brown.
2. In a small saucepan, stir together milk, chicken broth, flour, salt, and pepper over low heat until smooth and thick. Stir into onion mixture. Continue to cook over medium low heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce is thick. Stir in parmesan cheese.
3. Meanwhile, boil broccoli in boiling water. After several minutes, add pasta.
4. Drain the pasta and broccoli, and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with sauce. Serve.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Ingredients:
2 c shredded mozzarella
1/2 c sour cream
1/4 c grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp pepper
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese
1/2 of 10 oz. package of frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
tortilla chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a bowl, combine everything EXCEPT 1/2 c of the mozzarella, 2 TBS of parmesan cheese, and chips.
3. Spoon mixture into baking dish, sprinkle with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese.
4. Bake mixture at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until warm and bubbly.
5. Serve warm with chips.

Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan

Servings: 8

Ingredients:
12 c cauliflower florets (about 2 heads)
1 1/2 TBS olive oil
1 TBS chopped parsley
2 tsp chopped thyme
2 tsp chopped tarragon
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2 TBS fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
2. Place cauliflower in a large roasting pan or jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with oil; toss well to coat. Bake at 450 F for 20 minutes or until tender and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, thyme, tarragon, and garlic. Bake 5 minutes. Combine cauliflower mixture, cheese, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well to combine.

Mushroom Orzo

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 c butter, divided
8 pearl onions
1 c uncooked orzo pasta
1/2 c sliced fresh mushrooms
1 c water
1/2 c white wine
fresh garlic
salt and pepper
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 c fresh parsley

DIRECTIONS:
1.  Melt 1/2 the butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Stir in the onions, and cook until golden brown.  Mix in orzo, mushrooms, and remaining butter.  Cook and stir 5 minutes, until butter is melted and mushrooms are tender.
2.  Pour water and wine into the skillet, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low.  Season with garlic, salt and pepper.  Cook 7 to 10 minutes, until orzo is al dente.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese and parsley to serve.

Focaccia Flat Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, sugar, yeast, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, basil and black pepper. Mix in the vegetable oil and water.
  2. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Punch dough down; place on greased baking sheet. Pat into a 1/2 inch thick rectangle. Brush top with olive oil. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Spinach and Artichoke al Forno

Ingredients:
2 Cups Canned artichokes, drained and rinsed
2 Cups Sautéed spinach, drained and chopped into ¼” pieces
3 Tbs. Olive Oil
¼ Cup Sun-Dried tomatoes, rough chop
2 Cups Asiago Cheese, shredded
½ Cup Scallions, sliced
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Tbs. Parmesan cheese, grated
Pepper to taste

Instructions:
Pre-heat the oven to 350°. Rough chop artichokes & spinach to 1/4″. Saute Spinach in olive oil until wilted; season with salt & pepper. Place artichokes, tomatoes, spinach and scallions in a mixing bowl with grated Asiago cheese and cream. Mix with a spatula until all ingredients are incorporated. Spread the filling evenly into an oven-proof dish and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Place dish in the center of the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until center reaches 165°. Serve with your choice of crackers, chips or toasted baguette. Serves 6.

Balsamic Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • 8 roma (plum) tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 loaf French bread, toasted and sliced

Directions

  1. In a bowl, toss together the tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese, and garlic. Mix in the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. Serve on toasted bread slices.