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Italian Pasta Salad

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Begin with the Cucumber and Tomato Salad, I use the long green onions instead of slicing a whole sweet onion for this dish. You will need one whole bottle of Garlic Expressions.

Add about 1/2 cup diced ham or meat of your choice (pepperoni etc) sometimes I use both.

add 1 can of drained pitted black olives

about 1/3  of a whole, red, yellow and green pepper, diced. (all three kinds)

a bunch of green onions, thinly sliced (about 1/4 cup)

8 0z cubed mozzarella cheese

8 0z cubed colby/jack cheese

about 6-8 oz of your favorite pasta. I prefer shells. (cooked and drained)

toss drained and cooled pasta with about 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Combine all and toss gently. This is one of those that gets better with age so you can make it the day before.  Want it extra special? Try adding some small cubes of pepper jack cheese, or a blended herb and garlic cheese.  Also, really goes over well at potlucks etc.!  You can easily double or triple the recipe and make a huge batch. Just remember to buy enough Garlic Expressions if you do! The sauce definitely makes this special!

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Lasagna

                           Lasagna! This easy recipe will convince your loved one you spent hours slaving in the hot kitchen,  just for them!

The following ingredients are listed in the order I layer them. Make sure the pan you are using is deep enough to accomodate several layers. But not so big that the filling layers are thin.  I normally use an  8×8 for this recipe.  larger and the fillings are too spread out.

Cooked lasagna noodles. Start with one layer in the bottom of the pan.  If you spray nonstick cooking spray in the bottom it will  be easier to remove pieces when finished.

2 lbs Sweet Italian Sausage,  cooked.   4 Italian sausage brats, cooked and sliced into about 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices.  Add 2 large cans of sliced  mushrooms, drained of all liquid.

place a layer of cooked lasagna noodles over this.

this is the cheese filling.  1/2 10 oz box frozen spinach.  2 tbs minced garlic. 1 -12 oz container ricotta cheese. 1- 24 oz container small curd cottage cheese.  1/4 cup parmesean cheese.  I use my mixer to mix, adding the spinach last (thawed and drained first).

place a layer of cooked lasagna noodles over this.

2 jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce.  I generally use a  chunky style with pieces of tomato, and other garden veggies.    1 small bag frozen chopped green and red peppers.  If you can’t find these, use fresh and if you don’t like them leave them out.  1/2 thinly sliced sweet onion.

pour 1 jar of spaghetti sauce mixture, (if you used the peppers and onions) over the top.   Cover with 1/4 cup parmesean cheese and about 1 8 oz pkg mozzarella cheese.   cook for about 30- 45 min in 400 degree preheated oven. or til cheese is melted and starting to brown on top.

when cheese is beginning to brown, remove from oven and let it set at least 15 min before attempting to cut into nice size pieces.  If you try to cut this too soon, it will fall apart.   remove from pan with a large spatula.  just before serving, place on a deep plate, and pour some spaghetti sauce on the plate around it.

add some bread sticks with garlic butter or garlic bread and yummmy!!!