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Lasagna with Bechamel Sauce

lasagnaSomething to cook for Valentine’s day. My husband’s favorite pasta dish has got to be lasagna. Whenever we have guests, he makes this special request and I tell him that it gets to be boring. Well, I think lasagna is an all-time favorite for most pinoys. Lasagna involves three steps: The tomato meat sauce, boiling the pasta and the preparation of the bechamel sauce.

Let’s make the Bechamel sauce first:

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup flour
2 cans evaporated milk (i can is equivalent to 225 ml or 1 cup)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

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Quick & easy recipe: Creamy Carbonara in an Instant

The Real Carbonara Spaghetti is not really creamy. The noodles are coated in eggs and cheese. There is another way to cook Spaghetti Carbonara using processed foods at the grocery. This is really handy when you suddenly have guests that arrive or you are a beginner in cooking. The canned goods comprise of canned mushroom soup, cream, ham, bacon and fetuccine noodles. You are also assured that the taste will come out a best seller. Try this next time when you have surprise guests. Here is the creamy carbonara recipe:

Ingredients

2 cans Creamed of Mushroom Soup (preferably Campbell)
250 ml All Purpose Cream (Nestle)
200 grams sweet ham, in small squares
200 grams bacon, shredded
Spinach Fettucine (400 grams noodles are green and I like the contrast of the white creamy carbonara sauce against the green noodles)
1 head garlic
a dash of nutmeg
a dash of pepper
Olive Oil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese for topping

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Chicken Cannelloni

This recipe came from my sister, Lorna who modified it many times. I forgot to take a close-up photo of the Cannelloni dish but it’s the rectangular pyrex on the table. The great thing about Cannelloni is that I can prepare it a day before , freeze it and heat it on Christmas Day itself. It takes the stress away from cooking so many dishes in one day.

Cannelloni usually refers to rectangular pasta sheets that are rolled with a filling. However, sometimes the pasta dough is replaced with a cooked crepe, generally 3 to 4 inches in length and once rolled, one inch in diameter. After cooking the crepe (or boiling the pasta), it is typically filled with a savory stuffing which may include ricotta cheese, spinach, and various meats. It is then covered with a sauce, typically classic tomato or bechamel sauce, although many variations exist.

(wikipedia)

My Cannelloni version uses Bechamel sauce, chicken and ready made pasta as shown below:

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Let me now share with you this very tasty dish that will surely make your family and relatives rave on your cooking skills.

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Procedure

Buy a box of Cannelloni pasta (photo shown above and can be bought at Rustan’s Supermarket). If you can’t find a box of Cannelloni Pasta, see below for the substitute pasta.

1 . Prepare Filling

1 kilo Chicken breast, boiled , flaked and chopped finely (set aside chicken broth)
1 can Ma Ling Luncheon Meat, grated
1 small can Liver spread
1/2 cup or (1/2 bar) butter
2 heads garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped

2. Prepare Bechamel Sauce.

3/4 cup (or 3/4 bar) buter
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cup chicken broth
2 (8 oz) cans or 2 cups evaporated milk
1 onion, chopped

    • (a) Melt butter in heavy pan. Cook onions until transparent
    • (b) All at once, add flour and mix well with a wire whisk or wooden spoon.
    • (c) Slowly add broth, making sure that (b) is mixed wel with (c). Then add milk.
    • (d) Cook until thick. Don’t forget to lower fire when sauce is about to thicken.

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(e) Season with salt and pepper.

3. Melt butter in kawali. Put in garlic and summer until light brown. Add onion and cook until transparent. Add chicken meat, luncheon meat, and liver spread. Add Bechamel sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Set Aside.

To assemble

1. Grease pyrex with oil or butter.
2. Pour enough Bechamel sauce on the pyrex dish enough to cover the bottom
3. Slowly add the filling into the cannelloni pasta. Carefully add the pasta and line them up in the pyrex dish until the whole pyrex is filled up to one layer of the pasta.
4. Pour the rest of the sauce just enough to cover the pasta.
5. Top with grated cheese.
6. Bake at 450 F for 20- 30 minutes. Or Freeze when mixture has cooled. Defrost in refrigerator or room temperature 3 hours before baking.

If you can’t find the Cannelloni Pasta, here is a substitue

1. Use large wonton wrappers.

2. Boil water. Add a little oil.

3. Use 2 wrappers at a time. When cooked, lift with slotted spoon.

4. Lie them on kitchen towels.

5. To assemble: Roll wonton wrapper with filling and line up in pyrex. Pour 1/2 of sauce, Repeat procedure until you have 2 layers on the pyrex dish (unlike the original cannelloni dough). Pour rest of the sauce. Top with grated cheese.

Anchovy and Caper Pasta

anchoy-caper-pastaWho says cooking has to be labor-intensive? Preparing filipino dishes can entail so much preparation and if you are feeling lazy, there are alternatives like easy to cook recipes that are just as delicious. I got invited to a Dona Elena Cuisenra Club cooking demo on “Easy to Cook Recipes” at the Podium last saturday with a presentation of 3 easy to cook recipes. Even your teenage kids or siblings can prepare this pasta dish. I have prepared a similar pasta in the past and my kids loved it. This attractive dish can also be great for parties or when you suddenly have surprise guests. You don’t need to call fastfood chains to deliver food to your home.

Ingredients

1/4 cup Dona Elena Pure Olive Oil
10 pieces Garlic cloves, peeled
1 Tablespoon Chili flakes (dried)- this is optional if you don’t like spicy dishes
20 pieces Dona Elena Anchovy Fillets (you can substitute with spanish sardines)
2 cups Cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup Dona Elena Capers, drained.
To taste salt and pepper
250 grams Penne Pasta
for garnish, parsley chopped
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