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Homemade pasta dough

  • 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. olive or salad oil
  • 1 tsp. salt

In large bowl with wooden spoon, stir 2 1/4 cups flour with remaining ingredients to make a stiff dough. On well floured surface knead dough until smooth and not sticky, about 20 minutes. Wrap dough with plastic wrap and let rest 30 minutes for easier rolling. Makes 1 pound noodles.

Basic Tomato Sauce Recipe

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot or 1/2 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 small stalk of celery, including the green tops, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, including the juice, or 1 3/4 pound of fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a large wide skillet on medium heat. Add the chopped onion, carrot, celery and parsley. Stir to coat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are softened and cooked through.2 Remove cover and add the minced garlic. Increase the heat to medium high. Cook for garlic for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, including the juice and shredding them with your fingers if you are using canned whole tomatoes. Add the tomato paste and the basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a low simmer; reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered until thickened, about 15 minutes. If you want you can push the sauce through a food mill, or blend it with an immersion blender, to give it a smooth consistency. Makes 2 1/2 cups of sauce.

Parmesan Garlic Bread

  • 1 loaf (8 oz.) French bread
  • 2 Tbsp. Margarine or butter, softened
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut bread lengthwise in half. Place, cut sides up, in shallow baking pan. Mix margarine and garlic until well blended. Spread evenly onto bread halves; sprinkle with cheeses. Bake15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut each bread half crosswise into 6 slices. Serve warm.