Monday, December 14, 2009

Salami, Mozzarella, and Arugula Sandwich

2 mini ciabatta loaves
8 arugula leaves
16 salami slices
1 ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced into 8 slices

Make It:
Preheat broiler to high. Cut each loaf in half then slice open. On each piece of ciabatta place 2 pieces of salami then one piece of mozzarella. Place all on a cookie sheet under broiler, broil until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Take out and put 2 arugula leaves on four of the salami, cheese halves. Make sandwiches by placing the non arugula halves on the other halves. Lightly press together. Enjoy!

Pasta e fagioli

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
8 ounces shell noodles
28 ounces diced tomatoes
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
5 cups beef broth
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 1/4 teaspoons black pepper
2 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley

Make It:
Heat a large skillet over med high heat, add ground beef and break up with a spoon while it browns. Heat a large soup pot over medium heat, add vegetable oil, add onion, carrots, and celery to pan. Once beef is browned throughout, drain of grease and add to pot with vegetables. Stir to combine and add tomatoes to pot. Simmer for ten minutes. Add all the other ingredients to the pot, stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Enjoy!