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Mozzarella & Arugula Panini

Hi all! Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! Today, I will be sharing a simple yet delicious recipe that I tried from Blue Apron. Mozzarella and Arugula Panini is the perfect go-to recipe to make for lunch or even a simple dinner. It’s filling and healthy, such a win-win. The fact that this can be made in 30 minutes or less is a bonus! Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Ciabatta Rolls
  • 15 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 4 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Arugula
  • Summer Squash
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Black Olives
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Oregano

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Halve the squash lengthwise, then thinly slice crosswise. Using the flat side of your knife, smash the olives; remove and discard the pits, then roughly chop.unnamed-4.jpg
  2. Peel and finely chop the garlic; using the flat side of your knife, smash until it resembles a paste. Halve the rolls. Tear the mozzarella cheese into small pieces.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the squash, olives, vinegar, and up to half the garlic paste. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.unnamed-3.jpg
  4. Set aside to marinate, stirring occasionally, for at least 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. While the squash marinates, in a small pot, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the dried oregano and remaining garlic paste; season with salt and pepper.unnamed-2.jpg
  6. Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the crushed tomatoes; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 6 minutes, or until slightly reduced in volume. Turn off the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.unnamed-5.jpg
  7. Place the rolls on a clean, dry work surface. Spread half the tomato sauceonto the cut sides of the rolls. Top the roll bottoms with half the arugula, the mozzarella cheese, and all but a pinch of the parmesan cheese; season with salt and pepper. Complete the paninis with the roll tops.
  8. In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat a thin layer of oil on medium until hot. Carefully add the paninis. Place a heavy pot on top of the paninis and press down. Cook, occasionally pressing down on the pot, 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until the rolls are lightly browned and the cheese has melted.
  9. (If the pan seems dry, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil before flipping the paninis.) Transfer to a cutting board; immediately season with salt and pepper.
  10. While the paninis cook, to the bowl of marinated squash, add the remaining arugula. Toss to thoroughly combine; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the remaining tomato sauce to a serving dish; garnish with the remaining parmesan cheese.
  11. Cut the cooked paninis in half on an angle. Divide the paninis and salad between 2 dishes. Serve with the tomato sauce on the side. Enjoy!unnamed-7.jpgunnamed-8.jpgunnamed-6.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 2 people.
  • You can add grilled chicken or any other meat if you’d like.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Minestrone Soup

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is having a fantastic week. Today, I will be sharing my recipe on Minestrone Soup. This soup is so delicious and flavorful. It makes for the perfect leftovers. All you have to do is put everything in one pot and let the stove do the work. Very simple, you can add whatever your heart desires, and not a lot of work needed! Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. First, chop all of the vegetables; chop the celery, cut the potatoes in small cubes, slice the carrots, chop the onion, chop the tomatoes, mince the garlic.FullSizeRender-2.jpgFullSizeRender.jpg
  2. Melt butter in a heavy pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, celery, and carrots; saute for a few minutes.
  3. Add beans, tomatoes, 1 spoon of tomato paste, potato, stock, and salt to the pot.FullSizeRender-3.jpg
  4. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat.
  5. Simmer for approximately 45 minutes until vegetables are barely tender.FullSizeRender-4.jpg
  6. Add pasta, and simmer for 30 minutes more.
  7. Add any additional seasoning as needed.
  8. Plate and serve!FullSizeRender-5.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 5 people.
  • You can add as much seasoning as you want and make it as spicy as you want.
  • You can add any source of protein such as chicken, sausage, or even tofu.
  • You can use any broth or beans you’d like.

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz

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Pizza Night with Trash Panda Workshop

It’s pizza night! I love pizza night because the options are limitless. Any topping your heat desires would be delicious. This is such a quick, easy, and fun dinner to make. Leftover pizza makes for the perfect lunch. I used a cutting board custom made from Trash Panda Workshop and I served my pizza on it as well. It’s absolutely beautiful!

FullSizeRender-12.jpgTrash Panda Workshop custom makes cutting boards.
Check out their Instagram out at the link below!

https://www.instagram.com/trashpandaworkshop/

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Ingredients:

  • Flatbread pizza crust
  • Tomato sauce
  • Onion
  • Green pepper
  • Red pepper
  • Mushroom
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Crushed red pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F
  2. While the oven is preheating, slice the onion, green pepper, red pepper, and mushrooms. Set aside.
  3. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the flat bread pizza on the sheet.
  4. Spread about 3 spoonfuls of tomato sauce and spread evenly on the flat bread. FullSizeRender-30.jpg
  5. Sprinkle a little bit of mozzarella cheese.
  6. Add half of the onion, green pepper, and mushrooms.FullSizeRender-27.jpg
  7. Sprinkle more mozzarella cheese.
  8. Add the remaining toppings and more mozzarella cheese.
  9. Sprinkle crushed red pepper.FullSizeRender-28.jpg
  10. Place in oven at 400 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
  11. Slice and serve!FullSizeRender-36.jpgFullSizeRender-37.jpg

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • You can add whatever toppings you want! This varies from meat to other veggies. You can even just make a plain cheese pizza!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

-Mitz

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One Pot Baked Pasta Using Aroma Housewares

Hi everyone! I hope everyone had a fun-filled 4th of July!

Today, I will be sharing my recipe on Baked Alfredo Pasta using Aroma Housewares Dutch Oven. This is a great recipe because you can cook everything in one pot and is perfect for a large group or great for leftovers. It’s very simple and all you need are a few ingredients plus whatever protein you want mixed in! Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • Penne pasta
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Skim ricotta cheese
  • Bread crumbs
  • Garlic
  • Spinach
  • Mushroom
  • Onion
  • Oregano
  • Italian seasoning
  • Parsley

Directions:

  1. Fill the large Aroma Housewares Dutch Oven with water. Bring to boil.
  2. Add the penne pasta and turn the heat to medium-high.
  3. Let the pasta cook until al-dente; about 15 minutes.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, finely chop the garlic, onion, mushrooms, and spinach.
  5. In a large skillet, sauté the vegetables and add half a tablespoon of each of the seasonings.
  6. The onions should be translucent, the mushrooms should be soft, and the spinach should be wilted.FullSizeRender-4.jpg
  7. Once the pasta is cooked to al dente, pour the water out and place the Aroma Housewares Dutch Oven back on the stove.
  8. Preheat the oven to 385 degrees F.
  9. Add about 1/2 a cup of skim ricotta cheese to the pasta and 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  10. Stir to coat evenly.
  11. Add about 1 cup of alfredo sauce and stir to coat the pasta.
  12. Add the sautéed vegetables to the Aroma Housewares Dutch Oven and add more seasoning to taste.FullSizeRender.jpg
  13. Mix well.
  14. Layer the top coat with mozzarella cheese and then a thin layer of bread crumbs.FullSizeRender-5.jpgFullSizeRender-3.jpg
  15. Bake the pasta at 385 degrees F for about 40 minutes and then broil on high for 5 minutes.
  16. Serve and dig in!FullSizeRender-2.jpg

FullSizeRender-6.jpgAroma Housewares Dutch Oven

I absolutely loved using this Dutch Oven from Aroma Housewares! It’s so versatile and easy especially when you can cook everything in one pot. Whether you want to Stew, Bake or Slow Cook, the DoveWare Dutch Oven will not disappoint. With its classic design and versatile usage, you can cook your favorite dishes to perfection almost anywhere. Feel like traditional stew on an open flame? A quick meal in the microwave? Or something completely different? The possibilities are endless!

FullSizeRender-37.jpgTheir products, both sensible and unique, continually improve the kitchen experiences for cooks of all skill levels. They are the top of the line, and with simplicity and elegance Aroma’s products offer a great time cooking to anyone who uses them. The high standard performance of our cookware is guaranteed to remain over time while still providing delicious results use after use.

FullSizeRender-33.jpgAroma Housewares products are:

  • 100% Natural Materials
  • Non-Reactive Earthen Clay
  • Thermal Shock Resistant (Safe directly from freezer to hot oven)
  • Easy Clean-Up (Dishwasher safe)
  • Heat Retention (Cookware retains heat to serve food warm)
  • Versatile Cooking (microwave, oven, and stovetop)

Check out their pages below!

http://www.aroma-housewares.com

http://www.aroma-housewares.com/cookware/doveware/index.html

https://www.facebook.com/AromaHousewares/

https://www.instagram.com/aromahousewares/

https://www.youtube.com/user/AromaHousewares

https://www.instagram.com/aromahousewares/

 

Suggestions, Substitutions, Tips & Tricks:

  • This recipe serves about 5 people.
  • You can add whatever you want in the pasta! Chicken, turkey, the possibilities are endless!
  • Of course, you can even use tomato sauce, but I personally liked alfredo better.

Baked pasta is one of my favorite go to recipes if I’m ever craving pasta. The top layer becomes crunchy yet the bottom later is delicious and creamy. Yummy!

Tag me on Instagram, @cookingwithovenmitz, if you do make it. I would love to see your version of it. Click follow and hit the like button to keep updated on new recipes!

-Mitz

 

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Yummy Panetteria Clemente

Starting my morning with some Panetteria Clemente biscuits! They’re super delicious and a perfect snack alongside your morning/afternoon tea/coffee. The variety of flavors will surely satisfy your taste buds.FullSizeRender-4.jpg

“Taralli ” are made from all natural ingredients and genuine experience. Accompanied by technology, Clemente Biscottificio makes it possible for all to enjoy this family tradition. A traditional taralli snack that gives you the true taste of Puglia.FullSizeRender-2.jpgFullSizeRender-3.jpg

Go check them out at the links below.

https://clementebiscottificio.info
https://www.instagram.com/panetteriaclemente/
https://www.facebook.com/PanetteriaClemente/

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See you next Wednesday!

– Mitz