White Lasagna

The Spicy Olive’s Creamy White Chicken Lasagna

 This is a delicious dinner option that works for weeknights or a special romantic night. If you want to make it really special you could replace the chicken with cooked lobster!
The Spicy Olive’s Creamy White Sauce Lasagna
9 lasagna noodles
1/4 cup The Spicy Olive’s Spicy Calabrian Pesto Infused Olive Oil
1/4 cup of The Spicy Olive’s Tuscan Herb Olive Oil
1 finely chopped onion
1 minced clove garlic
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups chicken broth
1 ½ cups milk
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups ricotta cheese
2 cups cubed, cooked chicken meat
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 7 to 8 minutes. Drain, and rinse with cold water.
In sauce pan over medium heat Pesto and Oregano Olive Oil cook the onion and garlic in until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and salt, and simmer until bubbly. Mix in the broth and milk, and boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Season with the basil and ground black pepper, remove from heat, and set aside.
Spread 1/3 of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer with 1/3 of the noodles, the ricotta, and the chicken. Arrange 1/3 of the noodles over the chicken, and layer with 1/3 of the sauce mixture, spinach, and the remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Arrange remaining noodles over cheese, and spread remaining sauce evenly over noodles. Sprinkle with parsley and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven.

The Spicy Olive’s Sesame Chicken Pasta

This recipe is adapted from “As Old As Time” Cookbook available at The Spicy Olive. We changed up the recipe a bit by adding chicken to make it a main dish instead of a side dish.

If you are vegetarian, leave the chicken out and add more of your favorite vegetables.

This dish is also delicious served cold and great to take to pot locks to share with friends!

Strawberry Pasta Salad

The Spicy Olive’s Strawberry Pasta Salad

Here is a great side dish for your summer BBQs, pool parties or other gatherings! Delicious summer strawberries highlight this warm weather salad!

The Spicy Olive’s Mandarin Pasta Salad

This is the perfect pasta salad for pot luck dinners and summer parties! This one is also a salad that kids love! Add grilled chicken to make this main dish instead of a side.

The Mandarin Pasta salad has an Asian flare because it is dressed with our Honey Ginger balsamic but to play up the Mandarin tangerine flavor, I used The Spicy Olive’s Mandarin olive oil. It is packed with delicious citrus flavor and is the perfect compliment. If our Mandarin olive oil is not available (it is a seasonal olive oil) our Blood Orange olive oil is a great substitute!

The Spicy Olive’s Mushroom and Smoked Gouda Pasta

The Spicy Olive’s Wild Mushroom and Sage Chicken and Noodles

The Spicy Olive's One Pan

The Spicy Olive’s Tuscan One Pan Pasta

The Spicy Olive's Smoked Salmon Linguine

The Spicy Olive’s Smoked Salmon Linguine

This is one of my favorite recipes!

The Spicy Olive's Kale & Italian Saus

The Spicy Olive Garbanzo Bean, Sausage, and Kale Pasta

Recipes From February 2016 Newsletter

February Recipes
 The Spicy Olive’s Baklouti Green Chili Cornbread
Great served with chili on Super Bowl Sunday!

Ingredients
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 cups whole milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup Baklouti Chili Olive Oil
8 ounces sharp grated Cheddar, 2 ounces reserved
1/3 cup chopped scallions, +2 tablespoons reserved
2 tablespoons (1 small pepper) seeded finely diced fresh Anaheim pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 9″inch baking pan with Baklouti Olive Oil.
Directions
Combine the flour, cornmeal, honey, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, eggs, and Baklouti Olive Oil. With a wooden spoon, stir the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix in the grated Cheddar, scallions and Anaheim peppers.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and sprinkle with the reserved grated Cheddar and extra chopped scallions. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and cut into large squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

The Spicy Olive’s Basil Lime Salad Dressing

2 Tablespoons The Spicy Olive’s Basil Olive oil
1 1/2 Tablespoons The Spicy Olive’s Persian Lime Olive oil
2 Tablespoons The Spicy Olive’s Premium White Balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper to taste
Whisk together and drizzle over green salad, fruit salad or a tomato salad.

 
The Spicy Olive’s Italian Pasta Bake 

2 Tablespoons The Spicy Olive’s Tuscan Herb olive oil
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 onion, slivered
1 sweet red pepper, sliced
1 pkg. mushrooms sliced
1 pkg. pasta, rotini or such, cooked and drained
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Saute the red pepper, mushrooms and onion in the Tuscan Herb olive oil until tender. Remove from pan and place in casserole dish. Place sausage in pan and cook until done and browned. Add tomatoes and cook until warm. Add the vegetables back to pan. Place cooked pasta in casserole dish and top with sausage and vegetable mixture. Add 1/2 cheese and stir to mix and top with the rest of the cheese. Place in 375 degree oven and cook until heated through and cheese on top is browned.

The Spicy Olive’s Macerated Berries 

2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup The Spicy Olive’s Dark Chocolate balsamic
2-3 Tablespoons Basil olive oil
1 bunch fresh basil leaves, sliced in slivers

Place strawberries in a bowl.  Add Chocolate balsamic, basil olive oil and basil leaves.
Serve over pound cake, angel food cake or ice cream and top with whipped cream.