GCC: Steak Pizzaiola

This weeks Gutsy Cook choice used chuck steak as the star of this dish, and then braise it under this rich spicy tomato sauce.  The results were simply magical in our house.  At the end of a 2-hour oven stay, the meat was pull apart tender, infused with this rich taste of tomatoes with a kick of spice.  What could be better than that for a lazy weekend meal? Nothing, it hit the right spot with our taste buds.

We love the idea of making a big bowl of rigatoni to go along with this; instead we opted to make some mashed potatoes to soak up that sauce after we found out our pantry was low on pasta and no rigatoni option to be found.

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GCC: Spaghetti al Limone

I’m going to start with a quick apology.

I have been so absent from posting because, well… I have been absent from cooking.  The past two weeks I have been basically living on cereal and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Did you know that if you melt a bit of cheese on your skillet and then put your toasted grilled cheese on top, you get the best crust EVER?

Try it – you will never see a grilled cheese sandwich the same again.

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Agnolotti with Tomato Alfredo Sauce

This is simple and easy.. why? Because the ingredients are all pre-made and when you are in a hurry, trust me buying at the supermarket makes sense.

Now I'm old school, make it from scratch, because well there is nothing better than homemade.  But, I have to be realistic as well... I sometimes don't have the time to make from scratch. I do however have time to take the supermarket bought stuff and modify it to make it taste like I been in the kitchen slaving away all day long.

This recipe is going to be one of those times.   You will need:

1 package of Buitoni Quattro Formaggi Agnolotti 
1 container of Buitoni Alfredo Sauce
1 fresh tomato, diced up into small pieces
1 cup of fresh baby spinach leaves
1-2 tablespoons of heavy cream or milk (if needed)
2-3 tablespoon of butter
Salt and Pepper to taste (I use cracked pepper)
Parmesan Cheese to taste
In a deep pot, place water over the stove to boil for the fresh Agnolotti.  When water starts to boil season with salt and pour the Agnolotti, cook until a bit al dente or follow the package instructions.
On a skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter, once its bubbling, throw the dice tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and stir, let them cook until they are soft, about 2 minutes or so.  Then add the fresh spinach and stir once more.  The spinach will quickly start to wilt, season with a bit of salt and pepper again.

Next step is to pour the Alfredo Sauce over it and mix together... if the consistency is too thick, add 1 or 2 tablespoon of the heavy cream or milk.  Stir together and taste, if needed add a bit of salt and pepper.  You can also add a bit of parmesan cheese at this point too.  The end results will be a creamy, smooth sauce.

By this point, your Agnolotti should be done.  Take from the pan and using a spoon start adding the pasta to the sauce.  Slowly move them around and coat each of them.

Served on a bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!