Homemade Organic Baked Margharita Penne Pasta

I have greatly modified this recipe from All Things Mac and Cheese.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups dry organic penne pasta
  • 5 Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 3 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 1 cup Homemade Organic Sweet Whey
  • 1 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded organic mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp. organic dried basil
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground organic white pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups freshly diced organic tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup sliced organic green onions
  • 1 recipe Homemade Organic Margharita Topping

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring 1 gallon of water and 1 tsp. Real Salt to a boil; Add the pasta and cook for 6-8 minutes, not to al dente, drain and place into an 8x8x2″ baking dish.
  3. Melt the butter in a chef’s saucepan until warm and add the flour; Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Whisk in the whey/milk little by little until all of it is incorporated into the roux.
  5. Add the mozzarella a handful at a time and stir until melted.
  6. Stir in the salt, basil and white pepper until well blended.
  7. Add the tomatoes, green onions and cheese sauce to the pasta and stir until well comined.
  8. Sprinkle the Homemade Organic Margharita Topping over the casserole.
  9. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes at 350° Fahrenheit.
  10. Enjoy!

 

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Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Cheesy Enchilada

Here’s What You’ll Need:

For the Enchilada Skillet:

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 3 Tbsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 2 Tbsp. organic pasture butter
  • 3/4 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Sweet Whey
  • 3/4 cup shredded organic cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. organic blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. organic freshly ground white pepper

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Prepare the Rice:  Place the rice, home rendered tallow/organic pasture butter, 1 tsp. Real Salt,1-1/2 cups of vegetable stock and 1-1/2 cups of beef stock into a 1 quart saucepan with lid; Cover, bring to a boil then immediately reduce the heat and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
  2. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Meat Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix, onions, bell pepper and tomatoes.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic; Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 5.
  3. Brown the ground meat in a saucepan until halfway done.
  4. Add the onions, bell pepper, tomatoes and garlic and saute with the ground beef for 6 to 7 minutes until the beef is brown and the onions are clear.
  5. Add 1/2 cup beef stock, 1/2 cup vegetable stock and 2 Tbsp. tomato paste; Stir well.
  6. Add the taco seasoning, paprika, chili pepper powder, red pepper flakes (if using), turmeric and 1-1/2 tsp. salt; Stir well.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the brown rice is fully cooked.
  8. While the dish is simmering, make the cheese sauce:  In a chef’s saucepan, warm the 2 Tbsp. butter until bubbly; Add the flour, 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper; Cook for 1-2 minutes over medium heat.  Pour 3/4 cup milk into the flour mixture and stir until well combined; cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, or until it begins to thicken.  Add the cheeses to the thickened mixture a little at a time while stirring to blend; Make sure to stir often or the sauce will try to burn. Cover and leave on lowest heat setting to keep warm until needed.  (DO NOT cook on higher than a medium temperature!)
  9. Add the cooked rice to the skillet and stir to combine.
  10. Drizzle the cheese sauce on top of the rice mixture.
  11. Top with Homemade Organic Pickled Jalapenos and/or green onions, if desired.
  12. Enjoy!

 

Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Bacon Cheeseburger

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a deep frying pan with lid, cook the bacon until crispy; Reserve the bacon grease in the pan, remove the bacon from the pan, cut it into small pieces, and set aside.
  2. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Beef Mix or Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Pork Mix:  Pour 1/2 cup water into a deep frying pan with lid; Add the frozen meat mix and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover, then add the mushrooms (if using), tomatoes, and garlic; Break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces. Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 5.
  3. Brown the meat in the frying pan used for the bacon until halfway done.
  4. Add the tomatoes, onions, mushrooms (if using) and garlic, then saute with the ground meat for 6 to 7 minutes until the onions are clear.
  5. Pour in the beef stock, vegetable stock, whey and milk.
  6. Add the macaroni or cavatelli, stir well.
  7. Stir in the salt, pepper, turmeric, and cayenne (if using).
  8. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the noodles are al-dente, approximately 16-22 minutes; Stir occasionally.
  9. Stir in the cheddar, ricotta and blue cheeses, allowing them to melt into the dish.
  10. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Medium Chunky Tomato Salsa

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup 1/2″ diced fresh organic tomatoes
  • 1 cup 1/2″ diced organic yellow onion
  • 2-3 organic garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 3 Tbsp. jarred organic tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup 1/2″ diced organic green bell peppers
  • 2 Tbsp. Homemade Organic Pickled Jalapeno brine
  • 1 Tbsp. organic 100% lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 2 tsp. organic cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. organic red chili pepper powder
  • 1/16 tsp. organic cayenne pepper (optional)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Add all ingredients to a 2 quart sauce pot; Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 40 to 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Place salsa into a glass jar with a tight fitting lid and keep in the refrigerator.
  4. This recipe makes 2 cups of salsa.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Pasta Puttanesca

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 lb. dry organic spaghetti
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt (plus a pinch for the spaghetti)
  • 2 Tbsp. organic olive oil
  • 1 organic garlic clove, minced
  • 1 medium organic tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup pureed Homemade Organic Olive Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 cup sliced organic Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 cup sliced organic green olives stuffed with garlic
  • 1/4 cup sliced organic peperoncini (optional)
  • 4-6 wild caught anchovy filets, chopped
  • 2 tsp. organic capers
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 1/2 tsp. organic red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chopped organic fresh parsley; OR 2 Tbsp. organic dried parsley flakes

Here’s How I do it:

  1. In a large stock pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil with a pinch of salt; Add pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until al dente.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the olive oil over medium heat until warm and bubbly; Add the minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the tomatoes, olives, anchovies, capers, peperoncini (if using), red pepper flakes (if using), and black pepper.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and cook, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes, or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally.
  5. Spoon sauce over spaghetti and toss to coat; Sprinkle with parsley.
  6. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Spicy Italian Tomato Sauce

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3 Tbsp. Homemade Organic Lard; OR organic olive oil
  • 1 medium organic yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 medium organic tomato, diced small
  • 1 cup organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 1/4 cup sliced organic pickled pepperoncini
  • 1/2 cup organic peperoncini brine (from the jar of pickled pepperoncini)
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Simmer the onions in the fat/oil until translucent, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, water, pickled peperoncini brine, pepperoncini, and salt.
  3. Simmer for 60-90 minutes, or until desired thickness is reached.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Red Enchilada Sauce with Long Hot Peppers

Here’s what you need:

  • 4 cups Homemade Organic Chicken Stock or Homemade Organic Beef Stock(preferred)
  • 2 cups organic crushed tomatoes, or diced organic tomatoes with juice
  • 2 cups organic yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 large organic garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 organic long hot pepper
  • 4 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. organic dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt, or to taste
  • organic freshly ground peppercorn blend, to taste

Here’s how I do it:

  1. Put water in a kettle and boil it.
  2. Heat up a medium frying pan to really high heat.
  3. Add the cut long hot pepper (seeds and all if you like it hotter!) to the pan.
  4. Press down on the pepper pieces and cook for 3 minutes on each side.
  5. Transfer the charred chilies to a bowl and reserve the soaking liquid.
  6. Add boiling hot water to the bowl and cover with another bowl or plate to prevent them from floating.
  7. Set a timer and allow the chilies to soak for 30 minutes; While the chilies are soaking, proceed to the next step in the recipe.
  8. Place some schmaltz (if using chicken stock) or tallow (if using beef stock) into a frying pan.
  9. Once the oil is warm enough, add the onions and cook for 5 minutes.
  10. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 5 minutes until the onions brown slightly.
  11. You may still have to wait for the chilies to finish soaking.
  12. Next, I transfer the chilies, garlic and onions to a half-gallon mason jar.
  13. Add the tomato puree and stock to the jar.
  14. I get out my immersion blender and I blend everything into a thick liquid.
  15. You can strain the liquid into the frying pan, or just dump it all in if you want a hotter sauce.
  16. Add the cumin and oregano to the sauce, mix well and bring to a boil.
  17. Reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 30 minutes.
  18. If the sauce isn’t warm enough for you, you can add the soaking liquid to the sauce.
  19. I generally can the extra sauce as freezing it will make it hotter.
  20. Enjoy!