Pizza Rolls

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Looking for an easy thing to make for lunch?? You can make those cute pizza rolls for lunch. They are easy, yummy and a breeze to make. If you are making too many which is the case with this recipe, you can freeze them and use them as you need them. Much cheaper and a hundred time much healthier than hot pockets;-)

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This recipe was adapted from Appetizers from Taste of Home.

Ingredients for 15-18 Pizza Rolls :

  • 3 cups of italian cheese ( Mixed Italian Cheese, or any other)
  •  8 oz. or 1/2 italian sausage cooked from Jimmy Dean 
  • 1 whole package of pepperoni diced very thinly from Hormel.
  • 1 red pepper diced very thinly as well.
  • 1 medium onion diced very thinly as well.
  • 12 oz. or about 1 /2 jar of tomato sauce
  • 2 eggs ( optional)
  • 2 packs of large wontons
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large 3
  2. photo 4Place the rectangular roulpat over the counter for easy filling and cleaning.
  3. Place the wontons flat onto the 5
  4. With a pastry brush, brush the outer rim of each wonton with water.
  5. Place 1/4 cup of the mixture in the middle of each wonton, and only 1 tsp for the small 1
  6. Roll the wonton over the mixture, and fold the wonton over to roll into a sausage. Fold the sides in to close the “pizza tube”.photo 1
  7. For smaller wontons, you can do the same, or you can press the sides together to make little 2
  8. Place it on the large silpat that you would have placed onto a large perforated sheet.
  9. Repeat the steps until you have used all the mixture.
  10. With the same pastry brush, brush some olive oil over each wonton.
  11. Cook the pizza rolls in the oven for 12-15 minutes at 400. photo 2Serve with more tomato sauce. My son actually likes to eat them with ranch dressing. The combination is quite good, as the sauce counteracts against the spiciness of the pizza. Try it . It is very good!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!

Mexican Pasta Casserole

Sometimes there is time to idle in the grocery store and dream of meals to fix, and other times,  time is so pressed that I have to just come up with something quick and easy to feed my family.

Yesterday was one of those night. My days was so crazy and so busy in fact that I did not have time to go the grocery store. Luckily there was a few things in my fridge…

Ingredients for 6-8: 1 lb of ground Italian sausage ( mild or hot), 1 can of tomato and green chili pepper, 3 cups of milk, 3 tbsp of flour, 2 tbsp of butter, 2 cups of Mexican cheese  blend, 1 cup of pepper jack cheese, 3 cups of dry pasta ( macaroni, penne…)

1. In a large frying pan, warm up 1 tbsp of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the ground sausage and cook. Stir as the sausage cooks. Set aside.

2. Cook the pasta according to directions in boiling water or cook it the fast way using your demarle cookware: in a large round mold, empty 3 cups of dry pasta, 3 cups of water, and ½ tsp of salt. Cover the large round mild with the octagonal silpat and cook in the microwave for 10-12 minutes until they are still a bit al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside.

3. Meanwhile prepare the sauce for the pasta. In a small saucepan, melt 2 tbsp of butter, add 3 tbsp of flour and mix well to make a roux. When the flour is turning brown, add the warm milk and stir at medium temperature until it comes to boil. Cook for another 5 minutes until it thickens. Add the can of tomato ( drained of all its juices), 1 cup of shredded Mexican cheese, 1 cup of Pepper Jack, ¼ tsp of salt, 1/8 tsp of pepper and mix well.

Empty the cook pasta back into the round mold, add the cooked sausage and mix well so that the sausage is well dispersed throughout the dish. Empty the sauce into the pasta and stir to make sure that the cream is  well incorporated. Top the dish with the remainder 1 cup of cheese and cook in the warm oven of 375 for 30 minutes.

Serve with a salad. Et voila!!!

Bon Appetit and Happy Cooking!!!