Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In saucepan add olive oil, shallot and garlic. Lightly brown. Add tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and add Basil Pesto. Puree till smooth with hand blender. Add sage. Let simmer. In seperate pan brown ground beef and drain. -In baking dish, coat with a spoonful of sauce. Add first layer of noodles, sprinkle on ground beef, then cheese and then add a couple of spoonfuls of sauce. Repeat two times. On top layer finish generously with cheese. Cover with foil. Remove foil after 35 mins or when bubbling. Continue cooking till cheese is brown.
Our set-and-forget version of this classic Easter dish is a win-win: Your oven is free to make the holiday ham and the slow cooker's gentle heat creates incredibly tender and creamy potatoes. You'll need at least a six-quart slow cooker for this recipe.
Portion size16 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: April 2015
peeled and cut in scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick rounds
trimmed, cored and thinly sliced
whipping cream 35%
per serving: about
Total fat9 g
Saturated fat6 g
Total carbohydrate26 g
In large bowl, gently toss together potatoes, fennel, thyme, garlic, salt and pepper until well combined. In small bowl, whisk cream with potato starch until smooth.
In lightly greased slow cooker, layer half of the potato mixture. Sprinkle with one- quarter of the Gruyère and half of the bacon. Pour in half of the cream mixture. Top with remaining potato mixture, another quarter of the Gruyère and the remaining bacon and cream mixture.
Cover and cook on high until potatoes are tender, about 4-1/2 hours. Turn off slow cooker; sprinkle with remaining Gruyère. Cover and let stand until cheese is melted and some of the liquid has absorbed, about 15 minutes.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: We've made this dish without gluten by using potato starch as a thickener, but feel free to substitute with all-purpose flour if gluten isn't a concern for your guests.
Think it's impossible to make lasagna on a weeknight? This dynamic mix of veggies and pasta still delivers comforting flavour but comes together quickly because there's no fussy layering.
Prep time15 minutes
Total time25 minutes
Portion size4 servings
Per serving: about
Total fat19 g
Saturated fat8 g
Total carbohydrate51 g
Break lasagna noodles into thirds. In large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook noodles according to package instructions until al dente, 7 to 9 minutes; drain. Meanwhile, chop half of the basil; stir with ricotta. Set aside.
In cast-iron or ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Using vegetable peeler, slice zucchini and carrot lengthwise into long ribbons; cook until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add noodles and pasta sauce; simmer, stirring occasionally, until warm, about 3 minutes.
Sprinkle with mozzarella; dollop with ricotta mixture. Bake in 475°F oven until mozzarella is melted, 7 to 10 minutes. Tear remaining basil into small pieces; sprinkle over top.
Tip from The Test Kitchen: Looking for a flavourful way to increase your veggie intake? Double the quantity of zucchini and carrot while omitting the noodles in this recipe.
There are few things more comforting than a bowl of rich, creamy seafood chowder. Sweet, licorice-like fennel naturally complements the seafood. Serve with oyster crackers or crusty bread and a simple green salad for a complete meal.
Portion size8 servings
Credits :Canadian Living Magazine: November 2014
cored and diced
peeled and diced
and cayenne pepper
bottle clam juice
whipping cream 35%
skinless salmon fillets
cut in 3/4-inch (2 cm) chunks
(about 24) peeled and deveined
(about 120 g), halved horizontally
per each of 8 servings: about
Total fat23 g
Saturated fat9 g
Total carbohydrate16 g
In slow cooker, combine fennel, potatoes, onion, celery, bay leaves, thyme, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper; stir in clam juice and 2 cups water. Cover and cook on low until fennel and potatoes are tender, about 8 hours.
Discard bay leaves. Whisk cream with cornstarch until smooth; stir into slow cooker. Stir in salmon, shrimp and scallops. Cover and cook on high until slightly thickened and fish flakes easily when tested with fork, about 30 minutes. Gently stir in parsley.