2017-10-18 / Entertainment

Family-Focused Foods: Hearty Meals to Bring the Family Together

FAMILY FEATURES FAMILY FEATURES Gathering the family around the table with delicious, traditional meals is the ultimate combination for many home chefs like Catherine Lowe, winner of the 17th season of ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

Lowe, who partnered as a celebrity spokesperson with Bertolli to create this Roasted Garlic Marinara Braised Chicken with Linguine recipe, enjoys adding authenticity to the table with recipes that provide homemade taste and layers of flavor.

“I pride myself on my strong Italian roots,” Lowe said. “My dad taught me how to cook at a young age, and growing up, it was an event to make and enjoy dinner with his side of the family. It’s important for me to remember and celebrate that heritage.”

Full of hearty vegetables you can see and taste, and inspired by the simple goodness of Tuscan cooking, Bertolli Rustic Cut Pasta sauces help bring homemade flavor to your table. Offered in four varieties – Marinara with Traditional Vegetables, Spicy Marinara with Traditional Vegetables, Roasted Garlic Marinara with Garden Vegetables and Sweet Peppers with Portobello Mushrooms – it’s Lowe’s secret ingredient to helping make family meals more enjoyable.

Find more family-friendly recipes to bring everyone together at bertolli.com.

Roasted Garlic Marinara Braised Chicken with Linguine

Recipe courtesy of Sean and Catherine Lowe
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Servings: 4-6
23 ounces Bertolli Rustic Cut Roasted Garlic
Marinara Sauce
6-8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound whole-wheat linguine
8 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
1/2 cup small diced onion
1/4 cup white wine (optional)
3 ounces baby kale
Parmesan cheese
Heat oven to 350 F.
In 3-quart Dutch oven over medium heat, heat sauce.
Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat
olive oil. Add chicken, skin-side down, and cook
3-5 minutes, or until skin is crisp and deep goldenbrown. Turn chicken over and cook 3-5 minutes until
golden-brown on second side.
Remove chicken from skillet, leaving fat in pan.
Set aside skillet to be used later.
Add chicken to sauce in Dutch oven in single
layer, skin-side up, with skin just above surface of
sauce. Cover and bake 40 minutes. Begin to boil
water for pasta.
Remove cover from Dutch oven and cook in oven
10 minutes.
Cook pasta al dente according to package instructions. Drain.
Heat reserved skillet and fat over medium-high
heat; add cremini mushrooms and onions; saute until
lightly browned. Deglaze with white wine, if desired,
and cook until dry. Add kale to mushrooms and toss
gently to wilt.
Remove Dutch oven from oven and gently transfer
chicken to large plate. Add pasta to sauce in Dutch
oven and stir gently to coat.
Place portion of pasta in pasta bowl and make well
in middle. Spoon mushroom-kale mixture into center
of well and top with one piece of chicken.
Shave Parmesan cheese over dish to finish.
Substitution: Portobello, shiitake or button mushrooms may be used in place of cremini mushrooms.
Tip: Serve with creamy polenta instead of pasta. In
saucepan, combine 2 cups chicken stock, 2 cups milk,
2 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring
to boil and whisk in 1 cup instant polenta and cook,
while stirring, 5 minutes. Add 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
cheese and whisk to combine.
Spoon polenta into serving dish and make a well in
middle. Place mushroom-kale mixture in well. Top with
marinara sauce and one piece of chicken.

Three-Cheese Farmstand Cups

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
2 cups cooked mini penne pasta
1 cup small broccoli florets, cut into
1/2-inch pieces
nonstick cooking spray
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 jar (23 ounces) Bertolli Rustic Cut
Sweet Peppers and Portobello
Mushroom Sauce, divided
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese,
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Heat oven to 375 F. Divide penne pasta and broccoli
evenly between 12 standard muffin cups sprayed with
cooking spray. Whisk in mascarpone until smooth;
gradually whisk in eggs.
Stir in Parmesan, 2 cups sauce and 1/2 cup
mozzarella cheese. Spoon 1/4 cup egg mixture over
pasta and broccoli in each cup; with spoon press
filling down gently. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until set.
Sprinkle tops with remaining mozzarella cheese
halfway through bake time. Let stand 3 minutes
before unmolding. Warm remaining sauce and serve
over top of cups with basil.

Grilled Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 20 minutes Servings: 6

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 1/2 cups (10 ounces) uncooked orzo pasta

1 can (14 1/2 ounces) vegetable broth

1 jar (23 ounces) Bertolli Rustic

Cut Spicy Marinara with

Traditional Vegetables Sauce, divided

6 ounces crumbled feta cheese

1/2 cup (2 ounces) coarsely chopped smoked almonds

1/2 cup chopped fresh mint, divided

6 large red, yellow or orange bell peppers, top 1/2 inch removed and seeded Heat grill to high.

In medium skillet on medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add pasta; cook and stir 2-3 minutes, or until light golden brown. Stir in broth and 1 cup sauce; bring to boil.

Reduce heat to low; cover. Cook 4 minutes, or until pasta is al dente, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in cheese, almonds and 1/4 cup mint. Brush outsides of peppers with remaining oil. Grill 4-6 minutes, or until crisp tender and lightly marked on all sides, turning frequently; cool slightly.

Place peppers in center of 12-by-12- inch square of heavy duty foil. Bring sides of foil up and shape foil around each pepper, leaving tops open. Shape foil into stable base to secure peppers firmly. Keep upright while grilling.

Fill each pepper with 1 tablespoon sauce and about 3/4 cup orzo mixture. Grill peppers 8-10 minutes, or until filling is heated through. Remove from foil. Warm remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining mint before serving with warmed sauce.

To prepare peppers: Heat oven to 400 F. Prepare orzo mixture as directed but do not grill peppers. Fill raw peppers with orzo mixture and place on foil squares. Bring sides of foil up and seal tops to fully enclose each pepper.

Arrange on rimmed baking sheet and bake 20-25 minutes, or until peppers are soft and filling is heated through.

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