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Recipe Thursday-Spicy Baked Macaroni with Fresh Mozzarella, Kale and Mushrooms

Posted on February 28th, 2013 | Posted in Casserole, Main Course, Recipes

I created this recipe, Spicy Baked Macaroni with Fresh Mozzarella, Kale and Mushrooms, when my father gave me a nice ball of fresh mozzarella and fresh basil! I had been wanting to make a baked ziti so this ended up being the perfect opportunity to make a similar dish. I ended up not having ziti cut pasta in my pantry so macaroni was the substitute. This is a very simple recipe that allows you to get creative with ingredients. If you do not have one of the veggies that I used look in your fridge or freezer to see if there are any other similar veggies or meats. Sliced pepperoni and Italian sausage are always nice additions to baked ziti. Enjoy!

Spicy Baked Macaroni with Fresh Mozzarella, Kale and Mushrooms

Baked Ziti-Hometown Provisions

Yield 4 Servings
1 tablespoon olive oil (992055)
3 medium cloves garlic, minced or grated with a microplane (about 1 tablepoon) (991057)
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (CQP100)
30 ounces tomato sauce (990319)
1 pound mushorooms, rinsed and sliced (1/4″)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (CQS030/CQP071)
1 ½ cup chicken broth (331101)
3 cups kale, chopped
3 cups uncooked macaroni (991566)
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese (LCF701)
1/4 cup Maggio ricotta (HPH203)
1 cup fresh mozzarella, grated (775757)
½ cup picked fresh basil leaves, cut into strips

Adjust oven rack to center position and treheat the oven to 400°F.

Heat the oil in an oven-safe 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the garlic and chili flakes and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant but not browned, about 30 seconds. Add the tomato sauce, mushrooms and a pinch salt and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer, until the sauce has thickened and the mushrooms have cooked slightly, about 10 minutes. Add broth and kale and bring to a gentle simmer.

Add the pasta and cover. Raise the heat to medium, making sure there are active and vigorous bubbles. Cook, stirring occasionally to make sure the pasta is not sticking and cook until the pasta is just firm, following package directions for timing (12 to 15 minutes).

Remove lid, season to taste with salt and pepper, stir in the parmesan and ricotta, and spread the mozzarella on top (a few stray chunks of mozzarella never hurt). Transfer to oven and bake until cheese has melted and is starting to brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Top with basil and serve.

Recipe from the Kitchen of Kristy Mellinger

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Posted on February 27th, 2013 | Posted in 2-Week Sales Flyer

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Posted on February 25th, 2013 | Posted in Monthly Specials

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Featured Product-Kunzler Bulk Franks with Napkins

Posted on February 25th, 2013 | Posted in Featured Product

As Spring is upon us it is time to start thinking about heating up the barbeque and grilling some franks. Kunzler’s Bulk Franks all come with complimentary Kunzler Napkins. Consistently terrific taste in every Kunzler frank is something everybody profits from. Moisture content, precise blend, and texture result in fabulous taste your customers can count on. All Kunzler franks are pure meat – no added filler. It is taste you can relish in all kinds of flavors. With a volume seller like Kunzler franks, superior taste translates into higher profits, plain and simple.

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KNZ1099   Franks-Super Jumbo 5-1 Bulk Kunzler     2/5#

New Products

Posted on February 21st, 2013 | Posted in New Products

New Products for the week of February 18th!

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Xanthan Gum-5#

Xanthan Gum

Xanthan gum gets its name from the strain of bacteria used during the fermentation process. The bacteria form a slimy substance which acts as a natural stabilizer or thickener, causing Xantahn gum to be used whenever a gel-like quality is desired. Xanthan gum is used in dairy products and salad dressings as a thickening agent and stabilizer. It also prevents ice crystals from forming in ice creams and adds substance to low or no-fat dairy products. Xanthan gum can also be used as a substitute for wheat gluten in gluten-free breads, pastas and other flour-based food products. Each case consists of five pounds.

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