Baked Stuffed Eggplant

It’s hard to imagine south Italian cooking without eggplant — on pasta, grilled, stewed, roasted, stuffed and more. I included a stuffed version that is absolutely delicious with non other than our authentic Marinara sauce!

Romano CheeseIngredients
2 medium eggplant
8 oz ground beef
1 large thinly sliced onion
4 Tbl extra virgin olive oil
1 cup ricotta
4 Tbl grated pecorino romano cheese
2 eggs
One 25 oz jar 825 Main Marinara Sauce

Procedure
1. Set the oven at 400°F/200°C.
2. Halve the eggplants lengthwise. Place them in the baking dish, cut sides up. Drizzle generously with olive oil and season to taste. Bake for 20 minutes or until tender.
3. Scoop out the eggplant flesh with a spoon and mash it gently with a fork leaving about 1/2 eggplant pulp along sides.
4. Saute ground beef, onion, diced eggplant pulp in EVOO until evenly cooked. Drain excess liquid.
5. Stir in ricotta, egg and cheese ¼ cup    Marinara Sauce.6.Stuff both eggplant halves top with remainder of 825 MAIN Fresh Marinara Sauce and bake in oven for 20 minutes at a preheated 350 degree oven

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

Mussels in Marinara Sauce

Mussels are a staple of southern Italian cooking. I found that no matter what dinner table I sat at or what restaurant we ate at while visiting family in Monte di Procida and Ischia mussels were always part of the meal, either as an appetizer, on bruschetta, on spaghetti in a soup or even on a vegetable side dish. I am surprised I didn’t see it on a dessert. The following  is a simple yet delicious recipe to bring la vita gustosa of Napolitano cooking at your table!

Fresh tomatoesIngredients
24 small fresh mussels
One 25 oz jar 825 Main Marinara Sauce
1 lb linguine

Procedure
Place washed debearded mussels in a lidded pot turn on medium while steaming shake pot twice. When mussels are opened take off burner and let cooled. Once cooled, reserve liquid and shuck mussels. Place shucked mussels and mussel water in a heavy large skillet. Add jar of Marinara sauce. (If you don’t mind the shells you can also add the mussels shell and all right to the marinara sauce and the heat will open the mussels and release the liquid into the marinara sauce making a most delicious sauce.) Meanwhile, bring 2 quarts of water to boil with 1/2 teaspoon salt, once boiling add pasta. After 7 minutes drain pasta. Pour pasta back into empty pot adding mussel  sauce and toss together  and serve.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Salmon Farfalle in Marinara Cream Sauce

Farfalle pastaIngredients
12 oz fresh Salmon
4 oz grated Parmagiana cheese
1 cup heavy cream
One 25 oz jar 825 Main Marinara Sauce
1 lb Farfalle pasta

Procedure
Bake salmon for 12 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven. In a medium skillet add cheese, cream and Marinara Sauce on simmer. Meanwhile, bring 2 quarts of water to boil with 1 teaspoon salt, once boiling add pasta. Remove fish from oven and flake salmon off and into Marinara mixture, turn on to medium high while draining pasta. Drain pasta and return to pot add salmon red sauce and mix altogether over medium heat serve in 2 plates.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Vegetable Primavera with Marinara

Ingredients
2 small zucchini
2 small yellow squash
1 yellow pepper
2 small Italian eggplant
1 large thinly sliced onion
4 Tbl extra virgin olive oil
One 25 oz jar 825 Main Marinara Sauce

Procedure
Thinly slice pepper add to  skillet with EVOO and saute for 10 minutes on medium heat, meanwhile thinly slice remainder vegetables and add to peppers saute an additional 5 minutes then add Marinara sauce and let simmer for an extra 10 minutes. May serve over drained pasta.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Zuppe di Clams Marinara

Fresh parsleyIngredients
24 littleneck clams
1 clove chopped garlic
1 Tbl fresh chopped parsley
One 25 oz jar 825 Main Marinara Sauce
1 lb linguine

Procedure
Wash clams and scrub under cold running water with stiff brush. Discard any opened clams. Combine olive oil in saucepan heat. Add clams, still in their shells. Add chop garlic and parsley. Cover and cook 2 min. Add Marinara Sauce and cook 10 min. Bring 2 quarts of water in pot to a boil add, 1/2 teaspoon salt and begin cooking pasta for 7 minutes. Drain pasta and plate. Pour the clam sauce over the pasta and serve.

Prep time:10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4

Shrimp with Marinara Sauce

Ingredients
1 lb peeled deveined raw shrimp
One 25 oz jar 825 Main Marinara Sauce
1 lb linguini

Procedure
Bring 2 quarts of water in pot to a boil add, 1 teaspoon salt & begin cooking pasta for 7 minutes. While pasta cooking in large heavy skillet sauté  diced shrimp with  Marinara sauce on medium heat until the shrimp become firm. Don’t overcook or the shrimp will be tough. Drain pasta and return to pot adding shrimp marinara and mix altogether over medium heat and serve.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves 4