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Mozzarella Rice Torte recipe

mozzarella rice torte recipe

This Mozzarella Rice Torte is a backyard BBQ recipe I grew up with. A rice torte is a great side dish to bring to someone’s house for a summer BBQ, a Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or any holiday party. In addition to a side dish for a party, it’s a great main course when served with fruit and vegetables.

My Mozzarella Rice Torte is really easy to make. Here is what you need:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • 4 eggs-beaten and mixed well
  • 1 cup Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoons nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pats of butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (extra virgin is best)
  • ¼ cup tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 2 tablespoons basil
  • 1 package of shredded mozzarella

Mix together, then add rice and mix well.

Pre-heat oven 350.

  1. Layer one half of rice mixture, and smooth out with a spoon 
  2. Layer all of the mozzarella on top of the rice
  3. Layer the second half of the rice mixtures, and smooth out with a spoon.
  1. Bake covered for 45 minutes at 350.
  2. Bake uncovered an additional 5 minutes at 350.
  3. Let the torte cool for an hour before slicing into cubes.
  4. Serve at room temperature.

Voila! You have a delicious side dish everyone will enjoy!

Kitchen tools you might need:

I hope you enjoy my Mozzarella Rice Torte!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Fast and easy Pasta Alfredo with bacon

fast easy pasta alfredo

From left: Italian soda (recipe in this post) / white dish (similar here) / recipe below- /

Are you pressed for time? Or are you like me, and still sheltering-in-place due to local regulations? Either way, you might be trying to put meals together with what you have sitting in your pantry, versus fresh food you just picked up from the market this morning. If you are looking for something you can make from your pantry, which happens to be fast and easy, this is the pasta recipe for you!

This is super easy, and requires absolutely zero cooking skills. Love that! Here is what you need to make this delicious pasta dish:

Ingredients for my fast and easy Pasta Alfredo with bacon:

  1. 1 lb spinach pasta.
  2. 1 jar of Alfredo Sauce (that’s right, a jar! Super easy right? I prefer Rao’s Alfredo)
  3. Bacon bits (you can keep a Costco size package in your refrigerator for months-great pantry staple!)
  4. 1/3 of a bag of frozen peas (everyone has this in their freezer right?)
  5. Parmesan cheese

OK, I am sure you can tell from the ingredients, this is super easy. No chopping involved! First, you want to cook the pasta and the frozen peas. Once they are done cooking, drain and return them to the pot. Easy!

Then, you will add the Alfredo Sauce from the jar, and warm it up while mixing it in with the pasta and peas.

Once cooked, place your desired serving size on a plate, and then sprinkle the bacon bits on top. So easy!

Lastly, let everyone put the Parmesan cheese on top of their own serving to taste.

Bon Appetit! You may eat!

Wasn’t that the easiest recipe you have seen on the Internet? It’s really simple, and uses pantry staples most of us have on hand. Plus, it feels fancy, not sure why-but it does! My kids and my husband really enjoy this dish. I hope you love it too!

Things you might need to cook my fast and easy Pasta Alfredo with bacon:

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Italian mini baked potatoes – San Francisco style

mini baked potatoes

Looking for an easy side dish to pair with a main course? Here it is! I tweaked my Mother’s Italian mini baked potato recipe in order to ensure my kids would love them; and it worked! Since my kids love it, I wanted to share it with you in the hopes that you love it too!

This is a really easy recipe, which tastes amazing. At Whole Foods, you can buy a bag of mini potatoes; they come in two colors! My kids thought the multi-color potatoes were fun 🙂 If you don’t live near a Whole Foods, or don’t shop there, you can find these mini potatoes at any supermarket. You can buy one color, or mix two together like I do. It’s up to you! Here are the ingredients:

  • 3 lbs mini potatoes
  • 1 pat butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt, basil, oregano, paprika (or black pepper)

My Mom uses ground black pepper, but my kids don’t really like pepper, so I switched the pepper out for paprika. If you prefer pepper, you can make it like my Mom and switch the paprika for pepper. If you really want a crazy kick, use both!

How to cook mini baked potatoes

It’s really easy to cook mini baked potatoes. Before you start, pre-heat your oven to 350.

The first step will be to slice the mini potatoes in half, and spread them out in your casserole dish.

Then, slice up the pat of butter and place the parts apart from each other in the casserole. After you spread out the butter, add the olive oil, and season to taste with oregano, basil, salt, and paprika (or ground pepper). My basil and oregano are dried because we are currently under a shelter-in-place order and I am trying to limit my trips to the grocery store. You can use fresh or dried-it will taste yummy either way! I just spread the seasonings out so that they cover the potatoes; like in the photo above.

When the oven hits 350, put the casserole dish, uncovered, in the oven for 50 minutes. This will give you plenty of time to cook your main course, and vegetables.

Yummy! When the potatoes are done, they should be slightly brown on the edges. The potatoes will be soft inside, and very warm. Be sure to let them cool off for five minutes before serving. Serve with your favorite main course, and a vegetable!

Voila! Instant yummy side dish!

Things you need to cook Italian mini baked potatoes San Francisco style:

I hope you enjoy these Italian mini baked potatoes as much as my family does!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy