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Phyllis' Fixin's

First of all, I've had an email from someone wanting the recipe for the chicken and dumpling soup served at the old Del Monico Cafe in Morris. Would anyone happen to have that? You could leave it at the office or email me at Thanks.

I love pasta, just about any pasta dish. There must be an Italian somewhere on my family tree. So, this week, I'm going to share some pasta recipes--nothing fancy at all.

Kielbasa Alfredo

1 (10 oz.) pkg. wide egg noodles

1 tsp. butter

1 (16 oz.) pkg. kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

1 (16 oz.) jar Alfredo sauce (or make your own)

salt and pepper to taste

1 T. grated Parmesan cheese for topping

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add noodles; cook until tender, about 8 minutes; drain. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced sausage; fry until toasty at the edges. Drain excess grease, and stir in alfredo sauce. Stir in the noodles, and season with salt and pepper. Serve with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Spaghetti Casserole

1 (16 oz.) pkg. spaghetti

2 lbs. ground beef

1/4 C. chopped onion

2 (26.5 oz.) cans meatless spaghetti


1 (16 oz.) sour cream

2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese,


1/2 C. Parmesan cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a deep 9x13 inch baking dish. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Stir in the spaghetti. Boil the pasta until cooked through, but still firm to the bite, 8-10 minutes. Drain well. Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet over high heat; drain fat. Stir in the spaghetti sauce, sour cream and 1 cup of the mozzarella. Mix in the cooked pasta. Transfer pasta mixture to prepared baking dish. Top with remaining 1 cup mozzarella and the Parmesan cheese. Cover pan with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated oven until hot and bubbly, about 30 minutes.

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Spaghetti Italiano

1/2 lb. Italian sausage

4 (6.5 oz.) cans tomato sauce

1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes

2 bay leaves

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. oregano

salt and pepper to taste

1 (8 oz.) pkg. spaghetti

In a large skillet, brown sausage over medium heat; drain and set aside. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, bay leaves, seasonings, and Italian sausage; mix well. Simmer over medium-low heat for at least an hour; it's best if simmered all day, the recipe says. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8-10 minutes, or until al dente; drain. Mix sauce with hot pasta; serve.

Spaghetti Pizza

1 (8 oz. pkg. spaghetti, broken into 2-inch pieces

1 egg

1/4 C. milk

2 C. shredded mozzarella cheese

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. garlic salt

1 (16 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. dried basil

4 oz. pepperoni sausage, sliced

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook for 8-10 minutes or until al dente; drain and cool. Beat egg in a bowl, add milk, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese, salt and garlic salt. Stir in cooked spaghetti; mix well. Spread mixture evenly in greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Spread sauce over pasta. Sprinkle with oregano, basil and the remaining 1 1/2 cups of mozerella cheese. Top with pepperoni, return to oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

An Italian man emigrated to the U.S. and moved in with some distant relatives in New York. They tell him he should apply for citizenship and they will help him study for the test. They go over all the U.S. history from the Revolutionary war to present day.

Finally, he feels he has enough knowledge to pass the test, so he sets an appointment. He walks into the testing room and the agent giving the test thought he'd have a bit of fun, so he said to the man, "We have a very simple test for you today. If you can use 3 English words in one sentence, you will be granted citizenship! The works are green, pink and yellow." The Italian man thought for a few minutes and finally said, "O.K., I think I can do that." Then he said, "I hearda the telephone go green, green, green, so I pink it uppa and I say, yellow- who is this?"

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