I cook a lot of pasta and tomato-based sauces as well as other meals (including pizza) using olive oil every single week— one of my go-to favorites being Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Not only is it low in acidity but gives your foods a robust taste and pleasing aroma. I also love the health benefits of extra virgin olive oil.
Pompeian extra virgin olive oil tastes great in not only lunch and dinner dishes including salad dressings and sauces, but some desserts as well— believe it or not! And hey, I love dipping crunchy breads in olive oil that’s laden with roasted garlic. YUM!
One dish in particular that’s a regular family favorite is my Italian Skillet Lasagna. It’s super easy to make, tastes great, and it’s a hearty meal— plus it includes Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil, of course. The recipe is below if you’d like to try it!
Pour tomatoes (undrained) into a 1-quart liquid measuring cup. Add enough water to fill the cup to measure 1 quart (4 cups). Stir in 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tsp. Oregano. Set aside.
In a 12-inch nonstick (oven safe) skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook until onions begin to brown, about 5 minutes.
Stir in garlic and pepper flakes. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. This smells amazing!
Add in ground chuck and sweet Italian sausage. Break meat apart with cooking utensil and cook until no longer pink, about 4 minutes or longer. Do NOT drain!
Scatter pasta over meat. Do not stir! Pour tomatoes with juices, along with the tomato sauce over pasta. Cover skillet with lid and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally. Once the sauce starts to thicken, stir in another 1 cup of water and cook until the pasta is al dente, or your desired consistency.
Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Set oven to ‘broil’ heat.
In a small bowl, combine Ricotta Cheese and 1/2 tsp. Oregano. Dot tablespoonfuls of this cheese mixture over lasagna in skillet. Sprinkle with mozzarella, remaining 2 tablespoons of parmesan (you can also sprinkle on a parmiggiano-reggiano mix in lieu of the Parmesan), and add the basil.
Place skillet in oven under broiler and heat for a few minutes, just until cheeses start to melt. Remove from oven and serve. If your skillet can not withstand the high heat, cover your skillet with a lid and allow the cheeses to melt with the heat/steam built up inside the pan.
I truly prefer homemade dishes like this over boxed mixes. They taste much better and I know exactly what my family is eating. Plus, they’re just as easy to make!
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If you want a super easy, yet tasty dessert, try my Apple Dumplings with Cinnamon Sauce recipe or the Peach Crunch Cake recipe I shared a while back. It’s as easy as layering 5 basic ingredients, including canned peaches (without stirring), and bake for 40 minutes. Top it with vanilla ice cream, and oh my is it ever good!
Cooking and baking is SO much fun. Don’t you agree?
Pompeian is committed to freshness and uses only the finest olives to make their extra virgin olive oil. When you’re enjoying Pompeian extra virgin olive oil you get the satisfaction of knowing that it’s the first olive oil to be approved for the USDA quality-monitoring program. This program verifies purity and quality of olive oil by putting it through rigorous USDA product testing and review of production processes.
Now THAT’S good to know!
Need some inspiration for this weeks menu? Head over to the Pompeian site for some tasty recipes.
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