Do you feel you are having some trouble with your family and friends feeling distant? Maybe some are just pulling away and not as close as they used to be? Try this casserole. This casserole contains tomatoes were called apples of love. The tomatoes combined with the herbs and the cheese, which binds the casserole together. This will help promote warmth and draw your friends and family back together again.
You will need the following ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups chopped plum tomatoes
2 tablespoons of olive oil
8 oz ground sweet Italian sausage without the casings
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or 1 tablespoons dry parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves or 1tablespoons dry basil
1 cup diced zucchini
Black pepper to taste
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced summer squash or 1 cup diced eggplant
¼ cup diced red onion
8 oz Mozzarella cheese or Italian mix cheese or more
2 cloves of garlic
8oz can of mushrooms
½ tablespoons of fresh oregano or ½ tablespoon dry oregano
Decorate the area where you plan to serve your casserole with reds and pinks to promote the goal of bringing everyone back together. If you like crave a red and pink candles into a hearts to be burnt during the dinner. While you are craving the candles think of these words:
Loving friends, great times, food prepared with love and loving feelings.
As the candles burn let them warm our hearts and bring us back together.
Let harmony flow as we each gather about the table.
Let our spirits be blessed as we join together.
Blessed Be and So mote it be!!
In a skillet melt the butter. While the butter is melting preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once the butter is melted add the olive oil and add the Italian sausage. Cook the meat until fully cooked. Take the meat out of the skillet, leaving the drippings in the skillet.
To the drippings add garlic, zucchini, bell peppers, eggplant or summer squash and red onion. Cook this mixture until the onion is tender. Add the meat back to the skillet along with the plum tomatoes, the herbs, the black pepper and mushrooms. One low let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes.
Take a small baking dish and spray it with cooking spray so that this dish will not stick to the baking dish and it won’t be so hard to clean up. Add everything in the skillet to the baking dish. Add the cheese. Put the baking dish in the oven and bake it until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
Makes about 6 servings.