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Caprese Spaghetti Casserole


Caprese Spaghetti Casserole




This casserole serves a large group of people. I used my large roaster to bake the whole thing. It is gluten free and full of flavor. It is a great dish to put together ahead of time, and take right from the fridge to the oven.



2 packages, gluten free spaghetti, prepared according to directions, and drained
6 Roma Tomatoes, sliced
12 oz. mozzarella cheese, cubed or shredded
16 oz. cottage cheese
1 c. fresh basil leaves, sliced
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 c. red wine
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. dry oregano
1 tbsp. dry basil
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. salt
1 c. heavy cream
1 c. parmesan cheese



Cook the pasta and set it aside. In a medium saucepan cook the onion and garlic, in the olive oil, over medium heat, for five minutes. Add the diced tomato, red wine, vinegar, sugar, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Cook until the mixture comes to a boil and reduce the heat to medium low. Continue cooking for fifteen minutes, stirring often. Remove the sauce from the heat and add the cream.



In a large bowl, combine the mozzarella and cottage cheeses. After the sauce has cooled for about fifteen minutes, add it to the cheeses and combine well. Spread a layer of the cheese and sauce mixture in the bottom of a large baking dish or roasting pan. Layer half of the spaghetti over the sauce. Layer half of the sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, and parmesan over the pasta. Continue the process again adding more sauce, pasta, and fresh tomatoes and basil. Finish by adding the last of the sauce and the parmesan to the top of the casserole. 



Bake the casserole in a three hundred and fifty degree oven, COVERED, for thirty minutes (if put in the oven right away), or one hour (after being refrigerated). Enjoy!





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This sophisticated version of pumpkin pie is amazingly smooth & rich. It is also Gluten-Free & free of Refined Sugar. 


Ingredients:

29oz pumpkin puree - 1 lg. can
1 stick unsalted butter - softened
8oz cream cheese - softened
5 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 c. honey
1 c. GF flour 






Whipped cream:

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1 tsp. vanilla extract




Honey to drizzle on top.





Making it Happen:

Combine all of the ingredients for the pie in a mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until well combined. When the batter is smooth, pour it into a greased 9x13 baking pan and bake in an oven pre-heated to 350 degrees for one hour.





Allow the pie to cool for 30 minutes before slicing.




To make the whipped cream, blend the chilled heavy cream in a chilled bowl on high speed until it begins to thicken, add the vanilla and continue blending until the cream is thick. 





Plate pie with whipped cream & drizzle with honey. Enjoy!