Wednesday, March 24, 2010

GastronomicGallivant: Tuscan Pot Pie( With Macaroni N Mozzarella)

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Although this Tuscan-Style Pot Pie is adapted from TLC Online, this is my take on it. The minute I saw this, I road tasted with "all" vegetarian filling last week.Loved this Tuscan-style shortcut version(that uses refrigerated crescent-rolls dough on the top) so much that I made it again with new ingredients -Meat, Mac,Mozzarella Cheese and Broccoli-Rabe to make it a one-pot wonder. It is a very pleasant alternative to the Savory Pot Pie that I usually do make. Me, my hubby and my little boy polished the entire thing at one sitting. Recipe can be made all-veg or meat-veg with just one ingredient change. Enjoy!
  • 8 oz Refrigerated Crescent Dinner-Rolls - 1
  • Broccoli Rabe or any bitter-greens - 1/2 bunch, trimmed, cleaned and chopped
  • Pinto beans - 1/2 cup, cooked or canned
  • Macaroni - 2/3 cup, cooked
  • Mozzarella Cheese - 1/2 cup
  • Finely Chopped Mushrooms - 1 cup (OR) Lean Ground Turkey/Pork/Chicken - 1 cup
  • Tart Apple - 1/4 cup, grated (optional)
  • Pasta Sauce - 2 tbsp
  • Dry Red Chilli - 1, crumbled (OR) Red Pepper Flakes 
  • Cracked Pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt for taste
  • Garlic - 2, cloves, minced
  • Onion - 1/2, medium, fine diced
  • Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
  • Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
  • Oven proof 8-inch cast-iron or stainless-steel skillet
  • In a wide skillet, heat the olive oil and add fennel seeds, garlic, onions and saute until the onions are browned.
  • In a separate pot, bring water to a boil and add the bitter greens. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Drain and plate it on a paper-towel lined plate. Boiling bitter greens lessens bitterness.
  • Add the mushrooms or ground-meat and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Throw in the Broccoli Rabe, Pasta to the skillet.
  • Sprinkle Salt, Pepper, Pepper flakes and stir gently.
  • Switch off the stove and add beans, pasta,mozzarella cheese and grated apples if using.
  • Cool the mixture partially.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Transfer the mixture to the 8 inch oven-proof skillet and tightly pack it with a spatula.
  • Unroll the dinner-rolls dough and arrange it on the top of the pan so the points meet at the center.
  • Bake on the top rack for 12 minutes and cool prior to serving.
Makes 4-6 servings.

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  1. This looks so delicious! I've never thought about putting pasta in a pot pie, but it's a great idea.

  2. Looks so good and a filling meal if u have a dough in hand.

  3. Wow! This looks delicious. I can understand why you guys ate the lot in one sitting- I would have done the same! :)

  4. Wow! What a vibrant pie! It's very groovy and so lovely! Love it!

  5. This looks so yumm & delicious..It tempts me to try soon..

  6. wooooow, it looks simply superb !
    Cant wait to give it a try myself.

  7. am drooling here, I always love veggies stuffed inside the delectable crescent rolls, wonderful presentation, got to try this one soon!

  8. Inviting pics n feeling hungry on seeing it.Such a delicacy to rely on.Pretty much healthy too.

  9. Your pot pie looks delicious and I am hungry here, looking at your dish..healthy too..

  10. Wow! This looks amazingly delicious. Very nice presentation!

  11. wow..ur pot pie looks soo sooo hungry!!!

  12. it looks really pretty...interesting bit about using the crescent roll dough...

  13. Pot pie looks extremely tempting, love those filling..yummm!!can eat anytime..

  14. Nice looking pot pie, love the design....delicious too!
    Thks for dropping by my blog.
    Added your link to my blogroll. Cheers!

  15. Your revised version looks really, really healthy and delicious. I just made chicken pot pie yesterday and my family loved it so here I am, reading your post. This would be dinner for us this week. Thanks!

  16. this looks so deli...good to hear that u r very friendly with strangers... :D

  17. wooww....Love it Cool lassie...Great recipe...

    Kairali sisters

  18. OH!!! Terrific...
    That looks absolutely delicious..I want it right now....!!!

  19. never used cressent rolls in this way...thats a quite new idea to me....will try it...

  20. That's so innovative CL..pasta in potpie..looks so so yumm

  21. This is so so deliciously delightfull with all ur additions and tweaks ....super recipe:-)))))

  22. This is really superb dear, looks like you went into a lot of trouble for this dish, but it is worth all the efforts :) just awesome and yum :)

  23. Your pot pie looks delicious. Nice fillings.
    Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comments in my blog. Keep visiting.

  24. Things that I love about this (and there are many). One. It has broccoli rabe in it. Two. It has pasta in it. Three. It has crescent rolls in it. Four. It is in pie form.

    What more can you ask for?

  25. This looks so flavorful. I noticed there is a lot of ingredients of different textures and tastes but, it really comes together nicely.

  26. omg, yumm... yummm... can i have some? (drooling!)

  27. The pie appears nice and delicious. I never had a pie in my life. Will try this in a weekend.

  28. wow lovely recipe...i would like to make but dont know where the Crescent Dinner-Rolls are available.....

  29. hey the pot pie looks so delicious..yummy..

  30. the pot pie looks delish...great combo of filling...lovely!

  31. Hi dear, deliziosa e molto invitante la tua ricetta!
    Ho cucinato il palombo, un pesce ottimo e delizioso!
    Appartiene alla famiglia degli squaloidi ma non รจ pescecane.
    Un bacio e buona giornata!

  32. This looks very delicious! I would skip the non veg part and probably on leave in mushrooms. Very good recipe!

  33. Looks like such a hearty and flavorful one pot meal!

  34. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights - very impressive.

  35. Gorgeous new version of pot pie! My fav part is the addition of pasta in there :)

  36. This looks so delightful and unique! I love the idea of using pasta in a pie =)

  37. I love the filling! SO many different and yummy elements!


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