Being a Texas Mom Blogger, there are a few staples I, absolutely, rely on in my kitchen. One happens to be Del-Dixi Pickles (seriously can’t find them anywhere, but Texas) and the other is Skinner Pasta. My Grandmother has used Skinner pasta since I was a child, a tradition that was passed down to my mother and now myself as a Mom to three children.
Skinner Pasta has been a part of Texas family meals for 100 years! To celebrate all of the mealtime moments and the memories they evoke, Skinner Pasta will honor ten decades of of Texas mealtime traditions with their 100 Years of Mealtime Memories essay contest. I’m also helping them commemorate their 100th anniversary by giving you guys a chance at a REALLY cool Skinner Pasta giveaway. First, I’ve GOT to ask. What’s your favorite pasta recipe?
- Contest launches March 1, 2012 at 12 pm CT and ends on May 14, 2012 at 12pm CT.
- Open to legal residents 18 years or older of the 50 United States and Washington D.C.
- For complete details and Official Rules, visit www.skinnerpasta.com
Submit one(1) essay in 250 words or less sharing an original story of a family mealtime memory with Skinner Pasta.Consumers can sumbit their essay one of three ways:
- Visit www.skinnerpasta.com
- Visit the Skinner “100 Years of Mealtime Memories” Essay Contest tab on the Skinner Facebook page at www.facebook.com/skinnerpasta. If entering via the Skinner Facebook page you must first “like” the page.
- Mail essay in self addressed envelope to:
200 5th Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10010
- Grand Prize: One(1) essay will be awarded $10,000
- First Prize: Four(4) essays will be awarded $1,000
We are all KINDS of excited that our favorite brand is turning 100. So much so, that we thought it would be GREAT to share with you a Skinner Pasta Recipe from three-time James Beard Award winning journalist and Texas based cookbook author, Robb Walsh, who has partnered with Skinner Pasta to create a few great new recipes to inspire Texans to share their mealtime memories.
- 1 (8-ounce) package Skinners Lasagna noodles
- 18 Nana’s meatballs
- 6 cups Nana’s Red Sauce
- 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
- ¾ cup frozen chopped spinach
- 1 bunch green onions
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon chopped serrano peppers (optional)
- 1 cup plus three tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 pound mozzarella cheese cut into 18 slices (or one pound grated mozzarella)
- Boil and rinse noodles in cold water. You should have nine noodles.
- Crush the meatballs in a bowl with the sauce that adheres to them.
- Pour 2 cups of red sauce in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
- Arrange three noodles across the bottom of the dish. Spoon half of the meatballs onto the noodles.
- Spoon the ricotta into a mixing bowl.
- Squeeze the spinach to remove as much water as possible.
- Chop the green onions finely using a little of the green part. Add the spinach to the green onions on the chopping board and chop together mixing well. Add the spinach and green onion mixture to the ricotta.
- Add one cup Parmesan cheese and stir well to combine.
- Season with salt and pepper and chopped serrano peppers if desired.
- Spoon half of the ricotta mixture in with the crushed meatballs dotting it evenly around the baking dish.
- Top the filling with 9 mozzarella slices or grated cheese. Add more sauce and another layer of noodles and repeat ending with a layer of noodles.
- Top the noodles with some sauce and three tablespoons of Parmesan cheese.
- Bake in a 350°F oven for half an hour to 45 minutes or until the cheese melts and the lasagna is bubbling. Allow to sit for a least a half an hour before cutting into squares and serving.
If you have YET to try Skinner Pasta (but really who hasn’t?), look for it at your favorite Texas grocery store such as H-E-B, Fiesta, Foodtown, and others. You can find a variety of noodles ranging between $1.60 – $1.85.
One lucky Momma Findings reader will win a Skinner Pasta mealtime kit that includes:
- Two boxes of Skinner® Pasta
- One colander
- One set of Texas-themed serving utensils
- Two Skinner® Pasta recipe cards
How to Enter:
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