In Blood Captive, Elijah prepares a home cooked meal for Rainey. Fresh salad, dessert, and spaghetti complete with homemade noodles.
As it so happens, the latter is my FAVORITE meal! I could literally eat Italian food all day, everyday (though my body would probably hate me for it). Since I don't have a special recipe for spaghetti (I literally prep noodles, brown the beef, and mix with my favorite jar of spaghetti sauce), I want to share the recipe for my second favorite Italian food with you guys! Lasagna for the win! My favorite recipe is my husband's (he's the better cook and I am not even a little ashamed to admit it). He made it for me on one of our first couple of dates, and it's a running joke that I married him for his lasagna. (Totally not true though, he also has great hair ;) LOL!)
And one of the BEST parts about this dish, is there is almost no prep work! No need to boil the noodles because they cook right in the sauce!
If you'd like to make your own tray, please feel free to test out this recipe! And be sure to tag me in any pictures! I'd love to see how it turned out!
The recipe is just below, and don't forget to keep scrolling down for a snippet from Blood Captive featuring this delicious meal!
1 package of uncooked lasagna noodles
15 oz. Ricotta Cheese
8 oz grated parmesan
16 oz shredded mozzarella
4 (22 oz) jars of spaghetti sauce (we love Rao's Homemade Marinara!)
3 large eggs
1-2 tsp of Italian seasoning (you can use more to taste)
1 lb ground beef (already browned)
-Preheat oven to 350.
-Pour some spaghetti sauce into bottom of 9x13 baking dish (just enough to cover the bottom and then some).
-Mix 8oz of mozzarella, ricotta, and parmesan cheeses and eggs together in a medium bowl, then add seasoning (it should have a paste-like consistency).
- Spread cheese mixture onto UNCOOKED noodle and place, cheese side up, in the baking dish. Repeat this step, laying them side by side, until the bottom of pan is covered (usually about 3 noodles width).
-Sprinkle some seasoned ground beef on top of noodles, then cover with sauce and repeat the above step until the pan is full (usually about 3 layers of noodles).
-Pour remaining sauce over the top of the lasagna, enough to fill the rest of the pan.
-Cover with foil, and put in oven for 50-55 minutes (sauce should be bubbling).
-Cover with remaining mozzarella cheese, and cook, uncovered, for another 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted and slightly browned.
ENJOY! I like to sprinkle some garlic salt on mine :)
This picture is a stock photo. I always end up forgetting to take a picture before diving in!
A LOOK INSIDE BLOOD CAPTIVE
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The door opens before I reach it, and Elijah grins at me. It doesn’t fully reach his eyes, though, but before I can ask why, he’s gripping the back of my neck and slamming his mouth to mine. Heat radiates through me, saturating every inch of my body as his lips—feverish on mine—devour me.
Finally, he releases me and steps back to shut the door.
“Well, I have to say that is the best welcome home I’ve ever gotten,” I say with a smile. “What is that delicious smell?” I ask, inhaling deeply, my mouth watering in response to my growling stomach.
“You made me dinner?”
He shrugs. “I had some extra time.”
Like the gentleman he is during the daylight hours, Elijah helps me slip out of my jacket before hanging it on a hook near the door. Then, he takes my hand, and we walk down the hall together.
“I’m starving. All I had today were Skittles.”
He shakes his head in disapproval. “I assumed that would be the case.”
“Don’t tell her when you see her next, but I’m starting to think Jane might be right.”
“Skittles aren’t an actual meal.”
Elijah chuckles. “I would be afraid to learn how many of your meals over the years have passed with nothing but Skittles.”
“Yeah, you really don’t want to know.” We emerge in the dining room, and I gape at the spread he’s arranged on the table. “Damn, Elijah! How much time did you have?” French bread, fresh Caesar salad, and two plates piled high with spaghetti sit on his table, each complemented by a glass of red wine and a white napkin with bright silverware.
“After I did some reading, I went to the market to get groceries. Do you like spaghetti?”
I turn back to him and smile. He’s actually nervous, and it’s adorable. “Spaghetti just so happens to be my second favorite food group. Behind Skittles, of course.”
Elijah smiles. “Of course.”
Once I’ve washed my hands, I take a seat at the table, and Elijah sits beside me. “I feel a bit underdressed,” I admit, drinking in his dark slacks and light blue button-down.
“You look beautiful.”
Heat rushes to my cheeks, and I slip my napkin into my lap. After spinning the noodles onto my fork, I take my first bite and have to force myself not to moan in complete foodgasm. It’s absolutely delicious, and since I’m a hopeless cook—seriously, Kamie could cook me under the table—I more than appreciate the taste of a home-cooked meal.
I nod and swallow the oversized bite. “Best spaghetti ever. Did you make the sauce?”
He nods. “And the noodles.”
“I’m sorry, you made the noodles? As in, they didn’t come from a box?”
“I spent some time in Italy in the 1920s, learned everything I know about this particular genre of food from an older human woman who gave me shelter before I was able to day-walk.”
“You are probably the most modest vampire ever.”
Elijah chuckles. “I’ve lived a long time, Rainey. I was bound to pick up a talent or two.”
“I’d say you picked up more than one or two.”
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