Mezzetta Holiday Recipes

by Alli

Many thanks to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to spice up my favorite Holiday recipe.

I adore the Christmas season.  It’s probably because my mom and dad always made a big deal out of this special holiday.  I remember one particular Christmas morning when I was about 8 or 9 years old.  Santa had come and gone and left behind a sleigh full of toys including a bike with that coveted banana seat and streamers cascading from the handle bars, roller skates and a wallet with my birthstone and name engraved on the front.  I was in Christmas heaven.

As my sister and I began to lace up our skates I could barely hear my mom’s voice over the noise of my brothers pulling on their cowboy boots, hats and strapping on their six-shooter cap guns as they prepared to take on the wild west of south Georgia.

Mom was trying to tell my sister and me that we had each overlooked one gift.  When we heard the word gift, skates were put aside and we bounded back to that beautiful, scratchy cedar tree we had cut down and decorated a few weeks earlier.  Presents?  No presents here.

Thus began a game of hot, cold.  I recall searching high and low until finally we saw our new watches dangling from the tree like  bright, shiny ornaments.  I’ll never forget that day.

Of course Christmas was not entirely about the presents.  We were taught from an early age the true meaning of Christmas and we always looked forward to visits from our relatives and lots of good food.

Speaking of  hot, cold, here’s two of my favorite Mezzetta holiday recipes to make during the Christmas season, one served piping hot and the other served cold.  Your kids and guests will enjoy my easy baked spaghetti and my southern cream cheese and olive log will be the star of your holiday party! 

Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 1/4 cup Mezzetta pitted kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Mezzetta roasted bell peppers
  • 1 (25 oz.) jar Mezzetta artichoke parmesan marinara
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 12 oz. spaghetti

Instructions

  1. Cook spaghetti according to directions. Do not overcook.
  2. Meanwhile, brown ground chuck and drain. Add the chopped olives, roasted red peppers and artichoke Parmesan marinara. Stir to combine.
  3. In a lightly greased 8 x 8" baking pan, spoon in half the meat mixture, 1/2 the mozzarella and a sprinkling of Parmesan.
  4. Add all of the spaghetti on top of the cheese mixture. Top with remaining meat mixture.
  5. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese and top with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

When I have company I double this recipe and bake it in a 9 x 13 pan for 45 minutes to an hour.


Baked Spaghetti

I’ve had a love for olives ever since I was a child.  I’ve never found an olive I didn’t like and Mezzetta always satisfies my olive craving in my southern cream cheese and olive log.

Satisfy your olive cravings with my cream cheese and olive log.

Southern Cream Cheese & Olive Log

Southern Cream Cheese & Olive Log

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Mezzetta Spanish Queen Olives, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese until creamy.
  2. Add the mayonnaise and the olives and mix on low until combined.
  3. Place cream cheese and olive mixture in the refrigerator for one hour.
  4. Shape into a log and roll in walnuts.
  5. Serve with crackers or crudites.

Cream Cheese & Olive Log

Helpful Hint:  Sometimes I forgo the log and make party sandwiches out of the cream cheese and olive mixture.

Did you know that Mezzetta has been family owned since 1935? The fourth generation of Mezzetta family is continuing the commitment to bring their customers the highest quality foods available. They source the finest fresh produce from California, Italy, Spain, France, and Greece and prepare them according to their Italian family recipes in the Napa Valley.

To spice it up even more, Mezzetta is giving away a Holidays Favorite gift basket each day during the entire month of December!

To register for the gift basket, click here and enter your name, email, address and favorite holiday memory. Each day a winner will be selected at random. Prizes will be shipped within 2 weeks. 
Mezzetta Favorites Holiday Gift Basket (31 Winners – Daily) includes:
• 100% Italian Estate Grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• Golden Greek Peperoncini
• Garlic Stuffed Olives
• Castelvetrano Olives
• Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives
• Roasted Marinated Red & Yellow Sweet Bell Peppers
• Cocktail Onions
• 1 Apron (from House Party contents)
• 1 Metal Olive Spoon (from House Party contents)
• 1 Tote Bag (from House Party contents)
• 1 Ceramic Bowl
When you enter the Mezzetta gift basket giveaway, don’t forget to grab your $0.50 coupon!
Holiday Recipes Featuring Mezzetta
 What’s your favorite holiday party food?

 

 

 

 

 

24 comments

Shirley Wood December 4, 2014 - 7:53 am

We have a great Roasted Red Pepper dip we use Mezzetta for when we don’t have time to roast the peppers ourself!
Beautiful pictures and great recipes! I’m I the mood for some Christmas food! Baked spaghetti is so good!

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Alli December 4, 2014 - 8:00 am

I just love cheese balls, cheese logs, anything cheese related during the holidays. 🙂

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Kristen from The Road to Domestication December 4, 2014 - 12:07 pm

I love a good baked spaghetti any time of the year! But I’ve never had a cream cheese and olive log! Interesting!

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Sarah Sofia Knepp December 4, 2014 - 3:25 pm

My husband and kids love spaghetti, but I’ve never made baked spaghetti! I know they’ll love this when I put in our weekly family meal plan! The Southern Cream Cheese Olive log is perfect for holiday entertaining! I’m going to pin both to try this winter!

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Melinda Snavley December 4, 2014 - 9:13 pm

I remember that Christmas like it was yesterday. 🙂

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Alli December 4, 2014 - 9:15 pm

Wasn’t that the best Christmas ever? Of course, mom and dad always made Christmas special.

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Mardesia Chauvin December 5, 2014 - 8:01 am

I have seen other recipes for Baked Spaghetti, but I’ve never tried one. Yours sounds delish, so I think I need to print it for my Recipe Binder.

We LOVE Mezzeta Olives in our house no lie! The Garlic Stuffed ones go faster than I can keep up if I’m not watching the jar. Off to enter to win.

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Alli December 6, 2014 - 7:28 am

I’m such an olive lover. Sometimes I top my baked spaghetti with a can of cream of mushroom soup and water, but this version doesn’t need anything else.

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Rachel December 5, 2014 - 8:13 am

Loved the story of you sharing your childhood Christmas memories. Banana seat bikes need to make a comeback. And nothing is better over the winter months than some Baked Spaghetti. That sounds like one full gift basket!

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Alli December 6, 2014 - 7:27 am

I’m still chucking over your toddler letter to Santa. Really, I’m thinking Huffington Post or some other online mag. It’s that good.

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Tiffany December 5, 2014 - 8:26 am

I love Christmas, too and the baked spaghetti looks great!

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Alli December 6, 2014 - 7:26 am

Thanks, Tiffany, and I love red velvet everything!

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Michelle December 5, 2014 - 11:29 am

Yum, the baked spaghetti looks so good! This is a great idea for these crazy holiday rush nights!

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Alli December 6, 2014 - 7:25 am

I like that I can put it together earlier in the morning (or the night before) and have it ready to pop in the oven for dinner.

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Artney December 5, 2014 - 12:17 pm

What great memories!!! My sister had the banana seat bike and I had the cool streamers. lol I vividly remember many Christmas moments from my childhood! I can’t wait to try this baked spaghetti! Looks so yummy!

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Alli December 6, 2014 - 7:23 am

Loved that banana seat bike! Sometimes my cousin, my sister and I would all ride the same bike at the same time, including one on the handlebars. We were little daredevils. 🙂

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Mary Hill December 5, 2014 - 4:14 pm

I love Christmas memories like these. Surprises are fun. i will have to remember this this Christmas and try to make a golden memory for my daughter. Christmas is about Jesus, love and family. PS. the spaghetti looks so good I am going to pin it to my recipe board. 😉

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Alli December 6, 2014 - 7:24 am

Yes, Christmas is all about Jesus! It’s my most favorite time of the year.

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Love Keil (MunchkinTime) December 6, 2014 - 11:21 am

Your Baked Spaghetti looks so delicious! Yumm! My favorite Holiday Party food will be desserts lke cakes, jello, fruit salads and other yummy treats!

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Alli December 6, 2014 - 11:32 am

I love a good fruit salad with a little bit of toasted coconut. Yum.

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Paula@SweetPea December 6, 2014 - 4:46 pm

Your recipes sound great! I know we’d love both of them.

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Bonnie @ Our Secondhand House December 8, 2014 - 9:42 am

Both of your recipes sound amazing. I don’t like olives by themselves but don’t mind them in something. 🙂 Thanks for linking up to the Home Matters Linky!
~Bonnie

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Alli December 8, 2014 - 9:52 am

I always enjoy partying with my friends!

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Tammy @ TOTS Family December 14, 2014 - 11:55 pm

I love baked spaghetti! Thanks for linking up your recipe to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! I’ve pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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