Southwestern Rabbit Pasta Roll-ups
(Upton County)


4 quarts water
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
12 lasagne noodles (9 oz.)
1 pound ground rabbit meat
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 medium zucchini, diced into 1/4 inch cubes
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cottage cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup sliced black olives
2 cups tomato salsa (see recipe below)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 clove garlic, minced


1. Bring the water to a boil in a large pot. Add the salt and the olive oil. One at a time, add the lasagne noodles. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse the noodles under cold water.

2. In a large skillet, cook ground rabbit, onion, zucchini, and garlic over medium heat, stirring often until meat loses its pink color, about 5 minutes. Add chili powder and salt. Stir and cook 1 minute longer.

3. In a medium bowl, combine meat mixture, cottage cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and olives. Mix well.

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Spread about 1/2 cup salsa over bottom of a lightly oiled 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Place one lasagne noodle flat on a work surface. Spread about cup filling over noodle, leaving 1 inch uncovered at one end. Starting from the covered end, roll up noodle and place seam side down in prepared baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles and filling. Pour remaining 1 1/2 cups salsa over roll-ups and cover with aluminum foil.

5. Bake 25 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle cheddar cheese over top. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

TOMATO SALSA

6 cups peeled and chopped fresh tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
28-ounce can stewed tomatoes, chopped with juice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup chopped jalapeno pepper
3 tablespoons vinegar
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt


Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Simmer for 1 hour.

Yield: 12 roll-ups and will serve 6 people.

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