One thing I learned from my mom was to be resourceful in the kitchen. With 6 hungry kids she was always able to whip something up in a snap even if she was just cleaning out the fridge. Looking in the fridge for ingredients to create a recipe can be a daunting task. When bits and pieces of ingredients remain from previous recipes you want to be able to use them before they spoil.
Typically in many Italian households an egg frittata(omelette) would be made to use these ingredients. Other times there are enough ingredients an some inspiration to create something a little more special.
This recipe does take a little time and patience to make but is well worth it.. It can also be modified to suit your taste and adapt to what ever you have laying around in your fridge. In the end no one will know it may have been made with simple ingredients from your fridge that may have been destined to spoil.
Be creative and daring, experiment and be playful, you may surprise yourself and your guests the next time you sit down at the dinner table.
2 lbs. medium ground beef ( pork can also be used)2 cups fresh ricotta cheese
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1 small onion, diced
2 cups fresh baby spinach ( 1 cup of chopped frozen spinach can be used)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmigiano cheese
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1/2 cup grated mozzarella ( scamorza or anything that melts nicely can be used)
Salt and pepper