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Sheet Pan Mushroom Asparagus Gnocchi

Sheet Pan Mushroom Asparagus Gnocchi

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I have a huge sweet tooth, and I used to think that brownies were my comfort food. But things have changed.  All I want are roasted potatoes. They are my version of a hug in

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Ingredients
  • 1 pound shelf-stable or fresh gnocchi
  • 1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 ounces sliced white mushrooms
  • 3 garlic cloves in their skins
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lemon, halved
Tomato Olive Kale Sausage Penne

Tomato Olive Kale Sausage Penne

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Most people assume that I’m a vegetarian. While I love veggies and they are what I think of first when I’m trying to come up with something to cook, I still have non-vegetarian meals here

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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 3-ounce sweet Italian sausages, casings removed (vegetarian/vegan, chicken or pork sausage)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup chopped Lacinato Kale, ribs removed
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup marinated roughly chopped roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Lemon Pepper Spaghetti

Lemon Pepper Spaghetti

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As I am writing this, I feel exhausted. Physically from the usual routine of running around and mentally from a very busy start to the year. My habit of staying up late and getting up

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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups torn curly kale leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Cheese Tortellini Pasta Bake

Cheese Tortellini Pasta Bake

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With plenty of roasted broccoli, Kalamata olives and tomatoes this lighter Cheese Tortellini Pasta Bake doesn’t go overboard on the melted cheese. There is never a weekly grocery run where I don’t have pasta in

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound broccoli florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound fresh cheese tortellini pasta
  • 1-1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, juice drained
  • 3/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives
Roasted Garlic Sheet Pan Gnocchi

Roasted Garlic Sheet Pan Gnocchi

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The more browned and banged up my sheet pans get, the more I feel the urge to keep using them. There are few kitchen tools that come in handy for such a wide range dishes.

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Ingredients
  • 1 pound shelf-stable or fresh gnocchi
  • 1 zucchini, diced 1/2-inch
  • 1 yellow squash, diced 1/2-inch
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves in their skins
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
Lemon Garlic Mushroom Spaghetti

Lemon Garlic Mushroom Spaghetti

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Ready in 15 minutes, this Lemon Garlic Mushroom Spaghetti uses flavorful sautéed mushrooms and lemon juice for an easy dinner for any and every night of the week. My pantry is never without at least

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Ingredients
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced into a paste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Slow-Roasted Tomato Zucchini Orzo

Slow-Roasted Tomato Zucchini Orzo

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Orzo is pasta, but with its shape and tiny size, it kind of functions like rice. In the winter I like to throw it into veggie soups so they are more filling, but in the

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Ingredients
  • For slow roasted tomatoes
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • For orzo
  • 1 cup whole wheat orzo
  • 1 zucchini, trimmed, quartered lengthwise and deseeded
Whole Wheat Penne with Sausage, Kale & Tomatoes

Whole Wheat Penne with Sausage, Kale & Tomatoes

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It doesn’t feel like I’ve done all my shopping unless I stop at the olive bar during my weekly grocery trip. Swimming in those little tubs of oil are some of the most flavorful ingredients.

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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 3-ounce sweet Italian chicken sausages, casings removed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 ounces (about 3-4 leaves) lacinato kale, ribs removed, sliced thinly crosswise
  • 1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup marinated roasted tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Rigatoni with Tomato Sauce

Rigatoni with Tomato Sauce

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I don’t like to make a big deal out of tomato sauce. Canned tomatoes are a pantry staple, so I think of them as a weeknight/whenever go-to ingredient. It doesn’t even have to be sauce.

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • Parmesan rind, optional
Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

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I got a little emotional when my almost four-year-old fit in a 5T coat. Did he just skip 4T!? Lately he’s been consuming a crazy smorgasbord for dinner. It must be a growth spurt. I’ve

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Ingredients
  • For tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh Pumpkin Pasta

Fresh Pumpkin Pasta

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Yesterday I made fall official. I bought a bag of those adorable decorative mini gourds with their bumps & lumps and green, orange & gold stripes. Along with my edible squash, I arranged them in

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Ingredients
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil