Tagged: pasta

Roasted Tomato Zucchini Squash Pasta Salad

Roasted Tomato Zucchini Squash Pasta Salad

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Summer is prime pasta salad season. And I am taking full advantage of eating noodles at room temperature or even straight from the fridge. Pasta salads make fantastic sides for grilled mains like meat and

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Ingredients
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium zucchinis, cubed
  • 2 medium yellow squash, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
Pasta with Baby Greens, Beans and Walnuts

Pasta with Baby Greens, Beans and Walnuts

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For my usual weeknight pasta, I like to keep things simple with spaghetti, even though, I admit, it can be a bit boring. When I stick to my routine, I don’t add to my random noodle

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Ingredients
  • 12 ounces short pasta (farfalle, rotelle, fusilli, orecchiette, penne)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1-15 ounce can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 ounce grated Parmesan plus shaved Parmesan for serving
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Antipasto Spaghetti

Antipasto Spaghetti

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The past month has been kind of crazy. With travel, the start of school and more work commitments than usual, I am desperate for a normal week. Too bad that won’t happen anytime soon, according

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Ingredients
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces assorted antipasti including garlic pitted olives, tomatoes, artichokes & peppers)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Shaved Parmesan for serving
  • Torn basil for serving
Peanut Udon Noodles with Grilled Vegetables

Peanut Udon Noodles with Grilled Vegetables

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From kindergarten through adulthood, I always had the same thing for lunch A peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a side of carrot sticks. I am a creature of habit, so I find all that

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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces dried wide udon noodles
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1 medium yellow squash, halved lengthwise
  • 1 red pepper, quartered and deseeded
  • 1 ear corn, shucked
  • 1 tablespoon + 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons black pepper
Butternut Squash Orzo

Butternut Squash Orzo

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I am always searching for simple dinners. Monday to Friday evenings are so wonderfully chaotic that I crave something filling that won’t require too much effort to get on the table. By 7:00 pm, I

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Ingredients
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup orzo
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese 
  • 1 teaspoon minced chives
Carrot Mac & Cheese

Carrot Mac & Cheese

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Every time I pickup my son at daycare his teachers tell me that he is a very good eater. What does that even mean? Is it variety? Quantity? I guess there aren’t too many things

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Ingredients
  • 3/4 pound carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 cups penne rigate (9 ounces)
  • 3 ounces shredded sharp cheddar (1-1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoons minced chives
Fresh Tomato Sauce

Fresh Tomato Sauce

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My pantry is never without canned tomatoes. Whole, diced or crushed, they are a constant staple. Canned tomatoes are the base for so many soups, like Tuscan ribollita and roasted tomato. They are also handy

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Ingredients
  • 2 pounds Roma tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small white onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Fresh Spinach Pasta

Fresh Spinach Pasta

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Pasta is my absolute favorite go-to, quick weeknight dinner, but sometimes I do have those carb-heavy cravings on the weekend. I would eat pasta every single day of the week and never get tired of

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Ingredients
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli

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The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is nearing a close for the year. I have been trying to enjoy what’s left. While there is still that sense of excitement in the air, we

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1-15 ounce can cannellini beans
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
Fresh Pasta With Basil Pesto

Fresh Pasta With Basil Pesto

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I can’t take credit for the lush green foliage that now dominates our back deck. It is an absolute dream for someone like me who never thought it was possible to live in a home

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Ingredients
  • For pasta
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

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Gnocchi is one of my husband’s favorite things to eat. It brings back fond memories of a college semester spent studying in Rome. A classmate brought a gnocchi recipe with him, and home-cooked meals during

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Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds)
  • 2/3 cup ricotta cheese, drained
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan, grated, plus more for serving
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus more for serving
  • 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh sage leaves