Archives: Pasta

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

May 15, 2010 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

This pasta dish should be in every cook’s recipe arsenal! It’s super fast, delicious and can be made with basic ingredients that you keep on hand. As you read through the recipe, do not freak out about the anchovies because you can’t even taste them. Anchovies are that secret ingredient in many Italian dishes that • Read More »

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Chunky Chicken Vegetable Minestrone

April 6, 2010 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Chicken, Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Vegetable.

I know it’s officially Spring but it’s still soup weather here in the Pacific Northwest. I made this delicious and healthy Chicken and Vegetable Minestrone recently to combat the chilly weather. It was exactly what I was craving! I substituted white beans for the garbanzo beans (chickpeas), 1 can of diced tomatoes for the fresh • Read More »

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Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

February 27, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Asian, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian.

I really enjoyed this simple and refreshing Asian noodle salad! I loved the combination of sweet, salty and tangy flavors. I added some julienned red bell pepper for extra crunch and color. To make a more substantial salad, stir-fried shrimp, chicken or tofu would also be delicious additions. For the dressing, I added a little sesame oil and • Read More »

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Pork and Broccoli Lo Mein

February 2, 2010 | By andrea | 4 Comments | Filed in: Asian, Main Dish, Pasta, Pork, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

This quick and easy Asian-flavored dish is perfect for a weeknight meal. I followed the recipe except for adding some red bell pepper that I needed to use up. The fresh linguine I used worked great, but next time I’ll try the recipe using fresh Chinese noodles. Pork and Broccoli Lo Mein -recipe from America’s Test Kitchen 30 Minute • Read More »

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Pumpkin-Turkey Goulash with Caraway Noodles

November 14, 2009 | By andrea | Comments Off on Pumpkin-Turkey Goulash with Caraway Noodles | Filed in: Chicken, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Turkey.

I have to admit that this recipe sounds a little weird. It was originally published in an October issue of Bon Appetit a few years ago and referred to as “ghoulash”, a play on the word goulash. I ran across it when I was looking for a savory recipe that used canned pumpkin. Since I had everything • Read More »

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Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

September 30, 2009 | By andrea | 26 Comments | Filed in: Pasta, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Vegetarian.

If you’ve ever had a Hawaiian plate lunch then you’ve tried this style of macaroni salad. It’s slightly tangy, slightly sweet and traditionally served with some sort of pan-Asian main entree like teriyaki beef or kalua pork and a few scoops of white rice. I made it recently for a Hawaiian-themed dinner party that Husband and I • Read More »

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Spicy Sichuan Noodles

September 19, 2009 | By andrea | Comments Off on Spicy Sichuan Noodles | Filed in: Asian, Main Dish, Pasta, Pork, Recipes.

This is so good! noodles and ground pork mixed with a spicy peanut-flavored sauce. Yumm! I thought the dish had a nice amount of heat. To make a mild version, leave out the red pepper flakes. Instead of serving the noodles with the sauce ladled on top, I just mixed it all together in the pot and • Read More »

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Italian Sausage and Zucchini Pasta

July 28, 2009 | By andrea | Comments Off on Italian Sausage and Zucchini Pasta | Filed in: Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Pork, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

  Whether you’ve got a bumper crop of zucchini or you’re just looking for a quick weeknight meal, here’s a fresh-tasting pasta dish for you to try. It’s nothing fancy but it is easy and tasty.  I used Foster Farms Turkey Italian Sausage, which has a lot of flavor and less fat than pork sausage. I decided • Read More »

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Shrimp and Orzo

July 7, 2009 | By andrea | Comments Off on Shrimp and Orzo | Filed in: Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Seafood.

I found this quick meal yesterday when I did a search for recipes using orzo (a rice-shaped pasta) and shrimp. I really like the blend of flavors: tender shrimp, chunky tomatoes, salty feta, and a little heat from the red pepper flakes. I substituted fresh basil for the parsley because that’s what I had on hand. • Read More »

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Mongo Meatballs and Spaghetti

March 10, 2009 | By andrea | Comments Off on Mongo Meatballs and Spaghetti | Filed in: Beef, Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta.

My father-in-law (a meat & potatoes guy) came over for dinner the other night and I wanted to make him a nice meal–something meaty yet something he wouldn’t make for himself. I decided to make meatballs and spaghetti. This meal was truly a sight to behold: giant meatballs perfectly positioned on top of a plate of • Read More »

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