Archives: Pasta

Sesame Noodles with Chicken

August 3, 2011 | By andrea | Comments Off on Sesame Noodles with Chicken | Filed in: Asian, Chicken, Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

At least once a week I make a meaty pasta dish to have in the fridge for husband to take for lunch or to have on hand for a quick dinner on busy days. This recipe for Sesame Noodles with Chicken is in the rotation. I added some shredded cabbage and carrots (coleslaw mix) to • Read More »

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Penne in Country Ragù

April 11, 2011 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Pork, Recipes.

Because I love Italian sausage, I always try to have some on hand so I can make simple pasta dishes like this one. The ragù gets flavor from the sausage, a little red wine, garlic and some fresh basil.  And, if you make it a day ahead, it’s a perfect meal for entertaining because all you have to do • Read More »

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Chinese Noodle and Chicken Salad

January 11, 2011 | By andrea | 11 Comments | Filed in: Asian, Chicken, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Salad, Side Dish, Turkey.

I ran across this recipe for Chinese Noodle and Chicken Salad the other day and thought it would be a great pasta salad dish to make for the weekend: tender noodles, crunchy snow peas and a creamy, peanutty Asian-inspired dressing. Yumm! Husband loved it, too. You’ll notice that this recipe serves 20 people, which is great • Read More »

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Chile Mac

September 13, 2010 | By andrea | 5 Comments | Filed in: Beef, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

Now that we’re heading into Autumn, it’s time to start hauling out the comfort food recipes!!! Chile Mac, a simple and comforting dish, is nothing fancy but it is a good, quick weeknight dinner. Plus, it’s fairly inexpensive to make and can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd. I usually use beef broth instead of chicken broth, and • Read More »

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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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Pasta, Sausage and Bean Soup

December 9, 2009 | By andrea | 8 Comments | Filed in: Main Dish, Recipes, Soup/Stew.

I brought this delicious soup to a friend’s birthday luncheon recently. It’s easy to make, hearty and loaded with all kinds of tasty ingredients, including Italian sausage, carrots, tomatoes, kidney beans, and elbow macaroni. Since I made the soup the day before I was going to serve it, I did everything up to adding the macaroni (I • 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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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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