I wanted to surprise my sister-in-law with a no cook dinner tonight by making her family something. I always like when dinner shows up at my door step, so I wanted it to show up at hers. She’s an amazing woman. Her strength is incomparable to anyone I have ever met and her smile will light up a room. She is beautiful, kind and very smart. And by the time I write this, I hope she’s full too!
The best way I know to feed a crowd is on a delicious starchy food such as pasta! I love pasta. All kinds, in case you haven’t noticed. It’s filling, delicious and comforting. You can feed a crowd quickly too. One year, she made this sumptuous pasta with a vodka sauce. I was in love. I pulled out the recipe and was going to make it for her, but I don’t have vodka which could be a problem. I will post that recipe one day though. It was too good not to! Another time, she made a pasta sauce with robust flavors in a crock pot. She’s my kind of pasta gal!
I hope she loved the dish that I prepared for her family as much as my family did. It’s filled with fresh basil and freshly grated Parmesan. Added a little lemon to brighten the flavors and garlic gave it a great edge. I’m a cheese lover so I added lots and lots (2 cups) of mozzarella on top with an addition of more Parmesan. In my opinion, there’s nothing like freshly grated Parmesan! Well, maybe fresh mozzarella…maybe.
- 1 lb penne pasta (I used this because I love how the sauce gathers in the holes and when you bite it all jumps out. Crazy, I know.)
- 1 1/2 jars organic tomato sauce. (I always buy two, one just never seems to be enough!)
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- 1/2 lemon juice: freshly squeezed
- 16 oz. ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup freshly torn basil leaves: divided
- 2 cups: shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese: divided
- salt and pepper
Step 1: Prepare pasta according to directions minus two minutes. (You don’t want over cooked pasta and then bake it!)
Step 2: Drain pasta but leave a little of the reserved water.
Step 3: In a small bowl mix ricotta, garlic, lemon, 1/4 cup basil, 1/2 cup Parmesan, salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Step 4: Combine ricotta mixture and half a jar of sauce on top of the pasta and stir well.
Step 5: Pour 1/4 of sauce on bottom of a 9×13 casserole dish. Add pasta mixture on top.
Step 6: Add remaining sauce on top of pasta. I use close to two jars of sauce because I love all my noodles to be covered. I’m not very big on burnt, crisp noodles.
Step 7: Top with mozzarella cheese (the whole bag!), the remaining Parmesan and basil.
I really like to add a pinch of pepper here too. I’m a pepper lover. Here, you can cover with aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator until ready to bake later that day or the next morning. You can even section into portions and freeze for later as well. As I mentioned, I made one for my family and one for my SIL’s. It was really easy to make the production line. As soon as one pasta box was finished cooking, I started to boil water again and went for the next box. It’s a great recipe for quantity cooking!
Here it is again, if you want to get the whole picture before baking. I am still drooling over those Parmesan “balls.” Really, it’s just clumps of freshly grated Parmesan cheese but balls I call them!
It’s beautiful and delicious! It feeds a crowd and great to fill the belly! What more could you want from a pasta? Oh the finale…okay, sure.
Who stole the star of the show?
Fall time is here and I say, bring on the butternut squash! While I was growing up, I never even heard of butternut squash. To be honest, my first attempt in trying it was last year. Going to the grocery store, I would pass the odd-looking objects that grew from the ground. You know, things like pumpkin, acorn squash and definitely butternut squash. They just looked to strange for me to handle! I finally got enough guts to try one of the recipes I saw from the Foodnetwork Channel that included, whole butternut squash. Let’s just say, I almost burnt down the house placing it in the oven, skin side up. Yup. But once I cooked it properly, I fell in love. I would really like to make butternut squash noodles so that will be coming soon.
I will admit this, I now purchase pre-cut squash from the grocery store. For two reasons. 1. It costs nearly the same 2. The hard part is completed for me. But there is a catch. If you purchase it pre-cut, make sure you use it quickly and it’s not staying in your fridge. If it starts to look slimy, please chuck it.
A lot of nights, I don’t have a lot of time to stay in the kitchen and watch my food cook. I wish I did, I would really love that but with two little kids, I sometimes have to keep one eye on them and one eye on the dish! I like this recipe because it doesn’t take a lot of effort and it’s healthy. The taste is creamy and brings the fall season straight home to my heart.
- 1 1/2 pound butternut squash: cut into cubes
- 2 tbs vegetable oil
- 2 cloves garlic: minced
- sea salt and pepper
- 1 cup: heavy cream
- 32 oz gnocchi
- pinch of cinnamon
You may be saying, “What? 32 oz gnocchi?” Yeah, I don’t blame you. It’s a lot. But in my house, we can eat a lot. Gnocchi is deceiving because although small in character it is filling in the tummy! The sauce makes enough for 32 oz gnocchi so please wrap up your leftovers and enjoy for the next evening. It’s that good, I swear. If you find gnocchi too heavy, substitute it for your favorite pasta.
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
3. In a small bowl, stir to combine squash, oil, salt and pepper and garlic.
4. Place on parchment paper and bake for 25 minutes, flipping half way.
This is my “step away” from the stove time. I like things that just “cook” while I’m away and then come back it’s done. It gives me a little break to change the kid activities and give them new games to play with. It’s all about occupying the kids!
5. Place squash mixture into food processor or blender. Slowly add cream to consistency you like. Then I add more pepper. I love pepper.
6. Meanwhile, during the last few minutes of the squash baking, start boiling your water for the pasta and cook according to directions.
7. Spoon out gnocchi and place in saucepan. Add sauce, stir to combine. If you want to heat it up again, here’s your chance. Heat over low for a few minutes or plate.
8. Finish by adding a touch of cinnamon.
That’s the best ending ever. Cinnamon is really good for you and it boosts the taste factor to a whole new level. This dish scream HELLO FALL all over it!
It’s the most fabulous time of the year! There are leaves-a-changing and everyone is in cheer…..It’s the most fabulous time of the year! (Okay, am I too early for that song?) I LOVE FALL. I have said it over and over on Mama’s Blissful Bites Facebook page. Love, love, love. I have already put out the leaf towels, fall house decorations, changed over our summer wardrobes and even put fall food on our dinner plates. I am ready. This year, I want to make a Fall-to-do list. Do you have one? These are just things I want to do for the season! Ready, let’s go!
Just the thought of cold weather with warm drinks and comforting food makes me smile from ear to ear. Pumpkin spiced latte with extra whip please!
My first opening official fall recipe was on the table tonight. It was warm and inviting, delicious and hearty. Matter-a-fact, the whole 1 lb of pasta was gone by the end of the evening! I have a very hungry family Please be sure to add this to your fall favorites as well. It was already requested to make again.
- 1 lb penne pasta
- 4 oz feta cheese
- 2 sweet potatoes: peeled and diced
- 4 tbs olive oil, divided
- 1 bulb fennel: diced
- onion: chopped
- 1 cup pasta water
- 2-3 tbs pecans: chopped
- salt and pepper
Step 1: Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Step 2: In a medium sized bowl, combine potatoes with 2 tbs olive oil, salt and pepper. Stir to combine
2. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes until soft
Step 3: Cook the pasta according to package and drain.
Step 4: In a large sauce pan, cook fennel and onion in remaining 2 tbs of oil until nice and tender 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
Step 5: Add pasta and potatoes, feta to sauce pan with 1 cup pasta water.
(Note: I added more pepper here because I’m crazy in love with pepper).
Step 6: Top with pecans and…
There you have it. Simple yet ooo so good! Fall is coming, bring it baby! I’m ready. Are you?
This is fantastic! My son, who is considered a “selective” eater, LOVED his pasta! It’s FILLED WITH LOTS OF VEGETABLES! I repeat, LOTS OF VEGGIES! He licked the whole bowl clean! It was so nice to know he was eating a healthy plate and he loved it! Sounds kind of funny but it was a great table moment. I have to share with you this yummy recipe.
My husband, who hates kale, loved it as well. He said he had no idea his bowl was filled with so much goodness! If your child is not used to whole-grain pasta, then use regular pasta and just change the sauce. Making small changes rather than switching hard-core into a healthy lifestyle is better for everyone. If you do something gradually, it will help make shifting to a healthier lifestyle easier. After you’ve had the sauce a few times, then try whole-grain pasta. Yes, there is a taste difference between whole-grain and white, but it’s still just as good.
Ingredients: (Ready for this GREAT list?!)
- 1 cup cauliflower: chopped
- 1 carrot: peeled and chopped
- 1 zucchini: peeled and chopped
- 1 onion: chopped
- 1/2 cup kale
- 2 garlic cloves: minced
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- sea salt and pepper
- 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
- 1 cup broth (vegetable or chicken)
- 1/2 Tbs oregano
- 1/2 Tbs thyme
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- Fresh basil leaves
- 1/2 lb whole grain pasta
1. Add oil to a saute pan over medium heat.
2. Place cauliflower, onion, kale, zucchini, carrot, garlic, sea salt and cinnamon into saute pan. Saute for 15 minutes until softened. Stirring occasionally.
This is how it looks after fifteen minutes…and your kitchen should be smelling fantastic now!
3. Add sauce, broth, oregano and thyme. Bring to boil.
4. Cover and simmer on low for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. Add basil leaves and stir. Cover on low for another 15 minutes.
6. Meanwhile, make the pasta.
7. Place sauce into a bowl and using an immersion blender mix until all chunks are gone. (Or use a blender).
8. Drain the pasta but save 1 scoop of the pasta water.
9. Mix scoop of pasta water, sauce and pasta together. Ladle and serve.
It looks like regular pasta right? How would they know, including your partner, that its FILLED with goodness of the Earth! If your child won’t eat vegetables, what’s a better way then to hide those babies?! And please, don’t just stop at the select vegetables that I picked! Fill your sauce with whatever vegetables you have on hand! Spinach, peppers, any leafs you have! Fill it up! You will fall in love with this sauce and so will your kids Be prepared for everyone to love this delicious pasta dish! Best part, it’s healthy and nobody needs to know! Enjoy!
Thinking back on my childhood days, I can recall one of my most favorite, easy, staple dishes which was noodles and butter. The simplicity of these two ingredients go perfectly together. Once in a while, I would even add a touch of salt. There is nothing better than butter sliding into the increases of my mouth as I slurped in a pasta noodle.
One of my favorite memories is of my stepmom pulling spaghetti from the fridge, noodles stuck together on a plate, she would place a dab of butter and it turned into a fabulous comfort food. Matter-a-fact, she still eats them this way to this day and because of her, I serve this to my very own little eaters.
- 1 bunch of asparagus: stems removed, rinsed
- 1 pint of cherry tomatoes: rinsed
- 1-2 Tbs Olive oil
- 1/2 lemon: freshly squeezed
- Package of egg noodles
Ingredients for Sauce:
- 6 Tbs of LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt
- 1 clove of garlic: minced
- Salt and Pepper
- 1/2 lemon: freshly squeezed
Although I will admit that I take a bite here and there of my children’s pasta with butter, I have made a more “adult” version and included wonderful roasted vegetables. This recipe is perfect for LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt. If you haven’t tried it yet, you definitely should! The olive oil and sea salt give this old fashion dish of “noodles with butter” a brand new make over. Just when I thought my childhood days of noodles and butter were over, heh, they have just begun! Try variations such as different vegetables, cheese, and even some herbs such as thyme! The possibilities are endless and delicious! Make it as a main dish or even a side dish. Add some crunchy bread and oh yea, butter! Mmm, what a meal! Bring on the pasta!
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2. Place tomatoes and asparagus into a baking sheet or a glass 13×9 dish.
3. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and olive oil and mix. (I used my hands, way more fun than a spoon!)
4. Add salt and pepper and you have now given your vegetables a quick rub-a-dub soak
5. Put in oven for 10 minutes. They should be nice and crisp when they are finished.
Confession time: I ate a lot of the tomatoes and asparagus when they were finished prior to my dish. I just couldn’t help it! One turned into two and then into three… please try to refrain and save some veggies for your delicious dish. I promise, it’s worth it!
6. Make pasta according to directions.
7. Meanwhile, place LAND O LAKES® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt in a pan and melt on low to medium low heat.
8. Add lemon and garlic to butter and stir occasionally for a few minutes until butter has all the way melted.
9. Add cooked pasta and vegetables to pan and stir.
10. Turn off heat and serve! Season with salt and pepper if you like.
This dish is perfect for the summer! Go ahead and enjoy yourself!
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We’re just getting started with some great simple and fresh meals for the summer! Grab a drink, relax and read thru the rest of our bloggers dishes!
- Ravioli Florentine with Spinach and Butter Sauce by Hezzi-D’s Books &Cooks
- Roasted Salmon & Asparagus with grilled Garlic Bread by Daily Dish Recipes
- Steak with Blue Cheese Butter by In the Kitchen with KP
- Pasta with Roasted Asparagus and Cherry Tomatoes by Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Fettucini with Cream Sauce and Turkey Sausage by Val’s Food and or Art
- Butter Burgers by Ultra Epicure
- Bacon and Havarti Quiche by Juanita’s Cocina
- Cider Chicken with Butter Pecan Rice by Momma’s Meals
- Crusty French Bread with Sun-Dried Tomato and Parmesan Herb Butter by The Weekend Gourmet
- Chicken Scallopini by Diabetic Foodie
- Pasta with Butter Thyme Sauce by Magnolia Days
- Chicken Tikka Masala by Melissa Likes to Eat
- White Bean Ragout with Grilled Garlic Bread by Comfy Cuisine
- Wild Raisin Nut Rice Pilaf with Olive Butter & Sea Salt by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Olive Oil and Sea Salt Pan Seared Scallops with Quinoa by Big Bears Wife
- Flank Steak with Garlic and Wild Mushrooms by Family Spice
- Bay Scallop Gratin by An Appealing Plan
- Buttery Sea Salt Tuna Fajitas by Family Foodie
- Sole Meniere by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Buttermilk Biscuits with Jalapeno Cheddar Butter by Damn Delicious
- Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich by Dinner, Dishes and Desserts
- Sage Cornbread Muffins with Cranberry Orange Butter by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
- Easy Onion Focaccia Rolls by The Meltaways
- Whole Wheat Biscuits by Cookistry
- Buttery Garlic Knots by From My Corner of Saratoga
- Herbed Cheese Bread with Pancetta and Onions by Mrs. Mama Hen
- Honey Butter Dinner Rolls by Chocolate Moosey
- Warm Balsamic Green Beans by Chip Chip Hooray
- Buttery Herbed Potatoes by The Messy Baker Blog
- Basil Butter Corn by Supper for a Steal
- Mashed Potatoes with Herb Butter and Cheese by Basic and Delicious
Oh man! I have been waiting all week for this day! I joined a group called the #SundaySupper and have met incredible foodies! For this weeks celebration we are hosting “The Perfect Memorial Day Menu!” One big group of great recipes to fill your picnic or patio table! How exciting is that?! It’s almost like an instant menu, made in full and delivered to you pronto.
I have to be honest, I could feel the heat. Not of my food, well because I made a cold dish, but of me just pressuring myself to make that perfect dish. As being my first week, I wanted to make an impression. I went from stuffed sweet potatoes with maple syrup to hamburgers to baked beans and then back to a few more ideas. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why make something harder than what its supposed to be? I can come up with some pretty brainy, intense, layers of flavored dishes that will explore your taste buds, but I was seriously going to hurt my head if I thought any more. After all, two kids, a husband, a homebased business, a dog, a cat and blogging can be an overwhelming choice. Although I choose to live my life this way, sometimes I need to learn to let go of being so hard. I mean, come on, we do the best we can in the situation that we are in. Next lesson please!
As I made many phone calls to many people asking for what they expected on THEIR Memorial Day menu, I finally took a step back and thought of my first idea – a cold pasta salad. One of my favorite pasta salads was made by a girl that I used to work with. She was in my wedding and we have kept in touch through the years but I have no idea why she was giving me this pasta salad. Anyways, it was so simple and I live for simple. Cook pasta, add vegetables and throw on Italian dressing. Yup, that’s it. I started to make it for every function after she introduced me to the fresh veggie/pasta world. It feeds a lot of people, its fresh, tastes great and is filling. Really, what more could I ask for? Oh that’s right, its simple.
- 2 Tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 freshly squeezed lime
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
- 1 clove garlic: minced
- 1 pinch of sea salt
- 1 pinch of pepper
1. Freshly squeeze lemon and lime in a strainer over a bowl. (This bowl is what the dressing will be made with).
2. Discard strainer seeds and pulp.
3. In lemon and lime bowl mixture, add grapeseed oil, garlic, sea salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
4. Refrigerate until ready for use.
I love to taste different dressings. It really helps shape a salad. This is refreshing and light which goes wonderful with the summer filled vegetables and pasta. I love most varieties of food and there is very little that my taste buds don’t go like except for mayonnaise based dressings. I don’t enjoy one bit of the taste of mayo and have always avoided these kinds of dressings because of it. From this, I have missed out on many pasta and macaroni salads. (Wah! Wah!) This is unfortunate for my taste buds but I have opened a whole new world of opportunity, the oil based world. Which may I add, is delicious!
Summer Pasta Salad
- 1 lb rotini pasta noodles
- 1 red pepper: chopped
- 1 red onion: sliced
- 1 container fresh mozzarella balls
- 1 yellow squash: peeled and sliced
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes: sliced in half
- sea salt and pepper
- Walnuts: chopped (optional)
1. Make pasta noodles according to package.
2. Drain noodles and place back in pot.
3. Meanwhile, slice and cut all vegetables and place in a bowl.
No lie, when I’m trying to make all my vegetables even and give a good presentation, I use a vegetable slicer. I like everything to be the same size.
4. Combine vegetable and cheese mixture with pasta.
5. Pour dressing on top and mix to combine.
6. Place in container and in refrigerator until ready to serve. (Add walnuts, optional)
Nothing says simple, filling and delicious like this pasta salad. It’s clean, refreshing taste will remind you of why you love Mother Nature so much!
And of course, you must check out the rest of this delicious Memorial day menu from my fellow foodies. Hopefully we fill you up until next week!
- Creamy Bacon and Avocado Pasta Salad by Daily Dish Recipes
- Sweet and Savory Ham and Mango Salad by Rambling Notebook
- Summer Pasta Salad with Lemon Lime Dressing by Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Soba Noodles with Swiss Chard and Mushrooms by Soni’s Food for Thought
- Malaysian Pickled Vegetables by Cookistry
- Wedge Salad & Homemade blue Cheese Dressing by In the Kitchen with KP
- Grilled Cesar Salad with Homemade Caesar Dressing by The Messy Baker
From the Grill:
- Grilled Balsamic Pork Kebobs by Momma’s Meals
- Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps by That Skinny Chick
- Grilled Shrimp Po Boys with Radicchio Slaw Pescetarian Journal
- Bourbon Soy Sauce Pork Chops and Tilapia Family Foodie
- Green Chile Bacon Cheeseburgers by Damn Delicious
- Kalua Pulled Pork by Juanita’s Cocina
- Mocha Latte and Chocolate Hazelnut Pudding Cups by Mrs. Mama Hen
- Ice Cream Pie by Make Dinner Easy
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Rice Crispy Treats by Chocolate Moosey
- Lite Mango Coconut Ice Cream with Berry Ginger Topping by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Stars and Stripes Pound Cake by Big Bear’s Wife
- Chocolate Lava Cake Cositas Bonitas
- Mango cardamom Cupcakes Beetle’s Kitchen
- Watermelon Muffins The Meltaways
- Mango Swirl Cheesecake Baker Street
Our recipes will be perfectly paired by Wine Everyday
Sometimes, making spaghetti sauce is when I open the pantry door and throw in anything and everything I can find. Spices, vegetables, canned pumpkin, cream, you name it but I always seem to go back to this very simple recipe. Sometimes, simple is just better.
The critics around the table seemed to have agreed. My husband (a very important critic, may I add) says he loves this particular sauce because its “fresh.” Now, the two most important critics, a three-year old and an eighteen month old, always have my attention. I want to know the famous question of the day, will they eat it? Some days I will serve them the most lavishing dish and they refuse, other days I make up mac n’cheese and they say yes and sometimes they change it up and even say no…it’s always a toss-up. Today, it was a THREE thumbs up kind of day and I love those days.
- 1/2 pound of spaghetti noodles
- 28 oz. can of organic crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 Tbs basil
- 1/2 Tbs parsley
- 1 onion: chopped
- 1/2 cup (less or more) organic sliced mushrooms
- 1-2 Tbs olive oil
- Parmesan cheese (optional)
Recipe as follows:
1. Prepare spaghetti noodles according to package.
2. Meanwhile, add olive oil to sauce pan over medium heat.
3. Add onions and stir occasionally until slightly softened for about five minutes.
4. Add mushrooms and stir for another five minutes until soft.
5. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
Special Note: I know the recipe calls for organic. And some people may buy the “regular” but I’m telling you, buy the organic! That’s what makes this sauce have a fresh taste. It’s really good. Spend those saved pennies on an organic crushed tomatoes can – its delicious! And you really CAN taste a difference! (I bought Nature’s Promise, mmm mmm good!)
6. Cover, let simmer for 12-15 minutes.
7. When pasta is finishing cooking, drain.
8. Return pasta to pot.
9. Pour the sauce into the pasta and stir to combine.
10. Serve on plates and add some Parmesan cheese!
Oh my word. I love chickpeas. Love. I don’t know why they are so comforting for me but I absolutely love them. My poor husband, who never does the grocery shopping, volunteered to go with my three-year old son. What I thought was an easy list, ended up being a three-hour tour in the grocery store! One of the items that threw him off was “Chickpeas.” I probably should have mentioned they are AKA garbanzo beans….oops. Although I did write, “International Aisle” next to the word, I put him on a while goose chase. While I was bored at the house, I decided to clean out my pantry and realized, I have FOUR cans of beans! By the time, he called and said, “I finally found them!” I didn’t want to disappoint his hard work so I thanked him and used them in a recipe today. My pantry is now filled with garbanzo beans (and I love that!)
So what to make with these little fellows? Spiced chickpeas? Hummus? Nah… let’s go for something different, let’s reach for the stars and make a creamy sauce! What a true winner but don’t take my word, make it yourself!
- 1/2 pound of spaghetti
- 4 cups fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream
- 1 can (15 oz) Garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 Tbs tarragon (more to garnish)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- Salt and Pepper
1. Add water to a large sauce pan for your spaghetti noodles.
2. Melt butter over low in a separate saucepan for the sauce (move that baby around to get it to melt and YES that’s some mmhmmm lots of butter!)
3. Add garlic and chickpeas to the butter
4. Season with pepper (I didn’t use salt because the beans have enough in them. Use your judgement. I’m not a big salt fan.)
5. Add heavy whipping cream and tarragon and stir.
6. Turn heat to medium-high and bring to a boil.
7. Turn heat to low and cover for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
8. Meanwhile, add spaghetti noodles to the boiling water. Cook pasta according to directions.
9. When your sauce pan has reached ten minutes, stir in Parmesan cheese and turn the heat off. Cover and let rest. (It will thicken)
9. It should look like this when sauce is finished:
10. Either use an immersion blender or a food processor to turn into a smooth consistency. Place lid on top to keep warm.
11. When pasta is finished cooking, add spinach to the water. The spinach will start to wilt. Drain the pasta.
12. Mix the sauce with the pasta to combine. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese or garnish with tarragon.
Carbs are a wonderful downfall of mine. I love them. Let’s not mistake the word LOVE, I truly, truly, truly love them! I try to make pasta once a week – sometimes with a red sauce, sometimes a white, sometimes with mushrooms, sometimes with broccoli, sometimes with beef, sometimes with chicken, it all depends.
One of my all time favorites, Pesto Pasta, reminds me of when I worked in Towson. There was (and may still be) a shop on Chesapeake Avenue which had beautiful salads and pastas. Once I tried their pesto pasta, there was no turning back. I had to make my own. Pesto is fantastic on sandwiches, pizzas and of course, pasta! The pine nuts give it a nice flavor with garlic that just calls “home” in your mouth. Basil is so refreshing who can resist the smell? Pour in some Parmesan and we just made the choir sing. One of my favorite family recipes of all time. My twist on this favorite is that I add peas. They are vibrant in color and have just the right amount of sugar to add to this dish.
Leaves from 2 bunches of fresh basil plants
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
2 medium-sized garlic cloves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 pound angel hair pasta (capallini)
3/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta.
2. Meanwhile, combine the pine nuts and basil in a food processor. Pulse a few times.
3. Add garlic, pulse a few more times.
4. While the food processor is on, slowly pour in the olive oil in a constant stream. Stop to scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.
5. Add freshly grated Parmesan cheese and pulse again.
6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
7. Make the pasta in the salted boiling water until al dente. (About four minutes).
8. While the pasta is cooking, put the peas in the bottom of a large bowl.
9. Drain the pasta. Transfer the pasta, to the large bowl covering the peas. Do not mix.
10. Add the pesto on top of the pasta and peas mixture. Toss the mixture together.
11. Transfer to bowls, top with extra pine nuts and Parmesan cheese.
Presto! You have Pesto Pasta with Peas!