Seriously Simple Tomato Basil Pasta

In a rush? Try out this recipe for a quick and easy pasta with tomato basil! I’ve always had a thing for simple foods. I’m talking about basic ingredients with clean, bold flavors which could stand on their own, but work even more deliciously when used to enhance each other. Sure, I appreciate the complexity of a slow-roasted…

Grilled Cherry Tomato Sauce

CLICHE ALERT! I find there are two types of people: those who want to eat pasta year-round, and those who don’t. Personally, I’ve been firmly locked into the year-round group since my first encounter with the glutinous wonderment of spaghetti when I was but a youngling. The problem with these two groups of people, is – like hipsters…

Quick, Easy, Fresh and Healthy Veggie Pasta

This is a quick, easy and versatile meal that can be thrown together in short order. Born of leftovers, unused ingredients, and last-minute planning, this dish proves that the blank space following the “what’s for dinner” question need not be filled by frozen pizza or *gag* takeout. Take a few minutes, collect your thoughts, gather together…

My Savory Eggplant and Bell Pepper Tomato Sauce

Years ago, my wife brought home a jar of pasta sauce that she said “sounded interesting.” We whipped up some spaghetti, and topped it off with her find, which was a sweet and savory tomato-based sauce featuring big chunks of roasted eggplant, and a subtle note of spicy cumin. Though I’ve periodically considered attempting to…

The Best Mac & Cheese I’ve Ever Made

That’s right. I said it. As a side dish for Christmas dinner, I prepared the best mac & cheese I’ve ever made. For real, it was delicious. After gorging themselves on prime rib and king salmon, there were those who still went back for seconds of my mac. In fact, it even earned a nod of…

Hot Dog Mac ‘n Cheese: The Adult Version

Sitting at my computer, I glance half-heartedly over a line of text that I will delete, rewrite, edit and then elaborate upon, before finally scrapping entirely. The minutes of my afternoon tick away, and as I finally get this very sentence on the proverbial page, I realize that my incessant tapping of the delete key…

Lemony-fresh Pasta with Salmon and Asparagus

This simple and light pasta dish is easy to make, great for the springtime, and – quite simply – delicious and satisfying. I’ve made many variations of this in the past, and I’ve posted a version or two as well, but the one below is by far the best. This dish uses rich, full and simple flavors that…

Whole Wheat Roasted Garlic and Red Pepper Pasta Dough

Welcome. You’re joining me midway through what my wife is referring to as “Fit February.” For her, it’s an effort to increase personal health by eating right, exercising more, and forgoing alcohol in order to save calories and money. For me, it’s an exercise in solidarity. Happy wife, happy life! To be fair, we have…

Menu Week: “Let’s try to be healthy this week.”

While it may seem unreasonable, my wife made this simple request following a week that included slow-cooker pulled pork, homemade cupcakes and a comforting but HEAVY sweet-potato hash. So, as I dove into menu-planning, I tried to think of foods that would be light(er), but still delicious and satisfying. This was, of course, completely undermined…

Pasta with Lemon, Arugula and Grape Tomatoes

Homemade pasta is delicious. If you’re a frequent reader, you’ll know that I’ve made a few different versions of fettuccine since getting my pasta maker over the holidays, including lemon-pepper, red pepper, whole wheat, and spinach. Pasta sauce is also delicious. In fact, I’ve written posts about a few of the sauces that I’m especially…

Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Pasta Recipe

If you haven’t caught on, I fucking love pasta, and since I got my pasta maker for Christmas, I love it even more. Sorry for the profanity – I get amped up about handmade pasta. It feels good, being able to not only control the flavor of the dough, but the thickness of the noodle….

Italian-Inspired Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Pasta and Grilled Pepper Sauce

Have you ever had one of those days where you can’t decide what to cook for dinner? Now,  I’m not referring to an indecisive evening spent sprawled on the couch, wondering aloud what you COULD make for dinner, all the while silently calculating how long you need to keep up the charade before inevitably ordering pho and spring rolls…

Patti’s Asian Noodle Salad

Oooh this is a good one. This wonderful little recipe reminds me of summer-time family parties on the patio, where our loving guests would spread their various potluck additions out along the picnic tables, and I would grab a plate and search out that giant Tupperware bowl that I knew to contain this dish. I…

More Fresh Spinach Pasta

My continuing foray into fresh pasta has led me back to my current favorite recipe for spinach linguine. One of the best things about it is that it’s pretty simple to make, and it’s really tasty. Ingredients:  4 cups white flour 1/4 cup water 4 large eggs 6 oz fresh spinach pinch of salt and pepper 1/2…

Krystle’s Roasted Veggies and Pasta

This really should be WE Love Food (and I love beer), as the credit for our tasty meal a few nights ago goes entirely to my lovely wife. Our wonderful pre-Aziz meal at Tavolata last Sunday not only left us stuffed and satisfied, but also in possession of two small bags of Ethan Stowell pasta,…