Search Results for: Pasta & risotto

Scallops, Orzo and Peas in a Saffron-Tomato Sauce

  Several weeks back, a local seafood department was running plump, dry-pack sea scallops on sale. I picked up several pounds for the freezer. Today I appreciate my thinking ahead; it seems my cupboards are bare aside from pantry staples and frozen goods. I do have one fresh item, a remaining tomato I plucked before the first frost … Full recipe post »

Crispy Baked Pasta with Shiitakes, Cabbage

I collect Al Dente Pasta as one might collect baseball cards — only I get to eat my collection. I enjoy having different varieties and flavors to choose from on those evenings where I want to whip up a meal in less than 15 minutes — or more, as in the following recipe. Of course I love … Full recipe post »

Fettuccine with Tomato-Cheddar Sauce and Artichoke Hearts

I was at a friend’s house making dinner while she was at work. I was planning to shop but she begged me to use the ingredients she had in her fridge and pantry. This recipe is the savory outcome. If a pantry includes good pasta and a cheese that can be grated, it’s a start. … Full recipe post »

Spring Green Risotto

I began making risotto back in the early ’80s, and there was — and still is — a great deal of mystique surrounding the dish. First, I was warned to never stop stirring. I must stir the risotto constantly or a disastrous mass of glutinous rice stuck to a burned pot would be inevitable. That’s … Full recipe post »

Spaghetti with Fried Calamari

Fried calamari on a menu snares me every time – though other, more original, appetizers may begged to be tried, my eyes keep returning to the… fried calamari. Especially if it has some particularly exotic dipping sauce! So when I saw this recipe for fried calamari over spaghetti in Bon Appetit from Italy’s Amalfi Coast, … Full recipe post »

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

Meatballs — folks can work up a passion about these babies. The recipe I made tonight would be a major assault to Italians in the area, not to mention their grandmother’s. I do have recipes that are true to the old school, but I made a lean version tonight and paired it with a hefty … Full recipe post »

Pot Roast

Pot roast — a name born of sturdy frugality, a Midwesterner’s no-nonsense response to winter’s brutal chill. Pot roast, a comforting name, to be sure; yet, quote Juliet to Romeo, “…by any other name, would smell as sweet?” I could travel to France and bestow this pot roast, rightfully, a sophisticated, cosmopolitan name — Beef Bourguignon. … Full recipe post »

Tofu Hot Pot

I’ve got it — my next get-rich-quick scheme! I’ll make bazilions off my new and improved patented Hot Pot soups; soups guaranteed to melt the pounds off one’s body — soups that puts those cabbage diet soup remedies to shame. Kimchi is pickled napa cabbage, and it’s a workhorse in this recipe, lending a wonderful sour, … Full recipe post »

Pasta with Spicy Eggplant Sauce

This Mediterranean sauce really fits the bill tonight. Its rich, chunky texture and flavor begs a second helping, which is of little concern: it’s a healthy sauce. It would also be wonderful served over couscous or farro; I’ve always enjoyed eggplant sauces quite spicy, but I’ll leave that to your discretion. I often regard fresh basil … Full recipe post »

Papparadelle with Ratatouille

The name of this recipe is a mouthful. It takes more time to say it than it does to put it together-as long as you have leftover ratatouille in your fridge. Last week I made a large amount of roasted ratatouille so I could have leftovers for recipes such as this. I’ve always been a fan of … Full recipe post »

Kitchen Sink Skillet Pasta Supper

For anyone who likes good food, hates waste and has little time to cook, something similar to this dish is more than likely in your repertoire. It basically doesn’t require a recipe; boil pasta in a pot, cook leftover proteins and vegetables in a skillet, toss together and serve. The recipe below was pretty darn … Full recipe post »

Roasted Chicken and Spinach Lasagna

Looking for ideas for the upcoming holidays? Consider clicking the holiday cookbook : “Thankful for Food” Holiday Collection 50+ Festive dinnerFeed Recipe Suggestions I’ve friends coming to dinner, and one poor soul can’t tolerate onions, even cooked. And nope. You can’t sneak ’em into the recipe or use leeks instead. I’ve tried and really felt bad when … Full recipe post »

Squid Ink Pasta with Calamari

Trick or treat! Ick. Yuck. Gross. Is that what you’re thinking? Well, hmph! Give me your portion then. I love calamari (a.k.a. squid), and served in a simple garlic wine sauce over a bed of locally produced Al Dente pasta … well, I choose this for my Halloween treat. According to Wikipedia, in English-speaking countries, squid is often … Full recipe post »

Pasta with Shellfish Marinara

Yes, the tomato sauce is not red and thick. But the flavor is so much better, at least for me, than sweet, ketchupy tomato sauces. The salty, rich flavor of the sea is captured as the shellfish steams in the sauce, releasing its juices. I began by sautéing local fresh plum tomatoes in garlic – … Full recipe post »

Shrimp and Spaghetti in a Goat-Cheese Tarragon Sauce

One of the best tips I often  use for pasta and sauce recipes is to reserve a 1/4-1/2 cup of pasta water,  ladled right from the pot just before draining the pasta. I then add it to the pasta sauce. The water contains starch and flavor and helps the  pasta adhere to the sauce when … Full recipe post »