Category Archives: Pasta

Mushroom & Garlic Linguine

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This was great!

Ingredients:

1 lb. linguine

Butter

Olive oil

1 lb. sliced cremini mushrooms

6 minced garlic cloves

1/2 c. Pecorino cheese, finely grated

2 T. chopped parsley

Directions:

Cook pasta.

While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter and oil in a frying pan. Add the mushrooms, seasoning with salt and pepper. Saute until browned and tender. Add the garlic and sauté a bit longer.

When the pasta is done, add the cooked pasta to the mushrooms. Add 3/4 c. of the pasta water too and the cheese. Cook until the water has evaporated. Add the parsley and serve.

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Mushroom and Garlic Spaghetti

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Sometimes just a plain sauce is all that’s need on spaghetti. This has a lot of weight watcher points – 17, but if it’s combined with some 0 point alternatives for lunch or dinner, it’s OK!

Ingredients:

1 lb. dry spaghetti

3 T. butter

1 T. olive oil

1 lb. cremini mushrooms, cleaned and slice

6 cloves garlic

1/2 c. Pecorino cheese, grated

2 T. parsley, chopped

Directions:

Cook the pasta. Reserve 3/4 c. of the pasta water.

Meanwhile, heat 1 T. butter and oil in a large pan. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until browned and tender. Add the garlic and remaining butter and sauté for a little bit longer.

Add the cooked spaghetti to the mushroom pan, the reserved pasta water,  and 1/2 c. cheese. Cook and toss until the water has evaporated. Add the parsley and toss again. Serve immediately and add more cheese if desired.

Pasta with Clams

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Yesterday was National Spaghetti Day – even though this wasn’t technically spaghetti, it was close enough – linguini! I made us of canned clams for this recipe and it was easy and good.

Ingredients:

1 lb. dried linguini

3 cans canned clams

Garlic

White wine

Red pepper flakes

1 tomato – seeded and chopped

Parsley

Basil

Directions:

Cook pasta until barely al dente.

Drain the clams and reserve the liquid.

In the meantime, sauté the garlic in some olive oil in a large pan. Don’t let it turn brown! Add the red pepper flakes and tomatoes. Cook for a few minutes. Add the parsley and the clams. Cook for a few more minutes.

Add the white wine and reduce a bit. Add the cooked pasta and the clam juice to the large pan with the clams. Cook on high until the juice has completely evaporated. Drizzle some olive oil on top and sprinkle with some chopped fresh basil.

 

Spicy Baked Shrimp

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This was delicious on its own, but it would also be great over some linguini!

Ingredients:

3 large garlic cloves, minced

1 t. red pepper flakes

2 T. diced pancetta

2 T. capers, drained

1/4 c. chopped parsley

1 lb. shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/4 c olive oil

Lemon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450. Spray a baking dish with some olive oil spray. In a bowl, combine the olive oil, garlic, red pepper, pancetta, capers, and parsley. Add the shrimp and toss well.

Place the shrimp in the prepared baking dish. Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Squeeze lemon juice over the shrimp before serving.

Baked Pasta with Sausage

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This is always a favorite at my house – and we call it “crunchy pasta”. We have lots of ways to make it, and this way with sausage was really good.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. sausage, casings removed

1 medium onion, chopped

1 c. marinara sauce

1/2 lb. penne or similar

Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:

Preheat the broiler.

Cook the pasta.

In the meantime, sauté the onions in some olive oil. Add the sausage and cook until it is cooked through. Break it up into small pieces. Add the marinara sauce and cook until well heated through. Set aside until the pasta is done.

Drain the pasta and add the sauce. Mix well.

Grease a casserole dish. Pour in the pasta and spread out evenly. Top with the cheeses.

Broil until the top turns brown and starts to get crunchy.

 

Penne with Sausage & Radicchio

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This was definitely a crowd pleaser, and best of all, it’s a one-dish meal! I even used Tru Roots Ancient Grains pasta, to make it even healthier!

Ingredients:

12 oz. Tru Roots Ancient Grains penne pasta, cooked

1 onion, finely chopped

3 Italian sausages, casing removed and chopped

1 small radicchio, thinly sliced

1/2 c. Prosecco

1 t. curry powder

2 T. heavy whipping cream

1 t. chopped parsley

Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper

Butter and oil

Directions:

Boil the pasta in salted water until cooked al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, heat the oil and butter in a frying pan.

Add the onions and cook until translucent.

Add the sausage, breaking it up with a potato masher until cooked through.

Add the radicchio and cook until wilted.

Season with salt, pepper and curry. Simmer for a few minutes. Stir in the cream and mix.

Remove the pasta from the water with a slotted spoon and add it to the sauce pan.

Add the parsley and mix it altogether.

Pour the pasta in a casserole dish. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.

Cook in the broiler until brown and crunchy.

Beef and Garlic Asian Noodles

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Evidently Asian noodles are quite different than regular pasta noodles – luckily I thought of looking for some at the grocery store rather than just using the pasta noodles I had at home. I used chow mein noodles and they turned out great – plus, they cook really quickly!

Ingredients:

1 package chow mein noodles, cooked and drained

1 lb. beef  chunks (use a good quality meat) – I used sirloin tips

3 green onions, sliced

4 garlic cloves, chopped

2 T. brown sugar

2 T. soy sauce

Directions:

Heat some olive oil in a wok. Add the green onions and garlic and cook for a few minutes.

Add the beef chunks and brown well.

Add the brown sugar and soy sauce. Stir well until all combined.

Add in the noodles and mix altogether. Serve!