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Beet Green Pesto Gnocchi Recipe Recipe

Beet Green Pesto Gnocchi Recipe

06.20.12 by Jackie

Here's another flavorful and healthy recipe using the young beet leaves from my garden. If the leaves are still young, they're edible! I've cooked with beet greens in the past but I find that the best way to consume them all is to use them in sauces. To that end, I made beet green pesto mixing macadamia nuts, Romano cheese and of course, the beet greens. 

What goes better with pesto than gnocchi? It’s definitely one of my favorite combinations and I was eager to see how the beet green flavor matches with the gnocchi. After sautéing the gnocchi in a bit of olive oil, I added a touch of ricotta cheese and completed the sauce with the beet green pesto and a bit of the beet liquid.

I've finally used all the beet greens for this week. Mission accomplished! 


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Buckwheat Pasta Recipe Recipe

Buckwheat Pasta Recipe

05.17.12 by Jackie

Buckwheat pasta is a healthy alternative to white flour pasta. The result is a bit denser and more chewy but paired with the right sauce, the taste is still very pleasant.

Don't be scared by the dark color, which comes from the husk. I didn't use 100% buckwheat flour; I mixed with all-purpose flour to soften the taste of the noodles. Give it a try!


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How to Make Fresh Pasta Recipe

How to Make Fresh Pasta

05.14.12 by Jackie

Making homemade pasta is such an easy task that a child could do it. The rule of thumb is to count 1 whole egg to 3½ ounces flour. The rest is a little salt, olive oil and water as necessary. You could knead and roll the pasta dough with a rolling pin or use a pasta machine. 

This weekend we used the pasta attachments of the Kitchenaid and played around with different shapes and finally agreed on making spaghetti. It turned out beautifully and we let the pasta air dry. Boiled in salted water, it tasted wonderful with pesto.


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Quick and Easy Vegetarian Lasagna Recipe Recipe

Here's a quick, simple and easy recipe for vegetarian lasagna. I substituted lavash pizza bread for the regular lasagna pasta sheets. Lavash bread can be easily cut, so it's fun to make different shaped lasagna, but perhaps most important, it doesn't need to be precooked! The texture is slightly more firm on the top layer, but as ooey-gooey as one would expect on the inside. It's familiar but at the same time refreshing and new.

I made this dish with my friends from California Lavash. They came to my houseand we cooked up a storm, took pictures, and generally had a blast. Love the product, ladies!


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Portobello Mushroom Israeli Couscous with Truffle Goat Cheese Recipe

Potatoes, rice or pasta typically serve as the starch in our daily meals, but when it's time for a change I turn to Israeli couscous. Like all starches, it's a versatile foundation upon which you can build any combination of flavors.

In this recipe, I cooked Israeli couscous with Portobello mushrooms, basil tomato sauce, arugula and truffle-flavored goat cheese. It can be served as a side dish, or as a main course for vegetarians. Either way, its looks will catch your eye and the taste won't disappoint. 


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