Pasta Recipes

Wine-Braised Chuck Roast with Pasta Recipe

Wine-Braised Chuck Roast with Pasta

09.30.14 by Jackie

Baby Aria's choice of meat is by far beef. And the tender it is, the more she likes it. Today, I seared boneless beef chuck steaks, then braised them in wine. Once tender, I boiled campanelle pasta and transferred them to the beef pot. I really enjoy making one-dish meals for her. The flavorful gravy sneaked into the cavity of the odd-shaped trumpet-like pasta, which made it more fun for Aria to devour.

I flavored the dish fresh thyme, clove, parsley, tomato paste. bay leaf, turnips, onions and garlic. The key ingredient is quality drinking red wine. C'est tout ("that's it!")!


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Crookneck Squash Gemelli Pasta (Vegetarian Pasta Recipe) Recipe

Crookneck Squash Gemelli Pasta (Vegetarian Pasta Recipe)

09.29.14 by Jackie

It's Meatless Monday and today I'm sharing with you one of baby Aria's favorite pasta dishes. I used gemelli pasta, cut crookneck squash the same size as the pasta and flavored them with tarragon and parsley crème fraîche. The crookneck squash provides a soft texture to the dish and the same-sized pieces make for easy eating, especially for little ones.

I hope your weekend was as adventuresome as ours. We spent the weekend at Half Moon Bay State Beach. It wasn't too hot with the ocean breeze. It was so peaceful and quiet; exactly what we needed! Aria and I wandered along the beaches and on the trails after our picnic. I had prepared my husband Lulu's favorite cucumber tea sandwiches and used the remaining filling to flavor the pasta dish the following day!


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Asparagus Stuffed Pasta with Fig Hazelnut Sauce Recipe

Asparagus Stuffed Pasta with Fig Hazelnut Sauce

08.27.14 by Jackie

I don't know if you've noticed but I tend to prepare healthy meals fairly often. This is my husband Lulu's request and it was his New Year's resolution to change his eating habits. He's lost 25 pounds so far and he's trying to get back to his pre-marriage weight.

Yesterday, I boiled manicotti-like pasta (big pennoni rigati) and stuffed them with a mixture of yuba (tofu skin), green asparagus spears, yellow onions and curly parsley. After completing the vegan filling, I realized I needed a binder to be able to stuff the mixture into the cylinder-shaped pasta . 

While the pasta was boiling, baby Aria and I stepped outside and randomly harvested a few ripe figs in the garden. That's when I decided to prepare a sauce for this dish made of fresh figshazelnuts, tomato paste and roasted red bell peppers. The texture came out exactly as wonderfully as I had anticipated it would. Sometimes, improvisation ends up with beautiful results!  

 


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Papaya Roasted Fennel Pasta Recipe Recipe

Papaya Roasted Fennel Pasta Recipe

06.23.14 by Jackie

This is another dish I prepared during our Roman holiday. I used "artigiano pastaio"-type pasta (prepared by an "artisan expert"). I selected farfalle, the kind shaped like a bow, and used them as a main dish. I flavored them with thinly-sliced fennel bulb and ripe papaya.  

The preparation is fairly simple. I roasted fennel that I coated in papaya and ginger purée, then added the  vegetable to the pasta. The licorice flavor from the fennel and the natural sweetness from the papaya created a unique, extraordinary-tasting, delectable pasta dish.


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Eggplant Lasagna Recipe Recipe

Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

04.07.14 by Jackie

If you're serving a large crowd and are short on time, here's an ideal dish to prepare. Lasagna is my go-to dish when we throw a party. I prepared the white sauce in advance and grilled the vegetables ahead of time as well. Since it's Meatless Monday, I kept the meal vegetarian, adding  only grilled eggplant.

The sauce is a combination of the white sauce, ricotta cheese, Asiago cheese, thyme and oregano. To ensure easy clean-up, I first greased a chafing dish with a thin layer of butter and spread flavorful tomato sauce on the bottom. I baked the lasagna in the morning and finished browning the top 30 minutes before the party started. Once my guests arrived, I lit the chafing dish  fuel. This method lets you serve a piping-hot, stress-free meal in virtually any setting. 

 


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