Pasta Recipes

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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Gnocchi with Turkey Sausage Recipe

Gnocchi with Turkey Sausage

03.19.14 by Jackie

Gnocchi sautéed with turkey sausage is probably my most favorite dish of the season. It's hearty, delicious and filling. For extra creaminess, I added crumbled blue cheese, which also imparts extra saltiness to the dish. You definitely can't go wrong with this one-dish menu. Plus, I froze the extra gnocchi dough and stored it for a future meal.  

I've been introducing new foods to Aria. And even though she's only 27 months old, I'm fascinated to see how much she enjoys learning. She helped me shape the gnocchi pasta. For fun, I formed letters and she said a word that would begin with that letter. A beautiful, delicious dinner was ready and Aria practiced her alphabet .


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Eggplant Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce Recipe

Eggplant Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

02.05.14 by Jackie

This is my go-to winter dish. It's filling, creamy and incredibly delicious. I sautéed penne pasta with grilled eggplant and covered both in a sun-dried tomato sauce. 

Sun-dried tomatoes add wonderful color to the sauce. You don't need to add a lot because their flavor is pretty robust and concentrated with an exquisite hint of saltiness. I selected penne pasta because the shape enables the sauce to coat and penetrate the pasta so each bite is extra scrumptious.


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Pea Soup Topped with Pasta Chips Recipe

Pea Soup Topped with Pasta Chips

12.17.13 by Jackie

I may sound like a broken record, but I try not to waste food. In Vietnamese, it is tội chết: "dreadfully sinful" to waste. Yesterday, I had a little bit of leftover boiled bow-tie pasta. The quantity was too little to serve as a main dish, so I seasoned them, deep-fried them and served them as chips.

To ensure everyone enjoyed the small amount of chips in equal portions, I used them as crunchy toppings for pea and leek soup. You could serve them as appetizers for a buffet-style party (maybe next week for Christmas Eve) in mini shot glasses. A sprinkle of curly parsley is more than enough to provide an elegant final touch. 

Waste not, want not! 


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Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe

12.16.13 by Jackie

We spent a pretty low-key weekend, which is just what we needed after being so busy with holiday activities. I had time to do my favorite activity: cooking! I planned on making a fairly healthy meal of bow tie pasta covered in sauce.

I used fresh pumpkin and boiled it until very soft. I love all kinds of squash, including pumpkin, when they're in season. I almost never use the canned version, even for baking, unless I'm really running out of time. 

For better visual appeal, I added finely-cut French green beans and sprinkled the top of the pasta dish with a little grated Dubliner for extra nuttiness.


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