Articles Tagged pasta

Strozzapreti with Beef Shank Ragù

Tender beef in an enticing tomato sauce that’s so easy it’s all made at once in the oven, deliciously coats sauce-grabbing strozzapreti in this lusciously rustic comfort food meal. So, I might have lied last week when I said the Boulevardier was my goodbye to winter. Turns out, we were due one last swift kick in the arse by the cold kiss of the old man yesterday and it brought me to my knees. All I wanted was comfort food midst the freezing rain and comfort food is what I got. With a few beef shanks in hand, the last jar of tomatoes

Linguine with Red Clam Sauce

Linguine with Red Clam Sauce

4 | February 10, 2015

This isn’t really a recipe for Linguine with Clam Sauce but more of a recipe for Clams and Linguine with Red Sauce. I say that because a traditional red clam sauce is made by steaming pounds and pounds of clams, removing the clams from the shells, finely chopping, and then adding to a sauce. There’s not one damn thing wrong with that either, except for the scanty 20 minutes I have to get an epic family-style Valentine’s Day meal on the table. Our little family always has a Valentine’s Day dinner together. It’s an excuse for all of us to


Let me paint you a picture. A young girl with shiny blond hair in a high side ponytail adorned with a neon pink scrunchee (it was the totally awesome 80’s) sits at the dinner table. Her eyes are big as saucers waiting in anticipation for the one thing she always craved — her grandmother’s goulash over egg noodles. That girl was me in all of my side ponytail glory and I loved my grandmother’s cooking. Just thinking about that tender beef goulash braised for hours in a red sauce and served over those silky thin noodles brings instant soul-satisfying comfort

tortellini soup

There are those days when you just have a just few minutes for dinner and have to grab whatever’s in the fridge. A day in the week when I completely forget to cook or I’ve been cooking all day for a someone else and don’t want to sit over the stove for another hour. Things happen — as moms we know this– and when they do I rely on my stash of supper easy and fresh recipes like this one, Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Spinach. I always have homemade chicken stock on hand, it’s truly a lifesaver and makes your dollar go

Farfalle with Creamy Pecorino Sauce

Furniture is moved, blankets are out (with the dog and cat passed out on top), and the girl and I our in our pjs. It’s one of our famed girl’s nights because we’ve kicked the boy out (actually he just had to work but kicking him out sounds better) and have the house to ourselves. Mia, the resident 5-year-old, usually gets to pick dinner and tonight she has opted for farfalle “butterfly” pasta with creamy sauce, chicken, and peas. What kid doesn’t like cheesy pasta, of course. I love spending time with her but honestly, I was dreading the movie

beet ravioli with Meyer lemon goat cheese

Pasta is our family’s absolute favorite thing to make together. We get in the kitchen and make fools of ourselves listening to Louis Prima and throwing flour around. It’s beyond ridiculous and if it wasn’t for wine and the occasional cuss word when my fingers get too close to the rollers, we’d be the flipping Brady Brunch. Recently, we made a Beet Ravioli with Meyer Lemon Goat Cheese for KitchenAid’s KITCHENTHUSIAST to ease us into the spring season. It’s a fairly involved recipe so it’s perfect to bring in some helping hands on a weekend. Fresh roasted beets create a


It’s the middle of the week and it’s crazy busy around here. Piles of laundry are blocking the bedroom door, there’s a new shade of pink crayon on the couch, deadlines are piled up on my desk higher than the husband’s mountain of stinky running shoes (that’s bad) , and the dog’s obsessive licking habit has officially caused yet another grey hair on my head. When days are like this, dinner has to be simple. I don’t know about you, but pasta tends to be my go-to meal when I need a no-fuss meal on the table. Unfortunately, pasta isn’t

short rib pasta

Braised Short Rib Pasta

14 | November 7, 2013

I woke up the other morning and it was 39°F! It was so cold that putting on my sock monkey slippers was like stepping into bags of ice. Now, before you laugh at me for thinking that 39 degrees is cold, remember that I’m living in Texas. Right about now, we’re usually still in shorts and flip flops. Of course, this bitter reminder that winter will soon be around the corner ignited cravings for comfort food — something braised and rich that would warm these cold toes. Short ribs and pasta — yeah that’ll do the trick. I can always


Venison Bolognese

16 | September 25, 2013

I have obviously been hanging around Paula from bell’alimento a bit too much lately. One day we were sitting around talking about food and the importance of rhinestone adorned camo ballet flats when she says, “Take a look at this video I just shot for KitchenAid and make sure I’m not a fumbling mess.” Of course, she crushed it like the rockstar she is. I was planning on poking fun of her for being on film, because that’s what friends are for, but instead of trying to find the right words to say to make her laugh I was completely inspired.

Cheesy Spinach Pesto Pasta -

I am crazy busy today! I’m so busy that I jumped into work without having breakfast, haven’t even changed out of my pj’s, my hair looks like Albert Einstein’s, there’s a hole in my sock monkey slipper where my pinky toe is peeking out, and a coffee stain the size of Texas adorns my shirt . I’m praying no one will ring the doorbell. I’m so busy in fact that I didn’t even run away when Jack the labradork, woke himself up with a tremendous fart underneath my chair. I laughed then quickly realized the nerve damaging punch it contained


Pasta Salad. Two of my favorite words in the dictionary. I’m a fool for it, really. In my broke college days I would make a huge cold pasta salad with a vinegar oil dressing – loaded with veggies – and eat off of it for a week! So of course, when Dreamfields Pasta asked if I wanted to join in on their 3rd Annual Pastapalooza Pasta Salad Celebration, I said yes and jumped on that like a duck on a junebug!


A slow-cooker meal is a relief to come home to and realize dinner is one step away from being on the table, especially when you realize your child has just created a wonderful attempt at a Picasso on your couch. But what bothers me about slow cooker recipes is that they are almost always made with a “a can of this” and a “can of that.” Have you ever read the ingredient list in a can of mushroom soup? It should be mushrooms, broth, flour, cream, salt and pepper. Instead it’s a long list of chemicals and preservatives that I’m