Pasta

Creamy Italian Sausage Peasant Pasta

Creamy Italian Sausage Peasant Pasta

Posted on Oct 27, 2016
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My love for one-pot meals has no end.  I used to make this peasant pasta dish, from Rachael Ray, all the time.  I haven’t made it in awhile, and for some reason I started craving it.  It’s loaded with Italian sausage, Meathead’s fave, and it’s a little creamy, but not overly so and gloppy.  Creamy …

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Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

Posted on Oct 17, 2016
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Last weekend, I had the house to myself, all weekend, for three whole days.  I don’t even know the last time that happened.  The girls are gone to college or beyond, and Meathead went on a fishing trip ~ something he never does.  So it was just Buddy and me.  And dinner.  Wait for it …

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Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta in large skillet with tongs Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

Posted on Aug 23, 2016
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A spicy and creamy cajun shrimp pasta dish with blackened shrimp and andouille sausage. Do you have a dish that you always order at a favorite restaurant?  I do, and it’s Creole Pasta at this lovely little bistro in our new neighborhood.  I crave it and I wish I could try something else from the menu, but …

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Spaghetti with Mussels and Chorizo

Spaghetti with Mussels and Chorizo

Posted on Mar 9, 2016
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Hands down, this is one the best new dishes I’ve made in a long time, spaghetti with mussels and chorizo.   I got the idea from the new recipe app called Yumavore, from the user Light yet Right.  She posted a recipe for mussels and chorizo that caught my eye.  If you haven’t already, you need to …

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Nana's Ravioli

Nana’s Ravioli

Posted on Feb 25, 2016
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My great-grandparents lived in a German neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago.  My Granddad loved the food at an Italian restaurant he frequented.  When he asked how to make the spaghetti and ravioli, the restaurant owner wouldn’t divulge the recipes.  So Granddad invited him out for a drink and managed to get him drunk, well, …

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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper Pasta)

Posted on Dec 21, 2015
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I have been wanting to make this classic Roman pasta dish for some time now, cacio e pepe.  It is simply cheese and pepper pasta.  And it is simply delicious.  If you have cheese, black pepper, olive oil and a box of spaghetti, you can make cacio e pepe. My cousin recently visited Italy and …

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Sunday Gravy

Sunday Gravy

Posted on Nov 20, 2015
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This past Sunday, I made a pot of sauce to serve with pasta.  Sunday Gravy.  It starts on the stove and then goes in a slow oven for 3 hours.  The result is a rich and hearty sauce for pasta, filled with fork-tender pieces of meat.  This gravy is to-die-for good, a sauce worthy of a Sunday …

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Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna)

Pastitsio (Greek Lasagna)

Posted on Nov 9, 2015
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Authentic Pastitsio, or Greek lasagna ~ layers of pasta, cinnamon-laced beef, Kasseri cheese and béchamel. Authentic Greek food.  I love it all, from the Greek festivals here in St. Louis to Greektown back home in Chicago.  And you’ll love this pastitsio.  But first, I have to fill you in on where I got this recipe, …

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Penne with Prosciutto and Cream

Penne with Prosciutto and Cream

Posted on Aug 31, 2015
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Baked penne with prosciutto, parmesan and cream, just four ingredients. We did it.  We successfully dropped our youngest off at college.  My Emily, my baby, my Picky Eater.  Hold on a sec, need to wipe the tears off my keyboard.  Just kidding.  It’s been a week and a half since we dropped her off and …

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