My youngest daughter Rani made a delicious creamy leeks pasta this past weekend for our Thanksgiving dinner that the entire family devoured😋. What makes this pasta a breeze to cook is the minimal amount of ingredients in it – leeks, butter, pasta, cream, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Outstanding feel good pasta this is. The only modification we made to this awesome recipe is omitting bacon and adding chili flakes to give the dish a little extra heat. Try it! Here is the link to the recipe Creamy Leeks Pasta on Bon Appetit Magazine. Continue reading Creamy Leeks Pasta
Over the last month we have received so many deliveries of garden vegetables that I had to come up with a recipe that would use up ALL these vegetables in one dish. The inspiration for this vegetarian pasta sauce came from my neighbor’s bounty of homegrown vegetables, which included a few spicy peppers, organic heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, and squash. I decided to make an Italian spicy marinara sauce called arabiatta sauce.
Arabiatta sauce is a spicy marinara sauce that literally means “angry sauce” in Italian. We have had pasta with arabiatta sauce many times at local Italian restaurant The Pastaria & Market. Their popular arabiatta sauce has meat but they do make a vegetarian version that is out of this world delicious and spicy!!! Here is my recipe for a vegetarian arabiatta pasta sauce. chock full of garden vegetables.
We had just picked a harvest of juicy tomatoes from our garden with our cousins who were visiting from Austin, Texas, and these tomatoes were looking great. All I kept thinking is what is the best way to use my garden tomatoes to show of their bright flavors and started looking for a good recipe that would highlight their freshness.
This pasta recipe by Italian luxury brand designer Brunello Cucinelli’s wife Federica looked like the perfect one to try. I came across the article on nytimes.com over a month ago and held onto it waiting for the day when my garden tomatoes would be ripe and ready. Continue reading Federica Cucinelli’s Rigatoni with Tomato and Basil
I asked Anjali to pick a bunch of herbs for a vegetable pot pie I was making and this is the basket she proudly presented to me. These fresh picked herbs and lemons looked so beautiful that in addition to using them in the potpie I wanted to make another dish that would bring out the freshly picked herb flavors.
Caramelized Shallots, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli
makes enough stuffing for 40 small ravioli pillows
- 2 cups ricotta cheese
- 2 cups fresh spinach finely chopped
- 1 cup finely cut shallots – from about 4 shallots
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh pasta dough. Here is the link to a pasta dough recipe I posted. Fresh homemade pasta
A pasta recipe with just two ingredients? Yes, that’s exactly what this pasta recipe calls for. Just two ingredients! Never ever did I think I could make fresh pasta at home, and that too have it be so easy. This is an awesome recipe that I got from my friend Rose who actually got this recipe first hand from a local chef in Tuscany, Italy.
Looking for a fun dinner evening for the whole family to be part of and maybe even a few friends too? Try making homemade fresh pasta. It’s a great dinner project that everyone can be involved in, and is a fun and unique way to spend time with family and friends, and cook together. Never ever did we think we could make pasta at home and that too have it be so easy!
makes 6 servings
- 1 large onion finely sliced
- 6 cups chopped mushrooms any variety
- 6 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 5 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 lb pasta or dry wide egg noodles
- 1 bunch chives finely chopped – about 2 tbsp
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flower
- 3 cups shredded Parmesan cheese, Gouda, or sharp cheddar cheese or a combination.
- 1/2 tsp Paprika
- Salt and pepper
Broccolini Pasta with Garlic & Red Chili Flakes:
I make roasted broccolini often, but this time I thought why not make pasta out of it instead of having broccolini as a side dish like we usually do. It also meant that I didn’t have to make another main course for dinner 😊😉. I just added roasted broccolini to pasta and turned my pasta into a delicious, filling, and healthy dinner main course. Continue reading Broccolini Pasta with Garlic & Red Chili Flakes
This pasta makes a great hearty one-pot meal. Pasta shells stuffed with ricotta cheese, spinach or baby kale, onions, mozzarella, eggs, nutmeg, and salt/pepper. All topped with marinara sauce. It’s delicious, nutritious, and easy to make! Continue reading Stuffed Pasta Shells