Lemon-Tahini Pasta with Spinach

It’s a good thing this was a simple dinner because I had a really busy afternoon. I had a bunch of kids stay in my classroom working on a lab…then I had to go buy Halloween candy at Target…then I came come home and instead of going on a […]

Summer Spaghetti

Normally I can take or leave pasta, but for some reason, I usually make an exception for spaghetti. I wanted to make a more seasonally appropriate stand in for the usual spaghetti with marinara, and this is what I came up with. With absolutely BEAUTIFUL tomatoes and basil all […]

Fideus with Mushrooms and Peas

I realize that what I did to this recipe is pretty sacrelig, and if Judy Rogers ever stumbles upon this blog, I know she’ll be highly disappointed. I used regular old button mushrooms and frozen peas when the recipe called for wild mushrooms and freshly shelled peas. And although […]

Spaghetti with Wheatballs

I never really thought meatballs were anything special. It might be because my mom used to serve spaghetti with Italian sausages, so meatballs seemed bland in comparison. Obviously, when I gave up meat, I didn’t really think about a future without meatballs. That is, until I saw a post […]

Pasta with sweet tomato sauce and baked ricotta

Our Jamie Oliver cookbooks have been getting a lot of use lately, and with good reason. He’s got such a great approach to food, particularly pasta! I used to think I was tired of Italian food, but his recipes just keep proving me wrong. Sometimes he can be a […]

Fresh linguine with pesto and roasted tomatoes

Discovering that I could make fresh pasta will probably remain one of the highlights of 2010, even though it happened on the third day of the year. I don’t know if you regularly eat fresh pasta, but it is so much better than dried (and it cooks much faster!) […]

Revolutionary Macaroni and Cheese

Prepare to have your world rocked: this is the simplest macaroni and cheese recipe I’ve ever made and it is REALLY good! Last year, I made a really easy mac and cheese that I was really happy with, but I think this recipe might top that one as my […]

Roasted Eggplant Pasta Salad

I have a rocky relationship with pasta salad. It usually looks so appetizing, but turns out to be nothing more than mushy noodles in bland, overly oily Italian dressing. I haven’t really bothered to make many pasta salads myself because it just didn’t seem like it was worth the […]

Manicotti

I’m sorry this dish is so un-photogenic, but it really is delicious! Although it looks like a lot of work, this recipe is deceptively simple and you will only dirty one pot and one bowl to make it (well, plus the pan you bake it in). ┬áMy mom taught […]

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