Pesto Pasta with Burst Tomatoes.

Quick and full of summer flavor, pesto pasta with burst tomatoes is easy and delicious.

The irony of this post is that it has taken me a Whole Lot Longer to find time (and, you know, 2 hands) to type it than it did to actually make and consume. Pesto pasta is a great summer meal since it’s ready in the time it takes to cook the noodles, which is a plus in my book (even when I’m not holding/wearing/feeding a newborn)! Continue reading “Pesto Pasta with Burst Tomatoes.”

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Simple Basil Marinara Sauce.

This simple basil marinara has just a few ingredients, takes about 20 minutes to make, and is the perfect thing to stash in the freezer!

I’m successfully growing basil! (By this I mean I haven’t killed the lone basil plant I bought a few weeks ago. Because my mom waters it for me.) I needed to cut it back a bit, and it was the perfect excuse to make a batch of this simple basil marinara sauce. It’s just a few ingredients, it only takes about 20 minutes, and it’s the perfect thing to stash in the freezer if you don’t need it right away. It’s got a good garlicky kick without being overwhelming, sweetness and acidity from the tomatoes, and that irreplaceable bright, green basil flavor. Continue reading “Simple Basil Marinara Sauce.”

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Homemade Spaghettios.

Awhile ago, I made a recipe category for “faster-than-fast-food” meals, and promised that I was going to fill ‘er up. As it turns out, I might’ve made things a little too strict (shock-er, I know) with all the must-start-from-scratch and dishes-count-as-time-spent rules. Homemade spaghettios might break that rule, but it’s BARELY more clean-up than a box of mac and cheese, and that HAS to fit the category, right?? Continue reading “Homemade Spaghettios.”

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First Taste: Summer Spaghetti.

I love going to the farmer’s market this time of year. I could go broke buying peaches. And corn. And peppers and watermelon and blackberries and big heirloom tomatoes for BLTs. I bought all of the above and a pint of golden cherry tomatoes for this Summer Spaghetti recipe I found on Pinterest. It also has lemony sauteed chicken and “garlic gravy” – which was the phrase I couldn’t stop thinking about once I’d read it! Continue reading “First Taste: Summer Spaghetti.”

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Pasta with Peas and Bacon.

I went out to dinner with friends the other day, and got a pasta dish with pancetta, mushrooms, and peas. (We don’t have to talk about how it’s one of the last few times I’ll get to see those girls before we move. Waaaah!) I brought some leftovers home and gave them to Jay (an obvious sign of my love for him). We both thought it was a good combo and I decided to try to recreate it at home. I have a thing with pasta dishes where I like a very high ratio of “stuff” to pasta, so my version has way more of the bacon/peas/mushrooms than my restaurant meal did! Continue reading “Pasta with Peas and Bacon.”

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All The Veggies Turkey Pasta.

all the veggies turkey pasta

It probably will not surprise you to hear that I’d rather follow a recipe than throw things into the pan and hope for the best. (What, my self-imposed blog rules tipped you off?) If I want to make a new dish I usually look at a few recipes first, and I choose one to follow or tweak, or create my own hybrid version. Even before I had a food blog I was nerdy enough to take notes when I was experimenting so I could recreate the recipe if it was a success. I think it allll goes back to this amazing – amazing – crispy bbq salmon that Jay and I made seven years ago and have never been able to reproduce. Continue reading “All The Veggies Turkey Pasta.”

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Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini.

creamy chicken tetrazzini

I love a good baked pasta! This chicken tetrazzini is a big, comforting dish of creamy noodles, lots of shredded chicken, and a crispy-salty parmesan cheese topping. And even though it doesn’t have cream-of-anything soup, it still comes together quickly and is customizable to your tastes! It also makes a great freezer meal (see the recipe notes for details).

Start by boiling water for the pasta and slicing up some mushrooms – or, if you’re not into mushrooms, I’ve also used a jar of roasted red peppers or frozen peas, either of which you just throw in at the end without any prep! Continue reading “Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini.”

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Nana’s Spaghetti Sauce.

Nana's spaghetti sauce is thick, meaty, and hearty, and I love to make a big batch and stock my freezer with it!

Spaghetti was one of my favorite meals when I was a kid. I remember being so excited for dinner when there was a big pot of this meaty tomato sauce sputtering and bubbling on the stove. And you know how there are things that your family does that you don’t know are super weird until you discover that nobody else’s family does them??

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