Pumpkin Chili Mac

Pumpkin Chili Mac

Remember my pumpkin chili? Well I took the leftovers and made it into a baked pasta dish.  I love chili and all but having the same thing meal after meal can get boring and monotonous.  This is before I learned about freezing chili.  I’ll have to try that the next time I make a big pot.  You can make this with any chili recipe, even canned ones.

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Linguini with Roasted Red Pepper and Pancetta

Linguini with Roasted Red Pepper and Pancetta

Today is National Pasta Day! And as such, I have prepared this lovely and tasty dish.  You may think pancetta and roasted red peppers are not flavorful enough, but with anchovy paste and white wine… it packs a ton of flavors!

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Fusilli with Wild Mushrooms and Bacon

Fusilli with Wild Mushrooms and Bacon

I love weeks where there is a holiday.  It makes the week go by either fast or extremely slow.  This week is going by quickly! When I used to have a 9-5 job, those weeks are the toughest, as they dragged on and it took the weekends forever to arrive.  Now that I’m a homemaker/food blogger, every day goes by fast!

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Penne with Chicken Sausage and Crimini Mushrooms

Penne with Chicken Sausage and Crimini Mushrooms

I generally don’t care for cream in my pasta dish, mainly because it’s too rich and heavy.  However, I had some cream I needed to use up so I decided to add it to my pasta.  It was divine! You can’t even tell there’s cream in it.  For a pasta dish with cream, it was rather light.  So if you’re worried about this dish being too rich and heavy, don’t be!

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Linguini with Shrimp and Olive Tapenade

Linguini with Shrimp and Olive Tapenade

I was over at my neighbor Angela’s house for dinner a few weeks ago and one of the dinner guests brought over some olive tapenade crostini as a starter.  It was so tasty that I went out and got a jar for myself.  I know I could have made it at home but I was lazy (what else is new?).  So instead of making a crostini out of it, I threw it into my dinner.  This pasta dish really has a ton of flavors.  You can easily leave out the shrimp to make it vegetarian friendly.  Leftovers are awesome the next day for lunch! If you’re a fan of olives, you’ll love this.  Enjoy your week.

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Baked Rigatoni with Chicken Sausage

Baked Rigatoni with Chicken Sausage

I’ve been in a pasta mood lately.  Mainly because it can feed a lot of people and it keeps well as leftovers.  When I decided to make this dish, I had my nephew’s palate in mind.  Kimi is out of town and she asked me if I could make additional servings to feed LLJ and LLS.  LLJ is a huge cheese and pasta fan so I thought he might enjoy this one.  I know Chris and I sure did! 🙂 Have a great long weekend everyone!

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Linguini with Pancetta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Linguini with Pancetta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Chris left for Michigan yesterday to visit his family.  The night before he left, I wanted to make him something delicious but quick for dinner.  This pasta hit all the right spot.  It’s tasty, pretty and filling! We paired this pasta dish with a glass of Chardonnay.  It was the perfect meal together.  Love you honey! Will have another yummy meal for you when you come home. xoxo!

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Spaghetti with Green Chard and Chorizo

Spaghetti with Green Chard and Chorizo

I adapted this recipe from a magazine I was reading at my Acupuncture’s office.  It was about healthy eating, yada, yada.  Blah! I mean, don’t get me wrong —I’m all for healthy eating but the recipe was basically whole wheat pasta, pine nuts, lemon zest/juice, collard greens, garlic and Pecorino Romano cheese.  The recipe didn’t sound all that great to me but the picture sure looked fantastic.  So I decided to make it but I tailored it to my liking.  This one is a winner, will be making more of it soon.  Happy Friday!

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Spaghetti with Sausage and Shallots

Spaghetti with Sausage and Shallots

As I was cleaning out my fridge over the weekend, I thawed out a pound of sweet Italian sausages.  Last night as I was going over my pantry and fridge, I noticed I didn’t have much around the house.  I used basically what I had on hand to make dinner —spaghetti, shallots, parsley, parmesan cheese and wine.  This dish was tasty and quick.  It would be even better if I had some garlic.  Will have to add that in the next time I make this.  I love the whole wheat spaghetti in this dish.  I felt like I was eating something healthy. 🙂

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Beef and Cheese Manicotti

Beef and Cheese Manicotti

This was my first stuffed pasta recipe I learned 5-6 years ago, and it has been a staple in my household whenever we wanted something hearty in the form of pasta.  I have to admit, this dish does take some time to make but it’s totally worth it! Plus, it can feed a lot of people if you are casually entertaining.  The trick to stuffing these tube pastas quickly and maximize the stuffing in each tube is with a demi spoon.  You can cram a lot in there and in a flash.  Add a simple salad and you have yourself a meal!

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