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Spaghetti with Broccoli Pesto & Chicken

Traditional basil pesto is one of my favorite pasta sauces, and I’m making a spaghetti pesto, or penne pesto every month or two.  But I’ve recently added a twist to the traditional version, that I’m absolutely loving…Spaghetti with Broccoli Pesto.  Broccoli pesto tastes a bit stronger/more flavorful than the standard basil pesto, and just like the standard, goes great with pasta.

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Broccoli Pesto

I love a good pesto…but I also love to tinker with recipes, and it’s in that spirt that I made this broccoli pesto. Traditionally, pesto is a very tasty combo of ground, garlic, pinenuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil and…basil. I love it. But I also love broccoli. And I really love the health benefits of eating broccoli, so I fiddled around a bit, and started make broccoli pesto essentially,

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Chicken Penne Arrabiata

Chicken & Penne pasta is one of my all time favorite dishes, because there are about a thousand different ways you can change it up.  In this recipe, I show how to make Chicken Penne Arrabiata, which is an Italian dish with spicy rich tomato sauce.  The sauce, is similar to a standard marinara or pomodoro, but it’s spiked with some hot chili flakes and red wine vinegar.  When combined with

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Penne Pesto

I’m not sure why Penne Pesto has become such a classic combination, but I do know that it’s a damn fine pasta recipe.  I’ll end up making pesto every few months (generally in large batches and freezing some), as it’s really easy to make, tastes great, and can be used in a ton of different ways.  For this recipe, I’ll show you how to toss the fresh pesto sauce with some penne pasta, a bit of oli

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Spaghetti with Shrimp and Pancetta

Spaghetti, Shrimp, Pancetta…how you can go wrong?  Pasta dishes that are simple, and seem simply “thrown together” are often my favorites, and this recipe for Spaghetti, Shrimp and Pancetta is exactly that.  Both spaghetti and shrimp, take little more than 10 minutes to cook, and not much longer for pancetta, or bacon if that’s what you have.  That means that within about 30 minutes, you can ma

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Lemon Spaghetti

When it’s late, or I just don’t feel like cooking, it’s great to have a few recipes under my belt, that literally take 15 minutes, and almost no effort to make. This Lemon Spaghetti recipe is just that. While the rich tomato based spaghetti recipes are great, sometimes you can use the simplest ingredients to enhance

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Chicken Penne Pesto

I love a good chicken pasta recipe.  Both ingredients are easy to cook, and are great blank canvases that work with all kinds of other flavors.  Here I show you a recipe for Chicken Penne Pesto, which has become a staple in my house.  Pesto sauce is one of my favorite pasta sauces, for it’s great basil/garlic flavor, it’s texture, and of course the vibrant green color.  I show you how to make a

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Arrabiata Sauce

As a kid, my mother cooked spaghetti sauce.  And it was great, but there was one recipe and one recipe only.  Over the years, I’ve come to discover the wide variety of different pasta sauce recipes, and one of my favorites is Arrabiata Sauce.  Arrabiata sauce in preparation is not much different than a marinara sauce, but what makes it distinct is the addition of hot c

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Marinara Sauce

I grew up with, and for the first 20 years of my life, only cooked "Spaghetti Sauce".  Specifically, my mom’s spaghetti sauce recipe.

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Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce

Ravioli is one of my favorite pastas, and this recipe is for a Pumpkin Ravioli with a Brown Butter Sauce that is one of my all time favorites.  It’s a great dish for the Fall, but frankly I’ll cook it just about any time of year.  In this particular version, I don’t show you how to make the ravioli itself, as I’m using store bought (and there many great options out there), but I will show you t

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