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, 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
I’ve published recipes for mashed potatoes before, but I just can’t stop, because truth be told, they are one of my favorite comfort foods. I make them all the time and everyone loves them (who wouldn’t love my cooking), but sometimes I want to take the humble mashed potato and...
Next time you’re in the mood for a bit of heat on the dinner plate, let me suggest this Spaghetti Arribiata. Arribiata, in Italian means “angry”, and this recipe certainly fits the bill. The sauce is essentially a simple marinara sauce, that gets spiked with some hot chili flakes and a bit of red wine vinegar. The result is a good amount of heat and tanginess, that goes really well with the
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
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
As a kid, my mother cooked spaghetti sauce. And it was great, but there 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 chili
I’ve got another great recipe, to add to your (hopefully growing) list of great boneless, skinless chicken breast recipes. This one an Italian Classic - Chicken Marsala. I just started making this dish a few years ago, and it’s developed in a pretty consist hit in my house. And frankly, once you learn the cooking techniques…out will come pork marsala, veal mar
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts….again? Sure they are easy, inexpensive, and easily available, but.....they are so common they just start to get boring. Fortunately, with a few universal cooking techniques, you can easily find over 1001 recipes for them (sounds like a book title). For all the bland, "uninterestingness" of the boneless, skinless chicken breast, they are a perfe
I grew up with, and for the first 20 years of my life, only cooked "Spaghetti Sauce". Specifically, my mom’s spaghetti sauce recipe.