bowtie-bolognese

Bowtie Pasta in a Light Bolognese Sauce

-+*This is my new favorite sauce to eat pasta with, and I never thought I’d say that about a bolognese. I have never been a huge fan of bolognese sauces because of the heavy tomato base. As much as I adore il pomodoro, I do not like pasta sauces that tend to be even slightly acidic….

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Tunisian Pasta

Pasta With Tunisian Spices

-+*Here’s something fresh, spicy, clean and SIMPLE to keep you feeling fit while you go about the business of enjoying another shiny new year: my Pasta with Tunisian Spices. This is an easy pasta for a weeknight, and it would be pretty great with couscous, but I had some pastina– really tiny, star-shaped pasta and I thought I’d use it up….

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Roasted Cauliflower Pasta Sauce

Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower Cashew Sauce

-+*Last week, Desi and I were helping care for a neighbor’s dog, Elvis, for a couple of days while his parents went to a family wedding. Elvis is a huge yellow lab who, at two, is barely out of puppyhood. He is a terror on the leash and his idea of a walk is dragging whoever…

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Lentil Pasta Salad

Lentil and Pasta Salad

-+*A smoky, hearty Lentil and Pasta Salad is just the kind of food that keeps me fueled and satisfied during a long workday. And when I come home, after battling D.C.’s rush-hour Beltway traffic,  I still have enough energy to take on anything, from a dog with an upset tummy (poor Opie) to cooking for an army….

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Pasta with Broccoli and Beans

Garlicky Pasta with Broccoli and Beans

-+*Here’s a pasta recipe for weeknights that’s delicious, packs a healthy wallop, and takes very little time to put together– in fact, no more time than it takes you to cook up that pasta to al dente perfection. My Garlicky Pasta with Broccoli and Beans. I used wholegrain spaghetti for this recipe, but feel free…

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Pasta with bell peppers

Pasta with Roasted Peppers

-+*Bell Peppers. Glorious, gorgeous, round, rotund bell peppers in all colors of the rainbow. They are just about everywhere right now, and I can’t get enough. Especially when I can add them to some wholegrain pasta for a delicious, summery, fresh meal that I know is good for me. I got some green, orange and yellow…

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Pasta Gratin with Cauliflower Chickpea Sauce

Pasta Gratin with a Cauliflower Chickpea Sauce

-+*I think I am in love. Truly, madly, deeply in love. Or at least as much in love as one can be with a pasta. I had been wanting to make a cauliflower sauce for my pasta — isn’t it all the rage? — but I’ll admit that as much as I love cauliflower, I am…

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Avocado Pasta

Pasta Avocado

-+*This is a creamy, dreamy pasta recipe to die for, and I am kicking myself because I didn’t think of it before. My Pasta Avocado — or Avocado Pasta — comes from a combination of my two favorite cuisines — Italian and Mexican. And it’s so simple, you can put it together in minutes, really, with a…

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Lentil Bolognese sauce

Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese

-+*Desi often teases me (not seriously, he gets the vegan thing) about how, when we travel, I miss out on the best food. In New Orleans, while he was enjoying the seafood this city is so famous for, I was scouring menu cards– often fruitlessly– for beans and rice made without meat stock. He won’t…

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Pasta with Greens and Beans

Pasta with Greens and Beans

-+*I made this Pasta with Greens and Lima Beans in an awful hurry the other night. I was nursing a cold but I was also craving a big, comforting bowl of pasta with great texture and flavor. It had to be nutritious enough to see me through the illness, and  flavorful enough to appeal to…

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Gluten-free pasta puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca, Gluten-Free

-+*I am not a big fan of tomato-based pasta sauces, but there is one — just one– dish that makes me feel like I’ve died and gone to Italian food heaven: Pasta Puttanesca. Perhaps that’s largely because the tomato flavor in Pasta Puttanesca is not overriding. Instead, it has the olives and the capers and…

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Lime Orzo

Lime Orzo with Bell Peppers

-+*Gorging on all that sweet stuff around the holidays makes me really hungry for some good, clean, simple food. Like this Lime Orzo with Green Peppers which I put together in a few minutes one recent night. Orzo is a popular pasta around our house, partly, I imagine, because it reminds the rice-loving Desi of…

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pasta with bean ragout

Pasta with Bean Ragout

-+*I have for you today this delicious Pasta with Bean Ragout. With whole-wheat fettuccine. And two kinds of beans. And greens, and carrots, and tomatoes. Can it possibly get any better than that? If you are looking for a weeknight dish that cooks up in a hurry and also makes a convenient brown bag lunch…

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Creamy Pumpkin Spinach Lasagna

Lasagna for Two…or Four

-+*This Pumpkin and Spinach Lasagna is just about the perfect meal if you love creamy pastas that melt in your mouth and seem way more indulgent than they actually are. And if you hate baking up those full-size lasagnas that take forever to make and then last forever and a week. I made this lasagna…

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