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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Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo with Mushrooms

Everyone I know loves Fettuccine Alfredo, but no one I know will actually eat it. If you know about this sumptuous Italian dish, you know exactly what I mean. Creamy and velvety, this Italian classic flavored subtly by butter and cream and cheese screams “eat me” to one’s inner gourmet and gourmand. But, as you…

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Spaghetti Gratin

In My Kitchen, April 2013

What’s in my kitchen this month? This Spaghetti Gratin with Artichoke Cashew Cheese. But first, what else is in my kitchen? I turned an interested eye to the most used room in my home after reading Nupur’s post which in turn was inspired by a meme hosted each month by Celia of the blog Fig…

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Roasted Vegetables with Fennel Vinaigrette

As delicious as fennel is, I am always hoping to create recipes that will do its unique flavor full justice, like my Fennel Crusted Potatoes and Pasta with Fennel Pesto. This past week, trying to do something wonderful with a couple of beautiful bulbs of fennel, I put together this quick, very simple, but very…

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Pasta With Butternut Sauce

Pappardelle With Creamy Butternut Sauce

I made this sauce in my head on the way home from work last night. I was feeling sick as a dog and I knew there was nothing in the refrigerator that I could reasonably disguise as dinner. Takeout could be an option, but salty, greasy food is not exactly a good choice when one…

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Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts

Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Onions

I am always on the lookout for easy and nutritious weeknight recipes that can do double duty as unfussy brown-bag lunches. And you can’t beat today’s recipe on both counts. I came across this recipe in the Washington Post, and I didn’t really have to do anything to veganize it– the writer suggests butter (easily…

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Comfort Pasta: Conchiglie With Potatoes, "Meatballs" and Spinach

Quick, think of a dish more comforting than a big plate of pasta with chunky meatballs, golden potatoes and crunchy, verdant spinach, all of it shot through with the husky scent of rosemary. You couldn’t, could you, because your brain was busy working up a craving for all that goodness I conjured up for you….

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Conchiglie Pasta With Kale Pesto

I’m back after almost a month and if it’s any comfort, I’ve missed you just as much as you’ve missed me. Part of the reason for my absence was that Desi and I were traveling. We flew up to the west coast and then made our way from San Francisco up through Portland, Seattle and…

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Pappardelle Pasta With Roasted Tomato Chipotle Sauce

It’s Christmas Eve and the neighborhood is looking really pretty. Yards are draped with multicolored lights and inside windows you can catch glimpses of ornamented Christmas trees. It’s all quite picture-perfect except at the malls, I’m sure, where it’s a mad rush and you won’t catch me within a mile of those during this season…

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Pasta Puttanesca

Vegan Slut’s Spaghetti

There is perhaps no pasta dish that teases and titillates a vegan cook’s imagination as maddeningly as Pasta Puttanesca.  Brazen and vibrant, this Italian classic, which literally translates to whore’s pasta, appears at once attainable (all but one ingredient is vegan) and forbidding (darn those anchovies!). Italian lore has it that Pasta Puttanesca was thus…

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Pasta in Barbecue Sauce

Pasta with Barbeque Sauce

This recipe would likely make an Italian chef clasp their chest with both hands and yell “Blasphemy!” or whatever the word is for that in Italian, but here’s what I say: Counter-intuitive cooking, just like counter-intuitive anything, often ends up being the most fun. And who says there have to be any rules in the…

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Pasta with Chipotle Cashew Cream

Pasta with Chipotle Cashew Cream

It feels like winter here right now, but the daffodils and hyacinths and tulips pushing their way out of the earth are beautiful reminders that spring is here, and it’s nearly time to plant that vegetable garden. This year, in addition to the usual staples like eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes, I hope to plant…

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Fettuccine with Olive Oil and Garlic

Fettuccine with Olive Oil and Garlic

This is one of my favorite ways to eat pasta, especially ribbony ones like fettuccine and pappardelle. And it’s also one of the easiest ways to make it. I first ate this utterly simple but surprisingly flavorful pasta at the home of one of Desi’s colleagues who had invited us to dinner. I had never…

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