by Christie Bok in Community, June 14th, 2015
by Christie Bok in Recipes, June 8th, 2015
Imagine that your most-decadent, cheesy pasta dreams are given a bit of a healthy makeover. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, Food Network Kitchen makes a healthier ricotta alternative by combining low-fat cottage cheese with part-skim mozzarella and Parmesan. The end result: a delicious baked penne that packs a similar punch in flavor, comfort and texture to ricotta. Make an easy tomato sauce — flavored with basil, garlic and a hint of fennel — then add frozen spinach to the cheese mixture to get a helping of veggies. Top this all-in-one meal with additional cheese before baking to ensure a bubbly, golden crust.
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Get the Recipe: Cheesy Spinach Baked Penne (pictured above)
by Bev Weidner in Family, Recipes, June 3rd, 2015
If you’re a true carnivore, curbing your meat intake might seem like an impossible task — even if it’s just for one day of the week. That’s why it’s a good idea to start with pasta. Not only can it be ready to serve in a jiff, but it also can easily be made with pantry staples. When you combine the starch with vegetables, cheeses, and hearty ingredients like olive oil and nuts, pasta quickly becomes a satisfying meal.
Just as bright as it is flavorful, Ina Garten’s Broccoli with Bow Ties and Peas (pictured above) is the perfect pasta to make this summer. The vitamin-packed veggies — broccoli and peas — are certainly the stars of this dish, but fresh lemon zest and Parmesan cheese give it a tang, and are perhaps what makes it a crowd-pleaser. By infusing a mixture of olive oil and butter with garlic, Ina ensures a delicious base for this dish. Once the pasta is al dente, add it to the lemon-and-garlic base along with the broccoli and peas. Next, add a healthful serving of cheese and watch as it gently melts against the warm bow ties. Garnish with pine nuts for extra heartiness and crunch — you won’t miss the meat with this one.
by Maria Russo in Recipes, May 4th, 2015
If you’re not a fan of pasta, there may be something wrong with you. Just kidding. You’re still a good person.
But really, how could you not like pasta? You know, don’t even tell me if you don’t. I don’t think my heart could take it. I feel like we’re in a good place in our relationship, and I can’t rightly handle any deal breakers. I have to wash my hair today; that’s already too much for me.
Anyway, what we have here is a ridiiiiiculous pasta primavera, but super-stripped down on the front end for your babes. I included some peas in the kid-friendly recipe. Ya know, color! And health or whatever.
The mature version is loaded with veggies, a bit of dry white wine, a little bit and a lot of butter, tons of good Parmesan and a heavy hand of fresh herbs. You may cry. Just keeping adding cheese at the end and I’m sure you will.
As a matter of fact, I’m tearing up right now.
I may need a moment. Or more pasta?
by Maria Russo in Recipes, April 13th, 2015
The bright colors and seasonal produce packed into this quick-fix dish are a sure sign that it’s practically singing with springtime flavor — and the fact that the word “spring” is baked into the recipe title doesn’t hurt either. Food Network Magazine’s Pasta Primavera with Beets, Radishes and Radicchio (primavera means “spring” in Italian) comes together simply and in a hurry thanks to one key timesaving shortcut: precooked beets. When you’re shopping the grocery store, look for vacuum-packed cooked beets; using these instead of buying raw beets (then roasting and peeling them at home), will shave at least an hour off of dinnertime prep.
When it comes to the sauce for this satisfying pasta, simple is best. Sweet red onions and garlic form the flavor base, while the vinegar-laced beets, peppery radishes and crunchy radicchio combine to create an over-the-top mash-up of tastes and textures. For a welcome pop of green as well as a fragrant finish, toss the pasta with chopped basil, plus ricotta salata for an indulgent bite.
by Maria Russo in Food Network Chef, April 8th, 2015
Like a traditional pesto sauce, Giada De Laurentiis’ easy-to-make recipe (pictured above) boasts a basil base and comes together with only a handful of ingredients in a matter of minutes, but there’s one key difference: It’s not tinted green, which is a usually a hallmark of classic pesto preparations. This one features a crimson-colored hue on account of the secret ingredient, sun-dried tomatoes, which Giada incorporates to guarantee over-the-top taste and texture.
To make sure her sauce is packed with flavor, Giada opts for the sun-dried tomatoes that are packed in olive oil, which ensures that they’ve picked up some of the oil’s naturally fruity flavor. She simply whirls the tomatoes with the fragrant fresh herbs and garlic to create a speedy sauce. Perhaps best of all, though, is that like a tried-and-true pesto, this sauce doesn’t need to be cooked; the heat of the just-cooked pasta will be enough to warm the pesto before serving. Follow Giada’s lead and save a bit of the pasta water after cooking the noodles, as you may need it to loosen the sauce.
by Maria Russo in Community, March 29th, 2015
Much like a classic roast chicken or towering chocolate cake, pasta Bolognese (pasta with a hearty meat sauce) is one of those recipes we keep in our back pockets for when we need a little comfort. It’s something many have made before — and successfully so — but that doesn’t mean there’s no need to improve upon the most-basic recipe. That’s where Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian comes in. At a recent demo at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, he offered eager fans a few expert tips on elevating this staple Italian sauce to the next level of craveworthy satisfaction. Read on below to learn what he does to guarantee a rich and savory sauce, and find out his choice of noodles, then get his top-rated and simple-to-prepare recipe.
1. Bolognese is all about the meat, and for Geoffrey, that means a blend of four varieties: He opts for equal parts pancetta, pork, pork sausage and veal.
by Maria Russo in Community, March 22nd, 2015
It doesn’t necessarily take a list of complicated ingredients or countless hours on the clock to turn out a flavor-packed meal. In fact, this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week celebrates bold staples you likely already have on hand: garlic, onions, hearty greens and noodles. Perhaps best of all, this satisfying dinner, best finished with nutty Pecorino Romano for extra richness, is ready to eat in less than 40 minutes.
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Get the Recipe: Garlic-and-Greens Spaghetti (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine
by Maria Russo in Recipes, March 10th, 2015
When time is tight on weeknights, every minute in the kitchen counts, and the only item on the dinner menu is, of course, a quick-cooking dinner. That’s where pasta comes in — especially this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Ready to eat in only 15 minutes, Giada De Laurentiis’ sausage-studded pasta may look fancy, but there’s really nothing to it: Just brown the meat, warm the (frozen!) peas, then toss in cooked noodles and cheese. The warmth from the hot pasta will be enough to melt the ricotta and Pecorino Romano and create a silky sauce in a hurry.
For more dinner inspiration, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook: Main Dishes board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Tagliatelle with Smashed Peas, Sausage and Ricotta Cheese (pictured above)
by Marisa McClellan in Recipes, February 27th, 2015
Consider making that phrase — “when all else fails, make pasta” — your new life mantra. Easy to prepare, inexpensive and a staple in most people’s pantries, pasta is the ultimate oh-man-I-need-dinner-on-the-table-like-right-now meal, and it’s equally adored by kids and adults alike. Perhaps best of all, some of the most-classic sauces require only two or three ingredients, and many don’t even need to be cooked — only warmed with the heat of the pasta — so dinner can be on the table in as little time as it takes to boil a pot of water. Read on below for six pasta staples you’ll want to make again and again.
Make Ina Garten’s Marinara Sauce once, then commit the recipe to memory, because this workhorse of a sauce will save dinnertime over and over again. Simply prepared in one pan but boasting a rich, full flavor, thanks to a splash of red wine and fresh chopped herbs, this sauce will shine atop your family’s favorite noodle, ravioli or tortellini.
One of the things I’ve learned since becoming an adult is that every family makes spaghetti and meatballs a little bit differently. When I was growing up, my mom used as many vegetables as possible and skipped the meatballs entirely, preferring to cook some ground turkey directly in the sauce. It was awfully good, but still, I found myself coveting other approaches.
When my sister got married, her husband introduced us to his family recipe, with basic beef meatballs and Parmesan cheese and tiny bits of chopped carrots in the sauce. My own husband’s childhood spaghetti night involved canned marinara and links of Italian sausage.
Being someone who is always in pursuit of the next great dish, I’ve not settled down into one particular approach to the classic dish of spaghetti and meatballs. Sometimes I make chicken and ricotta meatballs; other times I’ve opted for a trio of ground meat and Italian bread, lightly soaked in milk.