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Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef

Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef

Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef

1 T. olive oil

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1-pound lean ground beef

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 T. Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1-pound box medium shell pasta

1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce

3 C. water

1 1/2 C. heavy cream

1 C. shredded Parmesan cheese

 

Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting and wait for the display to turn to HOT. Add olive oil and onions and cook until slightly soft. Add ground beef, break up with spatula, and cook until no longer pink, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn’t stick to pot Season with sea salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic powder, and  hit CANCEL. Add shells over ground beef, then add the marinara sauce and water. Do not stir but press lightly with spoon to ensure pasta is completely covered with sauce and water. Place lid on Instant Pot, close, and make sure vent is set to SEALING position. Hit PRESSURE COOK for 5 minutes, or half the cooking time on the box of pasta. When pressure cooking is done, do a quick release, then remove lid and hit CANCEL to turn cooker off. Stir in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese and serve.

Fresh Pasta with Lemon Cream

Fresh Pasta with Lemon Cream

Fresh Pasta with Lemon Cream

15 oz. low fat ricotta cheese

dash salt

1 tsp. grated lemon rind

1 tsp. nutmeg (I used only 1/2 tsp)

4 C. cooked pasta

 

Empty ricotta into blender or food processor, using the steel blade. Add salt. Process until all graininess disappears and ricotta has the texture of thick whipped cream. Flavor the mixture with lemon peel and nutmeg. Store in refrigerator. Drain the hot cooked pasta, then immediately return it to the saucepan it was cooked in.  Add the whipped ricotta. Toss until pasta is well coated with sauce. Can garnish with parmesan, fresh parsley or a few thin slices of pitted black olives

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

Cheesy Baked Tortellini

Olive Oil

2 C. marinara sauce

1/3 C. mascarpone cheese

1/4 C. chopped fresh Italian parsley

2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme

1 lb purchased cheese tortellini

2 oz thinly sliced smoked mozzarella

1/4 C. parmesan

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil an 8×8 inch baking dish.

Whisk the sauce, mascarpone cheese, parsley and thyme in a large bowl to blend. Cook the tortellini in a large pot of boiling, salted water until just tender, about 2 minutes. Drain. Add the tortellini to the sauce and toss to coat. Transfer the tortellini mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top the mixture with the smoked mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover and bake until the sauce bubbles and the cheeses on top melt, about 30 minutes.

LTS Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

LTS Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

LTS Crunchy Asian Noodle Salad with Peanut Dressing

This tangle of noodles with a peanut dressing upgrade tastes great. If you like more heat, add another 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes. If you don’t like heat, leave it out.

 

1/2 C. peanut butter

3 T. tamari or other soy sauce

2 T. rice wine vinegar

1/2 tsp. light brown sugar

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes, or to taste

1/8 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 C. water

8 oz. rice vermicelli or ramen noodles

1 T. toasted sesame oil

1 (8-oz.) can Carrots, drained (You can use a shredded fresh carrot if you have some in your root cellar)

1 (8-oz.) can Straw Mushrooms, drained (sub 2/3 C. peas, if they are available)

1 (8-oz.) can water chestnuts, drained

1/4 C. dry-roasted peanuts

 

In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, tamari, vinegar, red pepper flakes, and garlic powder, stirring to blend well. Add the water, stirring until smooth. Set aside. Soak the noodles in enough boiling water to cover until softened (if using rice noodles), otherwise cook according to package directions.. Drain and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with sesame oil to coat. Add the carrots, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and peanuts to the bowl with the noodles. Add the reserved peanut sauce, tossing gently to combine.

 

Spring Tonic Weed Pesto

Spring Tonic Weed Pesto

Spring Tonic Weed Pesto

Pesto is one of the tastier ways to consume any green plant, especially those with strong flavors. It can incorporate essentially anything green, though some leaves, and combinations of leaves, will taste better than others. It will pretty much always taste good. If not good enough, add more nuts, garlic, oil and cheese.

Our pesto will be a base of dandelion since they are literally everywhere. In today’s version I add nettles, as they are prolific right now where I live, and make a thick, aromatic pesto. But you could substitute any number of wild greens or weeds, like lambs’ quarter, watercress or chickweed, or a mixture of whatever you think will go well together. If these flavors are too strong, you could also substitute parsley or basil in place of some of the wild stuff.

 

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup olive oil

1/2 cup almonds (or pine nuts)

½ cup grated parmesan or Romano cheese

Zest of a lemon, and 2 tablespoons of juice

4 cup chopped dandelion greens, loosely packed, spotlessly clean 5 three-inch nettle tips (or other greens)

 

Add the garlic, salt, oil, almonds, cheese, lemon juice and zest to the blender and turn them into a thin, homogenous (and delicious) solution. Carefully add the greens to the pesto, a few at a time, until they too are part of the smooth, green paste. Serve your weed pesto tossed on piping hot noodles, which will cook the garlic just a tad. I like to stir in some sautéed greens too, for an extra reminder of why we are here.

Pantry Friendly Garlic, Anchovy, and Olive Spaghetti

Pantry Friendly Garlic, Anchovy, and Olive Spaghetti

Pantry Friendly Garlic, Anchovy, and Olive Spaghetti

3 to 6 cloves garlic

1 (12-ounce) can black olives

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Pinch red pepper flakes

1 pound dried spaghetti

1 (2-ounce) tin anchovy fillets in oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

red chili flakes, optional

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Meanwhile, finely chop 3 to 6 garlic cloves. Drain 1 (12-ounce) can black olives, then cut each olive in half crosswise. Heat 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil in a small saucepan over low heat for a few minutes. Add the garlic and a pinch red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, until the garlic starts to soften, 7 to 10 minutes. Add 1 pound dried spaghetti to the boiling water and cook according to package directions. Meanwhile, add the fillets from a (2-ounce) tin anchovy fillets in oil and some of their oil to the garlic mixture, stir to break the fillets up so they eventually melt into the oil. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the olives cook for 5 minutes more to warm through. When the spaghetti is ready, drain and return it to the pot. Pour in the olive oil mixture and use tongs to thoroughly toss and incorporate the flavors. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve warm.

LTS Scalloped Chicken and Corn

LTS Scalloped Chicken and Corn

LTS Scalloped Chicken and Corn

 

6 oz. Macaroni

1 can Chicken Broth

¼ C. dried Onion

½ C. dried Celery

1 can Chicken

1 can Creamed Corn

1/3 C. Cream of Anything Mix + ½ C. Water (or a can of cream of chicken soup)

8oz. Velveeta (or similar processed shelf stable “cheese”), cubed

1 tsp. Parsley Flakes

1/8 tsp. Pepper

Dash Worcestershire Sauce

 

Simmer noodles in broth until almost done.  Drain off most broth, leaving enough to rehydrate the onion and celery. Add in the dried vegetables and let them sit a minute or two to absorb the warm liquid.  Strain in chicken juice, add water and cream of chicken soup mix and stir until combined.  Add all other ingredients, including strained chicken.  Spread in greased 8 x 12 casserole dish and bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

One Pot Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca with Chickpeas & Artichoke Hearts

One Pot Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca with Chickpeas & Artichoke Hearts

One Pot Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca with Chickpeas & Artichoke Hearts

 

1 tsp. olive oil

1/2 large white or yellow onion diced

2 cloves garlic minced

12 oz spaghetti

2 oz sliced black olives (up to 4 oz. for olive lovers)

14 oz artichoke hearts rinsed and drained, and chopped

3/4 cup cooked chickpeas rinsed and drained

2 T. capers

14 oz. canned diced tomatoes

1 T. dried oregano

1 tsp. dried basil

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (reduce to 1/4 tsp. if sensitive to heat)

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper (reduce to 1/4 tsp. if freshly ground)

salt to taste (see notes)

4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

 

Warm the olive oil in a large, deep, skillet and then add the onions and garlic, stirring occasionally until just starting to turn golden. Add the pasta to the skillet, breaking in half if needed (a saucepan may also work). Add the rest of the ingredients, minus the broth, to the pan on top of the pasta. Then pour the vegetable broth over everything. Cover the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a steady simmer (medium to medium-low heat) and, keeping covered & stirring occasionally, cook for 8-10 more minutes, or until pasta is done through to your liking.

Pantry Friendly Pasta con Ceci

Pantry Friendly Pasta con Ceci

Pantry Friendly Pasta con Ceci

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

3 tablespoons good tomato paste

1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more to taste

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed)

1/2 cup uncooked ditalini pasta (or another small shape, like macaroni)

2 cups boiling water

Crushed red pepper flakes, for serving

 

In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat the olive oil until it shimmers. Add the garlic and cook, stirring until it becomes lightly browned and fragrant. Stir in the tomato paste and salt and fry for 30 seconds or so. Add the chickpeas, pasta, and boiling water. Stir to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot, lower the heat, and simmer until the pasta is cooked and most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 to 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. To serve, ladle the pasta into shallow bowls, sprinkle with crushed red pepper flakes, and drizzle a bit of extra-virgin olive oil on top.

LTS Chicken Basil

LTS Chicken Basil

LTS Chicken Basil

 

6 oz. Pasta

1 can Chicken Broth

1 can Chicken, undrained

1 can Carrots, drained

1 can mushrooms, undrained, optional

1 jar alfredo sauce (or follow make it from scratch LTS)

½ C. dried Broccoli

1 T. Basil

Simmer pasta in broth until softened, stirring occasionally.  Add remaining ingredients and heat through.  If fresh broccoli is available, steam one cup separately and add at the end after the soup is heated, stir gently.

 

Alfredo Sauce from Scratch:

 

1 T. all-purpose flour

1 C. water

3 T. Milk Powder (not instant non-fat)

1/2 C. evaporated milk

1/2 tsp. salt, plus more to taste

3/4 C. grated Parmesan cheese

 

Combine 3 T. milk powder with 1 C. water until dissolved.  Stir the flour into the milk until it is completely dissolved. Put a T. of olive oil in the skillet and heat over a medium-high heat. Add the minced clove of garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the flour-milk mixture and cook until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more. Add the evaporated milk, salt, and cheese and cook, stirring, until the cheese is melted, about 1 minute. Season with additional salt to taste. 

One Pan Dump and Bake Summer Pasta with Corn, Zucchini, Tomato & Chicken

One Pan Dump and Bake Summer Pasta with Corn, Zucchini, Tomato & Chicken

One Pan Dump and Bake Summer Pasta with Corn, Zucchini, Tomato & Chicken

2 cups diced, cooked chicken

1 cup halved grape tomatoes (can substitute with a can of undrained diced tomatoes)

1 small zucchini (about 1 cup), diced

½ cup corn kernels (fresh, canned, or frozen is fine)

12 ounces (about 3 cups) uncooked uncooked penne pasta

3 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

8 ounces about 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

½ cup chopped or torn fresh basil leaves, divided

2 teaspoons minced garlic

½ teaspoon salt

 

Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C). Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.  In the prepared dish (or in a separate bowl), stir together cooked chicken, tomatoes, zucchini, corn, uncooked pasta, chicken broth, 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese, about half of the basil leaves, minced garlic, and salt. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover; stir. At this point you should check the pasta to make sure that it is al dente (firm but just about finished cooking). If it’s still too hard, cover the dish and return to the oven until pasta is al dente. Then move on to the next step.  Sprinkle remaining ½ cup of mozzarella over the top. Bake uncovered for 5-10 more minutes (or until cheese is melted and pasta is tender). Garnish with remaining basil leaves just before serving.

Best-Ever Chicken Carbonara

Best-Ever Chicken Carbonara

Best-Ever Chicken Carbonara

 

12 oz. fettuccine

4 slices bacon

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 large eggs, beaten

3/4 C. freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

1/3 C. freshly chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

 

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water, and return to pot. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until bacon is crispy, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl and drain half the fat in skillet. Add chicken to skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Season generously with salt and pepper and cook, flipping halfway through, until no longer pink, 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and return bacon to skillet. Toss, then add cooked pasta and toss until combined. In a small bowl, beat together eggs, Parmesan, and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture over pasta and toss until coated, then add a couple tablespoons pasta water until creamy. (Add more pasta water by the tablespoonful as necessary.) Garnish with Parmesan and parsley and serve immediately.

 

 

Linguine with Artichokes and Leeks

Linguine with Artichokes and Leeks

Linguine with Artichokes and Leeks

2 medium leeks, white and light green parts only, cleaned

6 marinated artichoke hearts with stems (from a specialty food shop), or two 12-oz. jars marinated artichoke hearts in oil, drained

3 T. olive oil

1 T. lemon juice

3 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 lb. linguine

1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan

 

Halve the leeks lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces. Halve the artichokes lengthwise.  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat, add the leeks, and cook until soft but not browned, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Remove the leeks from skillet and set aside. Increase heat to medium and add the artichokes. Cook about 3 minutes per side. Return the leeks to skillet and toss to mix. Stir in the lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Cook the linguine according to the package directions, reserving 1/2 C. of the pasta water. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the vegetables to the linguine and toss with half the Parmesan. Add some of the pasta water to moisten, if necessary. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

Tuscan Rabbit Ragu with Papparedelle

Tuscan Rabbit Ragu with Papparedelle

Tuscan Rabbit Ragu with Papparedelle

3 T. olive oil

2-3 pounds hare legs, or lamb or beef stew meat

Salt

2 cups chopped onion

1 cup minced carrot

1 cup minced celery

2 T. sage leaves, chopped

2 T. rosemary, chopped

2 bay leaves

1 handful dried porcini mushrooms, about 1 ounce, chopped

2 T. tomato paste

2 T. red wine vinegar

1 28- ounce can crushed tomatoes

1 cup red wine

Parsley and grated cheese to garnish

 

If you need to soak the jackrabbit pieces, submerge them in buttermilk overnight. The next day, hack them into large pieces with a cleaver or kitchen shears. This will make them cook faster and fall off the bone easier. Rinse the hare under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown the hare pieces well. Take your time and do this in batches. Don’t let the pieces touch each other as they brown. Salt them as they cook. When browned, set aside.

When the meat has been browned, add the onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies begin to brown. Add the meat back to the pot, then the sage, rosemary, bay leaves and dried mushrooms. Mix well and allow to cook for a minute. Whisk together the tomato paste and wine and add that to the pot. Add the vinegar. Turn the heat to high to bring everything to a boil, then add the can of crushed tomatoes. Mix well, drop the heat to a bare simmer — only a few bubbles coming up to the surface — cover and let this cook until the hare meat wants to fall off the bone, up to 3 1/2 hours. When the meat is tender, fish out the bay leaves and discard. Remove the hare pieces and pull the meat from the bones. Return it to the pot. Ladle out about 1/3 to 1/2 of the sauce and put it into a food mill with a medium grate attached. Alternately, put it into a food processor or blender. Puree, meat and all. If you use a food mill you will have some dry, stringy hare meat left in the mill; discard or feed to your pets. Return the puree to the pot. Serve with pasta of your choice. I serve by putting the pasta in a large bowl, tossing it with a ladle of the sauce, then plating. I top each plate with some more sauce, then some parsley and some grated pecorino cheese.

 

Yield: 8 servings

Calories: 267 (not including pasta)

Fat: 8g

Fiber: 4g

Instant Pot Dump and Start Alfredo

Instant Pot Dump and Start Alfredo

Instant Pot Dump and Start Alfredo

 

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 tsp minced garlic dried

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 lb dry linguine noodles broken in half

3/4-1 cup parmesan cheese shredded

 

Add the broth, cream, garlic, salt, pepper and noodles to the instant pot in that order. DO NOT STIR, but make sure all noodles are covered. If you need to move some noodles around, that’s okay. Set your Instant Pot to Manual for 6 minutes (I like my noodles with a little bite to them, if you like yours softer I’d recommend cooking for a minute or two longer) and then let it naturally release its pressure for an additional 6 minutes then quick release. Let the noodles and sauce sit for a minute or so. This is very important. Your cheese will not melt into the sauce if it doesn’t cool for a minute or two. Gradually stir in the parmesan cheese. It’s ready to eat, Enjoy!

Dump and Start Instant Pot Creamy Ziti

Dump and Start Instant Pot Creamy Ziti

Dump and Start Instant Pot Creamy Ziti

1 1/2 cup chicken broth

1  cup heavy cream

1 tsp minced garlic dried

salt and pepper to taste

8 oz dry ziti pasta

1 cup red pasta sauce

1 cup parmesan cheese shredded

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

 

Add the broth, cream, garlic, salt, pepper and noodles to the instant pot in that order. DO NOT STIR, but make sure all noodles are covered. If you need to move some noodles around, that’s okay. Set your Instant Pot to Manual for 6 minutes. Let it naturally release its pressure for an additional 6 minutes then quick release. Add the red pasta sauce to the Instant Pot and give it a stir. SLOWLY add in the cheese while stirring. The cheese will melt and thicken the sauce. The sauce will also thicken as it cools.

Enjoy! Recipe Notes:  This is a very saucy dish- If you like yours with less sauce, just cut back on the red pasta sauce at the end.

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

Instant Pot Taco Pasta

2 pounds ground sirloin

¾ cup taco seasoning I prefer Old El Paso

1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 ounces, with juices

2 cans diced green chiles 4 ounces each

3 cups unsalted beef stock

1 pound farfalle

2 cups Mexican style cheese shredded

 

Press the ‘Sauté’ button on the Instant Pot. Ensure that the ‘Sauté’ heat level is set to ‘More’ and allow the pot to warm up for a few minutes. As soon as the digital display reads ‘Hot’, add the ground sirloin to the pot and sauté continually breaking up the meat into equal pieces until it is fully cooked. Add the taco seasoning, diced tomatoes with juices, and green chilis to the Instant Pot and mix them into the ground beef. Continue cooking for another minute. Cancel the ‘Sauté’ function, then add the beef stock to the pot and mix it into the meat. Layer the pasta on top of the beef and, using a large spoon, gently push it down into the beef stock so that most of it is submerged and damp. Close the Instant Pot and set the pressure release valve to ‘Sealing’ and then set the pot to ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’, High Pressure with a cook time of 3 minutes. Once the cook time has completed, allow for a 2-minute natural pressure release (NPR). Release any remaining pressure after the two minute NPR has completed. Open the pot and then mix in the cheese until it has fully melted into the pasta. Serve and enjoy!

Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

Instant Pot Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium yellow onion chopped

3 cloves garlic minced

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 pound Italian sausage

1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 large red bell pepper(s) chopped

 

3 cups water

1 pound rigatoni pasta

1 jar marinara sauce 24-ounce

 

½ cup heavy whipping cream

½ cup parmesan grated

 

Italian parsley fresh

parmesan shredded or grated

 

Sauté Onion: Turn on ‘Sauté’ and adjust the heat level to ‘Normal’. Allow the pot to heat up until the display reads ‘Hot’. Add the olive oil and allow it to heat up. Add the diced onions to the pot and toss until thoroughly coated in the oil. Sauté, tossing occasionally, until they become soft and translucent. About 3 to 4 minutes. Add Garlic: Add the minced garlic to the pot and continue to sauté for another 30 seconds.

Deglaze Pot: Deglaze the pot with the white wine vinegar and cook until it almost completely evaporates. About 1 or 2 minutes. cook the SAUSAGE. Add Sausage: Add the Italian sausage to the pot and cook, breaking it apart into smaller and smaller pieces as it cooks. Continue for 4 minutes. Add the salt and pepper and mix into the sausage. Continue cooking until cooked through, about another 2 or 3 minutes.

Add Bell Pepper: Add the bell pepper and mix into the sausage. Cook for another minute or two, tossing occasionally. Turn off ‘Sauté’. add the PASTA & SAUCE. Add Rigatoni: Add the water to the pot and deglaze the bottom of the pot once more. Then layer the rigatoni pasta over the sausage and, using a large wooden spoon, push it down into the water as much as you can. Add Marinara: Pour the marinara sauce evenly over the top of the pasta. Do not mix. set the COOK TIME. 7-Minute Cook Time: Close the Instant Pot, set the pressure release valve to ‘Sealing’ and set the pot to cook on ‘Manual’ or ‘Pressure Cook’, ‘High Pressure’ for 7 minutes. 2-Minute NPR: Once the 7-minute cook time has completed, allow for a 2-minute Natural Pressure Release. When the 2-minute NPR has finished, release the remaining pressure and then open the pot. add the CREAM AND CHEESE. Add the heavy whipping cream and parmesan cheese to the pot and mix them into the pasta. Allow the pasta to sit on ‘Keep Warm’ for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. Serve and enjoy!

One Pot Chicken Lo Mein

One Pot Chicken Lo Mein

One Pot Chicken Lo Mein

3 cups chicken broth

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 T. canola oil

1/2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp minced garlic, dried

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cornstarch

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 lb (8 oz) Chinese Noodles

4-6 chicken tenders

12 oz bag stir fry vegetables

 

For the Instant Pot: Whisk together the chicken broth, soy sauce, canola oil, sesame oil, minced garlic, ground ginger and cornstarch in the liner of your Instant Pot. Break the Chinese noodles in half, and submerge them into the liquid, insuring all of the noodles are covered by liquid. Place the chicken tenders on top of the uncooked noodles. Season with salt and pepper. Close the lid and turn the knob to sealing. Cook on Manual (pressure cook) HIGH for 3 minutes, NPR 6 minutes before quick releasing the remaining pressure. Remove the lid, quickly remove the chicken, add in the stir fry vegetables, give everything a quick stir and then replace the lid, setting the vent to sealing. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, or until the veggies are steamed to your liking. Slice the chicken into bite sized pieces. Add the chicken to the pot after the veggies finish steaming. Stir to combine and serve. For the Stovetop: Combine the chicken broth, soy sauce, canola oil, sesame oil, minced garlic, ground ginger and cornstarch in a large pot. Place the chicken tenders on the bottom of the pot, layering the Chinese noodles on top. Bring the pot to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for 5-7 minutes or until most of the liquid is gone and the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pot. Slice the chicken into bite sized pieces. Add in the stir fry vegetables and give everything a quick stir. Cover with a lid and let it sit for 5-10 minutes or until veggies are cooked to your liking. Stir in the chicken chunks and serve.

Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef

Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef

Instant Pot Creamy Shells and Beef

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 pound lean ground beef

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon italian seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 1-pound box medium shell pasta

1 24-ounce jar marinara sauce

3 cups water

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

 

Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting, and wait for the display to turn to HOT Add olive oil and onions, and cook until slightly soft Add ground beef, break up with spatula, and cook until no longer pink, stirring frequently to make sure it doesn’t stick to pot Season with sea salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and garlic powder, and  hit CANCEL. Add shells over ground beef, then add the marinara sauce and water. Do not stir but press lightly with spoon to ensure pasta is completely covered with sauce and water. Place lid on Instant Pot, close, and make sure vent is set to SEALING position Hit PRESSURE COOK for 5 minutes, or half the cooking time on the box of pasta  When pressure cooking is done, do a quick release, then remove lid and hit CANCEL to turn cooker off Stir in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese, and serve

Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Instant Pot Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

1 chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes

1 1/2 cup chicken broth

1 1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tsp minced garlic dried

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 lb linguine noodles broken in half

2 T. dry ranch mix

3/4-1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1/2 cup bacon prepped and crumbled

 

Combine broth, heavy cream, garlic, salt and pepper in the liner of the Instant Pot. Put the 1 inch cubes of chicken into the broth and cream mixture in the Instant Pot liner. Take care to distribute the chunks evenly around the liner. Place the broken pasta on top of the chicken in the liquid. MAKE SURE ALL NOODLES ARE COVERED WITH LIQUID. Move the pasta around until they are all covered.

Secure lid in place, make sure the knob is set to seal. Cook on manual HIGH for 6 minutes NPR for 6 minutes and then QR. The sauce at this point will be very runny, don’t be scared. It is supposed to be that way.  Stir in the dry ranch dressing mix, mix thoroughly. Gradually add in the shredded parmesan cheese. Add in small amounts at a time, stirring in-between each addition. Serve in bowls and top with crispy bacon bits. Enjoy!

Palermo Pasta with Anchovies, Raisins, and Pine Nuts

Palermo Pasta with Anchovies, Raisins, and Pine Nuts

Palermo Pasta with Anchovies, Raisins, and Pine Nuts

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

3 Tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup pine nuts

¼ raisins

3 Tablespoons tomato purée

2 ounces red wine

6 salt-packed anchovy fillets (or 8 from an oil tin)

½ pound dried pasta (in this case you really do want to splurge on a “fancier” pasta but the type is less important – margarita, bucatini, spaghetti, fettuccine all work well)

homemade breadcrumbs

 

Heat oil in large, deep skillet over medium-low heat. Fry garlic slowly. Once garlic is golden brown, add raisins, pine nuts, and anchovies. Continue frying, stirring regularly, for 2 minutes. Add tomato purée and wine and stir well until combined. Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente. Try to time it so the pasta is done at about the same time as the sauce. (Serious Italian cooks tell you that rinsing pasta in cold water ruins it, but I’ve been known to do it quite frequently. I’m working on my timing.) Add the pasta to the sauce and stir until incorporated. Serve garnished with breadcrumbs (they’re missing in the picture below, but the crunch they add is really essential!).

One Pot Pasta with Zucchini, Garlic Scapes, and Leeks in a White Wine Lemon Sauce

One Pot Pasta with Zucchini, Garlic Scapes, and Leeks in a White Wine Lemon Sauce

One Pot Pasta with Zucchini, Garlic Scapes, and Leeks in a White Wine Lemon Sauce

2 tsp. olive oil

2 leeks white and light green parts (see notes)

12 oz whole wheat rigatoni (see notes)

1 small bunch garlic scapes (see notes)

1 large zucchini cut into quarter moons

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/4 tsp. salt scant (adjust depending on how salty your broth is – mine was not salty)

pinch ground black pepper

1 tsp. lemon zest loosely packed

1 T. lemon juice

1/2 cup white wine of choice

1/2 cup plain , unsweetened almond milk

2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

fresh basil

 

Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add the chopped leeks (and minced garlic if substituting for the garlic scapes). Stir and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the leeks are somewhat softened. Add the pasta, garlic scapes, zucchini, spices, and lemon zest. Pour the lemon juice, white wine, almond milk, and vegetable broth over the top. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Keep partially covered, and stir frequently, cooking until the pasta is done to your liking and the liquid is thickened – about 7-10 minutes. Add salt to taste. Serve topped with fresh basil. The sauce will thicken up a little more once cooled.

 

To use white, instead of whole wheat pasta, increase the liquid by about 1 cup (please note that I haven’t tested yet with this recipe, but a similar substitution has worked in other recipes). Other pasta shapes should also work. My opinion is that spaghetti/linguine are the best choice, since the more textured pasta shapes can get slightly gummy – they still taste great, though.

 

If you intend to use this for leftovers then I would recommend adding another small drizzle of olive oil to the cooking liquid, to help keep the pasta from sticking together when it cools.

Instant Pot Rigatoni All’Amatriciana

Instant Pot Rigatoni All’Amatriciana

Instant Pot Rigatoni All’Amatriciana

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil. plus more for drizzling

4 ounces pancetta or bacon, diced

1 onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, finely grated or minced

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more for serving

1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes with their juices Kosher salt

8 ounces rigatoni

1/2 C. grated pecorino cheese, plus more for serving

 

Using the sauté function, heat the oil and pancetta in the pressure cooker pot. Cook, stirring frequently, until the pancetta is browned and crisp and the fat has rendered, about 5 minutes. Stir in the onion and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes, and black pepper and cook for 1 minute. Use your hands to crush the whole tomatoes directly into the pot. Make sure to add all the juices from the can. Use a spatula to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Taste the sauce at this point and add salt to taste. Stir in the pasta and 1/2 C. water. Lock the lid into place and cook on high pressure for 6 minutes. Manually release the pressure. Stir in the pecorino. If the pasta is too al dente, cover the pot with the lid (but don’t lock it on), and let it sit for 5 minutes; the pasta mil cook a little more in the residual heat of the pot. Otherwise, serve immediately, with more pecorino, olive oil, and black pepper on top.

Very Green Spaghetti

Very Green Spaghetti

Very Green Spaghetti

5 oz dried spaghetti

4 cloves of garlic

7 oz cavolo nero (Tuscan Kale)

1 oz Parmesan cheese

1 oz ricotta cheese

Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water according to the package instructions. Meanwhile, peel the garlic. Tear the stems out of the cavolo and discard, adding the leaves and the garlic to the pasta pan for 5 minutes. Pour 1 1/2 T. of extra virgin olive oil into a blender, then finely grate in the Parmesan. Use tongs to carefully transfer the cavolo leaves and garlic straight into the blender and blitz for a few minutes until super-smooth. Taste and season to perfection with sea salt and black pepper. Drain the pasta, reserving a cupful of cooking water. Return the pasta to the pan and toss with the vibrant green sauce, loosening with a splash of reserved cooking water, if needed, then divide between your plates. Dot over the ricotta, drizzle with a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil, and tuck right in.

One Pan Pasta with Bacon & Peas

One Pan Pasta with Bacon & Peas

One Pan Pasta with Bacon & Peas

8 oz bacon, diced

3/4 C. diced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 1/2 C. chicken broth

1/2 C. milk

8 oz dry penne pasta

1 C. frozen peas

1/2 C. sour cream

salt and pepper

grated Parmesan, for serving

 

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel lined plate. Drain all but about 2 tsp. of the bacon grease in the skillet. To the hot bacon grease, add the onion and cook until softened, about 5-8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Pour in the chicken broth and the milk, and bring to a boil. Once the liquid is boiling, add the dry pasta and reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover the skillet and allow the pasta to cook until al dente, about 15 minutes. Once the pasta is cooked, add the peas and continue to cook until they have defrosted. Stir in the sour cream and the reserved bacon. Taste and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, topped with parmesan cheese.

One Pot Skillet Pasta with Kielbasa

One Pot Skillet Pasta with Kielbasa

One Pot Skillet Pasta with Kielbasa

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

14-16 oz fully cooked smoked sausage, cut into 1/2-inch slices

1/2 C. diced onion

1 (12 oz) package Green Giant Garden Vegetable Medley

2 1/2 C. chicken broth

1/2 C. milk

8 oz dry penne pasta

Salt and pepper

1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Chopped parsley, for serving

 

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and onion and cook until the sausage is browned and the onion is soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add in the frozen vegetables, chicken broth and milk. Stir in the penne pasta.  Cover and cook until the pasta is al dente, about 15 minutes.* Stir and season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and stir in to melt and combine. Garnish with fresh parsley to serve.

 

*If there is still too much liquid in the pan, continue to cook uncovered. There should be some liquid left to make a sauce.

Red Curry Noodle Bowls with Steak & Cabbage

Red Curry Noodle Bowls with Steak & Cabbage

Red Curry Noodle Bowls with Steak & Cabbage

4 ounces dried flat linguine-width rice noodles

2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more

1 pound flank steak

2 tsp. refined coconut or vegetable oil, divided

1/4 C. red curry paste

2 tsp. freshly grated ginger

1 small head savoy cabbage (about 12 ounces), thinly sliced into long ribbons

2 1/2 C. low-sodium beef broth

1 (15-ounce) can coconut milk

2 tsp. fresh lime juice, plus wedges for serving

4 ounces pea sprouts or shoots

1/2 C. basil leaves, preferably purple Thai

1/2 C. mint leaves

Sliced red chiles (for serving)

 

Cook noodles in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain again; set aside. Meanwhile, season steak with 1 tsp. salt. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over high. Sear steak 4–5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let rest 10 minutes, then thinly slice against the grain. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in same skillet over medium. Add curry paste and ginger and stir to combine. Stir in cabbage and remaining 1 1/2 tsp. salt and toss to coat. Cook, tossing, until cabbage just begins to wilt, about 1 minute. Add broth and coconut milk. Bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and stir in noodles and lime juice.

Divide noodle mixture among bowls. Top with steak, pea sprouts, basil, mint, and chiles. Serve with lime wedges alongside.

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet

Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet

1-1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite sized pieces

1 tablespoon olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 medium sweet onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

12 oz short pasta (penne, rotini, ziti)

1/2 cup red wine

1-1/2 cups chicken broth

1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes

2 teaspoons dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

 

In a large skillet or dutch oven heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and onion; season with salt and pepper. Cook and brown for 8 to 10 minutes or until onion is soft and chicken is nearly cooked through. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the pasta, wine, broth, tomatoes, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes and stir to combine. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the Parmesan cheese and the bread crumbs; set aside. When the pasta is tender, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and then the parmesan and bread crumb mixture. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until golden and crispy. Remove from oven and sprinkle parsley on top. Serve.

Rigatoni with Ham & Broccoli Rabe

Rigatoni with Ham & Broccoli Rabe

Rigatoni with Ham & Broccoli Rabe

 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound fresh rigatoni pasta

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1/2 pound ham steak, small-diced (2 cups)

4 cups (l-inch pieces) broccoli rabe

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 

In a very large pot, bring 5 quarts water and 3 tablespoons salt to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just al dente, about 1 minute less than the package directions. Occasionally give the pasta a stir so it doesn’t stick together. Scoop out and reserve 1 cup of the pasta water before draining the pasta. Meanwhile, put a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil followed by the ham and cook until it begins to render some fat, about 1 minute. Scoot the ham to one side of the pan. To the open space, add the broccoli rabe and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the broccoli rabe is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Add the pasta and reserved pasta water to the pan and cook for 30 seconds, stirring to blend. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 1/2 cups of the Parmesan. Top the pasta with the remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan, drizzle with olive oil, and serve.

Beef Sukiyaki

Beef Sukiyaki

Beef Sukiyaki

1/2 lb. dried fettuccine

1/4 C. plus 2 T. soy sauce

1/4 C. plus 2 T. sake

1/4 C. plus 2 T. water

2 T. sugar

2 T. vegetable oil

3/4 lb. beef sirloin, thinly sliced across the grain and cut into 2-inch lengths

Salt

1 medium sweet onion, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

8 large shiitake mushrooms, caps only, quartered

3 scallions, cut into matchsticks

1 bunch of watercress, thick stems discarded

1/2 lb. (about 1/2 block) firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes

 

In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the fettuccine until al dente, about 12 minutes. Drain and rinse under hot water. Transfer the noodles to 4 bowls and keep warm. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce with the sake, water and sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Heat 1 T. of the oil in a large skillet until shimmering. Season the beef with salt, add to the skillet and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, until half-cooked, 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the remaining 1 T. of oil to the skillet. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, 5 minutes. Add the shiitake caps and cook until softened, 5 minutes longer. Add the scallions and watercress and cook, stirring gently, until the watercress is just wilted, 1 minute. Return the meat and any accumulated juices to the skillet, along with the tofu. Add half of the soy-sake sauce. Bring to a boil and simmer just until the meat is cooked through, 1 minute. Spoon the sukiyaki over the noodles and drizzle with the remaining soy-sake sauce. Serve.

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

WIW: Mac and Cheese Waffles

4 to 6 servings of your favorite prepared mac and cheese

3/4 C. shredded cheese

spray oil

Waffle iron

Heat waffle iron on high setting. Spray iron with oil. Fill iron with mac and cheese, topping with additional shredded cheese. Close iron and cook for about 5 minutes. (I did not force mine to close all the way.) You want the mac and cheese to be just to the point of being brown and crispy- but not over cooked, since the mac and cheese could dry out. (The extra cheese helps with this.) After cooking allow waffle to cool just a bit and carefully loose the edges of the waffle. The waffle should pop right out!

Penne Boscaiola (Woodsman-Style Pasta with Mushrooms and Bacon)

Penne Boscaiola (Woodsman-Style Pasta with Mushrooms and Bacon)

Penne Boscaiola (Woodsman-Style Pasta with Mushrooms and Bacon)

1 ounce (30g) dried porcini mushrooms

3/4 cup (180ml) dry white wine

6 slices thick-cut smoked bacon (about 6 ounces; 170g), cut into thin strips

1 pound (450g) mixed fresh cultivated and wild mushrooms, such as cremini, shiitake, maitake, hedgehog, or oyster, woody ends trimmed, thinly sliced

Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed

1 medium onion (about 7 ounces; 200g), sliced

3 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves (from about 8 sprigs)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 (28-ounce; 795g) can peeled whole tomatoes and their juices, crushed by hand or coarsely puréed with an immersion blender

1 pound (450g) dried tubular pasta, such as penne or rigatoni

3/4 cup (180ml) heavy cream

1/4 cup minced fresh parsley leaves and tender stems (about 1/2 medium bunch)

1 ounce (30g) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving

 

In a small heatproof bowl or measuring cup, combine dried porcini mushrooms with white wine and microwave until wine is steaming-hot. Alternatively, heat wine and mushrooms in a small saucepan until steaming. Set aside and let soak until porcini are fully softened, 10 minutes. Using your hands, lift porcini from wine and squeeze well to remove any excess liquid; reserve porcini-infused wine. Chop soaked porcini coarsely.  Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven or large sauté pan, cook bacon over medium-high heat, stirring often, until browned, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to a plate.  Add fresh mushrooms and chopped porcini to pot with rendered bacon fat and return to medium-high heat. Cook, stirring often, until mushrooms are browned, about 8 minutes. Add a splash of olive oil at any point if pot becomes too dry.  Add onion, garlic, and thyme and cook, stirring, until onion and garlic are softened and lightly golden, about 6 minutes; again, add olive oil as needed if pot becomes too dry. Season with salt and pepper. Add bacon back to pot, then add crushed or puréed tomatoes. Pour in porcini-infused wine through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any sediment. Bring to a simmer, then lower heat to maintain a bare simmer. Season with salt.  Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until just shy of al dente. Drain pasta, reserving about 2 cups of pasta-cooking water. Add cream to pasta sauce along with drained pasta. Bring to a simmer, adding reserved pasta-cooking water as needed to thin sauce, until pasta is al dente and sauce forms a creamy sheen that coats pasta. If sauce ever becomes too thick, add more pasta water to thin it out. Remove pasta and sauce from heat and stir in parsley and cheese. Serve, passing more cheese at the table.

Dutch Oven Beef Stew with Noodles

Dutch Oven Beef Stew with Noodles

Dutch Oven Beef Stew with Noodles

2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium yellow onion, sliced lengthwise

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

5 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

3 cups water

1/2 pound carrots, cut into l-inch pieces

2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into l-inch pieces

2 cups egg noodles

3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar

 

Season beef with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven, heat oil over high. Working in batches, add beef and cook until browned, about 6 minutes. Add onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook until onion begins to soften (reducing heat if necessary), about 5 minutes. Stir in flour, and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add broth and the water, stirring and scraping up browned bits with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil; then reduce to a simmer and cook until beef is tender, about 25 minutes. Add carrots and potatoes; cook until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes. Add noodles and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in parsley and vinegar just before serving.

 

Fried Lemon Pasta with Chile Flakes

Fried Lemon Pasta with Chile Flakes

Fried Lemon Pasta with Chile Flakes

Kosher salt, as needed

4 lemons, preferably Meyer or other thin-skinned lemons

l pound linguine or spaghetti

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

pasPinch of sugar

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

3/4 teaspoon red chile flakes, plus more to taste

2/3 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving (optional)

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup fresh celery leaves, coarsely chopped (optional)

1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves, coarsely chopped (optional)

Flaky sea salt, for serving

 

Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Finely grate the zest of 2 lemons and set the zest aside. Juice one of the bald lemons and set the juice aside. (Reserve the second bald lemon in case you want more juice.) Trim the tops and bottoms off the other 2 lemons and cut them lengthwise into quarters; remove the seeds. Slice the lemon quarters crosswise into thin triangles. Blanch the lemon pieces in the boiling water for 2 minutes; then use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a clean dish towel. Taste the lemons; if they seem bitter, repeat the blanching. When the water returns to a boil, add the linguine and cook until it is just shy of al dente, about 2 minutes less than the package directions. Drain, reserving V2 cup of the pasta cooking water. While the pasta is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add the lemon pieces and a pinch each of salt and sugar. Cook until the lemons are browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Melt the butter with the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in the same skillet over medium heat. Add the chile flakes and reserved lemon zest, and cook until fragrant. Whisk in the reserved pasta cooking water. Toss in the pasta, the reserved lemon juice, the cheese, 1 teaspoon salt, and black pepper to taste. Cook until the pasta is well coated with the sauce and has finished cooking, about 1 minute. Toss in the caramelized lemons, and the celery leaves and/or parsley if using. Taste, and add more lemon juice if needed. Serve, topped with a drizzle of olive oil, plus more cheese if you like, and a sprinkle of flak}’ sea salt.

Orecchiette with Sausage & Swiss Chard

Orecchiette with Sausage & Swiss Chard

Orecchiette with Sausage & Swiss Chard

1 lb. Orecchiette pasta

1 lb. Spicy Italian sausage

1 lb. Swiss chard rough chopped with stems (1/4″ wide)

1 cup Cooked Cannellini beans (drained and rinsed)

8 oz Pasta water

1/2 cup Chopped parsley

1 tablespoon Lemon zest

2 tablespoons Lemon juice

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons Butter

1 tablespoon Extra virgin olive oil

 

Bring 5 quarts of water to a boil with 3 tablespoons of kosher salt. Cook the pasta until very al dente, about 8 minutes. Remove the pasta to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set it aside. Do not rinse the pasta. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before discarding. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the sausage and brown. Add the Swiss chard and cook down for 2 minutes. Add the reserved pasta water and simmer for 1 minute. Add the beans and pasta and simmer until pasta is done, about 2 more minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and zest, cheese, parsley, butter, and extra virgin olive oil and it is ready to serve.

Kristen’s Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Kristen’s Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Kristen’s Linguine with White Clam Sauce

8oz. Linguini, cooked, drained and kept warm

2  6 1/2 oz. Can Minced Clams, drained, reserve juice for 1 can.

Light Cream

1/2 C. Onion, chopped

2 Cloves Garlic, minced

2 tsp. Butter

1/2 C. Flour

1/2 tsp. Oregano

1/4 tsp. each: Salt, Pepper

1/4 C. each: Parsley, White Wine, Parmesan Cheese

 

In medium saucepan, cook onion and garlic in butter until tender.  Stir in flour and spices.  Add cream to reserved juices to make 2 C.  Add this to saucepan all at once, and cook, stirring, until thick and bubbly.  Cook 1 minute and then stir in clams, parsley, and wine.  Heat through and serve over pasta.

LTS Alpine Spaghetti

LTS Alpine Spaghetti

We are camping this weekend.  4 families, 8 girls, daisies and incoming juniors.  I dunno why this is “Alpine”, its not made with pine needles or something.  Maybe just because they make it while hiking.   Since we are car camping, I may put fresh herbs from my garden in the cooler instead of using dried herbs.

Alpine Spaghetti

8 oz. of spaghetti or noodles

1 tbsp of olive oil

1 cup of parmesan cheese

3 tsp of dried sweet basil

1 tbsp of parsley flakes

1 garlic clove, minced

Water

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add spaghetti. Boil for 10 minutes and drain. Add olive oil, mix with pasta, and then add the remaining ingredients. Mix again and serve.

Stovetop Brie Mac and Cheese

Stovetop Brie Mac and Cheese

Stovetop Brie Mac and Cheese

1 teaspoon salt

1 pound elbow pasta

3 C. whole milk

1 white onion, chopped

1 teaspoon whole cloves

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

6 ounces sourdough bread, sliced and toasted

5 ounces Brie cheese, cut into 1-inch pieces

¼ cup chopped scallions, both white and green parts, for garnish

 

Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil. Add the salt and the pasta and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and set aside. Put the milk, onion, cloves, and nutmeg in a large saucepan and set over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the stove and set aside for 15 minutes to allow the ingredients to steep. Strain out and discard the onion and cloves and pour the milk into a blender. Cut or tear the bread into pieces and add to the milk. Puree the bread and milk into a creamy slurry. Put the cooked pasta in a large pot, add the milk-bread slurry, and set over medium-low heat. Slowly whisk in the Brie, one piece at a time. Serve garnished with the chopped scallions.

Vietnamese-Style Skirt Steak with Herb and Noodle Salad

Vietnamese-Style Skirt Steak with Herb and Noodle Salad

Vietnamese-Style Skirt Steak with Herb and Noodle Salad

1/2 C. Asian fish sauce

Finely grated zest and juice of 2 limes

3 T. fresh orange or tangerine juice

3 garlic cloves, grated on a Microplane or minced

1 T. dark brown sugar

1 jalapeno or serrano chile, seeded and minced

1 1/2 to 2 pounds skirt steak

8 ounces dried rice noodles (any shape), cooked according to the package directions

1 1/2 C. thinly sliced Persian, Asian, or Kirby cucumbers

1 1/2 C. thinly sliced radishes

1 C. torn fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish (optional)

1/2 C. unsalted roasted peanuts, finely chopped

 

In a measuring C., mix together the fish sauce, lime zest and juice, orange juice, garlic, brown sugar, and chile. Set aside half of this mixture to dress the noodles. Place the steak in a shallow bowl or in a heavy-duty sealable plastic bag, pour the remaining marinade over it, and seal the bag or cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. Heat a grill or broiler to high. Remove the steak from the marinade, wipe off the excess marinade, and grill over direct heat or under the broiler until the steak reaches the desired doneness, 2 to 4 minutes per side for rare (the broiler might take a few minutes longer). Let the steak rest, lightly covered with aluminum foil, for 10 minutes. In a large bowl, toss the noodles, cucumbers, radishes, mint leaves, and peanuts with the reserved marinade. Slice the steak very thin. Slice the steak very thin. Divide the noodle mixture among individual serving plates, and top each portion with slices of steak. Garnish with additional mint leaves if desired.