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Tasteful Tuesday: Chicken Sesame Pasta Salad

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Sesame & Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopThis fun, Asian-inspired pasta salad will be a great backyard party food contender this summer. It’s also a great dish for making up at the start of busy weeks throughout the year, when you have to rely on quick, but hearty meals (leftovers!).

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 16 ounces bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
    (we recommend seasoning with black
    pepper, garlic salt and a pinch of red pepper)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • Broccoli, red pepper, snap peas or other
    vegetables can be added if desired.

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds and stir until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Pour into a large bowl.
  3. In a container with a sealing lid, combine sesame seeds, vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, ginger and pepper. Shake well and pour over pasta. Toss until pasta is evenly coated.
  4. Mix in chicken, cilantro, carrots and green onion (and any more vegetables, if desired) and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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Tasteful Tuesday: Spring Vegetable Pizza

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Happy Spring Equinox! We’re excited to see our vegetable and flower gardens grow, although with the expected snowstorm we may have to wait a little longer. Nonetheless, today we are sharing a veggie pizza recipe topped with spring vegetables (from the northeast). Enjoy!

Vegetable Garden Table Runner | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound pizza dough, room temperature
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 5 teaspoons basil pesto
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 cup greens (spinach or kale)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Place a 13 x 18-inch baking sheet on the bottom rack of the oven. Preheat to 450°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta cheese and pesto. Set aside.
  3. Stretch or roll the pizza dough into a 13 x 18-inch rectangle. If the dough is sticky, lightly dust with all-purpose flour. Remove the preheated baking sheet from the oven and carefully place the dough on top.
  4. Brush dough with the olive oil. Spread the ricotta and pesto mixture in an even layer across the dough, leaving a border (1/2 or 3/4 of an inch) for the crust. Distribute the vegetables evenly across the dough, then sprinkle the cheese on top.
  5. Bake until edges are golden brown or until they reach the desired crispiness, about 17-19 minutes. Cool for about 5 minutes before cutting into the pizza, then serve.

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Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Orecchiette PastaA recent test of this dish resulted in a good amount of leftovers in addition to satisfied diners. We’ve cut it down to about three servings here, so adjust to your needs as necessary.

What you’ll need:

  • 12 ounces of orecchiette pasta
  • 2 cups broccoli, steamed and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 cups cooked Italian sausage, browned
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup pesto, alfredo or other sauce of your choice
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add orecchiette pasta and cook until al dente; about 10 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, strain.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add reserved water and all ingredients to pan and combine until pasta, broccoli and sausage are fully coated with the sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired, and serve!

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