Posts Tagged ‘pasta’

Tasteful Tuesday: Tomato Soup with Tortellini and Vegetables

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Another snowstorm is headed our way, and we couldn’t think of anything better than a hearty, delicious soup packed with vegetables and pasta to make and eat for the occasion. This is a meat-free soup, but you could certainly add Italian sausage or beef to make it even more filling. The following recipe makes about four servings.

What You’ll Need:

  • 14.5 ounces beef or chicken broth
  • 46 ounces (6 cups) tomato sauce
  • 28 ounces (3.5 cups) whole tomatoes, halved
  • 9 ounces cheese tortellini, uncooked
  • 1 cup zucchini, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • black pepper, oregano,
    and other preferred seasonings to taste
  • 1.5 cups fresh spinach
  • grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. In a large soup kettle over low-medium heat, combine broth, sauce and the tomatoes (including the juice).
  2. Add tortellini, zucchini, corn, garlic and seasonings. Cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach and cook for at least ten more minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

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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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Tasteful Tuesday: Avocado Pasta

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

This creamy alternative to Alfredo sauce will have you and your family loving avocados, if they don’t already! The best part is, the ingredients list is short and simple – as is the cooking process. Let us know if you like it!

What you’ll need:Avocado Pasta

  • Food processor
  • 12 ounces spaghetti (or use your favorite pasta!)
  • 2 ripe avocados: halved, seeded, and peeled
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup canned corn kernels, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste

*these ingredients will yield about 4 servings; adjust if needed

Directions:

  1. In a large pot of boiling, lightly salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well and set aside.
  2. Combine and pulse avocados, basil, garlic, and lemon juice in a food processor; season with salt and pepper to taste. Slowly add olive oil until emulsified.
  3. Add pasta back to empty pot and add the avocado mixture, cherry tomatoes, and corn.
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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