This recipe is one of my favorite pasta dishes. Most of the year I make it as a freezer meal with smoked turkey sausage, however, during the summer it’s devine with fresh local shrimp.
Begin by melting 4 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons of EVOO over medium heat. Add in a large chopped onion and sauté until it becomes soft.
Now add a container of chopped baby bella mushrooms, a large chopped red pepper, and a teaspoon of minced garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes.
Add in either your sliced kielbasa or a pound of uncooked fresh shrimp. Cook until the shrimp turns pink or about 4-5 minutes for the sausage.
Add 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 1/2 cup heavy cream, and a jar of Alfredo sauce. Stir to combine. Add 1/2-1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it) and salt & pepper to taste. Let simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in 12oz penne, rotini, or any pasta of your choice. Top with shredded parmesan and chopped fresh parsley before serving. Pairs perfectly with a mixed green salad and crusty bread.
This is not an over statement – it really is the best Mac I’ve ever had, and my friends and family would agree. It’s a bit tedious, but WELL worth the effort!
Begin by shredding 8oz of gruyere, 10oz of white cheddar, and 10oz of yellow cheddar.
Now warm 3.5 cups of whole milk and 2 cups of heavy cream together over medium heat in a saucepan.
In a large saucepan melt 6 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter bubbles, whisk in 1/2 cup of flour. Whisk for about a minute until it combines and thickens.
Slowly add in your warm milk/cream mixture whisking continuously until sauce thickens and bubbles.
Remove from heat and add 2tsp salt, 1/4tsp nutmeg, 1/4tsp cayenne pepper, & 1/4tsp black pepper.
Stir in grated cheeses.
Now add 2lbs cooked elbow macaroni.
Prepare 6 slices good white bread, crust removed and ripped into 1/2inch size pieces. Pour 3-4 tablespoons of melted butter over the breadcrumbs and toss to combine. Cover your pot of macaroni with breadcrumbs and bake at 375 for approximately 30 minutes until top begins to brown. Enjoy!😋
Adapted from: Eat Drink Smile
Pasta salad is one of the most delicious side dishes in my opinion. It is a summer food that pairs perfectly with everything from burgers to chicken to mile high sandwiches. The key to amazing pasta salad is using the freshest veggies and fruit during the peak of the season.
I start with a nice hearty pasta cooked al dente such as a penne or rotini. Then I combine the following in a large bowl:
-A container of mixed rainbow cherry tomatoes, 2 small zucchinis sliced into half moons, 1 red pepper thinly sliced, 1 cup corn sliced off the cob, a few green onions sliced finely, 2 ripe, firm peaches sliced, 2 cups chopped rotisserie chicken (optional), and a handful of fresh basil and cilantro chopped.
Now, you can put just about any homemade dressing on top but this one tastes perfect with this salad:
Combine 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan, 1/2 cup EVOO, juice and zest of a lemon, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, and 1/4 cup chopped basil. Pour over mixture, combine, then fold in your pasta. Enjoy!!!
Adapted from: Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen
My mother in law is a traditional Mexican woman and an amazing cook. When I started dating my husband over a decade ago, I knew that if we were going to take our relationship to the next level, I was going to need to up my cooking game. Big time. You see, back then I measured the milk for Mac and Cheese (my husband still likes to remind me of that) so I knew the road ahead was long. I was excited and totally up for the challenge.
Sopa or “Sopita” as my husband’s (and now my) family calls it is a staple in Mexican cooking. What’s interesting to me is all the ladies on that side of our family do it a little differently. Apparently there is no exact science, it’s a very personal and unique creation. So, this is my attempt and version of this delicious side dish that my 2 year old LOVES. Of course, it won’t be legit until my mother in law says so!
This is how I began. That’s a full pasta box of shells, about a third of an onion, a quarter cup chopped cilantro, chicken bouillon, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and olive oil.
I sautéed the pasta in a few tablespoons of EVOO until it began to brown. Then I added in the onion and kept cooking for a minute or so.
Then I added in a box of chicken broth, 12oz of tomato sauce, a couple tablespoons of bouillon, cilantro, and salt & pepper. I brought everything to a boil and reduced to a simmer for about 25-30 minutes over medium low heat.
Here was my result. Tasty, not too shabby for a white girl.😋