Butternut Pasta in a Mustard Cream Sauce

Butternut squash pasta with Italian sausage in a sage infused mustard cream sauce.  It’s all those things that you love about fall wrapped into a single dish – hearty, spicy, warm, and cozy… but don’t get too excited.  It’s been drummed into me from a young age that eating anything with heavy cream in it…

Arugula Lasagna

A couple of weeks ago, at work, one of the chefs whipped up an arugula pesto to use on pizzas.  It was bright green, and had a little extra zing then your regular pesto.  This inspired me into trying to make my own variation at home.  I decided to go the extra mile, and pair…

Gnocchi with Pesto

It has come to my attention that although, I have two gnocchi recipes posted, neither of them are for a standard, no frills gnocchi.  I have decided to remedy that this week with a step by step guide to basic gnocchi making, along with an attempt to photograph the proceeder.  Somehow flour coated hands and…

Baked Ziti

A baked pasta dish made up of ziti pasta, marinara sauce, sweet Italian sausage, mozzarella cheese, and fresh spinach for some color, nutrition, and fiber.  I like to refer to this dish as my lazy-person’s lasagna.  It has a similar flavor profile to a traditional lasagna, but none of the hassle of layering in all…

Parmesan Gnocchi Sautéed in Sun-dried Tomatoes and Garlic

The parmesan gnocchi I made the other night turned out wonderfully – light, pillowy cushions of cheese and potato pasta sautéed in olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, and  garlic.  I did not turn out the prettiest of gnocchi, the cheese made them a little chunkier then usual, but the flavors all checked out. I added more…

Minestrone Soup

One of my favorite winter soups that will both empty your vegetable bin and leave you muy satisfecho.  Minestrone soup seems to have a little bit of everything in it -Italian sausage, potatoes, pasta, zucchini, and beans to just name a few.  I like to season my broth with old cheese rinds, but if you…

Saffron Pasta with Oranges and Olives

My homemade saffron semolina pasta sautéed in olive oil, garlic, madeira wine, and a squeeze of fresh orange juice, sprinkled with Kalamata olives and chopped parsley. Ingredients: Saffron Semolina Pasta 1 tbsp Olive Oil 2 minced cloves of Garlic  1/4 cup Madeira Wine the juice from 1 Orange 1/2 cup sliced Kalamata Olives 1/2 tsp…

Saffron Semolina Pasta

A basic semolina pasta infused with saffron.  The semolina adds a little bite to your pasta’s texture, and increases the protein content of the pasta while imparting a slightly nutty flavor.  The saffron is a splendid way to dress up your pedestrian pasta into something exotically wonderful – after all, if you are going to…