Category Archives: pasta

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Tomato Basil Penne Pasta

Craig and I just spent 2 weeks exploring Portugal, Spain, and Italy.  While we were in Italy, we spent a few days with Marta’s family in Bergamo, Italy – (Marta lived with us for a year abroad during 2012/2013.)  Bergamo is near Milan and Verona – you know Verona of the Romeo and Juliet fame.  […]


Zucchini Lasagna

As I’m sure you have also seen, I have been seeing zucchini lasagna all over pinterest lately. I knew that because we have zucchini growing in our garden, this was something I needed to make with some of the zucchini. This recipe is slightly adapted from Skinny Taste’s zucchini lasagna But then it has been […]


Creamy Tomato Pasta with Squash and Chicken

I have been enjoying going through old recipe posts and remaking them.  I have been remaking them so that I can take new pictures, but the ones I have remade first are the ones I remember loving the most the first time I made them. As a food blogger, I don’t often make the same meals […]


Vegetarian Alfredo Lasagna

When I first saw the idea for an alfredo lasagna, I knew that it was something I must try. I mean, who doesn’t love lasagna? And with alfredo sauce? Sounds amazing! I came across this delicious looking Veggies Alfredo Lasagna from Pinch of Yum and decided it would be the one I would try. The […]

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Pasta Panna Prosciutto Piselli

Did you know prosciutto means ham?  In Italy, it refers to any kind of ham.  In the United States it refers to the thin, thin ham you purchase from the deli that is cured.  For this recipe you will be using ham; such as spiral cut ham (in this case leftover and frozen from Easter […]

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Guest Post by Emily from Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt

Today I am so excited to have a guest post shared by the lovely Emily from Love, Pasta and a Tool Belt. Emily offered to guest post and I was so happy to have her visit! And it worked out to be perfect timing because my schedule has been a little crazy! Here’s Emily for […]


Tuna Casserole

Aimee and Nate came to visit us in California for the long weekend over President’s Holiday. What a wonderful time we had together. We love being together, and I love having them here. It was short, but we filled it full of activities. We got to play games, visit the beach, they were so happy […]


Pasta a la Marta

Have I mentioned before that I am a host mom to a foreign exchange student from Italy,  Marta.  Marta is a very nice, really sweet young lady and we are delighted to have her in our home.  We had been bugging her to fix us an authentic Italian dinner and finally convinced her to do […]

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Pasta al Forno Craig style

Pasta al Forno just means baked pasta (so any pasta, sauce, meat, vegetable combo baked would qualify). Craig style means my very dear husband Craig created this recipe and prepared it for our dinner tonight.  He wants to share that any pasta noodle like gemelli, penne, or macaroni would work.  You can also use your […]


Eggplant Parmesan

I briefly mentioned that Nate and I are eating vegetarian for the next few days. You can read a little about why we are doing this here. But to sum it up we want to see if it actually makes us feel better. And no, we would never completely cut meats out of our diet […]

Guest Post by Elise's Pieces - Butter Garlic Noodles

Guest Post by Elise’s Pieces – Butter Garlic Noodles

Today I am so excited to introduce you  to a girl I’ve know for a while. Elise and I actually went to JR HS together, imagine that. Elise has an awesome blog called Elise’s Pieces where she blogs about everything awesome. I especially love her hilarious Dear Boys post that she does every Tuesday. And […]


Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells

I bought some of the ingredients for this recipe (spinach, ricotta, cream cheese, large shells) almost a month ago. However I kept not having time to make it since it requires cooking the chicken, cooking the pasta, and then baking it all together. So, finally this last Sunday I had time to make the meal, […]


Italian Turkey Soup with Orzo

I got this recipe from a cookbook that was all about 2nd meals you can make with the leftovers from the roasted chicken you buy at the store.  It was referring to chicken but I had turkey leftovers in the freezer from Christmas, so this was the meat of choice. 

Sun-Dried Tomato and Artichoke Chicken Spaghetti

This is not the fabulous recipe that Aimee has promised for the weekend, but I owed you one.  Aimee does such a wonderful job keeping up this blog.  I am really grateful to her.  So I finally come through on my turn. I hope you enjoy this, we did. I got this recipe from my […]

Homemade Red Pepper Beef Ravioli

Red Pepper Beef Ravioli 1 lb beef roast 2 cups chicken broth 1 TBS oregano 1/2 TBS thyme 1 and 1/2 medium sized red peppers (or 1 large) 1 cup Parmesan cheese 1 TBS garlic salt 1 batch fresh noodles Special Equipment Needed:  Kitchen Aid meat grinder attachment 1. Put beef, chicken broth, oregano and […]

Creamy Garlic Shrimp Pasta

I’m obviously not very good at sticking to our healthy meal plan. But on Monday when deciding what to make for dinner I actually decided to make something that was healthy! Although pasta is not usually considered healthy, I figure since I wasn’t loading it with butter and was topping it with lots of vegetables […]