• lemon basil pasta
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    Lemon-Basil Chicken Pasta

    A creamy pasta dish is probably the closest thing I have to a go to meal. I have probably have 10+ recipes for them already, but for the summer I was looking for a new version (my last summery one is linked here). We have started a new herb garden since we moved into our new house and its starting to yield some usable herbs. If you have ever grown basil you know it grows super fast, so it was time to use some. With that: this Lemon-Basil Chicken Pasta was born. This pasta recipe follows the basic format for my alfredo-esque sauce that results in a super creamy sauce.…

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    Trader Joe’s Gorgonzola Gnocchi Pasta

    So, I will admit that I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s that often. For whatever reason, that seems rare for my generation. This is not because I don’t like TJ’s; honestly I actually always find really good things there. It’s actually often a good place to consistently find some odd ingredients. It’s really just out of inconvenience. Its a bit of a hike; I have to drive past at least 3 other grocery stores to get there (not counting the Whole Foods I live above). When it looked like we were going to be placed under a stay home order, we decided to make a TJ’s run. We picked up…

  • creamy tomato basil pasta
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    Creamy Tomato-Basil Pasta

    This is one of those recipes that basically came about on accident. Rob and I were brain storming how to best use some of the stuff we had bought. There were a few things we knew we wanted which was it would have chicken and a cream sauce. We originally started with a creamy pesto pasta, but I wasn’t feeling that. I wanted something a little bit different. That was about when I remembered the package of small tomatoes we had picked up. We decided to roast them up to really break them down and make them tasty. This then led to the next key ingredient decision which was to…

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    Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

    This is another recipe that is loosely inspired by an Ina Garten one. I love a good pasta; unfortunately, tomato sauces are a little harder to innovate. This one started out as her sausage and fennel pasta, but we modified it along the way with some different flavors. Rob and I really liked the idea of a creamy tomato sauce like Ina’s recipe. To mix it up we added a little shallot with the fennel. The bigger add for us was some sun-dried tomato. I really love them as an ingredient; they have a bit of saltiness and are better than regular tomatoes in my opinion. This is one of…

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    Spinach & Artichoke Pasta

    The idea for this pasta started at a desire to figure out how to take spinach and artichoke dip, one of my favorite dips, and make a pasta out of it. I will admit that this is clearly not an original idea, just look at Pinterest. I wanted to make the recipe my own though so I didn’t consult any of those other ideas. My challenge was trying to keep the whole thing feeling light. Traditionally, spinach and artichoke dip is a heavy, hot, cheesy dip. While delicious, I didn’t want a super heavy pasta and I wanted a flavor that felt appropriate for spring. So to make sure that…

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    Brown Butter Cream Sauce Pasta

    I have to say Rob has been on fire with his recipe ideas recently, this Brown Butter Cream Sauce Pasta being the most recent. Not sure where the idea came from (he’s not either), but it was a real winner. It reminded both of us of a cream sauce pasta from one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Old Town Alexandria, VA. That dish is a cheese stuffed pasta with a rich creamy sauce that is deceptively filling (maybe get 6 pieces of pasta, but its enough). I know I’ve seen brown butter used in a lot of baking recipes recently but not as much in the general cooking arena.…

  • lemon tarragon pasta
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    Lemon-Tarragon Pasta

    This Lemon-Tarragon Pasta is my first warm weather focused pasta of the year. I wanted to focus on bright flavors with a nice creamy pasta (one of my favorites if you can’t tell from like the 10+ recipes I have on the blog). What I really like is that once you master a base sauce, you can start throwing new meats, veggies, or herbs in there to really give a whole new recipe. This one started on the bones of a classic favorite of mine: my Bertucci’s clone pasta. Its a great simple cream sauce that you can make in varying proportions to lighten it up or make it much…

  • sausage broccoli rabe pasta
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    Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Pasta

    I have been trying to figure out new ways to mix up my pasta game. While I have many favorite pasta dishes, as a food blogger I have been trying to innovate and develop some new recipes. I have also been trying to explore some new ingredients that I can incorporate. This is somewhat for the blog, but also because I feel like there are so many ingredients that I haven’t tried. I like cream sauces for a base since they serve as a versatile flavor platform. One thing I had not tried before was using sausage with a cream sauce. For whatever reason, I tend to use sausage for…

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    Prosciutto & Brussels Sprout Bucatini

    Salty cured pork and Brussels sprouts are such a natural combination, I am not sure why I hadn’t combined them into a pasta sooner. Thankfully, I finally did in the Prosciutto and Brussels Sprout Bucatini. I went with a lemony wine-cream sauce combining elements of a few of my favorite recipes into one great dish. The end result is what may be one of my favorite pasta dishes yet. I combined elements from 2-3 different pasta recipes that I love for this. From my prosciutto and peas dish, I used the shallot and prosciutto. I mixed that with the wine deglaze from my alfredo and the lemon from creamy rigatoni dish. Throw…

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    Sun-Dried Tomato and Roasted Cauliflower Carbonara

    When Rob and I were making this Sun-Dried Tomato Carbonara, I commented to Rob how much I love our weeknight experimental pasta dishes. For a long time, we had a 3-4 pasta dish rotation that we would go through. While all of those recipes are good (and on the blog here and here!), the blog has really pushed us to create new recipes and look for variations. So, along came this dish! I am not sure that this is a true “carbonara”, but its pretty close. It’s a cream sauce with pancetta, wine, and garlic. For a bit of color and flavor, I added sun-dried tomatoes which really complimented the…