• spinach mint pesto
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Spinach-Mint Pesto

    Who doesn’t like pesto? Its super flavorful and easy, but the real benefit: you can make so many different variations to give different flavors. This version was made for a weekend lunch and the goal was a light clean flavor. We went with a slight variation to our normal green mix to get that flavor. Traditionally, pesto is basil-based; basil is a very bold flavor and it has a tendency to change color quickly. Sometimes I like the basil flavor, but I wanted something a little more neutral. One of my other common greens is arugula. It provides a natural spiciness that gives pesto a great flavor. For a light…

  • spinach artichoke pasta
    Dinner

    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…

  • Dinner

    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.…

  • ina garten pasta
    Dinner,  Lunch

    Ina Garten’s Pancetta and Broccoli Rabe Pasta

    Right upfront, I am not posting a recipe for this one since it seems to be a cookbook only recipe from Ina Garten. We decided to make this Ina Garten recipe as an experiment on how to use broccoli rabe properly. We were looking through Ina’s Cook Like a Pro book for something to make for lunch. This recipe really caught my eye since it looked great and sounded simple. Thats the exact kind of pasta recipe I look for as a lunch. This is one of those super simple dishes that is really flavorful. This will be a great addition to our summer pasta rotation since its really light…

  • orzo pasta salad
    Lunch

    Blue Cheese & Brussels Pasta Salad

    Orzo pasta salad is one of my favorite light summery lunch options. You can do a lot with it and its a really light option for a hot day. Rob and I make cold orzo salads a lot in the summer for weekend lunches and then for work lunches with the leftovers. There is an awesome outdoor concert venue near DC called Wolftrap. Wolftrap allows you to bring a picnic (with alcohol!!!) to enjoy a concert. Our first summer in DC after getting married we went almost every weekend for date nights and orzo pasta salad featured heavily on our picnic menu. The version we brought was actually based on…

  • lemon tarragon pasta
    Dinner

    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
    Dinner

    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…

  • Skillet Lasagna
    Dinner

    Skillet Lasagna

    Lasagna is one of those comfort food classics that everyone probably grew up eating. Whether it was a Stoffer’s frozen version, a local favorite, Costco, or homemade, most kids probably had some version. Lasagna is probably the one of the more versatile and far reaching casserole classics. A traditional casserole style is great because it feeds a crowd and you can even make it ahead as a freezer meal. While delicious and classic, what has always made me dislike lasagna is the effort required. Individually the elements are pretty easy to make: meat sauce, pasta, and a cheese mix. The problem has always been the assembly; having to make all…

  • instant pot mac and cheese
    Dinner,  Instant Pot

    Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

    Normally, I make a roux-based, baked Mac & Cheese. I love the thick sauce that it produces, but unfortunately it can be more involved, intimidating, and time consuming. Mac & Cheese is something I have been looking for a good way to make it easier and a little more like a classic stove-top box. I also wanted to experiment with using my Instant Pot to make pasta since its a use I haven’t tried. I started by cooking the pasta in the Instant Pot itself. Thankfully, I think it actually worked really well. The pasta was perfectly cooked with only a little residual moisture and took less time than normal.…

  • creamy tomato pasta
    Dinner

    Creamy Tomato Pasta

    This Creamy Tomato Pasta is one of those recipes that is extremely easy, but really flavorful. I love making these kinds of pastas. Don’t get me wrong, I love a big pasta dish or a slow cooked meat sauce, but more often than not, all I really want is something simple like this. The sauce for this pasta is a tomato-infused cream sauce. I didn’t really want to make this very complicated and instead focused on simplicity. This sauce only has about 5 ingredients plus the chicken, pasta, and spinach. I love that because its easy but takes not effort or prep. I am really also starting to enjoy using…