• pasta bake

    Easy Pasta Bake

    I love an easy Pasta Bake. They aren’t fancy or complicated, but they can taste really good. It’s an easy weeknight meal that can either feed a family of 6 or be dinner, lunch, and dinner again for 2. There are not many other types of dishes that really pull that off. For this Pasta Bake, I was aiming for a little spicier than my usual pasta sauce. I found this new pasta sauce at Whole Food (which was on sale, thank you Amazon Prime discounts). What caught my eye was that one of the ingredients was Calabrian Chili. I haven’t used those before, but I thought it could be…

  • carbonara

    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…

  • chicken enchiladas

    Simple Chicken Enchiladas

    I love enchiladas and above all a simple chicken enchilada.  They just make for a fun alternative to tacos for Taco Tuesday when you want to mix it up a bit.  There are plenty of ways out there to simplify the overall process of making enchiladas so that they are weeknight friendly.  In fact, this recipe was somewhat inspired by Gaby Dalkin’s (What’s Gaby Cooking) cookbook enchilada recipe.  I combined some of the ideas from her recipe with some traits of my favorite enchiladas to create a mash-up of the two. Personally, I like a well-filled, creamy enchilada with a bit of a kick and normally with some green bell…

  • penne sausage vodka sauce

    Sausage and Penne with Vodka Sauce

    Penne with Vodka Sauce is a pretty classic Italian-American pasta recipe.  It makes for a great weeknight, family-style meal and is recognizable to most people by its distinctive sauce color.  Vodka sauce really makes sense from a culinary stance.  Alcohol helps to bring out flavors, and  vodka is pretty high in alcohol itself with almost no flavor.  This combines to really highlight natural flavors in the tomato sauce without adding a lot of competing flavor.  In general, I really like cooking with alcohol; there are so many kinds, flavors, and uses.  Unfortunately for vodka, not having any flavor of its own limits it to more specific uses like this one…

  • Fettuccine Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas

    Fettuccine Pasta with Prosciutto and Peas

    If there was any recipe I would call my “go-to” recipe, this pasta dish would be it.  This is the recipe I always make after a long day of work or after a long car ride after a weekend out of town.  It is so easy to make and requires so few ingredients that I don’t even mind running to the grocery store to pick up a few ingredients (like a shallot, prosciutto and heavy cream).   Although this pasta involves a heavy cream sauce and parmesan cheese, I feel a thousand times better making this than take-out pizza.  The peas add a perfect pop of freshness while the prosciutto provides the…