(Closed) Share your simple pasta recipes

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@reginaphalange:I had to reply to tell you that I LOVE your name. Fantastic.

As for your question, my favorite kind of “different” pasta recipe is this creamy avocado one from Oh She Glows.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

plug in can opener- apply to che boyardee- heat in microwave

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

plug in can opener- apply to che boyardee- heat in microwave

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

i make what my husband calls “dirty macaroni” (lovingly lol)

i boil a pound of “open” pasta (like shells, orichette, etc) – when finished, add a tiny bit of butter, a handful of seasoned breadcrumbs, and about 2 handfuls of grated mozzarella

im telling you, it sounds weird, but it is DELISH

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

One of my favorite things during the summer is a super simple cold pasta dish. 

Boild pasta and drain, then run cool water to chill the pasta. (You can wait until it cools on its own but I’m impatient.)

Dice one pear.

Toss cool pasta with pear, and feta. Drizzle with a good olive oil and a good balsamic vinagrette.

It’s not going to win any awards for looks, but it’s really tasty and fast and most importnat COLD for this long hot summer!

I just made a dish last night that was roasted veggies (eggplant, zucchini, portobellos, etc), israeli cous cous, tossed together with a dressing made out of lemon juice, olive oil, all tossed with a handful of parsley/green onion and feta. (So good!)

And when I’m feeling lazy I’ll saute a TON of minced garlic (I love garlic) in good olive oil. Then toss in a handful of cherry tomatoes. Then pour that over pasta.

Mmm, now I’m craving pasta!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yum! Pasta is my favorite.  A couple of really easy dishes:

Caprese Pasta: cut up (in halves or quarters) cherry tomatoes – I usually use about 6 cups, but you can use less.  Put olive oil, tomatoes and garlic in a pan.  Cook them for a few minutes, and then with a fork, squish the tomatoes up.  Add cooked fusilli pasta, mozzarella cheese (cubed), basil, and salt and pepper.  I always add parmesan cheese as well, because I am a cheese fanatic!

There is another one I like with carrots, shallots, frozen peas, and tomato paste.  Cook the pasta (I usually use spaghetti, angel hair, or linguini) and reserve some of the pasta water before dumping.  Meanwhile, add oil, shallots and carrots to a pan.  Once shallots are cooked to your liking, add tomato paste (I use one of the small cans) and some pasta water to make a sauce.  Add in cooked pasta and frozen peas, and additional pasta water if needed.  And of course, add in parmesan cheese!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

DH loves peppers, so I make a chicken rigatoni dish that he really loves.  Its basically onions, garlic and sweet peppers sauteed together with a few pepperoncini slices and red chili flakes for kick.  Then I add some bite sized pieces of chicken breast, salt and pepper, and a splash of white wine.  When the chicken is almost cooked through I add some marinara sauce and just a splash of cream to round out the flavor.  I add in the cooked rigatoni and toss everything together.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@reginaphalange:Haha so cute! FI and I have all 10 seasons and love them all!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m not a big pasta eater, but when I am pressed for time and don’t have the energy to come up with a meal, I just use jarred spaghetti sauce (which I usually add spices to) and those frozen turkey meatballs from Trader Joe’s and sometimes I’ll throw in a sliced zucchini.  I love those meatballs!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

DH and are a big fan of penne with marinara sauce, peas, broccoli, and prawns.

We also have this amazing herb salt, so sometimes when we don’t have any sauce or tomatoes kicking around the house, we’ll toss pasta in olive oil, crank in some herb salt and parmesan, and add whatever extras we have handy. I’m a big fan of sauteed zucchini and bell peppers with this one, or marinated artichokes, black olives, sauteed onions and cooked spinach. I’m also known to drizzle a little balsamic vinegar on as well for an extra taste explosion.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Two of my easy go-to pasta recipes: 

1) Saute half an onion, diced and a couple cloves of minced garlic in a little bit of olive oil. Add one can of drained, rinsed and pureed or mashed chickpeas and one can of drained diced tomatoes. Add a little bit of thyme, parsley, and red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste. Warm through, and reserve a little bit of pasta water before draining, add to sauce a little at a time to loosen. Toss with hot pasta, add parm cheese if desired. 

2) Saute half an onion, diced and couple cloves of minced garlic in a little bit of olive oil (probably 90% of the things I make start like this lol). Add a handful of chopped mushrooms. Puree several handfuls of spinach, add to pan. Use cooked pasta water or stock to loosen sauce, toss with hot pasta and add a handful of parm cheese. 

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