servings: 6-8       prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 20 minutes       total time: 35

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ingredients
1.5 lb elbow noodles
kosher salt
3 T butter
3 T all-purpose flour
3.5 c milk
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese (grated) – [i bought 2 6oz bags of murray’s mac & cheese which is a combination of a mix of nutty Gruyère, creamy Butterkase, and meaty Raclette cheeses]
1/2 c freshly grated parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper

directions

  1. bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. cook the noodles to al dente according to the package instructions. drain and set aside.
  2. in a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until the flour start to take on color, stirring constantly. whisk in the milk, making sure to eliminate any lumps. cook for 5 minutes over low, stirring occasionally.
  3. stir in the cheese and adjust seasoning to taste. stir in noodles to coat completely.

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salmon-pasta-16prep time: 20 minutes      cook time: 30 minutes      total time: 50 minutes      serves 6-8

ingredients
1 large handful of basil (about 1 cup chopped)
1 large handful of parsley (about 1 cup chopped)
1 small handful of dill (about 1/2 c chopped)
1 small bunch of chives (about 1/2 c chopped)
2 scallions, chopped into 1-inch pieces
the leaves from 3 stalks of tarragon (stems discarded)
juice of half a lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 T
1 1/2 lb salmon fillet
1 lb dried fettucine
2 T butter
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/3 c capers, drained and roughly chopped
1 c heavy cream
2 c frozen peas
zest of a whole lemon

directions

  1. first, make the green goddess pesto. in the bowl of a food processor, add the basil, parsley, dill, chives, scallions, tarragon, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. next, rinse your salmon fillet, pat it dry with a paper towel, and season with salt. heat 2 T of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. sear the salmon until cooked through on both sides, approximately 5-6 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of the fish and your preference for how done you want your fish). when it’s cooked to your liking, transfer to a plate, and with two forks, flake the salmon.
  3. next, bring a pot of salted water up to a boil. boil the pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  4. while the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. add the butter and the garlic. stir the garlic until lightly browned, and then add the capers. turn the heat all the way down to low, and stir to combine. add the heavy cream, followed by the peas. stir to warm the peas through.
  5. add the cooked pasta and stir thoroughly until the pasta is coated in the cream. next, add the pesto and stir to combine. top with the flaked salmon, additional black pepper to taste, and lemon zest.

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tortellini salad

October 23, 2017

prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 15 minutes      total: 30 minutes       yields 4 servings15-minute-spinach-pesto-tortellini-salad-1

ingredients
1 10 oz. package cheese tortellini
1 14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts
4 c baby arugula
2 c halved cherry tomatoes
2 oz. thinly sliced pepperoni
1/4 c chopped fresh basil
3 T bottled italian dressing

directions

  1. cook the tortellini according to package directions.
  2. drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. drain the artichoke hearts and reserve half for another use.
  4. in a serving bowl, combine the cooled tortellini, artichoke hearts, baby arugula, tomatoes, pepperoni, basil, and italian dressing.

source – parents magazine, sept. 2017, pg. 142
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italian sausage penne

October 21, 2016

prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 20 minutes      total time: 35 minutes2980020

ingredients
1 package (19 oz.) johnsonville italian sausage (any time of sausage will do – i used kielbasa), cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 package penne pasta, cooked and drained
1 T olive oil
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar  (24 oz.) marinara sauce

directions

  1. cook sausage according to package instructions (probably about 5 minutes); drain and set aside.
  2. in a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and saute peppers, onion and garlic until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  3. add sliced sausage and marinara sauce; saute until warmed through.
  4. add pasta to marinara/sausage/veggie mixture and serve.

source – a johnsonville sausage ad in parents magazine 2016

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tomato florentine soup

January 24, 2016

prep time: 10 minutes       cook time: 40 minutes       total: 50 minutesimg_2853edit

yields 6 servings

ingredients
1 T olive oil
2 c chopped onion
1 c celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 c water
2 cans (14 oz each) chicken broth
1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
1 c small shell pasta, uncooked
2 c fresh spinach
salt & pepper
grated parmesan cheese, for topping

directions

  1. heat oil in large soup pot over medium heat.
  2. add onion & celery; cook for 7 minutes until tender, stirring often.
  3. add garlic, cooking for 1 minute & stirring often.
  4. pour in water, broth, tomatoes, & sauce.
  5. bring to a simmer and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring often.
  6. stir in uncooked pasta and cook for 8 minutes.
  7. add spinach, cooking for a couple of minutes, until leaves wilt and pasta is al dente.
  8. season with pepper and salt.
  9. serve topped with parmesan cheese.

source – kroger, mymagazine, january 2016

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