One Pot Cajun Chicken & Sausage Alfredo Pasta

Ingredients 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil 1 pound of chicken, cut into bite sized pieces 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt freshly ground black pepper to taste 14 oz smoked sausage, sliced on the diagonal 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 quart of low-sodium chicken broth 2 1/2 cups of heavy cream 1 pound of dried penne pasta 1 1/2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning plus more for topping 4 oz of freshly shredded parmesan cheese 1 cup of Italian flat leaf parsley, minced Instructions 1. Start with a large covered cooking pot. 2. Season chicken with salt and pepper and brown in olive oil over medium high heat. 3. Add sausage and continue to cook until lightly browned. 4. […]

BLT Pasta Salad

Monday’s usually a good day to start a diet or change your eating habits. We want to help support the cause and give you a great recipe to liven up your salad. Making small adjustments at  a time is what makes all of the difference. Ingredients: 2-1/2 cups uncooked bow tie pasta 6 cups torn romaine lettuce 1 medium tomato, diced 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled 1/2 cup ranch dressing 1 Tablespoon barbecue sauce 1/4 teaspoon pepper Instructions: Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Then rinse pasta under cold water. In a large bowl, combine the romaine lettuce, tomato, bacon and pasta. Drizzle the ranch dressing and barbecue sauce over the top. Gently toss to coat evenly. Season […]

Lemon Garlic Pasta with Salmon

This meal puts a new perspective on what we would normally think when we want a seafood pasta. But if you’re a salmon lover and a pasta lover this dish is a dream come true. Try a new version of seafood pasta. Ingredients: 16 oz. rigatoni/pasta 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ½ cup basil leaves, finely chopped Salt and pepper to taste 1 lb. salmon fillet Zest of one lemon 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 teaspoons capers Parmesan cheese, shaved or grated Directions: Cook the pasta according to package directions Meanwhile, season salmon with salt and pepper to taste and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes, depending on thickness Once the pasta is […]

Vegetarian Lasagna

Lasagna is always a favorite amongst pasta lovers, try this new recipe for a meat free spin on a classic Italian dish.   Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Yield: 12 servings   Ingredients 1 package lasagna noodles, cook to package directions 1 medium onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 jar + 1 cup ( 32 ounces/4 cups) favorite marinara or tomato sauce 10 ounces frozen spinach 16 ounces (2 cups) part skim ricotta cheese 12 ounces (1 1/2 cups) low fat cottage cheese 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley salt & pepper to taste 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese cooking spray Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F with the rack […]

Lemon Ricotta Parmesan Pasta with Spinach and Grilled Chicken

Who says past has to be boring?! If you’re a fan of pasta then this is a great recipe that will be sure to liven up a routine week. With simple instructions, this no hassle dish will surely impress your family or friends. So enjoy! Yield: About 5 – 6 servings Ingredients: 1 lb grilled chicken breasts, sliced into strips* 1 lb dry linguine, fettucine or spaghetti Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 cup reserved pasta water 6 oz fresh baby spinach, steamed just until beginning to wilt 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 1/2 cups part skim ricotta 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan, plus more for serving   Directions: […]

Shrimp Scampi

Technically, shrimp scampi is redundant.  The word “scampi” is plural for the italian “scampo,” a type of shrimp. In practice however, the term (at least in the United States) generally refers to a dish in which shrimp is cooked in garlic butter and white wine, nearly always served atop pasta. Like any recipe, it begins with ingredients: 1 1/2 lb. shrimp, raw, shelled & deveined 1 cup white wine 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons ground garlic 3/4 cup butter (unsalted) 1/2 tablespoon pepper (freshly ground) 1/2 tablespoon parsley (ground) 1/2 cup lemon juice (fresh) 1 1/2 lbs linguine The actual cooking of the dish doesn’t take long, but can be a little tricky.  One makes the pasta […]

Home made Jumbalaya!

Louisiana has given the world some extraordinary gifts, but many would argue home made jumbalaya might rank among the very best.  A fusion of Spanish and French influences, this blends rice (or sometimes pasta) with at least two meats (one nearly always sausage) plus plenty of spices and vegetables.  Three you always see are onion, celery and green pepper. The trick with this dish is to build the layers of flavor.  For that, begin with ingredients: 1 lb. sliced sausage (pork or beef) 1 lb. shredded chicken (cooked) 1 lb. peeled & deveined medium size shrimp 2 cups onion (diced) 1 cup celery (diced) 1 cup pepper, green or red (diced) 3 cups chicken broth 2 cups rice (preferably brown […]

Your Own Creamy Pesto Sauce

There was a time when Italy had no tomatoes.  Even the idea may startle, but the tomato hails from America, not Europe. Until Columbus “sailed the ocean blue” Italian cuisine looked (and tasted) very different. Not worse. Just different. Central to the sauces of that era was what has come to be called “pesto” and with that in mind here is how to make your very own creamy pesto sauce. Now pesto sauce is traditionally a finely ground sauce compose of olive oil, fresh basil, ground pine nuts and garlic. It originated in Genoa and the name refers to the pestle used to grind the ingredients (the same process went into making many medicines).  The basic idea goes back to […]