Tips-y Tuesdays: Homemade Farfalle Pasta

One weekend I randomly decided to try to make a different shape of pasta. No particular reason, just felt like making pasta. I am sharing it today in case you decide to make some pasta as a romantic gesture for Valentine’s Day.

I do want to state that I did not make the most beautiful farfalle, but it was a first attempt. And, I also feel it is okay because if it tastes okay and it took some effort, your special someone will probably still appreciate it.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Recent Successes

Lately I’ve been making lots of pasta dishes that I throw together in a skillet. It is an easy way to make some interesting flavors in a quick way, and I can pull out the food for the Chiplet before I add any dairy ingredients or any nuts. They have been hits for lunch, dinner, and in leftover form. For leftovers, I often add extra of an ingredient if I think we need more (like more vegetables or protein) and heat it up in a skillet. Adding a bit of oil or butter along with potentially some broth or extra seasoning helps make the leftovers seem fresh and new.

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Pizza Hut-Style Pan Crust Pizza

We might have found a winner. I have made it several times now and it has been a hit with all (well, 3 since Chiplet can’t do cheese) of us.

I’ve made good pizzas before but they are often super complicated and finicky.

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Fettucine with Bacon, Mushrooms, and Zucchini

Here is a simple recipe you could easily swap things out for what you have. Basically, I wanted to make some pasta and then use some other ingredients I had on hand.

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Baked Ziti with Crème Fraîche and Spinach

Maybe I should be sharing a spooky recipe for today, but I wanted to share this because it is recipe you can make ahead. Basically you can follow the recipe below right up until the step where you bake it, and then just refrigerate it until you are ready to bake it. It might take a little bit longer to bake since it is cold, but I did it the day before and it was still great. So, if you’re getting kids or yourself ready for trick or treating, you can assemble this the day before or in the morning, then pop it in the oven while you get ready. Eat, then go enjoy some treats!

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Spinach and Ground Beef with Walnuts and Pasta

One weekend I decided to see what I could make with some ground beef I had in the fridge. I liked a recipe I found in my Back Pocket Pasta cookbook, but I didn’t really follow any of the ingredients…hers used escarole, sausage, pine nuts, and garlic. So, I was inspired and made my own pasta dish.

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Pasta with Sausage, Kale, and Walnut Gremolata

This was a recipe that had foods I wasn’t sure my family would like, all put together. The Fudgelet is sometimes funny about lemon, and he hasn’t had much in the way of nuts. Then K doesn’t enjoy kale. At all. But, I also want to make sure that the Fudgelet gets a variety of foods since even if K or I don’t like something, he might. I have tried cooking regular kale for K before, but never this type and I thought it might be better for him since part of his issue with kale is the curly texture. This is smoother and seemed closer to spinach.

What do you think they thought?

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