Four Ways to Cook Pasta

The great thing about pasta is it can be cooked and served in so many different ways! Warm, cold, light, or hearty- pasta is an inexpensive and easy meal to prepare on busy weeknights! Be sure to try these four different ways to cook pasta!

Pasta Fajioli Soup

What you will need:

1/2 pound Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed

1 small onion, chopped

1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

2 cups water

1 can great northern beans, drained and rinsed

1 can diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can chicken broth

3/4 cup uncooked tubetti pasta

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup fresh greens (spinach, kale or Swiss chard)

5 teaspoons Parmesan cheese

Directions:

In a large saucepan, brown sausage over medium heat. Drain and set aside. In the same pan, sauté onion in olive oil until translucent. Add garlic and cook for approximately one minute. Add water, beans, tomatoes, broth, tubetti, and pepper to pan. Bring to a boil and cook uncovered until pasta is al dente  (approximately 8 minutes). Stir in meat and greens. Cook until greens are wilted (2-3 minutes). Top with Parmesan cheese.

Pasta Salad

What you will need:

16 oz tri-color rotini pasta

½ medium red onion, chopped

½ cucumber, chopped

½ medium green bell pepper, chopped

½ medium red bell pepper, chopped

½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved

1 bottle zesty Italian dressing

Crumbled feta cheese to garnish

Directions:

Prepare the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse well. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pasta and chopped veggies. Stir in the Italian dressing and mix until combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least six hours. Before serving, top with crumbled feta cheese.

Four Ways to Cook Pasta

Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs

What you will need for the meatballs:

1 lb ground beef

1 cup dry breadcrumbs

1 cup parmesan, freshly grated

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

1 egg, beaten

All-purpose flour for dredging

You will also need:

1 jar prepared spaghetti sauce (or 24 oz homemade sauce)

1 lb spaghetti noodles

¼ cup olive Oil

¼ cup vegetable oil

Directions:

Crumble beef into large mixing bowl. Add breadcrumbs, 1/3 cup parmesan, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, and beaten egg. With clean hands gently combine all ingredients. Shape into 1 inch round meatballs. In a shallow dish, lightly dredge meatballs through flour until evenly coated. Set aside. Heat olive oil and vegetable oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Without over crowding, fry each meatball in batches for approximately 6 minutes turning throughout. Place browned meatballs on paper towels to drain excess oil. In a separate saucepan, bring spaghetti sauce to boil. Add meatballs to sauce and cook for about 30 minutes (or until they are cooked through). Prepare spaghetti according to package directions. Drain and serve topped with spaghetti sauce, meatballs and remaining parmesan.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

What you will need:

1 lb elbow macaroni

8 tbsp butter

8 tbsp flour

2 cups milk

2 cups cream

1 tsp salt

Freshly ground black pepper.

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

2 cups Velveeta cheese, cubed

Directions:

Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare macaroni according to package instructions. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Slowly add flour, salt and pepper, whisking continually. Gradually add milk and cream, constantly stirring. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes (still stirring constantly). Reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes (stirring throughout). Slowly add cheeses (reserving half cup of cheddar) and simmer until all cheese has melted. Add prepared macaroni to cheese sauce and toss to coat. Transfer to large baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Are you looking to spice up your meal plan with something full of flavor? Chicken Enchilada pasta may be just what you were thinking of, as it is rich in flavor, filling, and delicious. The enchilada sauce gives this pasta something unexpected, while the pasta absorbs the flavor and leaves your dinner guests wanting more. Here is a recipe for chicken enchilada pasta that is quick and easy to make that will help you add to your weekly recipe routine.

Chicken Enchilada Pasta

Serving Information

  • This recipe serves approximately 6 people
  • The total preparation time is about 15 minutes
  • The total time it takes to cook Chicken Enchilada Pasta is 20 minutes
  • The total time to make this meal is about 35 minutes.

What You Will Need To Make Chicken Enchilada Pasta

  • 3 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 lb. Chicken, boneless and skinless.
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (or you can use sour cream)
  • 1 box pasta, preferably penne, ziti, or rigatoni
  • 2 cups shredded Monterrey jack cheese
  • 3 medium sized green onions

How To Make Chicken Enchilada Pasta

  1. Dice the yellow onion
  2. Dice the garlic cloves
  3. Slice the green onions
  4. Add vegetable oil to a frying pan over medium heat
  5. Add onion and garlic to the frying pan
  6. Cut chicken into thin slices.
  7. Cook the chicken in the frying pan for roughly 7 minutes, or until the chicken is no longer pink.
  8. In a large bowl, add the can of enchilada sauce. Microwave sauce in the microwave safe bowl for 45 seconds to a minute. Once warm, remove from the microwave and add the sour cream to the sauce.
  9. Whisk the sour cream into the sauce and once it is fully mixed, set the sauce aside in the bowl.
  10. In a pot, cook the pasta according to the cooking instructions located on the back of the box. Cook until the pasta is at the desired consistency and then drain the pasta with a strainer.
  11. Add the sauce and chicken to the pasta in the large pot that you used to cook the chicken in. Add salt and pepper here, if you want more flavor.
  12. Add the green onions to the pot. Briefly mixing to scatter the green onions.
  13. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the pasta.
  14. Turn heat on medium and add a lid to the pan to heat and melt the cheese, if needed.
  15. Serve hot and enjoy!

For those looking to add more heat to your chicken enchilada pasta, you can feel free to experiment with different spices and flavors. Some people choose to cook the chicken in enchilada or taco seasoning. Other people will add chili pepper to the sauce for a little extra heat. You add what you like to make this recipe unique and to accommodate your dinner guests’ likings.

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Creamy Sausage and Tomato Pasta

As the cold weather draws nearer, many people will begin to serve more filling foods, like pasta and sauce. However, a lot people want more than just the typical spaghetti and meatballs and venture to try out other recipes featuring a variety of ingredients and therefore full of flavor! Here is a recipe for making creamy sausage and tomato pasta that is bound to leave mouths wanting more!

Creamy Sausage and Tomato Pasta

Serving Information

  • This recipe is approximately 5 servings

What You Will Need To Make Creamy Sausage and Tomato Pasta

  • 1lb Italian Sausages (I prefer sweet but it is your preference)
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 5 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1 ½ cups of Half-and-Half
  • 1 tablespoon of dried basil leaves
  • 1 box of penne or rigatoni pasta
  • Parmesan Cheese

How to Make Sausage and Tomato Pasta

Cook the Pasta

The first thing you will need to do is cook the pasta. To do this, get a large pot and add water. Use the instructions on the back of the pasta box to determine how much water you will need. Once the water is boiling, add 1 teaspoon of salt to the water. Then, add the pasta to the boiling water. Cook the pasta for approximately 7 – 10 minutes or until pasta is at the desired consistency. Some people prefer their pasta done al dente, where the pasta is still firm yet completely cooked, while others prefer that pasta is softer.

Making the Sauce

While the pasta is cooking, you can be making the sauce, or for those that do not multi-task well, you can make the sauce before making the pasta. Before cooking the sausages, you should cut them into small bite-sized pieces. Then, brown the sausages in a frying pan. Once cooked, remove (if any) the casings from the sausage pieces. To save time, you could remove the casing before cooking and slice into pieces after cooking. Once the sausages are browned, add in the onions. Next, add the garlic and sauté for approximately 3 minutes. Once sautéed, add in your diced tomatoes and the can of tomato sauce. Cover the pan so that everything in the pan is heated completely through. Add the Half-and-Half  into the sauce in the pan and again, use the lid to heat your sauce all the way through. If you want a thicker sauce, you will have to cook your sauce longer. For those looking for a thin, yet flavorful sauce, cook for approximately 2-3 minutes. Yet, you be the judge and cook until your sauce is at the desired consistency. Add in the basil and let the sauce simmer for 2 more minutes.

Serve & Enjoy

Add the pasta to your sauce and mix so that the sauce completely covers your pasta. Serve pasta on separate plates, adding parmesan cheese as desired. Serve and enjoy!

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Cavatappi with Spinach, Garbanzo Beans, and Feta

Cavatappi with Spinach, Garbanzo Beans, and FetaHaving a dinner party and want to impress your guests? Or, are you looking to spice up your family’s dinner routine? Try this amazing Mediterranean recipe for any occasion. Filled with salty, savory, sour, bitter, and sweet, tastes, it will leave mouths wanting more!

Serving Information

  • Total time it will take to prepare the meal: 5 Minutes
  • Total time it will take to cook the meal: 27 Minutes
  • Total Time: Approximately 32 Minutes

The recipe below will make about 12 servings. Cavatappi with Spinach, Garbanzo Beans, and Feta is a great source of protein, as this dish offers 12.1 grams of protein. It is also rich in dietary fiber, with 6 grams. And, one serving is only about 328 calories.

What You Will Need to Make Cavatappi with Spinach, Garbanzo Beans, and Feta

  • 10 cups chopped spinach
  • 12 ounces uncooked cavatappi
  • 1 cup feta cheese, crumpled
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cans of garbanzo beans, or white beans (you can also add chick peas and/or white beans. It is your preference)
  • 5 garlic cloves

Directions: How To Make Cavatappi with Spinach, Garbanzo Beans, and Feta

  1. In a large pot, add 5 quarts of water.
  2. Turn heat on high.
  3. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of salt into pot of water.
  4. Bring water to a boil. (Hint: Covering the pot with a lid helps to bring the water to a boil faster.)
  5. Add the 12 ounces to cavatappi to the boiling pot of water.
  6. Do not rely on the back of the box for cook time. Most of the time Cavatappi will be cooked in 8-10 minutes, however you should begin taste testing the past after 4-5 minutes. Cook until pasta is at desired texture. Some people prefer pasta to be cooked “al dente,” where pasta is slightly chewy, but it will not have a hard center. However, other people prefer pasta to be more soft.
  7. Once pasta is at desired consistency, strain immediately.
  8. Put pasta back in the pot and add ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil.
  9. Add the 10 cups of chopped spinach.
  10. Then, add the two cans of garbanzo beans.
  11. Use a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients, making sure the beans and spinach are well dispersed with the pasta.
  12. Add the cup of feta cheese.
  13. Add the 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  14. Add the 5 garlic cloves
  15. Add the ¼ teaspoon of fresh ground pepper.
  16. Mix pasta and ingredients well.
  17. Serve and enjoy!

This recipe is a favorite for many and suits many tastes. Try using chick peas instead of garbanzo beans for a different texture. Also, for those who a feta fans, feel free to add more feta to please you and your guests tastes! This dish can be served warm or cool, yet many seem to prefer warm.

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Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic, Herbs, and Parmesan

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic, Herbs, and Parmesan

Angel Hair Pasta is a delicate pasta that can be hard to cook with. It is very tender, fine, and is smooth on the tongue. Preparing the pasta properly can be a bit of a hassle if you don’t know how to do it. What if you just have a few ingredients left in your fridge and a ton of angel hair pasta for dinner? Well, for those days you want to prepare something easy and filling. Here is the recipe to do it!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, oregano
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili pepper flakes (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  • Get a large pot and add some water to Bring it up to a boil. You also want to add one tbsp. For every two quarts of water.
  • In a saucepan bring it up to medium heat. Add the olive oil, parsley, sliced garlic, finely chopped herbs, and chili pepper flakes. Cook everything for one minute. When the garlic becomes fragrant, take the saucepan off the stove.
  • Add the angel hair pasta to the boiling pot of water. Allow the pasta to cook until it reaches desired consistency. It usually takes angel hair pasta to finish cooking between 2-5 minutes. Once done be sure to drain the pasta. Rinse it with some cold water, but not so the pasta becomes cold itself.
  • Toss the angel hair pasta into a large bowl. Add the herb garlic sauce you made earlier. Combine it all together, so the angel pasta is completely coated. Be sure to sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on the top and a little bit of freshly ground black pepper for tastes. Toss it all together to combine once more.
  • Serve the angel hair pasta while it’s still hot. It can also be reheated if you make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge. Just mix it up after reheating to make sure all the flavors mix.

This recipe is quick, delicious, and easy to make. Its simplicity makes it less of a hassle to prepare than other pasta recipes. At the same time, you can make little variations get a different taste of this dish every time. Instead of olive oil you could use butter for a creamier taste. If you want the dish to have a bit more substance to it, you can also add some shrimp or succulent crab meat. You can even add in small cubes of chicken if you’re planning on serving this pasta dish for dinner.

Even better the time it takes to prepare this dish is only ten minutes! So it’s quick to prepare, and saves time too when you’re in a rush!

 

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