pesto pasta salad with asparagus

Well it’s a gorgeous day out in Chicago today, but I’m laid up on the couch as I tried to lift a bunch of dirt (don’t ask) and pulled out my darn back…again. UGH! I hobbled on in back to the house hanging on Dave’s arm and after icing my back decided I was going…

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linguine with peas and pancetta in cream sauce

What I learned after visiting Italy was that the best pasta dishes tend to have just a few really simple ingredients, which has been great news for my weeknight dinner plans, given the little time I often have to throw something together. One afternoon I started dreaming (we all dream about pasta, right?) of some…

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cacio e pepe pasta

Since we got back from Italy, I’ve noticed that I keep trying to sneak little Italian-y moments into my every day. Who says vacation has to end when you get home? Sometimes its just making a charcuterie and cheese board for lunch or it’s trying to recreate my favorite pasta dishes from Rome (more on…

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meatless monday: pasta with sun-dried tomato cream sauce

I’ve been inspired by my pal Debbie over at The Mountain Kitchen to try this whole Meatless Monday thang. While the name of this blog and my life are heavily influenced by meat – the barbecues, the meatloafs, the tacos, the steak-ums and more – I really love all food and thought this could be…

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rigatoni with spicy calabrese-style pork ragu

Despite my pasta game getting pretty good, I often go out to Italian restaurants and order some fabulous pasta dish that is far better than anything I’ve made at home. I realized the common thread in all the yummies I was eating out was that whatever pasta dish it was usually had pork and sausage,…

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fresh ricotta & beef lasagna

I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but toot-i-toot-toot, this is good. Ever since I discovered and became obsessed with fresh, homemade ricotta, I’ve wanted to put a recipe together using this yummy ingredient. The problem is, I usually end up eating it all before I can even think about throwing it into anything…

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vegetable vinaigrette pasta salad

Love, love, love, love this pasta salad and it’s SO easy to make – I made this in 15 minutes or less! This recipe is tangy (dare I say ZESTY even?!) and super fresh tasting with the pureed veggies in the vinaigrette. This dish is definitely going to be a staple side at our summer…

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linguine with anchovy garlic sauce

Judge me all you want for avoiding these weird little fishies prior to this recipe. While I realize anchovies aren’t very exotic or rare to find in a ton of dishes I’ve managed to avoid them due to my lingering childhood phobia – you want me to eat WHAT out of a can filled with…

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spinach and basil pesto pasta

I would eat pasta for all three meals a day if I could – note to self: investigate breakfast pasta possibilities. Anyways, love this super simple and quick recipe for pesto, especially in the summer. Really fresh herb and lemon flavor and great leftover. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves 3/4 cup fresh basil…

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