14th March 2017

Chicken-Spinach Mac ‘N’ Cheese

I originally planned to make Food Network's Spinach Artichoke Dip Mac N' Cheese but then I realized I forgot to grab a jar of artichokes when I went grocery shopping. I meant to but by the time I remembered I needed to go back I was already distracted by gardening stuff. It happens, HAH! I know I could still make the spinach mac'n'cheese though and I've figured add chicken too as a good source ...
7th September 2016

Garlic & Butter Seafood Pasta

This Garlic & Butter Seafood Pasta is a variation of the seafood spaghetti dish that's already in the archives. The latter used wine while this one has more garlic and buttery flavor plus the capers which I absolutely love in pasta dishes. Just like the other recipe, this one is also very easy to make.   Recipe: Garlic & Butter Seafood Pasta Ingredients 1 box of the angel hair noodles, cooked al dente 1 sm onion, chopped 4-5 cloves of garlic, ...
8th August 2016

Creamy Pesto & Bacon Spaghetti

Once you've made your homemade basil pesto you can pretty much go to town and add it in everything else your heart desires. My first one is of course a pasta dish with bacon. Pesto, bacon, spaghetti, oh my!   Recipe: Creamy Pesto & Bacon Spaghetti Ingredients 3/4 cup of basil pesto bacon, chopped and cooked spaghetti noodles, cooked al dente 3/4 cup of cream 1 cup + more reserved pasta water 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese Instructions Cook the spaghetti. In a pan, brown the ...
5th August 2016

Homemade Pesto

My main goal in growing basil this year is to make my own pesto. I love pesto on pretty much everything. I've harvested a bunch of basil earlier this week then made pesto on Wednesday to use for the pasta dish I made for dinner last night(Thursday). To end this week on a high note, here's the recipe for homemade pesto. Recipe: Homemade Pesto Ingredients a bunch of basil 2 large garlic cloves, peeled a sm bag of pine nuts 1/3 ...
28th June 2016

Creamy & Cheesy Beef Penne

I am in a cheese fix lately. I want to eat cheese all the time. I might have gone overzealous in the cheesiness of this Creamy & Cheesy Beef Penne but I didn't care. I just want all the cheesy goodness and I got it. The cheese sauce is basically the same sauce I make for my grown up Mac 'N' Cheese. Simple. Cheesy. Good. Recipe: Creamy & Cheesy Beef Penne Ingredients 1 box of penne, cooked al ...
11th May 2016

Creamy Bacon And Chicken Spaghetti

I saw a video of a bacon-chicken spaghetti recipe on Facebook the other day so I thought I'd make my own. The spaghetti, not the video. That recipe had spinach though and I think mushrooms too but mine doesn't. I didn't have spinach and I was saving my mushrooms for something else so this is just the basic version, I guess. Still yummy and would still satisfy the cravings for spaghetti with creamy white sauce, ...
4th February 2016

Pork Sausage & 3-Cheese Lasagna

I should have taken a picture of my kitchen when I made this Pork Sausage & 3-Cheese Lasagna last Tuesday. Not only did I make this oh-so-delicious lasagna, my daughter and I made Valentine's Day sugar cookies too. The counter was messy with sauce and cheese while the baking station on the other side of the kitchen was busting with flour, food coloring, and cookie frosting. Fun Times! Nevertheless, my kitchen and I survived. We ...
23rd September 2015

Beef & Ricotta Cheese Lasagna Rolls

Every time I say 'lasagna' whenever my family asks what I'm making for dinner they all go, 'OOOOHHHHHH.' They did the same thing when I said I was making Beef & Ricotta Cheese Lasagna Rolls. Good thing I was able to resist eating the container of ricotta cheese. I couldn't help but have a couple of spoonfuls while filling up the rolls. They're just too good! So, lasagna rolls, this is so easy and sumptuous ...
20th May 2015

Pork With Carrots & Napa Cabbage Lo Mein

I think Lo Mein has been my go-to dish to make when I'm craving for pasta but not necessarily with the Italian flavors. It's the Asian in me, I guess? I love lo mein and I have a few recipes around here using my favorite angel hair pasta noodles with one recipe using spaghetti noodles. My Lo Mein dishes are a fusion of my 2 favorite cuisines, Italian and Asian.   Recipe: PORK WITH CARROTS & NAPA ...
28th April 2015

Beef And 3-Cheese Lasagna

Lasagna is always a hit dish in our household. It's one of my favorite Italian dishes but you'd be surprised how sporadic I make lasagna for dinner. I mean it's not that hard unless perhaps you're making your own Pappardelle noodles for it. Now that would take a little bit more time than usual. When getting the ingredients for this Beef And 3-Cheese Lasagna I found a box of oven-ready noodles which I figured would ...
14th April 2015

Beef, Mushrooms, & Capers Spaghetti

You want spaghetti but you're not feeling the tomato-based sauce? Or let's just say you don't have any in stock. Conveniently though you have a can of cream of mushroom soup, a few button mushrooms, and while you're at it why not throw in a few capers too. Yes, that totally happened in my kitchen, Hah! Recipe: Beef, Mushrooms, & Capers Spaghetti Ingredients 1-2 pounds of ground beef 1 box of angel hair pasta 1 sm onion, chopped 2 cloves of ...
3rd November 2014

Beef & Mushrooms With Penne Rigate

This is a quick pasta dish with my favorite pasta, penne rigate. It involves strips of beef, sliced mushrooms, seasonings, and Worcestershire sauce to give it that sweet and savory with a hint of tangy flavors. You can easily substitute beef with chicken strips. Seriously, this is quick and simple.   Recipe: Beef & Mushrooms With Penne Rigate Ingredients 1 box of penne rigate, cooked al dente 1 piece of steak, cut in strips 4 button mushrooms, sliced olive oil sprinkles of salt, ...
20th October 2014

Grown-Up Mac ‘N’ Cheese With Bacon

While my in-laws were down here for a visit a few weeks ago, my mother-in-law and I were watching something from a cooking show about comfort food. One of the featured dishes was 'grown-up' mac'n'cheese. I had been craving for my own version ever since. I finally made some a few days ago and my cravings were definitely satisfied. It's a slightly baked version of the CREAMY MAC ā€˜Nā€™ CHEESE W/ CRISPY BACON BITS that I ...
1st April 2014

Seafood Fettuccine With Alfredo Sauce

This is the Seafood Fettuccine With Alfredo Sauce dish that I've mentioned in the homemade alfredo sauce post last week. The seafood component is a bag of frozen mixed mussels, cuttlefish, and squid plus a bag of frozen small shrimp. I made the fettuccine from scratch and like I've said, the sauce as well. For the sauce and pasta recipes, just click on the links attached in the recipe card below.   Recipe: Seafood Fettuccine With Alfredo Sauce Ingredients homemade ...
27th March 2014

Homemade Alfredo Sauce

My original plan for the bag of frozen seafood variety and shrimp was to make a spicy stir-fry but Scott wanted a pasta dish instead. Preferably with homemade fettuccine and white sauce. So I said, alright, that sounds wonderful actually. I made the pasta and the alfredo sauce. Since I usually go for store-bought alfredo sauce I figured I might as well chronicle this homemade recipe which I adapted from A Sweet Pea Chef. The ...
1st March 2014

Shrimp & Penne In Pesto Sauce

When we were in Cary a couple of weeks ago we saw Ragazzi's while driving out of the mall. Scott and I started talking about the penne and salmon in pesto sauce dish that haunts my dreams every time I think of Italian food and Ragazzi's. I decided to make something similar as part of my bi-weekly meal planning but since I couldn't find fresh salmon I opted for shrimp. It's not basil season yet so ...
8th January 2014

Baked Chicken Ala King Spaghetti

When I make chicken ala king I usually serve it with long grain rice. I thought I'd do something different by serving it with spaghetti noodles. In the process of cooking it I decided to do another twist by combining the whole thing, top 'em with mozzarella cheese then bake it the oven. That's how this Baked Chicken Ala King Spaghetti came about. Recipe: Baked Chicken Ala King Spaghetti Ingredients 2-3 pcs of boneless chicken breasts, chopped in ...
4th September 2013

Cheesy Baked Penne With Corned Beef

I was craving for a cheesy pasta dish the other night so the baked penny sounded really appealing. I thought of the baked penne but I don't have ground beef yet. I didn't want the tomato based sauce either. I just wanted the creamy cheese sauce from the Baked Cheesy Ravioli or Creamy Baked Mac N Cheese without the bacon bits. Considering all the wants and what I didn't want in the pasta dish that ...