Pasta Recipes

Spring Roll Salad

Spring Roll Salad

Imagine a spring roll without the wrapper and you've got this salad. A familiar chorus of flavors - sweet, sour, tangy, hot, and nutty all projected onto a mound of serpentine rice noodles and seasonal vegetables with a peanut dressing and lime splash.

Stuffed Shells

Stuffed Shells

A stuffed shells recipe made with lemon zest and bright tomato sauce. Classic, with a hint of a twist. Everyone loves these.

Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad

A twist on classic macaroni salad - I toss the pasta with a creamy sauce made from sauteed green onions, then add lots of black pepper, arugula, diced apple, and lemon juice to the bowl.

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas: One Sauce / Three Lunches

Vegetarian Lunch Ideas: One Sauce / Three Lunches

Lunchbox magic - a post and video about taking one favorite tomato sauce, and working it into three different lunches.

Roasted Vegetable Orzo

Roasted Vegetable Orzo

Roasted delicata squash and kale tossed w/ orzo pasta & salted yogurt dressing & I try to answer a few questions about living with marble kitchen counter tops.

Nettle Pasta

Nettle Pasta

Nettles in a pasta with feta, sesame, almonds, and onion sprouts & a few pics from the Golden Gate bridge birthday fireworks.

Broccoli-Basil Mac and Cheese

Broccoli-Basil Mac and Cheese

While in London my friend Anna Jones gave me a copy of the terrific new book she worked on - this broccoli-basil crusted mac and cheese immediately caught my attention.

Sesame Yogurt Pasta Salad

Sesame Yogurt Pasta Salad

An off-beat pasta salad made with stuffed pasta, seasonal vegetables, and a spice-forward, golden sesame yogurt sauce.

Spring Pasta

Spring Pasta

A quick spring pasta made with leftover noodles, market vegetables, egg, and a bit of avocado.

New Year Noodle Soup

New Year Noodle Soup

An amazing New Year Noodle Soup from Greg & Lucy Malouf's beautiful book, Saraban. It's a bean and noodle soup at its core featuring thin egg noodles swimming in a fragrant broth spiced with turmeric, cumin, chiles, and black pepper. You use a medley of lentils, chickpeas, and borlotti beans which makes the soup heart and filling without being heavy. You add spinach, dill, and cilantro. You add lime juice for a bit of sour at the end. And then you've got a number of toppings to add when you serve the soup - chopped walnuts, caramelized onions, and sour cream. Amazing.

Brown Butter Tortelli

Brown Butter Tortelli

A few more Rome pics & a simple pasta dish made from ricotta-stuffed tortelli tossed with brown butter balsamic sauce, arugula, pecorino cheese, and lemon zest.

Pappardelle with Spiced Butter

Pappardelle with Spiced Butter

A recap of my Sunday, including a few portraits I shot, plus a top-notch pasta with spiced butter and asparagus inspired by a recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi's new book.

Saffron Pasta Salad

Saffron Pasta Salad

A spring pasta salad made with a vibrant red-wine and saffron vinaigrette, asparagus, and toasted whole wheat orecchiette pasta from Puglia.

Red Pesto Ravioli

Red Pesto Ravioli

For the sun-dried tomato lovers out there. Goat-cheese raviolis tossed in a sun-dried tomato red pesto sauce, served over baby spinach.

Orzo Super Salad

Orzo Super Salad

And orzo salad packed with nutritious ingredients - asparagus, almonds, feta, sprouts, broccoli, cucumber, and a zesty lemon dressing.

Ginger-Poached Noodles

Ginger-Poached Noodles

Poached spinach noodles, tofu, and baby broccoli in ginger broth. Finished with a splash of soy sauce, mint, basil, lime juice and red pepper flakes. Quick, simple, and invigorating.

Walnut Miso Noodles

Walnut Miso Noodles

A hearty noodle bowl recipe - whole wheat noodles, plenty of sliced asparagus and other seasonal produce are tossed with a creamy, walnut-miso dressing.

Almost Cheeseless Pasta Casserole

Almost Cheeseless Pasta Casserole

Trying to keep this pasta casserole recipe on the lighter side, I tossed a rustic farro pasta in yogurt that had been beaten with a bit of egg along with garlic, toasted almonds, chard, butternut squash, and olives. Baked until golden.

Matchstick Pasta

Matchstick Pasta

A great pasta dish using just six ingredients. Whole grain linguine matchsticks and barely cooked red kale are tossed with golden pistachio dressing. Pomegranate seeds provide ruby-colored accents and little pops of sweetness.

Slurp-tastic Herb Noodles

Slurp-tastic Herb Noodles

A big, slurpy bowl of whisper-thin spinach noodles draped in a spicy curry and herb broth - inspired by a beautiful box of noodles I picked up in Mill Valley, Ca.

Harissa Spaghettini

Harissa Spaghettini

A unique and flavor-packed pasta recipe. Whole wheat pasta noodles, olives, kale, pine nuts tossed in a pan for a tangle with a garlic-charged harissa and olive oil sauce.

Orzo Soup

Orzo Soup

Itty-bitty pasta plays the lead role in this simple orzo soup recipe with an egg drop soup style broth that has been boosted with flecks of chard and topped with vibrant, fire-roasted tomatoes. It's finished with an all-important thread of golden olive oil and a flurry of grated cheese.

Broccoli Pesto & Fusilli Pasta

Broccoli Pesto & Fusilli Pasta

A simple pasta bowl made by tossing a whole wheat fusilli pasta, shredded spinach, and with a delicious walnut & broccoli pesto sauce.

Big Slurp Dumpling Soup

Big Slurp Dumpling Soup

A quick and delicious dumpling soup - tender, translucent pasta pillows, pale green from their pea-stuffed bellies, are buoyed by yellow lentils in a simple clear broth. Golden puddles of olive oil are suspended across the surface, pooling in various cracks and crevices.

Baked Pasta Casserole

Baked Pasta Casserole

This baked pasta recipe features vibrant flecks of chopped spinach and lemon zest, toasted almond slices and oozy, bubbly cheese all enveloping sturdy little pasta shells.

Porcini Mushroom Fettuccine

Porcini Mushroom Fettuccine

This fettuccine recipe was inspired one of the many trips I made to the Testaccio Market while in Rome. Fresh ribbons of pasta with olive oil, porcini mushrooms, garlic, black pepper, and pecorino cheese.

Thousand Layer Lasagna

Thousand Layer Lasagna

My favorite lasagna recipe. Dozens and dozens of whisper-thin sheets of fresh pasta brushed with the most vibrant red tomato sauce imaginable all intersecting layer after layer of warm, oozy, fresh mozzarella.

Ultimate Chickpea Noodle Soup

Ultimate Chickpea Noodle Soup

The ultimate noodle soup recipe - imagine garbanzo beans bobbing about in a rich broth with thick ribbons of pasta noodles weaving in between them, droplets of olive oil suspended on the surface of the broth, and the whole thing punctuated with crisped fresh pasta that had been fried in olive oil.

Golden, Crispy Gnocchi

Golden, Crispy Gnocchi

My favorite new way to make gnocchi in a flash - no boil. Cook them in a skillet until they are golden and crusted, and in this case serve with summer shell beans and shredded cheese.

Thousand Layer Lasagna

Thousand Layer Lasagna

I'll never make lasagna any other way. Impossibly thin layers of feathery-light pasta with just enough sauce and cheese between each layer to keep it moist and flavorful.

Best School Lunch: Sicilian Broccoli and Cauliflower Pasta

Best School Lunch: Sicilian Broccoli and Cauliflower Pasta

This healthy, colorful Sicilian broccoli and cauliflower pasta recipe comes from chef Tracy Bates at The Oxbow School in Napa - the students there love it.

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