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Baked penne with pesto and tomato sauce. From “Quick from Scratch Pasta from Food and Wine Books” (If you can find a copy of this cookbook, snatch it up. I think it’s out of print.) I love pasta all year round. I love a simple pasta with warmed cherry tomatoes and basil in the late summer, pasta salad with lots of fresh veggies in the spring… but when the weather turns cold, I love baked pasta.

I love to scoop some up and watch the cheese stretch from the pan to my plate. I love the edges, where the cheese gets really browned. Serve this with a crisp green salad and some good, crusty bread. Serves 8 1 pound ziti 3 T cooking oil 2 onions, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 4 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree 1/2 tsp salt 2 bay leaves 1 tsp fresh-ground black pepper, divided 2 cups ricotta cheese 3 cups grated Mozzarella cheese, divided 2/3 cups Parmesan cheese, divided 1/2 cup store-bought or homemade pesto Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Secret Recipe Club: Creamy Mac n' Cheese. With all of the craziness of my schedule, it's nice to still be able to do Secret Recipe Club.

Secret Recipe Club: Creamy Mac n' Cheese

To not think about school, or work, or anything. Anything except exploring another blogger's site and making something delicious! Pappardelle Pasta with a Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce Recipe. Simple delicious pasta.

Pappardelle Pasta with a Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce Recipe

This Pappardelle Pasta with a Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce is really beautiful. I feel like this is one of those recipes where you make it the first time you have a boy over at your house and you cook. Simple, no fuss, no screw up, delicious recipes. I feel like cooking for a boy for the first time, you don’t want to do anything that could totally bomb.

So this is one of those recipes. ♥ Teri. Spaghetti alla Puttanesca. I’m packing again!

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese » Annie's Eats. Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese My mac and cheese obsession continues to grow every day.

Creamy Stovetop Mac and Cheese » Annie's Eats

Well okay, not every day, but at least every day that I make it, and some days when I just think about it a whole lot. This recipe took the obsession to a whole new level. Why? Because it has all the amazing flavor of a really superb homemade mac and cheese but it’s made on the stovetop, eliminating the actually short but seemingly agonizing wait while other mac and cheese recipes bake in the oven. See that? Gluten-Free Baked Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower « Roti n Rice. 134EmailShare Life has many surprises and I was stumped last weekend while grocery shopping with Ro-Ri San.

Gluten-Free Baked Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower « Roti n Rice

As we entered the store, he said it would be nice to have some of the Baked Mac and Cheese I made the last time. “Seriously? With bacon bits?” , I asked. Life and Kitchen. Lasagna Cupcakes. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted.

Lasagna Cupcakes

As much as I like staring at Oreos engulfed in peanut butter cookies, I’m sick of staring at those things. Baked Manicotti with Meat Sauce. Pasta with Tomato and Almond Pesto. Have you heard that they are remaking Dirty Dancing?

Pasta with Tomato and Almond Pesto

I know. How can you improve on it? What could be better than Patrick Swayze dancing? Is the new "Baby" going to carry a watermelon? Please tell me if someone is going to put her in a corner. Creamy Pesto & Tomato Pasta. I have to admit, that this is probably my billionth post on a recipe with pesto involved.

Creamy Pesto & Tomato Pasta

Sueghetti & Meatballs. Risotto : This weekend I visited Napa for the first time.

Risotto :

It was glorious: beautiful blue sky, ideal warm weather, rolling fields of grapevines, and pristine wineries. Once again I was reminded of how much I love living in the bay area. Drinking wine in an environment like that makes me feel a little bit like a child pretending to be an adult. I enjoy a glass of wine a couple of times a week, but I am certainly no wine connoisseur (point in case, it just took me about five minutes to figure out how to spell connoisseur). When they told me all about the tannins, the type of barrel each wine was aged in, and the hints of oak, strawberry, and black pepper I just nodded and smiled and pretended to understand.

Penne with Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella Recipe. I frequently get requests for toddler- and kid-friendly food ideas and I struggle with how to respond.

Penne with Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella Recipe

I know how other family and friends have struggled with picky eaters and I don’t want to meet that frustration with a smug, “my kid eats everything,” response. But the truth is, we lucked out. Our toddler eats just about everything that we do. Her dinner plate is mostly just a smaller version of ours. I’ll remove her portion before adding spicy ingredients, or cook her burger and salmon a little longer, but she mostly eats like an 18-year old. Spaghetti alla vodka. Sometimes I want macaroni. Certainly in the sauce, certainly in the creamy one, with flakes of aromatic Parmesan and sweet-scented basil. HOKKIEN MEE. I had planned to do a Hokkien Mee for dinner and then decided that I might as well blog about it. This is one of my favourite noodle dishes apart from a hearty and spicy mee mamak. To be honest I didn't know that there were variations of this dish until I googled it. I had always thought of Hokkien mee as the dark, thick sauced, fat noodle dish.

Period. Now I know that Penang has it's own version as does Singapore. This version however is really quick to put together and it must be made just before serving. Cooking with PastaPrima: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Vegetables & Blue Cheese. A few weeks ago I received a package from PastaPrima with several varieties of ravioli and was asked to come up with a fun recipe that would not be your typical ravioli with sauce dish. I was up for the challenge! Who knows, maybe I'll even win the grand prize of $1,000 worth of must-have kitchen tools? One can dream, right? Traveling in Italy: Grilled Pepper & Mozzarella Pasta Salad. It is one of those hot lazy days when I didn't want to confront the heat of cooking. The only ingredient involved with fire & heat is the pasta. For the rest, I was home free.

Of course, if you are one of those people who can tolerate heat, you can also grill the peppers yourself instead of using the bottled ones. Pasta Caprese. As you all now know, I am a reality TV junkie. I've seen about 70% of the Bachelor/Bachelorette seasons. Sos de rosii cu piept de pui si busuioc. Spaghetti with Fresh Tomato Sauce. Ingredients: 1 1/2 pound of ripe tomatoes 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped 4 tablespoons olive oil 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced fresh basil, sliced thinly.

Mushroom Ragoût with Fettuccine Rigate « The Culinary Chronicles. Chicken Heart Gravy Pasta. Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad. Roasted Tomato Sauce. Stir Fried Noodles with Thai Peanut Sauce. Pasta in white sauce. Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Roasted Tomato Sauce « Naturally Ella. My time in the evenings is almost to an end. Rags to Riches. Farmer's Market Pasta. Sformatini di tagliatelle al ragù con salsiccia e mozzarella di bufala. Taco Pasta. Savory Sitter: Ravioli Lasagna. Tomato and goat cheese risotto.

Broccolini rigatoni - delicious food in almost no time at all.