Pasta Primavera Recipe

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Pasta Primavera ~ An Easy Homecooked Meal

Pasta Primavera is on just about every Italian restaurant’s menu.  Some have sauce, some don’t, but what is always the same, is that it’s chocked full of fresh veggies that bring such great flavor.  You can vary the veggies you use, from season to season, so the taste is always just right!  In the winter, when veggies might not be as available, frozen can be substituted.  It might not have the same texture, so be wary of the types of veggies, but it will still be delicious!

Use Up Your Extra Veggies in Pasta Primavera

I started out making Pasta Primavera to use up veggies from my garden.  I use anything and everything I can think of, from spinach to carrots, to kohlrabi.  Just about everything works (hint: radishes and potatoes don’t work well) and even if they are a bit wrinkly from the hot summer sun, it still works great in Pasta Primavera!

Pasta Primavera Recipe

Pasta Primavera Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced thin
  • 1 small yellow squash, sliced thin
  • 5 spears of asparagus, 1/2 inch dice
  • 1 C grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 lb Angel hair pasta

Instructions

  1. Fill a large stockpot with water and heat to boiling.
  2. In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the red peppers, onions, and garlic. Sauté until tender.
  4. Add the pasta to the boiling water.
  5. Place the zucchini, squash, and asparagus in the sauté pan and sauté until crisp-tender.
  6. Add the grape tomatoes and toss. Heat through.
  7. Remove the pasta to a serving bowl and top with sautéed veggies.
  8. Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan, if desired.
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Pasta Primavera Makes Awesome Leftovers

Leftovers of Pasta Primavera are a hot commodity in my house.  Everyone clamors for them!  You can heat Pasta Primavera in the microwave, or you can toss it in a hot sauté pan with a little olive oil to meld the flavors.  It’s a delicious way to enjoy your favorite veggies and get your kids to love them too!

 

1 red pepper, sliced thin

1/2 red onion, diced

4 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 small zucchini, sliced thin

1 small yellow squash, sliced thin

5 spears of asparagus, 1/2 inch dice

1 C grape tomatoes, sliced in half

3 T olive oil

1 lb Angel hair pasta

 

Fill a large stockpot with water and heat to boiling.

In a sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

Add the red peppers, onions, and garlic.  Sauté until tender.

Add the pasta to the boiling water.

Place the zucchini, squash, and asparagus in the sauté pan and sauté until crisp-tender.

Add the grape tomatoes and toss.  Heat through.

Remove the pasta to a serving bowl and top with sautéed veggies.

Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan, if desired.

 

When you have an abundance of vegetables in your garden, make Pasta Primavera!

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe ~ A Sauce for Every Pasta

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Fresh Basil Pesto for a Fast, Impressive Dinner

Fresh Basil Pesto is the simplest pasta topping I’ve ever made. With fresh ingredients like crisp green basil, Romano cheese, and extra virgin olive oil, you’ll have a bright flavor in mere minutes. It takes longer to cook the pasta that it does making this delicious Fresh Basil Pesto! The sauce is the main reason I always growing basil in my garden. With a trip to a local farmers market, though, you’ll be ready to make fresh basil pesto too!

Fresh Basil Pesto, Fresh Ingredients Fresh Sauce

The ingredients for Fresh Basil Pesto are pretty simple: a couple of handfuls of fresh basil, freshly grated Romano cheese, a clove or two of garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. While I grow my own basil, this early in the spring it’s not ready.  So I checked out a local farmers market, and they had sandwich bags stuffed full of basil for only $1! I quickly snatched up 3 bags and headed home to whip up Fresh Basil Pesto for dinner. I have to say, that was the best three dollars I’ve spent in a long time!

 

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe ~ A Sauce for Every Pasta

Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe ~ A Sauce for Every Pasta

Ingredients

  • 2 C fresh basil leaves, washed, dried, and stems removed
  • 1/2 C grated Italian cheese (Romano, Asiago, or Parmesan)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 C extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • cooked pasta

Instructions

  1. Place the basil leaves, cheese, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Blend to chop coarsely.
  2. Trickle olive oil in while pulsing or blending, adding until the sauce is a thick yet fluid paste.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, then add over cooked pasta and toss.
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Extra Fresh Basil Pesto? Freeze It!

On those rare occasions I have leftover Fresh Basil Pesto, I grab an empty ice cube tray, fill it with pesto, and freeze it. This is also a great way to to have fresh pesto in the middle of winter when fresh basil is not available. Simply take out a few cubes, let them thaw, and you’ll have fantastic pesto year round. So grab up all the basil you can find, and make a big batch of Fresh Basil Pesto today!

 

Delectable Greek Pasta Salad

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Greek Pasta Salad for Your Favorite Picnic

Greek Pasta Salad, with tangy tomatoes and salty feta cheese, makes a fantastic picnic accompaniment.  Al dente pasta is a delicious base for the simple dressing that graces this dish.  And the oil and vinegar dressing does a great job at holding flavor, without becoming weird and icky, like a mayo based dressing.  So if you take Greek Pasta Salad to a picnic, the dressing can take the heat without changing!  And with the summer months coming quick, Greek Pasta Salad is perfect.

Need an even Simpler Dressing for Greek Pasta Salad?

If you are in a hurry, or don’t want to have bottles of olive oil or vinegar around the house, grab a bottle of your favorite Greek dressing at the grocery store.  One of my favorites is Newman’s Own Greek Vinaigrette dressing.  It has a fantastic fresh flavor that is just like homemade.  Choose a dressing you love, and you’ll have a Greek Pasta Salad that is the best you’ve ever had!

Delectable Greek Pasta Salad ~ Perfect for Summer Picnics!

Delectable Greek Pasta Salad ~ Perfect for Summer Picnics!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb mini penne pasta
  • 1 tub yellow pear tomatoes
  • 1 tub red grape tomatoes
  • 6 oz pkg crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 C olive oil
  • 1/2 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T dried oregano
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Boil the pasta until al dente. Drain and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking. Place in a large bowl.
  2. Cut the tomatoes in half and place in the bowl.
  3. Gently mix in the feta cheese.
  4. Add the oil, vinegar, and oregano. Stir well. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Refrigerate at least 4 hours. Overnight is preferable.
  6. Serve chilled.
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Greek Pasta Salad for a Week of Easy Dinners

I almost always double the recipe and make a HUGE batch of Greek Pasta Salad, giving me a week of easy dinners.  All I have to do is grill some meat and veggies for a well rounded meal in minutes.  To change it up as the week goes on, simple add something new every night, such as some olives, pepperoni, or even mild peppers.

 

1 lb mini penne pasta

1 tub yellow pear tomatoes

1 tub red grape tomatoes

6 oz pkg crumbled feta cheese

1/2 C olive oil

1/2 C apple cider vinegar

1 T dried oregano

salt

pepper

 

Boil the pasta until al dente.  Drain and rinse in cold water to stop the cooking.  Place in a large bowl.

Cut the tomatoes in half and place in the bowl.

Gently mix in the feta cheese.

Add the oil, vinegar, and oregano.  Stir well.  Season with salt and pepper.

Refrigerate at least 4 hours.  Overnight is preferable.

Serve chilled.

 

Grilled chicken makes it a complete meal, too!  Get creative and take this simple Greek Pasta Salad to your table with your own touch!

 

 

Target: Pasta Sauce Jars Only $0.25 AND Pasta $0.67 a Box!

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Yummy! You can get a great deal on some Market pantry pasta from Target! You will end up paying just $0.25 a jar which I’d say is definitely a stock up price!

Buy 2 Market Pantry Pasta Sauces (on price cut for $1.00)
Use $1.50/2 Market Pantry sauce Target coupon here
= just $0.25 a jar!

Need some pasta to go with it?! Check out the HOT deal plan below:

Buy 3 Market Pantry Pasta $1.00 each
Use $1.00/3 Market Pantry pasta Target coupon here
= only $0.67 each!

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Crispy Pierogies with Onions Recipe ~ Great for Quick Meals!

Crispy Pierogies with Onions

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Crispy Pierogies with Onions are an amazingly quick and tasty dinner, any night of the week.  Pierogies are a Polish dish comprised of a sheet of pasta wrapped around a wonderful filling of mashed potatoes and a few savory additions, such as cheddar, 4 cheese, onion, or spinach and feta cheese.  You can find them in the freezer section of your favorite grocery store.

Crispy Pierogies with Onions Makes an Amazing Meal

To take these simple pockets of goodness and turn Crispy Pierogies with Onions into a meal, add an easy to make meat, such as brats or a meatloaf, and a veggie.  Our favorite is braised spinach or a salad.  Crispy Pierogies with Onions can also be paired with something more sophisticated, like a Crock-Pot full of Beef Burgundy!

Make a Quick Meal with Crispy Pierogies with Onions

You can have Crispy Pierogies with Onions from freezer to table in about 30 minutes, making a perfect weeknight meal, even when you are on the go with kid’s events or meetings.  They also make fantastic leftovers for lunch the next day.   A quick trip through the microwave and these will give you the fuel to finish your day!

Crispy Pierogies with Onions Recipe ~ Great for Quick Meals!

Crispy Pierogies with Onions Recipe ~ Great for Quick Meals!

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes frozen pierogies
  • 3 large onions, sliced thin
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • sour cream

Instructions

  1. In a large saute pan, place a thin layer of olive oil, about 3 tablespoons. Heat to medium.
  2. Add the onions and saute until clear and turning brown.
  3. Heat water to boiling in a 3 qt or larger saucepan.
  4. Add the pierogies and boil until they float. Remove to a bowl to let them drain.
  5. Remove the onions from the pan when clear and starting to brown. Set aside.
  6. Add 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons butter to the saute pan. When the butter is melted, carefully add pierogies to fill the pan. Saute until brown; flip and brown on the second side.
  7. Serve with onions and sour cream, if desired.
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Crispy Pierogies with Onions Are an Inexpensive Meal

About once a month, pierogies go on sale at my favorite grocery store.  Add a couple of coupons with that, and I average about $1.75 per box of 12, making Crispy Pierogies with Onions one of my favorite inexpensive meal additions.  I keep several boxes in the freezer for those emergency quick dinners when the day gets away from me.

Find these amazing satchels of taste in your freezer section and keep them in your freezer for the one night you forget to plan for dinner.  Crispy Pierogies with Onions will fill your tummy as well as your soul with the ultimate in comfort food.

 

2 boxes frozen pierogies

3 large onions, sliced thin

olive oil

butter

sour cream

 

In a large saute pan, place a thin layer of olive oil, about 3 tablespoons.  Heat to medium.

Add the onions and saute until clear and turning brown.

Heat water to boiling in a 3 qt or larger saucepan.

Add the pierogies and boil until they float. Remove to a bowl to let them drain.

Remove the onions from the pan when clear and starting to brown.  Set aside.

Add 2 tablespoons oil and 2 tablespoons butter to the saute pan.  When the butter is melted, carefully add pierogies to fill the pan.  Saute until brown; flip and brown on the second side.

Serve with onions and sour cream, if desired.

 

Crispy Pierogies with Onions make a perfect side-dish or even a meal on their own!

Amazon: FREE Good Eating’s Creative Pasta: Healthy and Unique Recipes Kindle Ebook (Reg. $4.99!)

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Amazon currently has this Good Eating’s Creative Pasta: Healthy and Unique Recipes for Meals, Sides, and Sauces Kindle download for FREE (Reg. $4.99!).

Each recipe offers a series of helpful tips, suggestions, and comments on dish adaptations, and the entries are grouped into six categories: All About the Sauce, Meatballs & Other Accessories, Hand Made Pasta, Keep It Simple, Classic Comforts, and With a Twist. Aside from pasta, recipes for sauces and meatballs are also featured, including “Homemade Ricotta,” “Meatballs in Tomato-Wine Sauce,” and “Uncooked Tomato Sauce.”

Barilla Pasta only $.69 at Target

 

Barilla TArget deal

 

There is a GREAT unadvertised Target deal going on until 2/23/13! You can get a $5 Target gift card when you buy select 10 Italian, Mexican, or Pizza Items. Here is a hot deal on Barilla pasta that you don’t even need a coupon for!

 

 Buy 10 Barilla Pasta $11.90
Receive $5 Gift Card
= $6.90 or $.69 each after gift card!

 

 

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$1/1 Heartland Pasta Coupon = Just $0.48 a Box at Walmart!

Yum! There is a new coupon for $1/1 Heartland Pasta which will make these boxes only $0.48 at Walmart! Pasta is a great item to stockpile and this is a great stockpile price. 😉

Buy 1 Heartland Pasta Box $1.48
Use $1/1 Heartland Pasta
= just $0.48 a box!

 

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Amazon: FREE 38 Easy Pasta Recipes – Simple & Delicious Pasta Recipes Kindle Download

Yummy! If you ever get bored of your plain old pasta recipes then you will want this next freebie! You can get this 38 Easy Pasta Recipes – Simple & Delicious Pasta Recipes Kindle Download for FREE on Amazon right now!

Here is just some of what you will learn how to make:

– Pasta with Shrimp and Spicy Italian Sausage.
– Pasta Top with Salmon and Cream Sauce
– Pasta with Hot and Spicy Shrimp
– Cajun Shrimp Pasta
– Bowtie Pasta top with Asparagus and Shrimp
– Pasta with Shrimp in Lemon Cream Sauce
– Crabmeat Pasta
– Pasta and Creamy Salmon
– Tortellini Alfredo with Bacon and Peas
– Macaroni with Grilled Shrimp and Pignoli Pasta
– Baby Clams Pasta
– Shrimp Alfredo and Clam Sauce over Fettuccine Pasta
– Sausage and Spinach Pasta
– Tuna Tetrazzini
– Cheesy Baked Spaghetti
– Spaghetti with Lobsters
– Garlic Ham Spaghetti
– Pasta in Creamy Crab and Red Pepper Sauce
– Lobsters in Champagne and Butter Sauce with Spinach Pasta
– Pasta in Chicken with Eggplant Sauté

And much, much more!

 

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Best Homemade Garlic Pasta Sauce Recipe! (SO Delicious)

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I have to tell all of you….this is the BEST pasta sauce you will ever have (in my opinion 😉 ). It is SO incredibly delicious and I was raised eating it. My Mom was the one who taught me how to create this wonderful sauce and I make it all the time. I don’t know about you but I don’t like canned red sauce….at all. I don’t like pizza sauce that much either. Well, this sauce is much different and I’m telling you, you HAVE to try this at least once.

Your house will smell SO yummy too….it’s AMAZING~

Can you tell this is like my favorite meal to make…..ever. 😛

P.S. – this is also great because it fascinates all taste buds (picky and not picky ones)…anyone will eat it, including the kiddos.

Here ya go:

Best Homemade Garlic Pasta Sauce Ever!

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

Garlic – about 10-12 cloves

3 (15 oz cans) of Hunts tomato sauce (This is super important….in my opinion, it needs to be Hunts. I have tried other brands, organic included and although it still turns out fantastic, it doesn’t taste the same…so Hunts it is!).

1 bag of pasta (you could do more if your family eats a lot of pasta) we used Whole Wheat organic and this sauce is so yummy it masks the funky taste of the whole wheat. 😉

Olive Oil

Cumin

Oregano

Parsley flakes

Directions:

1 – Add about 1/4 inch olive oil to the bottom of a small to medium pan (sorry, I never measure this but I’d say it’s a little less than 1 cup)

2 – Heat olive oil

2 – Add garlic to olive oil and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes so you get the flavor of the garlic (I usually smash them a little to release the juices)

3 – Do NOT burn the garlic, it will turn a little brown but you don’t want to burn it.

4 – Remove the “cooked” garlic and throw away….don’t worry, the flavor will still be there, in the olive oil

5 – Add the 3 cans of tomato sauce (remember, Hunts!)

6 – Again, I’m sorry I do not measure the seasoning but it’s pretty easy…check out the image below to see about how much. What’s great is you can easily add more about 10 minutes after it’s been cooking…just taste it and see what you think.

7 – Put it on medium to low heat and let simmer.

8 – Cook your pasta now while your sauce is marinating with all the flavors.

9 – When the pasta is done, your sauce should be done as well…taste test and enjoy!

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Best Homemade Garlic Pasta Sauce Recipe! (SO Delicious)
Ingredients
  • Garlic – about 10-12 cloves
  • 3 (15 oz cans) of Hunts tomato sauce (This is super important….in my opinion, it needs to be Hunts. I have tried other brands, organic included and although it still turns out fantastic, it doesn’t taste the same…so Hunts it is!).
  • 1 bag of pasta (you could do more if your family eats a lot of pasta) we used Whole Wheat organic and this sauce is so yummy it masks the funky taste of the whole wheat. 😉
  • Olive Oil
  • Cumin
  • Oregano
  • Parsley flakes
Instructions
  1. – Add about 1/4 inch olive oil to the bottom of a small to medium pan (sorry, I never measure this but I’d say it’s a little less than 1 cup)
  2. – Heat olive oil
  3. – Add garlic to olive oil and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes so you get the flavor of the garlic (I usually smash them a little to release the juices)
  4. – Do NOT burn the garlic, it will turn a little brown but you don’t want to burn it.
  5. – Remove the “cooked” garlic and throw away….don’t worry, the flavor will still be there, in the olive oil
  6. – Add the 3 cans of tomato sauce (remember, Hunts!)
  7. – Again, I’m sorry I do not measure the seasoning but it’s pretty easy…check out the image below to see about how much. What’s great is you can easily add more about 10 minutes after it’s been cooking…just taste it and see what you think.
  8. – Put it on medium to low heat and let simmer.
  9. – Cook your pasta now while your sauce is marinating with all the flavors.
  10. – When the pasta is done, your sauce should be done as well…taste test and enjoy!

Thanks, Mom! 🙂