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Four Terrific Pasta Recipes
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - By Admin

One of my favorite meals to cook for the family is pasta. It's relatively cheap, easy to make, and can easily serve a handful of people. If you haven't had much experience in making something other than spaghetti, then you might very well be missing out on a potential favorite dish! This article features a few great pasta recipes that both the cooking novice and pro can accomplish and appreciate. They're oh-so-tasty and I hope you enjoy them!

Chicken and Broccoli Fettuccine Alfredo

Ingredients: 
6 chicken breast halves cut into cubes 
1 lb fettuccine pasta 
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
8 ounces shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese 
1/2 cup sour cream 
1 cup half-and-half 
3 cups milk 
4 cloves garlic, divided and minced 
6 tbsp butter, divided 
1 tbsp Italian seasoning 
1/3 cup flour 
1 tbsp salt 
3/4 tsp ground white pepper

Directions: 
Throw 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over a medium heat. Add the chicken, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Cook until the chicken is white all the way through. Remove from the skillet and set aside for later. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the fettuccine pasta. Cook for about 10 minutes, then drain. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in the skillet and sauté 2 tablespoons of garlic. Stir in the flour, pepper, and salt and cook for about 2 minutes. Slowly add in the milk and half and half, but be sure to stir constantly. When the sauce turns smooth, add the Parmesan and Colby-Monterey Jack cheeses. Stir until all cheese is melted, then add the chicken mixture and sour cream. Stir well and serve over the fettuccine noodles.

Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken

Ingredients: 
1 pound angel hair pasta 
6 chicken breast halves 
1 package dry Italian salad dressing mix 
1 can condensed golden mushroom soup 
4 oz cream cheese with chives 
1/2 cup white wine 
1/4 cup butter

Directions: 
In a sauce pan, melt the butter over a low heat, then stir in the dressing mix. Add the wine and golden mushroom soup, then stir well. Mix in the cream cheese. Let this mixture heat thoroughly, but be careful not to let it boil. Arrange the chicken breasts in a baking dish and pour the sauce over them. Bake at 325 degrees F for about an hour. About half an hour before the chicken is done, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the pasta noodles for about 10 minutes. Drain the noodles and cube the chicken. Serve the chicken on top of the noodles and top with the excess sauce.

Tuna Tetrazzini

Ingredients: 
1 package spaghetti noodles 
3 cans of tuna in brine, drained 
1/4 cup flour 
2 cups milk 
1/4 cup sherry 
1/4 cup mayonnaise 
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
2 tbsp butter 
1 onion, chopped 
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced 
1 tsp salt

Directions: 
Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the spaghetti noodles. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain the noodles. Melt the butter in a sauce pan over medium-low heat, then add the onion and sauté until the onion turns soft, then add the tuna and mushrooms. Cook for about 3 or 4 minutes. Remove the tuna mixture from the heat and set aside in a large bowl. In a separate sauce pan, combie the flour, milk, mayonnaise, sherry, and salt. Mix well and heat until the sauce thickens. Pour the sauce into the bowl with the tuna. Mix well, then add the noodles. When the noodles are fully coated with sauce, transfer the mixture to a casserole dish. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top and bake at 350 degrees F for half an hour.

Shrimp Scampi

Ingredients: 
1 1/2 lbs medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 
1 package spaghetti noodles 
1 tbsp minced garlic 
1/4 cup olive oil 
3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 
1/4 cup lemon juice 
ground black pepper to taste

Directions: 
In a large bowl, mix together the lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, garlic, and parsley. Add the shrimp to the mixture and toss it around until the shrimp is well coated. Marinate in the refrigerator for half an hour. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the spaghetti noodles for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. Preheat the grill at a high heat setting. Add the shrimp to skewers and grill for about 3 minutes on each side, or until thoroughly cooked. You might want to oil the grate slightly to prevent the shrimp from sticking. Serve the shrimp on top of the noodles and drizzle just a bit of the remaining marinade on top.

 
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Kitchen Appliances - The Benefits of a Pasta Maker
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - By Admin

Italian foods have been a favorite in American culture for hundreds of years and some pasta dishes can be among the simplest home cooked meals to create. Though pasta noodles can easily be bought in any grocery store, some people do not consider these boxed variety adequate for their meals. A person such as this will quickly appreciate the benefits of a pasta maker in their own home.

These wonderful appliances help create fresh, delicious tasting pasta with the ease of simply adding ingredients to a machine. The major advantage to using a machine is the significant increase in taste quality. Fresh noodles are always more delicious than store-bought, packaged pasta. Using a simple machine to make noodles fresh can really help bring out the flavor in any Italian meal.

Making pasta from scratch is also much healthier. Skipping out on prepackaged pastas gets rid of all of the preservatives that come with them. People can opt to use low-fat ingredients or create a healthier version of pasta, like wheat or multi-grain. Using a pasta machine will significantly reduce the high volume of calories that usually come with premade pastas.

Like many newfangled kitchen appliances, most pasta machines have very simple maintenance needs. They come apart fairly easily and most parts are dishwasher safe. Cleanup is very easy with the homemade pasta maker. Also, because pasta machines work in a very timely fashion and pasta cooks pretty quickly as well, it helps for an all around quick, but fresh Italian meal.

Pasta is a component of many famous and delicious dishes. Making pasta from scratch can easily and drastically improve any home cooked meal. The benefits of a pasta maker are numerous, but the fresh taste will probably be the most noticeable and enjoyable change when making the switch from store-bought to homemade pasta.

 
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Healthy Pasta To Keep The Body In Shape
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - By Admin

Pasta lovers dread the day that they may not be able to enjoy the delectable experience when enjoying a dish full of Fettuccine or Carbonara. Many people who indulge in a plate of pasta a day are well aware of the high carbohydrate content that this delicious treat contains. However, these individuals still continue to include this preparation in their day to day meals. Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, or simply snacks, spaghetti eaters never fail to miss out a day without that cream-filled tasty recipe that will surely satisfy anyone's appetite. There are however precautions to be taken into consideration before pushing through with a day to day pasta meal plan otherwise certain illnesses may be the consequence.

To start with, it would be wise to settle for healthy pasta. Being informed of the type of pasta being used is vital in avoiding excess pounds and in keeping the body in shape. Tasty Konjac noodles for instance are just as scrumptious as the commercialized ones which actually bear too much fat and carbohydrates. Of course the flavor might need some getting used to but when health is of topmost priority, the greatest way to shed off pounds even while performing pasta chow-downs is to go for low carbohydrate pasta noodles.

The next thing to be wary about is the kind and amount of toppings. Obviously, pasta would not be the craze of the vast majority if not for the added dressing. In fact, it would only taste as good as it gets because of the mouth-watering ingredients to supplement the base. In the event that your main concern is to cut short on extra fats, it is advised to opt for vegetables. Shredded cabbages do well in enhancing flavor and adding up a little more crunch to the menu. Eggplant sliced in tiny pieces and sautéed to a golden brown also complement the taste. Low fat creams and cheese complete the preparation to give you a healthy dining experience.

There may be a number of proven delectable recipes to match anyone's desire. While these are two helpful tips that would help in maintaining a shapely physique, basic rules still apply nonetheless. Too much of anything is never good, thus it would be wise to eat in moderation. Plotting a meal plan that includes pasta in strategically scheduled intervals would also support the goal of retaining optimum level of health.

 
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The Wide and Wonderful World Of Pasta Noodles
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - By Admin

If you think there are only a few varieties of pasta available like spaghetti or linguine noodles you will be pleasantly surprised to learn about a whole wonderful selection to choose from and an even greater number of dishes to prepare using them along with many other delicious ingredients.

Long form pasta noodles, also called strand pasta noodles, are spaghetti-like in shape and may vary in width from thin, including the angel hair variety, which is the thinnest of all types, to the thicker bucatini noodles. Long form pasta noodles can also be flat or round like ribbon pasta, which is a type of the long form variety that you probably know as fettuccine, linguine, or tagliatelle pasta.

Short form pasta noodles, as their name suggests, are shorter and can take on several different forms including the tiniest of noodles or the largest such as those that can be stuffed with meats, cheeses, and vegetables. Tubular pasta noodles are in the short form category and include elbows, manicotti, penne, and rigatoni.

Also in the short form category of noodles are shaped pastas such as farfalle, which are sometimes called "bow tie" noodles, fusilli, which are easily recognizable by their corkscrew shape, and "wagon wheel" pasta also called ruote. Stuffed pasta noodles include agnolotti, mezzelune, ravioli, and tortellini.

Specific regions throughout Italy have developed their own special forms of pasta in varying shapes and sizes over the years and there are a mind boggling number of types to choose from. You can also find pasta noodles in different flavors including egg and spinach.

Some other types of pasta include cannelloni, which are often confused with manicotti noodles as both can be stuffed and baked with sauce, and cannerozzetti, which are tubular shaped noodles with ridges.

For an interesting shape of pasta try capunti, which are rolled noodles that resemble open pea pods or cassuli, curvy shaped pasta with horizontal raised ridges, or cavatelli, small, folded noodles that look like tiny hot dog buns.

Shells and Salmon Salad Recipe

What You Need

  • 2 cups small shell pasta, cooked, rinsed, drained
  • 1 cup frozen baby sweet peas, thawed, cooked
  • 1 15 ounce can salmon, flaked
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons dry dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper

How to Make It

Cook the small pasta shells according to the directions on the package.

Cook the frozen baby sweet peas according to the directions on the package and set aside.

Toss the cooked, rinsed, and drained pasta shells with the cooked peas, the flaked salmon, sliced green onions, and diced celery in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise with the dry dill weed, celery salt, and ground white pepper. Add the dressing to the macaroni and gently stir to combine all of the ingredients.

Chill the shells and salmon salad for 1 hour before serving.

 
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