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Sunday Dinner

"Red wine onion basil linguini."

“Red wine onion basil linguini.”

We were in the mood for pasta tonight.

"All we required was a fork."

“All we required was a fork.”

It was delicious.

Joe and I are still battling the winter season cold. We are into our third week of this mess!

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Tip: Assemble salad in an aluminum turkey-size pan; take what you need quickly. This provides you enough for four days and you only made salad one time."

Tip: Assemble salad in an aluminum turkey-size pan; take what you need quickly. This provides you enough for four days and you only made salad one time.”

The Washington, D.C. metro area is experiencing very cold weather. I listened to the meteorologist  @ 5 AM reporting that today, the Arctic clipper could produce around 40 miles per hour winds. Tomorrow morning the entire viewing area and nearby points will wake to sub-zero temperatures. It’s the perfect time to remain at home and safely indoors.

"sweet Onion Pasta tasted incredible and only took total time of ten minutes to prep and cook. A fast easy meal when time is key."

“Sweet Onion Pasta tasted incredible and only took total time of ten minutes to prep and cook. A fast easy meal when time is key.”

Still nurturing our colds I didn’t feel much like cooking so I put together a fresh salad with fruits and warmed up leftovers from last night’s Sweet Onion Pasta. Total prep and cook time was ten minutes. the salad took ten minutes to assemble (made Monday) so all I needed do was to plate, add freshly sectioned naval orange and sprinkle with dried cranberries, raisins and shredded cheese.

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A fabulous little thing I do when preparing pasta and my red sauce, is to include the richness of browned butter. This simple ingredient adds such flavor, wrapping itself around the pasta noodles like a coat of paint. I rather enjoy boiling lots of water and adding different shaped pastas, juggling the cook times so they are done simultaneously. Varieties, textures, shapes and flavors is a good change from the same sized noodles. More fun. Here you go!

Melt a 1/2 to 1 stick of unsalted butter and allow the water soluables to cook down. The bubbles will dissipate and then stir once. At this juncture the butter will brown rapidly. Remove from heat and stir in freshly crushed garlic (about three cloves) and let the ingredients mingle. Garlic powder can also work, just don’t let anything burn or you’ve missed the boat. Toss in salt and freshly ground pepper. Strain the cooked noodles, keeping about three soupspoons of pasta water. Put into a large bowl and pour the melted butter over the noodles. Using two utensils turn the food until evenly coated. Toss in a little more salt and plate up. Adorn with a scoop or two of red sauce and finally, add whichever cheese you like best on top. This pasta is fit for royalty. A lovely variation is to separately brown in butter, fresh slices of mushrooms and grilled onions. I add them to the sauce and some on the noodles, too.

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Pasta is fast, inexpensive, has a ton of varieties and is delicious. There have been some pasta dishes I have tasted and even eaten that I have not enjoyed. There is now a huge choice of recipes one may prepare. Once the initial dishes have been cooked they are easy to interchange. These are just three I have made lately and none of them took more than fifteen minutes to make.

For many recipes search here on my site, and also visit Half Hour Meals where you can find lots of authentic Italian and Sicilian pastas to try. You will be delighted by the recipes and by the members who created them.

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Freaky Friday Hearty Pasta


1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 LB Ground Chuck

1 med onion (chopped)

1/2 LB cherry tomatoes

1 LB mushrooms (sliced)

1 red pepper (sliced)

3 cloves garlic (minced)

1 just ripened avocado (cut up into chunks)

2 tsp Italian dried spices and herbs

1/2 tsp paprika

salt & pepper (to taste)

1/2 LB your favorite spaghetti – type pasta


1) Boil plenty of water in a large pot. Add salt just prior to boil. Add pasta and cook according to directions.

(add pasta when you have reached the half-way cooking point of the rest of your ingredients)

2) Heat  large saute pan and when heated add the ground chuck. Break up the meat as it cooks.

3) Add onion right away and cherry tomatoes, too.

4) After one minute add the red pepper and stir.

5) Add sliced mushrooms and continue to stir.

6) Add in the minced garlic and the olive oil, then the spices and herbs.

7) Just before it is finished, add in the pieces of avocado and gently toss and warm it.

8) stain the pasta, add it to the saute pan and gently toss. Salt & pepper to taste and drizzle the remaining olive oil on top.

Serve immediately. Makes 3 to 4 servings.

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Pasta Serenade

1/2 box Pasta of your choice

2 cups raw red cabbage

1 very large onion

1 avocado

1/2 red bell pepper sliced

4 cloves crushed garlic

20 grape tomatoes

1/3 cup + olive oil

Kosher salt & ground pepper

Parsley dried or fresh

1) Boil water for the pasta and right before it comes to a boil, add two tablespoons of salt.

2) Using a large saute` skillet, heat olive oil.

3) Cut up onion, red pepper and red cabbage. Cooking them together might transfer some of the color from the cabbage to your onion. This is perfectly fine. Add the cabbage first and cook for three to four minutes minutes before adding the red pepper and the onion.

4) Add the grape tomatoes and crush the garlic. Wait two minutes before adding the garlic, salt and pepper.

5) Add more olive oil if you need more. I usually do.

6) Add pasta and cook.

7) Scoop out the avocado from the skin and discard the seed. Add to skillet and gently toss for twenty seconds.

8) Drain pasta leaving some of the pasta water, in case you wish to add some back to the skillet.  Add Pasta to skillet and gently toss.

9) Plate and serve adding parsley on top. Enjoy.

* For lots of fast, easy and delicious meals visit Half Hour Meals today.

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When you want fast, delicious and easy but you don’t want all of the fuss, I highly recommend you try out the varied pasta dishes I prepare. You cannot go wrong. Your tummy will thank you and it’s healthy eating. More can always be found at Half Hour Meals where I am a food writer and host. Just this weekend I gave out some of my new business cards, which BC Administration had printed for me. The ladies at the fundraiser, we were attending were pleased to know about this wonderful food lover’s site and assured me they will be stopping by this week. It’s just another way to communicate and share.

Theresa’a Vegetable Pasta

1 yellow onion sliced and chopped

6 asparagas spears peeled and cut into 1″ pieces

1 can French cut green beans drained

1 can artichoke hearts drained

1/2 red tomato

Salt and Pepper

1 Tbsp Herbs provence

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 stick butter

1/2 box angel hair pasta

1) Boil salted water.

2) Heat saute pan and add olive oil and seasonings

3) Saute everything.

4) Add pasta to boiling water and cook for four minutes.

5) Toss everything together and enjoy.

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