Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Fresh Basil

When I think of summer recipes, one of the first things that comes to mind is pasta salad.  I whipped up this orzo pasta salad recipe this weekend and it took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. It's an easy recipe to take to your next back yard barbecue or neighborhood pool party.  What I really love about it is that you can cook the pasta and assemble the dish in the morning while the temps are relatively cool.  Then just stick it in the refrigerator and pull out to serve at dinner time.  Not heating up the oven in the late afternoon … [Read more...]

Creamy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This Creamy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese Recipe has been sponsored but all opinions are my own.There is an argument that occurs in my house every time I serve pasta.  Half the people in my family like a red sauce on their noodles.  The other half like a cream or cheese based sauce covering their pasta.  What is a mom to do?  Some nights I do regular Italian style spaghetti and other nights we enjoy a delicious macaroni and cheese recipe. Tonight, I decided to create a recipe that combined the sharpness of my favorite cheddar cheese with the … [Read more...]

Chicken and Broccoli Tortellini in Basil Cream Sauce

Basil is one of my all time favorite herbs to grow in the garden.  As long as it gets plenty of sun and water I am left with more basil than I know what to do with!  I have yet to discover a single pest that eats it and other than a sensitivity to cold, it is extremely hardy.  So, what does one do with an abundance of basil?  You can make pesto or add it to a fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwich but this basil cream sauce is simple to make and can be used in an assortment of easy dinner recipes.  I like to buy the fresh tortellini from the … [Read more...]

Pasta with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts #15MinuteSuppers

There are some foods that I eat quite a bit of, whether I should or not.  I love cheese and could eat my weight in fresh berries.  Since going gluten free recently I have had to cut out bread which has always been a huge weakness for me.  Bacon and Brussels sprouts have never been high on my list of things to eat a lot of.  While I love bacon, I know it isn't really good for me and no one in my house likes Brussels sprouts except me.  However, when I saw a recipe being put together on The Chew for  Angel Hair with … [Read more...]

Spaghetti Without the Sauce Pasta Recipe

Pasta is always an easy and quick meal to serve my family on a busy night.  There are a ton of ways you can serve it but of course, the classic red sauce is always easy because you just have to open a jar.  However, as odd as it sounds, I am not a huge fan of the classic red sauce.  I don't hate it or anything...I eat pizza, baked ziti, and lasagna on a regular basis.  However, if given a choice I would choose an Alfredo sauce or pesto rather than a jar of tomato based sauce.  I prefer my tomatoes fresh out of the garden rather than jarred any … [Read more...]

Easy Vegetarian Recipe: Creamy Pasta And Vegetables

Well, we are counting down to the end of Lent and I am constantly on the hunt for a new vegetarian recipe to make for my family. Since my son gave up meat for Lent, we have gotten creative with a number of new pasta and rice based dishes, eaten lots of eggs, and have tried just about every vegetarian 'meat' type product on the market. I am running out of ideas and the boy has already asked me to please put bacon on the menu for Easter morning. While we always eat a lot of vegetarian meals, I admit it is much easier for me to come up with ideas … [Read more...]