Category Archives: Pasta & Sauces

Green Beans, Sausage & Sweet Tomatoes

Are you short on time and want to prepare a wonderful dinner?  As they say necessity is the mother of many inventions,  but don’t let the lack of time deprive you and your family from enjoying a delicious dish! Nowadays you markets have an assortment of chicken sausages. They have less fat than the traditional pork sausage and come in varieties such as apple and spice, smoked paprika, and if you like it spicy andouille and jalapeno!  Use fresh vegetables ( or a shortcut with frozen ones) and inexpensive  Queso Blanco and you’ll make a great  dinner for any time of the year.

Ingredients:

2 cups pole or green beans, blanched ( use frozen for a shortcut)
2 smoked chicken & apple sausages chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
1/2 cup Queso fresco diced
2 Tbsp olive oil

Brown the sausage in a skillet with the olive oil, take the sausage out, keep warn.; lower the heat and place the tomatoes and queso in the drippings, stir gingerly till queso starts to melt.

Arrange the beans on a serving dish, layer on top the sausage and the tomato-queso mix. Serve with spicy tortilla chips for a snack, or over whole wheat pasta fir a dinner.

Bolognese Sauce (Tomato & Meat)

 

It’s sooooo cold! How about something simple, hearty and simply delicious? Taking a step back on memory lane ,I remember my dearest Grandma making the best of what she had, Italian style. So it was customary for her to make spaghetti and meatballs. But if time was short and appetites were calling for food, she would make this delicious Bolognese sauce and serve on top of pasta, polenta or potatoes. The result : full tummies and warm hearts.  We also tried the recipe with ground turkey and it was just as fabulous! Enjoy

Ingredients: (for 6 cups of sauce)

2 lbs fresh Roma tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 lb lean ground meat
2 yellow onions, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tbls olive oil
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 tsp chopped basil
2 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
dash of sugar
1 Tbls balsamic vinegar

Heat the olive in a sauce pot, incorporate the garlic and let cook for 15 to 20 seconds; quickly add the onions and stir , let cook till translucent. Incorporate meat, cook till browned, stirring frequently. Add the diced tomatoes and the tomato paste. Let mixture come to a boil, then reduce heat and add the herbs, salt & pepper to taste. Add the sugar and the vinegar and stir. Let cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, the flavors will be well blended and the sugar will reduce the acidity of the sauce. Serve over your favorite pasta or over polenta or potatoes for a gluten free dish. Add fresh grated Pecorino Romano as a topping and enjoy!.

Spaghetti With Grape Tomatoes And Chicken Sausage

 

A delicious and quick pasta dish perfect for a mid week dinner. The savory of the sausage compliments the sweetness of the tomatoes. The white pepper makes the flavor of the cherry tomatoes pop. Try whole wheat pasta for extra fiber and texture.  We did our with chicken sausage, but turkey sausage is just as great.  Great with a glass of Pino Noir

8 oz of spaghetti or linguini
1 & 1/2 cups grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes cut in half
1/2 cup yellow onion diced
1 chicken and sun dried tomato sausage, cooked and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons virgin olive oil
1/2 cup white wine
fresh cracked white pepper and salt to taste
grated cheese such as grana padano or reggiano parmigiano

While cooking the pasta al dente, prepare the sauce as follows. Sauté the onions in the olive oil till golden brown, add the sausage let cook for 3 minutes. Add the white wine to deglaze the pan, stir in the tomatoes and the salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta and serve in a deep pasta bowl, with the sauce on top. Sprinkle with the grated cheese and enjoy!

No-Cook Tomato Pasta Sauce

Having Pasta? No time for sauce? “Farmer Lopez” provided these lovely tomatoes and suggests a way of cooking without cooking: a raw tomato sauce. This works beautifully with freshly harvested tomatoes. The delicate flavors are preserved an become a shinning component of the dish.  Add Blue cheese or Gorgonzola and ENJOY!
Note: if serving to persons with allergies to penicillin , use feta or goat cheese just to be on the safe side

Ingredients:

1 lb angel hair pasta, cooked “al-dente”
2 cups plum tomatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 clove fresh garlic, minced
3 Tbsp blue cheese

In a bowl, mix the hot pasta with the garlic, add the tomatoes, the oil and the blue cheese. Mix well. Serve at once.
This recipe can also be topped with sautéed shrimp.

Pan Seared Chicken Napolitano

Want rich, comfort food that will not make you feel guilty?  Thy this quick and easy an seared dish. It takes 30 minutes to make and only uses one pan. But don’t let that fool you:  the rich, meaty tomatoes and fresh garlic flavor the chicken as in Napoli and pack a quite satisfying punch.

Serve over a bed  whole wheat pasta for a wholesome treat. Serve over roasted potatoes or brown rice for a gluten- free version of this meal. Enjoy!

Ingredients: (for 2)

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large paste tomato, or 2 Roma tomatoes coarsely chopped
1 large garlic clove, minced
3 Tbls olive oil
1 Tbls red chile oil
2 Tbls balsamic vinegar

In a large sauté pan, heat the oils and the vinegar. Add the chicken breasts and sear on each side till almost cooked (about 2 minutes per side). Turn the heat off and add the garlic, stir and let cook for 30 seconds add the tomatoes. Stir to coat the chicken well and serve immediately.

This dish serves well atop of Fettuccini Alfredo.

*Cooking Tip: You can use frozen chicken tenderloins for this recipe.