Ricotta and Swiss Chard Pasta

Ricotta and Swiss Chard Pasta

Pappardelle noodles tossed in a creamy ricotta sauce with Swiss chard and salty Parmesan. When I don’t know what to make for dinner I turn to pasta dishes like this with a few simple ingredients and minimal prep and cooking time. Even though the ingredients seem simple, altogether they are something special.

40 Cloves of Garlic Spaghetti

40 cloves garlic spaghetti

Whole garlic cloves are caramelized stove-top in an olive oil and butter bath until they turn a gorgeous shade of warm, golden brown all the way through to their very centers. The cloves are briefly simmered in tomato sauce then tossed with spaghetti and fresh basil before being served with Romano cheese.

Basil Walnut Pesto Sauce

Walnut Basil Pesto

Pesto is an Italian sauce traditionally made with pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, salt and fresh basil using a mortar and pestle. All kinds of variations have sprung from this recipe including ones with different nuts and in place of the basil ingredients like arugula, artichokes, red peppers or spinach. The possibilities are endless.

Buttery Baked Artichokes with Mozzarella

buttery baked artichokes with mozzarella

Artichokes are sauteed slowly with garlic to develop their flavor then baked in a buttery bath smothered with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. The earthy, pungent artichokes and the creamy, salty cheese couldn’t be better matched. They offer each other a balance that is deliciously addicting!

Meatballs in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce with Cannellini Beans

Meatballs in Spicy Red Pepper Sauce

Mini-sized meatballs in a zesty, vibrant red pepper sauce with cannellini beans and whole-grain penne pasta. Because sometimes even I, pasta lover that I am, get tired of traditional red sauce. This is a nice variation from the norm. And every bit as comforting!