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.

Creamy Gnocchi, Butternut Squash and Spinach

Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Spinach

Clouds of gnocchi nestle themselves in a creamy sauce amongst sweet hunks of butternut squash, tender baby spinach, fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese. Swoon. Lately I am obsessed with gnocchi, little Italian potato dumplings that are soft and pillowy, kind of chewy and in my mind, so versatile. I can’t get enough of them –… 

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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.

Shrimp and String Bean Pesto Pasta

Shrimp and String Bean Pasta

I can’t get this meal out of my mind. I blame the walnut pesto sauce. The plump, sweet shrimp. The fresh, tender string beans. And  the chewy, rotini pasta. Because one humble ingredient can cause a meal to be entirely unforgettable but the sum of its parts deserve credit too.

Skillet Summer Veggies with Gnocchi

Skillet Summer Veggies with Gnocchi

Fresh vegetables rule in this quick and easy saute! All of your summertime favorites are here including green beans, zucchini, corn, garlic, red peppers and onion. Toss with gnocchi, a potato pasta, for a vibrantly fresh, lovely tasting and filling meal.