Garlicky pasta with mixed vegetables


A variation of the classic pasta aglio e olio, this version has chunky vegetables, a little tomato paste and thinly sliced basil. Very much vegetarian. Vegan, in fact, if you don’t top with cheese. Sam likes spirals but any pasta shape will taste just as delicious. She was the one who got the broccoli and… Garlicky pasta with mixed vegetables.

Cooking with instant lasagna noodles


A lot of people are intimidated by lasagna. They think it’s hard to make. It’s not a difficult dish to pull off, actually, but it does take more work than most past dishes. The noodles have to be cooked and drained, two sauces must be … »

Eggplant, pesto and pomodoro spaghetti


Tomato (pomodoro, in Italian) sauce is great by itself especially to toss pasta with. It’s rustic and comforting, and visually stimulating to boot. But plain tomato sauce can be even better — tastier with layers of flavor that blend so … »

My favorite mac and cheese


I used to obsess over the best combination of cheeses to use for my mac and cheese. Then, I discovered that my obsession was so unnecessary. The creamiest and tastiest mac and cheese does not need the most expensive cheese or combination of cheeses. … »

Spaghetti with ham, veggies and white sauce in 20 minutes flat


Alex is having a small sleepover. I made roast chicken and bihon guisado (a no-meat version, actually, to go with the chicken) for a late lunch and I thought the leftovers would be enough for dinner. But Alex was craving for pasta. Having been baking … »

Spaghetti with meat and mushroom tomato sauce


Last weekend, our neighborhood held its annual Halloween party. Letters with details of the event were distributed ahead of time and our assigned contribution to the pot luck affair was spaghetti. I had been experimenting a lot with mushrooms and, … »

Meatballs and pasta with tomato-cream sauce


I didn't die. I'm not sick. I didn't go on a vacation. And I'm not pregnant. There's another project I was busy with and it's shaping up well already. But that's for another post. Right now, I'm back and here is the recipe for a delicious pasta dish … »

Angel hair pasta with pesto and crumbled spicy sausages


Hope you dads had a nice time yesterday. We're really not big on celebrating things like Father's Day and Mother's Day but yesterday was an exception. Yesterday was also Speedy's birthday so we were celebrating all throughout the weekend. Nothing … »

Sausage, pasta, tomato and cabbage soup


A one-pot dish that's a breeze to prepare. The sausage meat makes the broth rich in taste while the vegetables and pasta make the soup very filling. Serve it as a first course and you don't have to follow it up with a heavy meat dish. Best of all, … »