Avocado Mac and Cheese hits the spot as a delicious, healthier take on everyone’s favorite comfort food. While the green hue may be slightly disconcerting at first, be prepared to enjoy what’s probably the freshest dish of the summer. Kicks of lime and cilantro intermix with a creamy avocado sauce that awaken the taste buds with light, yet rich flavor. This pasta is best served immediately after preparation because the avocado will oxidize and begin to turn brown over time in the fridge. For an extra boost of [... more]
Pesto gets a delicious makeover with the addition of fresh spinach and asparagus. The homemade sauce combines all the classic ingredients such as Parmesan and pine nuts but delivers a slightly different taste thanks to the addition of vitamin- and mineral-rich vegetables. This recipe for Asparagus-Spinach Pesto Pasta doesn’t stop with a delicious sauce, though—it also adds flavorful protein with blackened shrimp. Simply coat your shrimp in Cajun seasoning and sauté them in a pan while your pasta is cooking. From stovetop to tabletop in 20 minutes, [... more]
Pasta is a familiar comfort food in most households. Simple to prepare and easy on the wallet, the versatile staple of Italian cooking offers endless ideas for feeding a family. This Sausage Tortellini encapsulates all of the above while using a single pan. That’s right—just the one. To seriously amp up the flavor, head to your local butcher and ask for the freshest sausage. Ready in a flash, this recipe only requires two cups of your favorite tomato sauce and a few additional ingredients. Twenty minutes and [... more]
Springtime Pasta With Blistered Tomatoes and Eggs may seem like the strangest combination of foods (not to mention its weird name), but once you taste it, you will surely be a fan. The distinct flavors of shiitake mushrooms, asparagus spears, grape tomatoes, minced garlic, fresh Parmesan cheese, and poached eggs meld together perfectly to create a hearty and healthy entree. And because the dish requires only a small amount of measuring, roasting, and poaching, it makes a great option for busy weeknights.
Add truffles to anything and we’re hooked. Baked and Truffled Mac and Cheese with Prosciutto and herbed breadcrumbs elevates your stand-by mac-n-cheese recipe to an entirely new level. While the name might sound fancy, the soon-to-be dinnertime favorite whips up surprisingly fast. A medley of fresh cheeses—gruyère, white cheddar, and parmigiano reggiano—creates a rich and creamy texture, while diced prosciutto adds a salty crunch. If you prefer a crispier top, run the dish under the broiler for a few minutes.
This Eggplant and Herb Lasagna takes a tasty twist on the classic meat-filled pasta dish. As healthy as it is delicious, eggplant adds plenty of flavor as well as a hefty dose of nutrients. Be sure to buy the eggplant mid-summer when it’s at its peak. To prepare, spread a generous amount of sauce on the bottom of the pan while adding a fresh layer of fresh, uncooked lasagna. The longer you let the sauce cook, the richer the flavor. Next, spread a thin layer of ricotta [... more]
On these last few winter days, don’t reach for a can out of your pantry. Instead, try this recipe for Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup. It’s not only hearty and satisfying but also good for you. The base of this soup includes sautéed onions, garlic, seasonings, diced tomatoes, and vegetable broth. In lieu of heavy cream, the recipe calls for plain Greek Yogurt, which gives the same richness as cream without all of the fat. For added flavor and texture, use cheese tortellini which pairs perfectly with the [... more]
Mac and cheese is my number one go-to comfort food! This 5-Cheese Baked Mac & Cheese recipe brings comfort to a whole new level. It should be a sin to have this many of my favorite cheeses in one dish. As you read about this gooey goodness, you may need to cover your eyes: white extra sharp cheddar cheese, Gruyere, Havarti, Manchego, and Parmesan Cheese! If that wasn’t tempting enough, the recipe also throws in bacon crumbles and homemade sourdough croutons. Tip: Mixing lemon juice with the [... more]