Category Archives: Pasta

Spaghetti and Meatballs

It’s yummy spaghetti and meatballs with veggies built into the meatballs and tomato sauce. No fighting with the kids (or hubby) to eat their veggies! From the original site: How to make awesome spaghetti and meatballs with a hidden serving of vegetables. Our trick? Pack the meatballs with grated carrots and zucchini. Aside from being […]

Turkey and Spinach Stuffed Shells

I love the Novice Chef… she’s got some great stuff! These stuffed shells are pretty enough to serve at a dinner party, or casual enough to have for dinner any day. And I love the idea of making up a bunch in advance, and tossing them in the freezer to pull out when needed! Quoting […]

roasted basil tomato and bean chicken
Roasted Tomato & Cannellini Bean Chicken

This was one of those meals born of that situation where you just want to make something good with what you have on hand… that “wow, I’ve got all these giant cans of whole tomatoes with basil in my pantry, what can I do with that?” feeling.  Chicken leg quarters were on sale the other […]

Turkey Veggie Meatballs

This is a great way to sneak in some extra veggies into a classic spaghetti and meatballs meal. This will please picky eaters and satisfy a more sophisticated palate. Spaghetti and meatballs…..can’t be healthy, surely not, it’s too good to be true! Well, why not? Let’s swap out the artery-clogging ground beef for some lean […]

healthy macaroni and cheese
Healthy Macaroni and Cheese

Whitney sends us this idea for a healthier mac & cheese featuring hidden butternut squash… Macaroni and cheese is a classic comfort food for 4 year olds and 40 year olds!  This is a healthy and wholesome version on a classic comfort dish.  www.SquashBlossomBabies.com offers recipes for the entire family.  I am a work at […]

Microwave Lasagna

I was flipping through an old issue of Real Simple, and came across this recipe for Microwave Lasagna.  Now we’ve posted several lasagna recipes here, but this was a new twist.  I was initially skeptical, as my microwave is usually used for heating things up, not actual cooking of meals. But I figured this would […]

Tortellini Pesto Soup

We’re taking a couple of days off for the holidays, so we’re running a few old posts from when we first launched back in February! -ed Here is a quick and easy soup perfect for cold winter days or whenever you crave something warm. As with most soups, you can substitute veggies to your taste […]

Butternut Squash Lasagna

We’re taking a couple of days off for the holidays, so we’re running a few old posts from when we first launched back in February! -ed As much as I’d like to take credit for this one, I have to confess that I saw it on TV….  Get Fresh with Sara Snow.  I just love […]

$5 Spaghetti with Pepper & Cheese, Spicy Broccoli

I ran across this at Pink of Perfection, and I thought it was perfect to share on Foodwhirl.  Especially with the holiday season upon us, it’s nice to have inexpensive dinner ideas where you still feel like you’re treating yourself… To worry constantly about money is to lug over your shoulder a sack of bricks […]

Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi with Roasted Tomato Sauce

MMMM… Gnocchi…  Comfort food at it’s finest.  And one of those things that I never had growing up, but am a huge fan of now. I will say that like Allison, I’ve generally been intimidated by making my own pasta (although Niki totally makes it look easy, here!).  But these instructions for making homemade ricotta […]

Penne Pasta with Cream, Pesto and Tomatoes

(originally published June 2010) I’ve been experimenting with selling herbs at the local farmers market recently and the one that seems to sell the best is basil.  I always seem to sell out early.  So this last market, I took double what I normally take and guess what….. I didn’t sell it all.  I did […]

Assembling the lasagna
Quick and Easy Spinach Lasagna

Love lasagna?  Does your greasy, meaty, high-calorie version need a makeover?   This super easy recipe nixes the meat as well as substitutes whole wheat lasagna noodles for traditional white, and uses part-skim cheeses.  You also get a dose of healthy spinach in this cheesy one-dish meal.  Filling ingredients are mixed in a food processor to […]

Spotlight! Ramp Pesto

Foodwhirl thinks Manhattan Food Project totally rocks (I think they are as big Alton fans as I am!), and would love to crash at their pad next time we are in NYC… and this recipe is no exception to our drooliness (I’m pretty sure that’s not a word).  Anyway, Ramp Pesto?  How cool!  We love […]

Spotlight: Pork Ragu

Over at Talk of Tomatoes, Janelle (she’s a contributor here too!) has a tasty looking recipe for Pork Ragu!  This looks like a wonderfully simple ‘go-to’ meal… I am in love with ragu. Shall I marry it? I made this ragu recently for lunch, and my eldest son says to me: “mom, this is the […]

Seafood Sausage Penne Pasta

I found this seafood sausage when I was shopping at one of my favorite stores, Trader Joe’s, the other day and decided to combine it with some vegetables and penne pasta.   A while back, I went to a restaurant with a friend and had this great penne pasta & sausage dish, and ever since I’ve […]

Vegetable Pasta Italiano

I just love a meal I can throw together in a few minutes.  This is super easy and makes use of prepared organic marinara sauce.  I’ve tried it with all kinds of pasta sauces and you just can’t go wrong.   I add veggies to it and prefer to leave them chunky, but my sister always “hid” the […]

Making homemade pasta

Although dried pasta is quite inexpensive and extremely convenient, there is something to be said for knowing exactly what is going into the food that you’re consuming.  There is also something to be said for de-stressing while enjoying a nice glass of wine and vigorously kneading an elastic ball of pasta dough.  Not to mention […]

Lasagna

Everyone has their favorite lasagna recipe.  This is mine.  And while others are probably more authentic to Italy, this is pretty durn authentic to my Sicilian grandmother, my mother, and my New Jersey Italian relatives although I have made some changes over the years. I’ve tried many recipes, and many variations.  I’ve added spinach, I’ve […]

Spotlight: Basic Tomato Sauce

We are all about the Basics here at Foodwhirl…  Part of becoming a great cook is mastering the go-to recipes that you can then change up and give your own spin.  Janelle at Talk of Tomatoes has a recipe for basic tomato sauce that looks fresh and inviting! Janelle says: It’s official: I make my […]

Mushroom Tomato Sauce

One of my husband’s favorite foods is spaghetti with marinara sauce.  For him that always meant popping open a can of Ragu’s mushroom tomato sauce.  Needless to say, I’m not so into the canned stuff.  Here’s my homemade version of mushroom tomato sauce.  I make a large batch about twice a month and freeze individual […]

Pork Dumplings with Dried Shrimp and Chives

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Chi fan le mei you? (Happy and prosperous new year! Have you eaten yet?) Both common greetings for the Lunar new year, commonly know in the states at the Chinese New Year.   This year Chinese New Year starts on February 14th.  The Lunar New Year celebration is 15 days long, each […]

Not Your Mom’s Tuna Surprise

It seems that everyone has a fond (or not so fond) memory of a tuna “surprise”  from their childhood.  My version is a riff on a recipe I saw while watching Jacques Pepin on PBS.  This is a really fluid recipe- substitute what you have on hand for a quick and easy mid-week meal Here’s […]