Spinach, cheese and ravioli bake

Michigan May temperatures are still chilly, though the sunshine has been warming me up for some outdoor gardening and exercise. I had some ingredients ready to go for another dinner dish, but decided to pair them up and make a classic comfort meal last week. I have made variations of this dish, already on this…

Mushroom spaghetti risotto

In recent weeks I have been trying some different cooking methods with great success.  This dish showcases a cooking method that is used to make risotto. Typically, in that technique, broth or cooking liquids are added slowly, allowing the starch to cook gradually. With this dish, the spaghetti is cooked in the same fashion and…

Zoodles with a spiral slicer

I finally purchased a Paderno spiralizer slicer and it has been a wonderful addition to my kitchen tool collection.  My three blade slicer is able to cut vegetables very quickly into angel hair noodles, shoestrings and even spiral cut strands.  My first attempt at using the tool was extremely successful, as I made zucchini noodles…

Spinach and Tomato Tortellini

After doing an Internet search, I was not able to find a recipe which comes close to how I have prepared this dish several times.  It is quite tasty and has gone through some variations in the past years. I have finally settled on this method which produces a very delicious quick and easy dinner….

Lasagna in a slow cooker

This was my first experience of preparing a lasagna in a multi-cooker.  It turned out perfectly. The recipe is super simple and easy to make, but allow at least 6 hours for cooking the meal. Assemble these ingredients:  1 pound ground beef, 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning, 28 ounces pasta sauce, 1/3 cup water (optional) 8-10…

Meatless stroganoff

Here is a recipe for your next meatless Monday dinner schedule.  If you like mushrooms, this tasty stroganoff is full of flavor and is also very easy to prepare. This recipe could also be a hit for your next buffet or casserole night with friends.  Simple to make and very creamy and a favorite of…

Shrimp Scampi

We love shrimp dishes at our home, and I often try to incorporate different flavors so that the very neutral tasting shrimp come alive. Shrimp cook very quickly and are an excellent protein. Cooking with wine also adds a delicious flavor to shrimp, so choose a dry white wine and mix away. An added hint…

vegetable lasagna (mushroom and spinach)

Summer pasta dishes are often lighter when served during the summer months.  We prefer to eat less pasta during the summer overall, but sometimes the selection of summer vegetables encourages me to add them to even more main dishes than in the winter.  This recipe is one of my favorites when summer vegetables are ready for…

Roasted peppers with pasta stuffing

Inspired by Martha Stewart’s spaghetti stuffing for peppers, I adapted her recipe and prepared an unusual filling for the traditional stuffed peppers of the past.  The key to this recipe is the brightly colored peppers which add to the look and upscale feel of the dish.  Martha peels her peppers after roasting in an open…

Pasta with peas and mushrooms

Summertime pasta dishes tend to be lighter without sauces, and mixed with fresh vegetables.  Here is one of those delightful recipes that can be made with a variety of pasta noodles.  I had tri-color penne pasta, but this is always a favorite made with medium size pasta shells. Start the preparation with a pot of…

Greek pasta salad

Adding to my list of wonderful pasta salad recipes has to be this one for Greek pasta salad.  I love a Greek salad, so substituting pasta for the lettuce seems almost too easy.  This one comes together quickly, because as the pasta is cooking for about 11 minutes, the chopping of the other ingredients can…

pasta carbonara

For years I have wanted to try this classic Italian pasta dish.  Every Italian cookbook contains a recipe for pasta carbonara.  When I did a simple web search, every notable food personality has their own recipe for this dish online.  I chose to work with a recipe from http://www.damndelicious.net.  With a few changes to adapt…