Butternut Squash Lasagna

This butternut squash lasagna is a great vegetarian version of this popular layered pasta dish. The layers consist of a creamy, fresh butternut squash purée, a thick white sauce, cheese and lasagna noodles. I always use oven-ready lasagna noodles, which are so much easier since all you have to do is layer them in your baking dish right out of the box. You don’t have to boil them first! Be sure to cover the lasagna with foil for most of […]

Thai Noodle Salad

It can be scary to step out of our comfort zones when it comes to cooking. For most of us, the foods and recipes we know are what we stick with in our every day cooking. Once I was experimenting a little and created this delicious Thai-inspired noodle salad. It has cucumbers, carrots, cilantro, and pineapple, all tossed in a peanut sauce. You can use rice noodles or Japanese yakisoba noodles in this recipe. Thai Noodle Recipe Ingredients 1 12-oz […]

Asian Garlic Noodle Stir-Fry

This homemade Asian stir-fry dish is better than take-out and almost as easy to throw together on a busy weeknight. Fresh chopped vegetables are sautéed and tossed with a homemade soy sauce-based sauce and yakisoba noodles. The yakisoba noodles can be found in the refrigerator section of your local grocery store near the tofu. They only need to sit in hot water for a few minutes and they are ready to eat! This dish is perfect for preparing ahead of time […]

Sesame Miso Cold Noodles with Fried Garlic and Ginger

I was in Philly a few months back, doing something of a noodle crawl – it was pho-tastic – and one of the best things that I had was a dish that was not pho. It was a bowl of “Burmese cold noodles” at a little restaurant called Stock. It had a great mix of funky, chewy, crunchy, floral, and rich flavors… I just knew I had to make it myself. This required a fair amount of reverse engineering. The […]

Singapore-Style Stir Fry Noodles with Shrimp (Char Kway Teow)

I’ve been trying for a few years to recreate this dish from Ivy Noodle, the great (okay, good) Chinese noodle house in New Haven, Connecticut. I think this is my best yet: stir-fried noodles with a salty, soy-sauce based sauce with just the slightest hint of fishiness and funky sweetness from oyster and fish sauce, combined with the sweetness of shrimp and crunch from bean sprouts. Not to mention bits of chewy stir-fried tofu, which complement the noodles, as well as […]

Ma La Cold Noodles

I guess I’m on a Sichuan kick, because I woke up this week with a craving for these delicious cold noodles. These are sort of like an authentic Chinese version of the Chinese-American classic cold sesame noodles. “Ma la” is the Chinese expression for hot and numbing, provided by the combo of Sichuan peppercorns and red chili peppers. (You can get the peppercorns, as well as peppercorn oil, aka “prickly ash oil,” at a Chinese grocer or online.) While I […]

Cold Sesame Noodles

A Chinese-American classic if ever there was one, cold sesame noodles are pretty delicious. I’ve been making them for some time and think I have the technique pretty well down. Here I offer two improvements over the basic, for a truly momentously delicious dish that largely comes together with pantry staples. The first improvement is an oldie, but a goodie if you’ve been following my posts: sautéed salt-soaked tofu. And the second improvement is a real mind-bender, from Serious Eats: you […]

Pork Dumplings in Noodle Form with Baby Bok Choy

I’ve never quite understood the whole “make your favorite takeout at home!” recipe genre.  If I want takeout, I’ll just get takeout. But what does make sense to me is modifying a takeout classic into something that is even better. And here the title says it all: Imagine if you could eat dumplings for dinner, but with extra greens to give it a semblance of being healthy. Oh, one other thing: what if we swapped slow-roasted pork shoulder for the […]

Champignon Rahmsauce

Champignon Rahmsauce, or mushroom cream sauce, is a special sauce from Germany that goes great over meat or egg noodles (called “spaetzle”). My husband is German, so I’m always experimenting with German recipes to try to bring a little bit of home here to him in the States. I made this mushroom cream sauce with my Magic Bullet, which gave it a nice texture and served it over egg noodles to make a complete dish! Ingredients 2 tbsp butter 2 […]