Pasta carbonara

Spaghetti carbonara… it’s a classic, easy, delicious, cheap, and hearty dinner, so why haven’t you made it? If you don’t know what carbonara is, you’re in for a treat. This classic, Roman dish consists of bacon, barely cooked eggs and parmesan, to create a rich, delicious pasta sauce. Although I’ve made carbonara many times before, this one follows a new recipe from Serious Eats, which involves more egg yolks and less bacon and cheese than other recipes. The result is particularly eggy […]

Preserved Lemon, Asparagus, and Ricotta Pasta

Hey, here’s an easy, delicious, and healthy weeknight dinner that uses some sneaky, flavor-packed ingredients to amp up the taste with very little work. And it all gets made in one pot. I guess that’s not very much for a recipe… OK, that’s pretty awesome for a recipe if you want to know the truth. If you don’t know preserved lemons, it’s time to work them into your repertoire. Tangy, funky, tart… they’re like the miso of citrus. Maybe not, […]

Avocado Pasta Sauce

Pasta dishes are one of the quickest and easiest ways to get dinner on the table, especially when you have 3 hungry kids running around! I am always looking for new ways to make pasta, since it’s one of the only foods that every member of my family enjoys eating. I also love making new ways for dinner to be healthy and filling, which is why this recipe makes me so happy! Avocado pasta, for starters, is SUPER easy to […]

Spicy Pasta with Crab, Crème Fraiche & Asparagus

A little bit of jumbo lump crabmeat is a real luxury, and you’ll probably want to use it to the max. Of course, crabcakes are great, but everyone knows that the best crabcakes involve as much crab as possible. Here’s a way for you to stretch the crab that you’ve got into a delicious meal for several people with great crab flavor as well as a rich, satisfying sauce for pasta with a bunch of vegetables (asparagus) to boot. Sound […]

Spanish Mac ‘n Cheese

So a few months ago I showed you how to make the world’s most delicious, easiest mac ‘n cheese on the stovetop. That was pretty good. Heck, that was great. But how often can you eat plain homemade mac ‘n cheese? OK, don’t answer that. In any event, here’s a variation on a theme: extremely easy stovetop mac ‘n cheese that is amped up with Spanish flavors and roasted cauliflower, which as I have noted in the past, is having […]

Golden Beet Farfalle Pasta

Have you ever seen golden beets? They’re a rare find, but I strongly prefer golden beets over red because they have a much more subtle flavor, but are still really healthy for you! Recently, I discovered they go incredibly well in pastas. Bake them in the oven, peel them, chop them up and toss them together with steamed kale, pine nuts, bow tie pasta and a light alfredo sauce quickly whipped up in your Magic Bullet and you have yourself a […]

Lasagna Noodles with Sweet Potato, Ricotta, and Sage

Lasagna noodles should not be used for anything other than lasagna! Well… Or you can also break them up and use them in a delicious pasta just like any other pasta, except with nice chewiness and softness and breadth and all the things that you love about lasagna with completely different flavors. So there’s that. This is a nice, basically one-pot meal; you cook the sweet potatoes in the same pot as the noodles with delicious butter, thyme, and garlic, and […]

Pasta with Mushroom and Ricotta Cream Sauce

Hey, what if you could make a pasta dish that was rich and satisfying and perfect for any day? Okay, that’s sort of my mantra (or is it my chakra?) but, in any event, this is an earthy and creamy dish that is pretty low in fat and makes a perfect weeknight dinner in 30 minutes or less. Sold? Sold. Adapted from Martha Stewart, that old so-and-so. Serve with truffle oil and/or pinot noir. Pasta with Mushroom and Ricotta Cream […]

Pasta with Cauliflower and Garlic Bagna Cauda

This dish is such a classic for me that I couldn’t believe I’d never blogged about it for Magic Bullet. It’s an easy weeknight dish: an incredibly delicious pasta with somewhat off-beat ingredients and reasonably healthy to boot. If you think you don’t like cauliflower, this will turn you into a convert: the high heat gets it crispy and sweet and delicious. And if you think you don’t like anchovies, well, first of all, you’re nuts, but second of all, […]

Easy Chicken Meatballs

I love a good meatball, but I’ve always been a bit intimidated by the preparation process. First, you need an Italian grandmother, a chicken that lays fresh eggs, and years, even decades, of meatball-making wisdom. Well, needless to say, I didn’t have any of that. So, instead, I tested the waters and actually tried a recipe that sounded relatively simple. I was surprised — the recipe was easy to make, the meatballs were tasty, and they actually tasted better with […]