tomato garlic pasta salad

make garlic oil

in the morning, after lunch

add the tomatoes

source, 6 servings

1/2 c olive oil + 5 t minced garlic + 20 basil leaves, 7 tomatoes, chopped; 1 lb rigatoni, cooked in salted water; 1 lb fresh mozzarella, sliced

layer oil, tomatoes, hot pasta, cheese; stand 5 minutes, toss, serve room temperature with red pepper flakes

bowties with corn

crush the corn with the

side of the spoon while cooking

for a creamy sauce

source, 6 servings

1 lb bowties, cooked, 1/2 c water reserved; 1 T olive oil, 1/2 stick butter, 6 scallions, cut up; 3 c corn kernels, 1/2 c grated parm, 1/4 c basil, zest & juice of 1 lemon, salt & pepper; toppings: parm, red pepper flakes

cook oil, butter, spices, onion whites 3 minutes, add corn, cook 3 minutes, add water, parm, cook 5 minutes, mashing; add pasta; remove from heat, add lemon, basil, onion greens

pasta with tomato sauce & cheese

making cheese takes less

time than driving to the store

and bringing cheese back

source, 4 servings

1 lb pasta, cooked, tossed with butter, salt, pepper; cheese: 1 gallon milk, 1/2 – 1 c lemon juice, salt; sauce: 5 lbs tomatoes, grated; 1 t salt, tiny can tomato paste, bay leaf, basil sprig, 1 t garlic powder, 2 T olive oil; toppings: basil, pecorino, red pepper flakes

cheese: heat milk to simmering, add 1/2 c lemon, stir gently, add more lemon or increase heat if milk does not curdle; stand off heat 5 minutes, strain through cheesecloth, knead in salt; sauce: simmer 15 minutes or until reduced by half

eggplant pasta salad

dandelions don’t

want to be told not to come

back up for a week

source, 4 servings

1 eggplant, quartered, sliced, roasted with oil, salt, pepper, 425 F until dark brown; 1/2 lb pasta, cooked; dressing: 3/4 c walnuts, 3 T parm, 1 t minced garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, 2 T sherry vinegar, 1/4 c olive oil, 2 T sundried tomatoes; toppings: 2 oz ricotta salata, parsley, basil, olive oil, sherry vinegar

make dressing in food processor, combine, serve warm or cold

baked gnocchi

gnocchi from the fridge

section of the store works best

but any will work

source, 4 servings

1 lb gnocchi; leeks, shallots, asparagus, cut up; 1 c frozen peas, 1/2 stick butter, 4 T olive oil, 1/2 c parm, zest & juice of 1 lemon, salt & pepper, parsley, chives, red pepper flakes

bake gnocchi, butter, oil, spices on silpat at 425 F; add leeks, shallots, asparagus after 5 minutes; when brown, add peas, cheese, herbs, lemon; bake until hot

fried spaghetti pie

when excess oil

can be poured without breaking

it’s ready to flip


1 lb spaghetti, cooked and cooled; 2 c marinara, 1 c parm, olive oil, red pepper flakes

combine everything except oil, heat 3 T oil in a nonstick pan, add rest, press down, cook 20 minutes on medium heat, rotating pot for even cooking, if oil is not bubbling at the sides, add oil; pour off excess oil and turn out to flip, repeat on other side, turn out, stand 10 minutes

pumpkin lasagne

a can of pumpkin

can have winter squash, hubbard,

golden delicious

1 box oven-ready lasagne, 1 can pumpkin, 2 caramelized onions, 4 c greens, 1 c goat cheese, 1 c ricotta, 1 c mozzarella, herbs, 1 c sundried tomatoes

layer in an oiled 9×13 dish, 375 F, 45 minutes or until noodles are tender

baked israeli couscous

the amaryllis

only opens the blossom

facing towards the east

4 servings

olive oil, 1 can diced tomatoes, 4 c broth, 1 can artichokes hearts, drained; 1 T lemon juice, 1 T Italian herbs, 2 c Israeli couscous, parm

coat a cast-iron pan with oil, cover with tomatoes, broth, artichokes, lemon, couscous, herbs, parm, 450 F until pasta is done, finish under the broiler, stand 20 minutes, serve with red pepper flakes

orecchiette with butternut squash two ways

for the roasted squash

use very little oil

to mimic french fries

source, 10 servings

5 c butternut squash, cubed, roasted in the oven with salt, pepper, olive oil, smoked paprika; 1 onion, sliced thin and caramelized on the stove in oil; 1 lb orecchiette, cooked al dente; 1 lb kale leaves, 1/4 c fresh sage, chopped; 1 c cream, 1 c white wine, 2 c broth, 2 t minced garlic, 1 c raw butternut squash cubes

heat the raw squash with oil and garlic and cook 5 minutes, add 1/2 c broth and reduce 5 minutes, add kale, onion, wine, and remaining broth and reduce 10 minutes, add cream and reduce heat, add sage, pasta, and squash, serve with parm