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pasta dish

Hi ladies, I'm in need of a good pasta dish for my husband's birthday dinner.  He loves pasta but not with seafood so please give me any recipies or ideas you may have (as long as there is no seafood!).


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Re: pasta dish

  • I find my best dishes from the internet (and I'm a cookbook whore with dozens of cookbooks!)

    Go to one of the websites like www.cookingchanneltv.com, or www.foodnetwork.com, or Martha Stewart's website and enter the list of ingredients your husband likes, ie pasta + chicken + peas, and you'll get Chicken Carbonera recipes, etc.

    Something easy is to make a pasta dish with a hearty pasta like penne or bowties, some sauce, and buy Italian sausages and break the meat out of the sausage skins, add peppers and onions (I always buy the frozen 3 pepper and onions from the frozen food aisle, they keep forever, taste great, and you don't have to keep fresh on hand). I personally love sausage, peppers and onions with pasta.

    Another option is making any pasta you'd normally make, even spaghetti and meatballs, but putting it into a casserole dish, with grated mozarella and parmesan on top, and baking it. You probably want to add more sauce than you'd normally use if you were not baking it, because it gets absorbed while baking. I usually add a bit of sauce to the bottom of the casserole dish so it has sauce all the way through. Cook in a 350 degree oven about 30 minutes to get the cheese on top toasty.

  • I'm a big fan of lasagna this time of year, and if that seems to "typical", remember that there are a ton of variations online. I just made one of mushrooms, sweet sausage, and swiss chard in a white sauce with lemon zest. It was pretty tasty.
  • I make a lighter fettuccine alfredo (using butter/flour to make a roux, and then adding 1% milk and grated cheese...plus garlic powder, basil and black pepper), and i typically throw in veggies (broccoli, peas, mushrooms) and sometimes chicken to that.  hubby enjoys that one.

    my more summery pasta salad is tri-color rotini with fresh diced green peppers, onion, olives and mushrooms added to the strained pasta along with shredded cheese (colby jack or cheddar, or a mix!) and a bit of italian dressing for flavor.  it turns into a yummy melty pasta salad.

    i've also done tortellini and added that to some sauteed bacon and peas with a light cream sauce (similar to the alfredo above with a bit less seasoning due to the bacon). 

    you can also sautee gnocchi with bacon in a little olive oil and diced onion. hubby REALLY likes that one. haha

  • Emeril's Penne with Italian Sausage

    Gnocchi with Roasted Cauliflower and Parmesan

     I make both of these recipes about once a month.  Big favorites at my house. 

  • Hi!  If you read my last post in response to 6's "Need Fresh Ideas"...  I posted my version of MS's Eggplant Parm.  I was inspired to make it again this past weekend and DH loves it!  I'm sure yours would too. :)
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  • This dish is amazing, try it:

    Cajun chicken fettucine: http://comfortablydomestic.com/2011/03/05/cajun-chicken-alfredo/ 


    Hi ladies, I'm in need of a good pasta dish for my husband's birthday dinner.  He loves pasta but not with seafood so please give me any recipies or ideas you may have (as long as there is no seafood!).


  • Try this dish as well.....so yummy

     Roasted Red Pepper and Basil Pesto Penne


  • Check my post below on the fettucine

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