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creamy vegan pumpkin pasta “alfredo”

by Jackie Newgent  |  October 21, 2018  |  0 Comments
In need of some carbs … good carbs? You’ve found the right recipe! It’s no fettuccine Alfredo; it’s better! I was loosely inspired by the extra-rich pasta dish to make this Fall twist on it that’s more healthful and more flavorful! Rather than butter and parmesan cheese, I went with extra-virgin olive oil and creamy treenut cheese. You’ll get bonus velvetiness and a boost of color from a mixture of pumpkin puree and vegetable broth. You’ll also love the garlicky accent, crunchy pine nuts, and aromatic fresh basil leaves in this inspired “Alfredo” dish. Pick your favorite pasta shape. Altogether, it’s really, really comforting! You absolutely won’t have leftovers if you’re serving this for four! But since you’ll only use...
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red lentil pasta with vegan basil-pistachio pesto

by Jackie Newgent  |  January 8, 2018  |  2 Comments
What’s one of my favorite ways to go vegan without giving up a thing? This bowl of yum! So, if you happen to be looking for a comforting pasta dish that’s actually good for you, here you go! And if you need to go gluten-free, this recipe is a winner, too. The pasta is made from red lentils. The fresh pesto is accented with lemon, red pepper flakes, and smoked paprika in lieu of parmesan cheese. And the tomatoes add pops of vibrant color and bursts of juiciness. Altogether, this simple Mediterranean-style pasta dish is a complete meal in a bowl. Hint: It’s a scrumptious pick for a Meatless Monday!
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sweet potato pappardelle with greens and goat cheese

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 23, 2017  |  0 Comments
On a recent trip to the Quad Cities, I visited Freight House Farmers’ Market in Davenport, Iowa and picked up some really cool pastas, including sweet potato pappardelle, dark chocolate linguine, lavender fettuccine, and Tunisian harissa fettuccine. I was so excited to see that it all made it back in my suitcase without breaking, too! This is what I made with the pappardelle. (Hint: If you’d like to prepare this recipe with the same pasta I used, order it here.) I kept this recipe pretty simple so the sweet potato flavor still remains a highlight. But thanks to the flavorful noodles, caramelized onions, and a just-right amount of goat cheese for creaminess and tang, this pasta dish tastes downright decadent…even...
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spring “clean” orzo salad

by Jackie Newgent  |  March 22, 2017  |  0 Comments
It’s time for some spring cleaning! Don’t worry, the type of “housework” I’m talking about is not a chore at all. Just head on over to your kitchen where your tastebuds can actually benefit from this cleanup! The theme of this month’s Recipe Redux is: “Spring Clean the Kitchen.” So, I created this whole-wheat orzo recipe using ingredients that I already had on hand. If you don’t have all of the same ingredients, make swaps based on what you do have in your fridge or pantry. Challenge yourself to not shop for anything new. For instance, use about 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, brown rice, or other pasta if you don’t have orzo; try white wine vinegar if you don’t...
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veggie & red lentil rotini pasta bowl

by Jackie Newgent  |  January 30, 2017  |  0 Comments
If you’ve got about 15 minutes, make this veggie pasta bowl! That’s what I often do when I’m short on time for dinner! But vegetarian pasta dishes don’t always provide enough protein for a complete meal. So, here’s what I like to do: Use a pasta made from red lentils. I love, love, love lentils for so many reasons, including that the little pulses are packed with plant protein and can help play a role in regulating blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels! (By the way, I chose Tolerant Organic Red Lentil Pasta here, which I picked up at Whole Foods Market.) Hope you try this meal-in-one pasta bowl on Meatless Monday–and beyond. It’s not fancy, but it’s flavorful! Enjoy!...
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