Sunday, October 28, 2012

Shrimp Farfalle with Basil-Walnut Pesto

I expected this to come out better, but since Hurricane Sandy is coming through soon, the store was completely out of fresh shrimp so I had to use frozen. Ahh well, my guinea pigs (aka friends who I force to eat my experimental recipes) all loved it.

I usually use pine nuts for my pesto, but walnuts are much cheaper, and taste great too. I think next time I will toast the walnuts first.

2 oz. fresh basil leaves, plucked from stems
1/2 c. oil
3/4 c. walnuts, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 c. grated parmesan
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp butter
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 head broccoli
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 lb. shrimp, shelled and deveined
16 oz. farfalle pasta, cooked and drained

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vodka Bolognese Lasagna

Sometimes I like to make the sauce from scratch but sometimes I just don't have time. If you use a quality jarred sauce and diced or crushed tomatoes, it will still be delicious. So here is my easy version of lasagna.

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground beef
1 oz. fresh basil, chopped
14.5 oz can diced fire-roasted tomatoes (I used Muir Glen)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
24 oz. bottle of vodka pasta sauce (I used Via Roma)
1 lb mozzarella, shredded
2 lb ricotta
8 oz oven ready lasagna
non-stick spray (PAM or other brand)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Maple Pecan Cookies

These cookies are SERIOUSLY ADDICTING and super easy!

1 1/2 c. pecans, chopped
2 c. butter, softened at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp maple flavor (found in baking aisle with vanilla extract)
2 eggs
4 c. flour
1 tbsp white sugar
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp maple flavor