Beet Ravioli with Walnut Pesto and Goat Cheese

So I am not going to pretend like last week’s recipe for Friday Night Pasta dinner went super well. It’s why I haven’t shared the recipe until now.

I was preparing for a Valentine’s Day dinner party (I might share that later), baking copious amounts of cookies, and attempting to make pasta dough for the first time (because making pasta dough sounds like a great idea when you’re already doing a million things). My pasta dough was edible but too thick; so I’m going to give you Martha Stewart’s recipe for the dough and my recipe for the filling (which was good).

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Drunken Spaghetti with Clams

I know it’s not Friday. But I thought you might like to make something special this weekend, maybe for someone special?

I’ve had this recipe in my back pocket (bookmarked on my computer) for years but it wasn’t until last year that I made it for the first time. It’s surprisingly simple and REALLY tasty! The drunken noodles alone are full of flavor and the oil, butter, garlic, and wine sauce pulls it all together. I halved the number of noodles and clams from the original recipe because I was only cooking for two. While one thing I love about  Friday Night Pasta Dinner is the left-overs, I’m a little suspicious of left-over clams. If you want to halve the recipe for the sauce too you can, but I left it alone. I like my noodles extra saucy!

This dish makes for the ultimate romantic meal, so if you want to avoid the crowds I highly recommend staying in and making this on Valentines Day!

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One Pot (almost) Herbed Fettuccine with Cannellini Beans, Whilted Greens, Heirloom Tomatoes, and Basil

Is winter over yet? I’m ready for spring; spring sunshine and spring pasta. . . but it’s not spring although it doesn’t feel THAT wintery in California. So I made a pasta to echo that sentiment.

I found herbed fettuccine at the farmers market this week so that’s what I used; however, you could just use regular fettuccine.

There isn’t much cooking involved in this recipe- the hot pasta water pretty much does it all for you and also makes very little mess!

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Linguine with Bolognese Meat Sauce and Seared Eggplant

Disclaimer: I think a good white sauce is a lot easier to make than a good red or meat sauce, this recipe proves that theory correct (at least in my eyes).  It requires A LOT of patience and quite a bit of time.

Spaghetti and meat sauce is a classic, so when I got The Silver Spoon cookbook (the ultimate guide to Italian cooking) for Christmas and saw this recipe for a homemade Bolognese I knew it would be one of the first recipes to make. The Silver Spoon is all about simplicity, so I didn’t want to overwhelm this simple sauce with a lot of fuss. I chose to pair it with fresh pasta and seared eggplant because I’d feel guilty if I didn’t include some sort of substantial vegetable in this dish.

I love fresh pasta. It cooks quickly and has a nice doughy taste. I am fortunate enough to live nearby a market that sells it. If you can’t find fresh pasta the dried stuff is still pretty strachey and tasty.

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Butternut Squash, Chard, Meatball, “Mac n’ Cheese”

You never know when inspiration is going to strike. For me inspiration usually strikes on Fridays, lazy inspiration that is. Pasta is easy and comforting, the perfect meal to end a long week. Friday Night Pasta Dinner has become a tradition at our house, and now it can be one at yours too!

This is a pretty healthy (minus the cheese) and straightforward meal, you could sub the butternut squash for a number of other squashed, the chard for any leafy green, and the meatballs for any protein.

Here it is, enjoy!

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