Orzo Tabouli Salad (Zoe’s Copycat Recipe)

Ingredients: 1 box orzo pasta (about 16 oz) Marzetti Simply Dressed Lemon Vinaigrette dressing Bag of mixed greens with spinach 1 large cucumber 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved 1 can artichokes, quartered 1/2 cup feta cheese 2/3 cup Greek Kalamata olives, pitted and halved (I have these on the side – I don’t like…

Tomato & Asparagus “Carbonara”

Ingredients: 3 quarts water 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 lb asparagus, cut diagonally into 1-inch pieces 3 cloves of garlic, minced 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 4 oz pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated (~1 cup) 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/4-1/2 tsp ground pepper 2 large eggs 8 oz uncooked penne pasta 1/4 cup fresh basil…

Spaetzle

Our German exchange “daughter” Hannah has made Spaetzle for us a few times and is teaching me how to make it.  Hannah makes the recipe by taste and feel for the amount of flour and water (so it is not exact).  We tried to measure the quantities of everything just so that I have a…

Skillet Lasagne

Ingredients: 1 bag Morning Star Crumbles 1 bag Birds Eye Recipe Ready Tri-color Pepper and Onions 1 pouch/can of Progresso Recipe Starters fire roasted tomato cooking sauce 3 cups uncooked pasts (bowties, mini lasagne, etc.) 1+ cup four-cheese blend, shredded cheese Directions: Cook vegetables in olive oil over medium-high heat until tender. Add Morning Star…

Metro Fresh Basil Dressing

Last summer, I had the most amazing roasted vegetable salad at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Metro Fresh restaurant.  Unfortunately Metro Fresh is no longer at ABG, but the chef was kind enough to share the recipe for the Basil Dressing with me by email last year: Ingredients: Fill a food processor with Basil (it will…

Butternut Mac and Cheese

Ingredients: 1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions 1 large butternut squash 2 tablespoons olive oil 6 tablespoons butter (reduce to 4 Tbsp?) 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (reduce to 1/2 cup?) 4 cups milk (original recipe called for 7 cups) 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded Salt Pepper Directions: Roast the butternut squash….

Italian Pasta Salad

Makes about 6 servings. Ingredients: 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped coarsley 1 (20-oz) package cheese tortellini 1/4 tsp pepper 1/2 cup Asiago peppercorn salad dressing (Marie’s, refrigerator section) Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain. Toss pasta with remaining ingredients.  Serve warm or chill until ready to serve….

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

One of Grammy’s classic recipes, that I scaled down for just the two of us: Ingredients: 1 box (8-oz) elbow macaroni pasta 2 Tbsp butter 2 Tbsp flour 2 cups milk 1/2 tsp Kosher salt 1/4 tsp pepper (can increase if like peppery flavor) pinch of red pepper flakes (optional – use more or less…

Spinach and Mushroom Rigatoni

Ingredients: 28 oz can whole tomatoes 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves, chopped (~ 2 tsp) 1/2 pound rigatoni pasta 1 red onion 1 pound mushrooms, sliced (portabella) 2 10-oz packages frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid 15-oz ricotta cheese (part-skim) 8 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper…

Shrimp Pad Thai

Ingredients: ¾ to 1 pound shrimp (peeled & deveined) 1 jar (8 oz) Thai Kitchen brand “Original Pad Thai Sauce” ½ pound linguine pasta (that’s approx. ½ box) 2 shallots, chopped 2 eggs + 2 egg whites 1 ½ cup carrots, julienned 4 scallions, chopped Approx. 1 – 1 ½ cups sprouts Chopped peanuts Crushed…

Tomato-Sherry Pasta and Chicken

Ingredients: 3 plum (or 1-2 regular) tomatoes, coarsely chopped 2 shallots, finely chopped (or 1/4 cup onion + 1 tsp minced garlic) 2 Tablespoons fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped 6 oz pre-sliced portabellas, coarsely chopped 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb) Large zip-top bag 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp pepper 1 tsp…

Turkey Chili – Crock Pot

Crock Pot Recipe – for 3.5 to 6 quart slow cooker. Ingredients: 1 to 2 pounds ground turkey (normally we get 1.25 lb of the lean turkey) 1 large sweet onion, chopped (about 1 cup) 2 tsp minced garlic 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce 1 and 1/2…