The Food Brie Cooked and Baked

A record of every food cooked or baked in my kitchen in 2010

Archive for the ‘pasta’ Category

107. holiday tortellini soup

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Recipe source: Taste of Home

Mmmmm … This is a delicious soup recipe, and it’s super easy to throw together. I made this last year on Christmas Eve, and BP requested it again.

It tastes wonderful on a cold December evening. With pasta, cheese, tomatoes and bacon, you really can’t go wrong.


holiday tortellini soup


Written by louise914

December 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

101. penne with chicken and pesto

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Even though this dish goes together really quickly, it still has that restaurant-quality taste.

I used pesto that I made this summer (using basil from our garden) and froze.


penne with chicken and pesto

Written by louise914

November 7, 2010 at 7:54 pm

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85. pasta primavera with Italian turkey sausage

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If you have an abundance of summer garden produce at your disposal, then you really need to make this dish.

I stumbled upon this recipe a few years ago, and I’ve made it every summer since. It’s perfect for when you have a lot of vegetables ready to go in your garden. I generally follow the recipe almost exactly, but you could substitute in whatever vegetables are ripe in your yard.

This time, I found everything I needed in our garden except for the yellow squash, so I doubled the zucchini instead.

Also, the recipe calls for farfalle pasta, but I didn’t have any, so I used a box of rotini I had on the shelf.

pasta primavera

pasta primavera with Italian turkey sausage

Written by louise914

August 26, 2010 at 8:04 pm

76. pasta with tomatoes and basil

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Recipe source: my friend Sonja

If you’re looking for a way to use up some of your garden produce, this might just be for you.

Make this the night before you plan to eat it, then boil some pasta and serve this over top. A super easy, summer-fresh meal.

I used tomatoes and basil from my very own garden and served over cheese tortellini, but you could use any kind of pasta you wanted.

Little Brother and The Girlfriend seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. They ate it up pretty quickly.


pasta with tomatoes and basil


Combine 2 c. tomatoes (seeded and chopped), 1 c. chopped basil, 5 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 c. olive oil, 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper.

Cover and refrigerator at least four hours or overnight. Heat over medium heat. Serve over pasta. Top with freshly grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.

Written by louise914

August 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm

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72. sausage & penne marinara

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Recipe source: Simple & Delicious, June/July 2010

Ah, Italian. I love it.

This was very good. BP and I both enjoyed this one. It’s easy to throw together, and you can use fresh vegetables from your garden.


sausage & penne marinara


2-1/2 c. uncooked penne pasta (I used a whole regular size box.)

1 lb. Italian sausage links, cut into 1-in. pieces (I used bulk sausage instead of links.)

1 lg. onion, halved and sliced

1 medium green pepper, sliced

1 tbsp. canola oil (I used olive oil.)

1 can (14.5 oz.) stewed tomatoes, cut up

1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage, onion and green pepper in oil over medium heat until the sausage is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings; heat through.

Drain pasta; toss with tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese.

Written by louise914

July 8, 2010 at 6:33 pm

66. broccoli and sausage cavatelli

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I chose this recipe for tonight because I wanted to use up broccoli from our garden, and it was a good choice.

Not only did I get to use two heads of fresh-from-the-garden broccoli, but BP and I also enjoyed a really good supper.

The recipe calls for cavatelli (obviously), but I had rotini so that’s what I used instead. I also added a half cup of the starchy pasta water when I mixed everything together.

My only regret: not inviting anyone over for supper. This made a big skillet full of food. We will be eating this for days.

broccoli and sausage cavatelli

broccoli and sausage cavatelli

Written by louise914

June 16, 2010 at 7:40 pm

50. smoky braised chicken and gnocchi

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Recipe source: Real Simple


This wasn’t a bad meal, it just wasn’t very good.


smoky braised chicken and gnocchi

Written by louise914

April 16, 2010 at 4:23 pm