Archive for Pasta

Sriracha Marinara with Turkey Meatballs

This is based on a Martha Stewart recipe. I changed the meatballs a bit and increased the ingredients so there are a whole bunch to freeze.

2 lb Ground Turkey
16 oz frozen chopped spinach (I get the loose kind in a bag and throw it in the food processor while frozen to chop it up super fine)
2/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 tsp dried garlic
2 tsp dried onion
2 eggs

1 diced onion
2 coves minced garlic
1/8-1/4 cup Sriracha
2 large cans crushed tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste

1 lb cooked pasta (I like thin spaghetti)

Mix all ingredients. Shape into 1″ balls. I use a cookie scoop because I don’t like toughing raw meat. Place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Freeze about half of the meatballs and for next time.


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Pasta e Fagioli Soup

photoDude, Dana made this and it’s “souper” yum (damn, I’m funny). She made up the recipe herself and everything.

1 onion
1 cup celery
3 coves garlic
1 large can crushed tomatoes
2 small cans seasoned diced tomatoes
6 cups chicken broth or 6 cups water 6 bouillon cubes
2 cans great northern beans
2 cups ditalini pasta
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/8 tsp black pepper

Saute onion and celery in olive oil. Add garlic and sautee a wee bit more. Add tomatoes and chicken stock and bring to boil. Turn temp to medium and simmer for about 30 minutes. Add beans (drained and rinsed) and heat to boiling. Add remaining ingredients and heat until pasta is cooked.

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Poor Man’s Alfredo

I just made this up tonight and it turned out pretty good. The kids asked for seconds and didn’t freak about the parsley, you know that’s a good sign. For some reason I was in the mood for one of those prepackaged Knorr pasta sides, but I never buy them. So I made this and the whole family loved it. Served with Meat Loaf, of course.

Half & Half
Garlic Powder
Parsley (I always have some frozen)

Cook noodles, drain. In the pot melt some butter, add some half and half. Season. Add noodles to pot, heat. Add chopped parsley and serve. I didn’t measure anything, just guessed.

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Spaghetti & Meatballs

Another family favorite from the series “Things Based on Meat Loaf.”

Meatballs Ingredients
1 lb. ground turkey (feel free to substitute beef, I only cook with turkey)
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 egg
1 tbs. dried onion
1/2 tbs. dried garlic
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
3 tbs. ketchup

Other Ingredients
Box of spaghetti
Jar of sauce – look for a really tasty pre-made sauce, you’d be surprised how much better some are

Mix all meatball ingredients. Shape into 1.5″ balls (I have a cookie scooper that works really well so you don’t have to touch any of the nasty). Either fry in olive oil on the stove or bake. Baking is easier, but frying is tastier. To bake, place on lightly oiled cookie sheet and bake at 400 for 3o minutes or until brown. To fry, well, you can figure that out, but use olive oil because it’s yummier. Add cooked meatballs to heated sauce.

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Take THAT PTA Mom Weenies

I like this title because it sounds like I’m calling the moms weenies but I’m really not because the recipe is FOR weenies, see how that works? Clever, huh?

Thanks to Eric Lowrey for this link. My 3-year-old happened to be having a friend over when he sent it so I actually made them. Here you go:

Hot Dogs

Cut up hot dogs into chunks. Break uncooked spaghetti in half and push pieces into hot dogs. Boil in water until pasta is cooked. I served them with pesto sauce to make them extra freaky-deaky.

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