Pasta

Ratatouille-Stuffed Shells

I am a bona fide lover of ratatouille, the classic French provincial dish of eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and tomatoes.  You can find several variations of this summer vegetable stew here on hungry poodle. Each time I post a ratatouille recipe I say it’s my new favorite, and today is no exception.  We all need […]

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Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

Can you remember your mother telling you to “eat your vegetables?” I can. I had an aversion to cooked carrots because they tasted mushy, and my mom regularly cooked them (to death). Thus I remember a lot of fights over cooked carrots. Fast forward to now: the subject at Weight Watchers meetings this week is […]

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Chicken Puttanesca with Pasta

Pasta Puttanesca, which literally translated means, in the style of the prostitute,* is a popular pasta dish that contains tomatoes, capers and kalamata olives. Puttanesca has a spicy reputation (pun intended) because traditionally it contains a liberal sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes. Here, from the healthy cooks at Cooking Light, is a convenient, quick-cooking variation […]

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Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes

I’ve just returned from Italy, where they eat pasta in more moderate amounts than we “Olive Garden” Americans. How can we enjoy pasta without feeling like we’re indulging? Check out this recipe from Food Network star Rachael Ray. It’s loaded with spinach and grape tomatoes. Lemon zest and feta cheese lend a tangy zing. Pasta and virtuous […]

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Lasagna Primavera

In 1992 the makers of Newman’s Own Sauces staged a contest for the best recipe made with a Newman’s Own product. The judge? Paul Newman, who sampled the seven finalists’ entries in a New York restaurant with a napkin tucked under his chin. First prize was a $50,000 donation to the winner’s favorite charity and […]

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