Pasta

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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Chickpea Stew with Orzo and Spinach

Three days till Christmas and I’m already done with rich foods. Enter this simple meat-free stew that’s quick, low in points and best of all, delicious. After eating this for dinner Champ made coffee, went straight to the Christmas cookies and dug in with impunity. I sipped my coffee with just one of the whole-grain cookies I recently posted, […]

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Baked Pasta with Sausage, Tomatoes & Cheese

I miss the cheesy, creamy pasta casseroles I used to make when the kids were young. Twenty-five years ago one of their favorites was chicken spaghetti, a gooey conglomeration of chicken and pasta held together with that miracle of 1950’s cooking, Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup, and a mountain of shredded cheddar cheese. I recently made the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for our […]

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Pasta with Ratatouille

  I’m a sucker for ratatouille, as you can tell: Ratatouille with White Beans, Ratatouille with Butternut Squash, Grilled Chicken with Ratatouille, Classic Ratatouille. Here’s yet another spin on my favorite combination of summer vegetables. And this recipe, my friends, from the newest Weight Watcher cookbook, Dinners in a Flash, is nothing less than rock-star ratatouille. I don’t know […]

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Orzo Salad with Watermelon & Feta

Here’s another riff on popular watermelon salads, this one from a weekly handout at Weight Watcher meetings two summers ago. This salad pairs the fruit with orzo, feta cheese and fresh basil.  The saltiness of the cheese compliments watermelon’s natural sweetness. And the orzo? Can you think of a salad that isn’t made better by the addition of pasta? Me neither. […]

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