My Mother’s Spaghetti With Peas

By Marcus Samuelsson | September 9, 2015

My Mother's Spaghetti with Peas

My mom’s dad, Edwin Jönsson, didn’t trust pasta. Born in 1901, he grew up in Sweden under very poor circumstances, and the poor man’s cooking of his childhood dictated his palate for the rest of his life. He preferred the grease left over in the frying pan to butter, meatballs and meat loaf to steak, and he insisted on boiled potatoes with every meal. When the 1970s rolled around and trendy foods such as spaghetti with garlic started appearing, he thought it wasn’t real food. (Don’t even get me started on what he thought about rice.)

Spaghetti with meat sauce and peas was the one pasta dish that my mom made, and whenever my grandfather was there, she’d have to make him his own side dish of boiled potatoes. He spooned the meat sauce over the potatoes and ate them while we feasted on our noodles. I’ve adapted my mother’s recipes, making the sauce lighter and fresher, and I use a healthier, whole grain pasta. My Mother's Spaghetti with Peas

Pinot Grigio Shrimp Scampi Recipe

By Desmond Fannin | June 27, 2013

shrimp scampi, pasta, italian, pinot grigio
shrimp scampi, pasta, italian, pinot grigio

White wine adds a brightness to this rich and buttery dish.

Simplicity is served hot in this delectable dish. After a long day at work sometimes cooking a good meal may seem like a daunting task. However, this shrimp scampi entree can be done in minimal time and will leave you satisfied for the rest of the night. Served as a main course alone or over wheat pasta (or your choice of side) you can add your personal touch to make this meal complete. With an added bonus of Pinot Grigio in the mix, the full flavors of the shrimp come through as your marry these scrumptious ingredients.

For more shrimp recipes:

Cabbage and Grapefruit Salad With Sauteed Shrimp

Shrimp Tacos with Crema and Salsa Verde Recipe

Marinated Shrimp Recipe

Chili Lime Shrimp Recipe

Ramps with Whole Wheat Pasta Recipe

By Ashley Beck | April 23, 2013

ramps, whole wheat pasta, wild leeks, garlic, onion

Photo: Ashley Beck

With Spring comes unpredictable weather–just as you begin to think we’re out of the frost, an Arctic wind blows through. I have a spectacular pasta recipe that will make it feel like this time of year should: garden parties, fresh flowers and the perfect combination of sun and cool breeze. Adapted from one of my favorite pasta recipes that typically calls for garlic and arugula to give flavor, I instead feature my favorite spring vegetable, ramps. These Alliums (Allium Tricoccum) magically contain the flavors of both their cousins, garlic and onion, in a fresh and delicate way. Even while chopping them the scent perfumes the air in such a way that you might not be able to wait the quick 20 minutes it takes to make this fresh spring dish. Read More

My Plate Inspired: Tuna with Pasta Recipe

By Sara Mae Danish | March 27, 2013

Pasta Tuna

Pasta Tuna

Is pasta your go-to weeknight dinner? For a lot of us, pasta is a quick meal that is not only economical but extremely tasty and filling. The problem with this hearty refined carb is that it pairs so beautifully with unhealthy sauces that add more calories than nutrition!

I love pasta–it’s simple, a great flavor vehicle and provides a fantastic weeknight dinner when time is of the essence. The key to making it healthy is to know that it can be just as tasty with smart choices. I pack loads of flavor, veggies and protein into this pasta tuna recipe. These additions will fill you up and you’ll find yourself eating less pasta and more of the delicious veggies and beans!


Other great recipes using tuna:

Deconstructed Salad Nicoise

Tuna Tartare with Potato Pancakes

Seared Tuna Steaks with New Potatoes


Sweet Potato Cream Pasta with Kale Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | February 11, 2013

Photo: eatswellwithothers

Sometimes your taste buds want to sit down to a creamy dreamy pasta dinner. But your arteries don’t. I understand.

That’s where this sweet potato cream sauce comes in to save the day. It is made without even a single drop of heavy cream, using mashed sweet potato instead to thicken it and give it that great Alfredo-like texture. Total comfort food that your whole body can feel good about.

Adapted from How Sweet It Is

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and fourth year MD/PhD student. Find more of delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo Pasta Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | November 12, 2012

Roasted Red Pepper Goat Cheese Pasta

It seems almost incomprehensible now, but yes I was that full-blooded Italian child who hated tomato sauce with a fiery passion and insisted on ordering alfredo sauce each and every time my family went out to dinner. Never mind that I only ever took approximately four bites before being forced to stop by its overpowering richness – I knew what I wanted. And apparently that was a bowl full of heavy cream and fettuccine that I could barely choke down.

Oh, how times have changed. These days, I wouldn’t order fettuccine alfredo off a restaurant menu if you paid me. In my opinion, it’s just not worth the calories. But every so often, a craving does strike, and to satisfy it, I make this roasted red pepper goat cheese alfredo sauce. With the tangy richness from the goat cheese, the sauce is creamy without being overly so, and the roasted red pepper infusion adds a breath of fresh air along with some extra nutrition. It may not be the lightest meal in the world, but I can promise that it’s worth every bite of creamy delicious indulgence.

Adapted from Closet Cooking

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Summer Fusilli with Zucchini Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | August 27, 2012

zuchinni fusilli

We’re reaching that time of year where you’re either totally fed up with zucchini and summer squash and bemoaning the fact that you have to think of new ways to cook them at least until after labor day (ugh how imposing can they be!).

Or you’re already mourning their sure-to-be imminent disappearance from the farmer’s market, never mind that summer truly does seem like it’s here to stay.

Either way, this is the dish for you. I know, pasta with summer squash and zucchini has been done before, many times over, so while it may seem like I’m not really reinventing the wheel here, I have to say that this recipe is something special.  The zucchini is grated rather than diced or chopped so that it kind of melts in with the pasta and all you really end up tasting is the bright fresh flavor of summer with a dash of parmesan.  It’s perfect no matter which side of the zucchini love/hate spectrum you happen to fall on this week.

Joanne Bruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student. Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: Eats Well With Others.

Pasta with Cranberry Beans & Artichokes Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | August 13, 2012

cranberry beans

While I try to be super PC about most things in my life, I have a confession to make: I occasionally judge my beans by their pod color. (Oops.)

But when they are just so vibrantly magenta and pretty-in-pink, can you really blame me? I didn’t think so. Fresh cranberry beans are just too pretty to pass up, and the good news is that their beauty is not only skin deep…they are delicious as well. They taste largely like white beans, but with a little less mushiness to them, and happen to meld perfectly with artichokes and zucchini in this pasta dish. Unfortunately the beans lose their color after cooking, making the finished dish seem a little ho-hum in comparison to its starting ingredients, but I can promise you that what it lacks in color, it makes up for in flavor.

Photos: Joanne Bruno

Pasta Super Salad Recipe

By Joanne Bruno | May 24, 2012

pasta salad

This dish comes complete with a little secret in that it’s actually salad with pasta. This healthy and fresh option for those looking to up their fiber intake is also vegetarian friendly.  Topped with feta cheese and almonds, this makes a filling and addictive super salad full of vibrant and nutty flavor.

Photos: Joanne Bruno

JoanneBruno is a food writer and third year MD/PhD student.  Find more of her delicious ramblings over at her blog: EatsWellWithOthers.

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