Posts Tagged ‘pasta


Seafood and veggie pasta

A bit of seafood coated and fried, served alongside some veggies with home made pasta. 

Since I make pasta, I have usually stored some in the freezer for later use . It’s easier to store a batch for later use than make pasta for every dish.

Toss the seafood pieces with some cornmeal and slightly fry them in a small amount of oil.

Some bacon  and veggies, garlic and leeks with grape tomatoes prepped for the pan.
Sauté the leeks first, then the garlic… Add the tomatoes, of course after bacon is rendered. 

Finish with cheese……..

Add the boiled pasta….

Toss and serve.


Seafood and pasta



A few ingredients cooked and tossed……


Recent brews, fresh roasted.

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Eggplant cassarole (updated)

Ah ! Eggplant again ! How about a different preparation? A lasagne type cassarole this time , prep ahead to be later baked.

Make up a quick batch of dough, eggs , flour and salt pulsed in a food processor, kneaded and let rest.

Peel and slice horizontally the egg plants  (2  medium, )about 1/4 inch thick, sandwich between layers of paper towel after salting o both sides, apply weight and let stand about 30 minutes. Rinse with plain water.

Tomato sauce already prepared. Cook ground beef, also canned red beans to bulk up the cassarole.

My cheese will be the typical store b ought sliced mozzarella


Ready?   Oops !  roll out the pasta dough also.

Assemble the layer as you see fit to vary the ingredients, on the fly measurements, so amounts will dictate the layers.

Ok , done , to the fridge for baking tomorrow.

Now the finished product, It was just the right consistency, not overly juicy, easily sliced. 

Thin pasta and meat, red beans, eggplant throughout. Minimal sauce and cheese. 

Excellent when cool or even cold from the fridge.


A pasta dish

Having and keeping track of how much pasta is on the shelve is a thing of the past. When making small 1 or 2 serving sizes, it’s easier to make it on demand, sure you probably won’t have all the fancy shapes that prepared pasta has if you make it quickly. By the time the water boils, it’s possible to to have the pasta cut and ready.  


Earlier a sauce was prepared and simmered,  in the microwave.

Served with bread.


gnocchi and sausage

IMG_8874Second batch, better results with this gnocchi  dough recipe made with leftover cold mashed potatoes.

Easy to make on demand.

These gnocchi have chives in them.


Cod Parmesan

Yep, more fish in your (my) diet and use of tomato sauce….

A thawed cod fillet. Breaded.


Fry the fish in a bit of oil.IMG_8250

Prepare a pan for the oven.

IMG_8252Add the fish topped with Parmesan








Boil up some pasta….IMG_8260

Fish is cooked…IMG_8261

Serve over the pasta…IMG_8262

I added a single meat ball !IMG_8263


A modified Mac and cheese



Ok  ! prepare a roux as you usually would for a mac and cheese,  crumble some sausage and cook first. Add the flour and milk etc. Add some tomato paste to give it a tomato flavour. Add seasonings to your liking.

In an overly large casserole dish,( this is so it is not a deep dish bubbly saucy casserole but one that the pasta is almost a single layer and is lightly coated with the sauce), spread some greens then the pasta. (Cooked to liking)

Pour the sauce over over the pasta, if you prefer, spent grain bread cubes on top. Heat through in an oven, broil and brown if preferred.

Of course you can add cheese anywhere along the way….

other useful additions might included onions, garlic or any other veggie, a bit of heat ?


The sausage roux…….  mmmmmmmm……..


  Assembly of the sauce….. IMG_7219 cook and complete the sauce……. IMG_7220 line the bottom of the pan with greens………. I threw in some fennel……. IMG_7216 Add the pasta, could be only half cooked if you like al dente ……. IMG_7217   Layer on the sauce, it’s not imperative to cover all the pasta , let the richness of the sauce do the work……I often include some bread crumbs, or cubes on top. These from spent grain bread… Bake, I guess at about 350 degrees to heat everything up, the sauce will stick to the pasta, if you like the crunch, broil…. IMG_7221 As such……       IMG_7223 Close up of the finished dish…… IMG_7222Sort of like a pasta salad, wouldn’t you say….




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