Carbonara with a Twist

Carbonara with Leeks, Bacon, & Goat Cheese

As I write this post my sink is full. There is flour spread haphazardly on my countertops. There are toys everywhere. There are at least two loads of laundry that need folding. Maybe three. But who’s counting? Weeds need pulling outside. Our carpets need vacuuming. The bathrooms need cleaning. And our realtor could text me at any moment to say someone wants to see our house in an hour.

But I’m ignoring all that because… well… I have been wanting to share this recipe and I cannot wait any longer!

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Udon Noodles with Roasted Asparagus Pesto & Tomatoes

Udon Noodles with Roasted Asparagus Pesto & Tomatoes via applestoziti.com

I have yet to meet a noodle that pesto didn’t get along with.

Come to think of it… I have yet to meet a noodle that didn’t get along with.

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Udon with Sweet & Savory Beef

Udon Noodles with Sweet & Savory Beef via applestoziti.com

U is for Udon!

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Pumpkin-Ricotta Pasta

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Click here for the recipe!

As I was concocting one last savory dinner dish for ricotta, I realized I had not done the most obvious meal possible for this ingredient: PASTA! How could I leave this one out? Being that Thanksgiving is upon us, I decided I must include a key Turkey-day ingredient to get my family’s hearts (and stomachs) prepared for what is soon to come. You could even make this as an “After Thanksgiving” meal and add some chopped up turkey leftovers to it. That would be amazing!

I’m doing it!

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Lemon + Pasta

I am happy to say that I get to cook for a man who will try just about any food… almost nothing is “off the table” in terms of ingredients.

Funny enough though, this recipe for Lemon Spaghetti just happened to hit two of his very few food qualms… olive oil-based pasta sauce (he prefers red or cream sauces) AND lemon

Yes, you heard right, LEMON! While he likes it in desserts, he doesn’t like lemon-infused savory dishes…. and YES, he does try them before giving this opinion 🙂

Now, I really LOVE lemon anything… but I don’t usually make or choose recipes with a lot of lemon because of my husband’s preference. After all, I have very few limitations in terms of what food I can make, so I figure I can acquiesce to this anti-lemon thing.

When it came to choosing “L” for A to Z it was difficult to decide whether or not I should go for the “Lemon” or do something else. I decided to see it as an opportunity to try out some lemon recipes I’ve been eyeing for a while. I thought maybe I could convince my husband that lemon was DELICIOUS, AMAZING, MOUTH-WATERING!!!!….

I did not succeed.

Nonetheless, he was a trooper and tried all the lemon recipes… both sweet and savory… even if they were not all up his alley. When I made Garlic-Lemon Chicken the lemon flavor was definitely there but not too strong so he was okay with it. In the case of Lemon Spaghetti this was not the case… it was too lemony for his taste. My girls and I, on the other hand, LOVED it!!!

And if you like lemon you’ll love it too! Not only because of its flavor but because of its simplicity.

In fact, I felt totally comfortable writing this longer-than-normal intro to the recipe because it is SO short and simple that it will hardly take up any of your time to read…

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While I can’t add this recipe to my “David-approved” list, it is DEFINITELY on mine!

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I is for Italian Sausage & Tomato Rigatoni

I knew I couldn’t get away with doing “Italian Sausage” and not finding or creating at least one ITALIAN recipe…

So here it is…

Italian Sausage & Tomato Rigatoni

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After a fairly involved soft taco recipe, I knew it was time to switch to something simple…

Thus, this sumptuous pasta is much quicker to throw together!

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G is for Goat Cheese Pasta & Greens

I ran across a recipe with goat cheese that’s super quick to make and super healthy…. I made it and it’s also SUPER scrumptious!

You don’t often run into a recipe that’s written for one person so this made it especially unique in my book. You could definitely double, triple, etc… the recipe, but if you just need a healthy, delicious lunch for yourself… HERE IT IS!!

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Click here for the RECIPE and here’s a quick shopping list you can jot down:

–Dried pasta shells (Orecchiette if you have it or can find it) (you need 1 cup dried pasta)
–Mediterranean-style mixed salad greens (or spring greens or whatever mix you like!) (you need 2 cups)
–Sun-dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil) (you need 2 TBSP)
–Goat cheese (you need 1 TBSP crumbled)
–Parmesan (you need 2 TBSP grated plus more for garnish)
*Pantry staples to check: Salt & Pepper

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F is for Feta & Fettuccine

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I had to give you a close-up shot to start so you could see the beautiful Feta and parsley in this creamy red-pepper pasta dish!

Not only is this recipe budget-friendly, but it’s also SUPER healthy, too!

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