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Kale Pesto Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight meal that also has Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, olives, and shrimp (or any other protein of your choice).

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Skinner® Pasta. Thank you, friends, for supporting all the brands that I work with and love.

It’s the early part of the school year… and we’ve got you covered! This Kale Pesto Pasta makes the most delicious and comforting meal for both kids and parents. And you know what? It can be prepared in 30 minutes. It is already in the list of family faves!

Our Kale Pesto Pasta is nutritious, yet prepared with simple ingredients: budget-friendly Skinner® Pasta, kale pesto, shaved Parmesan cheese, grape tomatoes, black olives, and any protein of your choice, such as shrimp.

All we have to do is to cook the Skinner pasta (in this case, linguine) according to the instructions on the package. Then, drain and mix with a homemade kale pesto. Right before serving, add shaved Parmesan cheese, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives and, if desired, cooked shrimp or another protein of your choice.

Voila! — before you know it, a complete dish is ready for your lunch or dinner, helping make those busy early-school-year schedules manageable enough that you can enjoy more family moments together.

The homemade kale pesto can be prepared in the blink of an eye and requires no cooking. Thawed chopped kale, fresh basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese are blended together in a blender or processed in a food processor until mixture is smooth. See? Easy peasy!

I am telling you, this pasta dish will put a smile on your face. It tastes amazing! Also, it is accessible, friendly and uncomplicated… just like the people of Texas, my home state.

Skinner pasta is the #1 pasta in Texas. In addition, it is enriched, easy to cook, and features a variety of pastas such as linguine, spaghetti, penne, fettuccine, elbows, and even a fun Texas shape. This makes Skinner perfect for both weeknight meals and dishes for special occasions.

For more information about Skinner products and other easy delicious recipe ideas like this Kale Pesto Pasta, please visit skinnerpasta.com .

Quick and easy meals are an effective tool often used for saving time at my household. And how about yours? I would love to hear how your family manages a busy school-year schedule!

In addition, what other dish(es) would you like to prepare with Skinner pasta? I am looking forward to hearing your ideas.

For now, enjoy your family and a great meal together!

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Skinner® pasta.

 

 

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Kale Pesto Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight meal that also features Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, olives, and shrimp (or any other protein of your choice).
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  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, prepare the kale pesto. In a blender or food processor, combine the kale, basil, salt and pepper. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Then, turn it off to scrape down the sides of the blender or processor. Add the garlic, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese and blend/process well until mixture is smooth. Set aside.
  2. Once pasta is cooked, drain and add the cooked shrimp or other protein of your choice. Toss with kale pesto and top with Parmesan cheese shavings, grape tomatoes and Kalamata olives. Garnish with lemon slices or wedges if desired. Serve while it is hot, and enjoy!
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One Pot Leftover Pasta & Tips on Weeknight Meals — Guest Post by Kitchen Byte

One Pot Leftover Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight vegetarian dish made with whole wheat pasta and vegetable leftovers. Also, pick up a few useful tips on how to prepare no-fuss weeknight meals.

Love the practicality of one pot dishes? How about when you can put your leftovers to use in one single and hearty dish? Well, I do, too! So a One Pot Leftover Pasta is what is on the menu for tonight, honey!  And a few useful tips on making hassle-free weeknight meals are an added bonus! Check them out!

Everything comes courtesy of Barbara Whitney from Kitchen Byte!  She is a passionate kitchen aficionado from Dover, focused on making the kitchen a better place. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband with delightful food, she crafted her cooking skills through trial and error. Now Barbara tries to help moms around the world to cook better, more efficiently, and with joy.

Her blog features great kitchen improvement tips, tricks, and good bites!

Well, without further ado, here is Barbara, in her own words:

Don’t you hate it when it’s late in the evening, and kids start begging you for a meal, just when you prepared yourself for a nice refreshing bath? Or when you return from work hungry, but there’s nothing to eat and you have to cook? I know how you’re feeling.

These two scenarios can sometimes drive a woman mad.

We often don’t have enough time to cook, so we need to improvise. Sometimes that means ordering from the nearest fast food restaurant (been there, done that), but sometimes, a creative cook can make something out of nothing, and impress the family with an incredibly easy and quick meal which tastes amazing.

In order to have the second scenario happening more than the first, you should follow the next tips:

Utilize What You Have

Creating a fabulous dish doesn’t have to require some exotic spices or ingredients, or feature a particular technique. Sticking with timeless recipes with basic stuff that you have at the moment will make no room for error, especially if you’ve made this dish a thousand times.

Batch Processing

In order to shorten the preparation time, try to set the things in motion by multitasking. Even though this might sound like a bad idea, it works if you’re skilled. When you have the experience cooking for three hungry men like I do, you’ll have to prepare and cook in batches. Chop the ingredients for the salad while the eggs are cooking, check the pasta while you’re simmering the mushrooms, peel the potatoes while the bagels are in the toast.

Utilize One Pot Recipes

I don’t know who came to this idea first, but I am very thankful to that woman. (I’m presuming a woman did it, because cooking a lot of food to feed multiple hungry mouths seems like a women’s task more often than men’s to me. Do you agree?) Taking all the ingredients and simmering them into a single meal makes so much room and leaves you with free hands. A fantastic idea!

It’s all about the creativity and the versatility of the chef. That’s why I’m bringing you the fabulous meal I made yesterday. One day I got into the kitchen to prepare a meal for my husband and myself, as we were both hungry. The kitchen was half empty, and I was feeling lazy, so I got creative and made this one pot leftover pasta.

I am sure we all can relate — on a daily basis! Thank you, Barbara, for being part of our summer series, and also for sharing with us your weeknight tips and a yummy One Pot Leftover Pasta recipe.

I hope that you have enjoyed all the dishes brought by our guest bloggers as we bring our summer series to a close.  I am taking the reins again!!!  But please pay a visit to their blogs and say hello — you will enjoy the wonderful  stories and cooking arsenal that they have to offer…

We’ll see you next week with a recipe of our own!!!

Take care!

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One Pot Leftover Pasta
One Pot Leftover Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight vegetarian dish made with whole wheat pasta and vegetable leftovers. Get also a few useful tips on how to prepare no-fuss weeknight meals.
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  1. Put all the chopped veggies in the pan, followed by the pasta. Pour the olive oil over the mixture and season everything to taste. The spices aren’t mandatory; you can be creative with this. Put on the stove and set it to high, and pour the broth over the mixture. Note: It’s important to pour with enough broth, so the mixture is submerged.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then leave it to simmer on low heat for an additional 10 minutes. Use tongs to mix everything up and even out the mass.
  3. While the meal is simmering, cut the hazelnuts into small pieces for garnishing (notice the multitasking here). It will provide a nice, earthy flavor and a dose of crunch to the dish. Serve hot, and enjoy this One Pot Leftover Pasta
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Homemade Bow Tie Pasta with Tomato and Basil Sauce

You Learn how to make Homemade Bow Tie Pasta tossed with a tomato and basil sauce, which requires only a few simple ingredients and is easy and fun to prepare. The result? An addictive dish that will please the entire family!

Homemade Bow Tie Pasta made easy? Yes, that’s right!!!! Check it out!

The recipe for today, along with many other superb pasta recipes (and of course, flavorful sauces to pair them with, like today’s tomato and basil sauce) are all available in Manuela Zangara’s new cookbook, Homemade Pasta Made Simple. Believe me!  Once you taste homemade pasta, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought. There is only one problem: no, it is not the preparation process, because Manu makes that quite easy… the problem is how addicting fresh pasta can be!  And that’s one thing I know for a fact. 🙂

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Even as a professional chef, I always thought of pasta as labor intensive… well, that is, until I got my hands on a copy of Manu’s cookbook.  I am not kidding!  She makes the process absolutely seamless, and way less scary than you might think.

At first, she entertains us with personal stories of when she first learned, at an early age, how to make pasta with her Italian family at home in Milan…

… then Manu teaches how to make essential pasta dough recipes — such as the ‘know-by-heart egg pasta dough’ that we used to make our bow tie pasta — and the many fun forms that one can craft while shaping pastas.  In fact, some of the chapters are even organized by pasta form, such as hand-shaped, ribbon-cut, and stuffed pastas, as well as gnochi and gnudi.

Another whole chapter is dedicated to all kinds of Italian sauces such as pesto, lemon sauce, arrabbiata, gongonzola, and the list goes on and on.

And that is not all!  The book features all the details you’ve been wondering about the necessary ingredients, conversions, simple tools and equipment, and easy techniques, so that we can all master making pasta like a pro. After all, there is nothing like learning from an expert, right?

Manu and her book are simply fantastic!  She is the beautiful lady who shared a Quick and Easy Veal Marsala recipe with us a few weeks ago. Remember?!  Yep!  The mind and hands behind the popular food blog, Manu’s Menu.

Veal-Marsala

Here is one of her new pasta and sauce VIDEOS — so that you can see how easy it is to make another one of her new cookbook recipes:

Well, for now enjoy this Homemade Bow Tie Pasta with tomato basil sauce. A mangiare!

P.S.:  YOU CAN ORDER HOMEMADE PASTA MADE SIMPLE ON AMAZON BEGINNING AUGUST 8, 2017. YOU CAN ALSO GET IT NOW FOR THE KINDLE, FOR ONLY $1.99!

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This Homemade Bow Tie Pasta tossed with tomato and basil sauce requires only a few simple ingredients and is easy and fun to prepare. The result? An addictive dish that will please the entire family! Recipes adapted from Homemade Pasta Made Easy Cookbook by Manuela Zangara (pages 20; 52 and 53; 182).
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To prepare the homemade bow tie pasta:
  1. Weigh the flour and mound it in a bowl. Make a well in the center of the mound. Crack the eggs in a separate bowl and pour them into the well.
  2. Beat the eggs with a fork until smooth. Using the tips of your fingers, mix the eggs with the flour, a little at a time, until everything is combined.
  3. Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes, or until smooth. Form into a ball, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let it rest for 30 minutes before rolling it out.
  4. Dust 3 (10-by-15-inches) baking sheets with flour and reserve. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and feed through a pasta machine, adjusting the settings to setting #7, or roll the dough by hand with a rolling pin, making the dough as thin and uniform as possible
  5. Using a crinkle-edge pastry wheel or a pizza cutter (if you don't have a crinkle-edge pastry wheel), cut the pasta sheets into 2 1/2-inch squares. A ruler can be used for measurement to cut uniform squares if desired. I did use it!
  6. To shape the bow ties, pinch each square in the middle with your thumb and index finger. Then, transfer to the floured baking sheets and repeat the above steps with the remaining dough.
  7. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water for approximately 2 minutes or until al dente (cooked but still slightly firm). Drain pasta in a colander and shake away excess water. Serve immediately tossed with the tomato basil sauce. Enjoy!
To prepare the tomato basil sauce:
  1. Heat oil in a sauce pan over low heat. Saute onion for about 2 minutes or until translucent. Add the diced tomatoes and water. Season with salt, cover, and let cook for about 10-15 minutes over low heat.
  2. Add basil leaves and stir. Pour sauce over cooked and drained pasta in a pot and mix well while cooking for about 1 minute. Serve immediately, topped with grated cheese (or shaved cheese like I did).
Recipe Notes

MY NOTE: If you don't use great quality canned diced tomatoes, you may need to add more seasonings (such as a bit of red pepper flakes), a dash of white wine, and/or sauteed minced garlic to make sauce more flavorful.

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Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta Bake

A Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta Bake is what’s on the table… and we can’t get enough of it!  It is comforting, cheesy, yummy, and prepares within 30 minutes. It is one of those all-in-one dishes that can please a crowd while making life easy for the cook. Basically just our kind of a weeknight meal, right?! 😉

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Our Chicken Bacon Pasta Bake is made with simple ingredients such as store-bought linguine pasta mixed with a creamy cheese sauce, shredded chicken, chopped bacon, and canned diced tomatoes…

…and of course, extra cheese was sprinkled on top right before putting the pasta in the oven to bake for about 10 minutes (just until the cheese melted). Fresh basil, oregano, and grape tomatoes garnished the dish beautifully… while smiles floated all around the table.  It was a vision!

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Yes, my family and I ate… and ate it.  This thing is already on our must-repeat list!

It is exactly what I needed after a full day of work… but with dinner still yet to prepare for all those hungry bellies.  A girl’s gotta do what she gotta do — pull a dish like this from up her sleeve and make everyone happy. 🙂 But don’t just take my word — make this Creamy Chicken Bacon Pasta Bake… and then you will fully understand why we are so in love with it. An extra something will make it even more special: pair it with a glass of red wine! 😉

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Yes, my friend, happiness is called Chicken Bacon Pasta Bake! Who needs an special occasion to feast like a king, right?

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An easy, fuss-free creamy chicken and bacon pasta bake that can be prepared within 30 minutes. It makes a hearty weeknight meal!
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  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
  2. Cook and drain the pasta according to the directions in the package and set aside.
  3. While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large and heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 4-5 minutes until translucent. Do not let brown! Add the garlic powder, chopped bacon, and let cook, stirring constantly, for about 1 minute. Add the flour and stir to combine, then cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Add the half and half, broth/stock, salt, and pepper. Whisk for 1 minute, in small circles around the frying pan, until it starts to thicken. Then add the diced tomatoes. Increase the heat to medium high and cook, stirring constantly, for around 5 minutes or until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary.
  5. Add the chicken, cooked pasta, and cheddar cheese and mix through. Let it cook for around 1 minute on the stove, then remove from heat.
  6. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 8 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 2 minutes. Serve while it is still hot, garnished with fresh basil leaves and oregano, if desired. This chicken bacon pasta bake can also be served with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese and fresh grape tomatoes on top if desired. If you would like to, sprinkle on a bit of red pepper flakes, too.

 

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Brazilian Minestrone (Black Bean, Pasta, Bacon, and Vegetable Soup)

Fall has really arrived in Texas now, with temperatures getting lower and lower.  Along with the cool weather comes the need for some warm, comforting dishes, including this quick and hearty Black Bean, Pasta, Bacon, and Vegetable Soup — which I call Brazilian Minestrone. If you have ever tasted a classic minestrone, I know you will become a fan of our soup.

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Minestrone means “a big soup”… or a thick soup of Italian origin made with beans, pasta or rice, and vegetables such as onions, celery, carrots, and tomatoes.

Ours contains basically the same ingredients, but with a few variations. White beans have been replaced by black beans, a popular ingredient in Brazilian cuisine… and I have also added bacon to the soup (just as one would find in a feijoada).

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Although this type of soup is known as ‘sopa de feijão com macarrão e verduras’ (black bean soup with pasta and vegetables), it is actually a variant of the Italian minestrone — well, at least this particular version of black bean soup.  I can only imagine that this must be due to the influence of Italian immigration in Southern Brazil.

I remember my mother used to make hers by pureeing either pinto bean or black bean leftovers in the blender and then cooking them with angel hair pasta — and oh how I used to love its comforting flavor.  But there is more than one version of black bean soup in Brazil. Most of them are made with pinto beans or black beans (pureed or not), a pasta of one’s choice, and other optional ingredients such as bacon, beef or sausage, and a variety of different vegetables.

Ours is definitely more similar to the Southern Brazilian version.

Well, enjoy a good bowl of our Brazilian minestrone soup accompanied by your favorite bread… and stay warm.

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Brazilian minestrone is a quick and hearty soup made from black beans, pasta, bacon, and vegetables (the Southern Brazilian version of our black bean soup, with Italian influence).
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  1. In a medium to large non-stick saucepan, cook the chopped bacon over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the onions and sweat them for about 3 to 5 minutes in the bacon fat. Add the carrots and celery and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes. Add the beans, beef stock, tomatoes and their juice, salt and pepper to taste, pasta, and bay leaf.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; then cover, reduce heat to medium low, and simmer for about 10 to 12 minutes (or until pasta is cooked). Remove bay leaf and adjust the salt and pepper if necessary. Serve hot, sprinkled with chopped cilantro/parsley (if desired) and accompanied by bread. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

To make a vegetarian version of this Brazilian minestrone soup, omit bacon and add 2 to 3 Tablespoons of olive oil to the recipe in order to sauté vegetables. If desired, other vegetables can be added to this soup such as 1/3 cup of chopped potatoes, pumpkin, or butternut squash.

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Carrot Spaghetti with Prosciutto and Goat Cheese

Sharing is Caring: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email YummlyI feel both happy and honored to be guest posting for Raymund from Ang Sarap today — one of the best Filipino food blogs that I know of, and a longtime friend of our blog.  Although our posting schedules didn’t perfectly align, I couldn’t say no to such a lovely […]

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One Pot Sausage Pasta

Disclosure: This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Ragú® and Latina Bloggers Connect.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own, as always! 

What makes your mealtime Saucesome?  Mine is sharing a delicious meal with my family after a crazy day. This is the last day of school… as this weren’t enough, it is also an early release day. My schedule is full, yet I could not let the day finish without celebrating my children’s accomplishments.  To fit both my busy schedule and our celebration, I prepared a quick and tasty One Pot Sausage Pasta (Macarronada com Linguiça)…

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… A complete dish with an extraordinary taste, made using everyday ingredients  — thanks to Ragú® Chunky Tomato, Garlic & Onion Sauce which has a delicious taste your whole family will love! By the way, Ragú® is recognizing and celebrating everything that makes family meal time Saucesome.  From unique recipes to silly moments to crazy weeknights…it’s all Saucesome with the delicious help of Ragú® Sauce.

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Our One Pot Sausage Pasta is one of the easiest and most delicious dishes ever…  As in– “be a hero without putting a lot of effort into it”!  I am serious… All I had to do was lightly brown the sausage, sweat the onions, add milk, Ragú® Chunky Tomato, Garlic & Onion Sauce, pasta, salt, and cook everything together at once. To finish the dish, stir in cheese and sprinkle parsley on top. What could be easier than that?

One Pot Sausage Pasta -- Macarronada com Linguiça

The dish was ready in less than 30 minutes. And this even gave us time to play with the ingredients… and of course, to celebrate the end of another great school year.

Saucesome moments

How about you? What do you enjoy cooking when celebrating casual moments?

Visit the Ragú® website like we did and get inspired by its delicious recipes. Ragú® has the authentic Italian taste that American families love with a variety of great tasting, quick and easy, family favorite recipes. For additional recipe ideas, visit Facebook.com/RaguSauce, Pinterest.com/ragusauce, and Ragú® on Twitter @RaguSauce and #Saucesome. And don’t forget to check out www.RaguSweeps.com for a chance to win a variety of #Saucesome prizes.

Also try our quick and easy One Pot Sausage Pasta … It’s sure to be a hit!

One Pot Sausage Pasta -- Macarronada com Linguiça

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  1. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat and lightly brown the sausage. Reduce heat to medium and sweat the diced onions for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally (don't let them brown!).
  2. Stir in the the warm milk, tomato sauce, pasta, and salt. If desired, add either a pinch of ground black pepper or red pepper flakes depending on how spicy you prefer. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 13-15 minutes, or until pasta is al dente.
  3. Turn off the heat and stir in the shredded cheese. If desired, sprinkle about 1/2 cup of chopped parsley over the pasta and serve. Enjoy!

 

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Kale Pasta Salad

I am breaking bread with a wonderful lady today — who happens to be my favorite neighbor. For those who don’t know, my house has been for sale. Knowing that I will miss my neighborhood and especially Ms. C, I decided to make this hearty and tasty Kale Pasta Salad — as I way to thank her for always being so kind and helpful.

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The first thing was to make a stop at Walmart to buy Barilla® Penne…

… and then preparing all the ingredients to assemble our dish such boiling the pasta, mincing the garlic, slicing the lemon, and chopping both the bacon and kale.

This kale pasta salad is a simple yet versatile dish that can be served either cold or warm, as a side or main pasta dish, all year round. Although kale is a cold crop, it’s available the entire year in the US. Our dish can be easily adapted to fit a vegetarian diet by simply omitting bacon from the recipe… and was inspired in one of my favorite Brazilian leafy dishes, Couve à Mineira.

To bring its flavor, I just had to cook the kale in medium-high heat until slightly wilted — softening its bitterness. I could not be more pleased… the kale pasta salad turned out fantastic combining different textures and also flavors (salty, garlicky, smoky, and mildly bitter).

Because temps are already on the high, I am serving it cold… and yes, I can already foresee Ms. C’s smile when she takes the first bite. I am foreseeing yours too…

For other delicious pasta dishes, check out Barilla®​ recipes… and enjoy our refreshing kale pasta salad!

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Kale Pasta Salad is a quick and tasty dish that can be served either cold or warm, as a main or side dish, all year round!
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  1. Cook pasta in salty boiling water for about 12 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water, and add to a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large skillet or pan, heat 4 tablespoons of oil and add the minced garlic. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes. Don't let garlic turn brown! Add the cooked bacon and heat for about 1 to 2 minutes to bring out its flavor. Remove pan from heat, stir in 3/4 teaspoon of salt and 3/4 teaspoon of pepper. Pour mixture all over the cooked pasta, tossing well to combine. Set aside.
  3. Add the other 2 remaining tablespoons of oil and chopped kale to the same skillet or pan (without wiping it out) and let cook over medium-high heat for about 3 to 5 minutes or until kale is slightly wilted. Warming up the kale over medium-high heat brings out its flavor, avoiding get too bitter. Add kale to the pasta mixture with the lemon juice, and toss to combine. Let sit for about 5 to 7 minutes. When mixture has cool down, add the Parmesan cheese and toss. Taste pasta mixture, adjusting the seasonings if necessary.
  4. Chill kale pasta salad for about 2 to 3 hours (or more if necessary) and serve.
Recipe Notes

This kale pasta salad can be served warm if desired. In this case, place the Parmesan cheese on top just right before serving.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Barilla. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

 

P.S.: To find out about the health benefits of kale, click here.

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How to Color Pasta with Juice

How to color pasta with juice is something I have been learning about recently, and I would love to share this easy secret with you. So yes, from now on you won’t have to pay extra for stored-bought colored pasta… or even spend time making your own pasta from scratch with special colorings.

How to color pasta with juice

Simply obtain any regular dry pasta you prefer from the supermarket and color it yourself using vegetable juice. This is an ingenious technique similar to that of boiling pasta in wine. You can use beets, red cabbage, spinach or any other leaf vegetable, bell peppers, etc. The most important thing is to use sufficiently concentrated vegetable juice.

Coloring pasta with juice is a technique that not only infuses subtle flavors but also makes the dish more beautiful and fun. Ready to get started?

Well, without further ado, here is how to color pasta with juice…

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Learn how to color pasta with juice and save both time and big bucks... and also make your pasta dish more beautiful and fun!
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  1. First, make the beet juice. Blend beet chunks and 1½ quarts of water in a blender until smooth. Strain juice and discard beet pulp. Reserve the beet liquid/juice.
  2. In a medium to large pot, bring the remaining 3 quarts of water and 1 Tablespoon of salt to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until bendable. At the same time pasta is cooking, bring 4 cups (or 1 quart) of the reserved beet juice, a sprinkle of salt, and vinegar to a boil over medium high heat in a large sauté pan.
  3. Using tongs or a pasta strainer, lift out partially cooked pasta from the pot and place in the sauté pan with the boiling juice. Cook pasta until al dente, stirring frequently, over medium-high heat. You may need to add another cup or two (or 1/4 to 1/2 quart) of the remaining beet juice to finish cooking the pasta. Once pasta is cooked, strain.
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  5. You can sauté colored, strained pasta with oil and/or butter, garlic, herbs, cheese, and pretty much anything else that you want.
Recipe Notes

You can use red cabbage, spinach or any other leaf vegetable, bell pepper, carrots (although color won't be vibrant. Definitely, not a fave ingredient to color pasta), etc to color pasta. The most important thing is to use a concentrated vegetable juice to achieve a vibrant color.

 

 

 

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Chicken Casserole Nests

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Chicken Casserole Nests This is a baked casserole made from pasta nests (no precooking required) filled with a mixture of two cheeses, peas, and chicken, layered on a pool of tomato sauce. Oh, this was a big-time hit!  The last of our Chicken Casserole Nests had barely been served when my little ones were already asking me to make it again.  I am a happy Mom… After all, it is not every day that such approval comes this quickly. To prepare these Chicken Casserole Nests and other chicken dishes (e.g. Chicken Stroganoff, Grilled Chicken Legs Wrapped in Bacon, Grandma’s Chicken Soup,  and Brazilian Saffron Rice with Chicken, among others), I trust and use Tyson® Fresh Chicken.  Why? Tyson fresh chicken and ingredients for the Chicken Caserole Nests Tyson Fresh Chicken is all natural* — with no added hormones or steroids** — and arrives at local stores fresh because it is delivered within days from leaving the farm. Tyson Fresh Chicken also makes my life easier since its Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Tenderloins, and Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs are all hand-trimmed. I also enjoy their helpful tools and resources to make meal planning easy for me and my family. For this reason, I browse Tyson Fresh Chicken’s family-friendly recipes HERE.  It is totally handy! As you can see, how could I help but trust Tyson Foods — a company that is wholesome and family-friendly? It’s made up of real people like you and me – moms, dads, wives, husbands, neighbors, and friends. For over 75 years, Tyson has been bringing families together. Every day they strive to make food that they can feel good about serving to their own families.  In this way, consumers can feel good about serving it to theirs. What do you think? Enjoy this ultimate family favorite — Chicken Casserole Nests — and many other chicken dishes of mine and from Tyson!!! Chicken Casserole Nests JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Is chicken the most commonly served meat at your household? What’s your family’s favorite chicken dish? Leave a comment with your answer below and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a fun gift basket with kitchen gadgets and goodies.  

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Chicken Casserole Nests
A healthy, easy baked chicken casserole nests made from pasta nests filled with a mixture of cheeses, peas, and chicken, layered on a pool of tomato sauce.
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Course Main
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Course Main
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (about 180 degrees C).
  2. Prepare the sauce: In a medium stainless steel saucepan, mix together all ingredients until combined and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Pour into a large Pyrex or casserole dish, and set aside.
  3. For the pasta nests: Arrange uncooked pasta nests on top of the hot tomato sauce, keeping each a bit of a distance from the others. Using a spoon, ladle some of the hot tomato sauce over each nest to moisten. In a medium bowl, mix together the cheeses and peas, and set aside.
  4. Pat dry the chicken with paper towels and cut into small pieces. Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. In a medium non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and brown the chicken (about 2-3 minutes). Mix into the cheese-pea mixture. Spoon cheese-chicken mixture into the raw pasta nests. Cover baking dish tightly with aluminum foil (If necessary, grease the interior of the sheet with non-stick cooking spray in order to avoid the cheeses sticking to the foil). Bake for about 40-45 minutes. Remove foil and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top of the pasta nests if desired. Serve chicken casserole nests hot (2 nests per person). A fresh salad or steamed vegetables, if desired, can accompany chicken casserole nests. Enjoy our chicken casserole nests!!!

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