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simple, tasteful pastas for emily

October 14, 2011

dry pasta

let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a hearty bowl of pasta?  the sad thing is that most americans simply think spaghetti and meatballs when they think pasta.  while a good marinara sauce and a good meatball are timeless, there are so many other ways to make pasta!  i am personally a pasta freak, i would eat it every night, and generally do when tomas is working nights!  my friend emily, who is a new mommy, asked me the other day to write a post on easy pasta recipes for her so here we are!


i can't even wait to get it on a plate!

most of the time when i cook pasta i make up a recipe based on whatever i have in my fridge at the time, usually including something with bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, parmesan, and tomatoes.  in this post however, i am going to try to avoid any recipe that has any actual tomato chunks in it because i know emily won’t eat it 😉  all the recipes i’m listing here, one for every night of the week, are from other food blogs i follow except one – the specially requested and famed macaroni and cheese a la mama hovie and grandma dorothy!



there are two recipes in my toolbox, macaroni & cheese and my mom’s original grilled cheese, that require the most processed cheeses known to man – velveeta and american!  these two cheese melt beautifully and are incredibly creamy!

spoon full

just one more spoonfull!!

i hope all these recipes come in handy emily, just remember to take it one at a time, and don’t worry so much about making it perfect!!  anyone else have any quick and delicious recipes to share?

pasta with creamy avocado sauce from eats well with others

lemony broccoli and shrimp pasta from smokin’ chesnut

roasted zucchini pasta from ezra pound cake

chive pasta with crimini mushrooms from 20 something cupcakes

shell beans pasta with cilantro lime vinaigrette from love food eat (substitute cannellini beans for the fresh beans in the recipe to make it easier – you won’t have to cook them, just rinse them off and toss in when the pasta is ready)

cheesy taco pasta from lauren’s latest

macaroni & cheese

serving size depends on when you can stop yourself from eating them!
2 cups dry macaroni pasta

4 T butter

1/4 cup milk

8oz velveeta cheese, cubed

salt to taste

cook the pasta to the box’s directions.  strain out the water and put the pasta back into the pot.  add in the cheese, butter, milk, and cheese and mix until everything is melted.  add salt to taste and have your fork/spoon ready to dive in!!!!

note: kids – you may want to look into kraft’s “macsurance” if your parents like to steal your mackers!!!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. jenibeans permalink
    October 14, 2011 11:59 am

    Yum Yum!! Great recipes and pics too. love it!!

  2. October 14, 2011 12:36 pm

    Thank you for featuring one of my recipes! Your mac and cheese looks incredible, especially on this chilly fall day. 🙂

  3. October 14, 2011 1:40 pm

    Looks really good can’t wait to try with my lil girl.

    • October 14, 2011 2:08 pm

      Fun! It’s a great one for kids… I don’t even know how young I was when I started helping my mom with this recipe!!


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