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One Pot Pasta

I created this dish for dinner last night. It was an easy and tasty meal and quite healthy although it tasted very rich. I tried the yoke less egg noodles for the first time and they are delicious and a healthy pasta alternative. This dish is ready in less than 30 minutes and is probably one of the simplest thing I’ve made to date. Have it for dinner tonight!

Ingredients List:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion sliced
  • 2 cups mushrooms sliced (i used a mixture of white sliced and portobello)
  • 1 lb  extra lean turkey
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 jalapeño sliced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 cups  chicken broth
  • 1 pkg  broad yokeless egg noodles
  • 1 container of Philadelphia Cooking Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup  loosely chopped fresh basil

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In a large pan add your olive oil and cook the onion, jalapeño and mushrooms on medium high heat until softened. Add the turkey and cook until browned and no liquid remains-about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and wine cook for about 5 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the Pasta to the pot and cook (stirring occasionally) until pasta is al dente about 8 minutes. Add cream cheese,parm cheese and basil and stir into the mixture. Serve immediately.

Happy Friday!

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xo Lisa

Sausage and Roasted Tomato Penne in a Mustard Cream Sauce

I  recently enjoyed an amazing pasta at the Kit Kat Club that was served in a Mustard Cream Sauce. This sauce blew my mind and so I decided to re create it at home with my own Foodventure twist. The result is delicious and really simple. This dish takes about 10 minutes to make (minus the time to slow roast the tomatoes) and you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups of slow roasted tomatoes (click here for a link to my recipe)
  • 4 shallots loosely chopped to roast with the tomatoes
  • 3 Italian sausages, meat removed from casings and crumbled (i used 2 hot and 1 mild)
  • 3/4 cup of dry white wine
  • 3/4 cup of 5% cream
  • 3 tablespoons of dijon mustard
  • 2 cups of penne
  • 1 1/2  cups of arugula
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the sausage meat and brown over moderately high heat, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the cream and mustard and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, In a bowl combine  the pasta, roasted tomatoes and sausage. Toss to coat. Top with fresh arugula and fresh grated parm cheese. Serve at once.

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Eat Well

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xo Lisa

 

Food Photo of the Day

Homemade Pasta!

 

The best kind of pasta..made at home. You can read about how to make your own pasta HERE!

 

MacCheesy

Basic, Delicious and a Great way to purge your fridge.

My friend JMurph came over for dinner this evening and I was too lazy to do any grocery shopping over the weekend. I figured that  I had enough stuff kicking around at home to make some sort of meal. Turns out, I have all the ingredients neccesary to make Mac and Cheese. In fact, I have so many ends of different kids of cheese that this is more like a 4 cheese mac and cheese.

Ingredients List:

  • 2 shallots (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp of Butter
  • 2 Cups of Noodles (cooked)
  • 2 Cups of Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cups of light cream  (5%)
  • 2 Tbsp of Flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Dijon
  • 2 Cups of Bread  crumbs
  • 3/4 cup of kielbasa
  • salt and pepper to taste

**click on the picture for a more info about how to make MacCheesey Bake.

 

Signs of Spring are everywhere…LOVE IT! Love you.

Eat well

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xo Lisa


The Secret Garden….

Ok. Here’s the deal…

There is nothing secret happening here BUT a couple of great friends working on The Secret Garden came over for dinner this evening between shows…. In January, I purchased the  pasta attachment for my kitchenaid mixer and tonight was the perfect night to try it out! I made spaghetti with a sausage and pancetta tomato sauce and a gorgonzola and garlic flatbread.

This post will only show y’all how to make homemade pasta but every part of this meal was created from scratch. It took me a few tries to master the pasta, Let me tell ya…it was much harder than you think  to get to this point…(hopefully this will allow you not to go through the same trial and error!) Thanks to Todd for his ongoing advice and his free pouring…(that kept the project going!) Know that this is the edited version of the pasta making (although a series of shots of the dough issues might be fun!)…hopefully you will get a winning recipe from the getGo!

Ingredients List:

  • 3 1/2 cups of flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tbsp of salt

**click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own pasta!

Nothing is more exciting than enjoying a meal with great friends.

I realize that not everyone has access to a kitchenaid mixer and the truth is that to make delicious homemade pasta you don’t need fancy gadgets.  Making pasta at home is cheap, easy and delicious (in fact next time i will try it without the gadget). So make it now. Stop buying it. Seriously, even if you don’t have a mixer just make it on your counter! Go and youtube how to make homemade pasta…so worth it and  cheap to do.

I can’t to hear about your pasta making stories!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Special Delivery!

The pasta maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer arrived in the mail today! What a great surprise on this really really cold day. I am so excited to try it out. I’m thinking dinner next week for sure. Anyone free Tuesday?

**click on the picture for a better look!

I’m still trying to figure out my organic gluten-free vegan potluck dish for tomorrow evening. Lentils anyone? Either way I’ll have my recipe posted on Sunday. Thanks to all of you who have been checking out this site. I am thrilled to say that in a little over a month Foodventures has over 1000 hits! wow. And you don’t need to wonder if you are missing a post cause you can sign up and get all the latest Foodventures to your inbox! (Check it out in the top right corner under the Howdy, Finale, La Vie.) Stay Warm and have fun! It’s Friday! woot woot!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Lucky Parm!

Last night, I had some dear friends over for dinner, these folk all LOVE LOVE LOVE to eat, drink and be merry.  I knew that i wanted to make something that was delicious, hearty (to coat our boozy stomachs!) and low maintenance. We started off with roasted garlic, naan bread, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and martini’s. The main event was chicken parm with fettucini alfredo and some delicious wines and we ended with mixed wild berry’s in maple syrup over vanilla frozen yogurt. All of these dishes were easy  to prepare ahead of time thus allowing me time to socialize without spending too much time in the kitchen. Here is my version of the Chicken Parm with Fettucini Alfredo.


Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 31/2 cups fresh parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley (dry)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup and 1 tbsp of flour (put aside)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 2 cans of tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of arugula
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • 1 glove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of aged cheddar
  • 1 package fresh fettucini noodles
  • salt and pepper to taste

Serves 4

**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Chicken Parmesan and Fettucini Alfredo

 

A great evening with lot’s of laughter and love.

This is a perfect dish to make for a dinner party because you can coat and cover the chicken ahead of time and pop it into the oven about 30 minutes before you want to serve your meal. The alfredo sauce only takes about 10 minutes to make and the fresh pasta will cook within 3 minutes. Which means you only have to be in the kitchen for a minimal amount of time and you can spend the rest of the time hanging out with your guests.  You should make this tonight, it’s easy and it’s tasty! Let me know how it turns out. Happy Cooking!


Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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