You may have noticed that I like to take a theme and run with it, whether the celebration is big or small. MAR10 Day is no exception, and I had a fun time coming up with something special for our dinner on Friday. Last year, MAR10 Day fell during our “Markel Family Tour di Pizza,” but in previous years, I’ve chosen something Italian for dinner. I decided to do that again this year, but I wanted to make something new, so I found a recipe for beef ragu with pappardelle. It was excellent, and I will definitely make it again. I also found clementine Italian soda to serve with it.
For dessert, Ladybug and I made an Italian lemon cream cake, which was amazing:
I love finding fun reasons to prepare special meals!
It’s been so long since I made linguine with clam sauce, I had to start from scratch on the recipe. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and I’ll definitely be making it again!
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. butter
8 cloves garlic. minced
1 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup white wine
2 10 oz. cans clams, undrained, plus 1 10z. can drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley (or you can cheat like me and use a few Tbsp. dried)
1 lemon, juiced
16 oz. linguine, cooked and drained
Melt 1/2 cup butter in skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and mushrooms and sauté until golden. Stir in salt and pepper, then deglaze the pan with white wine. Add clams and juice and cook until heated through. Add parsley, remaining 1 Tbsp. of butter, and lemon juice and cook until butter is melted. Serve over linguine and top with parmesan cheese.
I wanted to make pasta on Mother’s Day, and I wanted that pasta to include artichokes somehow. This is what I came up with, and to my great surprise, it was a huge hit! You could also add some cooked, shredded chicken to the sauce if you want a heartier meal.
8 oz. sour cream
2 14 oz. cans quartered artichoke hearts, drained
2 oz. capers, drained
3 garlic cloves, minced
Juice and zest of one lemon
16ozpenne pasta with 1 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid
Cook pasta in a large pot of salted water to desired doneness. Reserve 1 cup of the water and drain pasta.
In a large pot, melt 2 Tbsp. butter over medium heat. Once hot, add spinach and stir until slightly wilted. Transfer wilted spinach to a colander and drain.
Add 4 Tbsp. butter to the same pot along with 4 oz cream cheese, 8 oz. sour cream, and 1 cup parmesan and stir until everything melts and starts to bubble. Add minced garlic.
Stir in drained artichokes and capers and cook an additional 1-2 minutes, then add drained spinach, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Cook until hot then toss in the cooked, drained pasta. Stir in reserved pasta water to thin sauce if desired. Serve with additional shredded parmesan.
28 oz. can whole tomatoes, drained and coarsely chopped
2 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 tsp. salt
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente; drain.
While pasta is cooking, heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Cook sausage and pepper flakes until sausage is evenly brown. Stir in onion and garlic, and cook until onion is tender. Deglaze pan with white wine. Stir in tomatoes, cream, Italian seasoning, and salt. Simmer until mixture thickens, 8 to 10 minutes.Stir cooked pasta into sauce, and heat through.
Lent means fish sales. I especially love it when salmon goes on sale, because I love to bake it will a little lemon juice and olive oil. I love it even more when I have salmon leftovers, because then I get to make one of my very favorite pasta dishes! If you don’t love capers as much as I do, feel free to reduce the amount in the recipe.
16 oz. fettuccine
2 Tbsp. butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups heavy cream
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
leftover salmon, flaked
1 to 2 cans of artichoke hearts, quartered or chopped
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
3 Tbsp. minced fresh basil
7 oz. capers, drained
2 tsp. lemon zest
salt and pepper to taste
Cook pasta according to package directions.
In a large skillet, heat butter; add garlic and cook for one minute. Stir in cream and lemon juice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer two to three minutes until thickened, stirring constantly. Add salmon, artichokes, salt, and pepper.
Drain pasta and add to skillet. Stir in cheese, basil, capers, and lemon zest. Serve when heated through.