Penne with Roasted Vegetables

Penne with Roasted Vegetables

August 20th, 2010  | Category: Pasta


Today, I am going to share a quick & easy (and very tasty) dinner recipe that used to come into rescue during weekdays, while I was still working at a 9-to-9 job. Here’s how it goes, minute-by-minute: You’ve come back home from work feeling exhausted and have just taken off your clothes. Now, before jumping into the shower to get rid off the day’s drowsiness, cut the tomatoes, ...

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Baked Pasta with Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Aged Gouda

Baked Pasta with Tomatoes, Mozzarella and Aged Gouda

August 19th, 2009  | Category: Pasta, Vegetarian


Here's a post I've been sitting on for a year now. Yes, a year. I know, it's crazy. But by the time I decided to write about it last year, tomato season had already ended. And I just didn't want to torture you with this wonderful recipe in the middle of the winter when juicy, sweet and bright-red tomatoes are nowhere to be found. I was planning to ...

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Basil Pesto Recipe

Basil Pesto Recipe

July 27th, 2009  | Category: Pasta, Preserving


It's that time of year again. Time to turn the season's juiciest and sweetest tomatoes into a homemade tomato sauce and preserving it for the winter months. It is also time to stock up your freezer with basil pesto sauce. I've managed to freeze ten cups so far. That is in addition to the batches I've gone through by tossing it with pasta, grilled vegetables, spreading it ...

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Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Almond Pesto Sauce

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Almond Pesto Sauce

February 21st, 2008  | Category: Pasta, Vegetarian


Remember my post about how I drove mom crazy with my overeating habit? This is my second attempt to break it. Left to my own devices, I would boil an 18 ounce pack of Linguine, smother it in a rich tomato sauce prepared with a stick of butter and a head of garlic and eat that in one sitting. That's the old Cenk. The new Cenk, who suffers ...

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Pasta Gratins with Goat Cheese, Sage and Mushrooms

Pasta Gratins with Goat Cheese, Sage and Mushrooms

January 31st, 2008  | Category: Pasta, Vegetarian


I am known to eat a whole pot of pasta in one sitting (and a jar of Nutella if I feel festive, but that is not our topic today). What's more unfortunate is once I made a fatal mistake of telling this to my mother. Ever since that day, her first question on the phone is "What did you eat tonight?" - her voice fading close to the ...

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