Versatile and nutrient-rich spaghetti squash lays the base to this recipe, while broccoli adds even more vitamin A to this Fall recipe. The best part of all? The mix of lower-fat cheeses that results in a dreamy, rich-tasting sauce you can enjoy sans guilt. Keep reading to get this delicious, comforting recipe.
If you have 10 minutes, pasta is a quick and filling go-to meal, especially in the colder months. But if you're watching your carb intake or are following a gluten-free or Paleo diet, then even though it's healthy, whole wheat pasta is off-limits.
Here's an equally satisfying, soft, and tender alternative that's as easy to whip up as that bowl of spaghetti.
It's made with carrot ribbons using a simple vegetable peeler, then sautéed with mushrooms, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil for a bowl that's sure to satisfy your pasta cravings.
The carrots add a sweet twist to this traditional dish, but the marinara and cooked veggies make it taste like you always remember — and your tastebuds won't miss a thing.
Keep reading for this under 500-calorie gluten-free fettucine recipe.
It's midweek, and you're tired, hungry, and craving a meal that's more exciting than that pizza lurking in the depths of your freezer. This time you might dial up takeout or bust out a fast and easy pantry pasta dish, but chef Alex Guarnaschelli has a smart solution for weeks to come. To avoid this dilemma in the future, she suggests spending a couple of hours cooking on a cozy Sunday afternoon to set yourself up for an enticing meal later in the week. Watch the video for her satisfying squash pasta recipe — it can, and should be, made ahead, as it tastes even better after an overnight stay in the fridge. Then print out the recipe!
Low-carb and gluten-free eaters can still partake in the pleasures of pasta — it just takes a little creativity! If you're jonesing for Fall comfort in the form of Italian food, forget that big bowl of noodles, and try one of these recipes to help reduce your carb and grain consumption tonight.
Roasted Spaghetti Squash With Shrimp
Spaghetti squash is one of the easiest subs to your favorite traditional pasta recipes. This clean and simple recipe for roasted shrimp over spaghetti squash is an elegant supper packed with protein and iron.
Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese
Is there anything more decadent than a bowl of mac and cheese? If you're looking to lighten things up the next time you dig into this indulgent dish, opt for spaghetti squash mac and cheese, a twist on tradition that amps up the nutritional value as it cuts back on calories and carbs.
Broccoli Slaw "Pasta"
This cheesy, garlicky recipe from healthy chef Hungry Girl is the best of both worlds — this broccoli slaw "pasta" is as fast to make as any simple pasta dish and it doesn't come overloaded with carbs.
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Making homemade pasta hardly seems feasible on busy weeknights, but Fabio Viviani's recipe for this classic Italian staple is a game changer: it comes together in a matter of minutes. Watch the video to learn how to make pasta using two different techniques: "Fabio's way," a speedy shortcut, and a classic, hands-on technique gleaned from his grandma. Then print out the recipe and get cooking.
Our office has long awaited the release of Homeroom restaurant's The Mac + Cheese Cookbook. In fact, when I ripped open the package, my desk neighbors couldn't wait to flip through the cookbook to see if their favorite mac and cheese recipe had made the cut. The overwhelming request was for "popper mac," a jalapeño cream cheese dish based off of the cream-cheese stuffed pepper appetizer.
The recipe, while perhaps not as good as the one you can get at the restaurant, is still undeniably cheesy, tart, and gooey. For a superspicy take, keep the ribs and seeds of the jalapeños in place. Add some aromatic flavor by garnishing the casserole dish with some chopped scallions. In addition, for a smoky, meaty version, sprinkle in some bacon bits or crumbled bacon.
Step away from your supermarket's refrigerated ravioli section; it's time to learn how to make these delightful stuffed pastas at home. Start with a batch of Fabio Viviani's recipe for fresh pasta dough, then watch the video to learn how to fill, shape, and cook up whatever variety of ravioli you choose. Need some flavor inspiration? For starters, try the zingy combination of goat cheese, lemon, pink peppercorns, and tarragon.
As many of you know, my gourmet hubby Dean is an amazing cook. He makes the most delicious meals for myself and our four little ones. And, when our babes were infants, I depended a lot on Dean to make dinner while I was busy with feedings and other new mommy responsibilities. And after having five little ones, Dean has become quite the expert on family meal planning. (They don’t call him The Gourmet Dad for nothing!) So today I wanted to share some of Dean’s tips for feeding the family when you’ve have a new baby on board (including his yummy make-ahead lasagna recipe). I’ll let Dean take it from here…
Becoming a parent is one of… well, hey, let’s go ahead and say THE most intense, amazing and overwhelming experience of a lifetime. I’ve had a lot of people ask me lately for some advice on how to transition into this new phase, so I thought I’d put together a list of some of the best tips and advice I’ve heard and learned in my five-time dad experience! We'll cover my first tip in today's post.
Unless your experience is crazy different from everyone else’s, you’ll have a good nine months at least to prepare, so use it well! Throw a potluck party (or a few!) and have everyone bring a freeze-able meal. This way you can stock up on ready-made meals with half the work—and this will really come in handy for those first few months with a new baby. Not having to worry about cooking will save you a ton of stress—and all that time you would’ve spent cooking meals you can now spend with the little one! Here’s a great ready-to-freeze meal idea to get you started — it’s healthy, gourmet and awesome comfort food to boot!
Earlier this Summer, I asked Laura Werlin, a cheese expert, to share her tips on making a Summer-appropriate macaroni and cheese. She answered, "I have a whole chapter [in Mac & Cheese, Please!] called 'Lighten Up, Cool Down,' and those recipes are all intended to be a little easier to make and a little lighter in spirit and in substance. I really like the goat cheese, mozzarella, basil, and tomato mac and cheese. It's basically a play on the caprese salad. It's just so light, summery, easy to make, and really satisfying."
Lucky for us, she sent over the recipe so we could test it, and it's no exaggeration when I say this is one recipe I plan to make again and again. The dish is like nostalgia and vacation stirred together. First, the gooey mac and cheese brings you back to the staple dinner you enjoyed as a kid, and second, the fresh tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella will make you feel like you're dining at a piazza in Italy.
You don't need heavy cream, butter, and cheese to create a satisfying pasta supper, and this vegan-friendly spaghetti recipe from The Skinny Bitch is proof. Fresh produce and a fragrant white wine and garlic sauce keep this recipe low in calories but rich in flavor and nutrients like vitamins A and C. Everyone at your table will enjoy this fresh supper — vegan or not!
Keep reading to learn how to make this recipe.