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St. Paddy’s Drunken Fettuccine

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It’s that time of year…when every Irish lad grabs a beer and a beautiful Irish lass. Well, might I suggest you also grab the ingredients for this delectable dish? I guarantee your St. Patrick’s Day will be a LUCKY one!

….so what are you waiting for ya little leprechaun? Start grabbing!!

1 lb fresh fettuccine
2 c cilantro leaves (stems removed)
3/4 c chicken stock
3 T butter
3 shallots (finely chopped)
1/2 c dark beer
Salt
Fresh pepper
1 c whipping cream

1. Boil 4 quarts of water.
2. In the meantime, combine the cilantro and chicken stock in a food processor and purée.
3. Melt butter in a large saucepan.
4. Add shallots and sauté for 3-4 minutes over medium heat.
5. Add beer and boil on medium-high heat for 5 minutes or until the mixture has reduced a bit (thickens).
6. Add cilantro mixture and reduce again.
7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
8. Add whipping cream and reduce again – approximately 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat.
9. Lightly salt the boiling water and add fettuccine (cook time 3-4 minutes if using fresh pasta).
10. Combine and GET LUCKY!!!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, pastaporn fans!!!

Gimme Gemelli

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Gemelli pasta resembles two entwined lovers. Bold asiago cheese, fresh salty bacon and golden caramelized onions envelop each twist like they were created for each other. This Valentine’s Day, prepare this rich baked delight and pair it with a great bottle of Pinot Gris. Trust me….Cupid is sure to nail you with his arrow!

p.s. Fresh, quality ingredients are a must, especially if you’re trying to keep your Valentine past February 14!

Asiago Gemelli w/ Caramelized Onions & Bacon

8 oz gemelli pasta
8 oz asiago cheese (shredded)
1/2 medium onion (chopped)
4 slices bacon (chopped into 1/2 – 1 inch pieces)
2 T butter
3 T flour
3/4 c cow boob juice
Salt & pepper
1/8 c panko breadcrumbs

1. Cook pasta for 9-10 minutes in lightly salted water.
2. Fry bacon, drain on paper towels & chop (reserve drippings).
3. Sauté chopped onion in the bacon drippings for 10-15 minutes over a low flame, stirring frequently.
4. In the meantime, melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.
5. Slowly whisk flour into the butter until it thickens.
6. Slowly whisk in the boob juice (sauce will thin out, but still have weight).
7. Add salt, pepper and all but one ounce of the asiago cheese (reserve for top).
8. Toss the onions, pasta and bacon into the sauce and mix well.
9. Pour mixture into a 7″ x 11″ baking dish and top with panko breadcrumbs.
10. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, sprinkling the reserved asiago on top after 15 minutes. Then, you are just 5 minutes away from gemelli ecstasy!!!

Screw candy hearts!!

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Pasta hearts are the way to mine this Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

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Cavatappi Pasta – TAP THIS!

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Tap this fun, twisty pasta tonight. If macaroni was a chick with a little wave in her hair, cavatappi would be a chick with gorgeous spiral curls!

This recipe is perfect for all of you sticking to your New Year’s resolution to slim down, by the way….only 313 calories per serving. Stupid quick and easy, too!!

Cavatappi Pasta w/ Prosciutto and Parmesan
Serves 4.

1/2 lb uncooked cavatappi
Cooking spray
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 T finely chopped fresh parsley
2 T extra virgin olive oil
1/2 t salt
1/2 t ground black pepper
1 oz very thin slices prosciutto (cut into thin strips)
1 oz fresh Parmesan or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (shaved)

1. Cook pasta according to the package directions.
2. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 3 tablespoons cooking liquid.
3. Heat pan over medium heat and coat with cooking spray.
4. Add garlic to pan and sauté for about a minute.
5. Remove from heat and add the reserved 3 tablespoons cooking liquid and pasta to pan; let stand 2 minutes.
6. Stir in parsley, oil, salt, pepper and prosciutto.
7. Sprinkle with shaved cheese and TAP THAT!!!!

For the ladies…

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Mmmm….

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Hot and Wild Bacon Farfallone

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Hot & Wild Bacon Farfallone

It’s uncouth next to it’s bowtie relatives, Farfalle and Farfalloni. Farfallone is wild and untamed; basic yet robust. Adding bacon to the mix is like showering the beast with lace panties!!

This recipe should be perfect eating off someone’s navel next to a roaring fire this holiday season, so go gather some firewood and Farfallone!

Happy Holidays, my Gnoughties!

: Serves 2:

1/2 lb farfallone
4 slices of bacon
2 T olive oil
1/2 large onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 can fire roasted tomatoes (drain a few tablespoons of juice off)
1/4 c white wine
1/4 t dried hot red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1/4 c fresh parsley (finely chopped)
1/4 c Parmesan cheese (shredded)

1. In a deep skillet cook the bacon over moderate heat just until it is crisp. Drain on paper towels, then chop.
2. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the skillet and add the olive oil.
3. Cook the onion over moderate heat in the fat and olive oil, stirring until it is golden brown.
3. In a pot of salted boiling water cook the pasta until it is al dente.
4. While the pasta is cooking, stir the fire roasted tomatoes into the onion mixture along with the garlic, wine, red pepper flakes and salt to taste.
5. Simmer the sauce over low-med heat, stirring constantly for 10-11 minutes.
6. Stir in the parsley and bacon.
7. Drain the pasta well, add it to the sauce and toss well.
8. Sprinkle shredded Parmesan on top.

Sophia Loren

“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.”

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Mackin’ Cheese

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Is it date night? Need something tasty to fix that will guarantee you “get some”? Well, look no further!! This deliciously cheesy recipe is sure to deliver… *wink*

1/2 lb ziti
2 T butter
3 T flour
2/3 c cow boob juice
1 can stewed tomatoes (reserve 2/3 c juice)
10 oz Sharp cheddar (grated)
1/4 tsp dry mustard
Salt & pepper
Panko breadcrumbs (optional)

1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Boil water and cook ziti for 10 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, make a roux. Melt butter over low/medium heat and whisk in the flour.
4. Slowly add in the milk, a little at a time – whisk constantly until thickened.
5. Add 2/3 cup of the juice saved from the stewed tomatoes and cook for 1 minute.
6. Whisk in salt, pepper and dry mustard.
7. Add 8-9 oz of the cheddar cheese and cook until melted.
8. Add cheese sauce and ziti together.
9. Put the stewed tomatoes into the bottom of a 2 qt casserole and pour the ziti mixture on top.
10. Add the remaining cheddar on top and panko, if desired. Bake for 20 minutes.