Pesto Parmesan Pasta

Ready for a super easy, super quick dinner recipe? Ok awesome because I have one for you!

Some of my favorite dishes include the following:
Cream sauce
Something spicy
Carbs. Lots.

Dishes with those things are the most satisfying and comforting to me. Hence why I came up with this little gem for dinner this week.

Oh and did I mention I love Cavatelli noodles? Because I really do. These curly little guys are so eye catching I think, and add a good texture. Always an important aspect in a dish, texture that is.

I added some spicy sausage to this as well. Which is easily left out depending on your preference. I made my favorite homemade, extra spicy pesto but decide to mix it with a little buttermilk, butter and pasta water to tone down the spicy of this dish. I love, love spicy but it’s easy to over do it. The cream really mellows out the spicy and lets the flavors come out and do their thing.

For this recipe, you’ll need:
1/2 lb of Cavatelli noodles
1 lb spicy sausage (optional)
3 tablespoons of your favorite pesto!
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 cup pasta water

Begin by boiling the noodles until al dente.

Meanwhile, brown the sausage in a separate pan. Drain, set aside.

Drain the noodles, reserving 1/8 cup of pasta water. More on why pasta water is so important in an upcoming post.

Add the pesto, butter, buttermilk, pasta water, salt and sausage to the pot with the drained noodles. Stir all together.

Top with Parmesan!

Time to eat up!

What’s your favorite pasta dish?

Lemon Pesto Pasta

Happy Friday Everyone!

Has this not been the longest short week ever? Seriously though. Good thing I went to an awesome show last night! I saw the Lumineers and they are phenomenal. Love ’em, just love ’em.

So, I’ve decided to challenge myself this month. I am going to post everyday (including weekends!) this month. Therefore, if you have any suggestions, tips, recipes or restaurants you’ve been dying to try, please send them my way! Thanks to all of you lovely people, I had a spike in traffic this month and its been the best month on record!! Thanks y’all!! To return all that love I want to give y’all more of what ya want! So tell me your thoughts and dreams and let’s do this.

Summer is definitely setting in here

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in Austin, TX. Temps are creeping up to almost 100 degrees! Which makes me want lemons. So today I give you lemon pesto pasta. Because you all know how much I love pesto. And pasta. And of course, I put a poached egg on top. Because I love those too. I decided to switch up my normal pesto and go lemon-y. And cheesy.

You’ll need:
Whole Wheat Angel Hair Pasta (thats my fav)
Frozen Peas
Red Bell Pepper
1 Lemon
Fresh Mint
Handful of Almonds
Romano Cheese
Green Onion
Crushed Red Pepper
Olive Oil

3 cloves of garlic
Salt and Pepper
Poached egg if you’re into those…

Do a rough chop of the lemon, green onions, romano cheese and garlic…

Throw that all into a food processor. With the almonds,crushed red pepper flakes, a little kosher salt and few tablespoons of olive oil. Be sure to wash the lemon because I put mine in rind and all.

Blend that all until smooth. Well smooth-ish. This pesto will be a little chunkier than others.

Get that pasta boiling… and then move onto the red bell pepper. Cut out the white part on the inside.

Chop up the red bell pepper and mince a few leaves of mint. Just a touch… not too much.

Once the angel hair is al dente, throw the frozen peas in the hot pasta water and they will cook on their own in about 3 minutes.

Drain the water from the pasta and peas. Add the red bell pepper, mint and lemon pesto and mix all together.

Dont forget the poached eggs!

Plate the lemon pesto pasta and slide the poached egg on top. Gorgeous colors if I do say so myself!

Just love this.

Ready to crack that yolk? Wait for it… Wait for it…

Aww yeah!

Eat up and enjoy!

Vegetable Lasagna Rollatini

Mmmmm pasta…. and pesto. Two things I have been craving lately. I know, weird, right? It’s practically summer and I should be thinking about light and fresh vegetables but whatever. The heart, errr I mean stomach, wants what it wants.

I did though incorporate a lot of vegetables into this lasagna. Mainly because my guys friends that came over are total health nuts. No, but really, they are. I thought about making this dish vegan for a hot second but just couldn’t bring myself to make lasagna without cheese. I’m just not there yet. But vegans and vegetarians alike feel free to post your substitutions, I’m always looking for something different!

I did add some super healthy and of course spicy kale pesto! Really added some flavor to this dish.


You’ll need:
10 Lasagna Noodles
1/2 of a small Eggplant
1 cup of diced Cremini or Baby Portobello Mushrooms (they are the same thing!)
1/2 a large White onion
1 large can of Tomato Sauce
1/2 a bushel of Kale
6 cloves Garlic
6 tablespoons of Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
1 small Lemon
1/2 a Jalapeno
Couple splashes of week-old red wine
1 cup of Ricotta cheese
Mozzarella cheese
Romano or Parmesan cheese to top

First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Then boil the lasagna noodles. Even if you buy no boil noodles, still need to boil them so they are soft enough to roll.

Only need to boil the noodles for 3-4 minutes. Drain the water and separate the noodles. If you don’t they will stick together and tear! Set these aside.

Now onto the kale pesto! I made this just like I made all my other pestos, except I used kale. Wash and remove the stalks from the kale. This post shows you how to remove the stalks of the kale.

In a food processor, combine chopped kale, garlic, lemon juice, jalapeno, olive oil and kosher salt until fully incorporated and smooth. Set aside.

Dice up the onion.

Wash and dice up the cremini mushrooms.

Now onto the eggplant!

Slice the eggplant then proceed to dice it up.

Combine the onion, mushrooms and eggplant into a large skillet. Drizzle with olive oil and begin to saute.

Add 2-3 tablespoons of week old red wine or red wine vinegar. Stir that until absorbed.

After about 10 minutes, add a cup of ricotta. Turn off the heat and mix that up!

Remember those noodles? Now its time for the fun part!

Spoon the vegetables and ricotta over the noodles.

Top a little kale pesto over that. Not too much! It gets spicy with that jalapeno.

Roll that up!

Ta Da! Haha get it? It’s lasagna but all rolled up? Lasagna Rollatini!

Place the lasagna rolls into a baking pan sprayed with non-stick spray.

Smother those with tomato sauce.

Top with some mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees or until cheese is nice and bubbly!

So delish!

Cheesy… yum! Cranch better watch out, you’ve got hand model competition!

Your guests will be shocking surprised by how delicious their plates look!

I served this vegetable lasagna rollatini with roasted asparagus.

Dig in and enjoy!

What are your favorite lasagna substitutions?