Orecchiette pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

I haven’t made pasta recently, with the exception of spaghetti and meatballs. And with the temperatures getting warmer, I wanted to find a dish that wasn’t too heavy, but filling at the same time. I remember my sister making an orecchiette pasta with sausage dish, so I decided to take that as an inspiration and use the chicken breast I already had on hand, instead of sausage. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 broccoli crowns, cut into florets Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup…

Ricotta Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms

I had some left over roasted chicken and decided to have that for dinner tonight. Now the tricky part was finding a yummy side dish to go with it. I really wanted to make a quick and easy pasta dish and add in some healthy baby spinach and mushrooms. The combination of the ricotta and egg gives this dish a very creamy consistency, but with the veggies, it has a pretty rustic flair as well. You can also substitute whole wheat pasta or brown rice pasta as well. If I…

A Lighter Pasta Dish with Lemon, Basil and Shrimp

Now that the cold air is officially behind us, I want to experiment more with pasta, but with lighter types of sauces that are tasty as well. One of the great things I’ve noticed on Pinterest is the pages and pages of shared recipes. I stumbled on a linguine with lemon and basil sauce and thought it would be a perfect meal if I added in some veggies and shrimp. Cook time: 15 minutes Serving Size: 4 Ingredients 3 quarts cold water 12 ounces uncooked spaghetti noodles 1 pound large…

Shrimp with Penne Pasta and Vegetables in Cream Sauce

I met a good friend for lunch over the weekend at Seasons 54 and was impressed with their new Spring menu. I ordered a shrimp with penne pasta dish and was immensely impressed at how delicious and flavorful it was, while still being under 500 calories! I was so pleased with my dish, that I really wanted to try and make it at home. Now I would like to say that under no circumstances do I believe my dish is under 500 calories (I’m sure it surpasses that calorie count)…

A little taste of Italy

So for this month’s edition of family food adventure–a monthly tradition where we get together with the family and try out new restaurants–we decided to try Filomena Ristorante in Georgetown. This place had made an appearance on the Travel Channel’s Pasta Paradise episode and there were some pretty good reviews and I had received a good number of recommendations to try it out. So we figured we’d go see what all the hype was about. The first thing I want to point out is the decor. Tacky and over the…