Honey Garlic Chicken

HONEY GARLIC CHICKENWe’ve been on such an easy dinner recipe kick lately and our Honey Garlic Chicken fits right into that category! We love how quickly this recipe comes together, the simple ingredient list and that it all results in a super del…

HONEY GARLIC CHICKEN
We’ve been on such an easy dinner recipe kick lately and our Honey Garlic Chicken fits right into that category! We love how quickly this recipe comes together, the simple ingredient list and that it all results in a super delicious and flavorful dish! There are some…

Artichoke Pasta

I got the idea for this artichoke pasta recipe a few weeks back, when my fridge was overflowing with spring artichokes. Jumbo ones, baby ones, and every size in between. One day, I had steamed a few of the large artichokes for this post, and after I fi…


I got the idea for this artichoke pasta recipe a few weeks back, when my fridge was overflowing with spring artichokes. Jumbo ones, baby ones, and every size in between. One day, I had steamed a few of the large artichokes for this post, and after I finished taking the photos, I stood at the counter, snacking on the meaty leaves dipped in lemon butter sauce. Of course, I knew that artichokes and butter were a classic combination, but it had been a while since I’d tasted them together. After one bite, I started grinning. The artichokes and lemon butter […]

Vegan Sushi Bowls with Ginger Marinated Tofu

All the flavor and texture of sushi without the hassle of making the rolls. These vegan sushi bowls are perfect for a build-your-own weeknight bowl or to make ahead and enjoy throughout the week. Just 10 ingredients required, naturally plant-based and …

Vegan Sushi Bowls with Ginger Marinated Tofu

All the flavor and texture of sushi without the hassle of making the rolls. These vegan sushi bowls are perfect for a build-your-own weeknight bowl or to make ahead and enjoy throughout the week. Just 10 ingredients required, naturally plant-based and gluten-free, and SO satisfying. Let us show you how it’s done!

Recipe Inspiration

These vegan sushi bowls are inspired by the flavors of sushi, but with a plant-based spin made into bowl form.

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Pecan Crusted Salmon

This pecan crusted salmon is fast and easy, with a deliciously crunchy topping! Make it to impress on weeknights or for dinner guests. Here’s a meal that consistently makes everyone who takes a bite say Wow. Try this Pecan Crusted Salmon! It has an air of restaurant-style fancy, but it’s quick and easy to whip up on a weeknight. It takes basic salmon to the next level, coating it in a crunchy topping of nuts, seasoned breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese. The flavors are elevated enough for dinner guests, but also tasty enough for kids to shovel in bites. Pull it out for dinner guests or an easy weeknight meal…you choose! (And keep reading for a custom side dish that pairs beautifully.) What you’ll need for pecan crusted salmon Aside from the fish, all the other ingredients in this pecan crusted salmon are pantry ingredients! That makes this preparation great for if you’re looking for a great way to cook salmon but don’t want to think too hard. Once you’ve bought the Italian panko, you can keep it on hand for months. Here’s what you’ll need: Salmon (wild caught if possible, see below) Dijon mustard Honey Pecans Italian panko (see more below) Grated […]

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This pecan crusted salmon is fast and easy, with a deliciously crunchy topping! Make it to impress on weeknights or for dinner guests.

Pecan Crusted Salmon

Here’s a meal that consistently makes everyone who takes a bite say Wow. Try this Pecan Crusted Salmon! It has an air of restaurant-style fancy, but it’s quick and easy to whip up on a weeknight. It takes basic salmon to the next level, coating it in a crunchy topping of nuts, seasoned breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese. The flavors are elevated enough for dinner guests, but also tasty enough for kids to shovel in bites. Pull it out for dinner guests or an easy weeknight meal…you choose! (And keep reading for a custom side dish that pairs beautifully.)

What you’ll need for pecan crusted salmon

Aside from the fish, all the other ingredients in this pecan crusted salmon are pantry ingredients! That makes this preparation great for if you’re looking for a great way to cook salmon but don’t want to think too hard. Once you’ve bought the Italian panko, you can keep it on hand for months. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Salmon (wild caught if possible, see below)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Pecans
  • Italian panko (see more below)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (that’s the kind that’s the texture of sand, not shredded)
  • Salt and pepper
Pecan crusted salmon

What salmon to look for

The number one most important part of a salmon recipe? The quality of the salmon. Try to find the best quality salmon you can afford. Here are a few tips on locating a great piece of salmon:

  • Buy wild caught salmon. Wild caught is the way to go! It’s most sustainable and has the best flavor.
  • Fresh salmon is best. You can find decent frozen salmon. But for the very best salmon, buy it fresh from your local seafood counter.
  • Coho is a good choice. We tend to like Coho salmon for its mild flavor: it’s a good middle of the road option in terms of price. Try to avoid Atlantic salmon as it is typically farmed salmon.

Italian style Panko, and a substitute

A key to this recipe? Italian-style Panko. Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb mixture that is airier and lighter than traditional breadcrumbs. Italian panko is panko with herbs and salt added. You can also use breadcrumbs or Italian breadcrumbs here, but we like how panko give it just the right crunch. You should be able to find panko easily at your local grocery store. If you can’t find the Italian-style panko, you can do the following:

  • Use regular panko and add salt and Italian seasonings. Mix the 2 tablespoons panko with 1 pinch kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano and dried basil)
  • Or look for Italian or plain breadcrumbs instead, or make your own breadcrumbs! For plain breadcrumbs, use the seasoning recommendations for panko above.
Pecan crusted salmon

Make it gluten-free

Panko is made from bread, so how to make this recipe gluten-free? Look for gluten-free panko or breadcrumbs in stores or online to make this a gluten free recipe. You can also omit the breadcrumbs, but keep in mind the topping will be less delightfully crunchy (but still delicious).

How to store pecans

Another key to this recipe: the pecans! The nuts are great for adding a bit of protein and crunch to the top of the salmon. We like to buy a nice big bag of pecans…but did you know it’s not best to store them in your pantry? Here’s how to keep them fresh longer:

  • Store pecans in the refrigerator for up to 6 months! Most people think of storing nuts in their pantry. But pecans stay freshest in your refrigerator! We place them in our cheese drawer.
  • Store pecans frozen for up to 2 years. Did you know you can freeze pecans? This extends the life for years. They thaw quickly when you remove them!
Arugula Goat Cheese Salad

A great side dish to pair with pecan crusted salmon!

For this pecan crusted salmon, we decided to create a custom side dish to go alongside! Readers often tell us it’s hard to find side dishes that are easy enough to make, fit with the vibe, and fill in the needed nutrients. Here’s one we developed to fit with this recipe: Arugula Goat Cheese Salad! Here’s more about it:

  • Start with a few handfuls baby arugula, fluffy leafy greens. Make sure to buy baby, not standard arugula (which is very bitter). You can also substitute spinach or mixed greens.
  • Drizzle it with this Creamy Balsamic Dressing, which has the best tangy sweet flavor.
  • Top with goat cheese crumbles, sliced shallot, apples, and pecans. It’s simple, but the flavors are tight and it tastes incredible.

Other side dishes to pair

Just a salad and pecan crusted salmon might need a little filling out as a full meal. So here are a few other quick side dishes to consider!

This pecan crusted salmon recipe is…

Pescatarian and gluten-free (with gluten-free panko).

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Pecan Crusted Salmon

Pecan Crusted Salmon


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This pecan crusted salmon is fast and easy, with a deliciously crunchy topping! Make it to impress on weeknights or for dinner guests.


Ingredients

  • 1 pound salmon fillet or fillets, skin on (wild caught if possible)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons Italian panko (or Italian breadcrumbs; gluten-free if desired)*
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. Bring the salmon to room temperature and pat it dry. Season the salmon with the salt and pepper. In a small bowl, mix the Dijon mustard and honey, then brush it on to the fish in an even layer. 
  3. In another small bowl, mix together the finely chopped pecans, Italian panko, and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle the pistachio mixture on top of the fish.
  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the salmon flakes with a fork; the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center. Serve immediately. 

Notes

*We recommend Italian panko or Italian breadcrumbs because they’re already seasoned. Panko is best since it’s the lightest and crunchiest. If all you can find is regular panko, mix 2 tablespoons panko with 1 pinch kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or 1/4 teaspoon each dried oregano and dried basil). 

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Seafood

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Mushroom Pasta with Parmesan

You won’t want to stop eating this mushroom pasta recipe! Its savory, buttery flavor pops with garlic, lemon, and Parmesan. Calling all mushroom lovers! Here’s the meal for you: this Mushroom Pasta with Garlic Butter Sauce! It’s creamy and savory, harnessing the power of lemon, butter and Parmesan cheese. It makes the most of the intense umami of mushrooms: one of the most powerful ingredients in all of cooking. This dish has just the right proportion of ‘shrooms to pasta, so that each bite has a generous pop of flavor. We couldn’t stop shoveling in bites. In fact, our 4 year old told us he wanted to eat it forever (the best compliment). 3 elements to this mushroom pasta recipe This mushroom pasta combines three elements to get the very best, mushroom-studded pasta recipe you can find! Here are the essentials: Short cut pasta: Long noodles look lovely, they can clump together and make it hard to get bites mushrooms. Short cut is your best bet here. We used casarecce pasta, which has a lovely twisted shape. Other options: penne, rigatoni, bowties, orecchiette, and gigli. Sauteed mushrooms: This riff on our sauteed mushrooms brings peak flavor! Baby bella or cremini […]

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You won’t want to stop eating this mushroom pasta recipe! Its savory, buttery flavor pops with garlic, lemon, and Parmesan.

Mushroom pasta

Calling all mushroom lovers! Here’s the meal for you: this Mushroom Pasta with Garlic Butter Sauce! It’s creamy and savory, harnessing the power of lemon, butter and Parmesan cheese. It makes the most of the intense umami of mushrooms: one of the most powerful ingredients in all of cooking. This dish has just the right proportion of ‘shrooms to pasta, so that each bite has a generous pop of flavor. We couldn’t stop shoveling in bites. In fact, our 4 year old told us he wanted to eat it forever (the best compliment).

3 elements to this mushroom pasta recipe

This mushroom pasta combines three elements to get the very best, mushroom-studded pasta recipe you can find! Here are the essentials:

  • Short cut pasta: Long noodles look lovely, they can clump together and make it hard to get bites mushrooms. Short cut is your best bet here. We used casarecce pasta, which has a lovely twisted shape. Other options: penne, rigatoni, bowties, orecchiette, and gigli.
  • Sauteed mushrooms: This riff on our sauteed mushrooms brings peak flavor! Baby bella or cremini mushrooms have great flavor, but you can use other types too (see below). We also threw in a few breadcrumbs to add texture.
  • Garlic butter sauce: All you need is olive oil, butter and garlic to make a killer sauce. Add grated Parmesan cheese at the end and bam! You’ve got an incredible simple pasta sauce that pairs perfectly with these ‘shrooms.
Mushroom pasta

Best types of mushrooms for pasta

What are the best mushrooms for pasta? Some of our favorites are the standards, but there are lots of more unique varieties to try as well. A mix of mushrooms makes for an even more interesting pasta! Here are our top types of mushrooms to pair with pasta:

  • Baby bella (cremini): Baby bella, aka cremini mushrooms, are a younger version of the portobello; they have a savory, meaty flavor and a lovely shape. They’re one of our top choices for mushroom recipes.
  • Portobello: You can go super-meaty with slices of portobello mushrooms.
  • White button mushrooms: Button mushrooms are younger versions of the baby bella; they have less robust flavor, but work if it’s all you can find.
  • Shiitake: Shiitakes are great for mixing in for texture and have a super meaty flavor. Make sure to remove the tough stems before you use them.
  • Oyster: Oyster mushrooms also add great texture in a mix of mushrooms.
  • Maitake: Maitake or Hen of the woods mushrooms have a peppery flavor and feathery texture that works well in a mix.

How to cook pasta to al dente

The key to this mushroom pasta recipe? Cook the pasta to al dente. Al dente means “to the bite” in Italian: it’s pasta that’s cooked until it’s perfectly tender but with a firm center. Over-cook your pasta and it’s not only rubbery: it actually has less nutrients and makes you less full. Here are a few tips on how to cook pasta perfectly:

  • Check before the package instructions indicate. Most pasta packages have timing that results in overcooked pasta. Start tasting the pasta a few minutes before the package indicates.
  • Taste often! You want to catch it right when there’s a small white fleck at the core, or just when it disappears.
  • Move quickly! Pasta can go from al dente to overcooked in a matter of seconds.
Mushroom pasta

Variation: Creamy mushroom pasta

Love creamy mushroom pasta instead? You can easily make this pasta creamy using our favorite trick: goat cheese! Crumble in up to 4 ounces soft goat cheese (chervre) at the end of the recipe. It combines with the butter sauce and forms a creamy sauce that perfectly coats the pasta. You could also make our Creamy White Sauce instead of the garlic butter sauce.

A note on portion size

This mushroom pasta recipe is for half pound of pasta. Depending on you and your family, this makes about 4 modest sized servings. But if you’ve got big eaters, you may want to increase the amount of pasta. Or, you may want to just make sure you have a few filling side dishes to go with it.

We served this with a few side dishes and it served 2 adults and 1 child. But if you’re serving it as your only vegetarian protein or for teenagers, you might want to make double the recipe and go for 1 pound.

Mushroom pasta

Make it a meal: sides for mushroom pasta

How to make this mushroom pasta recipe into a filling meal? You’ll want to find side dishes that are veggie-filled to infuse fiber and vitamins, and protein-packed sides to make the meal more filling. Here are a few ideas:

This mushroom pasta recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten free pasta.

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Mushroom Pasta with Parmesan


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 modest servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This mushroom pasta recipe is all about savory, buttery, creamy flavor! Mushrooms pair perfectly with garlic, lemon, and Parmesan. 


Ingredients

  • 8 ounces* short pasta, like penne, rigatoni, or casarecce, plus saved pasta water
  • 16 ounces baby bella (cremini) mushrooms (or a mix of other types)
  • 1/2 small sweet onion or yellow onion
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Italian breadcrumbs or panko (optional)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or sliced fresno pepper)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Creamy variation: 3 to 4 ounces soft crumbled goat cheese

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta (and save the pasta water!): Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Set the timer for a few minutes less than the package instructions and then taste: the pasta should be just done, still with some firmness. The pasta should also taste salty from the salted water. Drain the pasta and save out 1/2 cup pasta water (you’ll likely only need a few tablespoons).
  2. Meanwhile, start the mushrooms: Clean the mushrooms, then slice them. Thinly slice the onion. In a skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Then mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and cook another 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is cooked out and the mushrooms are tender (taste to assess doneness). Add 1 tablespoon butter and lemon juice and increase heat to high. Cook 2 minutes until the edges of mushrooms are golden brown. Taste and add a few more pinches of salt until the flavor pops. Stir in the Italian breadcrumbs or panko and remove the mushrooms to a bowl. 
  3. Make the garlic butter sauce: Mince the garlic. In the same skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons butter over medium low heat. Add the garlic and red pepper and cook 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant and garlic just starts to turn golden. Remove from the heat before garlic browns.
  4. Serve: Toss with the pasta, grated Parmesan cheese, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and just enough pasta water until saucy (we used 2 to 3 tablespoons pasta water). Taste again and add a few more pinches of salt if desired. If using, stir in the soft crumbled goat cheese at the end until it makes a creamy sauce. Enjoy warm. 

Notes

*Double this amount for a larger, more filling plate of pasta. Or, complete your meal with a filling vegetable side dish or salad.

  • Category: Main dish or side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Pasta

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Savory Chickpea Pancakes with Leek and Mushrooms

When you need a quick snack, lunch, or easy (but deceptively fancy) dinner, these chickpea pancakes are just the thing! This recipe is a new favorite on our team because of its quick preparation and incredible flavor and texture.
After several rounds …

Savory Chickpea Pancakes with Leek and Mushrooms

When you need a quick snack, lunch, or easy (but deceptively fancy) dinner, these chickpea pancakes are just the thing! This recipe is a new favorite on our team because of its quick preparation and incredible flavor and texture.

After several rounds of testing, we perfected the ultimate tender pancake (that’s thin like a crepe) with crispy edges for maximum flavor. It can be enjoyed on its own, as a wrap, or filled with delicious veggies or spreads.

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Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Balsamic

These Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts will change the minds of any brussels sprout skeptic! These sprouts are made extra crispy in the air fryer and tossed with maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and crumbled bacon for the ultimate punch of flavor. I don’t think I touched, let alone tasted Brussels sprouts until I was well into …

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These Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts will change the minds of any brussels sprout skeptic! These sprouts are made extra crispy in the air fryer and tossed with maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and crumbled bacon for the ultimate punch of flavor.

Spoon drizzling balsamic vinegar over air fried brussels sprouts in a white serving bowl

I don’t think I touched, let alone tasted Brussels sprouts until I was well into my thirties. And to be honest, I didn’t know they grew on stalks until I saw them at Trader Joes about 5 years ago.

As a kid, I remember seeing them boiled and then tossed in I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. No. Thank. You.

But as years went by, I became much more open to trying them – especially when they’re served crispy – almost verging into burnt territory, but not quite there.

Cooking sprouts in the air fryer and tossing them in a little balsamic and maple syrup is the way to go. Personally, I don’t think vegetables get much better than this. And hello, there’s also bacon involved.

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OCTOPUS AND POTATo SALAD

I buy already cooked vacuum-packed octopus tentacles. It’s enough to cook them lightly on a grill or in a skillet. Pay particular attention if you live far from the sea. There are also some very good options in the frozen foods section. I keep them in the freezer and take them out in the morning […]

I buy already cooked vacuum-packed octopus tentacles. It’s enough to cook them lightly on a grill or in a skillet. Pay particular attention if you live far from the sea. There are also some very good options in the frozen foods section. I keep them in the freezer and take them out in the morning at breakfast so they’re defrosted for the evening, just as I’m craving a Mediterranean dinner with a bottle of dry white.

If you have raw octopus, you first need to boil it whole until it’s soft, about 1-2 hours.

This dish is perfect with baby potatoes and fresh spinach, but you can also use regular potatoes and frozen spinach.

OCTOPUS WITH BABY POTATOES AND SPINACH

Recipe

PREP TIME COOK TIME MAKES
7 minutes 40 minutes 2 servings

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)

  • 3-4 cooked octopus tentacles
  • 8-10 baby potatoes
  • 2 large bunches of spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 tbsp cashews (50 g)
  • ⅓ chili pepper
  • 100 ml cream (20-30% fat)
  • 40 ml dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Sort the spinach, tear off the leaves, pour cold water in a large bowl, rinse well to remove any sand, and dry in a colander. Peel the baby potatoes. Scrape them with a knife or rub with a brush or the hard side of a sponge. Or you can just wash the potatoes and not peel them at all.

2. Cover the potatoes with water in a pot. Bring to a boil, add ½ tsp salt and simmer until tender. Check readiness with a toothpick.

3. Slice the garlic and chili thinly.

4. Cut the octopus tentacles into small pieces. Drain and dry the potatoes.

5. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet and add butter. Add the potatoes and fry until golden. Add the octopus pieces. Stir.

6. Add the cashews and garlic. Fry over low heat for 1-2 minutes. Make sure the garlic doesn’t burn. Lightly salt and pour in the wine. Increase the heat to high to evaporate the wine. It takes about a minute.

Don’t worry, all the alcohol will evaporate, but it will leave us with the necessary tartness.

7. Pour in the cream, bring to a boil, and add the spinach. Add the spinach in batches and stir if it doesn’t fit in the pan all at once. Add the chili peppers, stir, lightly salt and pepper again. Remove from the heat as soon as the spinach is bright green.

Bon Appetit!

Don’t forget to serve white dry wine with your Mediterranean dinner!

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Watergate Salad

Watergate Salad is loaded with pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, miniature marshmallows, and pecans. It’s perfect for a Spring get-together or mid-week dessert. Growing up, salads that weren’t really salads were a staple at my Nana’s house. From Ambrosia Salad to Strawberry Pretzel Salad – these were the salads that I looked forward to at family …

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Watergate Salad is loaded with pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, miniature marshmallows, and pecans. It’s perfect for a Spring get-together or mid-week dessert.

Three small serving dishes filled with watergate salad set on a white platter

Growing up, salads that weren’t really salads were a staple at my Nana’s house. From Ambrosia Salad to Strawberry Pretzel Salad – these were the salads that I looked forward to at family gatherings, and Watergate Salad was no exception.

Nana and her friends always had their go-to recipes that they were famous for and could whip them up in no time flat for a church function, ailing friend, or family get-together. 

Nana was known for her cheesecake – usually cherry cheesecake, but switched up with other pie fillings depending on the season. Strawberries during spring, and lemon during the summer months.

Nana’s friend, Anita, always made an amazingly fluffy pistachio “salad” known as Watergate Salad. We come from a family that loves anything with pistachio pudding, from pudding pie to Pistachio Pudding Parfaits, so naturally, I was obsessed with the stuff as a kid. 

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LANGOUSTINE TOMATO PASTA

I keep a box of langoustines in the freezer, so I always have everything I need to make this pasta. I’m a big fan of Barilla pasta (and this is not an ad). My favorite kinds are spaghetti #7 and bucatini, which is like very thick spaghetti, only with a hole inside. If you don’t […]

I keep a box of langoustines in the freezer, so I always have everything I need to make this pasta. I’m a big fan of Barilla pasta (and this is not an ad). My favorite kinds are spaghetti #7 and bucatini, which is like very thick spaghetti, only with a hole inside. If you don’t have tomatoes, you can use 2-3 tbsp of canned diced Italian tomatoes. Shrimp can always be substituted for langoustines, and, if you like, add calamari.

LANGOUSTINE TOMATO PASTA

Recipe

LANGOUSTINE TOMATO PASTA
PREP TIME COOK TIME MAKES
7 minutes 20 minutes 2 servings

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)

  • 180 g spaghetti or other pasta
  • 1.5 c (10-14) cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley leaves
  • ¼ chili pepper
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Put a large pot of water on the stove and bring it to a boil. Add 1 tsp salt.

2. Clean the langoustines, cut along the back with a small knife, and remove the intestinal tract. Dry on a paper towel.

3. Chop the garlic and chili finely. Cut the tomatoes into halves.

4. Boil the pasta until al dente. Cook for half a minute less than indicated on the package.

5. Heat the olive oil in a skillet and add butter. Add the langoustines and fry on both sides over medium heat. It takes a couple minutes. Add chilies and garlic. Stir and cook over low heat for about 10 seconds.

6. Add tomatoes and mustard to the langoustines. Cook, stirring over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add salt and pepper.

7. Drain the pasta. Save 1 cup of water. Return the pasta to the pot. Add the langoustines and tomatoes and stir. Keep on low heat.

If your skillet is large enough to hold the pasta, you can add the spaghetti to the langoustines rather than the other way around.

8. Pour 3-4 tbsp of water into the pan where the langoustines were fried and scrape off anything that stuck. Pour into the pasta.

LANGOUSTINE TOMATO PASTA

9. Add pine nuts, parmesan, and parsley. Add pepper and stir. Taste the pasta and add salt, if necessary. The pasta should be very slippery, if it is not, add a couple more spoonfuls of the water the spaghetti was boiled in. Remove from the heat. Leave it in the pot for another 30 seconds. Arrange on plates and serve.


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