Pesto Pasta Salad

This Pesto Pasta Salad recipe is loaded up with the most delicious mix of Italian-inspired ingredients. Easy to prep up to a few days in advance and sure to be a crowd fave! Anytime there’s a summer potluck happening, I call dibs on bringing the pasta salad! And this summer, this fabulous pesto pasta salad is […]

This Pesto Pasta Salad recipe is loaded up with the most delicious mix of Italian-inspired ingredients. Easy to prep up to a few days in advance and sure to be a crowd fave!

Pesto Pasta Salad

Anytime there’s a summer potluck happening, I call dibs on bringing the pasta salad!

And this summer, this fabulous pesto pasta salad is my new go-to. ♡

It’s loaded up with all of my favorite Italian-inspired pasta salad ingredients, from sun-dried (or fresh!) tomatoes to tender artichoke hearts, fresh arugula, tangy pepperoncini peppers, mini mozzarella balls, rich Kalamata olives and toasted pine nuts. Everything is generously tossed with fresh basil pesto (highly recommend making a batch homemade while fresh basil is in season) and served up with a generous sprinkle of Parmesan. I mean seriously, with an all-star ingredient lineup like this, who wouldn’t love this pasta salad?!

That said, this recipe is super flexible, so feel free to also add in some meat (salami, chicken, shrimp, pepperoni) or any of the other ingredient suggestions listed below. It’s also easy to adapt this pasta salad to be gluten-free and/or vegan if you’d like. And this recipe also holds up really well in the fridge for a few days, so feel free to make it in advance of a gathering or use it as easy meal prep for the week ahead.

Bottom line, everyone who has tried this pasta salad absolutely raves about it and can’t stop going back for more. So whip up (or buy!) a batch of pesto and let’s make some pasta salad together!
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Saucy Thai Curried Peanut Noodles

This Saucy Thai Curried Peanut Noodles is made with the yummiest creamy coconut curry peanut sauce and your choice of noodles, veggies and protein. One of my favorite quick weeknight noodle recipes! Say hello to your new favorite weeknight noodle stir-fry! ♡ If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you know that my husband and […]

This Saucy Thai Curried Peanut Noodles is made with the yummiest creamy coconut curry peanut sauce and your choice of noodles, veggies and protein. One of my favorite quick weeknight noodle recipes!

Saucy Thai Curried Peanut Noodles

Say hello to your new favorite weeknight noodle stir-fry! ♡

If you’ve followed this blog for awhile, you know that my husband and I have a slight obsession with making some sort of Thai curry noodles at least once a week. But this latest version with some extra peanut butter stirred into the coconut curry sauce — plus some crunchy peanut sprinkled on top — is definitely a new favorite in our house. It features an irresistible blend of rich, savory, sweet, and slightly spicy flavors. And best of all, the whole dish comes together in a snap!

As with any noodle stir-fry recipe, the type of noodles, protein and veggies that you use here are up to you. So it’s a great way to clean out any leftover veggies in your crisper drawer. And it’s completely up to you whether you would like to add meat or seafood, or keep the recipe totally vegetarian or vegan. If you happen to have any peanut allergies in your house, I’ve also tested this recipe using various kinds of other nut butters or seed butters which work great as a peanut alternative too.

Let’s make some noodles!

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Baked Feta Pasta

My spin on TikTok’s famous baked feta pasta recipe is super-easy to make in the oven and tossed with the most irresistible, cheesy, garlicky tomato basil sauce. Feel free to add any extra proteins or veggies that you’d like too! After scrolling past TikTok’s famous new viral recipe for baked feta pasta about a million […]

My spin on TikTok’s famous baked feta pasta recipe is super-easy to make in the oven and tossed with the most irresistible, cheesy, garlicky tomato basil sauce. Feel free to add any extra proteins or veggies that you’d like too!

Baked Feta Pasta

After scrolling past TikTok’s famous new viral recipe for baked feta pasta about a million times online this past week, Barclay and I finally caved and brought home a package of feta to give it a try.  And we both had to agree…

…this baked feta pasta is legit awesome. ♡

Somewhat similar to how I melt down a ball of burrata to make the sauce for this cheesy pasta recipe, the uunifetapasta trend — started by Finnish blogger Liemessa — simply bakes a block of feta until it is hot and melty to form the irresistibly creamy, cheesy, tangy base for this pasta sauce.  Then once combined with a pan full of burst baked cherry tomatoes, chewy al dente pasta, lots of fresh basil and garlic, and a few simple seasonings, well, there’s a reason why the entire world seems to be losing their minds over this feta pasta recipe.  It really is comfort food at its best!

That said, after initially trying out the original uunifetapasta recipe, there were a few small tweaks that we ended up making and loving in our home that I thought I’d share today with any of you who might be interested.  First of all, both my husband and I agreed that the sauce could use way more tomatoes and fresh basil, so we more than doubled the quantities of both which added lots of extra fresh flavor (and also made the dish more saucy, yum).  I also added in a generous splash of white wine which I love in a good tomato basil sauce, but it’s totally optional if you prefer not to cook with wine.  I also wilted a bunch of fresh spinach into the pasta, and would love to add in some extra veggies (such as broccoli, asparagus or mushrooms) next time too.  And finally, my husband and I both agreed that a generous sprinkling of salty, umami, aged Parmesan atop each serving really helped to balance out the fresh, creamy, tangy flavors of the feta, so I highly recommend using both cheeses here.

As always, feel free to also add in any meat, seafood, or other kinds of protein that you might like with this pasta.  And of course, if you would like to make it gluten-free, just cook up your favorite kind of gf pasta and you should be good to go.

Arguably the best thing about this baked feta pasta recipe is that it only requires a few quick minutes of hands-on prep time, and then your oven and stovetop will do the rest of the work for you.  So if you’re looking for a simple, indulgent, comforting new pasta recipe to try, grab a block of feta before it disappears from store shelves in your area and give it a go!

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The BEST Bolognese Sauce

My all-time favorite bolognese sauce recipe is slow-simmered with a rich tomato base, a delicious blend of beef and pork, and the coziest blend of garlicky seasonings.  Serve with pasta, gnocchi, or roasted eggplant and enjoy!  Finally!  After sharing my favorite recipes for classic marinara, spicy arrabbiata, creamy carbonara, cheesy cacio e pepe, and garlicky aglio […]

My all-time favorite bolognese sauce recipe is slow-simmered with a rich tomato base, a delicious blend of beef and pork, and the coziest blend of garlicky seasonings.  Serve with pasta, gnocchi, or roasted eggplant and enjoy! 

Pasta Bolognese with Pappardelle

Finally!  After sharing my favorite recipes for classic marinara, spicy arrabbiatacreamy carbonara, cheesy cacio e pepe, and garlicky aglio e olio, I’m back today to add one more very important recipe to our collection here of classic Italian pasta sauces.

Meet my all-time favorite bolognese recipe. ♡

Over the years, I’ve ordered, cooked and tasted a wide variety of sauces all considered to be some variation of bolognese.  From having the chance to sample bowls upon bowls of the real-deal authentic ragù alla bolognese during our trip to Bologna last year, to cooking up and learning from Marcella, Lidia, and Massimo’s famous bolognese sauce recipes here at home, to playing around with a number of non-traditional shortcuts, seasonings or cooking methods, to even sampling a few of the jarred versions of bolognese that are crazy-popular at nearly every grocery store around — it seems clear that the world has come to love this hearty Italian meat sauce, however traditional or non-traditional various versions of it may be.

And based on the number of requests I’ve received over the years for a bolognese sauce recipe here on Gimme Some Oven, it sounds like many of you certainly love it too!!

Well to be sure, the certified traditional bolognese recipe will always remain the undisputed authentic classic.  But over the years, I’ve come to learn that I personally prefer a more modern take on the original recipe.  One with a rich, slow-simmered, tomato base (versus the traditional version, which many are surprised to learn includes minimal tomato), one made with an extra-flavorful variety of meats (including Italian sausage, in addition to traditional beef and pancetta), one that leans into some of my favorite Italian seasonings (garlic, herbs, plus a hint of anchovies, trust me), and one that takes the time it needs to simmer and develop an unforgettable depth of flavor (the key to good bolognese, a process that simply can’t be rushed).

It’s not a complicated recipe to make at all, but it is one that requires a bit of extra love and time.  And one that — I promise — will be so worth it.  ♡  So gather up your ingredients, turn up some good music in the kitchen, maybe pour yourself a glass of wine, and settle in for a few hours of cooking up the coziest, richly-flavored, most delicious bolognese recipe I know.  You are in for a treat!

Pot of Bolognese Sauce

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Awesome Chow Mein

My favorite chow mein recipe is easy to whip up in just 25 minutes and tossed with a seriously awesome stir-fry sauce. Feel free to add meat, seafood, tofu, and/or whatever extra veggies you might like! Because quick and easy stir-fried noodles are always a winner on busy weeknights — I have a new chow […]

My favorite chow mein recipe is easy to whip up in just 25 minutes and tossed with a seriously awesome stir-fry sauce. Feel free to add meat, seafood, tofu, and/or whatever extra veggies you might like!

Chow Mein

Because quick and easy stir-fried noodles are always a winner on busy weeknights — I have a new chow mein recipe for you guys today! ♡

I have to admit that I’ve always had a bit of a complicated relationship with ordering chow mein in Chinese-American restaurants over the years.  I absolutely love this dish.  But half of the time, it seems like the stir-fry sauce tossed with the noodles is — to use a word that we say in our house — “whelming.”  Not over- or underwhelming.  Just kind of boring, which I always think is a missed opportunity when it comes to noodles!

So for any of you other chow mein fans out there, I thought I would share with you today how I love to make this simple comfort food.  First and foremost, of course, I like to go big with a blend of my favorite full-flavored, savory ingredients when it comes to the stir-fry sauce used here.  I also like a very high ratio of veggies to noodles, adding in whatever fresh veg and greens happen to be hanging out in the crisper drawer that day.  (And if we happen to feel like adding some protein, it’s incredibly easy to add some stir-fried chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, tofu too.)  I’m also a big believer that chow mein noodles should have a firm al dente texture, so it’s important to slightly undercook them before adding them to the stir-fry so that they can finish cooking with the veggies and sauce.  And finally, I like to add a good spoonful of hot chili sauce to give my noodles a kick, although it is optional in the recipe if you prefer to keep your chow mein more on the mild side.

The great news for all of us is that chow mein recipe can be whipped up in just 25 minutes from start to finish (the noodles cook very quickly!), making this an awesome back-pocket recipe to pull out on busy weeknights.  It also makes for great leftovers, if you would like to make a double batch while you’re at it.  And as always, I have included lots of options below for how to make this recipe gluten-free and vegan too.

So clean out the crisper drawer and round up whatever veggies you have on hand, and let’s make some seriously awesome chow mein together!

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Beef Stroganoff

This easy beef stroganoff recipe is made with the most delicious garlicky creamy mushroom sauce and can be ready to go in just 30 minutes! Feel free to serve over any kind of noodles, rice, or polenta. For those days when you’re craving a cozy and comforting bowl of beef and noodles… …this classic beef […]

This easy beef stroganoff recipe is made with the most delicious garlicky creamy mushroom sauce and can be ready to go in just 30 minutes! Feel free to serve over any kind of noodles, rice, or polenta.

Easy Beef Stroganoff with Noodles

For those days when you’re craving a cozy and comforting bowl of beef and noodles…

…this classic beef stroganoff recipe is here for you, friends. ♡

It’s made with a quick sauté of tender steak (or you can opt for ground beef) and a perfectly-browned mushrooms, and tossed with the richest, savory, garlicky cream sauce (that I’ve lightened up a bit and made without heavy cream).  And when served warm over a big bowl of noodles, rice or polenta, get ready for a delicious burst of nostalgia.  Because this retro recipe is total comfort food and always so satisfying and delicious.

The other bonus with this particular beef stroganoff recipe is that it’s actually incredibly quick and easy to make in just about 30 minutes.  So the next time you need a quick weeknight meal that’s sure to please a crowd, bring out the beef and mushrooms and let’s sauté up some stroganoff together!

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Pizza Baked Ziti

The best of pizza and pasta come together in this fun “Pizza” Baked Ziti recipe!  It’s 100% customizable with all of your favorite pizza toppings, super easy to make, and total comfort food. I’ve got a fun new dinner idea that needs to go on your next meal plan stat… …this “pizza” baked ziti! ♡ […]

The best of pizza and pasta come together in this fun “Pizza” Baked Ziti recipe!  It’s 100% customizable with all of your favorite pizza toppings, super easy to make, and total comfort food.

Pizza Baked Ziti Recipe in Casserole Pan

I’ve got a fun new dinner idea that needs to go on your next meal plan stat

…this “pizza” baked ziti! ♡

Yep, it’s the best of both worlds when your favorite pizza toppings and a hot and bubbly pan of baked ziti combine forces.  And thanks to a few simple shortcuts, it turns out that this fun fusion recipe is actually incredibly easy to make too!

All you need is a package of pasta, your favorite marinara sauce (homemade or store-bought), shredded cheese, and a collection of your favorite pizza toppings to bring this recipe together.  (Which makes this a perfect recipe to clean out the produce drawer, by the way, while also giving you the option to make this baked ziti gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan if you would like.)  Then after a few simple steps of prep, this gorgeous casserole can be baking away in the oven and on the table ready to serve in no time!

It’s a totally fun and flexible recipe to customize with whatever pizza toppings you love best.  So round up your faves, and let’s make some pizza baked ziti together!

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Brussels Sprouts Parmesan Pasta

This 30-Minute Brussels Sprouts Parmesan Pasta is made with garlicky shredded Brussels sprouts, toasted pine nuts, and a silky cheese and black pepper sauce.  Feel free to add bacon or sausage if you’d like, too! Now that Brussels sprouts are back in season, we’ve been buying them pretty much non-stop lately here in our house […]

This 30-Minute Brussels Sprouts Parmesan Pasta is made with garlicky shredded Brussels sprouts, toasted pine nuts, and a silky cheese and black pepper sauce.  Feel free to add bacon or sausage if you’d like, too!

Brussels Sprouts Parmesan Pasta

Now that Brussels sprouts are back in season, we’ve been buying them pretty much non-stop lately here in our house and roasting, sautéing, and tossing them into salads basically as often as possible.  I can’t get enough of these little green superfoods this time of year!  But one of our favorite new recipes this past month ended up being an impromptu fusion of one of our favorite pastas (cacio e pepe) and one of our favorite side dishes (sautéed garlicky Brussels sprouts with pine nuts).

For lack of a more creative name, I’m calling it our new favorite Brussels Sprouts Parmesan Pasta. ♡

It’s a super-basic recipe that requires just 6 ingredients and comes together in less than 30 minutes.  But I’m telling you, the comfort and flavor factors of this pasta are a full-on 10 outta 10.  The texture of that thick and chewy al dente pasta is balanced with wisps of tender shredded Brussels sprouts and toasted buttery pine nuts.  And when tossed together with a glossy butter, Parmesan, garlic and black pepper sauce, get ready to go back for seconds because I assure you that one bowl of this cozy seasonal pasta is going to have you swooning.

If you feel like adding in extra protein, some sautéed Italian sausage or bacon in there would be a very, very good idea.  Or if you felt like giving the pasta more of a lemon-buttery twist, this recipe would also be delicious made instead with the lemony brown butter sauce that I used in this recipe too.  However you make it, this pasta is a great way to enjoy the season’s sprouts.  So bring home a batch, and let’s make some pasta together!

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Thai Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao)

My favorite recipe for Thai drunken noodles (pad kee mao), made with your choice of protein and veggies and the most irresistible Thai basil sauce. It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with pretty much all kinds of stir-fried noodles.  But I have to say, I think that Thailand’s famous drunken noodles — pad kee mao […]

My favorite recipe for Thai drunken noodles (pad kee mao), made with your choice of protein and veggies and the most irresistible Thai basil sauce.

Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Mao)

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with pretty much all kinds of stir-fried noodles.  But I have to say, I think that Thailand’s famous drunken noodles — pad kee mao (ผัดขี้เมา) — will forever be my favorites.

I absolutely adore these noodles. ♡

By contrast to what their name may imply, drunken noodles aren’t typically made with any alcohol at all.  Rather, they are traditionally made with rice noodles, fresh veggies, and your choice of protein (I used chicken here).  But the magic of this recipe lies fully in that “drunken” sauce.  It’s made with a blend of savory, slightly-sweet, and however-spicy-you-prefer base sauce that’s already delicious on its own.  But once it’s tossed with lots and lots of anise-flavored Thai holy basil, get ready, because this sauce transforms into something extra-special and tastes downright irresistible.

If you want to give this recipe a try, I’m really going to insist here that you make the trip to your local southeast Asian grocery to pick up some fresh Thai basil, which is slightly different than Italian basil and provides the je ne sais quoi flavor that I consider key to this dish.  And while I can’t guarantee here that this recipe is 100% authentic, it is the closest I’ve come to recreating the Thai-American restaurant version that I fell in love with years ago and tastes ridiculously good.

The good news for all of us is that this dish is quite easy to make and also makes for fantastic leftovers too.  So go round up some Thai basil and let’s make homemade pad kee mao together!

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Brown Butter Lemon Pasta

This Brown Butter Lemon Pasta recipe is easy to make with 5 ingredients in less than 30 minutes and tastes absolutely divine.  Feel free to add in any proteins or veggies that you would like too! Every time that I post about my husband making this brown butter lemon pasta for us on Instagram, my […]

This Brown Butter Lemon Pasta recipe is easy to make with 5 ingredients in less than 30 minutes and tastes absolutely divine.  Feel free to add in any proteins or veggies that you would like too!

Brown Butter Lemon Pasta Recipe

Every time that I post about my husband making this brown butter lemon pasta for us on Instagram, my inbox instantly fills up with a hundred requests for the recipe.  I must admit, though, that one of my favorite things about this recipe up until this point is that I haven’t known how to make it.  Barclay always takes charge of the kitchen on our lemon pasta date nights and shoos me away to go relax before dinner’s ready anytime that I try and help.  (Yes, dream husband.)  But…this pasta is so delicious and so many of you have asked about it that I insisted on hovering behind him in the kitchen recently so that I could jot down the ingredients that he used (he never measures) to make a batch.

And I’m telling you, you guys are going to love this one. ♡

The recipe itself calls for just 5 simple ingredients — pasta, butter, lemon, Parmesan and black pepper — but the magic of this recipe is in how each of these ingredients are cooked to bring out the best of their flavors and create the most luxuriously rich and glossy brown butter lemon pepper sauce.  It’s a quick and easy recipe to follow and comes together quickly in just 25 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights or any special occasion when you don’t want to spend much time in the kitchen!  Barclay usually serves with our favorite green side salad and some sort of veggie that he roasts up in the oven while the pasta cooks too.  But of course, you’re also welcome to pair this lemon pasta with a protein that sounds good (I would recommend salmon, shrimp or chicken) or add in any other extra ingredients that sound good.

Bottom line, I look forward to this pasta every time that he makes it, and am certain it’s going to become a new favorite in your home too.  So grab some lemon and butter and let’s make some pasta!

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