Bacon Penne Carbonara with peas and Leeks

For the love of BACON. Lazy nights equal lazy suppers. Although this dish only takes moments to prepare, it definately does NOT lack in flavour! Pasta, garlic, leeks, fresh peas, bacon and cheese. Need I say more?

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Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 3c dried penne pasta
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 leek, quartered and sliced and rinsed
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1.5c fresh peas
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • parmigianno reggiano
  • parsley, rough chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, salt the water. Add your penne, and cook until el dente.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add your bacon. Cook bacon to your liking, drain as much fat as you can.
  3. Once the bacon is almost done cooking, add in your leeks, peas and garlic. Cook until leeks are softened and peas are bright green. (Only a few minutes)
  4. In a measuring cup, gather 1 cup of starchy pasta water and add the 2 egg yolks to the water. Beat the eggs and water together and then pour over your bacon mixture.
  5. Drain the pasta and add it to the large skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with cheese and parsley, toss everything together and serve!

Basil Chicken Pasta

Hi everyone!! What a weekend we have had over here! We had a wonderful dinner with friends friday evening where Jacob (our 13 month old son) got to visit and play with his “girlfriend” who is one month older than him! It was so nice to get to see them play together and eat together! How special. Saturday evening we went to Paul’s parents house to visit with his grandmother. Jacob has never met his great grandmother so it was very special for us to spend some time with her before she went back home. THEN after dinner, we had gone to a friends housewarming party! It was a fantastic (and late) night with friends! I am still exhausted today from not getting to bed early enough! Needless to say, when it came to dinner I really didn’t want to work too hard.

Thankfully in the summer I get to can and freeze home grown tomatoes from my mom, and my mother in laws gardens. I get to can stewed tomatoes, salsa, pasta sauces and soups. How lucky am I? I had one can left of stewed tomatoes, and a basil plant that was on its last legs today. SO we are having a pasta for dinner tonight. What an easy meal to make. Get a pot of water going to boil your pasta, and flavour your tomatoes for a sauce and cook some chicken. SIMPLE.

Hopefully you all had a great weekend whether it was busy or relaxing!!! Here we go!

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  • 2 8oz chicken breasts, pounded to the same thickness
  • fresh ground Salt and pepper
  • 1.5 tsp dried basil, divided
  • 1/2tsp thyme
  • 2c stewed tomatoes
  • 1c chicken stock (or just use the starchy cooking water from your boiling pasta.)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1C loosely packed fresh basil leaves, sliced or torn
  • pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated
  • 6-8oz dried spaghettini

Directions:

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Season your chicken on both sides with salt, pepper and 1 tsp dried basil. In a med-large skillet over medium heat add 1 tbsp EVOO. once thats nice and hot, add your chicken and brown it on both sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and on to a plate, cover it with foil. Your chicken will not be cooked through at this point.
  3. Add another tbsp of EVOO to your skillet. Add your onions, brown them. Once they’re nicely browned add your garlic and cook until fragrant.
  4. Add your stewed tomatoes and your chicken stock to the garlic and onion mixture. Season with salt, pepper, 1/2 tsp of dried basil and thyme. Add your chicken back to the skillet, cover, and let cook until chicken is cooked through. This shouldn’t take very long, use a meat thermometer to read the chicken in the fattest part. it should read 165.
  5. Once your chicken is cooked through, remove it from the sauce. Place on a cutting board and slice it all up in to strips.
  6. Add your cooked pasta, fresh basil and freshly grated cheese to the sauce and toss it all together. Add your chicken on top, or on the side. Serve!

Arugula and walnut salad

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I made this with my delicious herbed pork today and was it ever amazing! The walnuts make this salad! I swear!

Ingredients:

this serves 2

-2 handfuls of arugula

-1/4 cup (or 1 handful of slightly crushed walnuts)

-1/4 c goat cheese, crumbled

-salt and pepper to taste

-3 tbsp good EVOO

-3 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, toss, and serve!

 

 


Brown butter garlic + thyme mashed potatoes

A small, but delicious twist on traditional mashed potatoes – this is a must try. Plus, it’s so easy!

This recipe serves 4 as a side dish!

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Ingredients:

-3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed in 1″ pieces

-1/4-1/2c cream – or as needed

-1/2c butter

-5 cloves garlic, minced

-2 heaping tbsp fresh thyme

-Salt and pepper to taste

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add potatoes. Boil until soft. Drain.

In a sauce pan on medium heat, add the butter. As the butter starts to brown, add the garlic and the thyme. The butter will start to smell nutty. Do not let it burn – it’s very easy to burn.

Add the butter to the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1/4c cream. blend the potatoes with a hand blender. Add more cream as needed.


Fresh Dill and cucumber salad!

In the mood for cucumbers? I love light salads in the summer! There’s nothing better than fresh garden veggies and herbs to make a delicious side to a meal.

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Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 2 English cucumbers, diced
  • 1/2c dill, rough chopped
  • 1/2c green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4c mint, rough chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add all of your ingredients to a bowl, toss and serve with Greek Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki