Category Archives: Pasta

Meatloaf Pasta Sauce

Yeh, sure – most folk have more than likely turned leftover meatloaf into a spaghetti sauce of some sort, but… What about if we start with the meatloaf mixin’s to make a sauce? The original version of this recipe, from … Continue reading

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Zucchini and Spinach Pasta Casserole

The nice folk at Food Network call this a “creamy zucchini and spinach pasta bake” – and it is. But. Because I used a shredded Italian cheese blend that included Parmesan, it cannot be called vegetarian. If, however,  you go … Continue reading

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Hawaiian-Style Pasta Salad

I came across a discussion about Hawaiian Macaroni Salad, and it looked interesting enough that I wanted to try it. But. Apparently, there are rules. Certain friends will be wicked pleased to know that pineapple and ham are not to … Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Ravioli Casserole

Happy Presidents’ Day! And what could be more all-American for such an all-American holiday than a slow cooker ravioli casserole? Frozen ravioli (you don’t even need to thaw the suckers!), semi-home made pasta sauce loaded with ground beef and pork … Continue reading

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Parfait! Jardinière Salad

Sure and all, pasta salad is a staple for summer meals, but it is also quite nice on a cold winter’s evening – and this pasta salad has a wee, tiny bit extra… Macaroni and cheese (Kraft Dinner), and Catalina … Continue reading

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My Mom’s Lasagna – and The Real Deal About ‘No-Boil’ Noodles

What could be more welcome than a large, steaming pan of cheese and noodles in a lovely, bubbly sauce? Yeh. Trick question – obviously two pans would be way more welcome. But… do you really need to buy that box … Continue reading

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Zanzetti

Back in the day, there was a popular spaghetti based cassserole – Johnny Mazetti Spaghetti – that was supposedly popular in the American community in Panama as well as throughout the Midwest. It is quite good, actually, and I have … Continue reading

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Jardinière Salad

Let us talk salad. Pasta salad. Macaroni and cheese pasta salad. Yeppers; a humble blue box of Kraft Dinner, a dab o’ mayonnaise, a bit of Catalina salad dressing, and some freshly chopped veggies all come together unexpectedly well in … Continue reading

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Queso Mac and Cheese

My husband came across an ad for Frank’s Red Hot® Queso Dip Seasoning, and he was wicked interested, so… we checked out our main market and… nothing. Then we checked out our also kinda main, but back-up market and, again… … Continue reading

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Shrimp Scampi Tetrazzini

A long time ago, in a leafy suburb far, far away, I shared a large house with four friends from college. Now, one would think that, five folk, all with at least bachelor degrees, would all be able to manage … Continue reading

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