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Meatless Monday: Pasta alla Norma “Nuda”

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Pasta is great for Meatless Mondays because there are so many options. You can serve it cold or hot, add any number of veggies, make a sauce or just drizzle with oil or even give it an Asian flare. There’s no excuse to get bored.

When the weather starts cooling down, comfort food is what I crave most. While it’s not freezing yet in NYC, it feels more like fall. To kick off the season, I’ll be making Pasta alla Norma. With meaty eggplant in a simple tomato sauce, it’s a hearty, rustic dinner perfect for Meatless Monday.

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Italian Week on Cooking Channel

Let’s admit it: Regardless of whether or not Sicilian blood runs in your veins, we all have a little Italian in us when it comes to food. Who can resist the simplicity of a perfectly-cooked pasta dash or the sweet, velvety richness of Tiramisu?

This week, embrace your inner Italian by tuning in to Italian Week every night. On September 15 at 8pm ET, accompany Giada De Laurentiis on the ultimate Italian holiday, from Venice to Parma to Rome. Then at 9pm ET, watch back-to-back episodes of Unique Eats to get a taste of America’s most incredible (and incredibly famous) Italian dishes, including a hot, gooey Meatall Parm sandwich that will make you melt. On Tuesday, September 17, don’t miss a special pizza-themed episode of Unwrapped, where host Marc Summers learns why frozen pizzas are so hot, who dominates Domino’s fastest pizza-making contest and how bite-sized pretzel Combos can satisfy a pizza craving. 

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Drop 5 Pounds with Healthy Pasta Recipes

We here at Cooking Channel love our pasta. It’s comforting, affordable, comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and is the perfect canvas to mix in just about any ingredients you can imagine. But it seems every silver lining has a cloud. Pasta, along with people who go to Diddy shows, gets a bad rap. “The carbs!” people cry out as they awaken, sweaty from a nightmare of being chased by giant noodles. It’s time to relax and put pasta back into your diet.

Tune in to Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping today at 10:30am ET on Cooking Channel to get tips and healthy recipes (including the crowd-pleasing, vitamin-rich Pasta Primavera pictured above) to help you say “yes” to pasta and even lose weight.

Meatless Monday: 8 Vegetarian Pasta Recipes

pasta with spinach
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

 

Pasta is every home cook’s secret weapon: it’s inexpensive; you can buy it anywhere from bodegas to gourmet grocery stores; it lasts (practically) forever; and it’s super easy and super fast to cook. Keep your cabinets stocked with your favorite shapes and types and you’ll never be stuck without dinner ideas, even if you have little else in the house. Some of these are made with bare-bones kitchen staples, like lemon and garlic.

Penne With Spinach: Make a pesto-like sauce from spinach and cheese and mix it with hot pasta and even more spinach for a super-easy, veggie-packed meal.

Penne With Spinach Sauce (above)

Classic Spaghetti: Everyone should know how to make a good red sauce for ladling over your favorite pasta. Gabriele and Debi’s recipe is traditional and meat-free, though it can be paired with sausage and meatballs for the meat-eaters at your table. Make a big batch and freeze it; use the sauce to make lasagna, eggplant Parmesan, pizza or eggs in purgatory.

Red Sauce and Spaghetti

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Dinner Rush! Beans & Greens Spaghetti

It’s now week two of the “Resolution Stretch.” How you holding up?  I know, I’d rather we call them long term goals, too.  How about a quick and healthy dinner plan to get “two birds with one stone” ahead of the game?

 

The combo of cooked beans and hearty greens is a pretty classic one in Italian home cooking.  The beauty of it, really, is that you can easily make a super hearty dinner for four (or even a few more) that is nutritionally balanced, ready in no time and light on the wallet.

Reach for whatever cooking greens your grocery store has around – mine happened to have some beautiful escarole and rainbow chard so I went with a combination of the two.  Anything will work. Although you’d never know it from the depth of flavor, this recipe is also vegetarian. If you prefer a bit of meat with your dinner, go ahead and crisp up some pancetta, bacon, or their leaner Canadian cousin and add that to the mix too.

You’re saving money, time and calories all in one dish.  Go on, you Resolution Rockstar.

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Sifted: Christmas Doughnuts, Fool Proof Dinner + More

  1. These Christmas wreath doughnuts by Leanne Bakes are just as pleasing on your taste buds as they are on the eyes.
  2. Sippity Sup says you can’t screw up braised short ribs. So go ahead and test that theory with his recipe for Cabernet braised short ribs with swiss chard and orecchiette.
  3. If you love nutella, we’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll be a fan of The Chocolate Hog’s hazelnut hot chocolate.
  4. Know what you’re making for Christmas dinner, but not for supper tonight? This skillet baked ziti by Tracey’s Culinary Adventures is easy to whip together and absolutely delicious.
  5. A Couple Cooks’ recipe for peppermint ice cream and hot chocolate affogato is a wintry delight perfect for the holiday season.

Craving more?

  • Two holiday beverages combine to make the ultimate treat in homemade eggnog white hot chocolate.
  • There’s a lot of focus on cookies and party food right now, but if pancakes and waffles are more your thing, we’ve got you covered for holiday brunch, too.

Meatless Monday: Penne With Spinach Sauce

Penne With Spinach Sauce
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
The best pasta recipes — for weeknight dinners anyway — are the ones where the sauce is made in the time it takes to cook the pasta. Giada’s Penne With Spinach Sauce is one such recipe: the creamy, cheesy, garlicky spinach sauce comes together in seconds (just whiz is all up in a food processor) while the pasta is cooking, then the sauce, thinned with a little of the pasta cooking water is tossed with the hot pasta. It’s about as fast as mac and cheese out of a box, but one million times better (and better for you).

Look out mac-and-cheese-in-a-box makers, recipes like this one might put you out of business.

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Meatless Monday: Penne With Roasted Tomatoes

Penne Recipe

One of my favorite recipes from Ellie Krieger is her Penne with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans. Ordinarily, I’m no fan of out-of-season, winter tomatoes, but when you roast them, it deepens their flavor and makes them sweeter. And the garlic in the recipe is roasted, too, making its flavor more mellow and sort of nutty. The roasting part of this recipe takes about 40 minutes, but if you’ve got the time, it’s totally worth it; it makes it seem as if tomato season wasn’t seven months away.

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Italian, With Only a Few Ingredients

Sometimes, the fewer the ingredients, the better.

Such is the case at the new location of Frankies Spuntino at 570 Hudson Street in Manhattan. Chef/owners Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo have let classic Italian dishes shine by focusing on essential ingredients like amazing extra-virgin olive oil and heaps of fresh garlic in their grandma’s dining room-style restaurant. When the duo appeared on Food(ography), they shared their paramount pork dish, Pork Braciola Marinara, and explained how a dish can have the maximum amount of flavor with a minimum amount of ingredients. In this case, parsley, Parmesan, provolone and homemade tomato sauce are key.

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Fresh Pasta Sauce in a Flash

As everyone knows, I hold Italian food close to my heart, and in my kitchen as often as possible. Lately I’ve been preparing lots of pasta, and wanted to share two delicious (and easy) fresh sauces to serve up when you’re short on time.

Bucatini All’Amatriciana (top left)
While your pasta is cooking, make the sauce. Sauté pancetta (amount to your liking) in a little olive oil until it’s crisp. Add in chopped onions, garlic and chili flakes, and cook with crispy pancetta until onions are soft. Add in crushed plum tomatoes, and simmer for 5 minutes. 1 minute before the pasta is ready, finish cooking it in the pan with the sauce until it combines and thickens up the sauce. Remove from heat and add grated pecorino cheese!

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