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Blueberry and Broccoli Pasta Salad

Broccoli and Blueberry Pasta Salad

Blueberry and Broccoli Pasta Salad with a tangy Lemon Buttermilk Dressing ~ spring forward with this colorful and healthy pasta salad made with Chickapea gluten free pasta, lots of fruits and veggies, and an extra dose of crunch! *Hey guys ~ I’m teaming up with Chickapea Pasta today, thanks for supporting me and my brand partners, I only work with the very best, and they help keep tvfgi up and cooking! This salad was fun to fun to invent, and…

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Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese marries the uber simple but powerfully flavored classic Italian pasta with everybody's favorite comfort food ~ delish!

Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese marries the uber simple but powerfully flavored classic Italian pasta with everybody’s favorite comfort food ~ delish! I promise you won’t regret making this easy mac & cheese recipe!  Cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) is one of the most elemental of all pasta dishes, and if you love the earthy spicy flavor of cracked black pepper like I do, you’re going to flip over this.  This simple Roman meal is sexy, satisfying, and…

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Stuffed Shells Bolognese

Stuffed Shells Bolognese is a stepped up version of a family dinnertime classic ~

Stuffed Shells Bolognese ~ a rich meaty Bolognese sauce elevates these stuffed shells from a family dinnertime classic to a special occasion centerpiece. I adore stuffed shells, but I rarely make them because it seems like a lot of trouble to go to.  The recipe has to be something really special to tempt me, and this one is.  Bolognese sauce, with its two kinds of meat and so many layers of flavor, transforms an already delicious comfort food into something…

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Shrimp Pad Thai

Shrimp Pad Thai ~ a better version of take-out! ~

Shrimp Pad Thai is a healthy stir fry noodle bowl made with gluten free rice noodles, shrimp, and all the classic Thai flavors like ginger, garlic, lime, and cilantro ~ this meal beats take-out by a mile! Thai food can seem daunting if you’ve never attempted it in your own kitchen, but just like with so many ‘exotic’ cuisines, it’s mostly a matter of stocking your pantry with the right seasonings and condiments, the rest is pretty straightforward.  Pad Thai…

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Easy Slow Cooker Pho Recipe

Slow Cooker Weeknight Pho is a quick and easy version of a fabulous Vietnamese noodle bowl!

Slow Cooker Pho ~ this slurp-able Vietnamese noodle soup is world famous for its richly flavored broth that simmers all-day.  With my easy crock pot recipe you can enjoy pho any night of the week!…

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Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo is a spicy sexy 30 minute meal that is guaranteed to get sparks flying! ~

Shrimp Scampi Fra Diavolo ~ this fiery romantic dish can be whipped up in 30 minutes with a bag of frozen shrimp and pantry staples.  This is the best shrimp scampi recipe I’ve tried, and also the easiest. Shrimp scampi fra diavolo is one of those recipes, like Fettuccini Alfredo, Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil, or Pasta Carbonara, that can be on the table at a moments notice, with minimal effort.  That’s what makes it so enticing. This dish is…

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Spicy Basil Pesto

Spicy Basil Pesto ~

Spicy Basil Pesto ~ Serrano pepper takes the world’s freshest sauce from simple to sassy in one fell swoop ~ stir it into freshly boiled pasta, spread it over grilled fish, spoon it on a baked potato, or soak it up with a torn piece of bread, it makes all other sauces obsolete. save the recipe! Pesto is the original awesome sauce.  Of course I make it all summer long, but to tell you the truth I enjoy it most…

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Brussels Sprout Carbonara

Brussels Sprout Carbonara - the classic italian comfort dish made even better with sprouts! ~

Brussels Sprout Carbonara is a huge deal for me, this is so good that it instantly earned a place in my family’s regular dinner rotation.  You’re going to love this classic Italian comfort food made even more irresistible with one of my favorite veggies. This is one of those combinations that just makes sense.  Pasta carbonara is probably one of the first things a lot of us learned to make, maybe back in college, where easy but satisfying recipes ruled. …

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Israeli Pasta Salad

Israeli Pasta Salad |

Israeli Pasta Salad is a mash-up of two of my favorite summer salads, it’s packed with veggies and actually gets better after a day or two in the fridge! I pretty much keep a perpetual supply of pasta salad going in my refrigerator all summer long, it keeps us afloat.  It’s there waiting for us when we come in the door, sweaty, tired, and hungry.  It’s breakfast, lunch, snack, and, occasionally, dinner.   Does the world need another pasta salad? …

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