Pasta Entrées

Pasta with Celery, Kale, and Walnut Gremolata

Pasta with Celery, Kale, and Walnut Gremolata

Gremolata is a mess of chopped herbs, lemon zest, olive oil, breadcrumbs or nuts, with a nubbly texture somewhere between a relish and sauce. Here it’s tossed with nutrient-rich kale, celery and whole wheat angel hair for a summer dish bright with flavor, color and crunch. Recipe and photo by Ellen Kanner. more→

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Pasta with Greens, Chickpeas, and Olives

pasta with greens, chickpeas, and olives from Wild About Greens

This quick and nourishing year-round pasta recipe calls for chard, kale, or spinach, but you can use a combination or even substitute broccoli rabe or mustard greens. My personal favorite in this dish is chard, as it’s so good in the Italian-style trio of pasta with greens and legumes. Just add a colorful salad and you’ve got a meal. Recipe from Wild About Greens* by Nava Atlas.

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Mexican Sopa Seca De Fideo (Vermicelli “Dry Soup”)

Fideo pasta

Sopa seca, or “dry soup,” is a common course in traditional Mexican meals, is not really a soup at all, though making it does start with a broth that is then entirely cooked away. Often, fideo (a type of fine pasta that resembles a small nest) is used. Fideo noodles are available in specialty markets and in well-stocked supermarkets.

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Vermicelli with Broccoli, Raisins, and Pine Nuts

Broccoli on white

This dish is great for a family dinner but would also be a good addition to a pot luck or barbecue. For a colorful meal, serve with Chickpea Salad with Roasted Red Peppers, Tomatoes and Basil more→

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Pasta with Asparagus and Marinated Artichoke Hearts

bunch of asparagus

This simple pasta dish, filled with flavorful asparagus and artichokes,  is sure to please at the dinner table in late spring and early summer. Serve with a salad featuring chickpeas (I especially like this with Chickpea Salad with Roasted Peppers, Tomatoes, and Basil) and fresh corn on the cob. more→

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Pasta with Red Pepper Hummus Sauce

Pasta combined with hummus might be offbeat, but it works quite well. It makes a good picnic dish, since it’s so sturdy and quite good at room temperature. more→

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Southwestern Tomatillo Pasta

Tomatillos

The sauce for this lively fusion dish is made with fresh tomatillos. Once an exclusive domain of specialty markets, they are now available in the produce section of well-stocked supermarkets. Tomatillos will remind you of small green tomatoes and have a distinct, though not spicy, flavor. more→

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Noodles with Garlicky Black Bean Sauce

Savory seasoned black beans make a delightful sauce for tender noodles. more→

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