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Old 05-16-2009, 05:25 PM   #11
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Pasta Puttanesca is a good one.

One I used to use when dieting was Beef & Parmesan Pasta:

1# lean ground beef
14 oz beef broth or stock
14 oz diced tomatoes
1 1/3 C uncooked bowtie pasta
1/2 C grated fresh parmesan cheese
1/2 C chopped onion and green bell pepper

Oregano, Basil, Garlic, salt, pepper to taste

Brown the burger and toss in onion & peppers.
Add tomatoes, beef broth, and spices when done.
Add bowties and simmer until pasta is tender.

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Old 05-16-2009, 05:51 PM   #12
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I often make pasta dishes when I need something ahead of time, lunches, dinners I won't have time to prepare etc.
Some ideas:

Cook some angel hair pasta, drain well, make garlic butter sauce and reserve in a seperate container. Grill shrimp with garlic. combine when you wish. I'm sure you can put it all in one container I just prefer its seperated for some reason.


chop up some leftover chicken breasts in either strips or chunks whatever you prefer.
Add to penne pasta with alfredo sauce and sliced mushrooms. Top with shredded cheese. If microwaving or warming in oven, don't worry about the cheese melting before putting in fridge.

Make an extra chicken parmesan , and make some additonal pasta. Penne, bowtie, angel hair, spaghetti.


Crumble some feta cheese and add to some cooled penne and low fat italian dressing. add diced peppers, red green or yellow, whatever you want and eat.

Drain a can of tuna and mix in a diced dill pickle and a few tbsps of mayo. Add cold shell pasta , macaroni or penne, bow tie is also good. Stir , salt and pepper. Chill and enjoy.

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Old 05-16-2009, 08:45 PM   #13
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One of the favorites here is a simple pasta dish, no meat or fish, just cherry tomatoes thrown in at the last minute to warm threw or cut in half and tossed in sold..Cook your angle hair in salted boiling water, then take the pasta out with a large fork saving some of the cooking water, in to a large skillet with evoo,sauted white onions and several cloves of crushed garlic and some red pepper flakes to taste add your pasta and a little of the cooking water, this will help create a sauce..add your salt and pepper a pat of butter and mix well. My crew likes this with garlic cheese bread and green salad.
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Old 05-23-2009, 04:36 PM   #14
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whole wheat rotini + grilled chicken cut up into chunks + any low fat alfredo sauce + with shreded cheese combine and bake at 350 for 20 minutes and can keep in fridge for up too a week.
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Old 05-26-2009, 07:37 AM   #15
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As said, lasagna is always a good choice. But also there is a Greek version of the dish that is pretty healthy too. Does someone have a recipe for pastitcio (I have no idea of the spelling). I actually do have a recipe here somewhere for Greek spaghetti sauce that is pretty good, but have never made the dish myself (I make Greek chili/spaghetti sauce on a regular basis, just have never used it in this application. Maybe I'll move this to ethnic? Anyway, when I was young (isn't there a song about that?) so many years ago, I used to go camping with a woman whose mother was Greek, and she made this, and we ate it warm the first night, then cold every day thereafter. Over the years I've had it with many different kinds of pasta as the base, but the sauce was pretty much siimilar (in other words, a red sauce but with cinnamon and allspice).
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:05 AM   #16
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Claire: here is your Pastitsio! This dish, like lasagna, is a production but it is SO delicious it's worth it.

I don't know about "healthy" for either lasagna or pastitsio, tho. Both are pretty heavy with cheese, which has lots of fat.

When you make an elaborate pasta dish, you¹ll want to make it the centerpiece of your meal. All I would serve with this is a salad of tart young greens such as arugula, dandelions or mache, dressed simply with lemon juice and the very fruitiest extra-virgin olive oil you can find. For those of you to whom the name “Pastitsio” is unfamiliar, it is a traditional Greek dish that is a very close cousin to Italian Lasagne.
makes 16 servings
1 cup onions, finely chopped
1 cup + 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 ½ pounds lean ground beef
2 pounds ground lean lamb
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3 cups tomato sauce
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup finely chopped parsley
½ teaspoon dried basil
1 cup dry red wine
1 bay leaf

5 cups half and half
4 cups milk
1 ½ cups flour
freshly grated nutmeg
8 large eggs
2 cups fresh ricotta cheese
¾ pound Kefalotiri cheese, grated
1 ½ pounds ziti, cooked
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. For meat sauce: In a large skillet, cook onion in 3 tablespoons butter. When onion is translucent, add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add meats. Cook over high heat, breaking meat up with a wooden spoon until it is no longer red.
2. Season meat mixture with salt, pepper, tomato sauce, oregano, cinnamon, basil, bay leaf, parsley and wine. Cook the sauce, stirring frequently, until most of the liquid has been absorbed. (The dish can be prepared to this point in advance and refrigerated or frozen until you are ready to use it.)

3. For cream sauce: Heat milk and 4 cups half and half just to the boil.
In another saucepan, melt 1 cup butter. Add the flour, stirring with a wire whisk. When the roux is blended and smooth, pour in the hot milk and cream, stirring vigorously with the whisk to keep it from lumping. Cook until the sauce is thick and smooth, about 15 minutes.
4. Season sauce with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Turn off heat and let the sauce cool for 10 minutes.

5. In a bowl, beat eggs with remaining half and half. Gradually add about 2 cups of the warm cream sauce to this egg mixture, beating constantly to make sure the eggs don’t curdle. Then pour the egg mixture into the cream sauce, continue to stir until everything is well blended. Finally, beat in the ricotta.

6. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Butter a LARGE baking dish—at least 15 x 9 x 4 inches.

7. Cook the ziti and put half in the dish. Sprinkle with half the Kefalotiri. Spoon in half the cream sauce, smoothing it with the back of the spoon. Spread on all the meat sauce. Now add remaining ziti, cream sauce and Kefalotiri. Sprinkle on Parmesan. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, covered, then 30 more uncovered. Let stand 30 minutes before cutting.
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Old 05-26-2009, 09:08 AM   #17
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My choice for a healthy, reheatable pasta dish is whole wheat or spinach pasta of your choice that gets topped with veggies, garlic and olive oil. The season usually dictates the choice of vegetables. Favorites include fresh tomatoes, brussels sprouts (which I pull apart and saute in the evoo), broccoli and/or broccoli rabe, spinach that has been chopped fine, and ratatouille (I make copious amounts of this every summer).

Freshly grated cheese makes a great topping and adds a little protein.

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