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Old 11-06-2007, 12:25 AM   #11
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A carbonara sauce is about as fast a sauce as one can make.

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Old 12-17-2007, 04:44 PM   #12
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fredo pasta cooked, add sauted onions, mushrooms, grated parm. and heavy cream .guess the cream and then adjust.

also use saltless chicken seasoning

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Old 12-17-2007, 06:40 PM   #13
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:48 PM   #14
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1/2 cup black olives
1/2 cup green olives
1/2 cup kalamata olives
1 tbs capers
small jar marinated artichoke hearts
bunch basil and parsley
coarsely pulse in food processor so little chunks of the olives are present
add to your favorite red pasta sauce,
maybe add a little parmesian cheese, hot pepper flakes, wine or whatever

because the olives are salty, need to do a few taste tests to modify the salt

relatively quick to make, pain in the butt to clean the food processor
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Old 12-17-2007, 07:02 PM   #15
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Or just a simple pasta tossed in olive oil,garlic,scallions,parmesan fresh ground pepper maybe a squirt of balsamic or lemon juice.The trick is using the best pasta you can get.Fresh pasta is the best.Fettuccine with brown butter and sage.
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Old 12-17-2007, 09:33 PM   #16
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Simple pasta/veg side dish

I often just throw some fresh or frozen vegetables into the cooking pasta (at the proper time so they are done together), then drain into a collander, make a simple sauce in the same pan. (ex. butter and shallots, and/or garlic, cook a minute or two), add cream and parm. Return the pasta and veg. to the pan, mix and you're done. I usually use broccoli or peas, sometime cauliflower. Really young green beans would be good, also.
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Old 12-18-2007, 12:48 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by GrillingFool View Post

Time to explore it as a side dish! I am getting tired of rice!
Pasta isn't something I cook with a lot... spaghetti, Kraft Mac a Cheese,
and the occasional Alfredo sauce is about it.... so far.

I am looking for good sauces or toppers for side dish pasta..
got any recipes?

Tonight's menu includes baked salmon with a simple citrus flavoring,
and wilted spinach..... how about a nice pasta something for it?
Sure.. simple as it gets. Cood the pasta until it's almost done. In skillet put in olive oil, get it hot. Add some minced garlic and allow that to brown. Drain the pasta and stir into the garlic and olive oil. Sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

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