Crouton’s Pasta alla Puttanesca

This is my interpretation of spaghetti alla puttanesca (whore’s spaghetti), a simple yet robust pasta dish that’s easy to make with around-the-house ingredients (well, our house anyway). Don’t be squeamish about the anchovies … they add flavor to the dish, but without the strong salty taste people associate with anchovies on pizza. You can make […]

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What’s On the Stove?

Pasta alla Putanesca, that’s what!

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Apparently, Whoring Runs in the Family

Twenty years or more ago I started making a simple pasta dish for those nights we wanted something light and basically meatless: I’d fry some garlic and anchovies in olive oil, then mix it with spaghetti. At some point I thought it would be more flavorful with a little onion. In time I began to […]

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Leftover Polenta

We invited friends over for dinner last night, so I spent the afternoon preparing Italian meat sauce and polenta. Ditalini made a salad and one of our guests brought a chocolate cake for desert. It ws a great evening, and it would have been even better if the wind off the mountain hadn’t […]

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Crouton’s Chicken & Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo

I took a package of chicken breasts out of the freezer this morning but didn’t decide what to do with them until the afternoon. I knew there were a few shrimp in the freezer, so I decided on this and basically made it up as I went along. It was fun to prepare and cook, […]

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Leftover Steak Stroganoff

We didn’t eat all the steak we grilled on Sunday, so last night I made Beef Stroganoff from the leftovers. Happy manly comfort food!

Ingredients

1 yellow onion 4 cloves garlic leftover steak 1 can beef stock sliced mushrooms, fresh or canned 1 cup sour cream 1 pkg flat egg noodles

Directions

Chop garlic and […]

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Onion & Anchovy Pasta

This is based on a recipe from Bon Appetit that Ditalini and I both like, modified to our taste (less butter, oil, and onion; more anchovy).

Ingredients

1 stick butter 2 tbsp olive oil 2 medium yellow onions, sliced thinly 3 tbsp water 2 6-oz cans anchovies in oil, drained 1 lb long […]

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Crouton’s Pasta with Italian Sausage

Here’s another easy pasta dish anyone can make. It tastes as good as it looks.

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion 5-6 cloves garlic Italian sausage (hot or mild), 3 links 1 green bell pepper 1 red bell pepper broccoli black olives red pepper flakes salt & pepper Parmesan cheese 1 lb pasta

Directions

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Crouton’s Pasta Salad with Tomatoes & Mozzarella

Ingredients

3-4 large tomatoes (or 8 plum tomatoes) 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2 t. dried basil) 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano salt & pepper (to taste) 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp drained capers 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese 8 oz fresh Mozzarella (diced into approximately 1/4-inch cubes, or […]

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