Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe

Classic Macaroni Salad Recipe

This classic Macaroni Salad Recipe is a terrifically flavorful side dish that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser at any gathering all year round. Summer is the perfect time to break from the boring routine. Head out for a day at the park or beach and pack a picnic or make plans to gather together for a fun… 

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Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad Recipe

Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad Recipe

Pasta Salad is still as easy as I remember, plus, now there are so many inspiring flavor combinations to try, like this flavor packed Southwestern Black Bean Pasta Salad recipe. It’s a terrific pasta salad to use for either a side or a main entree. It has all the pieces and parts for a hearty, satisfying dish with a bunch of flavor. It’s a great meatless option too. Make a large batch early in the week and enjoy it all week long. And because this pasta salad recipe is easy to make and easy to pack to take along, it’s at the top of my list for for a picnic or outing menu. It’s certainly a picnic and cookout worthy dish, that’s for sure.

Shrimp Pasta with Cilantro Pesto Recipe

Shrimp Pasta with Cilantro Pesto

Pasta is one of my weeknight go-to meals. It’s always quick and pasta is so versatile. Along with that pesto is a great sidekick for pasta. I enjoy making a variety of pesto combinations. It’s so packed with flavor and pretty healthy ingredients too, and it can be made ahead, which is always a winner in my kitchen. This recipe for Shrimp Pasta with Cilantro Pesto Recipe is easy enough for a weeknight meal, but impressive enough for a weekend dinner with friends.

Skillet Orzo with Spinach, Beans and Lemon Recipe

Skillet Orzo with Spinach, Bean and Lemon Recipe

I’m a big fan of one pan recipes, especially ones that involve pasta of any kind. Although many pasta dishes can be heavy and filled with bloat-inducing ingredients. This one is an exception. This Skillet Orzo with Spinach, Beans and Lemon recipe discovered over at Bush’s Beans has just enough pasta without going overboard, combined with a healthier combination of ingredients.

Angel Hair Pasta with Italian Sausage, Mushrooms & Herbs

Angel Hair Pasta with Italian Sausage, Mushrooms and Herbs

Angel Hair Pasta with Italian Sausage, Mushrooms and Herbs is a dish to try for a quick weeknight meal.

Creamy Lemon Pepper Shrimp and Pasta with Basil and Tomatoes

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We have a few go-to recipes that appear almost every week in our menu lineup. Shrimp and pasta is one of those. It’s come to be one of my daughter’s top requests. I usually toss a basil pesto or some combination of the same flavors together, but thought I’d take the opportunity to switch things up just a tad for this week’s Weeknight Wins Blogger Challenge: “A New Twist on an Old Favorite.”

Pasta with Olives, Basil, Garlic, and Lime

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Here’s a fresh simple pasta I threw together for lunch in no time. Spinach fettuccine pasta noodles were tossed with olive oil, olives, garlic, basil, a little butter, and lime zest, then finished off with a squeeze of bright lime juice for a simple, happy, light pasta dish. I’m thinking it would be mighty fine served as a chilled pasta too. Mighty fine, indeed.

4 Special Occasion Weeknight Dinner Ideas

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These are some of our favorites which double as comfort food and special occasion meals. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or another special event, any of these would be great options to serve along with a big salad, and a tempting dessert.

Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad

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While it can be served as a side dish, it really can stand alone as a main course. It’s just as delicious served cold, as it only gets better after it “marinades” together in the fridge. Perfect for a picnic, or if you need to make ahead for a dinner party. Try this one out. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed one single bit.

Roasted Pepper Pistachio Cilantro Pesto Recipe

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I served it with pasta and shrimp but it certainly could be used for bruschetta, added to chili, or thinned for a sauce over chicken or what have you. As far as the pistachios, I had some leftover from the holidays so that’s what I used. You could certainly substitute the traditional pine nut or walnuts.