Penne Pasta with Pine Nuts

For National Pasta month, how about this Penne Pasta with Pine Nuts? This simple pasta recipe is quick and easy to whip up, and the combination of ingredients makes it a heartwarming and flavorful meal that is sure to be a dinner favorite in your house. Did you know it’s actually suggested that eating two tablespoons of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to monounsaturated fat. Enjoy on a busy weekday or for weekend entertaining. It’s so easy!

 

Iberia Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil and hand-selected, harvested olives processed in Spain.  The Spanish olives used are extracted using a “first cold press” process, which provides the rich aroma and flavor quality – ideal for using on salads, pasta, fish, meat dishes and marinades. Available at select retailers including Walmart. 

Bistro Chicken Pasta Salad

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I have been so fortunate to have made so many new friends lately that have been so helpful with my upcoming cookbook. A few weeks ago, I met Nancy Bynon, through a publisher friend of mine (thank you Sheila), and it was truly my lucky day. Nancy was one of the Editors of the “Tables of Content” cookbook for the Junior League of Birmingham. It’s an amazing cookbook-one of my all-time favorites, and many talented women of Birmingham worked hard to develop such a fabulous book. Nancy has been so wonderful to me by helping me test recipes and offering great suggestions. The night I met her, she was making a version of this recipe. It was delicious, and I told her my kids would love it. When I made it the other night, everyone was fighting over it. It is truly great and a perfect weeknight or weekend main-dish pasta salad. Thanks to all of you (you know who you are) who are have helped me out. One more month to go.

Kid Approved: Balsamic Penne Pasta Salad

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My daughter, Leigh, begged me to make penne pasta salad that she saw a friend bring to school. She called to find out what was in it, and she made up this recipe herself for Balsamic Pasta Salad. This recipe is a breeze, and the kids absolutely loved it. Feel free to add chicken or turkey and top with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese.

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Family Favorite Low-Fat Casserole: Tuna Noodle Casserole

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One of my subscribers asked me for a recipe for a Tuna Noodle Casserole, and, at first, I wasn’t so excited to come up with something. When I made this dish, I really had a change of heart. I used reduced-fat soups, panko breadcrumbs, canned tuna and some fresh and frozen vegetables, and it came out great. My kids love penne noodles, and they worked well with the consistency of this dish. This makes a great weeknight or Sunday night dinner offering perfect for the entire family.

Easy Weeknight Family Favorite: Baked Penne

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My kids love pasta for dinner especially when it’s made with penne noodles. I thew this recipe together in no time, and they went crazy over it. It’s as simple and basic as can be, but it is a true family pleaser.