Monthly Archives: January 2020

Pasta with cabbage, winter squash and walnuts

I wasn’t too sure if I would like the combination of  these ingredients, but surprisingly,  they were really good together.

For the winter squash I chose a butternut squash,  something I really enjoy, and in place of cabbage, I went with kale instead.   Unfortunately I did not have dried cranberries but used a few dried cherries.

Since I was cooking for one I only prepared 1/4 of the recipe, and even that was quite a lot of food.  But, I love leftovers and this is perfect with a little pasta water that I saved to reheat it.

Many times  when I cook pasta,  (especially spaghetti, angel hair, linguine, etc.) I almost always have leftovers and I save some of the pasta water.  It’s  a perfect way to create a delicious leftover dish adding the veggies as in this recipe.


I added two make-up recipes from December.

First:       Gingered-turkey meatball soup.  Unfortunately, this recipe  did not work for me, but it was interesting.

Second:    Sweet and Smoky Roasted Carrots.   These were so good and I loved the yogurt sauce, great for dipping.fullsizeoutput_1356IMG_4311


Pasta with Shrimp

Pasta with shrimp, zucchini, lemon and herbs makes for an interesting recipe.

I chose tri-color rotini  pasta to go with the shrimp just to brighten up the dish and then added thinly sliced and quartered  green and yellow zucchini.

After zesting the lemons and saving the juice,   I tossed the remains of the lemons in the pasta water to boil.  I personally did not think it was necessary as  there was so much lemon flavoring to be added later.  However, that is just my opinion.

After cooking the shrimp and the zucchini,  I set them aside while the pasta was cooking.  Reserving some of the pasta water, I drained it and added it back into the fry pan along with the rest of the oil, butter and the reserved water. I then returned the shrimp and veggies combining all.  Added a bit of salt and pepper plus cayenne and let it all cook for a minute or two.  Finally, the tomatoes were added and topped with herbs and tossed.

The end result was pretty impressive to look at and also quite tasty.fullsizeoutput_1347IMG_4300