Posts Tagged ‘pasta’

Yummy Chocolate Brownie Fake-Out!

I made some Gluten-Free pasta tonight (rice and corn spaghetti from Barilla). The kids couldn’t tell the difference! The taste and texture was the best GF option I have found. Yay Barilla!!  

But, I decided to take the GF all the way through dessert! Whaaaat? Yup, GF brownies. I have been wanting to try this recipe ever since I came across it and I finally got the black beans the other night. Yup, that’s right-I said black beans! 

I can’t take credit for the idea, as I found the recipe on, but I did add a couple extra Tablespoons of cocoa and a few more mini chocolate chips… because I like chocolate… and because, well, why not?!!?
I have to say, I was a bit skeptical about using beans. I under-baked it (12 minutes) and that seemed to be perfect for the way I like my brownies. They were baked long enough to hold everything together but not long enough to dry them out. The best part was, my daughters had no idea they were made from beans! The taste was pretty good and the texture wasn’t bad, either. I will definitely make these again!

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Chicken Riggies-A Shout Out to Utica!

Chicken Riggies are a native dish to the Utica, NY area, as far as I know. It’s a chicken and Rigatoni pasta dish that has a little kick to it’s sauce. picture565

This beautiful velvety sauce simmers for an hour until it reduces and thickens enough to hug the pasta.


The pasta is coated with melted butter and parmesan cheese (I used Pennette because it’s small-mouth friendly).


The last step is when the pasta is married with the sauce. Mmmmmm, mmmmmm, good! Thank you, Utica!


More Comfort Food


Another comfort food for me: Home-made mac-n-cheese… with shells!

What is your favorite comfort food?

Great Green Gobs of…

Can you guess what this is?

Still not sure?

Does this help? Or does the green still leave you perplexed?

Does this help? No?

How about now?

You guessed it! Spinach pasta! And it was tasty!


Take a bag of spinach and blend it with the wet ingredients (such as eggs) of your favorite pasta dough recipe. Add to the dry ingredients and continue with the regular pasta directions. We enjoyed our spinach pasta with butter and a little Parmesan cheese. We got a tasty pasta… and the kids ate their veggies without even knowing it! We call that a “Ninja Mom” move!

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