Mexi Pasta Salad

A pasta salad to please … packed with delicious ingredients. This is the perfect main dish. It’s a salad I just can’t stop eating. Yikes! A great side to add to my Smoker Brisket.

If like me, you have a hard time following a recipe exactly this is a recipe for you. It takes to change-ups easily. The campanelle pasta is a great touch but you can substitute.

I happened upon this recipe quite by accident. I love the blogger site but I’m not sure it remains active. I’ll be trying some of the authentic Portuguese recipes. Hope you enjoy the site and this recipe.

Happy Birthday Mom! <heart>


Tex Mex Vegetarian Lasagna

Today is Pasta Sunday, and I decided to do a changeup! You know how some vegetarian lasagna recipes are just missing something (like meat!). Well, with this recipe you don’t even go there! This recipe has all the ingredients it needs to be perfectly delicious. My guest was surprised to find the sauce has V-8 … mainly because he doesn’t like V-8, or is it Worcestershire? Actually, I use both in cooking and normally don’t mention it to him. No Worcestershire in this recipe!

Lots of good ingredients. And a very surprising vegetarian lasagna!

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Pasta “Fazool”

A Family’s Recipe

IMG_0898-2Pasta and Beans (Pasta Fagioli) is an economical dish with few ingredients. Eaten often by the Rizzo Family on meatless Friday’s and during Lent. When I assisted in putting this together I wasn’t sure just how flavorful the result would be. It is now on my list of favorite comfort foods. Vegan or vegetarian, or add a little Italian sausage if you must. It’s all perfectly good.

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Shirred Eggs Your Style

Shirred EggsShirred (Baked) eggs are easy, fast and a delicious way to cook eggs for one or many. Adding a little individual touch makes it extra special. Add lox, Italian sausage, breakfast sausage, bacon, or chorizo. I added linguica … no da. Oops! Make it vegetarian with bits of bell pepper, spinach, basil, onion (green or otherwise), squash…. But all this said shirred eggs can do it alone. Give it a try!

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Portuguese Egg & Bread Soup

Portuguese Egg Soup


Not exactly a soup or stew but just as hearty!

This is a quick recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Totally vegetarian unless you’re inclined to add a little linguica or chouriço … more as a garnish. No chicken broth … it’s not needed! The flavor comes from the garlic, cilantro and the crusty stale bread. It’s absolutely delicious.

All comes together in about 15 minutes.

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Meat or Meatless Lasagna Rolls

Meat or Meatless Lasagna Rolls

Lasagna with a new look. Meat or Meatless, this is perfect! Bake the Lasagna Rolls straight up for an impressive look or seam side down for a sauce drenched variation. There’s just a bit of cooking for the meat filling before baking. This is just one of those dishes I have fun with … often preparing differently each time. Make it your own … fill with your favorites.

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Drunken Pasta

Drunken SpaghettiYou must love pasta and wine to enjoy this recipe! And someone who is visiting me does! (Secretly, I do too.) Years ago I was flipping through a magazine and came across a similar recipe by Rachael Ray. My first thought … how could that taste good! I wasn’t into wine and it just had so few ingredients. I gave it a try way back when. It was good … very good! This is totally a knock off with a touch of Rachael Ray. Enjoy!

Be sure and use your best ingredients! No cheap (value) dry red wine or extra virgin olive oil please.

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