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Pasta Primavera with Wine Sauce

February 11, 2018

Meatless Monday continues with this delicious pasta primavera I made with a wine sauce. I served it on top of healthy whole wheat spaghetti! It was yum!

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 cup Cremini mushrooms, cleaned and chopped into quarters
  • 1 cup Shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and chopped into 2 inch pieces
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • Salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 3 cups homemade or store brought tomato sauce
  • ½ pound whole wheat spaghetti, cooked al dente
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated

Heat a large frying pan with the butter and oil. Add the thyme and both the mushrooms. Saute on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the red pepper, salt and garlic. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes and add the zucchini. Saute for a minute and transfer the vegetables to a plate. Deglaze with wine and scrape all the brown bits off and cook the wine down to about half a cup. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the vegetables back and check for seasonings. Serve on top of spaghetti and top with cheese.

Braised Short Ribs with Citrus Gremolata

December 12, 2017

 

I would highly recommend this dish for the holidays. I served it with polenta and it was an amazing dinner. Oh, and don’t forget a copious amount of red wine…

  • 4 pounds short ribs, excess fat removed
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

Place the short ribs in a large glass dish and sprinkle the salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Refrigerate overnight. Take out an hour before cooking.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups red wine
  • Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Heat a heavy saucepan with the olive oil until smoking. Brown the ribs on both sides for 4 to 5 minutes each in two to three batches. Keep aside. Add the carrots, onions, celery and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato paste and sauté for minute. Add the flour and sauté for another minute. Add the thyme, rosemary and bay leaf. Add the chicken broth and red wine and bring to a boil. Add the ribs back into the liquid and transfer to the oven. Bake for 2 to 3 hours or till the meat is falling off the bone.
Take out of oven and take the ribs out onto a platter. Strain the braising liquid and squeeze all the moisture out of the solids. Discard the solids and return the liquid to the saucepan. Reduce to desired consistency- there should be about a cup and a half to two cups of liquid remaining. Check for seasonings and return the ribs back into the liquid. Top with gremolata and serve.

Citrus Gremolata

  • 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
  • 1/3 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Zest of two clementines or half a navel orange

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl, cover and keep aside.

Chicken and Mushroom Ragu on Herb Polenta

December 6, 2016

Delicious chicken stew over polenta…

  • 1 pound chicken thighs, skinned
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup pancetta, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Heat a saucepan with the olive oil on high. Add the pancetta and sauté for a minute. Brown the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes of each side. Sprinkle salt while browning. Take the chicken pieces out and keep aside.

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 pound cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt

Add the herbs in the pancetta mixture with the mushrooms. Saute on high heat till the mushrooms have cooked down including the excess liquid. Add the shallot and garlic. Saute for a minute and add the flour. Cook the flour for a minute and add the red wine. Scrape all the brown bits off the bottom and add the chicken broth. Add the chicken pieces and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes with the lid on. Take the lid off and make sure the chicken is tender and juicy. Turn the heat up and bring to a boil and cook till the dish reaches desired consistency.

Herb Polenta with Gruyere

  • 1 cup fine polenta
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup aged Gruyere cheese, grated

Bring the milk and broth. Add the herbs and salt. Slowly add the polenta whisking at the same time, stirring till it thickens. Turn the heat off and add the cheese. Mix well and check for seasonings. Serve with the chicken and mushroom ragu.

Julia Child’s Coq Au Vin- My Version

December 5, 2016

My take on Julia Child’s classic… try it…

  • 2-3 pound whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces and skin removed
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/3 cup bacon, cut into a small dice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 (10 oz) packs of cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ cup cognac
  • 2 cups red wine (pinot noir, zinfandel- any light red wine)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped

Heat a large Dutch oven with one tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Add the bacon bits and sauté on medium heat till the bits are golden brown. Take the bacon out and keep aside. Add the chicken pieces in two batches and brown on both side, sprinkling salt and pepper. Take the chicken pieces out and keep aside.
Reheat the pan and add one tablespoon extra virgin olive oil. Add the mushrooms and sauté on high heat till they are golden brown- about 7 to 8 minutes. Take the mushrooms out and keep aside. Add the onions and garlic. Saute on medium high heat till the onions are soft and translucent- about 3-4 minutes. Add the fresh thyme and tomato paste. Saute for a minute and add the cognac. Scrape all the bits off the bottom and mix for 30 seconds and add the red wine and the chicken broth. Bring to a boil on high heat and add the chicken pieces. Bring back to a boil, lower the heat to a simmer and cover with lid. Take out the two breast pieces after about 20 minutes and keep aside. Continue to cook the rest for another 30 minutes. Take out the chicken pieces with the breast pieces. Bring the sauce to a boil and reduce to about 2½ cups. In the meantime add the flour and oil to a small bowl. Mix well and add to the simmering sauce, whisking it in to avoid lumps. Bring to a boil. Taste for seasonings and add salt if needed. Add the mushrooms and chicken pieces. Top with the bacon bits and chopped parsley.
Serve on top of toasted baguette slices rubbed with fresh garlic. Serve with the same red wine you used for the sauce.

Chicken and Mushroom with Tomato Sauce

February 12, 2014

This is a great dish to enjoy either with spaghetti or crusty bread… it almost like a stew and this weather it is perfect with a yummy glass of red wine…

  • 6 to 8 chicken thighs, skinless and boneless
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 10 ounces packs of Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups tomato sauce (homemade preferable)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • Cooked spaghetti

Dredge the chicken pieces in the flour, salt and pepper mixture. Keep aside. Heat a heavy saucepan with the olive oil on medium high heat. Brown the chicken pieces on both sides, about 3 to 4 minutes each. Take the pieces out and add the mushrooms. Saute on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes until wilted and golden brown. Add the onions, garlic and rosemary. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the red wine, chicken broth and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer. Cover with lid and cook for 30 minutes. Take lid off and bring to a boil once more and cook till the desired consistency is reached. Taste for seasonings and garnish with parsley. Serve on top of whole wheat spaghetti.

Chicken and Mushroom Ragu

November 28, 2012

Chicken and Mushroom Ragu This is a simple, weekday pasta dish I made the other day. Mushrooms is a staple in my house- everyone loves it and I try to incorporate the fungus in every cuisine I can.

In this case I bought ground chicken and decided to pair it with chopped cremini mushrooms. I added my homemade tomato sauce as well as shallots, garlic and fresh thyme. I also added a bit of red wine I was sipping while making this delicious one-pot meal.

I used an interesting looking pasta to make the pasta more appealing. The whole dish was healthy and yummy. I served it with a quick salad and a glass of wine..
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Lamb Loin Chops with Smoked Paprika and Wine Sauce

October 28, 2012

Lamb Chops with Smoked Paprika and Red Wine

This is a very flavorful and delicious dish. I decided to mix the flavors of a typical wine sauce with smoked paprika. I marinated the lamb in a mixture of garlic, cilantro and smoked paprika. The meal was simply scrumptious. I served the chops with some creamed spinach and sweet potato fries.

  • 6 to 8 lamb loin chops
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Add the garlic cloves into a mortar and pestle. Add the salt, smoked paprika and cilantro and pound down to a paste. Add the oil till emulsified.
Rub the chops with the garlic mixture and marinate for 4 to 5 hours. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • Salt

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil. Brown the chops on both sides on high heat for 2 minutes each. Take out of pan and add the tomato paste and cook for a minute on medium heat. Add the flour and cook for another minute. Deglaze with red wine and pickup the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the broth and orange juice- whisk to make smooth. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer. Add the lamb chops and cook till desired. Add salt to taste. Serve with creamed spinach and sweet potatoes.