Today’s Spicy Caesar Bucatini is, unsurprisingly, inspired by the caesar. The cocktail, not the salad. I took the tell-tale flavors of the Clamato-based drink and turned them into dinner. Imagine clams steamed in a blistered cherry tomato, horseradish, and vodka sauce tossed with chewy bucatini pasta. Oh! And as the name suggests, there’s a good amount of heat in this dish as well. While it may seem strange to use a cocktail as inspo for pasta, in this instance it works. And by “works” I mean, this dish is so delicious that I don’t care if it’s wrong. So let’s dive right in!
As I mentioned on Instagram, today’s Pappardelle Au Poivre is likely to be somewhat divisive. This pasta dish is of course based on the French classic Steak au Poivre. But it contains no steak, involves vegetables, and is actually a plate of carbs. So yeah, not steak au poivre. But, in my opinion, the magic of the classic dish lies in its sauce and the sauce is very much present in today’s recipe. So we can argue over whether this dish is deserving of the “au Poivre” moniker or we can grab a fork and dive right in. This dish comes together in 30 minutes, is creamy and comforting, and loaded with pepper. What’s not to love?
The first day of spring may be a hop, skip, and a jump away. But the weather here in Toronto clearly didn’t get the memo. As I write this snow is falling outside my window. Thankfully, the ground isn’t cold enough for the snow to accumulate in any major way. So I doubt I’ll have to take a shovel to it, but man, it’s still kind of crushing. And I know this isn’t the last of the snow, not by a long shot. That’s why I’m keeping my winter boots at the ready and recipes like today’s Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup in my back pocket. Let’s face it, we have at least another month of soup season ahead of us, so let’s dive right in.
Lasagna is one of those universally loved comfort foods. The classic Bolognese and bechamel pasta tower is a culinary force to be reckoned with. But I chose to reckon, I chose to play, and I chose to put apples in this classic. Some would call today’s Apple Cheddar Lasagna quirky, others would call it blasphemy, but I just call it a salty/sweet delight. So what are you looking at? Well, this lasagna features a mushroom and cheddar bechamel, shingles of Ontario-grown Honeycrisp apples, spinach mixed with ricotta, and a gooey melted mozzarella top. This lasagna is as delicious as it is offbeat. So let’s dig in.