Posts Tagged ‘ pasta ’

What Would Betty Do Logo Betty Says: Look Beyond the Produce at the Farmer’s Market

Dear Betty, You talk about farmer’s markets, but they seem so lame in the winter. Why would I bother going? – Winter Blahs in Washington Even in California, a place where we can get market-fresh fruits and vegetables year-round, the winter months at the market can get pretty dismal. Sure, you can still get leafy […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Orzo-a-Roni

I’m going to make a confession here that will make at least one of my readers have a stroke: I secretly love Rice-a-Roni. I’ll also explain that I haven’t made it in years because it’s so insanely salty. But I’ve figured out a way to get that Roni flavor without the extreme saltiness. Ingredients 1 […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Caprese Pasta Salad

I love tomatoes. To me, there’s no better part of summer than eating sun-warmed tomatoes right from the vine. Of course, some people actually want their tomatoes to be part of something bigger, like an actual recipe, and caprese salad is a classic example. But you can’t really do a classic caprese with the 4 […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Lemony Pasta with Spring Vegetables

Lemon Pasta Primavera This is a variation on a Cook’s Illustrated recipe for spaghetti al limone, a great recipe in its own right. I’ve modified it to add spring vegetables, using whatever I had on hand, to create a makeshift primavera. The heavy cream makes the recipe sound daunting and heavy, but 1/4 cup spread […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Grandma R’s Meatballs

A few confessions to start: 1) Grandma R isn’t my grandma. In fact, there’s some debate as to whether the recipe is really hers, or if it came from a different grandmother, and 2) I’ve made some modifications over the years. The original called for 2-4 cloves of chopped garlic. I don’t know about you, […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Emergency Ziti

Imagine if you will: through the In a Pinch program from the mothers’ club, you’ve agreed to deliver a meal to a new mom. Now, hypothetically speaking, imagine that you’ve completely forgotten that today is the day that you’ve arranged to deliver the aforementioned meal. Complicating factors? You’re due to deliver the meal in an […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Bechamel and Lasagna

Last week, I gave you the recipe for my All-Day Bolognese Sauce. By adding some bechamel sauce and cheese to that yummy sauce, you can make the best lasagna ever. Oh sure, I’m biased, but I much prefer the results from this creamy sauce than a soggy ricotta and egg mixture. Personal preference. Bechamel Sauce […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo All-Day Bolognese

There are few recipes that violate my general rule of being able to prepare them in less than an hour on a weeknight. This is one of them, and it is worth every moment that you spend on it. I make a ton at once so that I have plenty of leftovers. It also forms […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Learning to Cook

Because I post recipes online, it seems only natural to assume that I learned how to cook by watching my mother and my grandmother. Wrong. While both cooked, neither one of them was a particularly stellar chef. My grandmother, for example, didn’t have any spices in the house, including salt and pepper. My mother had […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Pasta Rustica

It’s been years since I last made this recipe, but I stumbled across it while looking for something to do with the onslaught of fresh tomatoes coming from my garden. I’ve made some modifications to the original, not the least of which involves substituting cherry tomatoes for the original romas. The meal looks best when […] Read More