Quick Linguine with Avocado and Artichokes Recipe

In the summer I like to make dinners that are quick and easy to put together.  My oldest daughter is a vegetarian, and since she is living at home this summer I am trying to cook more vegetarian meals on nights she will be home for dinner.  But my husband won’t eat things like tofu or couscous, so I have to balance his more traditional tastes with her preferences. This pasta dish is vegetarian and can be put together in the few minutes it takes to boil pasta.  The artichokes, avocados and corn add a decent amount of vegetables and the jalapeno adds a little bit of spice.

Linguine with Avocado and Artichoke Recipe - Quick Summer Meal

I have never added avocado to a pasta dish like this before, but it was really good.  It made the dish rich and creamy.  The only disadvantage is that if you have leftovers the avocado will oxidize and turn brown, which makes it not look as appetizing. But we didn’t have any leftovers, so that wasn’t a problem for us!

Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Sausage

Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes

This is a quick pasta recipe with a little bit different taste.  The tomatoes are roasted instead of sauted, which gives the dish a deeper flavor.  I also like this recipe because it is easy to keep the sausage separate until the last minute, so I can keep it vegetarian for my daughter.

Chicken Marsala Ravioli in Pesto Spinach Cream Sauce Recipe

Recently Buitoni sent me some of their new filled pasta to try out! They make all kinds of yummy refrigerated pasta that is available in many grocery stores. I like that their pasta is more exotic than standard boring pasta. Cheese ravioli is good, but there is nothing special about  a dinner of cheese ravioli served with spaghetti sauce. Sometimes I want a pasta dish that is more exciting, and looks like I spent a lot of time making a special dinner.

I received this Chicken Marsala Ravioli, which was delicious. It is a filled pasta with white meat chicken, roasted portobello mushrooms, onions, ricotta, parmesan and asiago cheese accented with marsala wine. It almost seems like too many ingredients for one ravioli, and it certainly isn’t boring or ordinary.