Category Archives: Pasta

Tortellini and Shrimp

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As soon as Thanksgiving dinner is in our review mirror and before we start eating leftovers (or turkey noodle soup or turkey and rice casserole) I am ready for pasta, shrimp, beef, anything quick and easy.

Enter … Shrimp Tortellini!

This incredible recipe meets my criteria – simple, fast, and unbelievably delicious!  Starting with fresh store-bought tortellini this main dish goes together quickly.

Earlier this fall I spent time with some of the Godliest women I know.  Besides having sweet prayer time, lots of laughs, and wonderful conversation – we also ate great food!

When our meal planner and fearless leader Susan ended up busy just before dinner Leslie and Bethany took this recipe and got right to it!

Bethany and Leslie

After just one bite I knew this recipe would be coming home with me!

We added a big fresh green salad and the meal was complete. Well, except for the awesome ice cream sundae bar!

Susan is setting up the Sundae Bar and I just had to add this picture of my funny friend Caryle opening a jar of maraschino cherries!

Bottom line: print off this recipe, get the ingredients and make your family very happy soon!

Happy Cooking!

Tortellini and Shrimp
Prep time
Total time
Six ingredients, less than an hour and dinners on the table! Yum!
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 lb. shrimp (peel and devein)
  • 1 (9-ounce) package fresh tortellini, with cheese filling uncooked
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese*
  1. Peel and devein shrimp and set aside
  2. Cook the tortellini by following the package directions; drain and set aside.
  3. In a big skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter.
  4. Add the shrimp, shallot, and basil.
  5. Saute' for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add cooked tortellini and Parmesan cheese, toss; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve immediately with large green salad and garlic bread!
* Original recipe calls for ½ cup Parmesan cheese but I use 1 cup and it is just perfect.



Homemade Meatballs and Marinara Sauce

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spaghetti meatball salad
How often do you hear … “These are the best _______ (fill in the blank) you have ever made”?  
 Ever? I cook …  a lot.  My sous-chef dish-washing mom and The Chief  are very kind and complimentary of my cooking.

Will Cook For Compliments

But recently I received the “these are the best meatballs you have ever made” response followed by the appropriate “yummy” and “thanks Babe!”  I was so surprised and elated all at the same time.
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My Mixed Cultures Pasta Salad Made For A Crowd

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Basketful From Farmer's Market
Basketful From Farmer’s Market

This is the time of year that farmer’s markets are plentiful around the United States and other areas of the world that are enjoying summertime!  If you aren’t in the habit of shopping your farmers market I might say you are missing some of the best summer has to offer.  Most generally the vegetables and fruits are picked that day or the day before.  FRESH from the garden to your table.

From our local farmer’s market all of these vegetables came in a basket for $20!  This is a really good deal because 4 BIG ripe tomatoes came along with them, but somehow I missed getting a picture of them before I cleaned them and I promptly made bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches.

For several years I have used Pick Your website for canning directions and a lot of other information about fruits and vegetables.  They also have a tab to Find A Farmer’s Market In Your Area.  If you don’t know where to find your local market this is one place to start looking. I don’t think it is an exhaustive list because it doesn’t include the market I shop at although I am going to send them an email to include it!
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Thanksgiving Leftovers & a Blog Tour Book Review

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Today is the last day to register to win the audio book, Wrecked, When A Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life. I wrote a review for the book that you can check out here.  You will also find five different ways you can register to win the audio book.  Jeff Goins is a newly published author in 2012 but he has been writing and helping others to write for years.  I am looking forward to his next book and I thoroughly enjoy hearing from him several times a week via his blog,

How was your Thanksgiving?  Are you still serving up leftovers? What is lurking at the back of the frig you still have to re-work into yet another leftover something?  Since you already know I didn’t cook this year I am not going to even pretend I have some wonderfully delicious re-worked meals to help with your leftovers. Instead, I am doing what any good friend would do and that is share what I have found on some great food blogs around the net.  You are going to wish you have more leftovers to turn into some of this fabulous recipes!  Here we go …

From Tracey’s Culinary Adventures this Leftover Turkey and Cranberry Panini makes me want to bake a turkey just to make this sandwich! Did I mention the cheese is Gruyere?  Delish!
Mary re-purposed some leftover turkey into this fabulous-looking Turkey Tetrazzini at the Deep South Dish!
Got Bananas?  My friend Carmen of Baking is my Zen just posted this incredible heavenly banana bread! I know it isn’t technically a leftover, but it does call for some really ripe (old) bananas. Doesn’t it look just like something you want to dig a fork into?  She topped with a crunch pecan topping … be still my heart 🙂
Since I have strayed away from leftovers I decided I just have to share these Brussels Sprouts Gratin.  The Brown Eyed Baker posted these last week and I about flipped over the idea of Brussels sprouts, creamy sauce and bacon.  Oh my, what’s not to like?

Do you see a pattern developing here?  It appears I can go on and on sharing Thanksgiving leftovers recipes but I do need to stop and actually hit the “post” button sometime soon.  I will end this parade with a link to Foodista where you will find recipes such as Turkey Pot Pies, Tuscan Turkey Soup, Tomatillo Turkey Chili and much more!  Hopefully I have given you a few new ideas to get you through this week of leftovers.  In the meantime, keep on cooking and many blessings!