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I had a guest over last night, and decided to delve into a new cookbook I'd just bought -- Giada de Laurentiis' Everyday Italian. A bit of poring through said cookbook later, we decided on an appetizer and a main dish -- prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks (p. 45) and penne pasta with the sun-dried tomato pesto sauce (p. 73). One quick stop by the market for the various ingredients (the total cost of which -- for two packages of fresh basil, the sun-dried tomatoes, the bread dough, the freshly-cut prosciutto, and the pasta -- came to just over $20), and we got to work.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks )

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce )

After boiling some penne pasta and prepping these two surprisingly easy dishes, we had a feast with what felt like hardly any effort at all! Although the pesto sauce seemed less like sauce and more like a spread to me, it was surprisingly delicious and served as a perfect counter to the pasta and the prosciutto wrapping the bread. Overall, a very easy and straightforward cooking session, which yielded plenty of leftovers and was well worth the effort. I would absolutely make it again.
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Following my decision to make at least one new recipe every week, I looked over this week's recipe email from Good Morning America and settled on a variation of their healthy, relatively Low-Cal Chicken Linguine Alfredo. )

This turned out extremely tasty, though as the original recipe called for 3/4 cup of yogurt (and I could taste that in the sauce) I decided to tone it down to 1/2 cup. A quick, relatively easy meal for a few people, but I suspect the leftover sauce won't refrigerate tremendously well.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
A while back, hankering for pizza, I'd looked up some various recipes for pizza sauces online and blended a bunch together to make this one -- my nigh-ideal sauce, with tons of flavor, a little heat and some zing.

Spicy Red Pizza Sauce )

This works great on pizza, in calzones (and I'll be posting recipes for those once I perfect a few), or as a dipping sauce for Three Cheese Garlic Bread with Herbs.
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The other night, I decided I wanted to try out a pesto sauce recipe I'd found, and thought that cheesy garlic bread would be just the thing to go with it. I made the garlic bread first, and as it turned out it smelled and tasted so good that I didn't bother with the pesto sauce and pasta after all!

Three-Cheese Garlic Bread with Herbs. )

Goes very well with the previously posted Meaty Red Sauce for dipping or topping.

Crossposted from Kitchenklutz.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
I originally stumbled across this in my search for a good lasagna recipe (which I'll eventually post as well), but the sauce is good enough that it serves nicely with pasta or cheesy garlic bread.

Meaty Red Sauce. )

I'll update this post with pictures the next time I make the recipe.

Crossposted from Kitchenklutz.

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