Pasta with honey roasted tomatoes and herbed breadcrumbs

   date: 2012-09-16 time: 20:06:10
Pasta with Honey Roasted Tomatoes and Herbed Breadcrumbs (serves 4)
 16 cherry tomatoes, halved
 3 cloves peeled garlic
 2 tbsp honey/maple syrup
 2 tbsp olive oil
 1 tsp thyme leaves
 1 tbsp red chili flakes
 salt and pepper to taste
 400 g spaghetti (or four servings)
 1 tbsp olive oil
 1 dl (½ cup) breadcrumbs
 1 tbsp parsley
 1 tsp thyme leaves
 1 clove garlic
 grated parmesan to serve
Preheat the oven to 150 C (300 F). Line a tray with baking sheet and place tomatoes cut side up and garlic. Mix together honey, olive oil, thyme, chili, salt and pepper. Drizzle over the tomatoes and bake for 3-4 hours until tomatoes are half dried. Baste once in a while during this time. Blend half the tomatoes and any leftover juices on baking tray. In the mean time, prepare pasta according to manufacturer's directions and set aside. In a frying pan, heat olive oil. Add to it breadcrumbs, parsley, thyme and garlic. Keep stirring till golden. Toss the cooked pasta with the blended roasted tomatoes and herbed bread crumbs. Serve with the remaining whole roasted tomatoes and grated parmesan.
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Skinny Alfredo Sauce and Chicken Sausage with Kale Pasta

   date: 2012-09-09 time: 20:46:57
Skinny Alfredo Sauce (makes 2½ dl [1 cup])
 1½ dl (2/3 cup) plain Greek yogurt
 3/4 dl (1/3 cup) part-skim ricotta cheese
 1½ tbsp parmesan cheese
 1 tbsp light cream cheese
 1½ tsp olive oil
 ½ shallot, chopped
 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
 basil, oregano, salt, pepper
Place all items in a food processor and blend until smooth. Test-taste and add any additional spices you find necessary.

Chicken Sausage and Kale Pasta (with skinny alfredo sauce and onions) [serves 4-5]
 1 box whole grain or whole wheat pasta
 1-2 tbsp olive oil
 ½ white onion, sliced
 2½ links chicken sausage, quartered
 6-7 dl (2½-3 cups) kale, rinsed and chopped
 2½ dl (1 cup) skinny alfredo sauce ↑
Cook pasta according to box directions. While pasta is cooking, add olive oil to a large frying pan. Add sliced onions and cook for about 10 minutes over low-medium heat, stirring occasionally (make sure you’re keeping an eye on the pasta, too). When onions have softened, add chicken sausage. Continue to cook for 8-10 minutes. Add chopped kale to frying pan and cover with a lid. Sauté for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve chicken sausage, onions, and kale over pasta and finish off with skinny alfredo sauce. Add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, if desired.

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