Lobster Pasta Salad with Lemon Tarragon Dressing

Lobster Pasta Salad

Sweet lobster and charred corn are the stars of the show in this easy to make Lobster Pasta Salad.  Tossed with a light and bright lemon tarragon dressing, it's the perfect light lunch or stellar side dish for your summer gatherings. Is it summer where you are yet?  I know summer doesn't officially start until the 21st but really...we all know it starts when the kids are done school.  When the yellow busses no longer slow down morning commutes, when gaggles of children are no longer … [Read more...]

The Very Best Macaroni Salad

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Summer would not be complete without the very best Macaroni Salad.  This version is light and creamy with a surprise ingredient that will just make your mouth say "wow".  Or say nothing at all, because it's full of food and your mom taught you better than to talk with you mouth full. I've been to barbecues without macaroni salad.  I know, gasp!  The horror!  Some people are getting all fancy these days making side dishes like Blueberry, Feta and Quinoa Salad or Soba Noodle Salad with … [Read more...]

20-Minute Artichoke Asparagus and Sausage Pasta Skillet

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Disclaimer: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Barilla®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #OnePotPasta http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Loaded with spring vegetables and sausage, this Artichoke Asparagus and Sausage Pasta Skillet is ready in just 20-minutes and all in one skillet.  No pre-cooking pasta to add to the dish either, this pasta is cooked right in the pan creating a light and creamy sauce. Regardless of how … [Read more...]

Chopped Italian Pasta Salad

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Loaded with veggies, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella, this Chopped Italian Pasta Salad belongs on your picnic table this spring and summer.  Simple to make and bursting with zesty flavor, a great side dish for any barbecue. Pasta salad is a wonderful thing.  Really...it's so simple to make that sometimes we overlook the obvious.  Like how I should have shared my favorite pasta salad recipe with all of you a long time ago.  But it's one of those things that's so simple to make I forgot … [Read more...]

Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet

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Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet uses leftover Bolognese sauce or your favorite jar sauce to come together ridiculously fast. So hearty and filling, your family will think you slaved for hours making this saucy, cheese skillet of heaven. (Even though you only used FOUR ingredients.) I'd love to say that leftovers don't exist in this house but the fact is.....they do.  And they die a slow death in the back of the refrigerator, quickly forgotten and turning into something that looks like it … [Read more...]

One-Pot Spaghetti and Meatball Stew

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Spaghetti and Meatball Stew comes together all in one pot with a rich, tangy tomato sauce for an easy family meal.  Hearty and filling, this is fantastic served with a green salad and crusty bread, loaded with butter, for dipping.   I like meals that I can cook in one pot....because doing dishes on a full stomach really blows.  I know you all agree because I get tons of requests for easy, one-pot meals.  So, I do my best to minimize the work on the back end for all of us by throwing … [Read more...]

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

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This easy, one-pot dinner is a copy of the popular Hamburger Helper version.  Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet uses "from scratch" ingredients to recreate this classic comfort dish in minutes.  Flavorful and kid-approved, this is clean eating at it's finest.  Cheesburger Macaroni....those two words were my favorite to hear when I would ask my mom "what's for dinner."  I absolutely LOVED Hamburger Helper's Cheeseburger Macaroni.  It was so simple and cheesy and filled with carbs.  And browned … [Read more...]

Skinny Capellini Carbonara

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A lighter version of an Italian favorite, Skinny Capellini Carbonara is packed with flavor but won't weigh you down.  Quick, creamy and comforting....this pasta dish is ready in 10 minutes. *By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Did you know October is National Pasta Month?!?!  Well it is.....and I'm thrilled because....I'm a … [Read more...]

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto | The Suburban Soapbox

Cheese Tortellini tossed with Italian sausage, pesto and pine nuts make a flavorful and quick dinner.  One skillet cooking makes clean up a breeze. Carbs are the best!  Don't you agree?  They're even better when stuffed with cheese.  Because everything's better with cheese.  And bacon but I didn't use bacon today.  I stepped it up and threw in some sausage.  Sausage is my bacon.  I love it more than any other pork product out there.  Crumbled....linked....patties....it's all so yum.  And … [Read more...]

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp AND a Calphalon Giveaway

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp | The Suburban Soapbox

Store-bought pesto tossed with pasta, peas and pine nuts are perfect on their own.  Top with grilled shrimp and this is suitable for entertaining those last-minute dinner guests! My foodie friend, Colleen from Souffle Bombay, was thinking about just what cookbook it was that made her fall in love with cooking recently, then she decided to ask the same question to a number of her foodie friends, myself included, and #CookbooksandCalphalon was born!  Enjoy 17 food bloggers stories as well … [Read more...]