Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Quick Meal Starts with a Versatile Pasta

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Quick Meal Starts with a Versatile Pasta

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THIS QUICK PASTA works equally well as casual weekday family fare or as a dish for company. It's a versatile entree that can be served vegetarian or combined with chicken, meat or seafood.

Make dessert before starting dinner. Soften about 1 pint frozen yogurt. Tear 12 ladyfingers into 1/2-inch pieces. In a bowl, combine torn ladyfingers, frozen yogurt and about 1 cup brickle bits (or 2 crushed Score bars). Freeze until slightly firm; spoon into bowls or sundae glasses.

While pasta cooks, make a quick Tuscan salad by cutting 3 thick slices of crusty Italian bread into 1-inch cubes and toasting 15 minutes in a preheated 300-degree oven. Meanwhile, dice four plum tomatoes; toss with toasted bread, 1/4 cup balsamic or red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard and 1/4 cup olive oil.

***** GREEK SPINACH, PASTA AND TOASTED ALMONDS

16 ounces ziti or penne pasta

Nonstick vegetable spray

8 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and sliced

1 tablespoon olive oil

5 cups loosely packed fresh spinach, cleaned and coarsely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup defatted chicken or vegetable stock

1 4-ounce (drained weight) can pitted sliced olives or 1/3 cup diced pitted Kalamata olives

1/2 cup feta cheese

1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. …

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