Category Archives: Pasta

Spaghetti with Homemade Pesto Sauce

Pasta With Pesto Sauce

So I gave you a recipe for Marinara Sauce and now it’s only right that I give you a great recipe for Pesto Sauce. Yes this sauce is a bit heavier on the calories because it is an oil based sauce and has pine nuts in the recipe but it is absolutely delicious.

There is a Kosher Dairy Restaurant in New York called “My Most Favorite Food” which serves the most amazing Farfalle Pasta with Pesto Sauce and ever since I tasted it there I was hooked.

I made it this week and served it with pasta but it’s not only a pasta sauce. Pesto sauce is often served with salad as a dressing, put into grilled cheese sandwiches or on top of chicken. I also like putting pesto sauce when I make avocado/feta veggie wraps. It is totally up to you!

So here goes:


  • ·       12oz Olive Oil
  • ·       3 oz toasted pine nuts
  • ·       6 oz Basil Leave- Cleaned and Chopped
  • ·       1 Tablespoon Garlic
  • ·       4oz Parmesan Cheese ( if you want to serve the sauce with a meat dish omit the Parmesan cheese)
  • ·       Salt and Pepper to taste


  1.  Place 1/3 of the oil in a blender or food processor and add all the remaining ingredients.
  2. Blend/Process until smooth then add the remaining olive oil and blend for a few more seconds.



“No man is lonely eating spaghetti; it requires so much attention.”

~ Christopher Morley

Speak to you soon,

                  Nicole Doreen


Penne Pasta with Homemade Marinara Sauce

Penne Pasta With Homemade Marinara Sauce

Mmm Marinara Sauce is by far one of my favorite sauces. It’s a southern Italian tomato sauce. I definitely take after my mom when it comes to my love for any dish with marinara sauce… pasta, broccoli, Shakshuka (Israeli style omelet with tomato sauce), you name it ! The fact that Marinara sauce is low in calories is of course an added bonus!

Today I will give you a great Marinara sauce recipe and show you the pictures of the pasta dish I made with it.

Marinara Sauce


  • Whole peeled tomatoes – 15oz can
  • Spanish Onion- 10oz
  • Olive Oil- 4oz
  • Garlic finely minced- 2 tablespoons
  • Basil Leaves, fresh, chopped – 8 large leaves
  • Bay leaves- 2 each
  • Dried Basil- 1 Tablespoon
  • Dried oregano 1 Tablespoon
  • Dried Red Pepper Flakes- ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


1.      Place tomatoes in bowl of food processor and puree. Finely mince onions.

2.     Place olive oil in a heavy bottom saucepot over high heat

3.     Add onions and begin to sweat (do not brown them). Lower heat to medium.

4.     Add garlic and fresh basil and continue to cook.

5.     When onions and garlic are soft add all other ingredients.

6.     Turn up heat to high and bring to a boil. Stir often and avoid scorching.

7.     When sauce boils reduce the heat and let it simmer for about an hour.

8.   Season with salt and pepper to taste.

 ** Put on top of pasta and serve with basil leaves and sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top.


“A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins”
~ Laurie Colwin

Speak to you soon,

                  Nicole Doreen