Farfalle with Crispy Prosciutto and Peas

I was, admittedly, overwhelmed by December.  I was so overwhelmed by the enormity of it that…get this…I often cooked dinner and didn’t take pictures.  What?!?!  I know.  The first time I made this, in December, my family went nuts over it.  They enjoyed it so much that I immediately regretted my laziness and wished I’d taken out my camera.  When my family found out that I didn’t take pictures of the process to share with you, they were all pretty excited…because it meant they got to have it again in the very near future.

Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli - Chew Nibble Nosh 6

IT’S COLD!

Thanks for the obvious, right?

I really can’t complain this winter.  We’ve had it pretty easy, especially compared to the East Coast. (Sorry, guys.)  We have, however, had some crazy cold snaps, in between the warm snaps, and we’re currently in the middle of one of them.  I’m wishing I’d saved this recipe to make for tonight, instead of last week when it was warmer.  However, if I can help warm you up with this, then it all worked out.

Spaghetti with Asparagus, Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto

Spaghetti with Asparagus Smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto - Chew Nibble NoshMy girls are fairly decent vegetable eaters.  Emily will try more than Avery, but that’s the case with every food, not just veggies.  Asparagus, though, is one vegetable that they consistently turn their noses up at.  Since I’m a big ol’ meanie, I make different asparagus dishes every year, knowing that at some point, they’ll come to the dark (green) side.

This pasta dish helped…a bit.  The smoky, melty cheese and salty prosciutto added so much flavor to the dish, that they didn’t seem bothered by the asparagus.  In fact, Emily even ate some of it!  (One out of two ain’t bad, right?)

Pasta with Peas and Prosciutto

Do you have fifteen minutes to spare in the name of a good meal?  If so, I can get you from the stove to the dinner table in that small snippet of time.  I know you guys like easy weeknight meals, and they don’t get much easier than this.  In fact, last night, my husband picked up Emily from her theater class and I had him call me as he left for home, so that I could see how fast I could move this dinner.  It’s a fifteen minute drive from her class to our house…and here’s what happened during that time.

Penne alla Vodka

Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year.  I don’t know about you, but Tuesday nights aren’t exactly the best time for my husband and I to go out on a date.  So this year, we’ll be dining at the not-so-exclusive Family Kitchen Table on Valentine’s Day.  Staying at home with the kids doesn’t mean you have to settle for chicken nuggets and tater tots.  This pasta dish is perfect for a low-key Valentine’s Day. It’s not your everyday sauce, but not so out of the norm that the kids won’t touch it.  In fact, my girls love this dish, which seems appropriate given the holiday I’m suggesting it for!