Tag Archive | red pepper flakes

Recipe: Spicy Turkey Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce


Spicy Turkey Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce


1/4 c Italian Dressing
1 lb. Turkey, 1/2″ pieces (cooked)
1 Onion, diced
2 Tomatoes, diced
8 oz. Tomato Sauce
4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
2 c Pasta


Cook pasta according to directions on the box. Heat Italian dressing in a high sided skillet over medium heat. Add your onions and turkey. If your turkey is not pre-cooked, cook it for about 8 minutes. Otherwise, let it brown nicely. While it doing that, combine your tomato sauce and cream cheese. Blend them up to fully incorporate it and add it to your turkey with some diced tomatoes. Toss in your pepper flakes and stir well. When the pasta is done, drain well and mix with the turkey and tomato. Enjoy!

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Recipe: Penne Bolognese

Penne Bolognese

Penne Bolognese

This hearty meat and pasta dish serves 4.


2 Tbs Olive Oil
2 c Penne pasta
1 lb. Ground Beef
1/2 c Onion, diced1 Tomato, diced
2 Cloves Garlic, 1/4 tsp dried minced
1/2 tsp Dried Basil
1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
1/8 tsp Black Pepper
15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
1/3 c Parmesan Cheese, shredded


Heat oil over medium heat in a high sided skillet. Brown beef with onion. Add tomato sauce, diced tomato, and spices. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes while you cook the pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and combine with the meat sauce. Stir to mix all the flavors together. Serve topped with parmesan cheese.

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Recipe: Panang Curry with Beef (Panang Neua)

Panang Curry

Panang Curry with Beef (Panang Neua)


1 Tbs Olive Oil (or Peanut Oil)
2 oz. Panang Curry Paste
1 Tbs Palm Sugar
1 tsp Lime Juice
12 oz. Beef (California Tri-Tip, Pork Fillet, or Tenderloin)
1 can Coconut Milk
2 Tbs Ground Peanuts (plus more for garnish)
1 tsp Dried Basil
1/2 tsp Fish Sauce (to taste)
Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)
Jasmine Rice


Slice beef incredibly thin and set aside. I use a serrated knife to do this. Heat oil in a high sided large skillet. Add curry paste, palm sugar, and lime juice. Stir and allow to reduce a little. Add beef and sear while mixing with the curry spice mix. Once beef is seared on all sides, add coconut milk, peanuts, and basil. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes minimum. The longer it simmers, the better it tastes. While it is simmering, cook your jasmine rice according to the directions on the package. About 15 minutes before you dish up, add the fish sauce to the curry dish. To serve, put rice in a bowl, ladle beef and curry broth over rice. Top with additional peanuts and red pepper flakes.

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This is also great as a chicken dish. Just swap beef out and replace with chicken.

If you like my Panang Curry, you’ll love my other recipes!

Recipe: Spicy Grilled Asparagus with Almonds

Sandwich and Asparagus

Spicy Grilled Asparagus with Almonds

This is an entirely new dish. We wanted a more interesting way to eat asparagus and this is what I came up with. We loved it! Do you?


2 Tbs Olive Oi
2 c Asparagus, cut
2 Tbs Sliced Almonds
1 tsp Mustard
1/8 tsp Dried Minced Garlic (1 clove fresh)
1/8 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes


Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add mustard, garlic and pepper flakes. Toss lightly. Add asparagus and almonds. Cook until the asparagus is tender, stirring occasionally.

Do you want the recipe for the sandwich too? Here it is.

Recipe: Homemade Pizza


Homemade Pizza

I made this delicious pizza for dinner tonight. I make it all from scratch and it’s pretty easy. You can make so many varieties of this based on what you have on hand. This particular version included mozzarella slices, Parmesan cheese, Canadian bacon, salami, and sopressata.

The Dough:

1 1/4 C Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/4 All Purpose Flour (plus more for dusting and as needed)
2 1/4 tsp (1 package) Yeast
1/2 tsp Salt
1 C Warm Water
2 Tbs Olive Oil
Cornmeal (for dusting the baking sheet)

The Sauce:

Tomato Sauce
Garlic Powder
Red Pepper Flakes

The Toppings:

Motzerella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Canadian Bacon

The Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, yeast, and salt. Stir to combine. Then add water and oil. Use a danish dough whisk to mix well. Add in all purpose flour and incorporate as much as possible.
  3. Take dough and place on a floured surface. Knead the dough and add up to 1/2 C more flour if needed. Knead dough for at least 5 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Divide dough in half. Cover the dough and let rest for 10 minutes.
  4. While the dough is resting, prepare the sauce. In a medium sized bowl, mix together tomato sauce, oregano, basil, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  5. Once the dough has rested, roll out into two pizza crusts. Dust a baking sheet with cornmeal. Place pizza crusts onto baking sheet. Prick each crust all over with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Take crusts out of the oven and add your sauce and toppings. Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes.


If you like my homemade pizza, you’ll love my other recipes!

Recipe: Spicy Pasta with Asparagus and Ham


Spicy Pasta with Asparagus and Ham

I just came up with this recipe tonight and we loved it! The bit of crushed red pepper flakes gives a great kick and contrast to the asparagus.


2 C pasta
2 C asparagus
Olive Oil
3 C diced tomato
1 C diced ham
1 1/2 Tbs dried parsley flakes
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 C parmesan cheese


  1. Cook pasta according to directions on box.
  2. Cut asparagus into nice 1 1/2-2″ lengths
  3. Dice tomatoes and ham
  4. Cook asparagus in olive oil until tender
  5. Toss in tomatoes and ham and heat through
  6. Stir in parsley, salt, oregano, basil, and red pepper flakes
  7. Add pasta (drained) and stir to combine
  8. Dish up and top with parmesan cheese
  9. Enjoy!