The Spicy Olive's Rigatoni with Italian Sausage

The Spicy Olive’s Rigatoni with Sausage

RIGATONI WITH SAUSAGE- a special dinner everyone is sure to enjoy!

The Spicy Olive’s Basil Pesto

Do you have a lot of fresh basil in your garden this summer? Here is the perfect way to enjoy it-make a homemade batch of fresh Basil Pesto!

Spicy Olive BLT Pasta Salad

The Spicy Olive’s BLT Bow-tie (Farfalle) Pasta Salad

The Spicy Olive’s Farfalle  BLT Salad
1 lb. of farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
½ lb. of bacon
1 ½ cup of grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 tablespoon of chopped/torn fresh basil
½ cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3 cup of crumbled feta cheese
¾ cup of The Spicy Olive’s Garlic Infused Olive Oil
1 lemon (juiced)
In a medium to large pot bring water to boil add a pinch of salt. Cook pasta until al dente (about 10 minutes), drain and set aside.
In a large skillet cook bacon until browned and crispy, drain on  and dab with  paper towel to remove all excess oil. Cut bacon to form crumbles and set aside.
Combine bacon, grape tomatoes, feta cheese, and basil in a bowl.
Using a blender, combine Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and lemon juice and blend until smooth. Then pour into a bowl and toss pasta with this mixture.
Serve pasta and top with bacon, tomato, feta and basil mix.
White Lasagna

The Spicy Olive’s Creamy White Chicken Lasagna

 This is a delicious dinner option that works for weeknights or a special romantic night. If you want to make it really special you could replace the chicken with cooked lobster!
The Spicy Olive’s Creamy White Sauce Lasagna
9 lasagna noodles
1/4 cup The Spicy Olive’s Spicy Calabrian Pesto Infused Olive Oil
1/4 cup of The Spicy Olive’s Tuscan Herb Olive Oil
1 finely chopped onion
1 minced clove garlic
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups chicken broth
1 ½ cups milk
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups ricotta cheese
2 cups cubed, cooked chicken meat
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese for topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 7 to 8 minutes. Drain, and rinse with cold water.
In sauce pan over medium heat Pesto and Oregano Olive Oil cook the onion and garlic in until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in the flour and salt, and simmer until bubbly. Mix in the broth and milk, and boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Stir in 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Season with the basil and ground black pepper, remove from heat, and set aside.
Spread 1/3 of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish. Layer with 1/3 of the noodles, the ricotta, and the chicken. Arrange 1/3 of the noodles over the chicken, and layer with 1/3 of the sauce mixture, spinach, and the remaining 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Arrange remaining noodles over cheese, and spread remaining sauce evenly over noodles. Sprinkle with parsley and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven.

The Spicy Olive’s Sesame Chicken Pasta

This recipe is adapted from “As Old As Time” Cookbook available at The Spicy Olive. We changed up the recipe a bit by adding chicken to make it a main dish instead of a side dish.

If you are vegetarian, leave the chicken out and add more of your favorite vegetables.

This dish is also delicious served cold and great to take to pot locks to share with friends!

Strawberry Pasta Salad

The Spicy Olive’s Strawberry Pasta Salad

Here is a great side dish for your summer BBQs, pool parties or other gatherings! Delicious summer strawberries highlight this warm weather salad!

The Spicy Olive’s Mandarin Pasta Salad

This is the perfect pasta salad for pot luck dinners and summer parties! This one is also a salad that kids love! Add grilled chicken to make this main dish instead of a side.

The Mandarin Pasta salad has an Asian flare because it is dressed with our Honey Ginger balsamic but to play up the Mandarin tangerine flavor, I used The Spicy Olive’s Mandarin olive oil. It is packed with delicious citrus flavor and is the perfect compliment. If our Mandarin olive oil is not available (it is a seasonal olive oil) our Blood Orange olive oil is a great substitute!

The Spicy Olive’s Mushroom and Smoked Gouda Pasta

The Spicy Olive’s Wild Mushroom and Sage Chicken and Noodles

The Spicy Olive's One Pan

The Spicy Olive’s Tuscan One Pan Pasta