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Sweet Potato Pasta

Sweet Potato Pasta

Cooked sweet potatoes mashed with milk and butter
Minced garlic
Onion powder
Parmesan (about ½ cup)
Sugar (to taste)

Sour cream

Cooked bacon
Sharp cheddar

Mix filling ingredients until well blended. Use for filling in your own homemade ravioli dough or fill pre-cooked jumbo shells. Set aside. Sauté garlic in butter. Whisk in milk and sour cream. Place one layer of stuffed pasta in a casserole dish or glass baking pan. Top with cooked bacon and slices of cheddar. Repeat pasta, bacon, and cheddar. Pour sauce over layers. Cover. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

Tortellini Alfredo – The Bellybutton of Venus

Tortellini Alfredo – The Bellybutton of Venus

Also from the Valentine’s Day, 2006 issue.

Tortellini means bellybutton of Venus. Venus, the Roman Goddess of Love, was to rendezvous with Jupiter at an inn. Venus arrived first and was waiting in their room. The chef heard of her arrival, peaked through the keyhole into her room, and saw her lying partially covered on the bed. He was so inspired by the sight of her navel that he rushed to the kitchen and created the stuffed pasta in its image.

Tortellini, cooked

Butter, 1 stick
Garlic, as much as you can stand to peel and slice
Half and half, 1 pint
Parmesan, 6-8 oz
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter on medium high heat. Add garlic and sauté for 5 minutes. Add half and half and bring up to hot but DO NOT BOIL, whisking constantly. When half and half is hot add parmesan slowly, whisking constantly, it should melt pretty quickly. Whisk until thoroughly blended. Remove from heat. Combine tortellini and
Alfredo sauce in bowl or serving dish.

Lemon Garlic Crab Penne

Lemon Garlic Crab Penne

1 stick butter
4 to 6 cloves sliced garlic
Imitation crab (1 package)
1 carrot
1 medium tomato (diced)
Lemon juice 1/8 to ¼ cup or to taste
Shredded Parmesan

Penne (1/2 package)

Cook penne, drain and cover. Steam carrot. Cut carrot into tiny pieces. Melt butter in skillet. Add salt. Sauté garlic and carrot on low for about 5 or 6 minutes. Add crab and toss to coat. Turn up heat to medium. Heat crab, tossing frequently until warm. Add lemon juice, cover, reduce heat to low, cook for about 5 minutes. Push crab mixture to one side of pan and add pasta, mixing in with crab and coating with butter sauce. Add tomatoes and sprinkle with parmesan, cover and turn off heat. Let stand until cheese melts.