A wonderful spring & summer pasta … Mediterranean Shrimp Linguine

This is a pasta we served on out Spring menu every year at Frankie’s.  You can see photos of my line cook preparing it below.

This recipe is in my cook book, but since the book is sold out (you can still get it as an eBook on Amazon), I thought I’d share it here.  I call this pasta “Mediterranean” because the addition of feta cheese and kalamata olives takes it out of the typical sphere of Italian cooking, making it more Greek in nature.  The flavor combination is exceptional.  

This pasta is easy to make and is also a very healthy recipe.  I hope you’ll give it a try!

You need two recipes to make this… our Pomodoro Sauce recipe and the recipe for the pasta. Both can be found below.

Pomodoro Sauce Recipe

Mediterranean Shrimp Linguine Recipe

Frankie’s Homemade Granola

Most of the time I post Italian recipes on my blog but one of my favorite things that I make is my homemade granola.  I never make it quite the same twice.  The recipe is extremely versatile and can be adapted to your liking and seasonal moods.

I recently demonstrated how to make this at an Earth Day event at 21 Acres farm in Woodinville called Bee Sweet, where I used only honey as the sweetener.  I often do it that way at home, or sometimes I use a combination of honey and pure maple syrup.

One thing that makes my granola so good is the spices.  Most granolas I’ve had are bland compared to this. I typically use a blend of 3-4 spices.  I almost always use some cinnamon and then vary what else I had such as nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, cardamon, allspice, and ginger.  The sky is the limit.

As far as dried fruits, seeds and nuts, again you can adjust to your taste, both in the types you use and the quantity. Buying a variety of these can be expensive but can last for multiple batches. Or, look for a trail mix that has the stuff you want in it.  I’ve done that before and it has worked great.

One last tip… do not add dried fruits until after baking. And if your nuts are already roasted, the same would apply.  If you add coconut like I do, if you use shredded or grated, add it for the last 5-10 minutes or it will burn. Or you can add the large flaked coconut.

Buon appetito!

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Frankie’s Signature Caesar Salad

When I published my cook book a few years ago I did not have my Caesar Salad recipe in it which caused some frustration with my fans.  There were a couple of reasons for that.  One, the recipe had a lot of ingredients. I needed to simplify it a little while keeping it just as amazing, which I have now done.

Secondly, it was one of our signature items, and our dressing was so much better than our competitors that I didn’t want to share it with the world.  But now Frankie’s is closed so, hey, I may as well share the wealth.

Feel free to make it even better with the addition of grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon.

Buon appetito!

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Caesar Ingredients

Emulsifying Caesar dressing with a stick blender

A delicious, nutritious pasta

Orecchiette Pasta with Salmon & Kale:

Orecchiette w Kale2Not all pastas are created equal. Some are delicious–and not so healthy.  Others are nutritious–but not so tasty.  Here is one with the best of both world’s… delicious, heart healthy salmon and fresh kale combine to give you both terrific taste and great health benefits.

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A wonderful summer pasta recipe

Whole Wheat Pasta Pomodoro with Shrimp & Grilled Peppers:

Pasta with Shrimp & PeppersAt our restaurant, Frankie’s Pizza and Pasta, in the summer time we grill red and yellow bell peppers to serve with sausage in a seasonal gnocchi dish. One day when I was making lunch, I decided to put them together with some whole wheat pasta along with sautéed shrimp, mushrooms and Pomodoro Sauce. It was a stroke of genius!

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Pasta with grilled Shrimp and Lemon-Artichoke-Pistachio Pesto

I made my first Lemon-Artichoke Pesto several years ago and was not happy with the

Pasta with grilled Shrimp and Lemon-Artichoke-Pistachio Pesto

results. I shelved it, thinking I would come back and work on the recipe another day. Then one day I was grilling some shrimp for an appetizer and it just sounded like the perfect thing to baste the shrimp with. It was! And this time it came out spectacular on the first try. I guess I’ve learned a few things over the years.
This time around I am doing this with pasta and shrimp. But it also makes a fabulous appetizer by simply brushing grilled shrimp skewers with the sauce after grilling.
You will have leftover pesto when you are done. It freezes well. You might even consider making a double batch and freeze what you don’t use in small containers for quick and easy dinners.

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A great late summer pasta!

Orecchietti with Grilled Cherry Tomato Sauce and Chicken Italian Sausage

It has been a long time since I have posted any new recipes on the blog.  On April 1st, we lost our 26 year old daughter, just two days after I posted my article “The Journey to a Thankful Heart”.  Needless to say it turned our life upside down.  But I still love to cook and share my passion for food, so here is a delightful recipe I created for you.

We’ve had a beautiful September here in Seattle and I’ve got a tomato plant loaded down with sweet cherry tomatoes. So what to cook with them? They are great in pasta, especially if you roast or grill them in advance. This could easily be a vegetarian pasta but we chose to make it with a good Chicken Italian Sausage. It was very simple yet so delicious! I love cooking from the garden.

Click here, or on the photo above for the recipe