Vodka Penne Bake with Spinach and Broccoli

As you all know by now, I really like recipes that are easily adaptable to fit your individual likes/dislikes, and this pasta bake is no exception. You can sub out the type of sauce, noodle, cheese, or veggies easily and get a totally new taste. For this one I stuck with pretty basic ingredients since I was making it for book club and couldn’t remember if anyone had particular vegetables that they liked or didn’t like. The one major change I made was using gluten-free pasta. If I were making this for myself, I would likely switch out the broccoli for some mushrooms and sub half of the mozzarella cheese with feta cheese, and use marina instead of vodka sauce. Or, keep the broccoli, add mushrooms, and add gorgonzola. Or, asparagus and goat cheese. Really, the list could go on. Let’s at least start somewhere though, okay?

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Holiday Dinner

Happy post-holidays to everyone! It was quite a whirlwind, and I’m ready to get back into a routine. However, I first wanted to post the recipes that I made for Christmas Eve dinner. In my family we typically have a smorgasbord of food in a variety of dips, crackers, shrimp, you name it. I wanted to do something similar but with only a handful of dishes since we were traveling immediately after.

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