Cooking Straight Out of the Pantry on Cook’s Corner

I’m on WMUR’s Cook’s Corner today (Monday, January 31st) at noon. With snow is in the forecast for the next couple of days, I’ve decided to cook up something which is quick, easy and handy. When the weather is bad, no one wants to be out on the roads. If you live in New Hampshire, it’s good to have a least one or two recipes which you can make with ingredients straight from the pantry.

First I thought about beans and legumes. I love cooking with black beans, white beans, lentils and chick peas. I use them in tasty dips and salads, toss them with pasta and greens and add them to stews, chilies and soups on a cold night. I thought about Moroccan Chick Pea Soup. It is a wonderful choice on a snowy night. If you don’t have a pepper, add another carrot or some celery if you like. This spicy, vegetarian soup will warm you on a snowy night.

In the end, I’ve decided to go with Spaghetti Puttanesca. I wrote about this recipe and a few other warm and wonderful pasta dishes a week or two ago when the temperatures dropped below zero.

Pasta is definitely a favorite at my house. I’ve always got pasta in at least a half dozen sizes and shapes in the cupboard as well as crushed tomatoes. Greek olives, capers and anchovy paste are great additions to so many dishes that I almost always keep them on hand. Unless I need to restock, I usually have onions in a basket on the counter and at least half a head of garlic. Add a few dried herbs and chili pepper flakes and Linguine Puttanesca is served.

Stay warm, dry and safe. Bon appétit!

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