1 pound short pasta (shells, macaroni, fusili, or penne)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1¾ cups milk
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon garlic powder
12 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Roast the tomatoes: Slice the tomatoes in half. In a small bowl, stir them together with the olive oil and 1 generous pinch kosher salt. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet face up and spread them evenly apart. (You can also place some of the tomatoes face down for a delicious sundried tomato effect; they lose their shape and blacken a bit more but are still delicious.) Roast the tomatoes for 40 minutes, then allow them to cool for at least 5 minutes.
Boil the pasta: Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until just al dente (cook until just tender but still a bit firm).
Grate the white cheddar cheese.
Make the cheese sauce: In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the butter over medium heat; when it melts, stir in the flour. Heat the mixture for several minutes, stirring constantly. Immediately when the color starts to turn light brown, reduce the heat to low. Start to add the milk very slowly, whisking constantly until the mixture is completely smooth, then adding more milk. Add the salt, onion powder, and garlic powder, and continue cooking on low heat for 4 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat, then add the grated cheddar cheese and keep stirring until it is melted and a smooth, thick sauce forms (if necessary, return the heat to low to finish melting the cheese).
Finish the dish: Add the pasta to cheese sauce and stir to combine. Then pour the pasta into a serving dish. Top it with tomatoes and serve immediately.
Pre-made pizza crusts, naan bread, etc. - use whatever you would usually use (I used a combo)
Rainbow colored toppings (I used additional cherry no. 9 fall in love again® tomatoes - halved, orange, yellow and green bell peppers - cut using mini heart shaped cookie cutters, yellow corn, broccoli and purple onion - diced)
Shredded cheese for topping - use whatever you would usually use (I used a dairy-free cheese option for these)
To make sauce: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
Remove stems from tomatoes and rinse. Then, cut bell pepper into strips.
In a large bowl, add all of your sauce ingredients (minus the salt and pepper and 1 half of the olive oil - 2 tsp). Coat all ingredients well - ensuring that the tomatoes and pepper pieces are covered on all sides.
Transfer coated mixture to an oven safe dish and cook in oven until tomatoes and peppers are softened and mixture is fragrant and bubbly.
Remove from the oven (but keep oven on) and allow mixture to cool just slightly, then transfer to a high-powered blender (I used a Vitamix) and blend until smooth.
Next, in a sauce pan, add the remaining 2 tsp oi and heat. Then add sauce to pan and add in butter, mixing until worked into sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Remove from heat and use as you start making pizzas (See below), or store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to one week. *Please note: this recipe yielded approximately 18 ounces of sauce, which was enough for 3 pizzas and additional sauce to store for use later.
To make pizzas: Smooth sauce over your pizza crusts or bread.
Then, top pizzas with toppings. As mentioned above, we used mini cookie cutters in the shapes of hearts to cut out different size heart peppers to top ours with. Going from red to purple (if desired) arrange veggies on top of crust/ bread.
Finish off by topping with cheese of choice.
Cook for approx. 12 - 15 min., or per crust’s instructions.
Enjoy immediately! Now THAT is a pizza with heart!
1 container (approximately 5 oz) arugula, baby arugula or a spinach/ arugula mix
salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Then, line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper or foil and spray lightly with a cooking spray of choice. Alternatively, you can just spray your cooking spray directly on your pan(s). Set aside. *If cooking for two, just divide the entire recipe in half and use one pan!
Next, zest one of your lemons. Once finished zesting, cut a lemon in half and squeeze all juice from lemon halves, ensuring to remove any seeds from the juice. Depending on the amount of juice squeezed, you may need to juice second lemon. Set juice and zest aside.
Rub/ season chicken generously with the following: 1 and ½ tbsp olive oil, only ½ tsp oregano, salt, pepper and most of your lemon zest (saving just a bit for garnish). Divide chicken between the two prepared baking sheets.
Next, cut potatoes in quarters, or if very small - halves. Place in a large bowl and season with the following: 1 and ½ tbsp olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Toss to evenly coat. Then transfer potatoes to baking sheets (divide between the two).
Place your baking sheets in the oven and cook for 12-15 min. until chicken is cooked through. Then, remove chicken only from pans and set aside (keeping warm). Return pans with potatoes back to the oven. *If desired, you can also change oven setting mid-way through and broil chicken for last 2-3 min. of cook time. Continue cooking potatoes another 8-10 min., or until potatoes are soft, yet crispy and cooked through.
While potatoes are back in the oven, take approx. 2 cups of tomatoes, and in a medium-sized bowl, and add ¼ tsp basil, 1 tbsp olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss to evenly coat. Then, in the last 5 min. of cooking potatoes, add tomatoes to your baking sheets and cook alongside potatoes for the remainder of the time.
While potatoes and tomatoes finish cooking, make your dressing by adding 2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp olive oil, mustard honey and ½ tsp oregano in a glass jar. Cover and shake until well blended. Alternatively, you can whisk these ingredients together and set aside.
When potatoes and tomatoes are finished cooking, remove pans from oven and allow to just slightly cool. Then, add arugula or other greens to baking sheets and drizzle with dressing. Toss to coat.
Divide chicken, and potato/ tomato salad between 4 plates or bowl. Eat immediately and enjoy!
1 large head cauliflower, chopped into small florets (about 6 cups riced cauliflower)
¼ cup chicken or vegetable broth
½ cup shredded cheddar
2 tablespoons half and half or milk
Salt and pepper to taste
In a large cast iron skillet, cook bacon until crispy over medium heat. Remove from pan and set aside on paper towels. Chop or crumble bacon when cool enough to handle.
Reserve 2 teaspoons bacon drippings in pan for shrimp. Arrange shrimp in pan in single layer, cooking over medium heat until pink and cooked through. Flip halfway to ensure even browning on both sides. Remove shrimp from pan. Add onions and kale to the skillet and cook until onions begin to turn translucent; stir constantly and slowly add broth to skillet to keep veggies from sticking.
Stir in cherry tomatoes and cook just until they begin to burst, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in parsley.
For the grits, rice cauliflower in blender or food processor. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add riced cauliflower and cook until starting to brown about 8 minutes, stir in broth and cover for about 5 minutes to steam cauliflower until fully cooked.
Using an immersion blender, puree cauliflower slightly to create a creamy consistency that resembles grit like texture. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and cream; season with salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, ladle shrimp and tomato mixture over cheesy cauliflower grits and top with crumbled bacon.
Recipe and photography created exclusively for Village Farms by Kristina LaRue, RD