Bucatini with Clam Sauce

clam sauce

A few weeks ago my girlfriend Meredyth shared with me her daughters favorite “celebration meal” and I was in love with the idea of something that sounds so decant yet, is so quick and easy to make!! Can you say score?! This is a beautiful dish that you can have on the table in under 30 mins!

Bucatini with clams

1 lb your favorite pasta cooked al dente, reserve 1/4 cup pasta water

1 T butter

1 T olive oil

2 cloves fresh garlic, chopped

dash of salt

dash of crushed red pepper (to taste)

1 onion, chopped

1 cup white wine

1- 14 oz can diced tomatoes

3-  6.5 oz cans chopped clams with juice

several handfuls of fresh spinach

Cook pasta and set to side, reserving a little pasta water. Chop onion and saute’ in olive oil/butter combo till soften add garlic soften a few mins, add diced tomatoes and juice, white wine, then add clams with juice, stiring well, top with fresh spinach and cover for 5 mins. Allow to steam pour mix over hot pasta and ENJOY!

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Wonderpot: A perfect Meatless Monday


Oh wow!

Can you say WONDERPOT?

Perfect for a Meatless Monday

and NO ONE will miss the meat, I promise!!

This is just insane for so many reasons!

It’s super quick to make, minimal ingredients, can be switched up easily and tastes delish!!

32 oz chicken broth
1 lb spaghetti. linguini or bucatini (my fav) noodles, avoid thin spaghetti or angel hair as they will cook too fast and get mushy!
28 oz can diced tomatoes with basil & oregano
2 T olive oil
1 sweet onion, sliced thin
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 c sliced mushrooms
1/2 bag fresh spinach (mine was bad, will use next time)
several shakes of red pepper flakes


Put it all in the pot, making sure everything is submerged in liquid, if not add a little more broth or water.
Bring to a boil, cut down to medium and simmer for apx 15 mins with lid on,
stir every few mins.
It makes its on sauce, which thickens and gains flavor as it sits!!
Allow the pasta to “rest” for apx 5-10 mins prior to serving.
This is truly a find!!
I topped mine with crumbled feta, fresh thyme & chopped black olives.
It was awesome!!
and gave it a Greek feel which my family loves.
Feel free to top with your fav toppings.

Enjoy the wonderpot! It really is a one pot wonder and it will be a fixture on my menu plan!!


and it’s SO EASY


xoxo, Mama Bird

Shrimp Salad

shrimp salad

What a yummy summer dinner,

cool and fresh and

full of veggies from the garden!


Shrimp & Pasta Salad

I lb shrimp, roasted at 375 for 8 min and cooled

1 lb pasta of your choice, cooked and cooled

2 huge handfuls of fresh spinach, toss with warm pasta

2 tomatoes, diced

2 cucumbers, diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped

1/2 green pepper, chopped

Roast shrimp, cook pasta and cool. Add veggies and stir together.


1/2 cup mayo

1 T spicy mustard

2 T red wine vinegar

2 t Jane’s crazy salt

1/4 cup Parmesan  cheese

Wisk everything together and pour over pasta, veggie, shrimp mix and enjoy!

xoxo, Mama Bird



summer shrimp, garden veggie & pesto pasta

summer shrimp

I saw a pic on facebook today that inspired tonight’s dinner!! The zucchini, yellow squash and pesto all came from my garden! This meal was so fresh and yummy! I think you will agree it’s a keeper!!

1 box pasta of your choice, just undercooked

1 cup of Perfect Pesto 

2 zucchini, sliced

2 squash, sliced

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half

1 shallot, diced

1 pound shrimp

juice from 1 lemon

salt & pepper

Cut all veggies and place on parchment or in a pyrex dish place in 350 oven for 10 mins . Peel, devein shrimp, toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper place on parchment or foil lined cookie sheet and roast on 350 for 8 mins. Cook pasta just shy if being done and pour almost water, reserve apx 1/4 cup of pasta water. Add pesto to pasta and then top with veggies & shrimp. ENJOY!

xoxo, Bird

Summer Pasta Salad

pasta salad

I love agood summer  pasta salad!

This is one of my most repinned recipes and I make it all the time!

Even the pickest seem to adore.

That being said I do not love pasta loaded in mayo or tons of dressing,

I like it to have flavor.

And the easier the better!!

This a super simple dish that you can use whatever you have on hand and whatever you prefer.

It’s light and loaded with veggies, perfect for a summer lunch or dinner.

You can add your favorite veggies, whatever your family enjoys.

This is what I had today and so here is how I made it today!!


Summer Pasta Salad

1 bag wacky mac (vegetable trio pasta or any pasta, I liked the look of the trio of colors) cook just shy of package directions

1/2 red onion diced fine

3 plum tomatoes, diced

1/2 c black olives, cut in half

1/2 cup frozen peas, toss in boiling water just as pasta is done

Cook pasta and peas, drain, rinse with cold water, add vegggies, whip up dressing


1 cup mayo

1-2 T red wine vinegar

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1 t   21 seasoning salute (Trader Joe’s seasoning mix, my fav)

Mix all together and pour over pasta, mix well. Chill for a few hours or overnight.  Do not be concerened if it seems like there is more dressing, the pasta will soak it up and the longer it sits the better it tastes!!

ENJOY! Mama Bird

Incredible tortellini soup


This soup is so freaking yummy, my family gobbles it up and I have taken it to several friends who also loved it!  So easy! You can have this made in less than 30 mins. Score!

This past Monday I made it again without the sausage for our new Meatless Monday and it was DELISH with or without the meat!!

tort soup

3 Italian Sausages, casing removed, brown and drain

1 28 oz basil & garlic diced tomatoes

1 32 oz low sodium chicken broth

4 oz cream cheese

1 package fresh or frozen tortellini

1 bag of  fresh baby spinach

parmesan cheese, for topping

Brown sausage, drain, add tomatoes and broth. Bring to simmer, add tortellini simmer for apx 10 mins, stir in cream cheese. Once it is thoroughly incorporated and soup is a creamy orange shade add bag of fresh spinach.  Serve topped with fresh grated parmesan. ENJOY!

xoxo, Mama Bird

Bird’s Mac & Cheese



I know that there are zillions of recipes for yummy mac & cheese, thought I would toss mine into the mix. I have never been a huge fan of making the roux (flour, butter, milk mixture) so I just take the lazy girls way and dump everything into the pot, stir it up, pour in a baking dish and viola it’s as easy as that.  Besides, how many pots do you really want to dirty up?

1 lb pasta noodles (bow ties, penne, rigatoni, whatever you like)

1/2 stick of butter, cubed

4 oz cream cheese, cubed

2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese plus additional 1/2 cup reserved to top pasta

1 cup whole milk, warmed in micro 1 min

1 T whole grain mustard

1 dash cayenne pepper

1/2 t ground nutmeg (fresh is amazing if you have it)

1 dash Worchestershire sauce

Boil pasta in salted water 2 mins under the al dente directions. Drain. Add butter and cream cheese; stir well. Warm milk and add mustard, spices and Worchestershire sauce, pour into pasta stir, add cheese stir and dump into a baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake 350 for 20 –30 mins.

Enjoy~ Mama Bird

million dollar spaghetti

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Tonight I made Million Dollar Spaghetti that I found on Pintrest. I am going to try one Pintrest recipe a week, I will share the recipe. my pics and review of said recipe. This one rates high for the easy factor, fair on the fact that it dirties a ton of dishes, high on the fact that you could easily take this somewhere. It makes quite a lot. High on flavor, this is one of those old school recipes, it certainly isn’t healthy in fact I don’t really want to know how many calories a serving has but, it is really yummy!! Glad I pinned this one!!


Here is the original Million Dollar Spaghetti recipe and here is what I did:


1 lb linguine pasta, undercooked by apx 2 mins

1 lb ground turkey,browned, drained & rinsed

1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce

8 oz cream cheese

8 oz cottage cheese

4 oz sour cream

1 t Italian seasoning

1/2 stick butter (she used entire stick, gasp!)

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

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Cook pasta; brown meat, drain & rinse. Add pasta sauce to meat and simmer on low while preparing remaining ingredients. Mix cottage cheese, cream cheese & sour cream together add Italian seasoning. Place a few pats of butter on bottom of casserole dish. Add 1/2 pasta, spread cheese mixture, add remaining pasta, meat sauce; place in 350 degree oven for 30 mins. Remove and top with cheese cook apx 15 mins longer. ENJOY


Lackey’s Ragu


Talk about yum-o, lick the bowl clean this is so good!!

Thanks to a family friend, Kipper Lackey for sharing this recipe with me years ago. I am re-posting since now I have a pic and it is so worth sharing again! ENJOY

I have shared this with many of my friends, all who have raved. It’s sort of a soup, a stew & a pasta. It is just yummy! Perfect for a cool fall day!

Lackey’s Ragu:

2 Tb olive oil

1 lg onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb ground turkey

3-4 Italian sausage, casings removed (I use 2 hot, 2 sweet)

2~ 14 1/2 oz cans tomatoes in juice with Italian spices

2~ 14 oz cans chicken broth

1 can Cannellini/white beans, drained

2 t oregano

2 t basil

1/4 t crushed red pepper

1/2 c small elbow macaroni

1~ 6 oz bag FRESH baby spinach

1/3 c grated Romano cheese

Heat oil, add onions & garlic. Saute 6 mins add ground turkey & sausage crumbles. Brown. (Put in warm crockpot and) Add tomatoes w/ juice, broth, spices, (I waited to add beans until 2 hrs prior to eating) beans and simmer at least 20 min. Add pasta cook 12-14 mins. (if using crockpot pasta may need a little longer) Add spinach & cook apx 3 mins (just before serving) Season with salt & pepper and serve with fresh grated cheese. (again, if using slow cooker… cook on low all day and add spinach apx 10mins before serving.) Yummy!!

Please note: I have adapted this for my CROCKPOT~ See notes in RED!

xoxo, Mama Bird


This is not only the BEST tasting it is the EASIST way to make this yummy pasta dish!! It tastes as if you made the whole thing from scratch! Your family will LOVE it!

2 jars of your fav pasta sauce
1 c half & half
1 c chix broth
1 Tb red wine vinegar
2 Tb olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
2 tsp Italian seasonings
salt, pepper & garlic to taste

Add olive oil to pan & saute onions, celery, & carrots until tender, add to sauce/1/2 & 1/2/broth/vinegar mix. Brown meat, add to mix. Add spices. Simmer on low for 20mins or as long as you like.