Gourmet Recipes for One is a resource of simple, delicious recipes that focus on cooking for one. Single-serving recipes are featured as well as ideas and inspiration for achieving a well-balanced lifestyle.

pasta + potato salad with lemon vinaigrette

I’ll admit, it’s not often I combine pasta and potatoes in the same dish but this recipe came as a result of having a few extra potatoes on hand. The small, fingerling potatoes add a nice creamy texture to the salad while the crunchy asparagus give it a fresh bite. I like to leave some crunch to the asparagus but if you like it a little bit softer, than cook it a few minutes longer than I suggest. A simple lemon vinaigrette tossed into the salad rounds out the flavors.

2-3 fingerling potatoes
1/4 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed
2 ounces rigatoni

Lemon Vinaigrette

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard CONTINUED »

spring tabbouleh

For this salad, I like to use the asparagus in two ways: half of it is finely chopped and acts as part of the sauce for the dish, while the other half is left in bigger pieces to give the salad a nice variety of textures but you can make it all one way or another if you prefer.

For a more traditional tabbouleh, try adding scallions, sprouts, cucumbers or parsley.

1/4 cup bulgur

3/4 cup water

1/4 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
Juice from 1/2-1 lemon CONTINUED »

creamy spring onion soup

For this soup, I like to serve it with breadcrumbs that have been pan fried in olive oil that has been flavored with garlic. To do so, make sure that when the garlic is chopped it is still large enough so that it can be easily removed with a slotted spoon after it’s done flavoring the oil.

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small spring onion, white and light green parts, chopped

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper
1 large Yukon gold potato, peeled and cubed CONTINUED »

spring onion rice balls

Crunchy on the outside with a hint of good, salty parmesan makes these little rice balls a perfect bite-sized snack.

1 small spring onion, white and light green parts, chopped
2 teaspoons honey

Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

1 cup cooked white rice 

1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup breadcrumbs, divided CONTINUED »

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