Baked Meatballs with Pasta in Parmesan Spinach Sauce

Baked Meatballs with Pasta in Parmesan Spinach Sauce

Homemade meatballs baked on top of penne pasta smothered in lots of rich, creamy spinach sauce. This comforting pasta dish is perfect for serving on a special family night or bringing to a potluck or party. The recipe starts by making the meatballs with ground beef, garlic, parsley, bread crumbs and egg. While they get… 

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Cannoli Cream {Filled} Strawberry Bites

Cannoli Strawberry Bites

With each passing year I’m finding reasons to love strawberries more and more. They were never my favorite berry, blueberries hold that spot but thanks to these beauties they’re getting a little competition. The centers of fresh strawberries are cut out and filled with cannoli cream then garnished with chopped pistachios, chocolate chips and/or sprinkles…. 

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Baked Polenta Fries (Not-Potato Fries)

Baked Polenta Fries

Creamy polenta with Parmesan cheese is baked up into golden brown, crispy fries with warm tomato sauce or ketchup for dipping. My Italian answer to the french fry. The method is easy but time-consuming because the polenta has to be thoroughly chilled to hold it’s french fry shape. I use 5-minute polenta and cook it… 

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Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Zucchini Roll-ups

Cheesy Chicken &  Broccoli Zucchini Roll-ups

Thin slices of zucchini are stuffed and rolled up with a chicken and broccoli filling then baked in sauce until hot and bubbly. The filling is flavored with red onion, garlic, roasted red pepper, mozzarella and white cheddar cheese plus a little cream cheese to act as the “glue” to hold everything together. For best… 

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Green Goddess Pasta Primavera

Green Goddess Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera is a spring dish full of green vegetables. Fresh asparagus, string beans, peas and linguine are tossed together in a light sauce with Parmesan, garlic and lemon. The emphasis is on the vegetables. The ratio is almost equal – the vegetables might even be winning. They’re surely the main attractions with just a… 

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Meatball Muffins

Meatball Muffins

To make these meatball “muffins” ricotta meatballs are nestled in a savory, biscuit-like muffin batter and baked in a muffin pan. They’re just as tasty at room temperature as they are warm, making for a great appetizer or lunchbox treat and are best served with marinara sauce on the side for a little dunking action,

Chicken, Spinach and Artichoke Calzones (Personal Size)

Chicken Spinach Artichoke Calzones

Pizza dough wraps around a tasty filling of chicken, artichokes, spinach, ricotta and mozzarella cheese in these personal-sized calzones or pizza pockets. If you took a pizza and folded it in half – stuffed with extra toppings – you’d have a calzone. Calzone = more. More of all the things you love in a pizza…. 

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Italian Apple Cake

Italian Apple Cake

Apples play a starring role in this lemon and vanilla infused cake. They’re in the batter and on top for a pretty presentation, filling every bite with their tart, sweet flavor. This is a single layer cake cooked in a springform pan. It’s buttery and moist with soft, tender apples that melt in your mouth…. 

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