Mediterranean chicken ragù with artichokes, capers, roasted red peppers, fennel, garlic, tomatoes and orrechiette pasta. Little ears. With their hollowed out nooks they capture the slow-cooked melange of vegetables and seasoned chicken so tender it falls apart merely by touch. This sauce was the best way to use up the half-eaten jars of Italian delicacies languishing in my fridge. There’s that. And this. . .
When you get an overwhelming craving for lasagna but don’t have the time or energy to put together a casserole – do the next, best thing and reach for your soup pot! Sausage Lasagna Soup holds all the traditional flavors dear to my heart with hunks of sausage, zig-zaggy noodles, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan cheese swimming in an Italian-seasoned tomato broth. An immensely satisfying, deconstructed… [Read more]
Noodles with a sour cream sauce, salty bacon and the surprise of the bunch – cabbage! They come together in no time at all to make a comforting and hearty side dish that can fill in as a main. Michael Symon made this in 5 minutes on his new show, The Chew. Have you seen it? I’m just a wee bit addicted to it, mostly… [Read more]
Clouds of gnocchi nestle themselves in a creamy sauce amongst sweet hunks of butternut squash, tender baby spinach, fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese. Swoon. Lately I am obsessed with gnocchi, little Italian potato dumplings that are soft and pillowy, kind of chewy and in my mind, so versatile. I can’t get enough of them – whether I tuck them away into soups, saute them with… [Read more]
Whole garlic cloves are caramelized stove-top in an olive oil and butter bath until they turn a gorgeous shade of warm, golden brown all the way through to their very centers. The cloves are briefly simmered in tomato sauce then tossed with spaghetti and fresh basil before being served with Romano cheese.
Kasha Varnishkes is a Jewish specialty made with kasha, bowtie pasta and caramelized onions. When I picked a box of kasha off the shelf for the very first time I had no idea that it would lead me here. I was only looking to expand my horizons and try something new. The kasha evoked a strong food memory from my Mom, who described this dish… [Read more]
Everything about this soup is mini, except the flavor! Packed with mini meatballs and bite-size cheese ravioli that are the perfect size for your soup spoon, it’s brimming with roasted red peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onion, and fresh spinach. It’s stick-to-your ribs, hearty, warming and filling. A soup that eats like a meal. The soup comes together fairly quickly and doesn’t take long to cook. The meatballs… [Read more]