Roasted Herbs de Provence Vegetables and Pasta

Slow-roasted fennel, grape tomatoes, onion, black olives and zucchini seasoned generously with Herbs de Provence and tossed with pasta makes an effortless meal full of all sorts of deliciousness. Chewy, al dente pasta is the perfect vehicle for showcasing the melange of soft, tender vegetables and aromatic herbs…. 

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Italian Meat Sauce and Pasta

Meat sauce takes me right back to the days of my youth when this would grace our table all the time. It was one of my favorite meals. Then we stopped having it. For whatever reason, a once or twice a month occasion turned into a once a year event. I can’t tell you how wrong that is. On so many levels…. 

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Spinach and Sun-dried Tomato Penne Pasta

A quick and easy penne pasta tossed in a creamy sauce packed with the flavors of sun-dried tomatoes and spinach. I can’t help but love a recipe where the sauce can be made in the same time it takes the pasta to cook! Especially on a night when you want need good food fast but don’t have time to spend in the kitchen…. 

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Pasta Puttanesca with Hot Sausage and Bocconcini

Pasta Puttanesca has a dark and murky past! It’s said to have origins with Italian “ladies of the night” who used the pungent aroma to lure men into their lair. The story goes on to say they were too busy to shop for fresh ingredients or spend a lot time cooking. The result was a quick dish made exclusively from pantry ingredients…. 

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Italian-style Green Bean Casserole

for mushroom haters

My family has never embraced the tradition of eating that infamous green bean and mushroom soup casserole that is so popular on Thanksgiving. Mushrooms are a no-no for most of them and I vowed that canned soup, in any shape or form, would never cross my lips again. Ever. So this year I took it upon myself to start a new tradition and build a green bean casserole from scratch with flavors that everyone would love…. 

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Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Copycat Recipe

A copycat Tuscan soup recipe just like Olive Garden’s! At least that’s what I’ve heard. Being that I’ve only eaten there once I don’t know for sure. When you’ve been eating homemade Italian food all of your life it’s hard to get excited over their food.

Now I’m thinking they deserve a second chance. This delectable soup easily earned a top spot on my ‘favorite soups’ list! That’s pretty serious. Being the soup lover I am.

Simple ingredients turn into something sensational! Crispy bacon and spicy Italian sausage give it tremendous flavor. Meaty potatoes and fresh kale round it out to make a completely balanced meal. With a finish of heavy cream it has an air of indulgence to it.

Serve with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a wedge of crusty bread for a hearty, inspired and satisfying meal!

Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 - 5 servings

 Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

A copycat Tuscan soup recipe just like Olive Garden's!

INGREDIENTS:

4 slices bacon, cut into a small dice
1 pound hot Italian sausage, ground or links with casings removed
1 large yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups (32 ounces) chicken broth or stock
3 cups Russet potatoes, cubed
sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper
2 loose packed cups kale, in bite size pieces
1 cup heavy cream or 14 ounce can evaporated milk
Parmesan cheese, grated, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a large soup pot or sauce pan cook bacon over medium until crispy. Add sausage and break it apart as it cooks. Once sausage is browned and crumbled drain off the grease leaving a tablespoon or two to saute the onion.
  2. Push the sausage to the edges of the pot and add onion to center - saute until translucent then add garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Stir in broth and potatoes, season with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, simmer for about 20 minute or until potatoes are tender.
  4. Add kale and heavy cream or evaporated milk. Bring to a simmer. Taste and re-season as needed. Serve with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

Notes:

Adapted from Tuscan Recipes

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