Crockpot Mediterranean Chicken Ragù with Orecchiette

Mediterranean Chicken Ragu with Orecchiette

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…

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Bacon Sour Cream Noodles

Bacon Sour Cream Noodle Surprise

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…

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Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup 2

Meatballs marry leafy greens, pasta and carrots to live happily ever after in this Italian Wedding Soup. While this is a popular soup for weddings the name refers to the vegetables and meats marrying well together. Minestrata Maritata. Married soup. This Italian American version is lighter than the traditional Neapolitan version that uses an abundance…

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Ricotta and Swiss Chard Pasta

Ricotta and Swiss Chard Pasta

Pappardelle noodles tossed in a creamy ricotta sauce with Swiss chard and salty Parmesan. When I don’t know what to make for dinner I turn to pasta dishes like this with a few simple ingredients and minimal prep and cooking time. Even though the ingredients seem simple, altogether they are something special.

40 Cloves of Garlic Spaghetti

40 cloves garlic spaghetti

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.