Spinach linguine tossed with fresh baby spinach, roasted red peppers, garlic, bacon and goat cheese. The result of an intense craving for goat cheese and spinach pasta. I love when that happens.
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]
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 of meat including prosciutto on the bone, sausage, beef and… [Read more]
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.