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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Peanut Butter Sesame Noodles

This is a cold noodle recipe with a spicy, Asian-inspired peanut butter sauce. It may sound wierd if you’ve never had anything like it before, but only takes a minute to get used to! If you’re anything like me you may find yourself not only loving them but being overcome with cravings that seemingly manifest out of thin air…. 

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Chicken Florentine Soup

Chicken Florentine Soup

Sometimes you hear a name and it just sounds good. Like music to the ears. Chicken Florentine is one of those names. The inspiration for this soup, chicken Florentine is made with chicken breast laid over spinach then smothered in a creamy white wine garlic sauce.

This homey and hearty soup is packed with fresh spinach, aromatics like carrot, garlic and roasted red pepper, tender pieces of white meat chicken and pipette pasta. Pipette pasta is shaped like a rounded tube, full of grooves to catch flavors and pinched on one end to trap the unsuspecting broth and goodies inside.

For a vegetarian version omit chicken, use vegetable broth and double up on the pasta.

Chicken Florentine Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Chicken Florentine Soup


1 small yellow onion, diced
1 cup carrots, sliced thin
1 stalk celery, diced
olive oil for sauteing
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup roasted red pepper or bell pepper, diced
1 + 1/2 pounds chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried basil
sea or kosher salt and fresh black pepper
6 cups chicken broth
8 ounces pipette pasta or other medium-sized pasta
6 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves, rough-chopped
1 cup heavy cream (light is ok), half and half or whole milk
Parmesan cheese, grated for serving


  1. In a large soup pot saute onion, carrot and celery in enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan until tender. Add garlic and saute until fragrant. Add pepper, chicken, thyme and basil. Season well with salt and pepper. Cook stirring often until chicken is white on all sides.
  2. Add chicken broth and simmer slowly for 20 minutes. Add spinach leaves and continue simmering for 10-15 minutes, taste and season broth if needed.
  3. Meanwhile cook pasta in a separate pan according to package directions in plenty of salted water. Drain and return to pan, toss with a tablespoon of olive oil to prevent sticking.
  4. Stir heavy cream into soup, simmer 5 minutes. Add pasta to bowls and spoon soup over top, stir together and serve with Parmesan cheese.


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Italian-style Goulash

Italian-Style Goulash

I was all set to make a simple “American” type goulash with ground beef, tomatoes, pasta and cheddar cheese until I opened up my crisper drawer and spied zucchini! And only a mere minute after my Dad asked me if I was making Italian goulash?! How’s that for fate? In the wink of an eye this dish came together…. 

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Roasted Cauliflower and Sausage Spaghetti

Roasted Cauliflower and Sausage Pasta

Nutty, roasted cauliflower comes together with hot Italian sausage and whole-grain spaghetti to make this super comforting dish.  Nourishing to the soul, hearty, filling and packed with flavor, it’s dishes like this that I crave when cold weather knocks on my door…. 

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BLT Spaghetti

A delicious recipe for pasta with all the flavors of the beloved blt sandwich! Linguini pasta is packed with smoky bites of bacon, grape tomatoes, cubes of toasted bread and peppery baby arugula leaves. A creamy, milky sauce made with Parmesan and basil brings it all together to make one of my most memorable pasta creations. A masterpiece. One that I can say with all certainty will be a repeat in my house…. 

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Artichoke Chicken and Parmesan Orzo

I have a delicious dinner recipe today for artichoke chicken with parmesan orzo that will quickly become a favorite. The artichoke sauce is started in a skillet and then poured over top of thin chicken cutlets and baked. The sauce is flavored with onion, garlic, white wine, lemon and chicken broth. It is served over a simple Parmesan orzo. It isn’t at all labor intensive – you can have it on the table in an hour or less…. 

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Sour Cream Noodles

I have another amazing side dish recipe to share today for Sour Cream Noodles inspired by my Grandma and my Mom. I love it when she pulls food memories out from the deep recesses of her mind.

She can remember everything she ate on a trip to France seven years ago and what everyone she was traveling with ate. She was born with a penchant for telling stories and remembering details. She was reminiscing about craving these noodles that my Grandma used to make. Forty years ago.

Don’tcha love it? And people wonder where my obsession with food comes from.… 

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