Broccoli and Spinach Pesto

  Pasta with broccoli is one of my favorite dinners. My mom always made it growing up with bowtie pasta as a side to flank steak or some other protein. It’s garlicky, cheesy, uses fresh veggies and is one the most comforting dinners any time of year. One night I had the idea to make…

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi is one of those simple dinners that doesn’t take long but requires fresh and high quality ingredients to make it truly delicious. Ingredients  3/4 – 1lb peeled and deveined shrimp 3/4 lb pasta (linguine, spaghetti or capellini) 4TBSP quality olive oil 4TBSP butter 3 large cloves garlic, chopped 2 shallots, chopped Red pepper…

Pasta e Fagioli

Soup season is well underway! It’s easy to make, it warms you up, it’s great for leftovers/lunch at work and can be a very healthy meal. Plus you can usually make a great soup with items left in your fridge and a can of beans or lentils. Pasta e fagioli is one of my favorites,…

Homemade Ravioli

I’ve wanted to try homemade ravioli ever since I figured out how to make homemade pasta. A Valentine’s Day with wind chills in the negative degrees provided a perfect opportunity to stay home and accomplish this somewhat scary goal– and the hubby even helped! The pasta part really is a two person job. It is…

Nanny’s Homemade Manicotti

Growing up, Nanny often made manicotti for the holidays and special occasions. Soft crepe like tubes, stuffed with ricotta cheese, topped with sauce and more cheese; it’s quite heavenly. Don’t confuse it with cannelloni which is more of a pasta type dough that is stuffed typically with meats and baked in a bechamel sauce. Each…

Turn Zucchini Into Linguine

I bought a new kitchen toy! And I am REALLY excited about it. For $35 you can make pasta out of vegetables, too! This is a great way to eat pasta guilt-free and perhaps for the Moms out there, a great way to hide vegetables from your kids! And if you are gluten free this…

The Real Deal Bolognese Sauce

A Father’s Day Inspiration… This isn’t your typical meat sauce. This isn’t your typical ground beef cooked in a bland tomato sauce. This is the real deal meat sauce; the cook all day Sunday sauce; the shredded, succulent, melt-in-your-mouth sauce that comes gently tossed in a fresh pasta like pappardelle. The idea of making this sauce…

Linguine with White Clam Sauce (Linguine alle Vongole)

For mother’s day I wanted to cook my mom a delicious dinner with the fam. We had trouble deciding what to make but once we did we were both very much looking forward to this meal after a long and unsuccessful day of shopping in New York. On our drive back to Connecticut we called…

Weeknight Bolognese with Whole Wheat Shells

Meat sauce is a great Sunday dinner: you can make it in the afternoon and let it simmer all day until you are ready to eat. The flavors only get better the longer it cooks. But meat sauce can also be a quick and easy week night meal that you can throw together after a…

Caramelized Onion Tomato Sauce

My friend Sarah participated in a CSA this year that gives her locally grown produce every week. She gave me a bag of tomatoes she couldn’t get through that were absolutely delicious. It’s rare to get a really good tomato anymore so when I do, I will usually just sprinkle salt on it and eat…

Fettuccine con Pesto

In continuing my theme of using ingredients from the garden, my friend Alex and I recently made pesto sauce. It’s a great time of year to make pesto and it is extremely easy to make. You can switch up ingredients depending what you have on hand making it a very versatile recipe. My favorite kind…

Italian Pasta Salad for your next BBQ

It’s easy to get bored of the same old pasta salad with celery and mayo. Don’t get me wrong, it’s delicious and I make it all the time but when you start spending your summer weekends at one or two BBQs, you want something new. This is a very simple recipe that relies on fresh…

Pasta with Broccoli

Easy. Low cost. Delicious (IF you love broccoli). Pasta with broccoli has a long history with our family. Growing up, my mom made it often as a side to a meat focused dinner. We typically use the farfalle or “bowtie” pasta as we called it as kids. This meal can be made so many different…

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

A classic recipe and one of my absolute favorites. I order this at Strada 18 in Norwalk almost every time we go and I finish the entire ginormous bowl. It does cost $18 however so this Saturday night I thought we could save some money and still enjoy a delicious meal at home. I was…

What to do with that leftover meatloaf?

Since I made my Monday meatloaf on Sunday night, on Monday I had to figure out what to do with this: (leftover meatloaf, bleh!) So I made it into this: Pasta with Meat Sauce! (yum!) Chop up the meatloaf with a wooden spoon in a pan on the stove, add some left over tomato sauce,…

Spaghetti with Zucchini, Mushroom and Chicken

During the busy week I managed to throw together a  tasty pasta dish packed with protein,  healthy fresh vegetables and some cheesy pasta.  This dish is really easy to throw together and it can be modified to your liking! Ingredients: 1 Zucchini 1 package chicken tenders, cut thin and bite sized 1/2 package baby bella…

Mac n’ Cheese

What’s better than hot, cheesy mac n’ cheese with a nice crunch on top? Try this recipe and know it’s just as delicious leftover!! It’s up to you what cheeses to use- there are so many options! In my experience, Trader Joe’s has a huge selection for the best prices. Photo Courtesy of Snap Photography…

Shabbat Zuppa di Pesce

Tonight we went to my parents for a family dinner and the Jewtalians enjoyed a delicious Italian meal; zuppa di pesce, of sorts. Mom bought all sorts of fish and you can feel free to select your favorites. Ingredients Garlic Shallots Fresh Parsley Red Pepper Flakes Can San Marzano tomatoes (chopped or whole) Imported Italian…

Roll Your Own! (Lasagna)

A twist on regular lasagna that is slightly less time consuming. Feel free to substitute your own creative ingredients!  I’ve also made this recipe with eggplant and zucchini or with meat sauce! Ingredients Lasagna noodles Ricotta Cheese Mozzarella Parmesan Cheese Mint Oregano and/or basil Prosciutto Spinach Egg Tomato Sauce (make your own fresh or use…

Shrimp, tomato and arugula pasta

Kyle loves this easy to make shrimp pasta! Feel free to substitute arugula with spinach if you prefer. Makes 3-4 servings Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Total time: 25 minutes Ingredients Pasta of your choice (I usually use whole wheat penne) Tomatoes (2-3) Arugula Garlic (2-3 cloves) 2 Shallots Olive Oil Salt…