Archives: Italian

Spaghetti Squash with Sausage

September 27, 2018 | By andrea | Comments Off on Spaghetti Squash with Sausage | Filed in: Italian, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Vegetable.

I’m always looking for creative ways to eat veggies, so this Italian-inspired recipe for Spaghetti Squash with Sausage is a great find! The dish is tasty and quick enough for an easy weeknight meal. Plus, spaghetti squash is good for you and a great alternative to pasta. The recipe calls for microwaving the halved squash • Read More »

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Sicilian Meatballs with Fresh Basil Marinara

October 25, 2013 | By andrea | Comments Off on Sicilian Meatballs with Fresh Basil Marinara | Filed in: Comfort Food, Italian, Kid-friendly, Main Dish, Recipes.

  If you’ve never made homemade meatballs, it’s time to step up to the plate and give it a swing. Sure, you can buy a bag of them at the grocery store but there’s really no comparison between a good, homemade meatball and the spongey, frozen store-bought variety! These Sicilian Meatballs are flavored with fresh herbs, good parmesan cheese (worth • Read More »

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Wild Arugula Salad with Garlic Croutons, Shaved Parmesan, and Lemon

April 9, 2013 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad.

We’re definitely moving into salad weather so here’s a recipe featuring pungent and peppery arugula tossed with homemade croutons, shaved Parmesan cheese and lightly dressed with good olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Don’t even think about using store-bought croutons. Homemade croutons are super easy to make and so much tastier! This is a simply-flavored salad • Read More »

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Quick and Easy Cioppino

October 8, 2012 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Fish, Italian, Main Dish, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Seafood, Shrimp, Soup/Stew.

We spent last weekend at a friend’s house in Newport, Oregon. Since we were at the coast I thought it would be fun to make this delicious cioppino — a tomato-based fish stew that originated in San Francisco — for dinner. It was a perfect meal after a day spent walking along the beach and searching for hidden • Read More »

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Grilled Portobella Sandwiches with Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Basil

July 2, 2012 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Grilling/BBQ, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

I made this Italian-inspired sandwich recently for a friend’s birthday lunch. It’s hearty, delicious and a creative way to enjoy a meat-free meal! Think of a caprese salad (tomato, basil and fresh mozzarella with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar) in the form of a sandwich with the addition of a grilled portobella mushroom…Delish! To prep the portobella mushrooms, cut off • Read More »

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella and Basil

December 29, 2011 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Appetizer, Holidays, Italian, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Snack.

Here’s a quick and very delicious appetizer to serve this New Year’s Eve…or anytime, for that matter. Basically, it’s a bite-sized version of prosciutto-wrapped (pronounced proh-shoo-toh) caprese salad. Prosciutto is an Italian salt-cured ham that can be found in many supermarkets and gourmet food stores. I found mine at Trader Joe’s. Actually, I got everything for this recipe • Read More »

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Penne in Country Ragù

April 11, 2011 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Pork, Recipes.

Because I love Italian sausage, I always try to have some on hand so I can make simple pasta dishes like this one. The ragù gets flavor from the sausage, a little red wine, garlic and some fresh basil.  And, if you make it a day ahead, it’s a perfect meal for entertaining because all you have to do • Read More »

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Muffuletta-Style Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches

March 23, 2011 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Italian, Quick Cooking, Sandwich.

Now this is a serious sandwich…and super easy, too! The muffuletta, the famous hero-style sandwich that originated in New Orleans, consists of deli meat, cheese, and an olive and giardiniera salad.  Giardiniera is basically a jarred pickled vegetable salad, and can be found next to the pickles in many grocery stores. The giardiniera I buy (Mezzetta brand) contains carrots, celery, • Read More »

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Caramelized Carrot Risotto

March 11, 2011 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Spring, Vegetable, Vegetarian.

Recently, I was looking for carrot recipes and ran across this one for Caramelized Carrot Risotto. Since roasted carrots are one of my favorite winter side dishes and risotto is my favorite rice dish, I knew I had to make this recipe. While not a quick dish to make, it is definitely comfort food. The • Read More »

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Italian Wedding Soup

February 3, 2011 | By andrea | 6 Comments | Filed in: Chicken, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Soup/Stew.

My first thought was, “Do Italian people really eat this at weddings?” I’m not Italian so it’s an honest question, don’t you think? After a little research, though, I learned that the “wedding” part refers to the fact that the vegetables and meat go well together in this Italian-American soup (hence the marriage). Whatever the history, it’s • Read More »

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