Archives: Italian

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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Really Good Lasagna

November 2, 2010 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Beef, Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes.

Really Good Lasagna may be a goofy name for a recipe but it’s true…it really is good! Instead of using ricotta cheese like many lasagna recipes, this one layers lasagna noodles with a meat sauce, a creamy Parmesan white sauce, and Fontina cheese.  The resulting lasagna is creamier than the version most of us have had. It’s • Read More »

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Pasta Bolognese

October 27, 2010 | By andrea | Comments Off on Pasta Bolognese | Filed in: Beef, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Quick Cooking, Recipes.

This recipe for Pasta Bolognese is from a chef at the Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premiere culinary college. It’s rich, hearty, meaty and a perfect pasta dish for these cool, autumn evenings. The recipe calls for 6 ounces of pancetta but my container only had 4 oz., so that’s what I used…I didn’t • Read More »

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Caprese BLT Sandwiches

October 7, 2010 | By andrea | 9 Comments | Filed in: Pork, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich.

Words cannot describe how much I love this sandwich…it’s one of my favorite sandwiches EVER! You may be thinking to yourself that it’s just a sandwich. But that’s where you’re wrong. It’s not just a sandwich…it’s a REALLY, REALLY GOOD SANDWICH: Ciabbata bread spread with a delicious basil mayonnaise and layered with ripe tomato slices, fresh mozzarella, • Read More »

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Italian Sausage and Wild Mushroom Risotto

October 2, 2010 | By andrea | 2 Comments | Filed in: Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Pork, Recipes, Rice, Side Dish, Turkey.

If you like mushrooms, you’re going to LOVE this risotto! Like all risotto recipes, it does take some effort but, boy, is it worth it: it’s hearty, earthy and delicious! I basically followed the recipe with a few minor substitutions. I used turkey Italian sausage and substituted Marsala wine for the Madeira. For the mushrooms, • Read More »

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Chunky Chicken Vegetable Minestrone

April 6, 2010 | By andrea | 3 Comments | Filed in: Chicken, Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta, Recipes, Soup/Stew, Vegetable.

I know it’s officially Spring but it’s still soup weather here in the Pacific Northwest. I made this delicious and healthy Chicken and Vegetable Minestrone recently to combat the chilly weather. It was exactly what I was craving! I substituted white beans for the garbanzo beans (chickpeas), 1 can of diced tomatoes for the fresh • Read More »

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Lamb Shank & Sweet Pepper Ragù

October 9, 2009 | By andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in: Italian, Lamb, Main Dish, Recipes.

  This hearty pasta sauce is perfect for dinner on a cool Autumn evening. Although it takes a bit of planning, it’s great for entertaining because most of the meal can be done ahead of time. I made the sauce the night before I planned to serve it, then all I had to do was reheat the sauce and cook the • Read More »

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Mongo Meatballs and Spaghetti

March 10, 2009 | By andrea | Comments Off on Mongo Meatballs and Spaghetti | Filed in: Beef, Comfort Food, Italian, Main Dish, Pasta.

My father-in-law (a meat & potatoes guy) came over for dinner the other night and I wanted to make him a nice meal–something meaty yet something he wouldn’t make for himself. I decided to make meatballs and spaghetti. This meal was truly a sight to behold: giant meatballs perfectly positioned on top of a plate of • Read More »

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