There’s something about Olive Garden. People love it or hate it, but I have to say they’ve cracked the code on how to keep America’s diners happy and coming back. My folks are big fans (more about that, below) but my favorite thing, by far on the menu, is their Zuppa Toscana Soup. Luckily, it’s super easy and fast to make at home. You just need Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana Copycat recipe.
I’m a huge fan of Sun-Dried Tomatoes like these Oven Dried Tomatoes (or Un Sun Tomatoes I hear them called sometimes!) And I’m a fan of Slow Roasted Tomatoes, too. Both have such an intensity and are so easy. But taking those intense tomatoes and make a dressing/vinaigrette like this Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette is a way to get incredible flavor with very little effort!
If you’ve never had a Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich, you’ve been missing out. Really, Italian Beef Sandwiches are a bucket list recipe; everyone should experience them at least once in their lifetime.
Here’s a recipe that I made awhile back when I was at the folk’s but didn’t post before. Now that it’s December, I thought this Italian Stuffed Meatloaf would be a perfect “something” different for a winter weekend meal!
As many of you know I have been traveling to and fro the past couple of years, from my house to the folks. It ended being a lot more to than fro.
So they’re finally here. Tomatoes. First one, then three, now nine – all from our little garden. As you can see, they’re multiplying exponentially! But even if you don’t grow your own, you’ll find great tomatoes this time of year, and great tomatoes make the best Fresh Tomato Pasta.
My sister has been suggesting Spiedies for my blog for years, and I’ve been promising to make them just as long! Better late than never! If you haven’t had a Spiedie, you’ve been missing out. Tender, highly marinated chunks of Chicken, Pork or Lamb, skewered and then served on Italian bread or Italian rolls.
Can a person have too many pasta recipes? Possibly, especially if you’re on a budget. It’s almost too easy to turn to pasta dishes, so when I do make one, I try to make it the best! You’ll love this warm and comforting dish loaded with fresh mozzarella, Italian sausage and for a healthier twist, ground chicken or turkey. Use ground beef if you’d rather, though.
While Fava beans set the standard for many Crostini spreads, this bright, fresh Lima & Pea spread is somewhat unexpected. It’s exceptional taste is springish, even in the dead of winter; bright and tasty, it’s a breath of fresh air.
A ground turkey or chicken meatball with a great texture, moist yet firm, slightly yielding and tender, juicy with a great flavor? How about all of the above and great baked, sautéed or served in a sauce or in a soup? Impossible? Not anymore, and not with these Turkey or Chicken Ricotta Meatballs.
I’m a huge fan of is a Bolognese. Deep, rich, winey, this meat-based sauce is out of this world fantastic. It’s just insanely good. But what I’m def’ not a fan of is babysitting Bolognese on the stove top, stirring often as it reduces. While Bolognese is made from the simplest of ingredients, it needs to simmer just about forever, lovingly tended, and ain’t nobody got time for that. The answer? Slow Cooker Bolognese.
How about you guys, do you use Italian Seasoning? Are you up for a fresh, homemade version, something that can become not just Italian Seasoning, but your own signature blend? I love mixing up my Homemade Italian Seasoning Blend to have on hand to jhuz up so many things.
Chicken Italian, cheesy with tomatoes, at it’s most basic is a five-minute toss together weeknight save. Modified just a bit, and it’s a fantastic dinner. Add in a few gourmet ingredients, and you have a company dish. Best of all, each version takes just a few minutes and all are a one pan meal!
One of my favorite recipes is really a “non” recipe. Practically too simple, really, to even be written down! But I still want to share my recipe for Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes because they are one of my favorite sides. And they’re not only delicious, they take about 10 minutes to make.
Quick, easy and fresh, this grilled chicken is always a huge hit at my house – best of all, there’s really nothing to it. It’s the perfect thing to throw together on a weeknight for family and it’s impressive enough to throw together for friends or company.
I love me some Chicken Marsala. Especially the Classic Chicken Marsala. But Chicken Marsala has a dirty little secret: it sounds (and looks) all fancy but is really nothing more than a sautéed breast of chicken with a simple pan sauce.
Sometimes it’s the simple things that “Foodies” fight about the most! Pesto is one of those simple things we so often make complicated…
When I think of Chicken Piccata, it’s easy to think “Old School Italian,” and images of long simmering red sauces and white tablecloths come to mind. Although it’s a classic, there’s nothing “Old School” about this fresh, vibrant dish – even better it literally takes minutes to make.
We’re deep into fall but still having those marvelous summery days and chilly evenings. Love that, seriously. Except when I wake up and it’s cold, cold, cold! Jerk chicken will just make you forget all that. Serve it with a fun salsa and some sweet potato fries and you’ve got a party on your hands!
Another favorite Tomato Sauce, adapted from Cook’s Illustrated. This sauce has body, but the blending eliminates too many “chunky” pieces – something that always seems to be a turn off to children. It’s zesty and full bodied and the wine is wonderful.
This Simple Quick Italian Tomato Sauce has saved me more than once when the clock turned to five (or six) and I needed something on the table in a jiff that I knew everyone would want to eat!
I’m always excited when I see a major food magazine put out a simple recipe using wholesome ingredients. I loved it when Bon Appetite recently recognized that some flavors just stand on their own, and even a depression era dish like “beans on toast” can be updated to today’s standards and still retain their integrity.
Biscotti is crazy inexpensive to make, and crazy good. Frugal by nature, made with the simplest of ingredients, these crispy little chocolate and vanilla cookies are a perfect of example of the sum equaling more than the parts.
I didn’t used to care for Minestrone. And that’s putting it mildly. I’d had a couple at restaurants that weren’t great and I never explored it further. What I had was kind of muddy and dull in flavor and that pasta in it? Ummm, no thank you! If you’re like I was, it’s time to revisit and check out this Winter Minestrone with Sausage & Beans.