Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches Instant Pot

Italian Beef Sandwiches – Instant Pot

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.

Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches Instant Pot

Chicago Italian Beef Sandwiches Instant Pot

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Fresh Tomato Pasta

Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

Fresh Tomato Pasta - super easy, super fast, super fresh.

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.

Fresh Tomato Pasta

Fresh Tomato Pasta

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My Sister’s Spiedies

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.

Spiedies - these are pork but for chicken or lamb use the same recipe.

Spiedies – these are pork but for chicken or lamb use the same recipe.

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Cheesy Pasta Bake - The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

Cheesy Pasta Bake

This is the best!! Italian Sausage, fresh Mozzarella, Wine...make it!

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.

Cheesy Pasta Bake - The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

Cheesy Pasta Bake – The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

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Italian Seasoning Blend

Italian Seasoning Blend

I don’t know about you guys, but there are two ways I usually cook Italian:

  • a) I find a marvelous recipe and really do it right – sometimes one of the many fresh, quick Italian recipes, or other times a marvelous masterpiece!
  • b) I throw together a quick dinner with a nod and a promise: making cutlets, doctoring (or making a quick fresh) tomato sauce or otherwise trying to get dinner on the table in a jiffy!
Italian Seasoning Blend

Italian Seasoning Blend

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Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Pasta (or without)

One of my favorite recipes is really a “non” recipe. Too simple, really, to even be written down! Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes are one of my favorite sides, about 10 minutes to make and delicious. They’re great in the summer when cherry tomatoes are at their peak, and nearly as good during the winter months. Cherry tomatoes pack a ton of flavor, even off-season.

Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Pan Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

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Chicken Piccata

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.

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

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Pineapple Mango Salsa

Jerk Chicken Breasts

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!

Jerk Chicken Breasts, shown here with Pineapple Mango Salsa and Sweet Potato Fries

Jerk Chicken Breasts, shown here with Pineapple Mango Salsa and Sweet Potato Fries

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Quick Marinara

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.

Cook's Illustrated Quick Marinara

Cook’s Illustrated Quick Marinara

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Winter Minestrone, adapted from Tyler Florence

Winter Minestrone

If you’ve only had canned Minestrone it’s time to revisit. This classic Winter Minestrone is simply a bounty of flavor, hearty and super healthy. I “lifted” the idea of adding the noodles in separately from Tyler Florence, which means no nasty noodles.

Winter Minestrone, adapted from Tyler Florence

Winter Minestrone, adapted from Tyler Florence

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