Category Archives: italian

pizza fritta with powdered sugar…bringing the San Gennaro home

It’s my favorite time of year again…the San Gennaro festival in NYC’s little Italy! It’s a tradition for my husband and I to go every year. Last year was Luca’s first visit and while he slept through most of it, his dad and I had a blast! This year with a newborn and a newly walking toddler however, it was a bit harder to get down to Mulberry Street so I decided to bring the festival to us! Since sausage and peppers, braciole, and seafood salads are already staples in our house, I decided to try something a little different…and deep fried! Here’s a fun recipe that takes some time to rise but involves very little work. Check out my Pizza Fritta with Powdered Sugar!

Perfection!

Perfection!

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baked panko swordfish meatballs

I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more fish into our family meals. Luckily, my toddler absolutely loves fish. It’s light, flaky, and easy to bite down on for his mini teething gums! This recipe is one that ties the seasons together by using fresh summery swordfish and baking them a la meatballs. I found this recipe on the back of one I had torn out (over a year ago!) of my Rachael Ray magazine and altered it a bit. I served them with creamy risotto instead of traditional spaghetti and it was delicious! Here is my version of Baked Panko Swordfish Meatballs.

Swordfish meatballs

Swordfish meatballs

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four ingredient spaghetti alla carbonara

Oh pasta, how I love you so. Set a big bowl in front of me and I just can’t resist. While spaghetti with marinara is a go-to in our house, sometimes you just need a change. This recipe is just as quick and easy and packs a ton of flavor with only four ingredients…seriously! Here’s my tasty version of Four Ingredient Spaghetti all Carbonara.

Rich and decadent Spaghetti all carbonara

Rich and decadent Spaghetti all carbonara

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thursday tortellini en brodo soup

What’s this falling from the sky? Yep, here in Connecticut we’re (finally!) seeing some rain after what seemed to be a perfectly sunny summer. What dish is more rainy day familiar than soup? My husband makes a mean pasta fagioli but tonight I’m cooking up a warm and simple bowl of Tortellini en Brodo, one of my favorites!

A little tangy garlic, some bitter greens, salty parmesan, and hearty tortellini pasta make this one a classic! And since the ingredients are so few and inexpensive, you can make enough to feed a crowd on a budget and fast!

An Italian staple

An Italian staple

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the easiest ever fettuccine alfredo with roasted chicken and garden grown parsley

This is a dish that I rarely splurge on since, let’s be honest, it’s probably not the healthiest of dinner choices! But hey, everything in moderation in the kitchen! Since this dishes rich and creamy flavor begs for smaller portions and with the addition of protein packed lean roasted chicken, it can still be a meal that I am happy to feed my family. And ok, I cheated and used shells. It was all I had! I’m a mom of one very new infant and his very active toddler brother, so I’m cutting myself some slack on this one 🙂 Here is my recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo.

Rich and creamy and fast!

Rich and creamy and fast!

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my favorite caprese salad

There are so many great ways to build this classic summertime salad. We grow our own basil in our herb garden every year. It’s easy to maintain and grows like wildfire. A readily available ingredient, this dish is a go-to staple during the warm summer nights. Whether you stack it, skewer it, or toss it in a dish, try my fun and simple alternative to Caprese Salad using homemade garden pesto and ripe tomatoes.

Caprese Skewars

Caprese Skewers

A dish that serves as the perfect side or shines as a main course!

A dish that serves as the perfect side or shines as a main course!

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the simplest stuffed shells you’ll ever make!

When I think of my childhood Sunday’s, I remember church in the morning, taking my great grandmother grocery shopping (a box of cookies always included for me!), reading the funnies, and dinner back at her house which smelled like we had walked into a local trattoria! While Sunday’s might not alllllways be filled with this much nostalgia in our house, this dish will certainly give your home the feeling of family.

I make it in the same baking dish my great grandmother did and I am convinced that it gives it just a bit more of the perfect flavoring. But don’t worry if you don’t have my grandma’s pan, a quick, simple recipe, this will still most certainly be one of the easiest you’ll ever make with a delicious return! Here’s my recipe for Simple Stuffed Shells.

Simple Stuffed Shells

Simple Stuffed Shells

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