Meatball Pesto Pasta

My go-to “I don’t want to cook” dinner. 4 simple ingredients: pasta, pesto, meatballs and parmesan cheese. I had a tomato I needed to use, so I chopped that up and tossed it in too. A simple chopped salad and homemade dinner rolls I had stashed in my freezer on the side. Making a bigContinue reading “Meatball Pesto Pasta”

Rigatoni Ricotta Bolognese

It’s Taco Tuesday, so naturally I made pasta. I was craving something bright and acidic, so Rigatoni Ricotta Bolognese it is. Can you really go wrong with pasta, though? Ricotta Bolognese is one of my favorite Italian sauces. It’s hearty, rich and warms you to straight to your core. 1 lb Ground Beef ½ cupContinue reading “Rigatoni Ricotta Bolognese”

Baked Pesto Chicken Pie

Pesto sounded so good tonight! I’m looking after my folks’ farm while they’re on vacation and they don’t have any mozzarella, so I improvised and used gournay cheese and parmesan. It turned out so delicious and creamy. 2 large Chicken Breasts; cubed ½ cup Onion; minced 2 cloves Garlic; minced Salt and Pepper to taste 3Continue reading “Baked Pesto Chicken Pie”

Italian Venison Sausage Soup

Still sticking with lighter dishes to lose a few pounds, so carbs are at a minimum. I love cooking with game meat. Venison especially is really lean and delicious. It wasn’t gamey and went perfectly in this soup. Plus, it comes together so quick that it makes a great weeknight dinner. It’s packed with flavorContinue reading “Italian Venison Sausage Soup”

Smoked Tuscan Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Day 15 of my 8 week #PantryChallenge Smoked Tuscan Chicken Pasta made with powdered milk and garlic bread made from the heels of a Italian loaf I had in my freezer. I made a lot so I could stash a couple of portions in my freezer. It freezes really well and it tastes just asContinue reading “Smoked Tuscan Chicken Alfredo Pasta”

Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Melts

I made Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Melts for dinner. They are so good! Turkey meatballs require a little bit of finesse because they don’t like the keep their shape, but the egg helps with that when they’re cooking. If you rub oil over your hands while you’re shaping them, they won’t stick. 8Continue reading “Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti Melts”

2 Minute Italian Dressing

I love homemade Italian Dressing! The flavor is so much more amazing than anything you can find bottled in stores and you can pronounce all of it’s ingredients, which is always a plus in my book. It goes great on darn near every type of meat and vegetable! ½ cup Olive Oil ⅓ cup Red Wine VinegarContinue reading “2 Minute Italian Dressing”

Supreme Bundt Pizza

 I love this as a party dish! Homemade Ricotta definitely works best and it gives you control over the moisture level. It’s so easy to make, it tastes way better and is cheaper than store-bought.  Pizza dough; proofed  ½ cup Marinara ½ cup Ricotta Cheese 2 cups Mozzarella 2 cups Cheddar; divided ½ pound PepperoniContinue reading “Supreme Bundt Pizza”

Hearty Homestyle Lasagna

I was craving Lasagna, but I made way too much of it. I can finally make my Leftover Lasagna Stuffed Peppers again! And word of the wise, kids love lasagna and sneaking veggies into the sauce is so easy! 1 lb lean Ground Beef 1 lb Italian Sausage 1 small Onion; chopped 1 small BellContinue reading “Hearty Homestyle Lasagna”

Baked Pesto Caprese Chicken

Amidst the doom and gloom, there’s a glimmer of happiness! Look what finally arrived! In celebration, I made one of my favorite dishes from my new book. I didn’t have any fresh basil, so I used homemade Pesto instead. Served with Fondant Potatoes, Garlic Herb Flatbread and a light salad! Pretty sure if I ateContinue reading “Baked Pesto Caprese Chicken”