Quick Mac and Cheese

Obviously, I haven’t really met a homemade mac and cheese that I didn’t like.  That said, stovetop varieties typically leave a bit to desire, however if you want to get it to the table in a jiffy, usually the stovetop is the preferred method.  If you’re in a hurry, baking in the oven for 30-40 […]

Penne Pasta with Goat Cheese, Canadian Bacon and Basil

Creamy and Delicious On the table in 30 minutes   Penne Pasta with Goat Cheese, Canadian Bacon and Basil with Toasted Walnuts Yield:  4-6 Servings   INGREDIENTS   4 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 ounces mini penne pasta 3 ounces Canadian bacon, rind removed and cut into small pieces 2 gloves garlic, finely chopped ½ – […]

Pasta With Gorgonzola and Spinach

Yield:  4-6 Servings   INGREDIENTS 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 8 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled into small pieces 1 ¼ cups heavy cream 8 ounces fresh spinach, stemmed, rinsed well and coarsely chopped 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese Salt and freshly ground pepper 1 lb spaghetti or penne pasta 3 tablespoons pine nuts, […]

Orecchiette Carbonara with Green Onions

  Yield: 4 Servings INGREDIENTS 4 bacon slices, fried and crumbled 6 green onions (onion and ½ of green) – finely chopped 1 lb Orecciette pasta or small shells 2 large eggs, room temperature ¾ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon freshly chopped Italian parsley ¼ cup heavy whipping cream PREPARATION Cook bacon in […]

Pulled Rotissiere Chicken with Penne, Roasted Peppers, Basil and Garlic

Yield: 4 Servings   INGREDIENTS   ¼ stick of unsalted butter 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped into chiffonade 9 ounces package mini penne pasta 1 cup heavy whipping cream or half and half 3 cups pulled cooked chicken meat 1 cup roasted red peppers, sliced 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese […]

Primavera Orzo

Yield:  4 Servings INGREDIENTS 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 small zucchini, chopped 1 cup shredded carrots, chopped 1 teaspoon curry powder 3 cups chicken stock 1 cup orzo pasta ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 3 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped 1 cup frozen peas Salt […]

Creamy Orzo with Chicken and Fresh Basil

Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 2 boneless chicken breasts, diced into 2-inch cubes 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ medium sweet onion, finely chopped 2 gloves garlic, finely chopped ½ cup low-sodium chicken stock 4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped; extra for garnish ¾ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese; more for garnish ¼ cup heavy cream ½ lb […]

Creamy Orzo

  Orzo (OHR-zoh) – In Italian this means “barley”, but it’s actually small rice-shaped pasta, that is smaller in size than a pine nut. Orzo is ideal for soups and can be used as a substitute for rice. Yield: 6 Servings INGREDIENTS 1 pound orzo 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large shallot, finely chopped 1 […]

Baked Ziti

Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 8 ounces of Ziti pasta, uncooked ¾ lb ground beef 3 cups or 28 ounce jar of good spaghetti sauce 1 ¾ cups of ricotta cheese 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1 tablespoon fresh basil – roughly chopped ½ teaspoon salt Salt and fresh grated pepper to taste Grated Parmesan cheese PREPARATION […]

Tuna Noodle Casserole

  Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS 4 cups elbow macaroni – cooked al dente 2 cans white premium tuna – drained 1 cup frozen peas or other favorite vegetable, thawed Sauce 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 5 tablespoons all purpose flour 5 green onions – finely chopped, including green tops 2 cups milk or half and half 1 […]

Vegetable Lasagna

Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS Alfredo Sauce 8 ounces unsalted butter 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream 1 ½ cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese Freshly grated white or black pepper Ricotta Cheese Mixture 2 cups ricotta cheese 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese ¾ cup shredded mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons chopped green onion 2 teaspoons freshly chopped […]

Mac and Cheese Carbonara

This is an “over the top” variation on the standard macaroni and cheese. The different types of cheeses used, herbs and the pancetta give it more depth than your typical mac and cheese dish. If you want to impress your fellow mac and cheese aficionados, this one will do it! Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon […]

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs Serves 6       INGREDIENTS Extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion – finely chopped 3 cloves garlic – chopped 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley 1 – 1 ½ cups bread crumbs 3 lbs ground beef or split 50/50 with ground beef and ground pork 1 large egg 5 cups heated tomato-basil […]

Pasta With Garlic and Parsley

PASTA WITH GARLIC AND PARSLEY This recipe is quick and easy with ingredients that you usually have on hand in your pantry.  Serves 4 INGREDIENTS ¼ cup unsalted butter ¼ cup good olive oil ½ cup garlic – finely chopped ½ cup Italian parsley – finely chopped ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese ½ cup half […]

Liguine with Gorgonzola

LINGUINE WITH GORGONZOLA 4-6 Servings INGREDIENTS 6 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, cut into small pieces 1 cup whipping cream or half and half ¾ pound linguine Grated pepper 2/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano ½ cup toasted walnuts ½ cup toasted pecans PREPARATION Toast nuts in 350 degree F oven for approximately 5-7 minutes.  Remove from oven and […]

Macaroni and Cheese With Bacon

INGREDIENTS Kosher salt 1 lb elbow macaroni 4 cups milk 2-3 sprigs thyme 4 cloves garlic – finely chopped 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 5 ½ cups shredded sharp white or yellow Cheddar cheese Freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup chopped parsley 1 large onion – diced 4 large slices of bacon […]

Chicken with Linguine in Basil Cream Sauce

CHICKEN WITH LINGUINE IN BASIL CREAM SAUCE Makes 4-6 servings INGREDIENTS Chicken 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts Olive oil Kosher salt and pepper Basil Cream Sauce 1 ½ cups fresh basil leaves ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano 2 ounces walnuts Olive oil 4 cloves garlic ¼ cup olive oil 1 pint or 16 ounces of heavy whipping […]

Italian Sausage Casserole

ITALIAN SAUSAGE CASSEROLE Serves 4-6 INGREDIENTS 1 lb ground beef ½ lb hot Italian sausage – removed from casing 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 teaspoon oregano Kosher salt and grated black pepper, to taste 1 can cheddar cheese soup 1 can tomato soup 1 can water 4 cups cooked penne pasta Mozzarella cheese – […]