Rigatoni with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Basil & Mascarpone Sauce

This pasta sauce doesn’t use regular tomatoes, its flavor is intensified with sundried tomatoes, fresh garlic and basil and combined with mascarpone cheese and parmesan cheese for the most epic sauce ever! This pasta could not be easier to make and it’s so full of flavor that I think it’s outranked my vodka sauce.  Even […]

Classic Bolognese Sauce with Tagliatelle (step by step)

A slow simmered, full bodied Italian meat sauce that can be enjoyed on top of tagliatelle pasta or as the main sauce in lasagna alla Bolognese.  This true Italian classic Bolognese sauce cannot be made quickly.  Allow yourself plenty of time for this outstanding sauce to mature. This recipe is quite possibly the longest one […]

Ham Tetrazzini (no canned soups)

A weeknight dinner where the sauce is ready before the spaghetti is … spaghetti is cooked until al dente and then coated in a luscious creamy cheese sauce with diced ham and peas for an easy 15 minute dinner! My mom made ham tetrazzini all the time when we were growing up, only her version […]

Classic Alfredo Sauce

An Italian pasta favorite with a traditional creamy white sauce that blends butter, Parmesan cheese and cream. The story goes that a classic Alfredo sauce back in the 1500s was simply melted butter with parmesan cheese.  As time evolved, cream was added to this sauce to make it more decadent and creamy. While this dish […]

Roasted Butternut Squash & Spinach Lasagna

A vegetarian lasagna make with a creamy mixture of butternut squash puree topped with a spinach, garlic and ricotta cheese mixture and topped with mozzarella cheese. If you are looking for a great, no OFF-THE-HOOK, Vegetarian lasagna then friends you have found yourself a winner! Bookmark this recipe.  Print it.  Forward it.  Mail it to […]

How to Make a Killer Baked Ziti

Baked ziti should be an easy dish to make but often times gets dried out … let us show you how to make the best, moistest baked ziti that is a foolproof winner every time!  If you love the taste of perfectly cooked pasta, marinara sauce and the ooey cheesy comfort of lasagna but not […]

Spaghetti Aglio e olio

In response to those of you who asked for simple fast and easy dinner recipes, this Spaghetti Aglio e Olio could not be simplier, easier OR  faster. Plus it’s just so fun to say!  Aglio-e-Olio This is the most basic of Italian sauces using just olive oil, garlic and some red pepper flakes for heat. […]

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Yum Apparently my son started getting a ‘little bored’ with just plain old pizza on our Friday pizza nights.  So I, as only a true foodie would, made the most incredible Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Feta and Spinach with a White Sauce thinking I just knocked it out of the park! The adults thought it was off the hook. […]

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, Feta and Spinach Pizza with White Sauce

Yum As most of your probably know by know, Friday night in our house is pizza night!  And it’s usually movie night as well, although that gets harder and harder to do with the weather warming up and the nights getting longer. The kids have spring sports now which have taken over our lives and […]

Penne ala Vodka

Pasta cooked al dente topped with a cream based tomato and vodka sauce … pure comfort food Guess what we’re making today friends?  Penne a la Vodka! um…. hello?  Did you hear me? PENNE ALA VODKA!! I remember the very first time I had Penne ala Vodka.  I was working at one of my first […]

Deep Dish Pepperoni & Sauage Skillet Pizza (with Stuffed Crust!)

My world has forever changed!  I found this skillet pizza recipe at Brooklyn Ragazza and knew I was going to be all over it! There is nothing like Chicago’s Deep Dish pizza.  If you’ve ever been there you know what I’m talking about.   The pizza is so chewy and gooey in the middle but has […]

Friday Night Pizza

As some of you may already know, Friday night is our traditional pizza night. This is a tradition we value and enjoy.  It gives me a much needed break from cooking and is a prelude to our movie and popcorn night.  It is something we have done since the kids were little and don’t want […]