First Courses (Primi Piatti)

Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Crunchy Chickpeas

This is such a simple, healthy and delicious soup, that you will want to make it again and again. Roasting the cauliflower is an important step as cauliflower develops caramelized…

Tomato Soup with Parmesan Roasted Croutons

If you are a tomato soup fan, this hearty and healthy version will become one of your favorites. Pureed cannellini beans add fiber and body, making this soup more filling…

Italian Sausage & Tortellini Soup

For many, soup is the ultimate comfort food, whether it is a soothing light stracciatella or a hearty pasta e fagioli. When the weather turns cold, nothing satisfies quite like…
Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

The small dumplings in this soup, made with potato, are called gnocchi and are a Northern Italian specialty. A bowl of this rich satisfying soup is a delicious meal in…

Potato Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

Gnocchi (pronounced nyok-ee) go way back to Roman times. They were made from semolina dough, mixed with eggs. Roman legions spread the dish throughout the European region where they have…

lemon Pesto Pasta

I love lemons! They are little powerhouses of flavor. Behind his (or her) bright yellow jacket, awaits an assertive little fruit just bursting to be squeezed or zest. This simple,…

Pasta with Truffle Mascarpone Cream Sauce

Italian truffles, worth their weight in culinary gold, are highly coveted and sought out to take an ordinary recipe to superb new heights. Tartufo, as they are called in Italy,…

Cannellini Bean Soup with Sauteed Swiss Chard

Beans such as cannellini, are an incredible part of a healthy diet because they provide you with a high protein and fiber content without overloading a meal with calories. A…

Mediterranean Grain Bowl

After I was married, the first house my husband and I bought was only a couple of miles away from my mother. Quite often I would stop by for a…
Pasta with Creamy Provolone Sauce

Pasta with Creamy Provolone Sauce

Provolone is an Italian cheese made from cow’s milk. The flavors can range from mild and sweet to sharp, based on the amount of time it ages. This sturdy cheese…

Lemon Risotto

Prior to the beginning of the 20th century, most lemons consumed in America were of the Italian variety and imported from Messina, Sicily, Siracusa, Sicily, and Sorrento, Campania. The Mediterranean…
Parmesan Wafers with Tomato & Bread Soup

Parmesan Wafers with Tomato & Bread Soup

A few crumbles of a good quality Parmesan is a delight to savor. I have taken this Italian treasure of a cheese and turned it into wafers that are a…
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

  There are many cultures in which an egg drop soup is made. Chinese cuisine offers a version, also known as egg flower soup, the Greeks make theirs with avgolemono…
Anchovy Spaghetti

Anchovy Spaghetti

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  Recipes, such as, Cacio e pepe, Capellini and Clams and Spaghetti alla Carbonara, are what I call “Pantry Meals.” Even when the cupboards and frig are seemingly bare, just…
Polpettine Di Cavolfiore

Polpettine Di Cavolfiore

  Cauliflower mixed with cheese and egg, shaped into balls and then rolled in breadcrumbs and fried, are a delicious choice for a first course or vegetarian entree. The traditional…
Zuppa di Broccoli

Zuppa di Broccoli

  This soup has a mere three ingredients … and that’s counting the water! My grandmother made broccoli soup the same way she made macaroni and cauliflower soup. I love…

Antipasti with Tonnato Sauce

  Tonnato is a creamy sauce that is traditionally used with Vitello tonnato, a Northern Italian dish, that consists of chilled, sliced veal and a tuna sauce spooned on top.…
Burrata & Tomatoes

Burrata & Tomatoes

  Burrata is a cream filled mozzarella sack. Invented in Puglia, Italy, as a way to use the scraps of curds left over after twisting balls of  mozzarella. The scraps…