Pasta is a familiar comfort food in most households. Simple to prepare and easy on the wallet, the versatile staple of Italian cooking offers endless ideas for feeding a family. This Sausage Tortellini encapsulates all of the above while using a single pan. That’s right—just the one. To seriously amp up the flavor, head to your local butcher and ask for the freshest sausage. Ready in a flash, this recipe only requires two cups of your favorite tomato sauce and a few additional ingredients. Twenty minutes and [... more]
Polenta, often described as Italian grits, has endless options when it comes to toppings. This Polenta Bake With Feta, Tomato, and Mushrooms features fresh vegetables and two kinds of cheese, making it the perfect meatless main dish. We discovered this recipe on a British magazine’s web site, so know that you’ll have to convert the ingredients from metric to standard measurements. Also, the recipe calls for rocket, which is known as arugula in the United States. Other than those points, it’s straightforward. Give it a try—you’ll be [... more]
A modern twist on the Italian classic, these Turkey Spinach Meatballs put run-of-the-mill meatballs to shame. Short on preparation time and kid-friendly, the recipe doubles easily and freezes well for up to two weeks. Another bonus: We love that the meatballs brown under the broiler in just 15 to 18 minutes, and forgoing the stovetop means less oil splatter to clean up. Simply add the cooked meatballs to the homemade marinara sauce, and dinner is ready to serve.
There is something very satisfying about forgoing silverware at dinnertime. Whether you tire of cleaning or simply prefer finger food, this recipe for Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers just makes life easier. Also perfect for an outdoor party appetizer, this simple dish pairs perfectly with a side of fruit. The sweet flavor of the fresh pineapple evens out the spice-laden shrimp. Each bite of marinated shrimp offers succulent flavor, so head to the grill and start cooking these delicious skewers.
Springtime Pasta With Blistered Tomatoes and Eggs may seem like the strangest combination of foods (not to mention its weird name), but once you taste it, you will surely be a fan. The distinct flavors of shiitake mushrooms, asparagus spears, grape tomatoes, minced garlic, fresh Parmesan cheese, and poached eggs meld together perfectly to create a hearty and healthy entree. And because the dish requires only a small amount of measuring, roasting, and poaching, it makes a great option for busy weeknights.
The produce section of the grocery store offers many kinds of brightly colored squash in all shapes and sizes. One you don’t hear much about is the spaghetti squash. (When cooked, the inside of this squash resembles—you guessed it—spaghetti. Thus, the name.) You might wonder what in the world you could possibly make with such a thing? Well, for starters, this recipe for Southwestern Stuffed Spaghetti Squash. A Mexican-style mixture of garlic, red onions, jalapeños, bell pepper, black beans, corn, and spaghetti squash fills the hollowed-out squash [... more]
When you think of tacos you probably picture ground beef and shredded cheddar cheese, right? Well, this recipe offers another, more creative option. With no meat in sight, Roasted Veg Tacos With Avocado Cream and Feta refreshes on a hot spring day while also helping you use up those vegetables that have been taking up space in the refrigerator. Fresh and light, these tacos still offer the classic Mexican flavors we love all wrapped up in authentic corn tortillas. This blogger uses sweet corn, onions, peppers, summer [... more]
Add truffles to anything and we’re hooked. Baked and Truffled Mac and Cheese with Prosciutto and herbed breadcrumbs elevates your stand-by mac-n-cheese recipe to an entirely new level. While the name might sound fancy, the soon-to-be dinnertime favorite whips up surprisingly fast. A medley of fresh cheeses—gruyère, white cheddar, and parmigiano reggiano—creates a rich and creamy texture, while diced prosciutto adds a salty crunch. If you prefer a crispier top, run the dish under the broiler for a few minutes.
This Eggplant and Herb Lasagna takes a tasty twist on the classic meat-filled pasta dish. As healthy as it is delicious, eggplant adds plenty of flavor as well as a hefty dose of nutrients. Be sure to buy the eggplant mid-summer when it’s at its peak. To prepare, spread a generous amount of sauce on the bottom of the pan while adding a fresh layer of fresh, uncooked lasagna. The longer you let the sauce cook, the richer the flavor. Next, spread a thin layer of ricotta [... more]
Tired of making the same old sandwich for lunch? Try this Easy Traditional Greek Gyro recipe with fresh tzatziki sauce for a nice change. It’s packed with delicious pulled pork, fresh cherry tomatoes, and an abundance of herbs and spices, all wrapped in a delicious pita. While most gyro recipes call for thinly sliced pork cooked in a rotisserie oven, this one instructs you to sear the roast and then slow-cook it in a Crockpot. The pitas are topped off with a homemade tzatziki sauce, sliced tomatoes, [... more]
While daytime temperatures continue to warm up for good, cooler nights will linger a little while longer. That means you have a few more chances to enjoy creamy, soul-warming soups. This flavor-filled tortilla one takes no time to prepare! Slow-cooked in a Crockpot (if you don’t have one, you should invest in one ASAP), Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup works perfectly for a large gathering—or just your hungry family. If you like your dishes with a lot of heat, leave the jalapeño seeds in; if not, remove the [... more]
Warm weather calls for lighter fare, and this recipe for Scallops with Herbed Butter answers with fresh fish and spring herbs. When shopping for the ingredients, be sure to ask for “dry” scallops at your local fish market. Preservative free, they release very little liquid during the cooking process, resulting in a nice, crusty sear. Use a cast-iron skillet, if you have one, for even heat at high temperatures. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until deep, golden brown, usually about three minutes on each side. Add [... more]
Take a trip to your local farmers’ market and pick up some fresh fish, because after seeing this recipe, you’re gonna want it for dinner! Tilapia works well for these Fish Tacos, but feel free to substitute another favorite light and flaky fish. Grill or lightly sauté the tilapia, and place it on the tortillas with a squeeze of lime. Top with the homemade Chipotle Lime Cilantro Slaw and fresh avocado slices. The more slaw, the better so don’t be shy about piling it on. Then try [... more]
Nothing tastes better than vine-ripened tomatoes in the summer. When the weather turns warm, they usually find their way into everyday meals down South, be it as a sandwich or a salad. While many people use tomatoes as a side item or flavorful add on, this recipe makes them the star attraction. The cheesy stuffing in Ricotta and Orzo-Stuffed Tomatoes balances well with the tomato’s acidic flavor, and the orzo makes it hearty enough for a main dish.
Next time you crave a burger, forget the ground beef and go with turkey instead. This recipe for Buffalo Turkey Burgers features a Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw that’s good enough to serve on its own so be sure to make extra for later. When used on the burger, the creamy slaw soothes the sizzle of the buffalo turkey. If you’re not a fan of spicy foods, you can dial the heat down with a milder sauce, or opt for none at all. Photo Source: Many Makings