Italian Inspired Recipes

This pasta dish just screams summer! A quick dish made with homemade Cavatelli pasta, (can be purchased fresh or frozen in any Italian specialty store) cherry tomatoes, zucchini, corn and marinara. Perfect to whip up on busy weeknights as this dish comes together in less than 20 minutes.

Summer Cavatelli with Corn, Tomatoes and Zucchini

Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli is one of my favorite weeknight pasta dishes, a real crowd-pleaser, and my husband even goes back for seconds. This is the only way I can get Madison to eat broccoli, I cook the pasta and broccoli at the same time all in the same pot, which creates a pesto-like broccoli sauce the kids can't pick out (trust me, it's so good!).

Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli

Zucchini Rollatini is low-carb and delicious! Made with strips of grilled zucchini stuffed with a basil-cheese filling, then rolled and topped with marinara, mozzarella and baked in the oven until the cheese is hot and melted.

Zucchini Rollatini

This is my favorite way to enjoy eggplant all summer long, hence calling it the Best Skinny Eggplant Rollatini with Spinach. It's decadent, vegetarian comfort food at it's best yet made light with no breading and no frying. So good and better than most eggplant dishes I order at restaurants which are typically fried and loaded with calories.

Best Skinny Eggplant Rollatini with Spinach

Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce is a great-tasting, 20-minute dish, perfect for busy weeknights! We like it served with brown rice, pasta, quinoa or farro on the side, or a serve it with roasted veggies and a salad.

Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta is a summer staple in my house! Made with juicy tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, red onion, garlic and balsamic, it turns plain grilled chicken into a delicious weeknight meal in minutes!

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta

Chicken Pesto Bake is a simple, light dish made with skinless chicken breasts, pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. You can make this in the oven, or make it outside on the grill!

Chicken Pesto Bake

Grilled Shrimp Salad with Orange, Endive, Baby Arugula and Radicchio

Grilled Shrimp Salad with Orange, Endive, Baby Arugula and Radicchio

Set it and forget it with this easy slow cooker sandwich recipe. Top round roast, bell peppers, pepperoncini, garlic and dried herbs slow cooked all day then shredded and served on whole wheat Italian bread or rolls with melted provolone.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Hoagies – Our First Meal in Our New Home!

This easy, hearty, one-pot meal, loaded with chickpeas and vegetables in every bite is so flavorful with and perfect for a cold winter night.

Chickpea Tomato Soup with Rosemary

Penne baked with cheese, sauce and loaded with healthy vegetables in every bite. Roasted zucchini, red bell peppers, asparagus, red onion and fennel are tossed with balsamic and herbs then roasted for the best tasting meatless baked pasta dish EVER!

Cheesy Baked Penne with Roasted Veggies

Baked ziti is a favorite comfort dish in my home! Adding spinach is a quick and easy way to get more leafy greens into your family's diet without complaints.

Baked Ziti with Spinach

This easy salad has all my favorite things in one – arugula, Proscuitto, shaved Parmesan and a runny egg! When you pop that egg yolk, the salad is bathed in that warm eggy goodness, salad nirvana in every bite! If you are not a fan of runny eggs, hard boiled eggs would taste just fine too!

Arugula Salad with Crispy Proscuitto, Parmesan and Fried Eggs

This isn't your regular meatball, it's HUGE, baked in the oven similar to how you would make a meatloaf, then topped with marinara and melted cheese – I'm OBSESSED!

Giant Turkey Meatball Parmesan

I gave one of my favorite veggies – roasted broccoli – the parmesan treatment (topped with with marinara and melted mozzarella)! If it works for eggplant, why not broccoli!

Roasted Broccoli Parmesan

This fall lasagna swaps pasta for butternut squash layered with a chicken sausage meat sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. Simply wonderful, you won't miss the pasta!

Noodle-less Butternut-Sausage Lasagna

Make meat sauce AND Spaghetti Squash at the same time with this delicious one-pot meal ready in under thirty minutes (if using a pressure cooker)!

One-Pot Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce (Pressure Cooker and Slow Cooker)

Broccoli rabe and spicy sausage are one of my favorite pasta dishes; this spiralized version made with parsnips in place of pasta for a hefty serving of veggies won't disappoint! If you don’t like the bitterness of broccoli rabe, broccolini or broccoli would also work in it’s place.

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Parsnip Spiralized Pasta

I've been taking advantage of the tomatoes and basil overflowing from my garden with these simple French bread pizzas. Only 5 ingredients, less than 10 minutes to make! Have them for lunch or dinner paired with a side salad.

French Bread Pizza Caprese

All the deliciousness of stuffed mushrooms without all the work! An easy side dish you can serve any night of the week!

Dina’s Tossed Mushrooms

A great way to get even the pickiest of eaters to enjoy zucchini! Perfect as a snack, appetizer or side dish.

Baked Zucchini Sticks

This light summer 5-ingredient zucchini salad is this perfect summer side dish. You can serve this as an appetizer, side dish or even as a light lunch for two.

Zucchini Carpaccio

These low-carb Veggie Lasagna Zucchini Boats are basically hollowed out zucchinis stuffed with a veggie lasagna filling and baked in the oven with marinara sauce and melted cheese – SO GOOD!

Veggie Lasagna Zucchini Boats

Chicken and vegetables seasoned with sage, rosemary and balsamic vinegar, then baked in the oven. A delicious healthy meal-in-one.

Balsamic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

Hot mozzarella sticks – I can't think of a more popular finger food for both kids and adults alike. My oldest daughter Karina LOVES them and these never disappoint! Made lighter with part-skim mozzarella then coated with crispy seasoned breadcrumbs and baked (not fried!) until hot and golden. Serve them with my quick marinara sauce and you have yourself an appetizer everyone will love!

Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks

My family DEVOURED this delicious bowl of soup made with ground beef, tomatoes, and tiny pasta. It's warm and comforting, like a great big hug on a cold winter day. Kid-friendly, freezer-friendly!

Beef, Tomato and Acini di Pepe Soup (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker + Stove Top)

Spaghetti Squash Sausage Lasagna Boats