Italian Inspired Recipes

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

Hollowed out zucchini boats stuffed with a veggie lasagna filling, all baked in the oven with melted cheese – YUM!

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

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

This casserole takes one of my favorite appetizers (arancini) and turns it into a weeknight meal. Freezes well, great for potlucks and family friendly!

Sicilian Rice Ball Casserole

Here's a quick, weeknight dish the whole family will love! Turkey cutlets with a wonderful Parmesan crust lightly pan-fried in just enough oil and butter to make it yummy, without making it greasy and high in calories.

Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Crust

Eggs Pizzaiola

The only way I can get Madison to eat broccoli is if I make pasta and broccoli, a dish my whole family loves. Some nights I add Italian chicken sausage and it's always a crowd pleaser, my husband even goes back for seconds. I cook the pasta and broccoli and the same time all in the same pot, and 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

Veggie Lasagna Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

These meatless meatballs were a HUGE hit in my house, I even let my neighbors and friends try and everyone loved them! Made with grated zucchini, garlic, Pecorino Romano, basil, bread crumbs and egg, then baked in the oven and finished in a pomodoro sauce.

Zucchini “Meatballs”

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats