Italian Inspired Recipes

This vegetarian quiche recipe is made with spinach, ricotta cheese, eggs, tomatoes and basil. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or brunch or serve it with a salad for a light dinner.

Spinach Ricotta Quiche

Baked chicken breasts filled and rolled with spinach and ricotta topped with Pomodoro sauce and melted mozzarella. Family friendly and so good!

Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana

This homemade breakfast pizza is made with bacon, eggs, tomatoes, spinach and cheese, made completely from scratch and ready in less than 30 minutes start to finish!

Breakfast Pizza

This hearty soup is loaded with mini turkey meatball, zucchini, vegetables and ditalini pasta. I love to add a Parmesan cheese rind to my soup, my secret for extra flavor but it's totally optional!

Instant Pot Turkey Meatball and Ditalini Soup

Pollo in Potacchio is an Italian braised chicken dish made with tomatoes, rosemary and garlic. The chicken cooks until it's fork tender, which is great served with pasta, noodles, spaghetti squash or polenta.

Pollo in Potacchio (Braised Chicken with Tomatoes and Rosemary)

I swapped traditional pasta for roasted spaghetti squash to enjoy this cozy and delicious Beef and Mushroom Ragu served with a dollop of ricotta and grated Pecorino Romano – you won't miss the pasta!

Beef and Mushroom Ragu with Spaghetti Squash

These EASY Spinach Lasagna Roll ups are totally delicious, perfect for entertaining or serving for weeknight meals. Individual vegetarian lasagnas filled with spinach and cheese are family-friendly, satisfying and perfect for portion control. It's also a great way to get your kids to eat spinach and no one will miss the meat!

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

The secret to the best, irresistible manicotti is to make them from scratch with my easy homemade crespelles, which are basically Italian crepes. These spinach and cheese manicotti are filled with three cheeses – ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan, then topped with homemade sauce. So damn delicious!

Homemade Spinach Manicotti

Chicken Cacciatore made in an Instant! The sauce is hearty and chunky, loaded with chicken, tomatoes, peppers and onions (I sometimes add mushrooms too!)

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe (Instant Pot)

Instant Pot One-Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Instant Pot Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

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

Meat and cheese boards are my go-to for super chill, no stress summer entertaining. You can load them up with all your favorite cheese, cured meats, fruit, nuts and spreads. Add some wine and baguettes and you have yourself a meal.

How To Make an Epic Charcuterie and Cheese Board

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

This easy Baked Pesto Chicken is a fast chicken 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!

Baked Pesto Chicken

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