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Peppery arugula tossed with nutty chick peas, penne pasta, sun dried tomatoes, shaved parmesan and balsamic vinegar make a simple yet delicious main dish salad – perfect for lunch or dinner. Portions are large, loaded with fiber and very satisfying.

Penne Arugula Salad with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Cajun Chicken Pasta is lightened up, made with chicken strips, bell peppers, red onion, mushrooms and scallions in a creamy light Cajun sauce.

Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Lighter Side

Penne pasta tossed with garlicky escarole, lean Italian chicken sausage, cannellini beans, crushed red pepper and grated cheese. I cannot even begin to describe how good this is! A winner with everyone in my home, even my picky kids. Easily made gluten free with gluten-free pasta, for those of you who have dietary restrictions.

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Escarole and Beans

Jumbo pasta shells stuffed with ricotta cheese, mozzarella and spinach topped with a turkey meat sauce. Here's a great way to sneak spinach on your kids' plate!

Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce

This is one the easiest pasta dishes I make for my family, I make it at least twice a month when I need a quick meal and they all devour it. With broccoli, a few other ingredients and only one pot, this recipe will put dinner on the table in 15 minutes.

Easiest Pasta and Broccoli Recipe

Dads like bacon so I thought a bacon, lettuce and tomato summer pasta salad would be a perfect side dish for your Father's Day picnic. The L in this BLT salad should really be an S but I didn't like the sound of a BST.

BLT Macaroni Salad

Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

A light Spring pasta dish the whole family will enjoy; baby shells are tossed with chopped asparagus and a light marinara sauce. Quick and easy, perfect for vegetarians or meatless Fridays.

Baby Pasta Shells with Asparagus and Marinara Sauce

Asparagus and Poached Eggs over Pasta

Pasta with Italian Chicken Sausage, Peppers and Escarole

Pasta with Cauliflower

This easy and quick pasta dish is a guaranteed way to get picky eaters to love their broccoli, just roast it with garlic and olive oil!

Pasta with Roasted Broccoli, Garlic and Oil

Pasta Con Sarde

I have gotten many requests to make a low point mac and cheese recipe. Here's a baked macaroni and cheese recipe that even got my skeptical daughter's approval.

Lighter Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Crespelles are Italian crepes used in dishes such as manicotti, lasagna and other stuffed dishes in place of pasta. They have a lighter texture than pasta and taste delicious.

Light Crespelle Recipe

Penne alla Vodka

Angel Hair with Shrimp and Tomato Sauce

Turkey Sausage and Tomato Sauce over Pasta

This is the BEST Bolognese Sauce Recipe, and it's easy to make. It's a staple in my home, I make a big batch and have meals for several nights.

Bolognese Sauce

Stracciatella soup is a really quick Italian classic made with chicken broth, egg, parmesan, fresh spinach and orzo. Basically an Italian egg drop soup, which takes under twenty minutes to make so it's perfect for any weeknight.

Spinach Stracciatella Soup with Orzo

Eggplant and Tomato Sauce

This recipe was inspired by the abundance of tomatoes and basil in my garden. These grape tomatoes are so sweet and addicting. Toss them with some low carb pasta and diced chicken and you have a delicious, healthy meal in less than 20 minutes. Perfect for a busy weeknight!

Spaghetti with Sauteed Chicken and Grape Tomatoes

Angel Hair with Shrimp and Asparagus

Spaghetti with Garlic Scape Pesto with Tomatoes

My favorite way to make macaroni salad, a must at every BBQ and perfect for Memorial Day. To lighten this I used light mayonnaise, lots of tomatoes, olives and high fiber pasta. 

Macaroni Salad with Tomatoes

Shrimp and Zucchini with Bowties in Light Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti with Mushrooms, Garlic and Oil

These lightened up Italian turkey meatballs have been lightened up using ground turkey instead of beef. They are the perfect family friendly meal for any night of the week!

Skinny Italian Turkey Meatballs

Candied Tomato Sauce