Hearty Meat Lasagna

After roasting 10 pounds of second tomatoes and making soup, we used the rest of the tomatoes to make a meat sauce for lasagna. Instead of the two 28 ounce cans of tomatoes that the recipe calls for, we used about 3 pounds of roasted tomatoes.


Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

As someone who is a full 50 percent Italian, I’m almost embarrassed to say that I’ve never made homemade meatballs…until now! We were making homemade pasta one night and the desire for meatballs and tomato sauce was too great to ignore. The recipe says to use a “light touch” when forming the meatballs. I’d say […]
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Rustic Italian Bread

There are bread recipes, and then there are bread recipes. This is one of the latter. The bread’s taste, texture, crust and even recipe, strike the perfect balance between complex and simple. It is something in between sandwich bread and a rustic country loaf. This recipe has a lot of steps, but it is pretty […]
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Pumpkin Gnocchi With Sage Butter

Gnocchi can be a scary… but really it is one of the simplest pastas out there. The only complicated part is baking the potatoes needed for traditional gnocchi. However if you use canned pumpkin puree you can make delicious, colorful gnocchi in no time at all. After boiling the gnocchi you can toss them with […]
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Lemon Parsley Risotto

A lot of risottos end up being being heavy and better suited for winter or the fall, but the lemon and parsley make this one perfect for spring. Carolyn had clipped this out of Real Simple and been wanting to make it for a while. It came out great, and tasted even better the next […]
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