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Zuppa Toscana

I’m sure most of you have been to Olive Garden or have at least heard of it. One of the most popular items on their menu is their soup called Zuppa Toscana (roughly translated to Tuscany Soup). Here’s the near-perfect copycat recipe for this wonderful soup!

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Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Roasted Vegetables 

Want an easy, cheap and filling meal for your family? Look no further. 


Ingredients:

For the vegetables:

  • 3 medium zucchini, cut into half moons
  • 2 large red bell peppers, sliced into 1 inch strips
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into half moons
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the pasta:

  • 1 pound of small/medium shaped pasta (example: rotini)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line two baking sheet pans with aluminum foil. 
  2. Mix the vegetables with olive oil and salt. Spread evenly on one baking sheet pan. Roast for 30 minutes in the oven. 
  3. While the vegetables are roasting, mix all ingredients together for the meatballs. 
  4. With wet hands, roll into 1-inch meatballs and place on the second baking sheet, about 1/2-inch apart.
  5. Bake the meatballs for 20 minutes. You can bake them alongside the vegetables. 
  6. While the meatballs bake, cook pasta according to instructions on the package. 
  7. Drain pasta. Mix pasta with meatballs and vegetables. Add in olive oil, lemon juice and parsley. Mix and serve. 

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Chicken Saltimbocca

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

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Last-Minute Lasagna

I’ve made this several times now, each time I do something a little different like adding meat-filled ravioli or using different type of cheese. It’s a delicious crowd-pleaser!!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Spaghetti Pie

Yes, folks.. that is my sister, Romelia, you see up there having some bites of this yummy spaghetti pie. This is really easy to prepare and is very inexpensive to make.  A perfect dinner on a cold day or a great meal to take to someone in need. Read the rest of this entry »

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Italian Stuffed Shells

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The following recipe is enough to make and fill two of these 9×13 pans. I suppose you could bake one in your glass/pyrex baking pan.. and bake the other one in one of these foil type of pans so you can freeze it up for a later use.  Ryan loved these and gobbled them up like there was no tomorrow! I am sure you will like this as well!

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Barley Risotto with Corn and Basil

25edf25_e_l Risotto is typically made with Arborio rice, but pearl barley is a good substitute; it produces a dish that is similar in texture but with a nuttier taste and more fiber. If you prefer, you can replace the corn with other cooked vegetables, such as peas, green beans, zucchini, or mushrooms. Read the rest of this entry »

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