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Veal Piccata Meatloaf 

This lemon-scented loaf is delicious! Veal is tender and is considered a delicacy. It is sometimes hard to find ground but your butcher should be able to prepare it for you. This meatloaf is made with ground veal with mushrooms and the flavors of the famous Italian dish veal piccata. 


Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 4 oz mushrooms, chopped 
  • 3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained 
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teasooon pepper
  • 1/2 lemon slices (approximately 3 slices)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Mix everything EXCEPT for lemon slices. 
  3. Place mixture in a greased 9″ x 5″ loaf pan (I prefer a glass loaf pan for this)
  4. Gently pat down the mixture. Make sure it’s even. Bake for 45 minutes. 
  5. Top meatloaf with three slices of lemon and bake again for about 15 minutes. 
  6. Let it stand in the loaf pan for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. 

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Farfalle Con Piselli

This is one of these quick pasta dishes. The light creamy sauce is easy to whip up in no time. Farfalle con piselli roughly translates to “butterflies with peas” 


Ingredients:

  • 1 box of bow tie pasta
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup thawed frozen peas (we love our peas in my house so I tend to grab these 10oz bagged frozen peas and use the whole thing)
  • 1/2 cup light cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • a little bit of ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook bow tie pasta according to package’s instructions. 
  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add diced onion and minced garlic. Cook and stir occasionally. Make sure it becomes tender but not browned. Approximately 5 minutes. 
  3. Add peas, light cream, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. When it boils, it’s ready. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm or leave it on low heat. 
  4. When the pasta finishes cooking, drain it. Mix it with the pea sauce. 
  5. Serve hot. 

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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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