Category Italian

Pesto with Penne, Roasted Asparagus and Grilled Chicken

Finally, the Pesto Pasta of My Dreams Assembling this pasta has four steps, all of which are super easy.

Penne Alla Vodka

Another beloved Italian-American Classic, this basic dish will rival anything you might get at your local red-and-white checkered tablecloth joint and comes together in about 30 minutes.

Ragù Bolognese

Step aside Marinara Meat Sauce, Ragù Bolognese is without doubt the Queen of Italian sauces. This stick to your ribs pasta will warm your heart and soul any time of year. So yeah, this takes 4-5 hours to make, but the good news is that using the oven-braise technique means that you don’t have to […]

Killer Garlic Bread with Roasted Garlic

This garlic bread is so good that it’s easy to eat it in place of eating dinner by mistake (my wife did this last night).  For whatever reason, it is highly addictive.  Also, it’s guaranteed to keep the vampires away but won’t leave you feeling like a giant bulb of garlic due to the fact that […]

Pasta with Shrimp and Lots of Vegetables

This simple pasta dish comes together in less than 30 minutes and is both healthy and delicious.  Serve with whatever pasta you like and a nice hunk of garlic bread to mop up the sauce. A word on shrimp:  That “fresh” shrimp you see on ice behind the glass case at your grocery store isn’t […]

Antipasto Salad

This salad is a meal in itself.  Variety is the key here:  Do what you like, but be sure to include lots of different veggies, greens and Italian deli meats.  Also, be sure to make the dressing from scratch – the dressing really livens up the salad, and since you’re having salad for dinner, you […]

Tuscan Style Roasted Red-Pepper and Tomato Basil Soup

This recipe is a riff on classic tomato soup, but the addition of fresh basil and roasted red-peppers bring it a superior depth and a fresh, vegetal brightness that truly elevates this dish to the next level.  Serve with grilled cheese, in a bread bowl, with a rustic hunk of French bread, with soup crackers […]

All About Pasta: Part I – The Best Pasta to Cook With

Sometimes I just have to admit it:  My wife is right. My wife Claudia is right about a lot of things more often than I would like to admit. One of the areas where I think I am usually right, and she thinks I am usually wrong, is our disagreement regarding her religious devotion to […]

Pesto Chicken and Broccoli with Penne Pasta

Because it is made from all fresh ingredients, this delicious dish rivals anything you would get at a high-end Italian restaurant but comes together in about 45 minutes, making it perfect for a busy weeknight or a lazy weekend.  If you’re looking for inspiration for dinner tonight, this is it. Difficulty:  Easy Time:  45 minutes […]

Salmon Poached in White Wine with Penne and Asparagus

This delicious seafood pasta dish comes together in about 45 minutes, is simple to make and relatively inexpensive.  Its clean, bright flavor profile yields a result greater than the sum of its parts and it is therefore both perfect for a weeknight dinner and elegant enough for a romantic dinner for two. Time: 45 minutes […]