Category Italian

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 […]

Caesar Salad

This Homemade Caesar Salad is tangy, delicious and the perfect compliment to almost any meal. Time: 10 minutes Level: Easy Cost: About $4 (for the whole thing!) Serves: 4- 6 Ingredients 1 Egg (Coddled, if you wish, or 2 egg yolks) 3-4 cloves garlic. minced 2 teaspoons dry ground mustard 2 teaspoons Anchovy Paste (optional, […]

Panko Crusted Chicken Cutlets

Although this recipe is already contained in a number of other recipe posts on this blog, I thought it was worth sharing by itself because making these crispy, golden cutlets opens up a world of creativity in terms of what you do with your pan sauce.  Once fried golden brown, you pop them in the […]

Chicken Parmesan

This dish is an Italian-American classic, but is also unique because it utilizes two flavor profiles that are commonly considered opposed to one another:  Chicken and Marinara Sauce.  We usually think of Classic Marinara Sauce as a sauce that accompanies read meat – beef, sausage, meatballs.  In contrast, we usually think of chicken and seafood […]

Linguine con le Vongolé (Linguine with Clams)

This Italian classic is simple and delicious.  It’s easy enough for a busy weeknight and elegant enough for a special dinner for two.  It is satisfying and filling, yet light on both the wallet and the stomach.  Also, it’s guaranteed to keep the vampires away for a millennia or so.  What’s not to love? Time: […]