Greek orzo salad

I recently posted this recipe for Greek chicken kebabs, and as yummy as they sounded, you were probably thinking, “What should I serve with those kebabs?” Not to worry. Today’s post will provide you with just the answer: Greek orzo salad. I made this recipe alongside the Greek chicken kebabs and they were the perfect combination….

Chicken, spinach, and white sauce lasagna

Although I love my regular lasagna, I do enjoy twists on the classics—and this recipe for white sauce lasagna is definitely that. Rather than using a ground red meat (like beef), this variation goes with the lighter option of chicken, and packs in the veggies with spinach. The dish is rounded out with a garlic and…

Summer garden pasta

One of my favorite things about summer is a leisurely visit to the farmer’s market. Bright colors … delicious smells … it’s basically heaven perusing through all of the different types of fresh  produce and fruit. As I flipped through one of my Barefoot Contessa cookbooks a couple of weekends ago, I came across this summer…

Arugula, feta, and cranberry orzo

Sometimes you just need to change up your side dish repertoire from your normal white/wild rice or roasted potatoes. Enter this simple, yet unexpectedly delicious, orzo recipe (originally from Giada). This dish incorporates baby arugula, crumpled feta, toasted pine nuts, and dried cranberries, which provides just the right amount of salt from the cheese, freshness…

Pasta carbonara

Some of the best types of pastas are the simple ones. The kind that isn’t smothered in a super thick tomato sauce with ginormous meatballs on top (not there there is anything wrong with that kind of pasta). If you’re looking for a pasta option that’s still just as delicious, try this recipe for pasta carbonara….

Slow cooker sausage and cheese tortellini

Let’s face it: The crock pot was put on this earth to make our lives ten times easier. Throw everything in, set for 4-5 hours, and the smells that waft through the house can only be described as glorious. This Italian dish is the perfect comfort food for anytime of the day (Yes, even breakfast….

Butternut squash gnocchi with browned butter

There’s something magical about fresh pasta. And when you pair that fresh pasta with the nuttiness of a browned butter sauce … well, I think you get where I’m going here. If you want to wow your friends and family, or show the one you love just how much they mean to you, this is the…

Ragù Bolognese

As the weather in New England actually begins to feel more like winter, I tend to crave comfort foods a lot more. And what says comfort more than a bowl of rich bolognese sauce? A lot of people confuse bolognese with a regular meat sauce. The truth is: Both are similar, however traditional meat sauce…

Pumpkin pasta with sausage

There’s something special about a dish that can effortlessly tie together both sweet and savory ingredients. This is one of those dishes. Imagine mixing all of the spices you might find in a typical fall dessert (i.e. cinnamon and nutmeg) into a sauce, and tossing it together with pasta, onions, garlic, and sage. Sound strange?…

Baked penne with chicken, broccoli & sun-dried tomatoes

The beauty of a good casserole is that you throw a bunch of delicious things into one dish and bake it all together. Think about it: One scoop of casserole offers the perfect bite–you get a little bit of everything in the dish. When the weather gets colder, casseroles tend to be my go-to dinner…

Herb roasted tomato carbonara with prosciutto and mozzarella

If anyone ever tells you they’re not a “pasta person,” they sit on a throne of lies. And if they really don’t like pasta, there might actually be something wrong with them. I’m joking of course, but I would never joke about my love of pasta–and when you add a soft, fresh cheese like mozzarella…

Lemon fusilli with arugula

I am a huge Barefoot Contessa fan. In my wildest of dreams, I imagine being invited to Ina Garten’s home in the Hamptons, where she and I will cook up a storm together and host a fabulous dinner party for all of her fancy Hampton friends. So it’s no surprise that I own almost all of…