Posts tagged italian
Tiramisu

This is NOT what Americans know as tiramisu. It's not cake, and it's not purely whipped cream - hell it's not even cooked eggs! (you'll be fine) This is an amazing recipe that turns out delicious and is fun and easy to make! Just make sure you get the right cookies! (The Italians were really insistent on the Pavesini) Snag those at the link in the recipe.

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Spinach Ravioli

I can't think of anything more impressive than hand made pasta. It's literally the way to anyone's heart! These ravioli are fun to make with and for family and friends - plus they have the easiest sauce EVER! Thanks again to the staff at Certosa di Pontignano AND Florencetown for showing us this one!

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Sausage & Peppers

Learn how to make this easy, classic recipe! It's a dish that every and anyone should know how to make! Watch the step by step video and then give it a shot at home! 

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Pastina Soup

If you grew up in an Italian home and so much as sniffled, you were immediately served a warm bowl of pasting soup! Know as "Italian Penicillin" this simple soup is so comforting if you have a cold (or the flu!). Easy to digest, packed with nutrients and a touch of protein from the egg; it's just what the doctor - and Nonnas all over - ordered! Stay well my friends! 

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Lentil Soup

Happy New Year! A traditional Italian dish for the start of the new year is lentils. Lentils represents coins, or wealth, and are, of course, healthy for you! So this is the perfect dish to help you start the new year off right! Loaded with veggies and fresh flavor, you'll learn how to make this delicious soup right in your own home.

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Lasagna Bolognese

I'm getting you ready for Christmas with another great holiday dinner dish! Lasagna Bolognese is a classic for Christmas Day in Italy and here in the States! Make this easy recipe ahead of time and stash it in the freezer for a simple first course OR any time winter meal! 

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Pasta Alla Griccia

Learn how to make this classic Roman dish! With only three ingredients it's the perfect weeknight meal. Al dente pasta, bathed in pork drippings and cheese - really what more could you want!? A crack of fresh black pepper and dinner is ready!

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Mushroom Ravioli in Browned Butter Sage Sauce

I really can't think of more quintessential Fall dish than this one. Earthy mushrooms mixed with fresh ricotta and parmesan cheeses, filling fresh pasta. Topped off in what is quite possibly the easiest sauce you will ever make! 

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Calzone

Not quite pizza, but a pizzeria favorite from my childhood. Stuffed with ham and ricotta cheese, calzones were a Friday night treat in my house growing up! My Dad would always get one, mostly for himself, but he would always share! 

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Pasta Fagioli

The epitome of poor man's food. Pasta & beans. Pasta e fagioli. Or, as it has come to be known here in the North East, pasta fazool (I cringe to write that). Whatever you call it, however you make it - it's an easy, quick and delicious dinner. Perfect for a chilly weeknight! Buon Appetito! 

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Jarred Tomatoes "I Pomodori"

It's an annual tradition for so many Italian-American families. You'll see them in driveways and garages, on back patios and front porches; cutting, cooking and jarring tomatoes. The Mollano family in Nanuet New York were kind enough to let us come to their home and share their tradition with us. PLUS watch how you can win a cookbook!

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Turkey Meatballs with Elite Lifestyle Cuisine

Celebrity Chef Carlo Filippone joins me in the Cucina this week to share his healthy turkey meatball recipe! Plus we learn about his meal prep company, Elite Lifestyle Cuisine! It's what's being served this week in Cara's Cucina!

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Summer Pasta with Zucchini & Ricotta

Summer's NOT over just yet and I have one more dish bursting with fresh summer flavors! This dish is so simple and uses one of my favorite flavor combinations! Zucchini with basil, lemon and ricotta! It's the perfect pasta dish for summer. 

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Stuffed Artichokes

One of my Mom's favorite dishes and another family recipe! Beautiful artichokes stuffed with Italian flavors and steamed to perfection. We've used these at family gatherings as a first course or they make a great vegetarian main dish! 

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Zeppole di San Giuseppe

Airy puffs, filled with a ricotta based cream and topped with a cherry. The zeppole were created in Naples in 1840 to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph; and are still a treasured tradition for both Italians and Italian-Americans.

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Arancini

Check out my recipe for this classic Italian dish! Arancini means "little orange" and the dish gets its name from the saffron risotto used to make it! I'll show you an easy way to assemble them too! A perfect snack or meal served with a side of marinara!

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