Easy Shrimp Scampi Fettuccine

Shrimp Scampi Fettuccini

Garlic seasoned shrimp and pasta in thirty minutes is a perfect weeknight meal. Not only is this Shrimp Scampi Fettuccine easy to make and very tasty if you like garlic and shrimp, it really isn’t that high in calories and fat. It certainly is healthier than the Red Lobster version! This Easy Shrimp Scampi Fettuccine has little preservatives, if any. With only 3 tablespoons of olive oil being shared in 4 servings, that is less than 1 tablespoon of oil per serving and comes out to approximately 380 calories per serving! That’s not bad at all, especially for how yummy […]

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Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Bucatini all'Amatriciana

When I visited Rome several years ago, I was so excited to be in one of the oldest cities in the world! I was walking on the streets of what was once a thriving civilization that was ahead of its time. To walk steps away from the great Coloseum where gladiators fought wild beasts for the entertainment of others is really an incredible, memorable lifetime experience. After seeing some of the beautiful sites, one does get a little hungry. We had a wonderful meal at a restaurant near the Coloseum that served us a fresh antipasto with roasted peppers, prosciutto, sharp […]

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Italian Sausage and Spinach with Ziti

Italian Sausage Spinach Pasta

This tasty 30-minute meal is certain to become part of your meal rotation if you are a sausage lover.  The sausage and the flavor of the extra virgin olive oil marry in a complimentary flavor to season the spinach and pasta. The grape tomatoes add a hint of sweetness and color to the dish. The garlic and Parmesan cheese just take this good tasting dish to higher level of greatness. In the time it takes you to cook the pasta, this complete meal will be ready. It is a perfect week night dinner because not only is it ready in […]

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Pumpkin Alfredo with Egg Noodles

Pumpkin Alfredo with Egg Noodles

A creamy, pumpkin flavored Alfredo sauce mixed in with wide egg noodles is the perfect rainy day, autumn comfort food! Pumpkin recipes are so popular this time of year and this is a good way to use the pumpkins you’ve displayed as fall decorations as you start replacing them with Christmas or Hanukkah decorations. A Slightly Lighter Alfredo Sauce Other Pumpkin Alfredo recipes use a lot of heavy cream and butter. Although that may taste really great and rich, it packs quite a lot of calories considering just one tablespoon of heavy whipping cream has 50 calories and 5 grams […]

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Antipasto Tortellini Pasta Salad

Antipasto Tortellini Side Dish or Pasta Salad

This is a great party side dish! It is tummy filling and easy to prepare ahead. I served it at my husband’s birthday party using the  Easy Roasted Red Peppers pictured below, made for the antipasto appetizer, which are very easy to make and taste much better than the jarred store bought kind. My husband and I love antipasto and so do most of our family and friends. Italians do not consider pasta a side dish as Americans may. In America, pasta may be considered a main dish or a side dish depending on the menu or recipe ingredients. This Antipasto […]

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Easy Ham Noodle Casserole

Ham Noodle Casserole

Looking for an easy and delicious weeknight meal? A combination of ham, cheese and seasoned noodles nestled in a casserole sounds like comfort food to me! I pondered what to make for dinner last night knowing I had leftover ham in the fridge. I thought of making a variation of chicken noodle casserole with ham and started putting together some pantry ingredients that I thought may taste good together. I’m glad I did because this recipe turned out to be delicious and it was very easy to make! The sweetness of the corn coupled with the cheesy egg noodles topped […]

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Easy Zucchini and Bacon Pasta

This may sound like a strange combination but, the sweetness of the zucchini and grape tomatoes mixed with the greatness that is bacon, is really a great combination. The olive oil adds good flavor as well. The first time I had this recipe (without the tomatoes) I was surprised at how good the zucchini tasted with the bacon.  I used my last zucchini from our garden today to make this dish. Who doesn’t like bacon? If you are so inclined, you may make this dish with pancetta which is Italian style bacon. Well, I suppose there are some people. Even […]

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Easy Fresh Garden Vegetable Bow Tie Pasta

Easy Garden Vegetable Bow Tie Pasta

Every summer we look forward to the fresh tomato and zucchini harvest from our garden. Last year, we planted 12 tomato plants, two zucchini plants, one eggplant, one green pepper and a cucumber plant. This was our first big garden. The only thing that grew well was the tomatoes and zucchini but, we are still learning. Living in the northeast, I am so excited to get the fresh red ripe tomatoes that taste so much better than any other time of year! As a matter of fact, I use more canned tomatoes in the winter because I’m usually disappointed at […]

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