Summertime Pasta

This summertime pasta recipe was adapted from a Barefoot Contessa cookbook. I’m pretty sure that I have every cookbook that Ina Garten has ever written and they are some of my very favorites. I love her recipes because I can always count on them to be fairly simple and with fresh ingredients. This summertime pasta recipe starts with a “base” that is my “go-to” for most…

Penne with Pepperoni & Basil

I kind of threw this Penne with Pepperoni & Basil together at the last minute on a Monday night and, we loved it. This is a perfect example of what you can do on the fly if you keep those basic staples of all the things that you love in your pantry. For me, that means always keeping a big basket of pasta – all different varieties. This means penne, linguine, spaghetti, fettucini, elbow macaroni…

The World’s Best Marinara Sauce

I originally found this best Marinara Sauce recipe on a blog called Texana’s Kitchen. It called for meatballs in the sauce and I immediately fell in love with “spaghetti and meatballs” all over again. It’s also great with Italian sausage, as shown in this post – or just all by itself over pasta. The best part is the easiness of putting it all together in your dutch oven, popping it in the oven…

Delicious Baked Ziti

One of my favorite comfort foods in the entire world has to be a hot dish of delicious baked ziti fresh from the oven. The top is covered with cheese that’s crusty brown around the edges and it has those little bits of red sauce bubbling to the top. It makes me hungry just thinking about it! If you’re lucky enough to have some of my leftover bolognese sauce in the freezer then you can skip the meat…

Rigatoni con Pepperoni

This is true ‘common-people’ Italian food. Its not fancy, inexpensive to make, quick and is a common lunch/dinner dish in many eateries frequented by local workers in Italy. If you like pepperoni on your pizza…you’re going to love this pasta dish. When our mother first came to visit us for Thanksgiving, in Maryland, we had just bought our first house and didn’t have two pennies to…