Spinach Artichoke Rigatoni

Spinach Artichoke Rigatoni

Yes, another artichoke recipe.  My husband loves artichokes so I make them a lot.  He really enjoyed this combination, especially the way I modified it! Ingredients: 3 cups uncooked rigatoni or large tube pasta 1 package (10 ounces) frozen creamed spinach 1 can (14-ounce) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained & quartered (1) 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella … [Read more...]

Two Cheese Linguini

Two Cheese Linguine

Yum.  This linguini was really good and made a great side dish for yesterday’s Balsamic Chicken Breasts. Ingredients: 1 package (7 ounces) linguine 2 tablespoons butter or margarine 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1-1/2 cups milk ¾ cup (6 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons lemon … [Read more...]

Green Bean and Mozzarella Salad

Green Bean and Mozzarella Salad

If you’re looking for a really easy dish to take to your next family picnic or serve with dinner, look no more.  This dish is not only easy and delicious but it looks beautiful, too. Ingredients: 2 cups cut fresh green beans (2-inch pieces) 6 plum tomatoes, sliced 1 block (8 ounces) mozzarella cheese, cubed ½ cup Italian salad dressing 1/3 cup minced fresh basil ¼ teaspoon … [Read more...]

Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

Chicken Parmesan Sandwich open faced

I felt like a gourmet cook when I made these Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches.  They looked like something you would get a restaurant!  And my family gave them a definite thumbs up. Ingredients: 1-1/2 pounds chicken cutlets ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon ground black pepper ½ teaspoon dried basil 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cups prepared tomato and basil pasta sauce 6 ciabatta buns, split 1 … [Read more...]

Cheesy Manicotti

cheesy manicotti

This is another great recipe from Paula Deen’s magazine (September/October 2012).  I will admit that I tried it but I didn’t like it.  I don’t like spinach and you definitely tasted the spinach.  My husband, on the other hand, really liked it a lot.  So I will definitely be making it again.  If you’re making it for your family and some of them don’t like spinach, see my notes below about how I’m … [Read more...]

Asparagus Pizza

asparagus pizza

My husband and daughter love asparagus so when I saw the Asparagus Pizza recipe in Eating Well Magazine, I knew I had to eventually make it.  But before I got around to it, another blogger made it and made some really great changes to it.  And then after I made it, I have a few changes for next time. So here is the modified recipe courtesy of Eating Well Magazine, The Cutting Edge of Ordinary, … [Read more...]

Italian Cheese Twists

breadsticks - closeup edit

I tried this recipe for the first time last night and it was definitely a keeper!  These breadsticks were really easy, especially if you use frozen bread dough instead of making your own dough, and they look so pretty!  Here's a printable version:   Italian Cheese Twists Printable Recipe Ingredients: 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed (I made my own dough using the recipe for … [Read more...]