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Italian Main Course Recipes

Penne with Sausage & Mushrooms

A simple one-pot sausage and pasta dish with garlic, mushroom and Parmesan cheese. This is one of those recipes that can be very delicious if you use quality ingredients.  Get some nice spicy Italian sausage from your favourite butcher shop and a wedge of authentic Parmesan or Asiago cheese that you will grate yourself to…

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Appetizers Italian Recipes Vegetarian

Garlic Scapes with Pesto Rosso

Enjoy these fresh summer greens lightly grilled and dipped in a unique, flavourful sundried tomato pesto from Sicily, known as Pesto Rosso. Garlic scapes are the green tops or flower stems of hard-neck garlic plants.  They develop in late spring or early summer and are usually removed in order to redirect the plant’s energy towards…

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Italian Recipes Salad Vegetarian

Italian Bean Salad

The combination of green beans, chickpeas, red onion and a zesty marinade make this chilled veggie dish ideal for summer gatherings.

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Italian Main Course Recipes

Chicken Piccata with Artichoke

This simple recipe is a twist on the popular Italian dish that is commonly made with veal, lemon, wine and capers.

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Italian Main Course Recipes

Fettuccine with Fresh Marinara & Meatballs

When garden ripe tomatoes are in season, let them punctuate this easy and delicious fresh tomato sauce with a few exclamation points!!!  I try to use fresh, seasonal ingredients as much as possible since the flavour and nutrients are at their greatest.  This dish works with both vegetarians or carnivores as the meatballs are served…

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Italian Main Course Recipes

Sicilian Stuffed Meat Roll

This Italian style meat roll is seasoned minced beef stuffed with ham and cheese, then glazed with tomato sauce.  This recipe was inspired by my friend Joan, who is a fantastic cook with an open mind.  She worked in the Detroit-Windsor auto sector along with coworkers from a variety of ethnic groups and spoke fondly…

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Appetizers Italian Recipes

Bruschetta

Garden-fresh tomatoes and basil are the stars of this popular dinner party appetizer.

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Italian Main Course Recipes

Conchiglie al Forno (Shell-sanga)

When looking for a hearty dish to serve at a party (or when you have an army of teens to feed) I turn to this no-fail pasta recipe.  I have nicknamed it Shell-sagna since it is closely related to baked lasagna, except it’s a bit easier to prepare and serve. 

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Italian Main Course Recipes Seafood

Salmon with Penne & Vodka Cream Sauce

There have been lots of variations on this recipe over the years, but you may find this offers a nice balance while being chocked full of salmon.

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Italian Kitchen Tips

The secret to blending pasta and sauce

Have you been straining your pasta in a colander over the sink and rinsing it all these years. Well, if you want a perfectly blended combination of pasta and sauce it’s time to learn the secret used by many Italian cooks. They call this method mantecare la pasta which roughly means creaming the pasta. To…