parmesan & basil orzo
sides

Parmesan & Basil Orzo

This is a great recipe for fresh basil. My boyfriend has a few basil plants, so it was nice to be able to go right outside and clip off some leaves. This is also a really good recipe for summer. It's still a warm side, but it's also very light. We had this with the… Continue reading Parmesan & Basil Orzo

Kase spaetzle, "mac & cheese" dumplings
sides, vegetarian

Kase Spaetzle (“Mac & Cheese” Dumplings)

Spaetzle, small German dumplings, is one of my favorite foods of all time. We used to have spaetzle all the time with goulash when I was little. There's a German restaurant not too far from my house that does spaetzle with cheese (like a mac and cheese) and ham. I wanted to do my own… Continue reading Kase Spaetzle (“Mac & Cheese” Dumplings)

Pasta with Easy Homemade Creamy Tomato Sauce
lunch box, main courses, pasta, vegetarian

Pasta with Easy Homemade Creamy Tomato Sauce

I needed something quick and easy to make for dinner the other night. I'd just been to Lidl, and I got a pack of tricolor fusilli pugliesi, which I really wanted to use. This recipe would be good with pretty much any type of pasta, though. This is definitely coming to work with me for… Continue reading Pasta with Easy Homemade Creamy Tomato Sauce

creamy tomato & tortellini soup
pasta, slow cooker, soups, vegetarian

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

I tried to make a tortellini soup in the slow cooker a few years ago after seeing it on one of those Facebook videos. The recipe called for cream cheese, which never really did anything but become a chunky mess. It was definitely a fail. I've wanted to make my own version (that would actually… Continue reading Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato & Tortellini Soup

Gnocchi bolognese
beef, main courses, pasta, pork

Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

I have a "book club" with a group of girlfriends that really isn't a book club - we get together and eat good good and drink wine. Why is it called book club, then? Long story! Last week, we were at a restaurant that has some great short rib dishes. One of my friends ordered… Continue reading Gnocchi Bolognese With Braised Short Rib

lunch box, sides, vegetarian

Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredients  1 box tricolor rotini 2 cups chopped pepperoni 8oz package mozzarella pearls ⅔ cup shaved parmesan ½ pint grape tomatoes, cut into quarters 4-6 pepperocinis, seeds removed and roughly chopped 1 orange bell pepper, diced ½ cup white vinegar 2 tbsp white wine ¼ cup mayonnaise ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 packets… Continue reading Italian Pasta Salad

main courses, pasta, vegetarian

Three Cheese Rustic Herb Ravioli with Cream Sauce and Tomatoes

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I earn a commission if you make a purchase using the link (click here for more information). I tweeted earlier "Food blogger problem - realizing halfway through making something that you haven't written any of it down." That may have related to part… Continue reading Three Cheese Rustic Herb Ravioli with Cream Sauce and Tomatoes