Creamy Italian Pasta Salad

Ingredients Dressing 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 ounces cream cheese, softened 16 ounces ricotta cheese 8 ounces sour cream 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons whole milk 1 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pepper Salad 16 ounces rotini 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups of broccoli florets, blanched 10 ounces frozen peas, blanched 5 ouncesMore »

Magnificent Muffuletta

Ingredients 1 large (1- to 1-1/2-pound) loaf (rond if possible) Italian bread, split in half horizontally 5-6 ounces giardiniera 2 tablespoons of the liquid from the giardiniera jar 1 cup pimento-stuffed olives, coarsely chopped 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 pound sliced mozzarellaMore »

Fresh Fruit Salad

Fresh Fruit Salad

Ingredients 1 seedless watermelon 2 cantaloupes 2 honeydew melons ½ flat grapes ½ flat strawberries Instructions Slice deseeded melons into 1-inch chunks. Wash grapes and strawberries, and, depending on size, half or quarter the strawberries. Toss together, and allow salad to marinate in its own juices. Serve on a bed of lettuce and garnish withMore »

Penne and Chicken Salad

Ingredients 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Salt to taste 4 ounces cooked penne or other short pasta, drained 2 cups diced, cooked chicken 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 4 cups mesclun or mixed greens Instructions In a mixing bowl large enough to hold all of theMore »

Creative Salad Combinations

Ingredients • Spinach penne or ziti pasta, roasted red peppers, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, capers, red pepper flakes.• Rigatoni pasta, black olives (oil-cured if available), green beans, chick-peas, extra-virgin olive oil• Tubetti or ditalini pasta, chick-peas, finely minced garlic, chopped plum tomatoes, grated parmesan, chopped parsley, olive oil.• Tortellini salad: cheese filled tortellini, broccoli florets,More »

Sausage Sandwich

Ingredients 6 ounces raw sausage meat Olive oil 4 ounces tomato sauce 2 or 3 slices of mozzarella or provolone 1 6-inch long split hero roll A sprinkling of Parmesan Instructions 1. Form a long sausage patty with the sausage meat.2. Heat a small skillet and add the olive oil. Cook the sausage patty halfway.More »

Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Ingredients 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 6 medium-sized slicing tomatoes ¾ pound fresh mozzarella ½ cup torn fresh basil ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley Freshly ground pepper Salt and pepper to taste Instructions 1. In a small glass measuring cup, combine the garlic with the olive oil. Let the flavorsMore »

Cheddar and BBQ Chicken Stuffed Crust Pizza

Ingredients 8 ounces cooked chucks of chicken1 cup barbecue sauce1/2 cup red onion strings (poach thinly sliced rounds of red onion in water for 2 min., drain, pat dry & separated into “strings”)2 cups shredded cheddar or shredded smoked mozzarella1 14-inch pizza shell Instructions In a mixing bowl, toss the chicken with the barbecue sauceMore »

Marinated Vegetable Salad

Ingredients 2 cups thinly sliced zucchini 2 cups thinly sliced carrots 1 red onion, sliced and separated into rings 1 cup button mushrooms, halved 24 cherry tomatoes, halved 2 green onions chopped 1/2 cup sliced celery 1 cup white-wine or white balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon celeryMore »

Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

Ingredients 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 large yellow onion, cut into rings 36 ounces thinly sliced rib eye steak 6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced 6 crusty Italian rolls Instructions In a large skillet or saute pan set over medium-high heat, saute the onion in 3 tablespoons of oil until tender. Remove the onions and setMore »