• Spaghetti with easy homemade meatballs.

    Spaghetti and Easy Homemade Meatballs

    Make this yummy spaghetti with easy homemade meatballs in under an hour! I recently watched Anne Burrell make meatballs on one of her Food Network shows. Spaghetti and meatballs are a quintessential comfort foods that almost everyone loves. Plus, they’re the type of meal that gets better with time, which means you can make a gigantic batch and then feast on the leftovers all week long. As a person who *loves* eating leftovers for lunch, this is right up my alley. During my last trip to the grocery store, I bought a package of ground lamb/beef/veal (a.k.a. “meatloaf mix”), and with an open afternoon and the whole family home for…

  • This simple, versatile tomato basil fettuccine is ready in fifteen minutes!

    Tomato Basil Fettuccine

    This simple, versatile tomato basil fettuccine is ready in fifteen minutes! Cooking dinner shouldn’t be a drag. I’ll say this though, it can be hard to embrace a chef knife and a skillet after a 10-hour work day, followed by being a kid shuttle service, and knowing there’s a looming pile of laundry in a mound on the bathroom floor the hamper. I get it. I do. I’m also one to look at the glass half full. To make lemons out of lemonade. I don’t have to cook dinner. I get to cook dinner. See how that works? But that doesn’t mean that every night I’m pulling off a five course meal. (Okay, let’s be real—that actually never happens, unless the…

  • Enjoy a vegan fettuccine alfredo, full of savory sautéed mushrooms, that's just as creamy and comforting as a classic recipe.

    Vegan Fettuccine Alfredo With Mushrooms

    Enjoy a vegan fettuccine alfredo, full of savory sautéed mushrooms, that’s just as creamy and comforting as a classic recipe. Pasta is one of my go-to crowd-pleasing meals because it’s just as easy to prepare a meal for an intimate dinner for two as it is to feed a party with ten. I also like that pasta’s versatile. If I have guests who are trying to stay away from gluten, then the grains are swapped for gluten-free alternatives. Those who don’t eat meat? No problem. Plenty of delicious vegetarian pasta options, and if I do have folks with a meat craving, then a simple alternative is to serve seared chicken…

  • There's hardly anything better than Italian meatballs on the table in a half hour, and having dinner taken care of for later in the week, too!

    Quick Instant Pot Italian Meatballs and Sauce

    There’s hardly anything better than Italian meatballs on the table in a half hour, and having dinner taken care of for later in the week, too! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are entirely my own. I’ve really grown to love my Instant Pot®, and it finds its way into the cooking rotation at least once a week. Sometimes more frequently, if I’m making stock or something similar. When it comes to weeknight comfort food, pasta is nearly always a go-to and spaghetti with meatballs is a favorite. Though, I’ll admit, making homemade meatballs during the week feels like a daunting task.…

  • The deep layers of flavor in this chipotle chicken lasagna are a surprising treat, given how simple it is to make. It's the perfect recipe to add to your dinner rotation and you can even make it ahead!

    Chipotle Chicken Lasagna

    The deep layers of flavor in this chipotle chicken lasagna are a surprising treat, given how simple it is to make. It’s the perfect recipe to add to your dinner rotation and you can even make it ahead! This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RediscoverLaMorena #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias You’ll want to keep reading to hear about my latest New York City antics, including—not kidding—a nose ring, and also find out how to make this tasty chipotle chicken lasagna; but, first I want you to pause and check out a sweepstakes with LA MORENA® for a chance to win exciting prizes…

  • Spinach dip pasta has all the creamy, garlic-y, Parmesan goodness you love about a spinach dip appetizer!

    Spinach Dip Pasta

    Spinach dip pasta has all the creamy, garlic-y, Parmesan goodness you love about the spinach dip appetizer! Spinach dip is one of my favorite appetizers to order out. It’s creamy and usually loaded with Parmesan, which — in my book — you can’t have enough of. The best spinach dips are served bubbling at the table, golden and crusty on top, and perfect for dipping fresh and warm tortilla chips. Mmm… The other night I perused my fridge to figure out what to make for dinner. This is a regular occurrence over here at mealtime. I’ve always been less “meal planner” and more “Chopped” when it comes to making dinner…

  • Lasagna Rolls in a Cast Iron Skillet!

    Lasagna Rolls in a Cast Iron Skillet

    Lasagna rolls in a cast iron skillet are a simple and tasty way to tweak your traditional Italian casserole recipe. Using jarred sauce as a base means you can spend less time cooking, and more time drinking a glass of wine, binge-watching a favorite show, or catching up on laundry. I’ve mentioned time and time again how much I love pasta. The truth is—yes, I’m going to say it again—I could eat it just about every day. My daughter feels the same, and lately I’d wager she would eat it even more often that I’d care to … if that’s even possible. So, given the fact that we’re pasta fiends…

  • Weeknight Spaghetti with Chicken Sausage: perfect quick dinner after a busy workday!

    Weeknight Spaghetti With Chicken Sausage

      Weeknight spaghetti with chicken sausage is the perfect quick dinner to end a busy workday. Today was one of those days. Back-to-back meetings, with barely a break to fill my water glass and grab lunch. By the time I walked in the door, it was nearly six o’clock, and the last thing I felt like doing was throwing together a laborious dinner—no matter how good it would have tasted. Plus, due to circumstances that are completely my fault, I’m also exhausted by dinnertime, which doesn’t help foster inspiration in the kitchen. (Read: I’m currently binge-watching Sons of Anarchy every night until midnight—I’m midway through season six, so I’m almost done!)…