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Recipes tagged with: Italian

  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Lemongrass Coconut Curry Soup with Zucchini Noodles

This is a perfect soup to add left over chicken!  Just saying...

Loaded Stuffed Peppers
  • Complexity: medium

Loaded Stuffed Peppers

I just love loaded stuffed peppers. You can be creative and stuff with your favorite meats and vegetables (I just love peas in most of my dishes). These freeze well and you can make a variety to please the picky eaters in your family! I like to serve with a variety of bell peppers but you can select your own!

These are a perfect paleo recipe when you are planning your meals for the week.

Did you know – you can even prepare these in the slow cooker..

 

Meatball and Kale Soup
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Meatball and Kale Soup

I am using ground turkey in this soup. It makes it so light and perfect! As an Italian family we love meatballs anyway we can get them! They are amazing in soup...  

Chefs Note:  Freeze in individual containers and just warm up when you are looking for something to enjoy next week!

 

Meatball Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Meatball Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

If you love spaghetti squash and meatballs then go ahead and make this recipe!  I made this for friends and the entire plate vanished.  I doubled up the recipe to feed about 20 and I had one for tasting then another one at the party.  OMG Paleo Meatball Stuffed Spaghetti Squash you are delicious.

Enjoy this recipe today!

 

Meatloaf Sliders with Spicy Ketchup
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Meatloaf Sliders with Spicy Ketchup

Making these gourmet meatloaf sliders were a big hit at a party I was hired as the Chef for an engagement party.  I didn't use those standard slider buns!  On No...  I used a gourmet french loaf then added my homemade ketchup and roasted red peppers.  

We couldn't keep the platter full.  Go ahead and give them a try at your next dinner party.

 

Meaty Italian Frittata

Meaty Italian Frittata

A frittata is a flat style Italian omelet that is normally made in a cast iron pan on the stove, then finished in the oven. When ready to serve, just slice into wedges. In most Italian families we don't like to throw away any food. A frittata is a great way to enjoy your favorite meat and vegetables. You can even top with your left over Sunday sauce.

We loved this frittata while in Tuscany and each day was prepared with different fresh ingredients.

Enjoy xo

 

  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Mediterranean Zucchini Pasta

Mixed Grill with Anchovy Sauce
  • Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Mixed Grill with Anchovy Sauce

Many restaurants offer a mixed grill in Tuscany.  My husband and I would order 2 meals and share to try more food.  We always loved to experiment with the mix grill and the anchovy sauce adds so much flavor. 

Mom's Italian Meatloaf
  • Time: 50 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Mom's Italian Meatloaf

Paleo comfort foods like meatloaf are great for an Italian dinner! Cooking Italian and Paleo Recipes are a perfect combination. Read the notes below to enjoy in you slow cooker... Enjoy!

 

Muffins with Pancetta and Herbs
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Muffins with Pancetta and Herbs

Some mornings we just want muffins and a cup of coffee. I am Italian and there is always pancetta in my refrigerator. Using fresh herbs in these muffins makes them extra special but if you don't have them handy go ahead and use dried.

*CHEFS NOTE* A little tip on finely chopping pancetta: place in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm then you will find it easier to chop with a sharp chefs knife.

Nana's Meat Stuffed Shells
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Nana's Meat Stuffed Shells

As an Italian there is always a "just in case" dish standing by for any gathering.  No matter if we are grilling burgers or preparing a gourmet dinner you will find a lasagna or stuffed shells as a back up dish.  Believe me it never goes to waste!  Especially later on in the evening everyone gets excited when I pull out a dish already made and it just needs to be heated up.

I love stuffed shells and my Nana and I would make these together and sometimes I would have for breakfast before school.  

Make my Simple Tomato Sauce for this recipe!

PS - I love using the meatloaf mix at the grocery store or ask your butcher for the pork, beef and veal combination.  YUM

 

Nana’s Italian Pork Roast – Sunday Dinner
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Complexity: medium

Nana’s Italian Pork Roast – Sunday Dinner

My Nana loved Sunday dinners with the family. This was one of our favorites. We would get up early and start the sauce before church. Then when we got home the roast went into the sauce for the day. The tenderness of this roast is just amazing As a family that loved peas my grandmother added them right on the platter next to the roast covered in sauce. I am so grateful to have these amazing memories! Italian recipes are the best especially bringing families around the table.

My nana always made this dish on the stove top but I have found the slow cooker works great and I don’t need to worry about the stove being on all day! I will share my slow cooker recipe with you but if you want to make this on the stove – just keep in on low all day!

 

One Pot Veal Cutlet and Sauce
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

One Pot Veal Cutlet and Sauce

I love Italian dishes! Of course I do....  However when it's just Glenn and I preparing a great meal in one pot makes me very happy!  That means I get to spend more time with Glenn enjoying a glass of wine and catching up from our busy days.

I hope you enjoy this dish and you can do the same with eggplant or chicken!

Enjoy

 

One-Pot Grilled Steak and Vegetables
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

One-Pot Grilled Steak and Vegetables

I found by cooking all of this dinner in one pot added so much flavor to the dish and prevented the grill from flaming or pieces falling in the grate!  Using my Cast Iron Pan made it super easy and I served dinner right from the pan!  How easy is this.........  Love one pot recipes and this one is Paleo too...

Glenn and I are not very big eaters and I don't go wow over steak (just me) but I go crazy over eggplant.  I did pick up 2 boneless rib eyes at Highland Park Market but we only cooked up one and save the other (wrapped and froze for another dish).  This was a perfect meal for the two of us.  For the bigger eaters - go ahead and cook up 2 steaks!

You can make the same amount of vegetables for 2!  You can also grill the steak on the grates.  We are just loving the cast iron pan.

 

Open Faced Turkey Pie
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: medium

Open Faced Turkey Pie

You have heard about the cottage pie and shepherds pie and these two recipes I prepared with sweet potatoes.

It has been really cold here in Connecticut and I have been cleaning out my freezer and creating new recipes. Using 2 heads of cauliflower to create this yummy crust to surround ground turkey and vegetables in a thick chicken stock made this a great dinner.  I also love that using my beautiful braising pan it was perfect from the stove to the table!  Also, I am going to show you how to make this in 1 pot!  Enjoy

 

Oven-Baked Italian Fennel Sausage and Tomato Risotto
  • Complexity: medium

Oven-Baked Italian Fennel Sausage and Tomato Risotto

I was in the kitchen making rice balls today and was thinking about another way to use the rest of the risotto. I just came back from the butcher and purchased hot Italian fennel sausage and put this dish together. Took it to a friend’s house and it was a big hit! The next time I make it I will add a little red pepper flakes to kick it up a bit. Other than that – It was amazing!! You need to try this Italian Sausage and Tomato Risotto!

 

Paleo
  • Time: 3 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo "Riced" Turkey Stuffed Cabbage

I have a few Stuffed Cabbage recipes and links are provided below.  This recipe was inspired by the lonely cabbage left on the shelf at the farmers market, ground turkey I already had in my freezer and the 2 cups I reserved from this recipe.

When I make a baked dish like this I always take a moment to decide how I want to serve it.  I just love my Emile Henry baking pans.  They are great from oven to table!  Just wanted you to know that!  xo

 

Paleo Almond Butter and Jelly Bars
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Almond Butter and Jelly Bars

Before we left to head North for the summer it was time to clean out the kitchen.  We were planning a day on the boat and I decided to make these Paleo Almond Butter and Jelly Bars.  Paleo OMG these were amazing.  There were a few left over and my sister and I enjoyed them with our coffee.  So GOOD! 

Give them a try.  

Note:  I did put them in the refrigerator in bars after they cooled for 30 minutes as it made it easier to cut into square.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Time: 40 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

The first time I made these they vanished very fast..mostly from me eating them!  Now you can find them on my counter on a regular basis, but I do share them!

You can also find this recipe in my cookbook: Paleo Italian Cooking

Paleo Creamy Alfredo
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Creamy Alfredo

This made a perfect dinner for me!  I added zucchini noodles, frozen petite peas and left over rotisserie chicken for a perfect dinner!  I just added directly into the alfredo and because I can - I sprinkled a little fresh romano cheese!  I can't help if - I am Italian....

This recipe will serve 2.

Cindy's Tip:  If you don't want to boil the cauliflower just cut up into florets and place in microwave safe bowl.  Add about 1/2 cup of water and set on high for 6-7 minutes. Carefully remove and drain.

 

Paleo Italian Hero
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Italian Hero

My nana would make a large Italian sandwich for lunch on weekends. She would call it an Airplane- I'm not sure why but it could be because she made enough to be able to serve a full airplane of passengers! We also call this sandwich a hero when it is individual. This was a recipe that I just started to put together with items handy in my pantry.

*CHEFS NOTE* I suggest you enjoy these upon making them. I noticed that one had hardened after sitting on the counter for a while, but I put it in my food processor and created bread crumbs for my chicken parmesan! How brilliant was that?

Paleo Italian Pork Loin Roast
  • Time: 6 hours
  • Complexity: easy

Paleo Italian Pork Loin Roast

I love Sunday dinners in the slow cooker.  My Nana always made a Sunday sauce and I just loved when we had Pork Roast.  We would add peas to the platter and pour lots of sauce over the pork. This dish is amazing and is perfect for meal prep during the week.  I love to serve with zucchini noodles or sauté a bunch of greens.  

Note: Because I used a large piece of pork I asked the butcher to tie with kitchen twine. It just kept the roast together and made it easier to take out of the slow cooker and put on a platter.  Then grab a tong and fork as it just falls apart!  Go ahead and use your fingers to taste it.. I did...  

 

Paleo Italian Rolls
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Complexity: medium

Paleo Italian Rolls

Yes I am Italian in a Paleo world! I love my Italian sandwiches with all fresh meats from D&D Market in Hartford!  My Nana and I would make these long sandwiches on the weekends and call them airplanes.  Never sure why she called it that but perhaps because she made enough to feed an airplane full of people!  That is a typical Italian – Always enough food..   I was thrilled to create this recipe and I hope you enjoy too!

These are the perfect Italian Rolls but you can form them any shape that works for you!

 

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