Italian Nonna Soup: The Perfect Winter Warmer

Wintertime demands an antidote, and my solution is a warming bowl of fabulous soup. As a bonus, this recipe conforms to my weight-loss plan because it’s low in fat, steers clear of empty starches and focuses on hearty whole grains, legumes and root veggies. It’s even better with a spoonful of kale pesto stirred into […]

Rotolo Primizia

Rotolo, a rolled pasta with spinach and ricotta, has become a North Shore holiday favorite over the past 30 years. Serve it as a main course, side dish or appetizer. Great with crusty bread and a wonderful Chianti. Rotolo Primizia Makes 24 rolls Ingredients: 3 20-inch lasagna strips (blanched for 2 minutes in salted water) […]

Italian Pot Roast Stracotto Recipe

Classic Italian comfort food, stracotto, is as easy as pot roast and the leftovers are terrific with pasta—if you have leftovers—that is. You can make this in a dutch oven or a slow cooker. Italian Pot Roast Stracotto Serves: 6 with leftovers Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 2 1/2 hours or 6-8 hours in […]

Convito's Capelli and Asparagus

This is an easy, delicious pasta dish that can be prepared as a vegetarian dish or with chicken or shrimp. Convito has this pasta dish on its menu periodically, and it is very popular! Convito’s Capelli and Asparagus Serves: 4 Prep time: 20 min Cooking time: 15 min 1 lb. Capelli d’Angelo (Angel hair pasta) […]

Spaghetti with Easy Bolognese Sauce Recipe

  Bolognese is a meat sauce from Northern Italy that takes hours to simmer. This version simplifies the steps and shortens the cooking time, but the sauce is still flavorful and delicious. Totally kid friendly. Serves: 6 Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes • 1 onion • 1 carrot, peeled • 1 celery […]