Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

This is the perfect side for your next BBQ.

YIELDS: 8

PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 10 MINS

TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 30 MINS

 

 

INGREDIENTS 

FOR THE PASTA SALAD

1 lb. penne

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 tsp. garlic powder

Kosher salt

2 c. chopped romaine lettuce

1 c. halved grape tomatoes

1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan

1/2 c. croutons

2/3 c. Caesar dressing

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley 

Freshly ground black pepper

 

DIRECTIONS

In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook penne according to package directions until al dente. Drain and transfer to large bowl. 

Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Season chicken with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt. Cook until golden and cooked through, 8 minutes per side. Let rest 10 minutes, then cut into 1″ pieces. 

Add romaine, tomatoes, Parmesan, croutons, and chicken to pasta bowl. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together Caesar dressing, lemon juice, and parsley and season with salt and pepper. Pour over penne mixture and toss to combine. 


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Spaghetti ai Frutti de Mare – Seafood Spaghetti

Spaghetti ai Frutti de Mare – Seafood Spaghetti

 

In recent years we’ve been constant visitors to Italy.  We’ve always loved the country and have been vacationing there at least once a year, but since my daughter and her family have taken up residence in Vicenza, a small town in Northern Italy, we’ve been going more often.  And when we do go we spend lots of time sampling the local cuisine in and around town, it’s a different experience when you dine where the locals dine and by pass the touristy restaurants that serve substandard fare at very high prices.

One of our favorite local restaurants in town is called Regina’s.  Its a tiny place with seating for less than 20 people.  But the service if friendly and the food delicious!  My favorite dish is Spaghetti ai Frutti de Mare or Seafood Spaghetti.  I know when you think spaghetti you think red sauce and meatballs.  That’s good too, but if you’re hungry for Seafood or just want something a bit more sophisticated then this dish is just what you need.

Spaghetti ai Frutti de Mare is a pasta dish made with all types of seafood including clams, squid, shrimp, and muscles.  It can have a tomato based sauce like Arrabiata or a white sauce like a pesto or Alfredo.

I personally love a lighter sauce made with white wine, lemon juice, and butter.  That’s the recipe I’ll share today.  I normally make it with shrimp, clams, mussels, and lobster if I can find some.  You can use whatever seafood you prefer.  It’s good with pretty much any type of seafood.

Here’s the recipe!

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Ingredients:

1 Lb. Clams

1 Lb. Mussels

1 Lb. Shrimp – peeled and deveined but leave tail on

2-3 Small Lobster Tails – cut into 1 1/5″ pieces with shell on

1 Tbs. Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Butter

2-3 Cloves Garlic thinly sliced

1 Tsp. Italian Seasoning

Salt and Pepper to taste

1 Cup White Wine

2 Cups Chicken Broth

1/2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

1/4 Cup Sundried Tomatoes

1 Lb. Cooked Spaghetti

Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

In a large pan melt butter in olive oil.

Saute garlic in butter mixture until it starts to cook, be careful not to burn.

Add seasoning, salt, and pepper.  Mix well.

Add wine and chicken stock.

Add clams and mussels.  Cook until shells open.

Add lobster pieces and cook until shell starts to turn red and meat starts to turn white.

Add shrimp.  Cook until shrimp turns pink and lobster is fully cooked.

Lower heat and stir in lemon juice and sundried tomatoes.

Remove from heat and serve over cooked pasta.  Garnish with shredded cheese.


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Italian Beef Drip Sandwhich

Italian Beef Drip Sandwhich

Are you mostly at home this summer with a bunch of kids who always seem to be  hungry?  Are you looking for something different to make for lunch or dinner?  Something filling, tasty, and easy to make?  Maybe even something you can make ahead and heat up when ready to serve?  I think this Italian Beef Drip Sandwich may be just the thing to keep everyone full and happy!

Italian Beef Drip Sandwiches are pretty much like French Dip Sandwiches.  Mainly they’re beef sandwiches that you dip in beef broth.  Now I love a Roast Beef French Dip Sandwich, specially one with onions and cheese, but sometimes you need a bit of spice and these Italian Beef Drip Sandwiches do just that!  They add a bit of spice or more than a bit if you like it hotter, to your meal.

They’re easy to make and can even be made a head of time and stored in the fridge until you need them.  I usually keep some on hand in the freezer during the summer, you never know when you need to make yummy sandwiches.  You can make the beef in your Crockpot, on your stove, or in your Instant Pot (if making in an instant pot adjust the liquids so you will have dipping broth); the idea is to cook the meat until it’s falling apart and easily shredded.

Once you have the meat filling, and the broth which is from slow cooking the meat, all you need is some nice crusty bread (I prefer hoagie rolls) and provolone cheese.  You slap them together, toast until the cheese melts, and serve with hot broth for dipping.  I love to serve them with my homemade potato chips!  It’s hearty enough to make a filling dinner for the whole family!

Ingredients:

1 Chuck Roast about 3 lbs. or more if you want to freeze some for later

1 Tbl. Salt

1/2 Tbl. Ground Black Pepper

2 Tbl. Italian Seasoning

2 Tbl. Minced Garlic

1/2 Jar of Whole Peperoncini

1/2 Jar of Roasted Red Peppers

1/2 Jar of Pimiento Peppers

2 Tbs. Sliced Jalapeno Peppers – adjust this to taste

1 Box Beef Broth – use more if making in an instant pot

Provolone Cheese Slices

Crusty Bread Rolls

Directions:

Place all ingredients except bread and cheese into your Crockpot, stock pot, or Instant Pot.

If using Crockpot cook on low heat for 8 hours.  If using Instant Pot cook on stew setting.  If cooking on the stove top simmer it in a covered pot until the meat is falling apart, this should take at least 4-5 hours.

Remove cooked beef from pot and shred using two forks.  If using right away then following steps to make sandwich.  If storing for later use place in sealed container with peppers and liquid from the pot and refrigerate up to 2 days or freeze.

To make sandwiches cut bread in half and lightly toast in the oven.

Fill with bread with shredded meat and peppers, top with cheese.

Bake in 350 degree oven until cheese melts and the edges of the bread are toasted a bit more.

Serve with a small bowl of the hot broth.

To make later just reheat the meat, peppers, and broth in the microwave oven before putting sandwich together.

 


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Basic Marinara Sauce Recipe

Basic Marinara Sauce Recipe

Are you a fan of hearty Italian cooking? Do you love pizza and pasta? Well we’re big fans of Italian cuisine and pizza and pasta are our favorites, specially those with marinara sauce!

Sure we have our favorite Italian restaurants both here and abroad. But nothing beats home cooking! And a bowl of spaghetti is comfort food at its best.

Pastas and pizza have 2 basic ingredients; dough in the form of noodles or crust, and sauce. So making it at home should be easy, specially since you can buy pasta, crust, and sauces dried, frozen, or bottled from any grocery store. But why settle for boxed sauces (or pasta or crust) when making it from scratch is so simple?

Ok maybe making pizza dough is a bit time consuming and so is making pasta, but the sauces, well that’s pretty easy! (If you want to make homemade pasta check out my review of the Philips Pasta Machine). Marinara

One of the easiest and most versatile sauces is Marinara Sauce. You can use it for pasta, think spaghetti marinara; pizza, think Margherita; sandwiches, think meatball subs; and as a dip, think fried mozzarella sticks!

So today I’ll share my Basic Marinara Sauce Recipe. Believe me it’s super easy!
I use canned Fire Roasted diced tomatoes to give it that homemade taste. Sugar cuts the acidity of all those diced tomatoes so don’t leave it out even if you think it’s weird. And lastly I add some spice with crushed red peppers, yes, the the stuff you sprinkle on your pizza; you can add the tablespoon or more if you like spicy or omit it if you don’t.

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  1. Purée diced tomatoes in a blender, you will have to purée in 2 batches
  2. Heat olive oil in large pot
  3. Sautée garlic for about a minute, do not allow them to brown or even burn as it will make sauce bitter
  4. Add Italian seasoning and crushed pepper, mix well
  5. Add puréed tomatoes
  6. Stir in salt, sugar, and bay leaf
  7. Let boil then turn down heat to low
  8. Simmer sauce for about an hour
  9. Serve over pasta or use in pizza and sandwiches, or as a dip
  10. You can brown ground meat then add marinara sauce to make a meat sauce
  11. You can also use it in your favorite pasta dish like Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan and spread it on your lasagnas!
  12. Store in mason jars or sealed plastic containers in the refrigerator for about a week. Or store in freezer safe containers in your freezer for about 3 months.
  13. Whatever you use this Marinara Sauce for, enjoy!
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Italian Beef Hoagie – Yum!

Italian Beef Hoagie – Yum!

 

Beef

Easy crockpot recipe for this tasty Italian Beef Hoagie.

The holidays are here!  That means most of us are busy, busy, busy!  This time of year planning and preparing daily family meals becomes yet another chore tacked on to our list of daily chores.  I try to make my life easier and my family fed by having ready to serve or easy to prepare ingredients on hand.  One of our family favorites is this Italian Beef Hoagie.

I make beef filling in the crockpot, so it cooks even if I’m out shopping.  I use a large roast so that there will be lots of left overs to save for another day.  It keeps for several days in the fridge, in fact the flavor gets better with age, just like beef stew!  Or I can freeze it and heat it up when I’m ready to throw a sandwich together.

I usually pick up a loaf or two of french rolls on my way home for these hoagies, or if I have time I bake my own bread using Bridgeford frozen bread dough.  Served with soup or salad this hoagie makes a delicious and hearty meal.

Ingredients:

3-4 pound chuck roast
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 can Rotel – Italian flavored if you can find it
1 can Beef Broth
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup Peperoncini
1/2 cup Roasted Red Peppers
1/4 cup pimiento
Jalapenos to taste – I usually don’t add this to the crockpot because my baby grandchildren have this too.  I can spice things up, but I can’t unspice them, so we add the jalapenos when we assemble the sandwich.
Crusty rolls
Provolone Slices or other cheese slices

Directions:

Place all ingredients except bread and cheese into crockpot.

Cook for 4-6 hours or until beef is falling apart.

Using 2 forks shred the beef.

You can now cool it off and store or make sandwiches.

Sandwich assembly:

BeefIf beef is cold, remove any solidified fat and warm it up a bit.

Split roll in half, but don’t cut thru.

Place one slice of cheese on the bread.

Add desired amount of beef, spoon some sauce over it.

Place another slice of cheese on the beef.

Add more pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, and jalapenos if desired.

Place sandwich on parchment covered sheet and broil on high until cheese melts. and bread starts to toast around the edges.

Remove from oven and serve.

You can serve this with a small bowl of the sauce (heated up) for dipping.  Yummy!

 

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A hearty meal that's so easy to make. The beef is prepared in a crockpot so it soaks in the seasoning. This is one recipe you will want to make ahead of time or make extra for left overs, the longer it sits in it's juices the tastier it gets.
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Italian Beef Hoagie
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A hearty meal that's so easy to make. The beef is prepared in a crockpot so it soaks in the seasoning. This is one recipe you will want to make ahead of time or make extra for left overs, the longer it sits in it's juices the tastier it gets.
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Servings Prep Time
6 People 10 Minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
4-6 Hours 4-6 Hours
Ingredients
Servings: People
Instructions
Cooking Directions
  1. Place all ingredients except bread and cheese into crockpot.
  2. Cook for 4-6 hours or until beef is falling apart.
  3. Using 2 forks shred the beef.
  4. You can now cool it off and store or make sandwiches. If you are storing it be sure to store the beef in it's liquid. You can reheat the liquid to use for dipping.
Assembly
  1. If beef is cold, remove any solidified fat and warm it up a bit.
  2. Split roll in half, but don't cut thru.
  3. Place one slice of cheese on the bread.
  4. Add desired amount of beef, spoon some sauce over it.
  5. Place another slice of cheese on the beef.
  6. Add more pepperoncini, roasted red peppers, and jalapenos if desired.
  7. Place sandwich on parchment covered sheet and broil on high until cheese melts. and bread starts to toast around the edges.
  8. Remove from oven and serve.
Recipe Notes

You can serve this with a small bowl of the sauce (heated up) for dipping. Yummy!Beef

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