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30 Minute or Less, Italian, My Favorite Recipes, Sides

Hello, Portabellos! Marinated Tomato and Pesto Portabello Mushrooms

You are going to love our recipe for portabello mushrooms.

Guys. Let’s talk about this recipe for a minute. It isn’t hard. It isn’t really fancy. But Oh-My-Wow is it so good. These Marinated Tomato and Pesto Portabello Mushrooms are a dish you would expect to find in a restaurant. (Like…a nice one. The kind with cloth napkins and no prices on the menu and no peanut shells on the floor.)

Portabello mushrooms are the perfect side dish. Or, for my veggie-loving friends out there, this is hearty enough for a main course.

Beautiful fresh portabellos, topped with tart-martinated tomatoes and mozzarella…broiled to perfection and served with basil pesto. Is it possible to be in love-love with a recipe? Like romantically?

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Beef, Italian, Main Dishes, Pasta

Chimichurri Steak Penne Pasta with Broiled Tomatoes in Marinara

Chimichurri Steak Penne Pasta

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I could eat pasta every single day. Honest, I could. This girl is happiest when at a table with a bowl of pasta. From traditional ingredients to the unusual, pasta recipes are my favorite.

But you don’t want to get the pasta-blahs. The secret to getting out of the pasta rut is to mix up the flavors. Spice up your spaghetti. Make your Alfredo awesome.

Or, go all out and try our Chimichurri Steak Penne Pasta with Broiled Tomatoes in Marinara. First, learn to create a simple yet zesty homemade chimichurri sauce paired with lean, tender steak. Then, prepare simple sauce of broiled fresh tomatoes and marinara sauce. Serve over hot al dente pasta for an amazing pasta recipe you will love.

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Italian, Main Dishes, My Favorite Recipes

Roasted Vegetable Alfredo Pizza (The Best Thing You’ll Eat All Month!)

Roasted Vegetable Alfredo Pizza

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce. All opinions are entirely my own.

I am a pretty excitable person. If you don’t know me personally, let me paint you a picture. I’m the girl that cranks the radio all the way up when Justin Timberlake is on. The mom that WILL dance in public regardless of my red-faced children. The football fan that stands up on first down. The woman-child that literally jumps up and down when Goonies is coming on. (Yes, I’ve seen it only 643 times. It still makes me happy.)

The yumminess of this Roasted Vegetable Alfredo Pizza had me fist-pumping in my kitchen saying “YES!” Seriously, no joke.

THIS recipe is one of my new favorite meals. I know, I know, I’m a food blogger, so I have to say this, right? Wrong. I don’t have to say this. I want to say this. I want you to try this easy pizza recipe because it will bring you joy. It will have you fist pumping in your kitchen.

Caramelized onions and fresh broccoli, creamy RAGÚ® Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce and loads of mozzarella cheese…this pizza makes my heart melt. You won’t believe how easy it is to make; even the crust is homemade.

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Appetizers & Snacks, Italian, Sauces Dips Toppings, Vegetarian

Summer Bruschetta Three Ways

Summer Bruschetta Three Ways

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Ever have a summer afternoon to relax and unwind with a meaningful meal? Or friends stop by and you want a recipe idea that filling and easy to make?

We created three ideas for summer bruschetta perfect for special days. Each recipe is delicious alone or make all three.

This trio of summer bruschetta recipes is best served with great wine and good friends.

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Essentials, Italian, Pasta

Thick and Chunky Garden Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

There are very few things in this culinary world that make me happier than spaghetti. You know what else makes me happy? Coming home to a kitchen smelling like crockpot heaven. This slow simmered Thick and Chunky Garden Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce is just that.

Pasta sauce heaven.

This delicious homemade pasta sauce is full of healthy and colorful vegetables. Fresh summer squash, zucchini, onions, sweet peppers and mushrooms simmer for hours and create a zesty sauce for your favorite pasta.

Plus, we made it super filling with a mixture of sweet Italian sausage and lean ground beef.  Can’t wait to twirl this around on a fork.

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Italian, Pasta, Soups

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

Crockpot Lasagna Soup is hearty and flavorful with all of the delicious flavors of your favorite lasagna.

This is one of the very best creations we have made.  Lean beef, stewed tomatoes, fresh zucchini and mushrooms are slow-simmered for hours. We even added broken lasagna noodles at the end. You can’t have lasagna without pasta, now can you?

So throw this crockpot soup recipe together today and enjoy a big bowl of…lasagna!

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Casseroles, Italian, Main Dishes, Pasta

Sausage Asparagus Pasta Bake

Sausage Asparagus Pasta Bake

There are only five ingredients in this delicious Sausage Asparagus Pasta Bake. Five! Fresh and healthy asparagus paired with sweet Italian sausage is a great combination.

Pick your favorite pasta or use what you have in your pantry. We used whole grain penne pasta for this main dish recipe. (Why? They are the same shape and size as the asparagus.)

All you do is prepare, stir, top with cheese and bake.

Hearty, saucy and yummy!

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30 Minute or Less, Appetizers & Snacks, Italian, Tailgate

Fast and Easy Pizza Sliders

Easy Pizza Sliders

These Easy Pizza Sliders are LOADED with meaty toppings. Layers of spicy pepperoni, Canadian bacon, and Italian sausage. But you can’t stop there. How about your favorite pizza sauce and ooey-gooey mozzarella cheese?

Make these like we did, or change them up with your favorite pizza toppings. (See the bottom of this post for suggested flavor combinations from our Facebook readers.)

Easy Pizza Sliders are a breeze to make, bake and take to your next party.

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30 Minute or Less, Italian, Pasta, Salads

Balsamic Tortellini Pasta Salad

Balsamic Tortellini Pasta Salad

If you like pasta salad, you will L-O-V-E love Balsamic Tortellini Pasta Salad.

This fast and easy pasta recipe is full of flavor, and lightly dressed with a classic balsamic vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Every bite is a mouthful of different flavors. One forkful is a cheese-stuffed tortellini with a tangy tomato and savory salami. The next bite, fresh cucumber, red onion and roasted red pepper.

This balsamic tortellini salad is an excellent side dish but hearty enough to make a complete meal.

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