Baked Ravioli Casserole

Baked Ravioli Casserole

Baked Ravioli Casserole is simple to assemble and gets dinner into the oven, and onto the table, without much fuss.    The dish contains only 3 ingredients,  but tastes like you worked much harder at getting it onto the table.  Like my sheet pan dinners, once this dish is assembled, it goes into the oven where it bakes for about 45 minutes.  That allows you to help the kids with homework, or tend to whatever needs your attention, while dinner takes care of itself. 

Sue Chef’s Alfredo Sauce

This is a simple and fool proof recipe for Alfredo sauce that’s rich and creamy.  Sue Chef and Baker’s Man created it one day when we had no jars of Alfredo Sauce in the house.  This recipe creates a quick and delicious sauce, and once you’ve made this homemade version, you will never buy the Alfredo sauce in jars again.  Everyone thinks that Alfredo sauce goes best with fettuccine.  It’s quite good that way, and our photos show it served with fettuccine, but we believe that Sue Chef’s Alfredo Sauce is best served over a pasta that really holds onto […]

Canellini Beans and Tomatoes

Cannellini Beans and Tomatoes

Cannellini Beans and Tomatoes  is a hearty  meal that’s loaded with nutrition and easy on calories.  The most time consuming part of the meal preparation is chopping the garlic and opening a few cans which makes it a great choice for a busy week night.  This is really a healthy, and delicious, 30 minute, vegetarian dish that is very simple to make.  The Cannellini Beans and tomatoes are delicious served over pasta or rice for a vegetarian meal, and they make a great accompaniment to chicken or fish, too.

Linguine Carbonara--Pasta with eggs, bacon, and peas

Linguine Carbonara

Pasta loaded with the flavor of garlic, bacon,  and Parmesan cheese is sure to be appreciated by even the pickiest of eaters.  The most time consuming part of preparing this meal is cooking the bacon and boiling the linguine, so that makes Linguine Carbonara the perfect dish for a busy weeknight.

Pressure Cooker Chicken Alfredo

Pressure Cooker Chicken Alfredo with Farfalle (Bow Ties)

This is a very simple Chicken Farfalle Alfredo recipe that is made entirely in the pressure cooker.  There’s no need to pre-cook the noodles prior to putting them into the pressure cooker.  This recipe gives new meaning to fast food. 

Pressure Cooker Penne with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Pressure Cooker Penne with Creamy Pesto Sauce

This pressure cooker recipe is perfect for a hectic weeknight.  Everything is ready in about 30 minutes. The creamy pesto sauce is loaded with flavor, and since all of the ingredients are added to the pressure cooker without being pre-cooked, preparing a simple dinner can’t get any easier. 

A cream sauce filled with rich flavor and super foods Kale and Cannelli beans.

Penne with Creamy Kale and Canellini Sauce

I really love beans and greens, and one of the things I sometimes add to the basic dish is a pound of Italian sausage.  The addition of that one extra ingredient transforms the dish from a side into an entree.  Of course, I could eat the vegetarian version as an entree, but Baker’s Man prefers meat in his entrees.  As I was contemplating what to make for dinner this evening, I kept thinking of beans and greens, but the recipe had already been published.  I considered just adding Italian sausage to the recipe and publishing it as a variation, but […]

reduced calorie linguine with white clam sauce

Linguine With White Clam Sauce

This recipe has its roots back in B.C.  No, I’m not talking about the time before Christ.  (I know it’s actually B.C.E. or Before the Common Era, I just didn’t need the E for my purposes, so I went old school.)  In this case, B.C. refers to Before Children.  This recipe was first prepared in our kitchen while I was a new college graduate and Baker’s man was working and going to school part-time. Money was very tight with student loans to be repaid, and dinner had to be easy to cook as well as economical.  This recipe met both […]

bowl of beans and greens

Beans and Greens

Canned beans are a pantry staple in my house.  By adding a few ingredients to a can of beans, you can have a nutritious dinner ready in a snap.  Today’s post isn’t just about a low fat, high fiber recipe loaded with vitamins and proteins.   The story is also an illustration of how a well stocked pantry can help you to manage dinner even when you’re a couple of ingredients short. Today’s recipe has Italian roots.  Its Italian name is minestra.  It’s a simple dish that can be made with or without meat (usually Italian sausage or pancetta).  In addition, […]

Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce

Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce

In my last post, I reviewed the popular recipe for  pepperoni pizza pull apart bread.   I mentioned that we served the bread with home made pizza sauce and a green salad.  Today, I’m going to give you my top secret recipe for quick and easy home made pizza sauce.  It’s so easy, and tastes so good, that you may never buy pizza sauce again.  This is especially true, when you consider that the cost of the homemade sauce is  under 50 cents per cup to make. If you like light sauce on your pizza, this recipe makes enough for two home made pizzas about 14″” in […]