A pan of baked ziti fresh from the oven. Creamy melted cheese is on top with noodles coated in a salmon colored sauce are visible underneath.

Easy Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti is one of those classic Italian-American dishes that’s available in almost every Italian style restaurant I’ve ever visited. This easy version is perfect for our pantry challenge because, except for the cheese that you put on top, it’s made completely with shelf stable ingredients. This version of Easy Baked Ziti is vegetarian, though you could add some cooked Italian sausage to the pasta […]

Italian Style Tilapia

Tilapia del Estilo Italiano

Italian Style Tilapia is another sheet pan dinner, but in my case, I prepare it in a 9X13 inch pan.  This recipe is very simple.  The ingredients are layered in a prepared baking pan before being placed in the oven and baked.  The best part is that the Tilapia is baked from the frozen state, so it’s a great dish if you’ve forgotten to thaw […]

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs

Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs is a great casserole for an easy dinner.  The thing I like best about this is that it can be made ahead, stored in the freezer, and popped in the oven when you need an easy meal.  It’s filling, delicious, and kid friendly. 

Italian Poached eggs--eggs poached in marinara sauce are a simple and delicious twist on both poached eggs and spaghetti. PattyCakesPantry.com

Poached Eggs a la Italiana

Italian style poached eggs bring an unusual  twist to your usual spaghetti dinner.  There’s something amazingly delicious about soft poached eggs  slathered in a rich marinara.    The eggs can be served alone with a piece of crusty bread, or can be served atop spaghetti.  However you serve these Italian style poached eggs, this recipe is a winner.This is another recipe from my octogenarian friend […]