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Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken

“The dish was named after Alfredo Di Lelio, a restaurateur who opened and operated restaurants in Rome, Italy, throughout the early to mid 20th century.” The dish came to America with Italian American immigrants and soon became popular with many and is a main stay of many Italian themed restaurants in the States. The restaurant version is very straightforward a combination of, cream, butter, and parmesan cheese.

Unlike the true version made in restaurants the commercial brand often thicken the sauce with things such as egg, or starch something no restaurateur would ever do. It is for this reason that many commercial brands fall far short on the true flavor of this very simple dish. In fact with many recipes the simple they are the easier they are to mess up by varying away from what makes them work in the first place.

Now that you know how easy it is to make your own authentic style Alfredo sauce at home there is no reason to resort to premade cheap knock offs as they recipe below will show it is so simple it really is not worth selling yourself short on flavor. Other twist on this theme include adding grilled shrimp is a popular version that replace the chicken in this dish with grilled shrimp for a nice seafood version, and of course there is always just plain pasta and sauce version. Try all three and see which your favorite is. Continue reading

Mandarin and Apple Chicken Pasta Salad

This tasty chicken pasta salad is healthy and appealing. The main ingredients are pasta, chicken and mandarin orange segments, and then we are also using carrot, cucumber, red onion, red apple, and toasted almonds. The dressing features ginger, orange, garlic, onion soup mix, and more, for a full-flavored taste. Make it ahead then chill it for the flavors to mingle. The salad is served on a bed of lettuce, and you can choose from iceberg, baby spinach, arugula, or simply some mixed baby leaves.

This is a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey, or you could even use shrimp or tofu as your protein for a change of pace. If you do not have leftover meat, it is easy enough to chop and stir-fry some chicken in oil, or even poach it in slowly simmering water until done. The first way yields golden brown chicken, while the second gives you soft chicken, so it is just down to personal preference. The almonds, apple and onion add a distinctive crunch which balances out nicely with all the softer ingredients used in this recipe.

We used pasta shells but if you prefer twists, penne, wheels, macaroni, or another shape, any of those would work. This recipe would also work with egg noodles but that is getting away from the Italian-ness of the dish, so we usually use pasta here to keep it more authentic. This dish is Italian-influenced rather than traditional Italian, but it is still really good, and well worth making because the pasta, chicken and mandarin are beautiful together. Go ahead and make any tweaks you want though. Continue reading

Chicken Fettuccine with Parmesan

Pasta dishes come in many shapes, colors and flavors, but one of the best ways to prepare pasta is to use a creamy sauce. This does not need to be anything complicated, and in fact some creamy pasta recipes only have 4 or 5 ingredients in all. The following recipe does have a bit more than that, but each item contributes to the overall flavor and appeal of the dish, and you will agree this chicken fettuccine boats a spectacular flavor.

You will enjoy the comfort food factor that creamy dishes offer, as well as the exquisite butter, milk, sour cream, and cheese sauce which coats the chicken and fettuccine. Add a sprig of fresh sage to the finished dish, to add some color to the plate, and you can be sure everyone’s plate will be clean. Nobody will want to miss a morsel of this lovely dinner. The first thing to do is cook the chicken, although if you have some leftover cooked chicken breast then just use that, for the sake of convenience.

The onion and garlic go into the creamy sauce, and then everything is tossed together at the end, to make the finished dish. Serve this immediately, ladling it on to warmed plates. Side dish options include asparagus or broccoli for added nutrition and a contrasting color on the plate, or even garlic bread if you are in the mood for a real carb feast. This is very easy to make and it is a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken. Fettuccine is really nice in this dish, although you could swap it for spaghetti if you prefer, or even another pasta shape. Continue reading

Unusual Chicken Curry Pasta

If you are in the mood for fusion, consider this lovely dish which blends pasta with chicken and curry seasonings for a fantastic result. You can use any kind of pasta shapes you like here, and also choose whichever kind of chutney you want to use. Mango chutney is lovely but too sweet for some people. Tomato chutney or another kind of fruit chutney would also work well. You can also increase the amount of curry powder or even add a pinch of chili powder if you want to spice this up a bit.

This is a lovely creamy dish which is nice served hot or cold. You could make it in advance and serve it as a chilled appetizer before an Italian main dish. As long as the main dish did not feature curry or chicken, this would be a great combination, so think about serving this chilled as an appetizer before an entrée of veal marsala, homemade grilled pizza, or even some kind of Italian salad if the weather is hot and you only want cold dishes.

If you take the pasta out and serve this dish over a bed of white rice this becomes an Indian curry (or at least an Americanized version of such a dish) but stir the pasta with the sweet, fragrant curry mixture, and you get a dish which boasts both Italian and Indian flavors, and can be served with mozzarella cubes on the side. So if you want something based on pasta but also offering an exciting kick of flavor, you cannot go wrong with this. Continue reading

Super-Easy Chicken Broccoli Pasta

This makes the most wonderful family dinner and you can prepare all the ingredients in advance. If you have leftover cooked broccoli, or another kind of vegetables like mushrooms or bell peppers, or some leftover chicken breasts, consider making this easy pasta recipe. You can use penne, bowtie pasta, spirals, or any sort of pasta you like, even whole wheat pasta shapes if you like. The sauce is a mixture of Alfredo sauce and cheese. Use Mexican-blend cheese or any kind you want.

This recipe is wide open to interpretation, and you can make all kinds of tweaks. Leftover sausage or seafood can be used instead of the chicken, chili flakes can be added to the mixture for a bit of a kick, the broccoli can be swapped for carrots, mushrooms or even mixed frozen vegetables, and you can even swap the Alfredo sauce for tomato sauce. A pasta casserole such as this is ideal if you are looking for quick and easy weekday recipes to make for the family.

Making the recipe is so simple. You just have to combine all the ingredients except half the cheese, use the rest of the cheese to top the casserole, and then bake it until it is hot and the cheese on top has melted. You do not need any side dishes since this already features meat, pasta and vegetables, but if you do want a side, how about asparagus, onion rings, a mixed leaf salad, or sautéed mushroom and snow peas? Continue reading

Round Chicken Lasagna with Mushrooms and Ricotta

A round lasagna makes an interesting change from a rectangular one. The lasagna itself is based on an authentic lasagna recipe but the shape is different. If you enjoy making new takes on old classics, you might like to try out this flavorful round lasagna recipe. Containing chicken, mushrooms, three kinds of cheese, spinach and more, this offers you a hearty and full-flavored meal.

If you prefer to make this in the traditional shape by all means go ahead, but a round lasagna is more unusual. You will not waste any of the trimmed-off lasagna noodles (obviously these noodles are rectangular) because you can use them to fill in the gaps and you can use several noodles or pieces of noodles in one layer of the lasagna.

This is an unusual dish, not only because of the shape but also because of the ingredients. Rather than a tomato-based sauce, we are going to use cherry tomatoes in the lasagna and use a creamy pasta sauce between the layers. If you can find a white sauce which is flavored with mushrooms that is the best one to go for. It really complements the chicken and mushrooms. You will need a small jar or about two thirds of a medium-size one. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra


Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.


Even if you are brand new to this cuisine, you will be able to find all kinds of tempting recipes here. I have been collecting classic Italian recipes, all conveniently in one place, along with unusual recipes from Italy plus some dishes inspired by Italian cuisine.


When the weather is cold, a baked pasta dish or juicy pork or veal recipe might be ideal. During the summer months, an Italian salad might be your dish of choice. We have vegetarian recipes, Italian soups, and even tips on how to work with Italian ingredients for the best results, whether you are making lasagna, gnocchi or an Italian casserole

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