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Chorizo Pasta Casserole with Mozzarella

This recipe is perfect if you want to make something tasty and satisfying for the family. Although a lot of people toss their pasta with tomato sauce and perhaps some chicken, there are so many other pasta dishes to try, and this one is hearty and flavorful enough to resemble a restaurant-quality dish. Penne is the pasta we have suggested, but you can use macaroni or another type if you prefer. Pasta spirals would also work.

This colorful dish includes bell pepper, tomatoes, chorizo, and mozzarella, and then you have some garlic and chili powder to add enticing flavor accents. The sauce is prepared first and then the mixture goes into a baking dish, is topped with mozzarella, and then you can bake it until the cheese topping is slightly crispy at the edges and melting in gooey perfection over the casserole.

The amount of chili you add is up to you, but if your chorizo is on the spicy end of the spectrum you might want to only add a little chili. Leave it out completely if you are making this for kids, unless they have an adventurous palate. You can also tweak the other ingredients if you wish, perhaps swapping the bell pepper for mushrooms or zucchini, or swapping the chorizo for chicken. Make the dish your own. What really makes it great, apart from the delicious Italian flavor, is that layer of cheese melting over the top of the dish. Serve this with garlic bread and a simple green salad perhaps. Continue reading

Gnocchi Bake with Salmon and Mozzarella

Full-flavored and creamy, this gnocchi bake features salmon, spinach, 2 kinds of cheese, and gnocchi, for an incredible taste and plenty of interesting textures. First you need to make the gnocchi and you can make that with potato. Either make some mashed potato or use leftover mashed potato if you have it. The quickest way to make them is to peel, chop and boil the potatoes and then use a masher or a potato ricer. You can then mix and shape your gnocchi and boil them.

On top of the gnocchi goes a mixture of salmon and spinach, and for the best result use fresh salmon and spinach. Then you can add cream, mozzarella, olive slices (these are for saltiness but omit them if you are not keen) and a little parmesan cheese. Then it is time to bake the dish in the oven to crisp up the cheese topping and reheat the gnocchi and lower layers. Serve it piping hot, and the dinner table will be silent as your family are savoring every mouthful and really enjoying this lovely dish.

Not only is this an impressive recipe but it is pure Italian comfort food too, offering a complete meal in one – you have the starch, the fish, some veggies and the creamy sauce. If you want to serve a side dish too, consider a simple tossed green salad, or perhaps some asparagus if you prefer something hot. Feel free to make tweaks, like using well-drained thawed salmon, cod instead of salmon, or adding tomato concentrate to the cream to add another flavor, or else just make the recipe as it is written. Either way it will be delicious. 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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