No...the answer I'm looking for is not the day before Valentine's Day. Apparently, today is National "Italian Food" Day! And...hey...I'm Italian. and I love Italian food.
(And I'm currently in Baltimore for Michael's cousin's wedding so I don't have access to a computer so I didn't want to post a recipe today.)
So let's round up the best Italian recipes I've made! MANGIA!
"The" Meatballs (pictured top left)
Thus far, of the meatballs I have made, these are my favorite! They're still not my grandma's (I really need to figure out her recipe) but they are meaty and simple and delish!
Ciabatta bread is the best for dipping and grilled cheese sandwiches and dipping into olive oil and just...om nom nom'ing!
Roasted Garlic Focaccia (pictured top middle)
Do you like garlic? And bread? Good news-you will looove this focaccia!
Herbed Oatmeal Bread
This bread tastes just like Pizza Hut's breadsticks-but...ya know...not fried. And a million times better.
Toasted Ricotta Gnocchi with Parmesan Truffle Cream Sauce (pictured top right)
I am obsessed with this simple ricotta gnocchi recipe and if you love truffle than this sauce will also make you swoooon.
Linguine con aglio e olio d'oliva
My (paternal) grandma taught this recipe to my mom who taught it to me when I moved out on my own. I make it almost every week and it's served every year at Christmas. It's so simple-just cook some garlic and olive oil together and then toss with linguine (and I like to add in some shredded chicken) and top with lots of Parmesan! yummmm.
One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (pictured middle left)
This recipe tastes just like the perfect Fettuccine Alfredo but it is SO much healthier and you only dirty one dish making it. It is one of mine and Michael's favorites.
1 Hour Dried Oregano
Oregano, as a plant, is a bully. Dried oregano is used in many Italian recipes. Turns out--you can super easily make your excess fresh oregano into dried! Awesome.
Basil Pesto (pictured middle right)
Pesto is tasty on pasta, garlic bread, in grilled cheese, etc. And it's simple to make!
Crispy Pizza Wraps
These were my attempt to healthify Pizza Rolls.
Sicilian "Enchiladas" (AKA Copy-Cat Scrippelle)
My family makes something called "scrippelle"-they're a regional Italian dish. And my grandma won't give me the full darned recipe. PLUS-it's a bit of an intensive process. So to tide me over I have created a simpler copycat version using homemade tortillas and store-bought broth. Not the original but reeeeeally good in its own right.
Lasagna (pictured bottom left)
Oddly enough this recipe is from my Irish side of the family-but it is the best lasagna I've ever had.
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna (pictured bottom middle)
And sometimes you want a different kind of lasagna. With chicken. And a white sauce. And you love it.
3 Cheese White Pizza with Truffle Oil
I learned how to make Neapolitan pizza in Little Italy and adapted the crust recipe to use in this white pizza that is really one of my tastiest creations.
Pesto Chicken Pizza
Same crust as above but with pesto and chicken and tomatoes--hmm...I think I'm due to make this again!
Roasted Garlic, Chicken, and Herb White Pizza (pictured bottom right)
Look...I love pizza. We all do, yes? This is another tasty version (using a more traditional pizza crust).
Pizza Caprese and Garlic Cheese Bread
The main reason for this being an addition as a favorite is the garlic bread-one of my favorite garlic bread recipes to date and really it is irresistible!