Italian sausage soup is a comfort food in many households. There are as many variations of it as there are Moms in the kitchen. This simple version includes fresh Roma tomatoes, carrots, and escarole (or spinach). It is fortified with cannellini beans, orzo, and of course, garlic. Try this heart-warming meal in a bowl on a cold winter night or any day of the year.
Recipes using tomatoes.
Garlic mushroom puffs are loaded with flavor, but that’s not the best part about them. Make them the day before you need them, then pop them into the oven to bake for your get-together. They look and taste gourmet, but are so easy to make thanks to frozen puff pastry.
Fiesta Cottage Pie puts a South-of-the-border twist on the classic shepherd’s pie. It’s everything you love about tacos and tostadas, baked into a casserole. You might raise an eyebrow at the unsweetened cocoa ingredient. This is a prime ingredient in Latin molé dishes. It gives the binding sauce richness and […]
Paella is a Spanish treat often reserved for special occasions. This version layers the classic ingredients in a Mason jar. It’s a flavorful make-ahead lunch to take to work and heat up in the microwave. Feel free to use leftover chicken and/or shrimp. Check out the Tips if you’d like […]
Asiago chicken is drool-worthy on its own. Add bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and herbs to the mixture and boring chicken breasts get leveled up to gourmet status. Red pepper flakes add just the slightest hint of heat to complement the flavor of the rich sauce. Best of all, it’s very easy […]
Spanish rice is another one of those classic dishes that is good with just about any entree. It is also one of those comfort foods that seems to be made differently from home to home, much like spaghetti sauce. This version uses salsa for the tomato influence, plus mixed vegetables to boost the nutrition factor.
Chicken cacciatora is an Italian dish that has become a comfort food in many households, not just for Italian families. “Cacciatore” means “hunter” and “cacciatora” is hunter-style. As such, there are as many different versions of it as there are different versions of spaghetti sauce. It is basically braised chicken […]
Marinara sauce should be a staple in your pantry, and not just for spaghetti. It’s an ingredient in many recipes. I would venture to guess that the vast majority of cooks keep a jar of it stored in the pantry, myself included. What if I told you that with just […]