Pasta recipes for dinner that kids and the whole family will love. Find Italian comfort food from spaghetti and meatballs to baked lasagna, macaroni & cheese, pesto penne, pasta soup, and even Asian noodles.
If you can find (or grow) them, use sturdy rosemary
branches, stripped of leaves, as skewers for these Italian salmon
kebabs; theyll add a subtle, smoky flavor that hints of
pine. Oil your grill well to prevent sticking,
Enjoy fresh-from-the-oven pizza with these delicious toppings.
Let all your guests fill personal-sized pizza crust with an array of toppings to make a combination all their own. It's a great pastime for kids' parties and sleepovers.
This is a great recipe for Minestrone, with many ingredients for many guests.
Italian flavors abound in this bento filled with salami flutes, grape tomatoes, mozzarella sticks, sesame breadsticks, roasted red peppers and marinated artichoke hearts. Find more bento recipes from Short Order Mom here.
Homemade pizza from scratch is deliciously satisfying to make, a helpful first lesson for kids in the miracle of yeast, and an edible enterprise in creativity.
This is an absolutely wonderful recipe for sauce: you simply halve the tomatoes, drape them with some onions, garlic, seasonings, and olive oil, and then ignore them for two hours while the oven reduces them to a caramelized and sauce-ready pan of sweet flesh. A quick run through a food mill or blender, and the sauce is ready to eat or freeze. Easy peasy. And you can make it at night, if you like, the better to not be oppressed by the heat of the oven. A side note: try buttering your hot spaghetti before saucing; it adds so much delicious richness.
This is the spaghetti sauce I grew up on, and it is wildly rich and delicious, and I have changed it very little. This recipe makes a huge batch that I freeze in 2-cup portions in Ziploc bags and come a chilly, dark dinnertime, all I have to do is boil a pot of water. I love that. The sauce needs to cook for a long time -- the original recipe actually says 4 hours, though I only do 3. Oregano I don't use, because I don't like it, even though my dad uses it and I love, love, love his sauce even more than mine, because, well, just because.
Homemade pizza is a treat both kids and adults love, and this versatile version makes individual or large pies and can be customized with toppings. Get the recipe here.