Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca This is a great pantry pasta that you can pull together in no time, with ingredients that you likely have sitting around in your house. I love the salty and spicy ingredients here, like capers, olives, anchovies and red pepper flakes, that give this pasta its kick. Feel free to include your own additions or take out those that don’t suit you.

Sausage, Peppers and Onions

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What’s not to love about sausages simmered in a sweet and spicy sauce with peppers and onions? This is a great way to have a “hot dog night” and get lots of veggies in there at the same time. We love to eat these in hoagie rolls, with a side of our favorite baked beans from our cousin Philip.

Easy Rolled Manicotti

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This is the only way to make manicotti, as far as I’m concerned. Thanks to this hack from Cooks Illustrated, instead of stuffing cheese filling into already cooked noodles, this manicotti uses softened no-bake lasagna sheets, into which you roll the filling. Once you make this Manicotti, with its creamy ricotta basil filling, and topped with marinara and gooey mozzarella, you too will be sold on this method. Serve this with steamed broccoli and your meal is complete!
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If you like marinated artichokes, this one-dish fish meal is for you! The fish, cooked alongside zucchini, tomatoes and basil will make you nostalgic for the summer. Its worth the splurge for Sea Bass – there is nothing like its deep and creamy flavor. I like to serve this over quinoa or cous cous, to catch the delicious broth.

Green Goddess Dip with Veggies

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Sometimes, its fun for the kids (and adults) to have a platter or raw veggies with a great dip, at dinner. I love this green-goddess dip, adapted from the Barefoot Contessa, with its fresh basil, scallions and lemon. This recipe makes a good amount, so place the extra in a ball jar – you will want to dip everything in it!
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This is an Italian recipe, which uses fresh mint and basil, along with garlic and olive oil to create an amazing flavor on what can otherwise be a relatively bland vegetable. I was introduced to this combination many years ago and this has become our standard way to grill summer squash.

Tomato Basil Salad

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When tomatoes are in season, I cant get enough of this salad. It’s super easy to throw together in the last minute and is bursting with flavor. It has only a few ingredients, so using your best olive oil and salts will go a long way here.