Cuisine: Italian

Skillet Lasagna

Lasagna, in general, is too much work. I do not like to make it and rarely do it. This Skillet Lasagna is WAY easier and just as good. It's all done in one skillet and ready in about 30 minutes.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yields: 6 - 8 Servings

Focaccia Bread Pizza

When my husband and I were first married we lived in North London. We used to shop at Da Mario, an Italian delicatessen in Islington, Highbury Park. It is very small, but they have everything you could possibly want for a proper Italian meal. One of our favorite dinners was Focaccia Bread Pizza. They had a wonderful bread selection. You can add your favorite toppings. It’s “cheap and cheerful” as we used to say!

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings

DiNic’s Pulled Pork Italiano

DiNic's Pulled Pork Italiano is basically an Italian Hoagie with Pulled Pork and Broccoli Rabe. Dinic's is in The Reading Terminal in Philadelphia. It's served on an Italian roll, Italian spiced pork pulled is piled on top of sliced provolone, and then topped with broccoli rabe and roasted peppers.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Yields: 8 Servings

Caprese Chicken Bake

Caprese Chicken Bake on a bed of baby spinach is a quick and healthy meal. You can make it in one baking dish or put them in individual baking trays.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Spaghetti with Garlic, Herbs, and Parmesan

A friend of mine recently took cooking classes in Tuscany and brought back some of this fantastic dried herb mix. I used to buy Ducros herb blend in France. Spaghetti with Garlic, Herbs, and Parmesan is one of my all-time favorite ways to eat pasta, especially when you are on a student budget. It was my equivalent of ramen noodles. It is so simple, yet so satisfying.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4 - 6 Servings

“16 Bean” Pasta e Fagioli

This “16 Bean” Pasta e Fagioli is from Ina Garten’s new cookbook, Cooking for Jeffery. Pasta e fagioli, meaning "pasta and beans", is a traditional Italian dish. Pastafazoola, a 1927 novelty song by Van and Schenck, capitalizes on the Neapolitan pronunciation in the rhyme, "Don't be a fool, eat pasta fazool", and the Dean Martin song "That's Amore" includes the rhyme "When the stars make you drool, just like pasta fazool, that's amore".

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr 50 mins
  • Yields: 6 Servings

Sicilian Chunk Vegetable Salad

I've been making this Sicilian Chunk Vegetable Salad for years. It's a wonderful salad to accompany any Italian meal.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yields: 4 - 6 Servings

Artichoke, Spinach & Chicken Parmesan

Artichoke, Spinach & Chicken Parmesan is all made in one pan! It is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Serve it with a loaf of crusty bread.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Chicken Cacciatore in a Slow Cooker

This Chicken Cacciatore in a Slow Cooker is a wonderful meal to come home to. It takes about 10 minutes to make, so easy and so good.

By Leslie Blythe

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 9 hrs
  • Yields: 4 Servings

Cannoli

Cannoli are a fried pastry shell filled with sweet ricotta cheese. We had a taste test in three famous pastry shops in the North End of Boston. They were all amazing.

By Leslie Blythe