Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese with Panko Crust

The creamiest, cheesiest mac and cheese ever. Five cheeses are blended together with a creamy béchamel sauce, tossed with pasta and topped with a crisp, buttery panko topping.  Five Cheese Macaroni and Cheese with Panko Crust is sure to become your favorite recipe of all time.  So easy to make. Yesterday...we talked salad.  I love that salad but I also love some gut-busting meals....aka comfort food.  Things that are smothered in cheese, dipped in butter, swimming in sauce.  And then I'll … [Read more...]

Italian Sausage Soup with White Beans and Spinach

The easiest and most flavorful weeknight dinner ever, this Italian Sausage Soup with White Beans and Spinach is on the table in less than 30 minutes using a few pantry staples.  Healthy and hearty, this one is on regular rotation at my house. Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope you all had a great week and are ready for the weekend.  To be honest, this week just flew on at warp speed.  I could barely keep up, which is odd because I was home working every single day.  I made another … [Read more...]

Easy Vodka Sauce

Simple, tangy pasta sauce with a bit of creaminess that's ready in less than 30 minutes.  This Easy Vodka Sauce is easy to make and better than many restaurant versions.  A secret ingredient puts it over the top! I've said it before...I'm not a fan of red sauce.  I don't know why, maybe it's too acidic for me but I would rather have a heaping pile of pasta tossed with butter, olive oil and cheese than pasta swimming in a pool of marinara.  Unless it's my marinara because it's fabulous but … [Read more...]

Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet

Creamy, cheesy pasta bursting with taco flavors and made in just one skillet. Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet is the best weeknight dinner because everything cooks in one pot, even the pasta.  Loaded with taco flavors, this is a healthy and fun way to surprise your family on Taco Tuesday! Who's doing the happy dance because the kids are back in school?  Our area hasn't shipped out the big yellow buses yet but I've seen several of my southern friends posting their kids first day of school pics … [Read more...]

Lobster Pasta Salad with Lemon Tarragon Dressing

Sweet lobster and charred corn are the stars of the show in this easy to make Lobster Pasta Salad.  Tossed with a light and bright lemon tarragon dressing, it's the perfect light lunch or stellar side dish for your summer gatherings. Is it summer where you are yet?  I know summer doesn't officially start until the 21st but really...we all know it starts when the kids are done school.  When the yellow busses no longer slow down morning commutes, when gaggles of children are no longer … [Read more...]

The Very Best Macaroni Salad

Summer would not be complete without the very best Macaroni Salad.  This version is light and creamy with a surprise ingredient that will just make your mouth say "wow".  Or say nothing at all, because it's full of food and your mom taught you better than to talk with you mouth full. I've been to barbecues without macaroni salad.  I know, gasp!  The horror!  Some people are getting all fancy these days making side dishes like Blueberry, Feta and Quinoa Salad or Soba Noodle Salad with … [Read more...]

20-Minute Artichoke Asparagus and Sausage Pasta Skillet

Disclaimer: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Barilla®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #OnePotPasta Loaded with spring vegetables and sausage, this Artichoke Asparagus and Sausage Pasta Skillet is ready in just 20-minutes and all in one skillet.  No pre-cooking pasta to add to the dish either, this pasta is cooked right in the pan creating a light and creamy sauce. Regardless of how … [Read more...]

Chopped Italian Pasta Salad

Loaded with veggies, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella, this Chopped Italian Pasta Salad belongs on your picnic table this spring and summer.  Simple to make and bursting with zesty flavor, a great side dish for any barbecue. Pasta salad is a wonderful thing.'s so simple to make that sometimes we overlook the obvious.  Like how I should have shared my favorite pasta salad recipe with all of you a long time ago.  But it's one of those things that's so simple to make I forgot … [Read more...]

Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet

Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet uses leftover Bolognese sauce or your favorite jar sauce to come together ridiculously fast. So hearty and filling, your family will think you slaved for hours making this saucy, cheese skillet of heaven. (Even though you only used FOUR ingredients.) I'd love to say that leftovers don't exist in this house but the fact is.....they do.  And they die a slow death in the back of the refrigerator, quickly forgotten and turning into something that looks like it … [Read more...]

One-Pot Spaghetti and Meatball Stew

Spaghetti and Meatball Stew comes together all in one pot with a rich, tangy tomato sauce for an easy family meal.  Hearty and filling, this is fantastic served with a green salad and crusty bread, loaded with butter, for dipping.   I like meals that I can cook in one pot....because doing dishes on a full stomach really blows.  I know you all agree because I get tons of requests for easy, one-pot meals.  So, I do my best to minimize the work on the back end for all of us by throwing … [Read more...]