Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet

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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

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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...]

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

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This easy, one-pot dinner is a copy of the popular Hamburger Helper version.  Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet uses "from scratch" ingredients to recreate this classic comfort dish in minutes.  Flavorful and kid-approved, this is clean eating at it's finest.  Cheesburger Macaroni....those two words were my favorite to hear when I would ask my mom "what's for dinner."  I absolutely LOVED Hamburger Helper's Cheeseburger Macaroni.  It was so simple and cheesy and filled with carbs.  And browned … [Read more...]

Skinny Capellini Carbonara

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A lighter version of an Italian favorite, Skinny Capellini Carbonara is packed with flavor but won't weigh you down.  Quick, creamy and comforting....this pasta dish is ready in 10 minutes. *By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Did you know October is National Pasta Month?!?!  Well it is.....and I'm thrilled because....I'm a … [Read more...]

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto | The Suburban Soapbox

Cheese Tortellini tossed with Italian sausage, pesto and pine nuts make a flavorful and quick dinner.  One skillet cooking makes clean up a breeze. Carbs are the best!  Don't you agree?  They're even better when stuffed with cheese.  Because everything's better with cheese.  And bacon but I didn't use bacon today.  I stepped it up and threw in some sausage.  Sausage is my bacon.  I love it more than any other pork product out there.'s all so yum.  And … [Read more...]

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp AND a Calphalon Giveaway

Pesto Pasta with Peas and Grilled Shrimp | The Suburban Soapbox

Store-bought pesto tossed with pasta, peas and pine nuts are perfect on their own.  Top with grilled shrimp and this is suitable for entertaining those last-minute dinner guests! My foodie friend, Colleen from Souffle Bombay, was thinking about just what cookbook it was that made her fall in love with cooking recently, then she decided to ask the same question to a number of her foodie friends, myself included, and #CookbooksandCalphalon was born!  Enjoy 17 food bloggers stories as well … [Read more...]

12 Recipes for Sunday Family Dinner

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Sunday seems to be the day that many families get together and enjoy a hearty meal.  I hear about "Sunday Family Dinner" a lot, like it's an urban myth.  The Sopranos had them all the time....every Sunday to be exact.  Katie, my daughter, goes to Sunday Family Dinner at her friend's house pretty frequently.  And she's not even their family.  I have thought about crashing "family dinner" because she always comes home with a laundry list of items they had that night.  AND the fact that she's not … [Read more...]

Meyer Lemon Shrimp Scampi

Meyer Lemon Shrimp Scampi | The Suburban Soapbox

Meyer lemons replace regular lemons to update this old classic.  A quick sauté on your stove top makes this the perfect, elegant, weeknight meal!  Meyer lemons are a cross between a regular lemon and a mandarin the mutt of the citrus world. They are a lot less sour than a regular lemon making them great to tone down the pucker in a lot of lemony dishes.  They're perfect for baked goods because you can use a little less sugar since you don't need to balance out the sour … [Read more...]

Pasta with Butternut Squash, Sausage and Sage Pesto

Butternut, Sausage and Sage Pesto Pasta

It is comfort food season.  This is the time of year when it's perfectly acceptable to eat ridiculous amounts of pasta and cheese...or pasta with cheese.  And chocolate and cake and get it. Muffin tops can now be camouflaged with this season's hottest trend.  The chunky sweater.  Yes, that's right....big, thickly knitted sweaters are making a comeback and we, my friends, can rejoice by eating large amounts of carbohydrates.  If you don't believe me, check out this article on … [Read more...]

My “Secret” Bolognese Recipe

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I'm not a fan of red sauce (gasp!), which is kind of funny that this is one of my favorite things to make.  I am perfectly content with pasta drizzled with an exceptional olive oil, chopped parsley and grated parmesan. But it's the whole process of browning the meat and sauteing the onions, carrots and garlic and then letting the whole thing simmer on the stove for hours that's kind of therapeutic for me.  PLUS, it makes sooooo much that I can freeze enough for two more meals....which means … [Read more...]