One Pot Orecchiette Pasta with Sausage

Hello spring, is that you right around the corner? I’m getting tricked into thinking we’re about due for some warmer weather with all the sun showers we’ve been having. That’s kind of a new thing for me- it’s literally raining and sunny at the same time. A little confusing, but I’ll take sunshine wherever I…

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Pressure Cooker Lentil and Sausage Soup

All winter long I find myself on a major soup binge. Like this Tortellini Tomato Soup with Italian Sausage, or this hearty Black Bean Soup, or the non- Instant Pot version of today’s soup, Sausage and Lentil. Clearly I find it comforting and warming this time of year. My favorite soups usually involve some combo…

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Butternut Squash, Kale and Brown Rice Casserole

Here comes another great fall-inspired casserole to solve all your ‘what to cook for dinner’ problems. That’s the great thing about casseroles- they’re easy to prepare, and everything bakes up together so nicely to create a well rounded, hearty meal. This time we’re loading up with fresh butternut squash, kale, brown rice, Italian chicken sausage,…

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Lentil and Sausage Soup

It’s windy, rainy, and chilly, and I’m thinking that today’s a good day for making a big batch of  hearty soup. Soup is one of those cooler-weather comfort foods that makes you feel good from the inside out, especially if it leans towards the healthy side. Today I’m making a pot of one of my favs-…

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Polenta Lasagna

Here comes a weeknight staple- ready instantaneously, simple, filling, and a lifesaver when dinner time comes a knocking. Can you guess what it might be? Lasagna, of course! But not just any lasagna- Polenta Lasagna! Because who doesn’t like those soft golden circles baked and bubbled up with some Italian chicken sausage and cheese? This recipe speaks…

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Buttermilk Biscuits with Sausage Gravy

These classic buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy are pure breakfast comfort food! In my opinion, nothing says love quite like a heaping plate of gravy-smothered biscuits for breakfast. They’re dangerously good, and definitely got the full approval from my husband. (It’s been a long-time request of his). I tried to use minimal ingredients for both the…

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Gnocchi alla Senese

Tuscany for the win. I was flipping through one of Rachael Ray’s magazines last week looking for some quick and easy dinner ideas, and came across Gnocchi alla Senese. Whatever that means. I like gnocchi so I read on. It sounded like a meat sauce with a whole bunch of herbs and flavors. But did…

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Spicy Sausage Rigatoni

Every once in a Wednesday, we make it a mid-week fun pasta night. Tonight was no exception with Spicy Sausage Rigatoni. Wednesday night meals have to be pretty quick and simple. A little bit of prep work, followed by a little bit of waiting for the sauce to simmer; nothing difficult. This dish is perfect if…

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Penne with Sausage and Basil

Friday night is usually pizza night, but tonight we’re going with a simple penne pasta covered in roasted cherry tomatoes, onions, and Italian sausage. Sometimes I feel like enjoying an easy pasta dinner that yields big flavor for little effort. Roasting some veggies and sausage in the oven is a great fix for that. Roasting…

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Orecchiette with Sausage, Chickpeas, and Mint

Orecchiette has quickly become one of my new favorites. Orecchiette with sausage, chickpeas, and mint, specifically. I’m crazy about the way these flavors come together. I’ve been recently taught to use pasta cooking water throughout the recipe- it makes a big difference. Using salted cooking water allows you to skip adding additional salt later on…

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Tortellini Tomato Soup with Italian Sausage

I was getting sad about the end of summer, but then I remembered soup. THIS soup, specifically. I’m a fan of tomato soup to begin with; I love the creaminess and richness of the tomatoes. But then add in spicy Italian sausage, cheesy tortellini, fresh spinach and basil, and you have everything you need. Plus…

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Lazy Sunday Casserole

Lazy Sundays are already enjoyable and this dish makes them even better! Throw potatoes, carrots, peppers, and onion in the oven with some lean chicken sausage and let it crisp up with all the best seasonings. Recipe adapted from Kayotic Kitchen.