Dinner · Lunch · Meat · PASTA

Italian Subs


1 lb Italian sausage

1 lb ground beef
1 egg
1 cup Panko
3 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 lb mozzarella cheese shredded
2 240z jars marinara sauce (your choice brand)
8-10 rolls or hoagie buns your choice

(Freeze half the meatballs and sauce and reheat for a later date) 

Place everything into a large bowl and mix well. Very well so that everything is one color.
Line a baking sheet with foil and turn oven to broil setting.
Roll meat into 2 inch balls and place onto pan.
Brown in oven for 3-4 minutes on each side until they are firm and dont fall apart when rolled. 

Dinner · Low Carb Dish · PASTA · SeaFood

White Clam Sauce & Noodles

You’ll need:

2- 10oz cans whole baby clams in clam juice

1 onion

4 garlic cloves

4 tbsp butter

4 tbsp fresh parsley

1 1/2 cups white wine

1 1/2 cups chicken stock

Fresh grated Parmesan cheese

Fresh Lemon

1 tsp red peppers (more for serving)

Salt to taste

Get water boiling for noodles or if doing zoodles “zoodle” them up!

Dice onions, mince garlic and chop parsley.

In a sauté pan add butter and add onions. On medium heat stir until they began to soften then add minced garlic and sauté a few minutes more. Then add wine, chicken stock and clams. Squeeze 1/2 lemon into sauce and bring to a boil. Then add parsley and red peppers. Let boil until it begins to reduce. About 5-7 minutes. Add in 1/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese.

Cook and drain pasta and place into serving dish. Pour sauce all over top of noodles or zoodles. Garnish with fresh parsley, lemon wedges, fresh Parmesan and red peppers! Serve with crusty garlic bread to sip up all the yummy leftover sauce and side salad!

Chicken · Dinner · PASTA

Creamy tomato rigatoni & herbed chicken

You’ll need:

1 pound uncooked rigatoni

1- 28oz can crushed tomatoes

1- 28oz can diced tomatoes

1/2 cup yellow onion chopped

4 garlic cloves minced

4 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp butter

1 cup heavy cream

2-3 cooked chicken breast sliced

1 tbsp oregano

1 tbsp basil

1 tsp garlic salt

1 tbsp crushed red pepper

First cook noodles, drain and set aside in a serving bowl.

In sauté pan drizzle with olive oil then drop in sliced cooked chicken. Add 1 tbsp oregano and 1 tsp basil and garlic salt and mix well. Heat chicken until starting to brown then remove and place into serving bowl.

For sauce: in pan used for chicken, drizzle with olive oil and add 2 tbsp butter, sauté onions and garlic until translucent. Then pour in crushed tomatoes, and diced tomatoes, Add in 1 tsp basil and 1 tsp oregano, 1 tbsp crushed red pepper and salt to taste. Bring to a boil then add in heavy cream and mix turn off heat and stir for another minute or so. Pour sauce over noddles. Top with fresh chopped parsley and fresh grated Parmesan cheese. (If you like a little heat serve with crushed red peppers)

That’s it serve with cooked chicken, garlic bread and side salad! Enjoy!

Appetizers · Chicken · Dinner · Dressings & Marinades · PASTA · SeaFood · Side Dishes

Roasted garlic & thyme

You’ll need:

Garlic heads (as many as you want to bake) 😉

1 tbsp olive oil (per garlic head)

2-3 thyme sprigs per garlic head

Salt for sprinkling

Roasted garlic there is nothing like it! Here is a simple way to get amazing flavor and add to many dishes or sides!

Take tin foil (enough to wrap around garlic heads) Cut tips of garlic bulbs off so that each piece of garlic is expose on top. Place thyme down on foil and garlic on top. Drizzle with olive oil so that the oil runs into all the garlic clove pieces. Salt the tops and drizzle a little more oil on side into foil. Wrap and place into a pre heated oven @350 degrees. Bake for 35 minutes, if you want a sweeter garlic bulb continue to roast an additional 15 minutes allowing to Caramelize. Remove and squeeze the ends of each garlic piece and it will pop out. I like to add the garlic to hummus, mix into butter and spread into a baguette or keep in olive oil to use when I need. I will take and each the heads plain. (I know I know you have to be a garlic LOVER for that and I am) 🤗

Check out my roasted hummus garlic recipe.

Or to store garlic in olive oil place garlic into a glass mason jar fill so garlic is covered and put on lid. Make sure you keep in refrigerator as it can cause botulism if left on the counter. (No one wants any of that) Take out when needed end as always, Enjoy! 😊

Chicken · Dinner · Lunch · PASTA

Basil & Tomato chicken pasta

You’ll need:

4 chicken breast cooled & sliced

2 cups cherry tomatoes

4 garlic cloves minced

Fresh basil for topping and serving

1 tbsp dried basil

1 tbsp oregano

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 cups chicken stalk

1 cup heavy cream

1 tbsp flour

Salt/ pepper to taste

1 1/2 lbs cooked spaghetti

(If you have roasted red peppers chop and add these, these add extra flavor of yummy but aren’t needed)

In a pan brim water to boil and cook noodles. If you haven’t cooked chicken cook through and then slice.

In a sauté pan add minced garlic and olive oil and sauté. Add in cherry tomatoes and heat until they began to burst (make sure on medium heat so you don’t burn your garlic and tomatoes) when they began to split add in 1 tbsp flour and make a rue. Then pour in 2 cups chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add in seasoning basil & oregano. Then add in heavy cream and bring to a boil. Drop in slices chicken and let boil a few minutes in sauce to pick up flavors of sauce. Add 1 cup mozzarella cheese and Walt & pepper to taste. Pour over cooked pasta and top with fresh basil, red peppers and Parmesan cheese! Serve with side salad & crusty bread! Enjoy!

Dinner · InstaPot · PASTA · SeaFood · Side Dishes

Butternut Squash & kale Risotto with herbed shrimp

You’ll need:

1 lbs bag uncooked shrimp (thawed)

1 cups Arborio rice

3 cups vegetable or chicken stock

1 cups cubed butternut squash

3 cups uncooked kale

6 garlic cloves minced

(3 for shrimp 3 for risotto)

1 large yellow sweet onion diced

(Half for risotto half for shrimp)

1/2 cup white wine

Salt/pepper to taste

Parsley for garnishing

Lemon for freshness

First you need to thaw your shrimp and set aside. I cooked my risotto in my pressure cooker this time and it turns out great. So first chop and mince all veggies. Then in pot add diced squash, chopped kale, chicken or veggie stock, and rice. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. In a skillet add olive oil to bottom of pan and add half the chopped onion and half the garlic and began to sauté until tender. Then add to pot also! Then place lid on pressure cooker and set time for 22 minutes. While that is cooking, in same sauté pan add a little more olive oil and 2 tbsp butter. Add in remaining onions and garlic and began to sauté. Then pour in shrimp and sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika, oregano and basil. (I like a little heat so I sprinkled in cayenne pepper also) mix well, pour in wine and cook shrimp until all is pink and cooked through, about 3-5 minutes. That’s is the shrimp is done!

To assemble in a large bowl pour risotto on bottom layer then add shrimp to top. Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and place a few lemon slices on side of bowl for serving. I served green beans with his dish so just simple cut ends of beans off, steam for a few minutes in pan and add a little butter and Parmesan cheese! Enjoy!!!

Dinner · PASTA · SeaFood

Spicy shrimp with creamy spicy pasta

You’ll need:

1 bag frozen shrimp

1 bag noodles

1 cup chopped mushrooms

1/2 cup minced yellow onion

3 cloves minced garlic

5 tbsp butter

1/2cup flower

3 cups milk

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp Cayenne pepper (or 3 good pinches)


1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

1 cup starchy water from noodles

Seasoning for shrimp:

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cayenne pepper

Sprinkle garlic salt

Pepper to taste

Squeeze with lemon juice

First make a Roux melt butter and add flour, slowly mix in milk until smooth. In a pan sauté garlic, onions and mushrooms in olive oil until tender. Add to milk roux and then add 3 pinch’s cayenne pepper, 1 tsp smoked paprika and salt/pepper to taste. I like mine spicy so I add a little more cayenne pepper. Once bubbling add mozzarella and remove from heat. In separate pan place shrimp and add smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic salt and pepper. Cook until shrimp are cooked and remove from heat. Cook pasta as directed and when draining reserve 1 cup starchy water. Pour into sauce before serving and mix, then pour over noddles and mix well let sit a few minutes to thicken and coat noodles. To serve place pasta in bowl then place shrimp on top. Serve with fresh chopped parsley and Lemon wedge.

Appetizers · Chicken · Dinner · Lunch · PASTA

Chicken caprese pasta

You’ll need:

4 chicken breast

20 cherry tomatoes (roughly)

6 cloves garlic

10 Fresh basil leaves

24 oz Mozzarella pearls

1 cup chicken broth

14.5oz dices can tomatoes

14 oz canned artichoke hearts

1 jar sun-dried tomato pesto 8.1oz

1 cup starchy broth (from boiled noodles)


Dried oregano and basil

Olive oil for drizzling pan

2-4 tbsp butter

First you will want to brown chicken in cast iron pan. Drizzle pan with olive oil and 2 tbsp butter and heat pan. Salt, pepper and season chicken with oregano and basil and place into pan. I cook at a medium high heat to get a nice crisp on chicken, cover and let cook until chicken is done clear through. Remove chicken and place aside. In chicken drippings add minced garlic and fresh tomatoes, cover and simmer until tomatoes are soft and smoosh (technical term right here) easily. Add can of tomatoes and artichokes then salt and pepper. Simmer a few minutes and then add in chopped fresh basil about 4-6 large leaves. Pour in 1 cup chicken broth and 1 cup starchy water left over from boiling noodles. (Boil noodles with salt water and olive oil) drain and set aside. Save another 1/4 cup starchy water to pour over noodles. In a serving dish place noodles and pour reserved water over and mix until noodles are loose. Then add in jar of tomato pesto. One pot of tomatoes has reduced a little about 10-15 on low boil pour mixture over noodles. Slice chicken and place on top and add a few more fresh basil leaves. Serve with crusty bread and a salad. Enjoy!

Chicken · Dinner · PASTA

Lemon garlic chicken over basil, tomato fettuccine

You’ll need:

3 Chicken quarters or 6 thighs

6 Fresh garlic cloves minced

5-6 Fresh basil leaves

2 tbsp Dried basil

1 lemon

Olive oil


Chicken stock


Cherry tomatoes

First you will need preferably a cast iron pan, drizzle with olive oil to coat bottom of pan and heat, add two tbsp butter. Salt and pepper the chicken and place into pan to sear. I usually take my “floppy” lids and push the chicken down to get s better sear. Turn over after you have a crispy brown skin. Then squeeze both lemons over the chicken and drop lemons flesh side down into pan with chicken. Add garlic and heat until garlic starts to become translucent. Drop in cherry tomatoes and 1 cup chicken stock. Sprinkle chicken with dried basil and place into oven at 450 for 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked all the way through. While chicken is cooking bring water to boil and cook noodles as directed. Drain and set aside. Drizzle pasta with a little more olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Top with fresh Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. When chicken is done remove chicken from pan bring drippings and stick to a boil if you would like s thicker sauce add a rouge of flour and stock mixture. Pour over pasta and place chicken on top of pasta and serve!