Slow Cooker Jackfruit Porcini Ragù

This is a revision of a previous recipe. While it has a few more steps than the original, it doesn’t take much time at all to put together (less than 20 minutes). These steps were essential to creating the unbelievable flavor of this recipe. Sautéing the onions and garlic creates a nice base. Allowing the…

Sun-Dried Tomato Lentil Wheatballs

Lentils, toasted walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon peel, spelt, a little bit of oregano, a little bit of parsley, and some torn spinach.  Delicious, rustic, homemade “wheat”-balls!  Perfect for pasta night topped with your favorite marinara.  Tasty on a hoagie bun topped with sauce and melted cheese.  Or if you’re feeling especially ambitious, make them according to…

Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Cannellini Beans

Often confused with broccolini and broccoli, broccoli rabe has a very different flavor.  While broccoli is sweet and broccolini is even sweeter, broccoli rabe is slightly bitter.  The flavor reminds me of a more amped up collard green or Brussels sprout, but definitely nothing like broccoli.  In fact, it is more closely related to a…

Gnocchi with Cannellini Beans, Tomatoes, and Spinach

When I am tight on time, this is one of my favorite meals.  It is quick, easy, and hearty.  And it has…drum roll…7 ingredients, including the salt!  Sometimes, simple is best, and leave it to Italian food to perfectly showcase this maxim.   Because this recipe has so few ingredients, it’s important to follow the…

Marinara Sauce

What could be easier to make than marinara sauce?!  The ingredients are so simple, and it cooks up fast.  The most important thing is using the best tasting tomatoes you can find. If you’re using tomatoes in the can, make sure they’re brands like Pomi, Mutti, or Cento San Marzano. Or if you’re making your…

Minestrone Soup

The first soup I learned to make was minestrone.  As a youngster, I thought it was very romantic to use wine in cooking.  I felt like such a grown up incorporating it.  The smell of garlic and Italian herbs filled the air.  And at once, I was transported from my life on the Illinois prairie…

Carrot Artichoke Tortellini with Garlic Butter Arugula

Three weeks ago, I decided I wanted to make stuffed pasta. The biggest issue holding me back was the filling.  In the US, there are a few stuffed vegan pastas on the market.  Ten years ago, there was only one or two companies that made stuffed vegan pastas, so having a few more different flavors…

Spinach, Wild Mushroom and Pea Gnocchi

I made vegan gnocchi for the first time in college.  It was during the time I was studying the Italian language, and it was an epic fail.  My gnocchi were too wet, and fell apart in the water.  The ones that didn’t fall apart clumped together on the bottom in one big, oddly shaped ball….

Grape Tomatoes with Cranberry Beans over Sourdough Toast

While walking through my local international grocer, I came across some cranberry beans.  Having never heard of them before, I bought a bag without a plan for a meal.  When I got home, I started reading about how cranberry beans are from Columbia, look like a pinto bean once cooked, but go well in Italian…