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Posts tagged “Italian

Mushroom Ricotta Meatballs

Mushroom Ricotta Meatballs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #meatballs #recipe

Adapted from Cinnamon, Spice and Everything Nice Real meatballs enhanced with creamy ricotta cheese, sharp parmesan, earthy mushrooms, a bit of spinach and some Italian seasonings, bathed in a nice marinara. Serve over zoodles or spaghetti for a comforting, homemade meal. After I made those vegetarian mushroom “meatballs”, that got me thinking about meatballs … […]


Baked Butternut Brown Rice Risotto

Baked Butternut Brown Rice Risotto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #risotto #recipe

Fresh sage and Asiago cheese really balance out the sweetness of the squash and the brown rice gives it a nutty taste, creating a savory, comforting, creamy rice dish that I just want to snuggle up with as the chill of December settles upon us. This risotto is baked to simplify the process … there’s just […]


The Best Eggplant Parmesan (Gluten Free!)

The BEST Eggplant Parmesan (gluten free) ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #GF #Eggplant #Parmegiana #

I am guessing you probably hear claims of “the best” this or that recipe all over the interwebs … so perhaps you might be asking what right have I to claim that THIS one is the best? … what is it that makes THIS eggplant parmesan so special? It’s simply that it’s saucy, yet crispy and crunchy […]


Italian Garlic Bread Crisps

Italian Garlic Bread Crisps ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #crunchy #snack #recipe

There’s an annual event that several of my yoga friends and I do together once or twice a year. We call it “Wine & Design” and it involves, yes, wine, but also lots of local artists … and they convinced me years ago that I needed to do the food. The first year my food […]


Sausage & Kale Frittata

Sausage & Kale Frittata ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Sausage #Kale #Breakfast #Recipe

Last weekend I wanted a frittata. A healthy egg-y breakfast with cheese and vegetables … plus I had some leftover cooked breakfast sausage in my fridge that I decided to toss in. The flavor of the sausage with the kale and egg and cheese was magnificent. My stomach was pleased. My taste buds were happy. There […]


Zucchini Chanterelle Brown Rice Risotto

Zucchini Chanterelle Brown Rice Risotto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mushroom #brownrice  #easy #risotto #recipe

A creamy, nutty, comforting risotto that is much easier to make than traditional risotto … the rice is baked in the oven, rather than cooked on the stovetop with constant stirring like traditional risotto. This risotto is finished with about 5 minutes of stirring stovetop,  which brings out the starches from the rice and makes that […]


Tomato Basil Upside Down Focaccia

Tomato Basil Upside Down Focaccia ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #cheesy #onion #tomato #focaccia #recipe

Inspired by Ally’s Kitchen Think bruschetta baked right into focaccia … with cheese and sauteed onion. It’s a little like a pizza, but in an upside-down cake sort of way. It’s a delightful savory, yeasted upside down cake with focaccia stepping in to replace the cake batter. It could be a show-stealing appetizer, a snack, […]


Crunchy Cheesy Italian Eggplant Fries (Baked)

Crunchy Cheesy Italian Eggplant Fries - Baked! Sumptuous Spoonfuls #eggplant #appetizer #snack #recipe

Last weekend I made up a batch of these yummy crunchy baked eggplant fries and I spent the week enjoying them for lunches and snacks … I ate them plain, I dipped them in some homemade salsa and also in some garlicky Greek Tzatziki sauce that I made with one of the cucumbers from my […]


Spinach Lasagna Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach Lasagna Stuffed Mushrooms ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #lasagna #stuffed #mushrooms #lowcarb #recipe

Mushrooms are such a perfect vessel to hold bits of deliciousness. I am not sure exactly where I saw this idea … it was somewhere in the blogosphere, a brilliant idea from one of the foodie ninjas that I know. Once I saw it, I just HAD to try it, and I was so pleased with […]


Italian Spinach Mushroom Baked Eggs

Italian Spinach Mushroom Baked Eggs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #healthy #breakfast #recipe

A simple healthy breakfast for mushroom lovers.  I made this breakfast because I am embracing my love for mushrooms and letting it go wild with ideas. If you are a mushroom hater (or allergic to mushrooms!), please go elsewhere. This post is not for you. For me, blogging happens in bits and pieces. First, I get […]


Spinach Bolognese Baked Eggs

Spinach Bolognese Baked Eggs ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #quick #healthy #breakfast #dinner #recipe

An easy, protein-rich and vitamin packed breakfast that fuels you up for whatever your morning might bring you. It’s meaty (if you use the Bolognese sauce) or vegetarian (if you use a veggie pasta sauce) and can be made gluten free (just make sure to use a gluten free pasta sauce). It’s comforting and warm and makes […]


Rosemary Plum Italian Cream Sodas

Rosemary Plum Italian Cream Sodas ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #Italian #soda #recipe

A creamy, bubbly, fruity homemade soda that is perfect for folks of any age. Children will go wild over these, adults can slip a little vodka or other alcohol of their choice in there. It’s a little colorful, swirly magic with a flavor that makes your taste buds sing. I know it’s October and it’s late […]


Bacon Spinach Wild Mushroom Risotto

Bacon Spinach Wild Mushroom Risotto ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #Italian #risotto #recipe

A wonderfully creamy, cheesy risotto (Italian rice) with bits of bacon, onion, bell pepper and spinach intertwined. The flavors blend so perfectly. I know, I’ve not been posting recipes much lately … you guys, I’ve been seriously distracted. Not much distracts me from food … but I have a couple things in my life lately that have […]


Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes

Ricotta Stuffed Tomatoes ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #tomato #recipe

Inspired by Cooking on a Budget As soon as I saw these cheese-stuffed tomatoes from Cooking on a Budget, I knew I had to try them. And today turned out to be the most opportune time for it. Today I had to drive 5 hours to retrieve my daughter. I am fortunate that her friend’s mom […]


Eggplant & Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta

Roasted Eggplant & Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #summer #tomato #appetizer #recipe

Bruschetta is one of my very favorite summertime snacks (or rather, meals. as a few of these little toasts is a complete meal for me). I make bruschetta as soon as I have a couple freshly ripe tomatoes from the garden and then over and over and over again throughout the late summer tomato season, savoring […]


Wild Mushroom & Sausage White Pizza

Wild Mushroom & Sausage White Pizza ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #mushroom #pizza #recipe

with Rachael Ray’s Pizza Crust (adapted for the bread machine) Have you ever had a white pizza?  The first time I encountered a white pizza, I have to admit I was a little befuddled. Growing up in middle America where pizza equated to Domino’s or Pizza Hut … or,  if you’re going with the frozen […]


Spinach Mushroom Ravioli w/Mushroom Cream Sauce

Spinach Mushroom Ravioli with Dreamy Mushroom Cream Sauce ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #homemade #wonton #ravioli #recipe

Ricotta cheese, mushrooms, spinach, asiago cheese, pesto and herbs make a soft creamy filling for these delicate little pillows of pasta, which I topped with a super-dreamy cream sauce with cream cheese and Asiago, garlic and sauteed mushrooms. It’s a dish made in heaven for mushroom lovers. I think my best recipe creations come from […]


Roasted Garlic Feta Asparagus

Roasted Garlic Feta Asparagus ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #fabulous #easy #sidedish #recipe

I’m sooo excited that it is finally asparagus season! My mom and dad came down for my daughter’s choir concert and brought me a bag of asparagus. I am in heaven. I so look forward to this season every year because I absolutely love asparagus, but I have not found a way to preserve it […]


Smoky Romesco Mini Cheese Balls

Smoky Romesco Mini Cheese Balls ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #redpepper #spicy #cheeseball #appetizer #recipe

Have you ever accidentally clicked the “Publish” button before you were ready to publish the recipe … that is what happened tonight so now I’m in a big panic to get this post polished before most of you see it. It’s kind of like sending out the email to an important client without the attachment. […]


Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #garlic #cheese #bread #recipe

Adapted slightly from Baked by Rachel  To go with our perfect Easter ham this year, I made this yummy garlicky pull-apart bread. I found this gorgeous recipe over at Baked by Rachel and just HAD to add cheese, because, well, what’s better than a good cheesy garlic bread? It turned out just as delicious as I had hoped. We […]


Blueberry Poached Pear Salad

Blueberry Poached Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts, Blue Cheese & a Raspberry Malbec Vinaigrette ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #gourmet #pear #salad #recipe

with blue cheese, candied walnuts and a raspberry malbec vinaigrette It’s still winter in my little corner of the world and today was a total chiller! Temperatures dropped back down below zero and I didn’t even want to look at the wind chill factor. When temps go down that low when I’m getting to the point when […]


Turkey Florentine Sandwich

Toasted Turkey Florentine Sandwich ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #hot #cheesy #grilled #turkey #sandwich with #spinach & #sundriedtomato

Let’s take a break from all the holiday goodies for a gosh awful good sandwich! A grilled turkey sandwich with melty Italian cheese, spinach, sundried tomato, cream cheese, Greek yogurt and garlic. I made this sandwich the first time as a way to use up some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, but it was so good, […]


Rosemary Fontina Grape Skewers

Rosemary Fontina Grape Skewers ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #marinated #cheese #appetizer #recipe

If you’re looking for a festive appetizer for the holidays, these little grape and cheese skewers are a beautiful addition to any appetizer table. Not only do they look beautiful, they taste amazing too! Especially when served with a nice glass of wine. The cheese is marinated in extra virgin olive oil with rosemary, garlic, […]


Spinach & Sausage Strata

Spinach & Sausage Strata ~ Sumptuous Spoonfuls #easy #dinner #recipe

If you have never had a strata, it is the savory cousin to bread pudding. It’s made with stale bread, so if you have old bread about that you don’t want to go to waste, all you need to do is add some sausage, eggs, cheeses and spinach to make a flavorful and easy yet cozy […]

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