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5 Ingredients

These recipes are for all the busy people out there (college students included) who still want a good home-cooked meal but have limited time or limited pantry space.  These dishes are here to make your life easier. Each recipe is straightforward, delicious, and has 5 ingredients or less (assuming you already have olive oil, salt, and pepper in your kitchen). Simple doesn’t mean sacrificing flavor.

How to Make Homemade Italian Egg Pasta (Using Italian 00 Flour)

This homemade pasta recipe is simple to make and uses just 2 ingredients — Italian 00 Flour and eggs. If you’ve ever wanted to try making your own pasta, these noodles make great lasagna, ravioli, tortellini, or tagliatelle, even fettuccine, or cut a little wider to make chewy ribbons of […]

bright green mushy peas with whole peas dotted on top

Easy Creamy Mushy Peas Recipe

Sweet, creamy, buttery mushy peas make any meal (or fish and chips) even better. These peas are so delicious that the first time I made them, we immediately made them again for dinner the same night, and then two days later we had them again after we went back to […]

a glass Weck tulip jar filled with strawberry blood orange sauce on a pink and gold vintage venetian wooden tray with the lime green mini cypress trees behind it

15-Minute Homemade Strawberry-Blood Orange Sauce

This easy homemade strawberry-blood orange sauce is a super tasty way to top all your favorite cheesecakes, pancakes, french toast, strawberry shortcake scones, and ice cream sundaes. Avoid buying storebought syrups or sauces which can be full of preservatives and loaded with sugar because all you need is fresh (or […]

classic italian tomato sauce

Simple and Velvety Italian Tomato Passata Sauce

This naturally (intensely) sweet tomato Passata Sauce recipe is in a word, delicious. We use it for making all kinds of toothsome pasta dishes and in some of our favorite lasagnas. You can use any type of jarred tomato purée for this recipe, but today (and for as long as […]

a ladle full of deep red tomato pasta sauce

How to Make Simple Classic Italian Tomato Sauce for Pasta

If you need a quick and easy tomato sauce for pasta this recipe is the most essential (and delicious) of them all.  Made with basic pantry staples — a jar (or can) of high-quality San Marzano (or Mutti brand tomatoes), extra virgin olive oil, onion, garlic, and a little carrot, […]

shrimp gratin baked up with a cheesy crispy crust on top of seasoned shrimp in a scallop shell

Easy and Delicious Shrimp Au Gratin (Gamberi Gratinati)

Sweet local shrimp get the full Italian “gratinate” treatment in this simple and elegant shrimp recipe. And just like those Diver scallops au gratin we made a while back, this is one of the easiest seafood dishes there is to make. Tender seasoned shrimp resting under a crispy blanket of […]

bellinis in prosecco glasses with bottles of prosecco and fruit around the feet of the glasses

Arcobaleno Bellini (Rainbow Bellini Cocktail)

If you need a new weekend brunch cocktail, something special for an anniversary toast, or to help revive girls’ night this fruity Rainbow Bellini recipe is as tasty as it is pretty. All you need is a little fresh fruit and a decent bottle of bubbly and you have yourself […]

a single stack of cornstarch dusted square homemade wonton wrappers

Thin and Chewy Homemade Wonton Wrappers (Using All-Purpose Flour)

If you love paper-thin chewy wontons, potstickers, or even those delicious crispy fried wonton strips in your favorite egg drop soup, you’ll want to make this homemade wonton wrapper recipe. Not only is this recipe easy, but it’s made using just flour, egg, salt, and water. When you see just […]

topping a st. louis style pizza with fresh bufula mozzarella (buffalo mozzarella)

20-Minute Thin and Crispy St. Louis-Style Pizza (No Yeast)

If you’ve never made St. Louis-Style crispy thin-crust pizza, you’re in for a treat with this easy and super delicious recipe. Whether you’re just really busy or have some fussy eaters, this is the perfect (quick) homemade pizza recipe for the whole family. Forget the stodgy, dry-crusted homemade pizzas you’ve […]