Chicken Lasagna

This is one of our favorite make ahead meals. It heats great from frozen and the investment of one afternoon yields at least four meals. For our small family, it’s more like 8. Sometimes, for Sunday dinner with Gogo and Papa, one 8″ x 8″ pan serves 4...

Smokey Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parmesan can be a little bit blah, but using Smokey Tomato Sauce really steps up the flavor, offering a unique twist on an old classic. If you have the sauce already on hand, this comes together fairly easily and, when frozen, is a super easy weeknight meal....

Smokey Tomato Sauce

We make this sauce in August when we have more tomatoes than we know what to do with. We love the “hearty without meat” flavor it brings to a wide variety of dishes. Another plus: it maintains it’s unique, smokey flavor through the canning process....

Basil Pesto

This pesto recipe is very versatile. It is pictured here with Cavatappi pasta, cherry tomatoes and some fresh mozzarella. We like to make lots of pesto in the summer when fresh basil is readily available and freeze it for use throughout the year. Having pesto on hand...

Italian Sausage and Cheese (Not) Stuffed Manicotti

These “not stuffed” manicotti may be a little easier to make than the traditional filled pasta tubes we’re used to, but this recipe still requires an investment of time. Luckily, once you are committed, you might as well make enough for the future....

Basic Tomato Sauce

When you need a fresh-tasting tomato sauce, but don’t have all day to make it, this basic recipe is a great option. Fresh carrots, celery, onion and garlic all brighten – and deepen – the flavor of the canned tomatoes. Perfect served simply over pasta and also...