Crazy for Pizza!

As much as we love going out for drinks on Friday to celebrate the weekend and put the week behind us, we also love staying in and having our friends over for our version of happy hour. Being the pizza fanatics we are, we decided to try and make our own. We took a shortcut (love that) and used pre baked crusts (you can also use Naan or Pitas) but I must say I was proud of the result and judging by how quickly we all devoured our slices, I’d say our friends liked them too.

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My favorite! Margherita (with a little sauce)

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Mike’s yummy creation… A Philly Cheesesteak pie (Wiz included)

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I LOVED this combination! Goat Cheese and Figs (balsamic glaze)

What is your favorite way to spend Friday???

Shortcut to Delicious

I’m usually one for going all out and cooking weeknight feasts…I said usually. Today I was just tired and not looking forward to spending an hour in the kitchen, so I decided to get a little creative and take some shortcuts. I’m sure you guys know by now I have a slight pasta addiction and that was definitely the first thing that came to mind. I tried this sauce a couple of weeks ago and was amazed at how delicious it is, so much so that I just had to have it again. I have never been a fan of jarred pasta sauce but this one can give some home made sauces a run for their money; it is perfectly seasoned (not too heavy on the sodium) and can stand alone or be a great companion to chicken or seafood. The ravioli have a butternut squash filling (light and savory) and the shrimp were pre-cooked to perfection (thanks Whole Foods!!!). I added a little chopped basil, arugula and spinach. Voila! Dinner in 15 minutes! I hope I can inspire you to be a little lazy too 😉

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Monday Meatballs Pomodoro

Few things are more comforting to me than a big bowl of pasta and it having been a crazy Monday, I can honestly say; comforting is much needed. This is a simple recipe that will instantly bring you back to all those Sundays spent at Nona’s house eating supper with la famiglia (provided you HAVE a Nona and she just happens to make kick ass meatballs). 😜

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For the meatballs:

1 lb lean ground beef
1 egg
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Combine all ingredients, form into balls, bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes (until golden and cooked through).

For the Pomodoro:

1 28oz can whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes, puréed in food processor
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 medium onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Kosher salt
3 large fresh basil sprigs
12 oz. bucatini or spaghetti
2 Tbsp. cubed unsalted butter
1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino

Heat extra-virgin olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Add minced onion, cook, stirring, until soft, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add red pepper flakes; cook for 1 minute more. Increase heat to medium, add puréed tomatoes and season lightly with salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce reduces slightly about 20 minutes. Remove pan from heat, stir in basil sprigs, and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring water to a boil. Season with salt; add spaghetti and cook until aldente. Discard basil and heat sauce over low – medium heat; add meatballs and pasta, toss to coat. Remove pan from heat; add butter and cheese; toss until cheese melts. Transfer to warm bowls; serve with more cheese, if desired (to which I say: YES!).