finished pesto pasta on a plate

Pesto Pasta with Pine Nut Breadcrumbs

A big plate of creamy pesto pasta is exactly what the weekend needs. Bucatini tossed in a vibrant pesto sauce and topped with crispy pine nut breadcrumbs. Flavors of fresh basil, garlic, lemon, honey, and parmesan run throughout. It is absolutely delicious and makes for a tasty side dish to any spring or summer main. Continue reading “Pesto Pasta with Pine Nut Breadcrumbs”

finished winter vegetable buckwheat crostata on a serving board

Winter Vegetable Buckwheat Crostata with Cheddar & Honey

This unique winter vegetable buckwheat crostata is such an exciting, flavorful side dish. It’s made with a homemade buckwheat dough that’s rich and nutty. The filling is a mixture of fennel, leeks, red chard, and white cheddar cheese. Baked until crisp and flaky, with a soft, melted cheddar and vegetable center. Drizzled with a lemon sesame honey mixture that gives the crostata a finishing pop of sweet brightness. Continue reading “Winter Vegetable Buckwheat Crostata with Cheddar & Honey”

Roasted Potatoes with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Roasted Potatoes with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto & Burrata

Golden, crispy roasted potatoes with sun-dried tomato pesto & creamy burrata cheese. The pesto is slightly sweet, rich in flavor, and has a really bright tang to it that goes so well with the potatoes and burrata. It’s a stunning, flavorful side dish that would make any weeknight meal more exciting, or you can save it for your next dinner party! Continue reading “Roasted Potatoes with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto & Burrata”

Balsamic Caramelized Radicchio

Balsamic Caramelized Radicchio with Grapes & Gorgonzola

A simple side dish for your Christmas menus: balsamic caramelized radicchio with grapes & gorgonzola. The radicchio is pan-seared in olive oil then roasted with red onions and balsamic vinegar until tender and caramelized. It gets topped with jammy grapes, tangy gorgonzola cheese, and a drizzle of honey. Something a little different than a traditional side dish, that’s just as tasty as it is beautiful! Continue reading “Balsamic Caramelized Radicchio with Grapes & Gorgonzola”

Herby Sausage & Fennel Stuffing

Herby Sausage & Fennel Stuffing

Sharing a last-minute herby sausage & fennel stuffing if you’re looking to try a new stuffing this year! This is my go-to stuffing, with classic flavor and lots of texture. It’s full of Italian sausage, caramelized onions & fennel, plenty of herbs, and a buttery pistachio & dried apricot topping…baked until golden and slightly crisp on top. Serve it with lots of gravy as the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Continue reading “Herby Sausage & Fennel Stuffing”

Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad

Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad with Rosemary Cider Vinaigrette

A roasted brussels sprout salad that combines the very best of fall flavor – earthy brussels sprouts roasted until caramelized and crisp, sweet and slightly spicy honeyed pecans & pumpkin seeds, a fragrant rosemary cider vinaigrette, crisp apples, and sharp white cheddar cheese. It’s a salad that’s special enough to serve for the holidays, but it’s so satisfying that you’ll hopefully want to make it all season long! Continue reading “Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad with Rosemary Cider Vinaigrette”

Tomato Basil Risotto

Tomato Basil Risotto

Nothing is more comforting or more delicious than this tomato basil risotto. Sweet cherry tomatoes are cooked down with olive oil, onions, garlic, and crushed red pepper, then blended until smooth with lots of fresh basil. This rich, vibrant mixture is used to cook the rice. White wine, butter, and lots of parmesan cheese are added in as well. The result is a risotto with intoxicating tomato flavor and a creamy, silky-smooth texture. Continue reading “Tomato Basil Risotto”

Tomatoes & Burrata with Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette

Tomatoes & Burrata with Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette

The simplest dish to savor the end of summer: tomatoes & burrata with crispy shallot vinaigrette. Beautiful heirloom tomatoes, creamy burrata cheese, crispy shallots & garlic, a really flavorful vinaigrette, and lots of fresh herbs. Serve it with toasted bread alongside for the most show-stopping appetizer or side dish. It’s a unique take on a simple tomato salad that you can serve with just about any summer meal! Continue reading “Tomatoes & Burrata with Crispy Shallot Vinaigrette”

Grilled Zucchini with Ricotta

Grilled Zucchini with Ricotta & Caper Vinaigrette

An easy summer side dish that’s bursting with flavor: grilled zucchini with ricotta & caper vinaigrette. Sliced zucchini grilled until slightly charred and tender, topped with creamy ricotta cheese, a tangy caper-walnut vinaigrette, and lots of fresh basil. It’s absolutely irresistible, so simple to make, and would be such a tasty addition to any summer cookout! Continue reading “Grilled Zucchini with Ricotta & Caper Vinaigrette”

Marinated Stone Fruit Caprese Salad

Marinated Stone Fruit Caprese Salad

There’s nothing like a sweet & savory marinated stone fruit caprese salad to celebrate summer! The fruit is tossed with red wine vinegar, honey, olive oil, and plenty of herbs. After a quick marinade, it’s all spooned over creamy buffalo mozzarella cheese. It’s the quickest “no recipe” kind of recipe to throw together if you need a last minute appetizer or side dish. You can serve it with toasted bread or just eat it as is! Continue reading “Marinated Stone Fruit Caprese Salad”