2 tablespoons oil & vinegar Italian dressing
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
16 ounces small/medium sized rigatoni pasta
1 24-ounce jar of your favorite Marinara pasta sauce
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
Chopped fresh basil for garnish (optional)
Heat chicken and Italian dressing in a large 12 inch skillet over medium high heat (If you don’t own a large skillet, you can use a stock pot). Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
Cook chicken until browned and just cooked through, about 5 minutes depending on thickness of chicken.
Add the box of pasta and the entire jar of marinara. Fill the empty marinara jar with water and add to the skillet. If using a stockpot, use 2 cups water. Lightly stir the mixture to combine.
Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until pasta is tender to your liking. ***
Cover with grated parmesan and then shredded mozzarella. No need to stir. Continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes or until cheese is fully melted. You can also broil the entire skillet for about 4 minutes to make the cheese extra melty!
Top with chopped basil (optional) and serve! Enjoy!
*The pasta in the middle of the skillet and underneath will be more tender than the outside pasta. It’s okay if those pieces are a bit toastier and less soft. The inside will be plenty soft.
2 medium white potatoes
4 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup parmesan cheese, grated
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
Parsley, chopped (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 325ºF/160ºC.
Insert a skewer into the potato and gently push the skewer all the way through it. Hold a sharp, thin knife at an angle and cut in the opposite direction you are turning the skewered potato.
Gently fan out the potato down the length of the skewer, until you have an even gap between the slices forming the spiral. Melt the butter and brush it all over the potato.
In a medium bowl, combine Parmesan cheese, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and salt. Place the skewered potato over the bowl and shovel the mixture all over the potato until it is entirely coated.
Rest potatoes on a baking sheet so that it is hovering over the bottom of the sheet.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until nicely browned.
Garnish with additional Parmesan and parsley. Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
2 dozen oysters, shucked
1/4 cup butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 cups baby spinach, coarsely chopped
2 green onion, sliced
2 tablespoons celery, finely diced
2 tablespoons anise liqueur (optional)
cayenne, salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
2 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
Shuck the oysters placing them in a baking pan filled with rock salt to keep them level and prevent the juices from spilling.
Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat, add the garlic, saute until fragrant, about a minute and mix half of the garlic butter into the breadcrumbs.
Add the spinach, green onion and celery to the pan and cook until the spinach wilts.
Add the anise liqueur, deglaze the pan and allow most of the liquid to evaporate and remove from heat before seasoning with cayenne, salt and pepper to taste.
Mix the parsley and parmesan into the breadcrumbs.
Place a heaping teaspoon of the mixture onto each oyster followed by some bacon and the breadcrumbs.
Bake in a preheated 450F/230C oven until golden brown, about 10-15 minutes.
8 ounces linguine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large sweet onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
1 pound large shrimp
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Generously salt the water.
Cook pasta for 8-9 minutes, or until al dente, and drain.
In a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. Add the onion and cook until lightly browned and softened, about 3-4 minutes.
Add garlic, rosemary, thyme, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Stir and cook an additional 2 minutes.
Add the shrimp and let them cook for 3 minutes. Flip and cook for another 3 minutes.
Add the white wine and lemon juice. Cook until the wine has reduced.
Add the cooked pasta to the skillet.
Toss, serve & enjoy!