Category: Italian

Italian Stuffed Zucchini

This Italian dish is a BIG, baked stuffed zucchini, cut in half, and filled w/ Italian sausage, ground beef, tomato sauce, spices, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.Italian Stuffed Zucchini / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I love to grow our own vegetables in my raised bed garden. Zucchini is one of my favorites, but sometimes they hide under the leaves until they have grown quite large. This recipe for Italian Stuffed Zucchini uses those great big zucchinis…which is why I love it!

A fairly large zucchini is necessary for this dish. You know, the big zucchini you find you overlooked in your garden, or buy at your local Farmer’s market. It also might be the kind a friend gives you in a grocery bag after their harvest. ☺

Growing zucchini in our garden.
I received this recipe for Italian stuffed zucchini from a friend of mine named Shannon. I worked in a school office with Shannon for many years and love her dearly. She was one of my early inspirations for starting a veggie garden (for which I remain grateful!).

What Is In Stuffed Zucchini?

I’ve made stuffed zucchini several times over the years. The pairing of a large garden-grown zucchini stuffed with Italian sausage, garlic, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses adds up to a delicious and quick dinner!

This dish is so easy to prepare and it is an all-in-one kind of dish…meat and veggies! See how big the zucchini is?

Two huge zucchini halves, stuffed, baked, and ready to serve!

Here is a side view of all that melted Parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top! YUM!

Lots of melted cheese on top of the stuffed zucchini.

Have a great day. I hope you will consider trying this recipe for stuffed zucchini, and trust you will enjoy it, too!

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Recipe given to me by Shannon Newton. Original Recipe Source: Unknown
Italian Stuffed Zucchini
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This Italian dish is a BIG, baked stuffed zucchini, cut in half, and filled w/ Italian sausage, tomato sauce, spices, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese.

Category: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian stuffed zucchini
Servings: 6 (if using really big zucchini)
Calories Per Serving: 710 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Italian sausage (or use 2 links with casing removed)
  • 3/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 medium onion , finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoons oregano
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 ounces can tomato sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese , grated
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (Kraft "green container" Parmesan works great)
Instructions
  1. Saute hamburger meat, Italian sausage, onion and garlic until cooked. Drain grease. Put meat mixture in large bowl.
  2. Add breadcrumbs, oregano, salt, pepper and tomato sauce to meat mixture. Mix well.
  3. In a skillet, par boil zucchini in water till tender. Remove zucchini and cut in half-length-wise. Remove seeds with a spoon, creating out a "tunnel" indentation in the zucchini (this will hold the filling-see photo below). Poke holes in zucchini with fork, then brush melted butter all over surface of the zucchini. Season with salt and pepper. Place zucchini halves in a 9x13 baking dish.
  4. Stuff both the carved "tunnels" with the hamburger mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Cover pan with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven. Uncover.
  6. Divide grated Mozzarella cheese in half. Sprinkle across top surface of both halves. Place pan back into the oven (uncovered) and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
  7. Remove from oven and cut into serving sizes (can usually get 2-3 servings per half, but it depends of course, on the size zucchini you are using). Serve, and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Italian Stuffed Zucchini
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
Calories 710 Calories from Fat 468
% Daily Value*
Fat 52g80%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 1336mg58%
Potassium 605mg17%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 41g82%
Vitamin A 970IU19%
Vitamin C 10.3mg12%
Calcium 543mg54%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Pasta Carbonara

Enjoy classic Pasta Carbonara, an Italian dish with pasta cooked in a creamy bacon and onion sauce, with grated Parmesan cheese. It tastes FANTASTIC!Enjoy classic Pasta Carbonara, an Italian dish with pasta cooked in a creamy bacon and onion sauce, with grated Parmesan cheese. It tastes FANTASTIC!

If you love bacon…and you love pasta…you’re going to LOVE this Pasta Carbonara recipe!
I love to try recipes created by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman. Love her recipes, photos and sense of humor. This recipe is adapted from her version of this classic pasta dish. I only made a couple of changes to fit our tastebuds.
This pasta carbonara recipe is RIDICULOUS! I’m not kidding…the smell of the bacon, onions, and garlic is amazing as it cooks away in the kitchen.

I made this (again!) for my husband and I last night and we both LOVED it. We might have even exclaimed several times out loud… “Oh my gosh…this is sooooo good!” Honestly, it is quite simple to make, very economical, and if that’s not enough…it’s incredibly delicious! I’ve made it with spaghetti noodles (as in pic above) and with fettucine noodles. Any pasta will do!

The pasta carbonara recipe makes enough for four generous servings. Since our sons are grown and it is now just the two of us taking up space in our home, we have LEFTOVERS! Yes…this pasta dish is truly a good thing. Hope you will try the recipe and LOVE it!  Here’s how to make it:

How To Make Pasta Carbonara

Bring water in pan to a boil to cook the pasta. While the water is coming to a boil, fry the bacon in a large skillet, until crisp. Drain most of the bacon grease, but leave approx. 2 TBSP bacon grease in the skillet.

Remove and drain the bacon pieces on a paper towel. When it has cooled, crumble the bacon into small pieces.

Bacon is cooked until crisp, for the pasta sauce.

Return the skillet you cooked the bacon in to the stove. Add the onions and mushrooms and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown (3-4 minutes).

Carefully add the garlic, and continue cooking/stirring for one minute (don’t let that garlic burn!). Throw the bacon back in, too, while you’re at it!

Cooking the onions and mushrooms for the pasta sauce.

The crumbled crisp bacon is added to the carbonara sauce.

Time To Make The Pasta Carbonara Sauce

Now it’s time to make the pasta carbonara sauce. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, whipping cream, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes together.

IMPORTANT – “Temper” The Eggs

Because there are fresh eggs in the sauce, you will want to “temper” them. All this means is introducing hot liquid very slowly into the mixture so when you add the hot pasta to the sauce, the eggs won’t scramble. Okay? It’s EASY.  Don’t freak out… here’s what you do:

Take about 6 Tablespoons (one at a time) of the starchy hot water from your pasta (when it is about half way cooked). SLOWLY (yes, I mean a SLOW DRIZZLE) add the water, one Tablespoon at a time to the egg mixture, stirring continuously.

This helps to warm up the egg mixture a bit. After the eggs have been tempered, slowly pour the mixture into the skillet with the bacon mixture while the heat is on low. Stir continuously, until the egg mixture is fully blended in with the bacon mixture.

Eggs, whipping cream, spices and Parmesan cheese are the base for the carbonara sauce.

The egg mixture is mixed together and eggs are tempered before adding to hot skillet.

Once the egg mixture has been tempered, it is added to the hot skillet.

The tempered egg mixture is added to the skillet to make pasta carbonara sauce.

Now the pasta carbonara sauce is ready to go! The next step is to add the cooked pasta to the sauce!

Pasta Carbonara6Pasta carbonara sauce is fully blended, and is ready for cooked pasta to be added.

Add the cooked and drained pasta to the skillet with the sauce. Toss well, to fully combine the pasta and the sauce. Once everything is heated through, the pasta carbonara is ready to serve!

Serve The Pasta Carbonara

When ready to serve, place portions onto each dinner plate. If desired, garnish the pasta carbonara with additional bacon crumbles, parsley, and grated Parmesan cheese. This is optional, but it looks (and tastes) good.

Dig in, and enjoy this hearty pasta dish! I bet you will love it!

A plate with a serving of pasta carbonara, and a slice of french bread.

Hope you enjoy this pasta carbonara dish! It really tastes fantastic! Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Recipe Adapted From: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2012/05/pasta-carbonara/

Pasta Carbonara
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Enjoy classic Pasta Carbonara, an Italian dish with pasta cooked in a creamy bacon and onion sauce, with grated Parmesan cheese. It tastes FANTASTIC!

Category: Entree, Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: pasta carbonara
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 557 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 1/2 medium onion , chopped finely
  • 4 mushrooms , chopped (optional-I added them)
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (I used 1/2 c. "real" and 1/4 c. Kraft "green container")
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (add more later, to taste!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 lb. pasta (have made this with spaghetti & fettucine noodles...use whatever type pasta you enjoy).
Instructions
  1. While water is coming to a boil for pasta, fry the bacon until crisp. Drain most of the bacon grease from skillet, but leave approx. 2 TBSP bacon grease in the skillet. Remove and drain bacon pieces on a paper towel. When cool, crumble the bacon into small pieces.

  2. Return the skillet you cooked the bacon in, to the stove. Add the onions and mushrooms, and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown (3-4 minutes). Add the garlic, and continue cooking for about a minute, stirring often (don't let that garlic burn!). Throw the bacon back in, too, while you're at it!

  3. Make the sauce. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, whipping cream, parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes together using a whisk or fork. Because there are fresh eggs in the sauce, you will want to "temper" them. All this means is introducing hot liquid very slowly into the mixture so when you add the hot pasta to the sauce, the eggs won't scramble. Okay? It's EASY. Wait...what???? Don't freak out...Here's what you do:

  4. Take about 6 Tablespoons (one at a time) of the starchy hot water from your pasta (when it is about half way cooked). SLOWLY (yes, I mean a SLOW DRIZZLE) add the water, one Tablespoon at a time to the egg mixture, stirring continuously. This helps to warm up the egg mixture a bit. Once "tempered", slowly pour the mixture into the skillet with the bacon mixture while the heat is on low, stirring continuously, until egg mixture is fully blended in with the bacon mixture.
  5. When the pasta is done cooking, drain and add it to the sauce, stirring the pasta into the sauce the entire time. Cook on low for an additional 1-2 minutes (but do not boil) till pasta/sauce is heated through. Garnish with additional shredded parmesan cheese and bacon pieces, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Pasta Carbonara
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6) of total)
Calories 557 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 157mg52%
Sodium 673mg29%
Potassium 322mg9%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 725IU15%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 188mg19%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Olive Garden Toscana Soup

Olive Garden Toscana Soup is a delicious copycat recipe for a beloved, hearty soup with potatoes, Italian sausage and kale, in a seasoned broth!Olive Garden Toscana Soup is a delicious copycat recipe for a beloved, hearty soup with potatoes, Italian sausage and kale, in a seasoned broth!
I’m sitting in my office at home looking out the window at freshly fallen snow in our backyard. We had a crazy snowstorm (it gets a bit crazy in Portland when we have significant snow) yesterday, and another 3-5 inches is expected for later this afternoon. This is a great day for Olive Garden Toscana Soup!

My husband and I have both been fighting pesky head colds for several days now, so we decided a big pot of soup was just the ticket for us to have around for 1) the snowstorm, and 2) leftovers, so I wouldn’t have to cook too much while sick. It was a really good idea (we occasionally have good ideas!)

Where I Found The Recipe For Olive Garden Toscana Soup

Once we settled on what KIND of soup it was easy: A big pot of Toscana Soup, a copycat version of the popular soup found at Olive Garden restaurants nationwide. It is also known as Zuppa Toscana! I dug out my trusty cookbook called “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes”, by Todd Wilbur… and then got busy in the kitchen.

I can’t count how many times I have made this recipe over the years…it’s always soooo tasty and filling (and ridiculously easy to make, too!). The blended flavors of Italian sausage, potatoes and kale (which I conveniently grow in our garden) are wonderful in a light, creamy broth. Seriously good soup! Perfect way to warm up on a cold, snowy day…or any time you want a great bowl of soup!

How To Make Olive Garden Toscana Soup

Place Italian sausage links into a large skillet. Pan-sear the sausage links on medium heat until browned, and cooked through. This will take between 10 and 15 minutes to fully cook the sausages.

Italian sausage links are pan-seared in skillet.

Slice the cooked Italian sausage links on the diagonal into bite-sized pieces.

The cooked Italian sausage links are cut in thin slices.

Slice the cleaned, unpeeled potatoes into thin slices, and then quarter them. The potato slices will cook more evenly if they are all cut about the same size.

Unpeeled russet potatoes are cut into thin slices, then cut into quarters.

The potato slices now “walk the plank” into the Toscana soup base that is simmering in a large soup pot.

Potatoes being added to the Olive Garden Toscana Soup in pan.

Into the soup pot goes the kale…lots of fresh chopped kale! The Olive Garden Toscana Soup is almost ready to eat!

Chopped kale is added to the soup in pan.

Add the cooked and sliced Italian sausage to the soup, and heat the soup, until very hot and ready to serve!

The sliced, cooked Italian sausage pieces are added to the pot of Olive Garden Toscana Soup.

Hope you will give this Olive Garden Toscana Soup a try and will discover (if you haven’t already), how delicious it really is! It’s also pretty easy to make a big pot of this soup to enjoy! Sure do hope you like it!

If you enjoy the soups at Olive Garden restaurants, be sure to also check out my recipe for Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup! It is fantastic! Have a great day.

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Recipe adapted from the cookbook: “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes”, by Todd Wilbur, (published 1977).
Olive Garden Toscana Soup
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 mins
 

Olive Garden Toscana Soup is a delicious copycat recipe for a beloved, hearty soup with potatoes, Italian sausage and kale, in a seasoned broth!

Category: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Toscana soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 396 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 Italian sausage links (mild or hot flavors are okay-I typically use mild)
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup milk (for an even creamier version, use heavy whipping cream, then omit the butter)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 3 small russet potatoes- unpeeled (or 1 1/2 large potatoes-unpeeled)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Grill or sauté the sausages till done (approx. 15 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool. Once sausage has cooled, slice the sausages at an angle into slices about 1/2 inch thick.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine the chicken stock and the milk/butter (or heavy cream) over medium heat. Add the grilled Italian sausage slices and kale to the soup. Slice the unpeeled potatoes into 1/4 inch slices, and then quarter each slice. Add the quartered potato slices to the soup.

  3. Add the spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes) to taste. Let the soup simmer on low, uncovered for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Olive Garden Toscana Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
Calories 396 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 1245mg54%
Potassium 1000mg29%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 3560IU71%
Vitamin C 47mg57%
Calcium 116mg12%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tuscan Garlic Chicken

This easy, stove top Tuscan Garlic Chicken features lightly seasoned chicken, with a spinach, red pepper, garlic and Parmesan cheese sauce, on fettuccine pasta.
This easy, stove top Tuscan Garlic Chicken features lightly seasoned chicken, with a spinach, red pepper, garlic and Parmesan cheese sauce, on fettuccine pasta.
“Winner, Winner…Chicken Dinner”! I might have said these words after making this amazing recipe for Tuscan garlic chicken last night for dinner.
 
I love to search for new recipes and try them out for my husband and myself, and when I find a great one, like this Tuscan garlic chicken, it’s my own small “Christmas miracle”, as I like to say!  I made a few small changes to the original recipe (another Pinterest find!), utilizing ingredients I had on hand. The end result? We totally enjoyed this dish.
 
The Italian flavors of lightly seasoned chicken, spinach, red peppers, garlic and Parmesan cheese on a bed of fettuccine pasta were wonderful! As I made the sauce, I kept tasting it (it’s a tough job, but “someone” has to do it – *quality control*)!
 
The original recipe calls for 4 chicken breasts, but I only used 2 for this recipe. After pounding them out thinner and cutting them in half (total of 4 pieces of chicken breast), my husband and I ended up having 1 half piece each (with 2 pieces leftover for “leftovers”).
 
That portion size of chicken was more than enough, so that cut the already inexpensive price of this delicious meal way down!
 
I’m very glad I tried this recipe, and look forward to making it again. This would be a great meal to cook when company comes over for dinner! I hope you will give it a try – AND I hope you enjoy it!
 
Here are a few pictures taken while cooking Tuscan garlic chicken:
 
Pounding the chicken breasts between plastic wrap with a meat mallet…it’s good, cheap therapy!
 
Chicken breasts for Tuscan Garlic Chicken are pounded with a mallet to flatten.
 

Red peppers and garlic cooking in the skillet.

Red bell peppers and garlic cooking in skillet for sauce for Tuscan garlic chicken.
 

This is what the sauce for Tuscan garlic chicken will look like once all ingredients are added.

Cooking the sauce to go with Tuscan garlic chicken.
 

And that’s it! The Tuscan garlic chicken was served on top of a bed of fettucine pasta. Doesn’t it look good?

Tuscan Garlic Chicken, served on a bed of fettucine noodles.

This chicken dish really is a simple meal to prepare, and it tastes wonderful! Sure hope you will consider making this Tuscan garlic chicken!

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 Adapted From: http://www.tastesbetterfromscratch.com/2014/01/tuscan-garlic-chicken.html 

Tuscan Garlic Chicken
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

This easy, stove top Tuscan Garlic Chicken features lightly seasoned chicken, with a spinach, red pepper, garlic and Parmesan cheese sauce, on fettuccine pasta.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Tuscan garlic chicken
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 540 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
For the chicken coating:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
For the sauce:
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper , diced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 Tablespoon flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 small box frozen chopped spinach (cooked according to pkg. & drained well) You can also substitute 2 cups of chopped fresh baby spinach, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (I used the real stuff!)
For the pasta:
  • 1/2 lb. fettuccine noodles , cooked according to pkg. directions)
  • * Note: I'm sure any pasta would work great...the fettuccine noodles were fantastic though; they really handled the sauce well!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts in half. Place each piece between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until much thinner (think of this as good therapy...pound, pound, pound!). You can also cut the chicken breasts in half horizontally, if desired. I pounded away!
  3. On a large plate, mix together the chicken coating ingredients (flour, salt, pepper, basil, oregano, onion powder and garlic powder). Dredge the chicken in the mixture, coating both sides.
  4. Heat 2 TBSP olive oil in a non-stick skillet on medium high. When the oil is really HOT, add the chicken. Brown the chicken on both sides (approx. 1-2 minutes per side-till golden brown), then remove chicken from skillet and place in a baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes (or until fully cooked). Keep chicken warm.
  5. While the chicken is in the oven, whip up the sauce. (Easy so far, right?)
  6. To make the sauce, start by sauteing the diced red peppers in just a touch of olive oil for about 5 minutes. Then add the minced garlic and saute for another minute or two (being careful NOT to burn the garlic!). Once done, remove from skillet to a small plate and set aside.
  7. Add the 1 1/2 TBSP olive oil to the warm skillet. Add in the flour and whisk into the oil to blend. Add the chicken broth to this mixture and whisk until smooth. Slowly bring this sauce to a boil.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the milk and the cornstarch until dissolved. Add this to the boiling sauce, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
  9. Stir in the cooked, well-drained spinach (or 2 cups fresh chopped baby spinach), the peppers and garlic mixture, the Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Season with a touch of salt and pepper (to taste).
  10. Simmer the sauce until it thickens, stirring occasionally. If sauce is too thick, you can always add in several tablespoons of the starchy hot pasta water. (I added 3-4 TBSP of pasta water)
  11. Place fettuccine noodles on plates, top with the sauce and then place the chicken on top. Garnish with a bit of fresh, chopped basil (optional) and some additional shredded Parmesan cheese. ENJOY!
Nutrition Facts
Tuscan Garlic Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 540 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 1000mg43%
Potassium 584mg17%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 2120IU42%
Vitamin C 26.6mg32%
Calcium 235mg24%
Iron 2.8mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is an easy to prepare, classic Italian dish featuring chicken cutlets, cooked in broth with lemons, garlic, white wine and capers.Chicken Piccata is an easy to prepare,  classic Italian dish featuring chicken cutlets, cooked in broth with lemons, garlic, white wine and capers.
My husband and I were invited to dinner in the home of good friends from our church a few months ago. We had a wonderful time visiting and then we were treated to a delicious Chicken Piccata dinner (I got to help my friend Sandy a bit in the kitchen—but SHE did 99% of the “work”).

I had never eaten Chicken Piccata before, so I was incredibly surprised how easy to make (as well as how light and delicious) the chicken was, thanks to the subtle flavors of lemons, garlic, capers and white wine.

A great meal and great conversation with dearly loved friends…what more could we ask for? We are so blessed with the friends in our lives…truly a gift from God.

Dinner with friends where we enjoyed chicken piccata.
Well, needless to say… I left their home that evening clutching the recipe in hand (can you see me smiling?). I’ve made this recipe many times since then, but keep forgetting to take a photo.

Soooo… I included a photo of the delicious Chicken Piccata my friend Sandy made the evening we joined them for dinner… I guess it counts if I sliced some lemons, gave it a little stir, took the picture, and ate the chicken, right? Ha! Have a great day!

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Chicken Piccata
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Chicken Piccata is an easy to prepare, classic Italian dish featuring chicken cutlets, cooked in broth with lemons, garlic, white wine and capers.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken piccata
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 491 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken cutlets (4 chicken breasts, pounded flat between pieces of plastic wrap)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour (for dredging chicken)
  • Salt and Pepper (to season chicken cutlets with)
  • 6 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 3 teaspoons garlic , minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 6 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 6 Tablespoons capers , drained
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Fresh lemon slices
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper, then lightly dredge both sides of chicken in the flour, shaking off the excess.
  2. Spray a skillet with nonstick spray, and add the vegetable oil to skillet; heat oil over medium-high.
  3. Saute the chicken 2-3 minutes on one side, then turn them over and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes with a lid (or covering) on the pan. Transfer chicken to a warm plate; skim off the fat from the pan.
  4. De-glaze the skillet with the wine and add the minced garlic. Cook until the garlic is slightly browned and the liquid is nearly evaporated (approx. 2-3 minutes). Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  5. Add the broth, lemon juice and capers to the skillet.
  6. Return chicken to skillet and cook for an additional minute on each side. Transfer the chicken to a warm plate (serving platter or individual plates).
  7. Finish the sauce by adding the butter and sliced lemons to skillet sauce. Once the butter melts, pour the sauce over the cutlets.
  8. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve. Enjoy! This is delicious with a side of pasta.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Piccata
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 491 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 123mg41%
Sodium 855mg37%
Potassium 763mg22%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 18.2mg22%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

Make a delicious Chicago-style deep dish pizza from scratch, with 3 cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, tomatoes, green peppers and mushrooms.Make a delicious Chicago-style deep dish pizza from scratch, with 3 cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, tomatoes, green peppers and mushrooms.

My husband and I love pizza! We especially adore Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza…it’s so amazing! While there isn’t too much that is healthy in a slice or two of a good one, occasionally we just want the sheer cheesiness (new word) and oozy goodness of hot pizza. Nine times out of ten we just order from our favorite place, or I will throw together a homemade one, if the mood hits.

However…sometimes you just have a craving for a humongous deep dish pizza. You know, the kind that can feed a small village or two. That kind. I started searching online for the basics of a good deep-dish pizza and came upon this one. It sounded pretty easy, and I knew I could add a few things to personalize it for our taste buds to be delighted.

This Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza Tastes GREAT!

The results with this deep dish pizza were fantastic! Stuffed FULL of goodies, this pizza came out of our oven just screaming to be devoured. Hot, cheesy, and full of flavor…yes, yes, yes! I sure hope you enjoy this. I know we did.

A Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza, ready to slice and eat!
This pizza takes a bit of prep time (for dough to rise, etc.), but I know you will LOVE the finished product…absolutely delicious! C’mon…you KNOW you want a big ol’ bite of this deep dish pizza…can you smell it? Ooooooh! Hope you enjoy it!

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Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza
Prep Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 55 mins
 

Make a delicious Chicago-style deep dish pizza from scratch, with 3 cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, tomatoes, green peppers and mushrooms.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: deep dish pizza
Servings: 8 slices
Calories Per Serving: 464 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For the dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 TBSP all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/8 teaspoon. instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons water , at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 teaspoon. olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter , softened
For the sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon. dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic , minced or pressed
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can petite-diced tomatoes
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Ground black pepper , to taste
  • Salt , to taste
For the filling and topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped or sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 links Italian sausage , cooked (spicy or sweet, w/casing removed and crumbled, cooked in skillet)
  • 1/2 cup pepperoni slices
  • 1/4 oz. grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 TBSP)
  • 4 thin slices provolone cheese
  • 8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese (approx. 2 cups)
Instructions
  1. Make the dough: Whisk together the flour, cornmeal, salt, sugar and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer, until well blended. Attach the dough hook and mix in the water and melted butter on low speed for 1-2 minutes. Scrape dough down from sides of bowl, as needed. Increase the speed to medium-low and knead until dough is glossy and smooth (approx. 3-4 minutes)
  2. Coat a medium bowl with 1 tsp. of the olive oil. Transfer the dough to bowl, turning once to coat with oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; let rise at room temperature until nearly doubled in size (approx. 45-60 minutes)
  3. Once dough has risen, turn it out onto a lightly floured, dry work surface and roll it into an 8x6 inch rectangle. To laminate the dough, spread the softened butter over the surface, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the edge.
  4. Starting at the short end, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. With the seam side down, flatten the cylinder into a 9x2 inch rectangle, then fold into thirds like a business letter. Pinch the seams to form a ball, and return dough to oiled bowl.
  5. Cover tightly again with plastic wrap and let rise in the refrigerator for 40-50 minutes till it has risen quite a bit. (not doubled, but close)
  6. Prepare the sauce: In medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  7. Stir in the onion, mushrooms, green pepper, oregano, and salt. Saute until the liquid has nearly evaporated and the onion is golden brown, stirring often, about 3-5 minutes.
  8. Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30-45 seconds.
  9. Stir in the tomatoes and sugar, then increase the heat to medium-high. Bring the mixture just to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and continue to simmer until reduced to about 1 1/4 cups (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in basil and oil.
  10. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a 9 inch round cake pan with olive oil.
  12. To assemble and make pizza: Move the dough to a dry, lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 13 inch disk, about 1/4 inch thick. Fold in half and carefully transfer the dough to the pan. Unfold, and lightly press the dough to line the bottom of the pan and 1 inch up the sides of the pan. If the dough resists stretching, wait 5 minutes before trying again.
  13. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of the shredded mozzarella over the surface of the dough. Then layer 1/2 of the sauce over the cheese. Next layer is the sausage and pepperoni. Then add the other 1/2 of the sauce on top of the meat. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella, the provolone slices, and the Parmesan cheese. I also sprinkle the top with a a bit more dried oregano.
  14. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20-25 minutes (mine took 25), until the crust is golden brown. Remove pizza from oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing (trust me on this...holds together better this way).
Recipe Notes

This recipe may seem a bit labor intensive, but if you brown the Italian sausage, and cook the sauce during the "rising" times of the dough, it really isn't so much. The hardest part really is just waiting for the dough to rise...and for that FIRST TASTE! I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!

Nutrition Facts
Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 464 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Fat 31g48%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 973mg42%
Potassium 358mg10%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 595IU12%
Vitamin C 9.2mg11%
Calcium 258mg26%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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