• Pasta,  Recipes,  Salads,  Vegetables

    Orzo and Vegetable Pasta Bowl with Slow-Roasted Tomatoes and Onions

    This time of year, there’s an amazing abundance of fresh vegetables, and it’s a great opportunity to get your children to try some new produce. Think about hitting a farmers market this weekend, and let your kids pick out something new to try. When you get home, make this recipe. With it’s grown-up and child-friendly versions, everyone in your house is guaranteed to eat dinner. The adults get to enjoy a delicious dijon vinaigrette while the kids sample the new vegetables with the buttery pasta they always enjoy. The slow-roasted tomatoes and onions are delicious, but this dish will be tasty even without them. Although they do take a while in…

  • Flavors,  Italian,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Spinach & Ricotta Papparadelle

    Searching for a delicious and quick pasta dinner? Need to get out of the red sauce rut? Look no further than this luscious meal – simple to prepare, full of flavor and easy to customize to fit your family’s tastes. And although it’s delicious on it’s own, this pasta is also a terrific compliment to chicken, seafood or fish. I topped ours with seared halibut which I had brushed with some of my oregano marinade. Dinner couldn’t have been easier to pull together! If you’re adding protein to this dish, try my http://gatherconnectempower.com/2017/04/oregano-marinade/ Seared fish is a terrific addition to this pasta dish http://gatherconnectempower.com/2017/05/seared-halibut/ Spinach & Ricotta Papparadelle Author: Kate Wagner Serves:…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Italian,  Meat,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Roasted Meatballs

    I have never been one for frying meatballs (too messy!), so I am constantly tinkering around with baking meatballs instead. This recipe was inspired by Ina Garten’s new cookbook. I have always baked my meatballs, but usually at a low temperature. I still make meatballs that way from time to time, but I really appreciate the speed with which these meatballs come together. The additional breadcrumbs and higher heat help the meatballs keep their shape and cooks them all the way through…then all you need is a quick simmer in the sauce and dinner is ready! Have a few extra minutes? Make my delicious marinara sauce! Marinara Sauce Roasted Meatballs…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Italian,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Baked Manicotti

    I have been making this recipe for years – it’s one of my top 5 most requested client meals – but ironically it’s never been a meal I made for my kids because they one, don’t like marinara sauce smothered over everything (meatballs should have a bare dripping of sauce, that’s it) and two, casseroles, or any dish where the food is all mixed together is like torturing them. I have to face facts and accept that my kids, who are 13, 10 and 7, are not changing anytime soon. So, imagine my surprise, that along with blending our families, I get to cook for older kids that LOVE meals like…

  • Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Italian,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Sun-dried Tomato Meatballs

    These meatballs are perfect for warmer weather – they come together quickly, totally different than my long-simmering in red wine version. The turkey keeps them light while the pancetta and sun-dried tomatoes give these meatballs such a special flavor. Best of all, this recipe is a huge hit with kids! My secret? My kids rebel against the “green stuff” in meatballs, aka parsley. My lightbulb moment – serving the parsley on the side! Score one for mom… Sun-dried Tomato Meatballs Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 60 meatballs This recipe falls into my category of “If I’m getting all these ingredients out I might as well make a lot”. I just love…

  • Chicken,  Cooking for a Crowd,  Dinner,  Pasta,  Recipes

    Chicken Meatballs with Fresh Oregano and Yogurt

    Love these meatballs! They are so flavorful and moist – thanks to the fresh herbs and Greek yogurt – these are Springtime comfort food! You’ll notice these make a lot of meatballs – I don’t believe in making a meal like these and not having leftovers or you could freeze the meatballs for a future dinner.   Chicken Meatballs with Fresh Oregano and Yogurt Author: Kate Wagner Serves: 8-10 people Love these meatballs! They are so flavorful and moist – thanks to the fresh herbs and Greek yogurt – these are Springtime comfort food! You’ll notice these make a lot of meatballs – I don’t believe in making a meal…