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Hamburger Soup

This Hamburger Soup recipe was originally posted here on January 31, 2013 as part of our Beef Soup Series. We recently made this delicious soup again and decided to update this post with new photos.  Enjoy! Whenever I see Hamburger Soup on the menu, it always makes me smile. This family-friendly soup appeals to both […]

Pasta con Tonno

Thanks to today’s Pasta Con Tonno, everyone’s favorite, classic tuna and noodle pairing just got a fresh and deliciously gourmet update! But don’t let the word “gourmet” scare you off…this recipe is so easy to make. And the zesty flavors in this dish are so lip-smacking good, you’ll swear you’re eating a gourmet meal at […]

One Pot Tex-Mex Pasta

We developed this One Pot Tex-Mex Pasta recipe as part of our ongoing Ambassadorship with Peapod.  All opinions are 100% mine. Our nine-year-old started 4th grade this week – I can’t believe how quickly the summer flew by! It will still take a few weeks for our daughter’s after school activities to ramp up, but […]

Spaghetti all’Amatriciana

My husband Jack and I have always had a soft spot in our hearts for Italian foods.  For Jack – coming from a big Italian family – the cuisine of Italy is steeped in his blood. As for me – I always joke with Jack that I was destined to marry an Italian guy because […]

Fresh Vegetable Pasta Salad

Today is our first ‘official’ day of summer break from the school year, and I’m really looking forward to a more relaxed schedule for the next few months. OK – this really doesn’t have anything to do with our Fresh Vegetable Pasta Salad recipe that we’re sharing today – but for some reason, this year, […]

Italian Tortellini Salad

We developed this Italian Tortellini Salad recipe as part of our ongoing Ambassadorship with Peapod.  All opinions are 100% mine. With the warmer (finally!) weather here, neighborhood parties and barbecues are starting up again – and I have to say – I love being outdoors again! We’re very lucky to live in a great neighborhood […]

Whole Wheat Spaetzle With Butternut Squash

Spaetzle are delicious, soft, noodle-like, little dumplings that are commonly found in German and Austrian cuisines. Pronounced “SHPAYT-zlee” – attempting to make homemade spaetzle has been on both Jack’s and my ‘culinary bucket list’ for a long time – so we recently gave it a try! As we often like to do, we wanted to […]

Italian Cold Cut Lasagna Rollups

Picture this: All of the delicious, zesty flavors of an Italian Cold Cut sub – but instead of bread, those flavors are rolled up in gooey, cheesy creamy lasagna pasta. (YUM!) That is what you get with today’s recipe for Italian Cold Cut Lasagna Rollups! If you are a regular reader here at A Family […]

Noodles Romanoff with Mushrooms

Say the words “Noodles Romanoff” and those of us who were kids growing up during the 1970’s probably remember a boxed mix that was easy, creamy comfort food! Today’s recipe – our Noodles Romanoff with Mushrooms – is a from-scratch version that will replace any lingering memory you might still have of that old boxed […]

Meat Lovers Manicotti Stracotto-Style

Meat lovers – rejoice! Today’s recipe – our fantastic Meat Lovers Manicotti Stracotto-Style – is just for you! This Meat Lovers Manicotti Stracotto-Style is a delicious, meat-filled twist on a classic cheese-stuffed manicotti recipe – and the results are truly memorable! Stracotto is an Italian pot roast – typically a slow-braised cut of beef or […]

Pasta al Finocchio

Last month, over the holidays, Jack and I decided to challenge ourselves for the week between Christmas and New Years by cooking only with foods that we already had in our refrigerator, freezer or pantry. Of course – we still bought some fresh foods like milk and eggs as we needed them. But – as […]

Perfect Macaroni and Cheese

Sharing our Perfect Macaroni and Cheese recipe here on A Family Feast is long overdue! It is really such a simple recipe, and we just kept pushing it aside in favor of sharing many other recipes instead. But macaroni and cheese is a classic and an especially beloved recipe in our family – our nine-year-old […]

Three Cheese Baked Ziti With Meatballs and Sausage

We developed this Three-Cheese Baked Ziti with Meatballs and Sausage as part of a sponsored post for Johnsonville Sausage. All opinions are 100% mine. This time of year – when schedules are crazy-hectic and hungry visitors are walking in the door – let’s face it. Sometimes you need a little help to pull off a […]

Bolognese

We developed this Bolognese recipe as part of a sponsored post for Anolon®. All opinions are 100% ours. With the holidays here – are you looking for a great idea for the foodie on your gift list? Or perhaps – with all of the holiday cooking you are doing yourself – do you need some […]

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Move over Alfredo, there’s a new sauce in town! And its name is Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce! Coming from a gal who pretty much always orders some sort of cheesy, creamy Alfredo pasta dish anytime we go out to an Italian restaurant – this was a pretty big deal when I told my husband Jack that […]

Chicken Broccoli Pasta Bake

About a month after I first started dating my husband Jack, he invited me out to lunch so I could meet his daughter Courtney. We went to a local chain restaurant called the “99” right around the corner from where Jack lived, and I distinctively remember Courtney ordering a dish very similar to today’s recipe […]

White Lasagna Chicken Rollups

We’re back today with another delicious recipe using our versatile Béchamel sauce from our Sunday Cooking Lesson earlier this week! Today’s recipe for White Lasagna Chicken Rollups is really what we like to call an “A.I” recipe – short for Available Ingredients we already had in the kitchen and refrigerator! We had some leftover grilled […]

Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes

With a late summer garden overflowing with ripe tomatoes of all shapes and sizes…PLUS the realization that we still haven’t shared my husband Jack’s mac and cheese recipe with you before – that was the inspiration behind this incredible Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes! We took a simple, classic and very delicious macaroni and […]

Summer Squash Spaghetti Ricotta Pie

Today’s recipe for Summer Squash Spaghetti Ricotta Pie is summertime comfort food. I also love that it’s a one-dish meal that the entire family will love! Inspired by a newspaper clipping from The Boston Globe that I’ve saved for years, this Summer Squash Spaghetti Ricotta Pie is also a wonderful way to enjoy summer garden […]

Chicken Carbonara

Today we’re sharing a delicious, authentic, restaurant-quality recipe for Chicken Carbonara. Carbonara is a classic Italian pasta dish that originated in Rome with a creamy, rich sauce made from eggs, cheese, bacon and black pepper – and it’s one of my all-time favorite dishes! Behind the scenes in a restaurant kitchen, carbonara is often made-to-order […]

Creamed Salmon and Peas Over Linguini

My husband Jack first made this Creamed Salmon and Peas Over Linguini for me many years back when we first started dating. It was one of many delicious dishes that Jack cooked for me back then in his attempt to impress me and let’s just say – it totally worked! 😉 Jack gives all the […]

Mediterranean Pasta Primavera

Today, I’m passing the keyboard over to my husband Jack so he can share the inspiration behind today’s recipe for Mediterranean Pasta Primavera! (I love being told that I am right about something – and seeing it in writing is even better!) 😉 Here is Jack in his own words: I’ll be honest here: I […]

Pasta with Yellow Pepper Sauce

For our honeymoon (many years ago) my husband Jack and I went on the trip of a lifetime! We went to the Tuscany region of Italy and spent the week at a wonderful Italian cooking school called Toscana Saporita. After a very long flight from Boston, we arrived at the school just as a light […]

Baked Gnocchi with Italian Sausage

Back a few months ago, my husband Jack and I went to New York City for our anniversary (we talked about that trip here). During that trip we visited Eataly – a popular Italian foods market – where (among other things) we bought some freshly made gnocchi to take home! Once we arrived home from […]

Hamburger Cheese Bake

If you’re like me – the taste and flavors of some recipes can send you back in time! This Hamburger Cheese Bake is the perfect example of a long-forgotten dish that my mother used to make – but one taste, and I’m a little kid back at home! There’s nothing fancy at all about this […]

Straw and Hay (Paglia e Fieno)

Back when I was in college, my dorm was a few blocks away from a great little Italian restaurant called Cappucino’s, located in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline, Massachusetts. On Sunday evenings, my roommate and I would skip eating in our dorm’s cafeteria, and instead, we’d take the “T” (Boston’s nickname for its public […]

Slow Cooker Beefy Mac

Today’s recipe for Slow Cooker Beefy Mac was inspired by a conversation that my husband Jack overheard a few months ago when he took our daughter Emma to dance class. Some of the moms that were waiting outside the classroom started talking about slow cooker recipes – and Jack listened in! While everyone loved the […]

Turkey Tetrazzini

This post is sponsored by No Yolks and BlogHer. With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, I’m going to make bit of a confession… As much as I love our traditional Thanksgiving dinner – I love eating the leftovers even more! There are so many delicious recipes we make using leftover turkey and side dishes, […]

Pasta Sauce Raphael

If you’ve followed A Family Feast for a while now, then you already know what a huge fan I am of the long-time classic, The Silver Palate Cookbook. That cookbook was one of the very first that I owned and years later, it still has a strong influence on the way that I like to […]

Fettuccine in Cream, Tomato & Basil Sauce

This Fettuccine in Cream, Tomato & Basil Sauce is a delicious and easy recipe that I’ve had in my recipe box for years! It’s similar to a Fettuccine Alfredo in some ways – but with a lighter, fresher flavor thanks to diced fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and parsley added to the delicious cream sauce! What […]

Sea Scallops with Cipollini Onions and Pasta

My husband Jack and I have a long-running, good-natured argument about the correct way to say the word scallops! According to Jack, the “a” in scallops should be pronounced like in the word “ball” while I grew up saying the “a” like in the name “Hal.” We’re both correct (at least according to Wikipedia) – […]

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Do you ever get a craving for a certain kind of food?  I do – and for some reason lately (probably since we made this recipe), I’ve been craving Greek-inspired foods!  Something about the zesty, salty and spicy flavors has been calling my name!  And with July 4th barbecues coming up – after I mentioned […]

American Chop Suey

As a life-long resident of New England, American Chop Suey is a dish that brings back memories of school cafeteria lunches from my childhood!  Most people immediately recognize this dish of elbow-shaped pasta, seasoned beef, green peppers, onions, and tomato sauce – and although we call this meal American Chop Suey here in New England, […]

Baked Tortellini with Chicken Gratinati

When my husband Jack and I go out to eat, we love to try new dishes!  In addition to just enjoying great food – restaurant dining is also a great source of inspiration for us as food bloggers, and we sometimes turn that inspiration into recipes we share here on A Family Feast! But other […]

Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce

I’ve confessed to you my HUGE love for pesto before (see here) – so it will probably come as no surprise to you that this Pasta with Pesto Cream Sauce is one of my all-time favorite dishes!  And – even better, it’s simple and quick to prepare! The pesto cream sauce in this recipe essentially […]

Noodle Kugel

I won’t try to pretend that my husband Jack and I are experts by any stretch of the imagination when it comes to making traditional Jewish foods – but this creamy Noodle Kugel is one of the best kugels I’ve ever had! All of the credit for this warm, sweet and comforting recipe goes to […]

Avocado Chicken Pasta Salad

I love one-dish recipes like this Avocado Chicken Pasta Salad – especially when it’s a complete meal and it only takes minutes to prepare! It’s a super flavorful salad because the pasta is tossed with our fantastic Favorite Vinaigrette right after cooking – and this helps the pasta absorb the delicious flavors of the dressing […]

Lemon Pasta

Many years ago, during my bachelorette days when I was cooking only for myself, this easy Lemon Pasta was one of my go-to recipes!  Although I loved to cook back then – more specifically, I loved to cook for other people.  So during the week, my usual single-gal routine was to come home from work, […]

Classic Lasagna

Today’s Classic Lasagna recipe is from my husband Jack’s recipe collection!  It’s a delicious adaptation that marries an old family lasagna recipe with a version that he used to make many years ago during his food service career.  This is a wonderful, classic lasagna recipe – nothing too fancy, just layers of pasta, meat sauce, […]

Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Bake

‘Tis the season…for pumpkin recipes!  And I really hope you aren’t completely tired of seeing pumpkin recipes…because this Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Bake is super delicious and the perfect taste of fall! Most people think of desserts when they think of cooking with pumpkin – but it’s also a really delicious squash for savory dishes like […]

Pasta, Chicken & Asparagus in Garlic Tomato Sauce

We have tomatoes from our garden coming out of our ears these days – especially grape and cherry tomatoes!  But I’m actually very glad about that because it’s a deliciously good excuse to make this Pasta, Chicken & Asparagus in Garlic Tomato Sauce! This recipe is another one that we call “A.I.” – recipes made […]

Macaroni Salad

Happy Monday everyone! Here’s another classic to add to your summer barbecue recipe collection – a delicious Macaroni Salad! I know that this is a completely biased opinion, but I think my husband Jack’s macaroni salad is one of the best that I’ve eaten!  It’s rich and creamy thanks to a dressing made with both […]

Chopped Salad with Pasta

Our Chopped Salad with Pasta is another great option for a light summer menu!  What I particularly like about this recipe is that it’s a complete all-in-one meal – so it’s great packed as a take-along lunch for a picnic or a day at the beach. This chopped salad with pasta is full of delicious, […]

Mac and Cheese Cupcakes

I think our six-year-old daughter may have a future as an event planner when she grows up!  Last year – for months and completely on her own – Emma talked about having a great big play date at our house.  She made a list of all of her friends who would be invited, wrote out […]

Pasta with Arugula Cream Sauce

My husband Jack and I love arugula.  It has such a unique and peppery taste that’s super delicious when added with other greens to a salad, or made into a pesto.  And we’ve used it in a number of our earlier recipes including our Prosciutto and Fig Pizza, our Wheatberry Salad with Cranberries and Feta […]

Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera is a delicious way to eat the fresh vegetables that are becoming abundant in local supermarkets at this time of the year.  The term ‘primavera’ or ‘la primavera’ means the season ‘spring’ in many of the Romance languages, and I can’t think of a better way to eat fresh, seasonal spring vegetables! Our […]

Chicken Bellagio

Whenever we eat out at The Cheesecake Factory, more often than not, I order the Chicken Bellagio.  I love pesto (as I confessed yesterday) and the Chicken Bellagio is a delicious pesto pasta dish!  This recipe is Jack’s make-at-home version, and – dare I say – it’s even better than the dish they make at […]

Zesty Chicken with Shallots, Capers and Olives

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a big fan of Weight Watchers – and this delicious recipe for Zesty Chicken with Shallots, Capers and Olives is a perfect example of why I’m such a fan.  This is one amazingly delicious recipe – and if you can eat a meal like this and still stay on your […]

Pasta L’uva with Gorgonzola

We’re sharing one of our favorite dishes with you today – Pasta L’uva with Gorgonzola.   This dish is a wonderful combination of flavors – and it’s gorgeous to look at as well! Pasta is tossed with sweet Italian sausage, caramelized onion, creamy gorgonzola cheese, a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts – and the best part […]

Linguine with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Brie

This recipe for Linguini with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Brie wasn’t on our original schedule for this week.  A blizzard named “Nemo” hit New England this past weekend, and our area of Southeastern Massachusetts was hit hard with very strong winds that knocked down trees and power lines and doing very widespread damage. We’ve been […]

Orzo with Mushrooms, Scallions and Parmesan

This recipe for Orzo with Mushrooms, Scallions and Parmesan has been in my recipe collection for years.  It has also been shared with several of my family members, and it’s so good, it shows up on the menu for many of our family gatherings. This dish is a delicious combination of tender orzo pasta and plump […]

Chicken Noodle Soup (New York Penicillin)

We’re all fighting colds in our house this week so this Chicken Noodle Soup (aka New York Penicillin) has been on the menu.  Nothing too fancy for us these last few days – just a pot of hearty and flavorful chicken soup to soothe our scratchy throats and make us feel better. This recipe is […]

Copycat Kraft Macaroni and Cheese

So I bet you’re probably thinking that having parents who write a food blog would mean that our six-year-old daughter is a little ‘foodie’ herself?  And she’s willing to try many of the delicious foods that we make for our blog? Nope. Our six-year-old is a very picky eater, and we can count on two hands […]

Italian Chicken Soup with Meatballs and Escarole

Winter is in full-force here in New England, with snow on the ground and frigid temperatures, but this Italian Chicken Soup with Meatballs and Escarole is one way we’re keeping warm! This hearty soup is made with delicious homemade chicken stock, Italian-style meatballs, escarole and other vegetables, as well as some parmesan cheese, so it’s […]

Grandma Gennaco’s Beef Braciole

Today we’re sharing a very special family recipe for Beef Braciole that was passed down to our family from my husband’s grandmother.  This recipe originated from her mother, Grandma Gennaco, and it has stood the test of time for over 100 years. To make the beef braciole (pronounced bra’zhul which means ‘slices of beef’), a tender flank steak […]

Chicken alla Boscaiola

My husband knows me very well.  This dish for Chicken alla Boscaiola was a new recipe for us when we cooked it this past week, and as soon as Jack read the description for this classic Italian dish, he knew it was my kind of pasta.  Boy, he was right! Pasta alla Boscaiola, or “’Woodman’s […]