Here are some meals I've successfully made with recipes from the Kitchn, Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Yummly, Food Network, Tasting Table, and more. They were easy to prepare and cook, so I hope you'll have fun with it too!

Red Pepper Ziti with Sweet Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Pecorino Romano Cheese

Serves 2.

I threw these simple and tasty ingredients together and created an easy, hearty dish!

You'll need...

2 cups ziti pasta
1/2 lb Sweet Italian sausage
1 cup button mushrooms
1 red bell pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/2 - 2 cups of your favorite pasta sauce
2 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
Freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
Salt, Pepper, Thyme for seasoning

Boil the ziti pasta, add about 1 tablespoon of salt to the water (cooked al dente) - drain and set aside. Remove casing from the sweet Italian sausage, flatten them in heated pan with two teaspoons EVOO in a medium pan. Break apart the sausage while cooking. Add some chopped button mushrooms, chopped red pepper, and a teaspoon of minced garlic in a small pan with 1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil; saute until soft.  Add your favorite pasta sauce to the ziti, mix in the sausage, pepper, garlic, mushroom, season with some freshly ground pepper, thyme, and top with Pecorino Romano cheese.  Serve immediately.


Orzo Risotto with Sausage and Artichokes

Serves 4.

This is my go-to recipe when I don't have enough time to try a new one. 
I've cooked this orzo risotto so many times that I've practically mastered it! :)

Get the recipe from Food & Wine: http://bit.ly/1ejqTlM

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Wine-drenched Squash with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Artichokes, and Tuna

Serves 2 (large).

I wanted to try something new...away from meat but not vegetarian, 
and I came across this great recipe that uses premium canned tuna. 
It's zesty, fresh, and full of citrusy flavors!

Get the recipe from the Kitchnhttp://bit.ly/1faAvAt

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Okonomiyaki (Osaka-style)

Serves 1.

TIP: You can purchase the Otafuku brand okonomiyaki batter mix at any Japanese supermarket,
or you can make your own using the ingredients listed in the recipe.


Get the Otafuku recipe herehttp://bit.ly/1faAA77

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