Peperonata with Pasta Lent Recipe

Peperonata with Pasta Lent Recipe
A classic southern Italian dish. Peperonata is a stew made with peppers, onions, and tomatoes. But it can be used as a perfectly savory, spicy, and sweet pasta sauce. When served over pasta, Peperonata becomes your new favorite dish! Tasting Guidelines. Taste is savory, spicy, and sweet. Recipe is light but can be balanced with red wine and sugar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Italian.
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Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
A classic Italian dish. Fairly popular in Italian restaurants until recently when it was disregarded and categorized as old fashioned. It is characterized by chicken breasts covered in tomatoes and veggies then baked in the oven until it is fork tender. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, sweet, and a touch of spicy. Weight is light but can be balanced with savory and sugar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate side effects. Best categorized as family style Italian fare.
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Pesto Recipe

Pesto Recipe
A northern Italian favorite. A simple sauce made from basil leaves. It is incredibly versatile and can be placed on anything that is of a lighter weight. Especially good with chicken. Pesto was huge in the 80’s and 90’s, which was captured in the iconic sitcom Seinfeld where George (paraphrased) says, “Ya know? I just don’t care for pesto.” Tasting Guidelines: Taste is clean. Weight is light but can be balanced with Parmesan. Texture is saucy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as northern Italian.
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Pasta Alla Marco Recipe

Pasta Alla Marco Recipe
Pasta alla marco is a fun and sassy pasta dish that adds variety to everyday pasta. Its bright color and fun textures make eating pasta fun and delicious. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, sweet, and a little spicy. Weight is light to medium but can be balanced with vinegar and sugar. Texture is noodly and crunchy. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as modern Italian cuisine.
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Spaghetti Alla Bolognese Recipe

Spaghetti Alla Bolognese Recipe
Very simply translated: spaghetti in the style of the Bolognese. The Bolognese are famous for their meat sauce. And it is fabulous over spaghetti. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and sweet. Weight is medium but can be balanced with vinegar or lemon juice. Texture is soft and noodley. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic Italian.
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Peperonata Recipe

Peperonata Recipe
A classic Italian dish. It is extremely versatile and can be used in many different ways, such as over pasta, as a condiment on a sandwich, it can be eaten by itself with some crusty bread, served with a grilled salsiccia, and many other pairing options. In this book, I offer a recipe that uses the peperonata over pasta, and it is absolutely fantastic! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and peppery. Weight is light but can be balanced with red wine and sugar. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Italian.
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Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara Recipe
A classic Italian favorite. This dish has been Americanized by utilizing bacon (smoked cured pork belly) instead of pancetta (unsmoked pork belly) or guanciale (pork jowl), as would be used traditionally in Italy. This dish is a favorite in both America and Italy. And like all true Italian dishes, its brilliance is only matched by its simplicity. The single most difficult part of this dish is ensuring that the heat from the noodles cooks the egg sauce, not the heat from the pan. If done correctly, the egg sauce will bake into the noodles, trapping the pepper and the cheese against the noodle and leaving a dry, baked-on sauce. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is peppery, cheesy, and savory. Weight is heavy but can be balanced with Italian flat leaf parsley. Texture is dry and noodley. Good for people with low treatment side effects. Best categorized as authentic Italian.
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Caprese Salad Recipe

Caprese Salad Recipe
A classic Italian favorite. Loved the world over. Known for its many variations and simplicity. This is a dish that is hard not to love, especially when it is warm out. Great as an appetizer or as a meal. You can change the texture and consistency of the dish simply by changing the cuts to the tomatoes and mozzarella. For a fun finger food appetizer, slice and stack like an open-faced sandwich. For a fun family style appetizer, chop the tomatoes and mozzarella into cubes. Toss in the marinade and serve with crusty bread. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory, sweet, and fresh. Weight is light but can be balanced with basil and vinegar. Texture is soft. Good for people not in treatment. Best categorized as Italian.
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Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe
What would a cookbook be without a decent recipe for spaghetti and meatballs? My father-in-law, Tony’s favorite recipe. When he first had this dish, he was immediately transported back to his childhood. Growing up in an Italian family, he immediately declared that Me Maw would be very proud! This is also one of my mom’s favorite dishes and something she asked for weekly when she was going through chemo treatments. Jarred Sauce? FAH’ GET’ ABOUT IT! (Throw up hands in the air!) Don’t be chintzy! Make my marinara recipe in this book! Take the time and do it right! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory and sweet. Weight is medium but can be balanced with lemon juice. Texture is meaty and noodley. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as Italian.
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Easy Ricotta al Forno Recipe

Easy Ricotta al Forno Recipe
This is one of those dishes that you’ll be hesitant to try. You will pass it and pass it and pass it. But then one day, you will decide to try it, and your whole world will never be the same. Perfectly creamy, sweet, and savory. This is somewhere between a dessert and an appetizer. After you have this for the first time, you will be kicking yourself that you didn’t have it every time. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is creamy, sweet, and savory. Weight is medium but can be balanced with honey and pepper. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects. Best categorized as classic Italian.
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Bruschetta with Ricotta and Peaches Recipe

Bruschetta with Ricotta and Peaches Recipe
One of my personal favorite dishes ever! One of those dishes where its brilliance is only exceeded by its simplicity. This is a classic Italian snack that is perfect any time. As featured in Episode 1 of Cooking for Chemo Live! Tasting Guidelines: Taste is sweet. Weight is light but can be balanced with oregano. Texture is creamy and crunchy. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Best categorized as Italian.
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