Quick, Fast, Easy & Foolproof 30 Minute Pizza Dough

Super Quick Pizza Dough Since we’re in Pizza week here at Once Upon a Spice I wanted to share a very tasty Pizzaria style dough that’s ready to top in about 30 minutes! This soft pillowy base works wonderfully for Quick, Fast, Easy and Delicious pizza, stuffed breads, calzones and stromboli. So easy to put…

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Tuscana Quattro Formaggi Red Pepper & Olive Pasta with Basil Cream One Pot!

Tuscan food, by tradition, is light, appetizing and extremely colorful. Feel free to experiment with any foods that fit into the latter category. Not a fan of olives? Use roasted eggplant! Want more veggies? Add roasted asparagus, chopped cherry tomatoes, zucchini–the list is endless! Create, Create! Here’s my version of a lighter, but very satisfying…

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Pasta Alla Puttanesca Una Pentola-One Pot!

 Una Pentola One Pot!  The featured photo with Brio displayed on the plate of the cascading Puttanesca is not my own, but it is my namesake so I simply had to share 🙂 The history of pasta Puttanesca carries many colorful Italian folk tales. This slightly salty, piquant pasta sauce is full of flavors that…

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Pasta Alla Carbonara Una Pentola One Pot!

  We all know what pasta embodies, but have you ever wondered what “carbonara” means? Carbonaro means charcoal in Italian, but to this day, the connection to this savory, flavorsome dish remains uncertain. Some food historians believe this pasta may have been popular among charcoal makers working in the Apennine Mountains; or perhaps it is…

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Replace Bottled Sauce with 20 Minute Magnificent Marinara

  While there are hundreds of amazing brands of pasta sauces on the market, I don’t buy bottled sauce anymore…period. Here’s why. This rich, thick, bubbly brew costs about $3.50-$4 a batch, possesses all of the freshness under the Tuscan sun and puts a smile on the face of everyone who consumes it. The Mmmms are infinite! Reasons…

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Italian Pride: Portions of Pasta’s Past

Since most all of my recipes will be centered around Italy this week, today, I would like to share a bit about pasta; its origin, uses and soon some of my fondest childhood memories surrounding them. “Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. Wherever Italians immigrated they brought their…

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Tortelloni Italia Italian Pasta Salad

  Today, during pasta week, we continue in the theme of Italia. This time using delectable aged cheese filled puffs of pasta. Mmm! For those not aware, Tortelloni are stuffed pasta, the same shape as tortellini, but a bit larger. They are usually stuffed with various types of aged cheeses and or ricotta and leafy…

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Italian Ricotta Rice Pie

This is a re-post from Easter, but I simply had to include this highly unusual masterpiece during our Pie week this week. It’s SO worthy of a re-post. Everyone and I mean everyone I serve it to always asks me for the recipe. It’s that good! This Ricotta Rice pie recipe of my Mama Carmela’s…

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Gelato! Ice Cream vs il Gelato; There IS a Difference!

If you’ve ever visited Italy, you’ve more that likely had the pleasure of experiencing velvety, luscious Italian gelato or possibly an icier version similar to American ice milk gone Italian ice. Maybe you assumed the only reason it seemed richer and more flavorful than American ice cream was because you were enjoying it in the…

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Napolitana e Siciliano Easter Egg Lasagna: Italian Fare For New Beginnings

This is a quick and easy version of my Mama Carmela’s famous Easter Lasagna. The addition of hard-boiled eggs and sliced meatballs were influenced by her northern Italian background and make this dish extra delicious and one of a kind! I’ve adapted her recipe and made it “today” friendly for ease of preparation by using…

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