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What’s Better Than Pizza & Salad?

Pizza and Salad

If asked what their favorite meal is, how many of your little citizens would say pizza? We know the majority of ours would (us included!). In a world of delicious, deliverable food right at your fingertips, it can be hard not to fall into the trap of ordering delivery instead of cooking. With a little extra energy and a few helping hands, you can take the next Friday family pizza night to a whole new level with our easy homemade pizza and a salad recipes!

Italian Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad
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We had this delicious salad on our trip to Italy. Stuffed to the brim with great toppings like egg, olives and fresh tomatoes, it's guaranteed to please a crowd.
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8 servings 10 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
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Italian Chopped Salad
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We had this delicious salad on our trip to Italy. Stuffed to the brim with great toppings like egg, olives and fresh tomatoes, it's guaranteed to please a crowd.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
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  1. Chop your tomatoes into quarters. Chop or shred your mozzarella into bite sized pieces. Shred your lettuce and radicchio. Combine your lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, corn and olives in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate small bowl, whisk together olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Spread evenly over the salad and mix to coat. Top with hard boiled egg, that has been halved and serve!
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Homemade Pasta Recipe

Nonna and Stella Making Pasta

Dinners aren’t always easy. In our house, the more veggies we introduce, the more blank stares we receive. Always a winner for us? Pasta. Sometimes we can’t fight it and I reach for the box. Seeing Stella make pasta with her family in Italy made it us think… Is this something we could actually do as a family in our own home? Turns out it is! The entire family had a ton of fun and the results were absolutely delicious. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Fresh Homemade Pasta

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Fresh Homemade Pasta
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Once you try a homemade pasta dish, it will be hard to go back to your usual boxed pasta. This recipe calls for eggs and flour but feel free to add in a dash of olive oil for taste or water if you find your dough to be too dry. Pair it with our Nonna's pasta sauce for your next family meal!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
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Fresh Homemade Pasta
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Once you try a homemade pasta dish, it will be hard to go back to your usual boxed pasta. This recipe calls for eggs and flour but feel free to add in a dash of olive oil for taste or water if you find your dough to be too dry. Pair it with our Nonna's pasta sauce for your next family meal!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 30 minutes
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  1. Mound the flour in the center of a large wooden board or counter top. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the eggs, olive oil and salt.
  2. Using a fork, beat the eggs together slowly beginning to incorporate the flour; starting with the inner rim of the well. As you expand the well, keep pushing the flour up to retain the well shape (do not worry if it looks messy).
  3. When half of the flour is incorporated, the dough will begin to come together. Start kneading the dough, using primarily the palms of your hands. Once the dough is a cohesive mass, set the dough aside and scrape up and discard any dried bits of dough.
  4. Continue kneading for 10 minutes, dusting the board with additional flour as necessary. The dough should be elastic and a little sticky to the touch. (If you press your finger into the center of the dough it regains its shape).
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature before using.
  6. Sprinkle a baking sheet generously with flour (note: at this point aim to keep everything well-floured to prevent the pasta from sticking to itself or the roller as you work. If the dough starts to feel sticky as you roll it, sprinkle it with flour. Also sprinkle flour on any pasta you're not working (rolled, cut or otherwise) with and keep it covered with a dishtowel). Divide the dough into four equal portions. Dust the portions with flour and cover with a clean dishtowel.
  7. If you're using a pasta machine, set it to the thickest setting (usually marked "1"). Flatten one piece of dough into a thick disk between your hands and feed it through the pasta roller. Repeat once or twice. Fold this piece of dough into thirds, like folding a letter, and press it between your hands again. With the pasta machine still on the widest setting, feed the pasta crosswise between the rollers . Feed it through once or twice more until smooth. If desired, repeat this folding step. This helps to strengthen the gluten in the flour, giving it a chewier texture when cooked.
  8. Begin changing the settings on your roller to roll the pasta thinner and thinner. Roll the pasta two or three times at each setting, and don't skip settings (the pasta tends to snag and warp if you do). If the pasta gets too long to be manageable, lay it on a cutting board and slice it in half. Roll the pasta as thin as you like to go. For linguine and fettuccine, you can normally go to 6 or 7 setting.
  9. Cut the long stretch of dough into noodle-length sqaure sheets, usually about 12-inches. If cutting into noodles, switch from the pasta roller to the noodle cutter, and run the sheet of pasta through the cutter. Toss the noodles with a little flour to keep them from sticking and gather them into a loose basket. Set this basket on the floured baking sheet and cover with a towel while you finish rolling and cutting the rest of the dough.
  10. To cook the pasta immediately, bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt the water, and cook the pasta until al dente, 4-5 minutes. To dry, lay the pasta over a clothes drying rack, coat hangers, or the back of a chair, and let air dry until completely brittle. Store in an airtight container for several weeks. To freeze, either freeze flat in long noodles or in the basket-shape on a baking sheet until completely frozen. Gather into an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Dried and frozen noodles may need an extra minute or two to cook.
  11. If you don't have a pasta machine and you want to cut it by hand -- don't worry, it can be done! Divide the dough into four pieces and mimic the action of a pasta roller with a rolling pin. Roll as thin as possible, lifting and moving the dough constantly to make sure it doesn't stick. Sprinkle the dough generously with flour and then gently roll it up. Use a very sharp chef knife to cut the roll cross-wise into equal-sized noodles. Shake out the coils, toss with flour, and proceed with cooking.
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Nonna’s Secret Sauce Recipe

Nonna and Stella making pasta

Every family has at least one recipe that has been passed down and perfected through generations. It’s the whole family’s favorite meal…just the smell of it brings back memories, and the first bite always feels like home. For Stella, that dish is Nonna’s pasta sauce. Stella, her mom (Alexis), dad (Rob) and brother (Marcel) traveled to Italy to learn more about their heritage and meet their extended family. While they were there, Nonna made her famous sauce with Stella, and shared the secret recipe with us.

Pizza Recipe & Activity

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Italy holds a special place in our hearts for many reasons, and we’d be lying if we said that pizza wasn’t high up on the list. Italy is home to modern day pizza… the pies we know and love evolved from flatbread dishes that were popular in Naples hundreds of years ago. When our co-founder Leigh and her family traveled to Turin, her boys got to try their hand at making their very own pies. A special moment for any pizza-loving little citizen. Do your little citizens love pizza? Read more to download our pizza coloring activity and get our pizza recipe!

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

stuffed cabbage rolls

stuffed cabbage rolls
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
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Some call it a Polish dish, many have has a Hungarian version... You might have tried them in Germany or Greece. While there are many variations, today I'm sharing my family's take on the dish.
Servings
6
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings
6
Cook Time
2 hours
stuffed cabbage rolls
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
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Some call it a Polish dish, many have has a Hungarian version... You might have tried them in Germany or Greece. While there are many variations, today I'm sharing my family's take on the dish.
Servings
6
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings
6
Cook Time
2 hours
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  1. Melt roughly 2 tbsp of the butter. Add onion to sauté until semi-clear. Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds more. Add ground beef, 1 tsp of pepper, salt and mustard. Cook until the meat has browned. Add cooked rice and carrots mix. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Remove the core of the cabbage and place in boiling water. Boil for about 5 minutes. Peel softened leaves and set aside. If inner leaves are still tough, return to the boiling water until soften. Repeat until all leaves are removed.
  3. Melt remaining butter in sauce pan and add tomato sauce and remaining 1 tsp pepper. Allow sauce to simmer while you assemble cabbage rolls.
  4. Spoon filling onto the end of a leaf and roll, tucking in sides as you go. Repeat until all leaves are used. Please rolls into a greased casserole dish and spoon sauce over rolls.
  5. Place in oven for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.
  6. We love to serve the rolls with mashed potatoes. It's a hearty meal! To lighten it up, feel free to serve with salad or as a stand alone dish!
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