Italian Bread & Tomato Soup (Ribollita)

Literally translated as reboiled, ribollita is a Tuscan soup that can be made with whatever vegetables you have on hand. To keep it tasting like a ribollita, it’s best if you start with a base of onions, carrots, and celery and include some form of tomatoes (sauce, pureé, crushed, etc.) and bread.

This recipe calls for frozen spinach, but kale and Swiss chard would work as well. Tomato sauce, tomatoe puree, crushed tomatoes, and pretty much any other form of tomato would do. If you don’t have stale bread, put a few slices of fresh bread in a warm oven and let them dry out without toasting. Add as much bread to create the thickness you like. Try making it with enough bread so you can taste it in every bite.

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Serves: 4 to 6

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Pimiento Cheese Creamed Spinach

Creamy spinach casserole has always been a favorite at the best steak houses. And they also make a wonderful side dish for your holiday meals. The pimiento cheese flavors give it a uniquely Southern twist. It’s rich, it’s savory, and it has a delicious thick and creamy texture.

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Yield: Makes 8 servings
Total time: 1 Hour, 20 Minutes

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Make-Ahead Spinach & Cheese Strata

Take some spinach, cheese, and bread cubes, soak them in a custard-sauce overnight, bake until puffed and golden the next morning, and what do you get? Why, the uber-delicious Spinach and Cheese Strata. One bite of this moist, delicious, nutmeg-y Strata, and you’ll throw away your box of breakfast cereal.

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Servings: 6

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Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil and Spinach Salad

This dish is full of flavor (and heart-healthy fiber) thanks to the balanced combination of tart balsamic chicken and a lightly sweet and crunchy salad made with celery, green apple and lemon juice.

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Total Time: 25 min
Prep: 15 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 4

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Zucchini and Chicken Salad

A relaxing meal made without turning on the oven (although you do use the stove) is just right for a warm summer night.

If even the thought of turning on the stove is too much for you, this recipe can also be made using leftover or store-bought roasted chicken.

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PREP: 30 MINS, TOTAL TIME: 30 MINS, SERVINGS: 4

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta Salad

Everybody LOVES spinach dip! Hot and bubbly with cheese, cold and served in a bread bowl, with artichokes or without…. YUM!

You’ll love this easy Spinach Artichoke Dip inspired pasta salad! This delicious dish is actually a take on a favorite cold spinach dip; creamy, delicious and oh so easy to make! This is seasoned with a package of vegetable soup mix giving it a ton of flavor but also keeping it really simple! You’ll want to use a medium pasta noodle for this salad, rotini, bow ties, wagon wheels or shells are all great choices!

If you’re looking to make this dish a little bit more healthy, you can sub in whole wheat pasta, greek yogurt and a lighter dressing for the mayo.

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Roasted Vegetables Lasagna

It is time to give your favorite lasagna a meat-free makeover by replacing the usual meat sauce with a simple marinara sauce and blend of chunky vegetables roasted until yielding soft and ever so slightly charred.

It’s got all the elements that make homemade lasagna so delicious – that gratifyingly substantial belly-warming goodness, a surprisingly hearty flavour that belies its vegetarian origins, and that ever-important ooey-gooey melted cheese layer on top.

Note: Most of the components of this recipe (namely the roasted vegetables, the marinara sauce and the ricotta layer) can all be assembled a day or two in advance… or just skip the homemade marinara and use a good-quality jarred sauce instead. All that’s left to do on the day of is to boil the noodles, assemble the lasagna and then pop it into the oven until bubbly and delicious.pasta roasted vegetables lasagna

Prep time: 40 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 1 hour 25 mins
Serves: 12

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Garlic-Butter Spinach and Bowtie Pasta

Homemade pasta dishes don’t get much easier than this one. It basically takes you the amount of time it takes to boil the pasta, but the butter, garlic, basil, and spinach make it fancy. It’s probably the quickest Olive-Garden-Chef’s-Special type of food you’ll ever make! You will even feel all-Italian (unless you are Italian) because there’s going to be a big pot of water with pasta on one end of the stove, and another large skillet at the other end. And you’re going to be stirrin’, and crushin’, and seasonin’… ooooooh, you gonna have a great time with this one!pasta bowtie garlic spinach

PREP TIME: 5 mins
COOK TIME: 15 mins
TOTAL TIME: 20 mins
Serves: 4 to 6

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Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato & Spinach Pasta Bake

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato & Spinach Pasta Bake is a delicious, make-ahead, freezer-friendly dish that can be put together with what you have on hand.

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Total Time: 50 mins
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Dish Size: 2 Quart

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