One-Pot Mac & Cheese

Ban the Box! This kid-friendly recipe could not be easier. Four ingredients, one pot and a colander. The recipe is easily halved or doubled, and the ingredients are found in every American supermarket and no one will judge you for buying a package of already-grated cheese. Add a little salt, if you desire. 2 cups […]

Not Your Momma’s Macaroni & Cheese

I can not tell you how popular “Adult” Mac & Cheese is around our house. This makes an easy side-dish and is also a super-satisfying vegetarian entree. The recipe requires no sauce, saving a messy step, and can be made earlier in the day and baked just before serving. Sharp cheddar is good to use […]

Orzo Casserole

This very popular casserole can be served as a side dish or makes a great vegetarian entree. Orzo casserole can be made earlier in the day and baked before serving. 1 pound orzo (rice-shaped pasta) 6 garlic cloves, unpeeled 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock 1 cup fresh-grated Parmesan cheese, divided […]

Pasta Arrabbiata

There cannot be a simpler sauce to prepare. This few-ingredient pasta sauce is a favorite from the area around Rome, and it comes together in about the same time needed to boil water and cook pasta – making it a few-ingredient two-pot RV-perfect meal. Penne is traditional, but any shape will do, especially spaghetti. Arrabbiatatranslates to […]

Pasta with Ricotta, Basil & Lemon

A classic Italian dish, this recipe comes together quickly and requires only one pot (to wash), so it is also great in the RV. The walnuts are not traditional, but I really feel they make the dish special. Recipe is easily doubled. ½ pound dried pasta, such as penne or orecchiette (little ears) 1 cup […]

Linguini with Caramelized Shallots, Mushrooms & Sage

This hearty vegetarian dish is perfect for fall. I used whole wheat linguini, but any linguini or spaghetti will do. Go easy on the salt, as the cheese is very salty. Caramelizing the shallots does take a few minutes, but the flavor is amazing – and it’s a perfect opportunity to enjoy a glass of […]

Spaghetti con Pepe

Spaghetti with Pepper. Four ingredients: spaghetti, black pepper, Pecorino Romano cheese and a splash of olive oil. One pot and a strainer/colander. My version of spaghetti cacio e pepe does not require making a cheese sauce which makes the pot so much easier to clean. And though the four ingredients sound easy and every-day, this dish just […]

Mushroom Fettuccini

My Mushroom Fettuccini is a rich and savory dish – but it is still low fat and does not use a cream sauce, which is often common in this recipe. I like to use chicken stock, but using a vegetable or mushroom stock, and omitting the cheese garnish, will make the recipe vegan. The sauce […]

Fettuccini with Asparagus & Lemon

This is a great one-pot (plus a strainer/colander) meal. Light and very nice for Spring when asparagus is in season. An icy-cold Italian Pinot Grigio is perfect with this dish. Serve with a tossed salad and a baguette for an easy meal. 10-12 spears fresh asparagus (cut into 1½ inch pieces) Salt 8 oz. fettuccini […]

Orecchiette with Spring Peas, Ricotta and Mint

  This recipe tastes just like spring and summer. I use fresh peas, but one cup of (thawed) frozen peas may be substituted (no need to boil). The sauce can be made up to one day prior (tightly covered and refrigerated). This recipe serves two people very generously as a main course; easily doubled to […]

Fettuccini Alfredo

An Alfredo sauce is so simple and only takes about 2 minutes – and one pan! This is our traditional New Years Eve meal – at home or in the RV. Don’t skimp with this dish – use only the finest Parmesan cheese, butter and cream you can find. This pasta dish, served with a […]

Artichoke & Spinach Manicotti

This recipe makes a lovely light filling for manicotti – and will also work well for stuffing giant shells or layering in lasagna. The filling can be made one day in advance. Easiest way to stuff the manicotti? Never cook manicotti according to the package directions – leave it a little more than “al dente” […]

Super Low-Fat Lasagna

This super easy vegetarian recipe is another version of my RV Lasagna – but very healthy! Perfect when you want something rich, savory and filling – but want to watch the fat. Using the calculations from the ingredients I used, a serving of this lasagna is only 255 calories with less than 12 milligrams of […]

RV Lasagna (step-by-step)

Though this recipe would send shivers down the spine of Mario Batali, it works perfectly well in a RV kitchen and is delicious. I have made this countless times with fabulous results. Using no-boil lasagna noodles, already-shredded mozzarella and a jarred red sauce saves steps, time and dish-washing. Don’t skimp on the pasta sauce – […]

Potato Gnocchi

Here is my recipe for potato gnocchi – fluffy little pillow-like dumplings. Tossed with butter, a red sauce or a little pesto, gnocchi are a tasty little addition to your usual Italian repertoire. Plus, they are fun to make. This really isn’t a recipe, so to speak. Egg, salt and flour are added to warm […]

Roasted Tomato Sauce

This half-recipe – made for two – used two pounds of tomatoes Who knew! All you need for a savory red sauce is a baking dish, a potato masher and 90 minutes. I think you will find this method so delicious and easy; it will become a favorite at your house. (And you don’t need […]

Basil Pesto

Basil is an aromatic plant, originating in India. The word derives from the Greek basilikos, meaning royal. Basil is, indeed, fit for a Queen! Pesto, made with fresh basil, is one of the oldest sauces known and one of the most popular to this day. Pesto combines fresh basil leaves, olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and […]

Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey is traditional, and a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers, but if you are craving something creamy and satisfying, chicken is equally delicious. The recipe requires a skillet and a pot to boil the pasta… a colander… and a bowl… and a casserole… so maybe it isn’t so RV-friendly, but I think your […]

Spaghetti with Anchovies & Breadcrumbs

This one-pot RV-easy recipe uses mostly ingredients from the pantry and can be put together in the amount of time it takes to boil the pasta. It is filling, salty, spicy – with a wonderful anchovy flavor. Yes, there is a little bit of chopping/grating, but the dish comes together very quickly and is so […]

Pasta Puttanesca

There are many stories about how this dish was named, and they all seem to be about the “Ladies of the Evening” in Naples, Italy making this sauce. Some say they made it to tempt customers into their beds. Others suggest it was often cooked by the puttana’s (whore in Italian) because they could not afford meat. […]

Spaghetti & Meatballs

What could be better than a platter of spaghetti, topped with red sauce and savory beef meatballs? What if the dish was simple to prepare and there was no messy frying step, making a family favorite RV-friendly? Now we’re talking. If you don’t have panko, use plain dry bread crumbs. This recipe makes about 18 […]

Peloponnesian Pasta Salad

Another great make-and-take recipe. This is a nice main dish salad, perfect for a hot summer evening and easy for a luncheon. I like to make it in the morning, so the flavors have time to blend. Save time (and your fingers) by purchasing pitted olives. The recipe calls for no salt, as the olives […]

Greek Pasta Salad

All the ingredients of a classic Greek salad, with pasta! Though this recipe is very similar to our Peloponnesian Pasta Salad, the addition of all the vegetables and a lighter-flavored dressing make Greek Pasta Salad a refreshing summer side dish or meatless entree. I especially like to make this ahead for a long driving day […]

Pad Thai

My cheater version of Pad Thai. You can use tofu, baked tofu, cooked chicken or cooked shrimp. Plan ahead – the noodles will need to soak for about 30 minutes.