One Pot Farro with Italian Sausage and Tomatoes

This one pot farro recipe is slow-simmered with Italian sausage, cherry tomatoes, herbs, greens and finished with a sprinkling of pine nuts and Parmesan. Impressively easy to make and SO delicious. Run, don’t walk, to grab the ingredients for this one. ♡ I fully give all of the credit here to Smitten Kitchen, whose famous […]

This one pot farro recipe is slow-simmered with Italian sausage, cherry tomatoes, herbs, greens and finished with a sprinkling of pine nuts and Parmesan. Impressively easy to make and SO delicious.

One Pot Farro with Italian Sausage and Tomatoes

Run, don’t walk, to grab the ingredients for this one. ♡

I fully give all of the credit here to Smitten Kitchen, whose famous one pot farro with tomatoes is the brilliant base for this recipe and has been a family favorite in our kitchen for many years now. Over time, though, we’ve found ourselves gussying up this side dish to turn it into more of an entrée, adding in lots of zesty Italian sausage (either traditional or plant-based, both work!), a few handfuls of greens (either baby spinach or kale), extra flavor boosters (veggie stock and more fresh basil), and a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts (for buttery flavor and crunch). And especially this time of year when juicy cherry tomatoes are in peak season, we find ourselves craving this farro nonstop. It’s just the best!

It’s incredibly cozy and flavorful and hearty, without feeling too heavy. It’s wonderfully hands-off once you have browned the sausage, since the farro and tomatoes will simmer together until perfectly tender. It’s super-easy to customize with any of your other favorite add-ins (hello, extra veggies that are hanging out in the crisper drawer, maybe a can of beans for extra protein, or a drizzle of cream for an indulgent finish…you name it). And of course, who can complain about just one pot to wash?!

Let’s make some farro!

One Pot Farro Ingredients

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Creamy Vegan Pesto Pasta (30 Minutes!)

Creamy pesto pasta with roasted tomatoes and undetectable spinach!? Hello, summer! This vibrant, satisfying, vegan, and (optionally) gluten-free pasta dish is SO delicious, and surprisingly quick & easy to make. We love it for nights when we’re cra…

Creamy Vegan Pesto Pasta (30 Minutes!)

Creamy pesto pasta with roasted tomatoes and undetectable spinach!? Hello, summer! This vibrant, satisfying, vegan, and (optionally) gluten-free pasta dish is SO delicious, and surprisingly quick & easy to make. We love it for nights when we’re craving comforting pasta but don’t want to miss out on a serving (or two) of veggies! 

It’s a filling meal on its own, but it also pairs well with Crispy Baked Tofu or Easy Grilled Chicken.

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Vegan Pasta Primavera with Roasted Veggies

What’s that? You’re craving pasta but also want some veggies and protein? Well, you’ve made it to the right recipe. This easy Vegan Pasta Primavera has all the comforting goodness you love about pasta, plus plenty of versatile veggies and protein-packe…

Vegan Pasta Primavera with Roasted Veggies

What’s that? You’re craving pasta but also want some veggies and protein? Well, you’ve made it to the right recipe. This easy Vegan Pasta Primavera has all the comforting goodness you love about pasta, plus plenty of versatile veggies and protein-packed chickpeas! 

It’s simple, savory, optionally gluten-free, and a delicious way to use up any veggies you have lingering around (who, us?). With just 10 ingredients required, we can’t wait for you to give it a try.

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Pasta alla Gricia

This classic pasta alla gricia recipe is easy to make with 3 main ingredients and always tastes so decadent and flavorful. For all of you carbonara lovers out there, have you ever tried its egg-free cousin, pasta alla gricia? ♡ I have to admit that I’d somehow never even heard of this classic dish until […]

This classic pasta alla gricia recipe is easy to make with 3 main ingredients and always tastes so decadent and flavorful.

Pasta alla Gricia

For all of you carbonara lovers out there, have you ever tried its egg-free cousin, pasta alla gricia? ♡

I have to admit that I’d somehow never even heard of this classic dish until we moved to Europe and spotted it on countless Italian menus here. As an avid fan of the other three of the four classic Roman pastas — cacio e pepe, pasta alla carbonara, and pasta all’Amatriciana — I was eager to give this lesser-known member of the fam a try. And now, many years and many (many) batches of pasta alla gricia later, I have to say that this simple dish has secured its spot as one of my all-time favorites.

Made solely with pasta, bacon and cheese, pasta alla gricia is basically like an egg-free carbonara or a tomato-free Amatriciana. But I’m telling you, it is three ingredient perfection. Guanciale (cured pork cheek) is the star of the show here, with its intensely rich, salty, savory flavor. And when fried to golden, chewy perfection and then patiently tossed with good-quality pasta and Pecorino cheese until a perfectly-emulsified silky sauce develops, you will see why pasta alla gricia has been an absolute favorite in Rome for more than a thousand years. It’s rich, comforting, and packs surprising layers of delicious savory flavors into every single bite. And here in our house, we can’t get enough of it.

That said, the key to all four classic Roman pasta dishes — with their famously short lists of ingredients — is learning the proper techniques to make them. I’ve experimented with a number of different recipes for alla gricia over the years (which mainly differ in terms of ingredient ratios and how long the pasta is simmered in the starchy guanciale sauce). And while I’ll be the first to point out that I am clearly not an expert in Italian cooking, I have landed on a ratio and method over the years that consistently works best for me, which I’m excited to share with you today.

I love this pasta alla gricia recipe because is easy to make in about 30 minutes from start to finish, it’s rich and bacon-y without being overly greasy, and it incorporates a few key steps that help the cheese melt perfectly into a glossy sauce (instead of sticking to the pan, which is always such a tragedy). I’m really, really, really going to insist that you try to track down some Italian guanciale in order to give this dish its authentically bold pork flavor, as well as some good-quality pasta and Pecorino-Romano cheese to make the sauce. But if those ingredients are unavailable in your area, I’ve included notes below for how to use pancetta (or bacon) and/or Parmesan instead, which won’t be traditional but will still definitely be delicious.

Alright, let’s make some pasta together!

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Lemony Risotto with Fresh Herbs & Garlic

It’s probably obvious by now — we LOVE risotto. It’s comforting, incredibly versatile, and surprisingly easy to make! This Lemony Risotto is all of those things, plus bright, fresh, garlicky, herby, and perfect for spring!
It’s vegan and gluten-f…

Lemony Risotto with Fresh Herbs & Garlic

It’s probably obvious by now — we LOVE risotto. It’s comforting, incredibly versatile, and surprisingly easy to make! This Lemony Risotto is all of those things, plus bright, fresh, garlicky, herby, and perfect for spring!

It’s vegan and gluten-free but does not skimp on creaminess! We love it for a weeknight meal when we’re feeling fancy but needing something easy.

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Easy Lemon Cookies (Vegan + GF)

A bite-sized cookie that’s sweet, tender, and perfectly lemony!? Count us in! These shortbread-style lemon cookies are so quick and easy, not to mention gluten-free and vegan! One bite, and we were hooked. 
They pack a TON of lemon flavor and requ…

Easy Lemon Cookies (Vegan + GF)

A bite-sized cookie that’s sweet, tender, and perfectly lemony!? Count us in! These shortbread-style lemon cookies are so quick and easy, not to mention gluten-free and vegan! One bite, and we were hooked. 

They pack a TON of lemon flavor and require just 8 ingredients, 1 bowl, and 30 minutes to prepare!

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Italian Herb Tofu Wraps with Garlicky Hummus Sauce

Friends, is this the perfect plant-based lunch? We’ll let you be the judges, but we definitely cast our votes (heck YES) after the first bite. These wraps are bursting with fresh, savory, satisfying flavors, and they’re so quick and easy. 
They’re…

Italian Herb Tofu Wraps with Garlicky Hummus Sauce

Friends, is this the perfect plant-based lunch? We’ll let you be the judges, but we definitely cast our votes (heck YES) after the first bite. These wraps are bursting with fresh, savory, satisfying flavors, and they’re so quick and easy

They’re perfect for lunch or dinner, and yes, they’re meal-prep friendly! Make the tofu ahead of time and these plant-based wraps come together in just 15 minutes for effortless meals throughout the week.

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Crispy Baked Tofu with Italian Herbs

Crispy tofu that tastes like pizza? Count us in! After a few tests, we nailed this crumbled baked tofu featuring Italian herbs and garlic. It’s so crispy and flavor-packed that we couldn’t stop eating it right off the pan! Even tofu haters admitted it’…

Crispy Baked Tofu with Italian Herbs

Crispy tofu that tastes like pizza? Count us in! After a few tests, we nailed this crumbled baked tofu featuring Italian herbs and garlic. It’s so crispy and flavor-packed that we couldn’t stop eating it right off the pan! Even tofu haters admitted it’s good.

It’s an endlessly versatile, plant-based protein boost perfect for polenta, pasta, pizza, wraps (recipe coming soon), and beyond!

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Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

This Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese features lots of zesty roasted cauliflower, a velvety cheese sauce, and a sprinkling of toasted breadcrumbs. So simple and so good. For those days when you’re craving a vegetarian comfort food hug. ♡ This simple roasted cauliflower mac and cheese recipe has become a new family favorite this winter. […]

This Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese features lots of zesty roasted cauliflower, a velvety cheese sauce, and a sprinkling of toasted breadcrumbs. So simple and so good.

Roasted Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

For those days when you’re craving a vegetarian comfort food hug. ♡

This simple roasted cauliflower mac and cheese recipe has become a new family favorite this winter. It’s loaded up with more than twice the amount of cauliflower as pasta, which is seasoned with smoked paprika and garlic and roasted until caramelized. The cauliflower is then tossed with your choice of pasta, folded together with the coziest cheese sauce, sprinkled with a shower of toasted breadcrumbs, and baked until perfectly creamy, crispy and cozy. And on chilly winter days, I’m telling you, a steaming cheesy helping served fresh out of the pan is guaranteed to warm you right up.

Like most of my mac and cheese recipes, this recipe is very flexible if you’d like to toss some extra veggies, greens or proteins into the mix. There are a number of different directions you could choose to go with the types of cheeses and seasonings used, as well as options for making the entire recipe gluten-free, so please don’t hesitate to play around with the recipe and make it your own.

Let’s make some mac and cheese!

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Salmon with Burst Tomato Sauce

This Salmon in Burst Tomato Sauce recipe is ultra-easy to make in 30 minutes and simmered in a garlicky tomato basil cream sauce. Serve with crusty bread, pasta, rice, or whatever sounds good! This one definitely wins the award of most-made (and most-loved!) dinner recipe in our house this season. ♡ Seriously, we’ve been making […]

This Salmon in Burst Tomato Sauce recipe is ultra-easy to make in 30 minutes and simmered in a garlicky tomato basil cream sauce. Serve with crusty bread, pasta, rice, or whatever sounds good!

Salmon in Burst Tomato Sauce

This one definitely wins the award of most-made (and most-loved!) dinner recipe in our house this season. ♡

Seriously, we’ve been making some version of this salmon with burst tomato sauce almost weekly for the past few months and still can’t seem to get enough of it. Even 11-month-old Teo is a fan too!

It ticks all of those boxes we’re craving this time of year. Ready to go from start to finish in 30 minutes (like, honestly and truly fast)? Check. Super easy to make with minimal prep (basically just chop garlic and basil and grate some Parmesan)? Check. Summertime fresh tomato sauce vibes in the middle of winter (thank you, cherry tomatoes that taste good year-round)? Check. Fun recipe to play around with (hello, adding burrata or pasta, tossing in some chilis to amp up the heat, or lightening things up by skipping the cream altogether)? Check, check, check.

We love serving ours with a simple lemony arugula salad and a thick slice of crusty bread for dunking in that dreamy tomato sauce. But this would also be wonderful served with pasta, rice, quinoa…you name it. It’s one of those flexible recipes that promises to taste good with just about whatever you have on hand. So bring home some salmon filets, and let’s make dinner together!

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