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A wholesome and comforting rigatoni bolognese! Ground beef, sautéed veggies, red wine, tomatoes, and classic Italian seasoning. This delicious meal comes together in one pot, in under 30 minutes!

overhead image of rigatoni bolognese on a plate with red wine and chopped parsley on the side.

What You’ll Need to Make Rigatoni Bolognese

Ground Beef – I recommend a lean ground beef for this recipe! Also, remember to season it with plenty of salt in the first step.

Italian Seasoning – If you don’t already have Italian seasoning in your pantry, you MUST go get some. It’s a staple in my Italian home, and adds the perfect blend of dried herbs to whatever I’m cooking. Italian seasoning is essential in this rigatoni bolognese, so don’t even think about going without it!

Red Wine – A touch of dry red wine contributes tons of depth to this dish. However, if you don’t like or have red wine, you can use 1/2 cup of beef broth instead.

Rigatoni Pasta – Rigatoni is the perfect pairing to this homemade bolognese sauce! Its wide opening allows plenty of room for the sauce to fully wrap around each noodle. Though if you don’t have any rigatoni, feel free to use whatever pasta you have on-hand! Spaghetti bolognese is always delicious, too.

rigatoni bolognese on a plate with a fork and spoon.

Tips and Tricks

  • Want to make this rigatoni bolognese in the Instant Pot? Follow my Instant Pot bolognese recipe, then serve over rigatoni!
  • The longer you let the sauce simmer, the more flavorful it’ll be. This recipe requires just 15 minutes of simmering, but if you have the time – leave it to simmer even longer! You can simmer this sauce for up to an hour for TONS of flavor.
  • Prep a double batch of this bolognese and store half in the freezer for a later date! To freeze this sauce, let it cool completely then store in an airtight container. It stays fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months!
rigatoni bolognese on a plate with red wine and cheese on the side.

Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Make it Vegan/Vegetarian: For a vegetarian rigatoni bolognese, replace the ground beef with two cans of drained lentils!

Make it Gluten-Free: Use your favorite gluten-free rigatoni, I love this brand.

Classic Rigatoni Bolognese

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: MainDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

25

minutes

A wholesome and comforting rigatoni bolognese! Ground beef, sautéed veggies, red wine, tomatoes, and classic Italian seasoning. This delicious meal comes together in one pot, in under 30 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • salt, to taste

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped

  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 cup dry red wine, or beef broth

  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta

  • fresh grated parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add in the ground beef and a big pinch of salt. Cook until beef is no longer pink, breaking the beef apart with a spoon as it cooks.
  • Once beef is cooked through, add in the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic. Cook until veggies are soft, about 3 minutes.
  • Add in the Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, and red wine. Cook for about 5 minutes, using your spoon to scrape up any brown bits stuck to the bottom of the pot.
  • Pour in the jar of crushed tomatoes with its juices, reduce heat to a simmer, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • While the bolognese simmers, cook rigatoni pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain pasta from water.
  • Remove bolognese sauce from heat, add in cooked pasta, and stir to coat pasta in sauce. Serve warm with fresh grated parmesan cheese on top.

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Easy, healthy, and extra delicious Italian stuffed zucchini boats! This low-carb meal comes together in under 30 minutes, with only 5 (!!!) ingredients. The ultimate lazy, yet super healthy dinner recipe.

overhead image of zucchini boats on a plate with white wine on the side.

What You’ll Need to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Zucchini – This summer vegetable is super cheap and easy to find! Start by slicing a zucchini in half, then removing the seeds and some of the flesh from inside. You’ll be left with two zucchini “boats,” ready to be filled with our delicious Italian sausage in sauce.

Italian Sausage – Feel free to use whatever kind of Italian sausage you’d like! Though make sure it’s uncooked and removed from its casings before cooking. As it cooks, break the sausage up with a wooden spoon until no longer pink. Italian sausage is packed with herbs and spices, adding even more flavor to this already super flavorful dish.

Marinara Sauce – I use and love Rao’s marinara sauce for when I don’t feel like making it myself. Rao’s is perfectly tangy, has tons of flavor, with just a hint of sweetness. However, you can totally use your favorite jarred marinara sauce for this recipe. Or, if you have some time to spare, go ahead and throw together a homemade sauce to use instead.

Dried Italian Seasoning – The final step before cooking these zucchini boats is sprinkling them with a little bit of dried Italian seasoning. I love the flavor this packs, but it’s totally optional if you’re not feeling up to it or don’t have any on-hand.

overhead image of zucchini boats in a baking dish.

Tips and Tricks

  • Finish off these Italian stuffed zucchini boats with fresh-grated parmesan cheese! It rounds out the Italian flavors in this dish, and make it that much more delicious. Also, who doesn’t love a little bit of cheese?!
  • You can easily prep-then-freeze this dish ahead of time! To do this, follow each step of the recipe, up to cooking it. Then, cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and aluminum foil, before freezing for up to three months. When ready to eat, simply defrost, then bake as instructed.
  • This is a great, healthy meal to prep for a crowd! Simply double or triple the amounts listed in the recipe below, and you can feed a whole army (ok …maybe not an entire army, but you get the point). I love throwing this quick and easy zucchini recipe together for friends and family, it’s a total crowd-favorite!
close-up image of zucchini boat being cut into with a fork.

Adjust This Recipe to Your Dietary Needs

Make it Gluten-Free: These zucchini boats are already gluten-free! However, to be absolutely certain they don’t contain any traces of gluten, check your sausage and marinara sauce packaging to make sure those ingredient are entirely gluten-free.

Make it Dairy-Free: For a dairy-free version of this recipe, replace the parmesan cheese with nutritional yeast!

Make it Vegan: Replace the sausage with your favorite vegan meat substitute, and cook it with an additional teaspoon of dried Italian seasoning. Then, similar to the dairy-free version, top with nutritional yeast instead of parmesan cheese.

Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Recipe by Samantha Course: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

Easy, healthy, and extra delicious Italian stuffed zucchini boats! This low-carb meal comes together in under 30 minutes, with only 5 (!!!) ingredients. The ultimate lazy, yet super healthy dinner recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini, cut in half lengthwise

  • salt and black pepper, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil

  • 1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage (casings removed)

  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, optional

  • grated parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  • Using a spoon, scoop out and remove the seeds and a little bit of the flesh from each zucchini half.
  • Sprinkle zucchini with salt and black pepper, then place inside a large baking dish and set aside.
  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then add in the Italian sausage and cook until no longer pink. Break up the meat as it cooks, should take about 5 minutes.
  • Add marinara sauce to the skillet, reduce heat to low and simmer sausage in sauce for 2-3 minutes.
  • Spoon the sauce mixture into the cavity of each zucchini half, then evenly sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and zucchini is tender. Serve warm with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

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This antipasto salad comes together in just 5 minutes! Quick, easy, and exploding with flavor. Loaded with healthy ingredients, and finished off with a 3-ingredient dressing. It’s also entirely gluten-free, with a dairy-free option!

close-up overhead image of antipasto salad on a plate with tomatoes on the side

What You’ll Need To Make Antipasto Salad

Romaine Lettuce – Fresh, crisp, and extra crunchy romaine is the perfect base to this Italian salad. Romaine is hearty, yet super mild, and won’t take away from all the other flavors we have going on in this dish. However, if you don’t have romaine, you can certainly use any other kind of lettuce you’d like. Some fresh arugula would also taste great!

Olives – Feel free to use a variety of your favorite olives in this antipasto salad! I used a combo of green and black olives, which were perfectly briny and delicious. I’ve also made this salad with marinated green olives and it was nothing short of exceptional! Also, if you don’t like olives (first of all, how?!), you can definitely leave them out of this salad altogether.

Salami – I added this Applegate Genoa Salami to my salad, but any brand/type of salami will work here. Smoked salami, spicy salami, thinly sliced salami, etc. will all taste amazing. You can even swap the salami for prosciutto, if that’s more your thing!

Red Wine Vinegar – Either red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar will blend perfectly into our 3-ingredient dressing. The tangy, sour vinegar brings out the abundance of savory flavors in this salad recipe. However, if you don’t have any vinegar on-hand, a tablespoon of lemon juice makes for a great substitution!

fork and spoon lifting antipasto salad out of a bowl

Tips and Tricks

  • This antipasto salad is basically a charcuterie board, served over lettuce. It’s got all the charcuterie things from cured meats to marinated veggies. Therefore, throw any and all of your favorite charcuterie fixings into this simple salad!
  • Make this an Italian-style pasta salad by replacing the lettuce with your favorite cooked pasta! And for a gluten-free pasta salad, use your favorite gluten-free pasta instead.
  • Because this salad holds up so well in the fridge, it’d make a great addition to your weekly meal prep! Simply portion out this salad into four servings, then store the dressing on the side. When ready to eat, remove your pre-portioned salad from the fridge and then dress- that’s it!
close-up image of antipasto salad

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

Make it Vegan: For a vegan meal, leave out the pepperoni, salami, and mini mozzarella balls. You can also replace these three ingredients with your favorite vegan protein, such as chickpeas, white beans, or even lentils.

Make it Dairy-Free: Easily make this antipasto salad dairy-free by leaving out the mini mozzarella balls. I personally took this option and my salad was still insanely flavorful and delicious!

5-Minute Antipasto Salad

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Samantha Course: MainCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Total time

5

minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped

  • 12 ounces jarred artichoke hearts, quartered

  • 1 cup mixed olives, halved

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1/2 pound salami, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup pepperoncini, drained and sliced

  • 4 ounces sliced pepperoni

  • 1/4 cup jarred roasted red peppers, chopped

  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

  • 8 ounces fresh mini mozzarella balls, optional

  • For the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon red wine or white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Directions

  • Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl or serving platter.
  • Make the dressing by whisking together all dressing ingredients in a small bowl, then pour over salad. Serve immediately.

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There’s no better way to welcome spring than with this fresh, bright, and flavorful pasta primavera recipe! This 20-minute meal is made with gluten-free pasta and vegan ingredients. It also includes plenty of options to customize it to your dietary needs. Make this pasta primavera when you’re craving something light and healthy, but also super satisfying.

Pasta Primavera

Nothing gets me excited for warmer weather quite like a big ole’ bowl of pasta primavera. What I love most about this dish, is it’s easy to customize with whatever fresh veggies you have on-hand! This recipe is perfectly seasoned with tons of bright lemon juice and a delicious combination of dried and fresh herbs. I really can’t get enough of this stuff in the spring and summer. My favorite thing to do is make a HUGE batch of pasta primavera and enjoy it allllll week long. It’s the perfect quick, easy and healthy lunch or dinner!

What You Need To Make Pasta Primavera

Gluten-Free Pasta – You can of course use whatever pasta you’d like in this recipe. I prefer either a penne or farfalle (bow-ties) in my pasta primavera, but really any shape will work. And for my gluten-free people, Jovial Brown Rice Pasta is, and always will be my number one – but go ahead use your favorite gluten-free pasta!

Dried Italian Herbs – Using dried Italian herbs in your pasta primavera will make your life so much easier. It’s the difference between having to purchase four or five separate bottles of dried herbs at the store, versus just buying one bottle with all four or five herbs mixed in it. Also, if you don’t have dried Italian herbs in your kitchen, do yourself a favor and get some – I cook with these herbs often.

Peas – Both fresh and frozen peas will work in this recipe. I used frozen because it’s easier, but if you can get your hands on fresh peas, go ahead and use those! Regardless of which type you’re using, just throw them straight into the recipe – no need to defrost frozen peas ahead of time.

Lemon Juice – I loooooove the taste of lemon in my pasta primavera. Though if lemon’s not your thing, you can cut the amount in this recipe in half. But if you’re like me, feel free to add an extra tablespoon or two of lemon juice to this recipe.

Fresh Parsley or Basil – I’ve made this recipe using both types of fresh herbs and they were equally as incredible. This comes down to personal preference. Pick whichever herb you like best, and add it to your recipe.

Adjust This Recipe To Your Dietary Needs

  • Make it Low-Carb: Use your favorite high-protein lentil or chickpea pasta in this recipe to make it higher in protein and lower in carbs.
  • Add Dairy: If you’re not dairy-free, sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top of your finished dish.
  • Make it Paleo: Toss your cooked vegetables with some zucchini noodles for a paleo pasta primavera!

Pasta Primavera (V/GF)

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Recipe by Samantha Course: MainCuisine: Italian/AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

20

minutes

There’s no better way to welcome spring than with this fresh, bright, and flavorful pasta primavera recipe! This 20-minute meal is made with gluten-free pasta and vegan ingredients. It also includes plenty of options to customize it to your dietary needs. Make this pasta primavera when you’re craving something light and healthy, but also super satisfying.

Ingredients

  • 12 Ounces Gluten-Free Pasta, see NOTES

  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped

  • 8 Ounces Asparagus, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, cut into strips

  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, cut into strips

  • 1 Zucchini, chopped

  • 1 Yellow Squash, chopped

  • 1 Cup Peas

  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced

  • 1 Tablespoon Dried Italian Herbs

  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Black Pepper

  • 1 Cup Grape Tomatoes, halved

  • 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley or Basil, chopped

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to the package directions (don’t forget to salt your pasta water!).Pasta Primavera Process Photo 1
  • While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large pot or skillet. Add in the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.Pasta Primavera Process Photo 2
  • Add in the asparagus, yellow bell pepper, and red bell pepper – cook for 2-3 more minutes.Pasta Primavera Process Photo 3
  • Add in the zucchini, squash, peas, garlic, Italian herb, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine and cook for 2-3 minutes.Pasta Primavera Process Photo 4
  • Turn off the heat, add in your cooked pasta, grape tomatoes, lemon juice, and parsley.Pasta Primavera Process Photo 5

Notes

  • Gluten-Free Pasta: I use and love Jovial Brown Rice Farfalle Pasta in this recipe, but any gluten-free pasta will work.
  • Feel free to add in or remove any vegetables you’d like. The point of this pasta is to be loaded with your favorite fresh vegetables. Have fun with this recipe and don’t be scared to make it your own!

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