A Tuna Pesto Pasta Recipe with Arugula Spinach Pesto

A Tuna Pesto Pasta Recipe with Arugula Spinach Pesto

This tuna pesto pasta recipe with arugula spinach pesto was inspired by the linguine with tuna, lemon, and rocket (Linguine al Tonno, Limone, e Rughetta) that I first made with Diane Seed in Rome over a decade ago. It’s a quick and simple weeknight pasta 

Chicken and apple meatballs

Chicken and apple meatballs

This recipe for chicken and apple meatballs brings together two of my favorite dinner ideas – 1) meatballs and 2) fruit for dinner. Why meatballs? Aside from a little chopping, meatballs are extremely easy to make, come together in about 30 minutes, and have infinite 

Duck burgers with cherry ketchup

Duck burgers with cherry ketchup

It’s a bit surprising that I’ve gotten this far into blogging, and these duck burgers are just the first duck recipe to appear. I’m a huge fan, whether it’s crispy duck, or a sauced duck breast, or duck confit turned into cassoulet. This duck burger 

Lamb Mince Recipes: Lamb Meatballs with Pine Nuts and Raisins

Lamb Mince Recipes: Lamb Meatballs with Pine Nuts and Raisins

This 30 minute recipe for lamb meatballs with pine nuts and raisins is certain to go on repeat in our household over other lamb mince recipes I’ve made in the past. It was quick to assemble for a weeknight dinner. And the sweetness from the 

How to make pan-roasted chicken breast with roasted purple potatoes and cauliflower

How to make pan-roasted chicken breast with roasted purple potatoes and cauliflower

This chicken recipe with roasted purple potatoes and cauliflower comes with no story. It’s just a simple meal, prepared with fresh ingredients, without much fuss. And it’s partially purple. Frequently asked questions Do I have to use purple potatoes and cauliflower in this recipe? No. 

One Pot Gnocchi with Asparagus, Peas, Spinach, and Lemon

One Pot Gnocchi with Asparagus, Peas, Spinach, and Lemon

It happens. It’s 530pm on a weeknight after work, and I go to start the recipe I had planned for dinner. And the first line of instructions says, “Soak split peas for 1-4 hours.” DOH! Now what can I make that will be done quickly? 

The Difference Between Ragu and Bolognese: a Sausage Ragù

The Difference Between Ragu and Bolognese: a Sausage Ragù

This sausage ragù makes me happy. Although it takes a bit of time, you can cook it while alternating stirring the pot and sipping a glass of the wine you opened to make the sauce. But wait, you say, what’s the difference between ragu and 

Taco meatless meatloaf

Taco meatless meatloaf

It was inevitable that I’d turn one of our favorite meals into a meatless meatloaf. I was vegetarian for over 10 years when younger, and I’ve watched the boom in plant-based meats with interest. So when mr. uglyducklingbakery wanted something to accompany BBQ baked beans 

Braised Meatballs in a Hearty Marinara Sauce

Braised Meatballs in a Hearty Marinara Sauce

You could turn these braised meatballs into a quick meal by using a store-bought marinara sauce, but would you really want to? The weeknight alternative is to make this hearty marinara sauce ahead of time. It freezes well, or you could can it, if you 

Cavatappi Alfredo and Peas

Cavatappi Alfredo and Peas

One of the joys, perhaps, of work-from-home and remote school is the ability to make a warm lunch. Everyone needs a warm lunch once in a while. I started adding peas to boxed macaroni and cheese when kiddo was younger, and she loved it. It 

Chicken and dates: this is uglyducklingbakery

Chicken and dates: this is uglyducklingbakery

A friend and I were texting about the Brussels sprouts grain bowl, and she said to me, “The dish tonight was perfect, but maybe almost too perfect for your tag line.” That tag line – Tastes delicious. Looks homemade – is what my cooking and 

Grain Bowl with Maple Brussels Sprouts

Grain Bowl with Maple Brussels Sprouts

It is ironic that I was introduced to the concept of the greens and grains bowl in the Alaska Airlines terminal at National airport. Since arriving late to the food trend, I’ve embraced the grain bowl wholeheartedly because they are easy and can be made 

Mmmmm taco meatloaf

Mmmmm taco meatloaf

Pay attention here. This taco meatloaf is about to change your life. I have a bit of a cookbook collection. It may not be as large as my shoe collection, but it’s pretty close. This, if you knew me, would tell you how much of 

Easy Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts

Easy Pan-Roasted Chicken Breasts

If you are new to cooking, pan-roasted chicken breast is one of the first things you should learn. It’s easy. It’s quick. It’s the kind of meal that you can vary to suit your mood. You don’t need any fancy kitchen cookware – just a