Macaroni & Cheese
No list of comfort food is complete without a homemade macaroni and cheese recipe. Ours is creamy, cheesy goodness with an Italian twist. The Italian Speck (a sort of gourmet smoked, cured ham, native to Northern Italy) gives this three-cheese macaroni an extra layer of heartiness to make it the perfect cheesy comfort food. Kids and adults alike enjoy this meal, and you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again.
You can find the full recipe here.
A big batch of meatballs is the perfect end to any day. They’re a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, appealing to even the most picky of eaters, and can be served over pasta, in a sandwich, or on their own with slices of Italian loaf and our Ricotta Salata.
You can make these over the stove, or set them in a slow cooker before you head to work.
● 1 pound 80% ground beef
● 1 cup bread crumbs with Italian seasoning
● 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
● 1 teaspoon minced garlic
● 2 tablespoons finely minced onion
● 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
● Salt + freshly ground black pepper, to taste
● 8 oz. Il Villaggio Mozzarella Ciliegine bocconcini
● 1 tablespoon olive oil
● Fresh basil, roughly chopped
1. Chop each of the IV Mozzarella balls in half. Place in the freezer until ready ready to use.
2. Combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg and egg yolk, garlic, onion, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to a bowl. Mush the ingredients together with your hands until everything comes together.
3. Use the olive oil to grease the slow cooker.
4. Remove cheese from freezer. Roll about 4 tablespoons of the mixture into a ball. Gently push one of the mozzarella halves into the meatball. Roll the ball in your hands to cover the hole where the mozzarella was pushed in. Place inside the slow cooker and repeat with remaining meat and cheese.
5. Once you’ve made all of your meatballs, cover with your favorite storebought or homemade red sauce. Add fresh basil to taste.
6. Cover and cook on high for 1-2 hours or on low for 3-4 hours until the meat is cooked through (no longer pink).
The cheese may melt out of the meatballs, but that only adds to the flavor.
With the cold winter months still ahead of us, everyone’s looking for a warm, filling dinner that sticks to the ribs.
Our simple spaghetti carbonara recipe is our recipe of the month for just that reason. Bursting with bacon and cheesy goodness, this pasta dish is a real crowd-pleaser, and only needs a few ingredients
Find our recipe of the month here.