Israeli Couscous Salad w/ Asparagus and FetaWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Rose
A tasty way to use fresh summer herbs and veggies from the garden or farmer’s market. This would be a great side dish with Grilled Lemon-Pepper Chicken, or toss in Grilled Shrimp for an all-in-one meal!
Fall Vegetable CurryWine Pairings: Chardonnay
Embrace Indian flavors by making this vegetarian meal that only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
Orecchiette with Broccoli Raab (Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa)Wine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
Orecchiette are an ear-shaped pasta prevalent in southern Italy, especially Apulia, and are often paired with greens or vegetables such as broccoli, broccoli raab, and cauliflower.
Saffron FarfalleWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
Pair this Saffron Farfalle with an Italian Pinot Grigio for a wonderful mid-week meal.
Pasta with Vodka Sauce and SausageWine Pairings: Sangiovese
This recipe is easy and the meal is quick to make. Perfect for a homemade weeknight meal.
Creamy Tortellini SoupWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
A little roux and a splash of milk makes it super creamy, soul-warming, and of course, comforting.
Pomodori Con RisoWine Pairings: Sangiovese
Pomodori con Riso is a very typical and popular summer dish in the Roman area.
“Old Bay” Grilled Steak FriesWine Pairings: Bordeaux Blend Red
This Bobby Flay recipe is a great reason to ditch the oven, get outside and fire up the grill (plus who wants to heat up their house on a hot summer day?). Add your favorite burger or steak recipe for a classic summertime meal.
Zuppa di Cipolla al Vino Rosso (Wine-Laced Onion Soup)Wine Pairings: Sangiovese
Few soups are as warming in the cold of winter as this Piedmontese classic. While the soup takes about 45 minutes to be ready, the active time in the kitchen is much less: the onions cook down by themselves.
Eggplant GratinWine Pairings: Rhone Blend Red
Salt the eggplant and let it drain for a bit before brushing with olive oil. Pair this with a side salad for a delicious summer dinner.
Garlic Roasted Mushrooms with PastaWine Pairings: Rhone Blend Red
Featuring garlic roasted mushrooms accented with herbs, this rustic pasta dish is earthy, satisfying, and simple to prepare.
Tomato, Cucumber, & Avocado SaladWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
This tomato, cucumber, avocado salad is an easy, healthy, flavorful salad. It’s crunchy, fresh and simple to make. It’s a family favorite and ready in less than 15 minutes.
Mushroom Tarts with Poached EggsWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
Top anything with a poached egg and it becomes a simple meal. These mushroom tarts are no exception. Light and crisp flaky pastry forms the base for these sweet and savory treats of onion jam (use store bought for convenience) and mushrooms.
Cheese-Stuffed Grilled PeppersWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
This is a great snack at backyard barbecues, and can be made using all types of medium-sized peppers: As the peppers blister, the cheese mixture tucked inside turns warm and gooey.
Kale Caesar Salad with Polenta CroutonsWine Pairings: Chardonnay
This has a great garlic kick to the homemade caesar dressing, and the polenta ‘croutons’ make this a filling dish.
Artichoke GratinataWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
To prepare a dish au gratin or as a gratinata is to finish it with a generous sprinkling of cheese, breadcrumbs and butter prior to baking. A gratinata often includes bechamel sauce, as well, which coats the ingredients before they’re placed in a casserole dish and topped.
Garlic Parmesan Grits with Leek and Mushroom SauteWine Pairings: Chardonnay
This recipe for Garlic Parmesan Grits with Leeks and Mushrooms is the perfect thing to make if you are looking for meatless dinner ideas. Southern grits are the quintessential Southern comfort food.
Penne With Tomatoes, Eggplant, and MozzarellaWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
For a different twist, sprinkle with fresh mint instead of basil for an unexpected hint of cool, tingly flavor.
Grilled Portobello Mushroom BurgerWine Pairings: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Portobellos are perfect for burgers, whether you are vegetarian or not. The cap of this ginormous cremini is the perfect size and shape of a burger. The mushroom is meaty and juicy and umami-y.
Grilled Pizza with Asparagus, Scallions & FontinaWine Pairings: Chardonnay
This makes a delicious vegetarian dinner utilizing springs bounty of asparagus, or cut into small squares to make a great spring or summer hors d’oeuvre.
Grilled White Pizza with Heirloom TomatoesWine Pairings: Sangiovese
With a simple ricotta base and a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese, this white pie is a delicious way to highlight flavorful heirloom tomatoes.
Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown ButterWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
For this recipe, convenient store-bought potato gnocchi are tossed with delicate ribbons of zucchini, shallots and cherry tomatoes that have all been sautéed in nutty browned butter.
Portuguese Tomato RiceWine Pairings: Tempranillo
Like many Portuguese rice dishes, this can be made quite wet and soupy, or firmer and more like risotto, depending on what you are serving it with. It’s better soupy with fish, but thicker and creamier if it’s to go with chicken or sausage.
Grilled Asparagus and Melon SaladWine Pairings: Rose, Sparkling
This spring salad is a beautiful addition to any meal. Salty and crispy prosciutto mixed with creamy mozzarella, sweet melon and grilled asparagus. The pine nuts add a beautiful extra crunch.
Skillet Cauliflower GratinWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
Nonfat milk and a bit of sharp Cheddar combine to make a rich sauce without all the butter usually found in gratins.
Sicilian AranciniWine Pairings: Rose, Sparkling
Arcancini are rice balls filled with whatever favorites you want: either pesto, meat sauce, mozzarella, ham and butter; ham and peas, all with a crunchy coating.
Fig, Tomato, and Sweet Onion SaladWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
The ingredient list for this recipe is full of fresh summer flavors that are perfect for a light, yet satisfying, salad. Use any fig variety you like or a combination of varieties. Figs have a short season from June to October so get them fresh while you can!
Tuscan Bean Soup with Asiago ToastsWine Pairings: Sangiovese
This hearty Tuscan Bean Soup is so warming and nourishing, it’s sure to get you through the cold winter months.
Barbecue Portobello QuesadillasWine Pairings: Chardonnay
This smoky mushroom-filled quesadilla is reminiscent of pulled pork. A touch of chipotle chile pepper adds extra heat. Serve with coleslaw and guacamole.
Grilled Goat Cheese & Caramelized OnionsWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
Known as a ‘bikini’ in Barcelona, grilled cheese is a worldwide comfort food. Adding a bit of quince paste, a classic Spanish cheese accompaniment, gives this classic sandwich an elevated status. The smaller size makes them a perfect choice for an appitizer, but they will also work as a simple dinner with a salad.
Grilled Eggplant & Tomatoes with Parmesan-Basil CrumbsWine Pairings: Tempranillo
Bread crumbs tossed with fresh basil and lots of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to create a great topping for tender grilled vegetables.
Spicy Pan-Fried NoodlesWine Pairings: Riesling
Garlicky, gingery and as spicy as you dare to make it, this Asian-influenced pan-fried noodle dish comes together in minutes. If you can’t find the Chinese egg noodles (also called Hong Kong-style noodles), you can make this with rice noodles or soba.
Lemon Asparagus RisottoWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
The bright, fresh flavors of asparagus and lemon permeate this creamy rice dish, and pair perfectly with crisp, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc. Serve this as a main dish or with white fish or shellfish.
Spring Vegetable SoupWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
Welcome Springtime with this healthy, flavor-packed and satisfying recipe for Spring Vegetable Soup.
Quinoa Salad with pears, baby spinach and chickpeasWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
Quinoa adds protein and heft to simple green salads- perfect for lunch or a light supper. Use pears or apples in this recipe- either one will work.
Tirolese Canederli (Traditional Dumpling Soup)Wine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
Alto Adige cooking draws as heavily from its Germanic roots as it does from its Italian heritage. Most of the dishes are hearty and come from the peasants of the region. Over many years, the residents of this autonomous region in Italy have created a unique blend of the two cuisines. Speck ham, originally considered “poor man’s fare” is now considered a highly prized delicacy.“Knodel” are one of the typical bread “gnocchi” from Alto Adige. A typical first course which can be eaten in soup or dry. It is considered a dish typical of peasant cooking because it made use of stale bread.
Vegetarian Pot PieWine Pairings: Chardonnay
Serve this hearty one-dish meal with a glass of Chardonnay.
Balsamic Roasted TomatoesWine Pairings: Chardonnay
Roast until puckered and browned around the edges, the cavities still moist with a very small amount of liquid in them. The roasting time will vary, according to the juiciness of the tomatoes. The balsamic drizzle is optional, but adds to the meaty, rich flavor.
Brie Quesadilla with Jalapeno Raspberry JamWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
This recipe is an easy and delicious appetizer or simple dinner, especially when paired with a crisp Italian white wine.
Slow-cooker Italian Wedding SoupWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
This rich and satisfying soup is filled with meatballs, pasta, and vegetables and simmered in the slow cooker to give the flavors all day to blend.
Sweet Onion and Goat Cheese TartsWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
These little tarts are inspired by French pissaladière, from the sweet caramelized onions to the pastry crust. But these are softer and sweeter, with the sweetness of the onions enhanced with caramelized brown sugar, and the tang of the fresh goat cheese grounded in the earthiness of thyme. They are crisp and gooey and sweet and savory.
Roasted Asparagus and Tomato Penne Salad with Goat CheeseWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
Spring means asparagus! This is a great way to use asparagus, tomatoes, and lettuce in a change of pace meatless dish.
Brussels Sprouts & Lentil SoupWine Pairings: Tempranillo, Malbec
A wonderful winter dish to warm you up. This Brussels sprout and lentil soup is surprisingly tasty and fulfilling.
Spanish Potato OmeletWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
There’s nothing too fancy about this rustic Spanish style omelet, just lots of hearty goodness from crispy fried potatoes and onions. Chopped tomatoes and green onions lend even more flavor and color.
Lemony Broccoli and Chickpea RigatoniWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
This is quick and healthy pasta with chickpeas in a piquant lemon-Parmesan cheese sauce perfect for a vegetarian weeknight dinner.
Roasted Vegetable And Goat Cheese FrittataWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
Roast up veggies you have on hand…zucchini, red peppers, squash, onion, mushrooms - anything goes! Then add some whipped eggs and egg whites, top with a few pieces of goat cheese and you have a delicious gourmet frittata in minutes.
Potato Gratin with Goat CheeseWine Pairings: French Chardonnay
Bûcheron is an aged goat cheese—sharp but gooey and oozy around the edge. If using fresh goat cheese, it will soften not melt.
Spanish Roasted Red Pepper, Almond and Manchego Cheese FlatbreadsWine Pairings: Other White
Serve these warm flatbreads with a glass of Rías Baixas Albariño.
Caramelized Fig and Ricotta CrostiniWine Pairings: Chardonnay
Toasted baguette slices topped with ricotta cheese, caramelized fresh figs, pistachios, and a drizzle of honey.
Big Italian SaladWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
Part green salad, part antipasto salad, this recipe combines lettuce, celery, onion, peperoncini, olives and cherry tomatoes--all tossed in a dressing made with olive oil, vinegar and a little mayonnaise.
Gourmet Mushroom RisottoWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
Authentic Italian-style risotto cooked the slow way, but oh so worth it. Complements grilled meats and chicken dishes very well. Check the rice by biting into it. It should be slightly al dente (or resist slightly to the tooth but not be hard in the center).
Crispy Truffle Kale ChipsWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
Truffles are an underground version of mushrooms, and their oil adds a rich earthy flavor to vegetables. Try not to eat the whole tray as these are wonderfully addictive!
Smoky Butternut Squash SoupWine Pairings: Chardonnay
This creamy soup gets a little smoky heat from canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, but then gets cooled down with a swirl of crème fraîche.