RibollitaWine Pairings: Sangiovese
This (vegetarian!) Italian classic is about as comforting as it gets, packed with hearty greens, meaty beans, and plenty of rich olive oil and umami-packed Parmesan.
Gruyere Grilled Cheese w/ Caramelized Onions & MustardWine Pairings: Other White
The star of the show in this Gruyere grilled cheese? It’s not the cheese. It’s the mustard. Specifically, old style whole grain mustard from Maille from France. It takes this Gruyere grilled cheese sandwich from ordinary to extraordinary.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Miso-Tahini SauceWine Pairings: Medium Racy Reds
This addictive three-ingredient sauce can go on anything. Make a double batch and spoon the extras over just about any meat, your next grain bowl, or thin it out with a little extra vinegar and use it as a salad dressing.
Grilled PizzaWine Pairings: Sangiovese
If you’re craving brick-oven crispy pizza crust, you can get the same results right a home with grilled pizza.
Ina Garten’s Greek SaladWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
So easy and delicious, it just might become your favorite summer go to salad.
Chopped Spring SaladWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
This dressing is also great as a dip, and most of the vegetables listed here can be left in bigger pieces and treated as crudités instead.
Garlic Roasted Vegetable PastaWine Pairings: Medium Racy Reds
A quick and easy meatless main or healthy side dish, your family will love this vegetarian Garlic Roasted Vegetable Pasta.
Austrian Spaetzle with cheese and caramelized onion (KasNocken)Wine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
This is an Austrian’s answer to Mac and Cheese. Totally wonderful and, as a bonus, vegetarian! One taste and you’ll want to move to Austria.
Easy Italian Pasta SaladWine Pairings: Light Crisp White
A super easy Italian pasta salad with pasta, juicy tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, red onion, salami, olives, herbs, and a drench of quick homemade Italian dressing.
Simple CarbonaraWine Pairings: Light Crisp White
Humble ingredients - eggs, noodles, cheese, and pork - combine to create glossy, glorious pasta carbonara.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Bucatini al Ragu Estivo (Bucatini in Summery Pork Ragu)Wine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sangiovese
A traditional Sicilian dish. In winter, use canned Italian plum tomatoes instead of fresh, and substitute red wine for the white.
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.
Butternut Squash SoupWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
Here’s a quick, light and creamy soup that warm you on a cool fall night. Add some hearty whole grain bread and a tossed salad to make a very satisfying meal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Acorn Squash Filled with Savory SpinachWine Pairings: Chardonnay
This is an excellent and different way to prepare acorn squash, which is generally given the sweet treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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 Vegetable Pasta Salad with Parsley VinaigretteWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Rose
This salad is the perfect pasta for summer BBQs, potlucks or picnics. The medley of grilled vegetables and parsley vinaigrette bring so much flavor to this seemingly simple dish.
Simple CrepesWine Pairings: Sparkling
Crepes are easier to make than you think. These French street-food staples can be dressed up with sweet or savory toppings and any number of flavorful fillings.
Peruvian Quinoa TabboulehWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc
This a filling and relatively easy dish that’s full of fiber, protein and colorful vegetable goodness. Add shrimp or chicken sausage if you prefer a non-vegetarian option.
Pappardelle alla Bolognese (Pasta with Meat Sauce)Wine Pairings: Sangiovese
This rich, robust meat sauce is elegantly rustic. Add the pappardelle and the comfort factor is accentuated. Narrow lasagne noodles or wide fettuccine can be used in place of the pappardelle.
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.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon PastaWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
Smoky bacon compliments the richness of butternut squash in this casserole to create a dish that can be enjoyed right away or prepared ahead for a party or weeknight meals
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!
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.
Spanish Roasted Red Pepper, Almond and Manchego Cheese FlatbreadsWine Pairings: Other White
Serve these warm flatbreads with a glass of Rías Baixas Albariño.
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.
Patatas Bravas (crisped spicy potatoes)Wine Pairings: Sparkling
The quintessential tapas dish! Serve this classic Spanish dish as an appetizer or as a side.
Lemon Gnocchi with Spinach and PeasWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
The zing of fresh lemon enhances both the peas' sweetness and the natural flavor of the spinach. The whole quick, creamy dish is bolstered by soft pillows of potato gnocchi.
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.
Parmesan PeasWine Pairings: Pinot Gris/Grigio
This Parmesan Peas is made with just a few simple ingredients and makes a perfectly delicious side dish for any meal!
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.
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.
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.
Saffron FarfalleWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
Pair this Saffron Farfalle with an Italian Pinot Grigio for a wonderful mid-week meal.
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!
Rustic Bean SoupWine Pairings: Rhone Blend Red, Pinot Noir
All this soup needs is some crusty bread to make sure you sop up every tasty bite.
Pappa al PomodoroWine Pairings: Sangiovese
This is a classic Tuscan bread and tomato dish, and a great way to use up the end of summer tomatoes!
Radish Salad with Goat CheeseWine Pairings: Chardonnay
To crumble the goat cheese over this scrumptious spring salad, freeze it for 10 minutes, and then flake with a fork.
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.
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).
Fall Vegetable CurryWine Pairings: Chardonnay
Embrace Indian flavors by making this vegetarian meal that only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
Cream of Wild Mushroom SoupWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
This soup is easy to prepare and is absoutley delicious on a cool fall evening.
“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.