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Ham, Mushroom & Asparagus Frittata

Ham Mushroom Asparagus Frittata www.bellalimento.com

Whether I like it or not the holiday season is full steam ahead. Next week is Thanksgiving. THANKSGIVING (is anyone else in denial about this?). The day after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of hustle and bustle for us. We like to host dinner parties and already have a few others on our schedule during the month of December. I’m trying really hard not to jump to Christmas but that’s easier said than done. I’d like to enjoy Thanksgiving first. We do have so much to be thankful for after all. 

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Pasta with Creamy Roasted Beet Sauce

Pasta with Creamy Roasted Beet Sauce www.bellalimento.com

No one could accuse this pasta of being anything less than exciting. She’s’ definitely a plate turner. That’s no dye job boys and girls. That color is what you get when throw a roasted beet into the mix. Now I know beets are a love them or leave them kind of thing and honestly up until a few years ago I was a leave them kind of girl. Then I figured out that roasting them was the ticket to my love affair with beets and lemon juice because you’re going to need that when you work with roasted beets unless you like hot pink hands.

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Chocolate Cake with Ganache

Italian Chocolate Cake with Ganache www.bellalimento.com

I have been craving chocolate cake for a while now.  A simple no fuss decadent from scratch chocolate cake that comes together in about an hour. Don’t worry most of that time is spent in the oven baking away. Plenty of time for you to enjoy dinner and then have it for dessert warm straight out of the oven. Did you hear me exhale? There is nothing better than a warm slice of chocolate cake dripping in chocolate ganache if you ask me. Unless someone else makes it, but that’s neither here nor there.

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Pasta with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Creamy Mushroom Pasta www.bellalimento.com

Don’t adjust your screens. I know you’ve grown accustomed to seeing pumpkin for the past week. Don’t panic, we’ll be back with more pumpkin soon. For now, we’re interrupting our pumpkin palooza to bring you this pasta with creamy mushroom sauce.  We think it’s worth the exception to the editorial calendar (food blogger speak) and I think my skin is starting to turn orange from the sheer amount of pumpkin I’ve consumed but we won’t talk about that. I’ve never met a mushroom I didn’t like and when it’s paired with pasta well for me it doesn’t get much better than that. Well until you add cream. Heavy whipping cream because if you’re having cream why bother with half and half. Right?

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Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Creamy Roasted Pumpkin Soup www.bellalimento.co

 

I’m an equal opportunity soup person. Meaning not only do I like all types of soup, I like soup year round. If there’s a choice of soup or salad well that’s an no brainer for me. It’s always soup. I do tend to gravitate to cream based soups. They’re calorie free aren’t they? No? Sigh, well I’m already hooked so I’m going to ignore that little tidbit. This creamy roasted pumpkin soup is high on my fall favorites list. Didn’t I mention that we’d be putting roasted pumpkin to good use.  So far we’ve already used it to make Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Pancetta  and now we’re using it as the base for this soup.

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Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Pancetta

Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Pancetta

Pumpkin palooza is continuing this week on the blog. We’ve taken our  Roasted Pumpkin from earlier in the week, pureed it and used it to make a creamy and decadent Roasted Pumpkin Risotto with Pancetta.  Yes pumpkin puree is simply roasted pumpkin that you puree. Nothing complicated about it. In fact you might consider doubling up on the roasting so you have it on hand to use throughout the week for several dishes.

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