That’s Italian!

Supreme Bagel Pizzas

2 plain bagels, split

1/2 cup pizza sauce

20 pepperoni slices

3/4 cup diced fully cooked ham

1/4 cup real bacon bits

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Place bagels on a baking sheet. Spread with pizza sauce. Arrange five slices of pepperoni on each, covering the bagel hole with one slice. Top each with ham, bacon, green pepper and cheese. Bake at 400° for 12-14 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.

Cheesy Breadstick Dunkers

1can (11 oz) refrigerated breadsticks (12 breadsticks)
1/3cup finely shredded sharp Cheddar cheese (1 1/3 oz)
1/4cup real bacon bits
2tablespoons Parmesan dry bread crumbs
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll dough on ungreased cookie sheet; do not separate. Top dough evenly with cheese, bacon bits and bread crumbs.
  • 2 Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into 12 long strips. Serve warm.


Spaghetti and Meatball Stoup

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounces)
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 bag of frozen meatballs
  • 1/2-3/4 pound spaghetti, broken into thirds, depending on how “noodle-y” you like it
  • Heat a soup pot over medium-high heat. Add the EVOO, garlic, bay leaf, onion and carrots and sauté five minutes or until softened. Season with a little salt and pepper, then add the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes and chicken stock. Cover pot and bring to a boil.Add the meatballs. Stir the broken spaghetti into the pot and cook seven minutes more. Season stoup with salt and pepper to your taste and serve. Pass grated cheese at the table for topping.


Italian Cream Sodas

Homemade Italian Cream Sodas: Butter with a Side of Bread

  • 1/2 cup Club Soda
  • 3 TBSP Torani Syrup {our favorite combo was Raspberry Vanilla- 2 TBSP Raspberry to 1 TBSP Vanilla}
  • 1 TBSP Half & Half
  • 3 ice cubes
  • whipped cream and a cherry for the top!
To make one serving: Add ice cubes to glasses. Measure out about 1/2 cup Club Soda  and pour into each glass. {If you have larger glasses, you can double all of the ingredients.}
Add the syrup to the soda. Just before serving add the 1 TBSP of Half & Half to the soda/ syrup mixture. This is the fun part- as the cream seeps down it makes a really cool design on the glass. Try and not shake the glasses around too much so that the design is preserved- serve with whipped cream and a cherry on top, as well as something to stir with prior to drinking. It’s fun to admire the cool swirls of the syrup and cream, but encourage everyone to give it a little stir before drinking so that all the flavors meld.


Glitter Grapes

1 pound of green seedless grapes, pulled from the stems and rinsed
1 3-oz. package of Melon Fusion Jell-O (NOT prepared) or Jolly Rancher Watermelon flavor or Jolly Rancher Green Apple

Rinse the grapes under water until all are clean and wet. Spread the gelatin mix on a plate, about 1/3 at a time. Place a handful of grapes on the plate and gently roll each grape in the gelatin powder until it is covered. Place the coated grapes into a bowl and repeat the process with the remaining ingredients until all of the grapes are covered. Place the bowl and let set in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, until the gelatin is set. The colder these are, the better they taste!


Slumber Party Cookie Pizza

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting or 2 cups frosting of your choice

Red, black, white, green and yellow gumdrops

1/4 cup white baking chips

In a large bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Pat onto a greased 14-in. pizza pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown; cool.

Spread frosting to within 1 in. of edge. Using a sharp knife, cut red gumdrops into 1/4-in. slices. Cut black gumdrops into slices and cut a hole in the center. Cut white gumdrops lengthwise, then into mushroom shapes. Cut green gumdrops into slices and place a small piece of red gumdrop in the center. Dice yellow and more green gumdrops. Arrange all gumdrop shapes over frosting. Melt white chips; place in a pastry or plastic bag. Cut a small hole in the corner; drizzle over pizza. Yield: 8-10 servings.


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