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Nonna’s Recipes

Italian Almond Cookies Made with Almond Paste

Italian Almond Cookies Made with Almond Paste

Sicilian Almond Paste cookies are scrumptious and easy to make! I am so happy to be sharing my mother’s recipe, also known as “Pasticcini alla Pasta di Mandorla”. These are the most incredibly special cookies that we make.

Italian Fig Cookies (Cuccidati)

Italian Fig Cookies (Cuccidati)

It just would not be Christmas at our house, or any Sicilian house for that matter, without Cuccidati, Italian Fig cookies. These wonderful treats may just be the most famous of all Italian cookies. Do not even think about comparing these to Fig Newtons. Cuccidati are a whole different kind of “good”.

Grilled Eggplant with Balsamic and Garlic

Grilled Eggplant with Balsamic and Garlic

Eggplants are in season and I have really been enjoying my mother’s Grilled Eggplant with Balsamic and Garlic. The eggplant is charred on the grill and then topped with oregano, garlic and balsamic vinegar. It is so easy but yet so incredibly flavorful. I think 

Nonna’s Italian Breaded Chicken Cutlets

Nonna’s Italian Breaded Chicken Cutlets

My mom’s chicken cutlets are absolutely delicious. The breading is perfectly seasoned with a combination of blended pecorino romano and parmesan cheeses and a little bit of mint.

Nonna’s Easy Italian Chicken Soup with Pastina

Nonna’s Easy Italian Chicken Soup with Pastina

Nonna’s Easy Chicken Soup with pastina is comfort food at its best. This very simple recipe, is the perfect meal when the weather is starting to get cooler and you just want something homey and cozy. Nonna (my mom, but Nonna to everyone else) loads 

Stuffed Italian Chicken Rolls

Stuffed Italian Chicken Rolls

Stuffed Italian Chicken Rolls are savory tender little packages of goodness disguised as dinner! These chicken roll ups are filled with Rosmarino ham, cheese and tomatoes. One bite and you will be in your happy place! My Sicilian mother has been making this for years 

Grilled Lollipop Lamb Chops – Mediterranean Style

Grilled Lollipop Lamb Chops – Mediterranean Style

These incredibly tasty Grilled Lollipop Lamb chops make an impressive appetizer or a scrumptious summer dinner.

Italian Green Bean Salad with Potatoes

Italian Green Bean Salad with Potatoes

String beans are cooked with potatoes and tossed in a simple Italian oil and vinegar dressing.

Tomato Cauliflower Pasta Sauce

Tomato Cauliflower Pasta Sauce

Tomato Cauliflower Pasta Sauce is an easy, cheesy way to get cauliflower into your weeknight dinner routine. Combined with tomato sauce and parmesan cheese it makes a scrumptious pasta sauce. I often serve this as a first course or a side dish with Nonna’s Chicken 

Sfingi “Italian Donuts”

Sfingi “Italian Donuts”

Traditional Sicilian Sfingi are light and airy fried pastries which are rolled in sugar. These puffy pastry balls are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of espresso.



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