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Spaghetti Sauce With Meatballs
Nonna Lina's recipe for tomato sauce with meatballs is a staple in her house. She uses this sauce to top almost any kind of pasta, gnocchi, and polenta. This dish will quickly become a family favorite in your house too!

Low Fat Spaghetti Sauce With Chicken Meatballs
A healthier, low fat version of Nonna Lina's famous tomato sauce flavored with chicken meatballs. Serve the meatballs as the main course, and use the sauce to top your pasta of choice.

Family Style Lasagna
In this recipe, delicate fresh pasta sheets blanket a tasty ragu and are topped with a layer of tiny meatballs. Nonna often serves this dish for family Sunday dinners or special occasions.

Fresh Egg Pasta
Nonna Lina makes homemade pasta very frequently, either cutting it to fettuccine width, or into sheets for lasagna. She first learned to make pasta at her own Nonna's table, and it is one of her family's favorites.

Fresh Eggless Pasta
This recipe is as simple as they come, and all you need is all-purpose flour and water. Apparently during the war when eggs were scarce, this pasta became very popular. It goes great with almost any sauce, but Nonna Lina likes to serve it with a fresh pea sauce or a light fresh tomato sauce.

Potato Gnocchi
A basic potato gnocchi recipe that is delicious topped with a variety of sauces, and that holds up well to freezing.

Polenta is an inexpensive, tasty alternative to pasta or rice, and can be served in unlimited ways. Here is a basic recipe for making polenta that Nonna uses, as well as numerous serving ideas. Nonna ususually serves her polenta soft, topped with her famous Tomato Sauce in which she cooks both sausages and meatballs.

Homemade Chicken Broth
This recipe is for a very basic, tasty chicken broth that can be used in many different ways. Nonna Lina's grandchildren all grew up with her Pastina in Brodo, or as they call it, "Ball Soup", and she always seems to have a jar of homemade chicken broth in her refrigerator to prepare a quick, flavorful bowl of soup whenever it is needed.

Soup With Pork ~ Minestra di Maiale
This is a hearty soup that Nonna makes when her family wants a complete meal in a bowl. You could serve this soup on slices of grilled garlic bread for a pleasing presentation. A soup like this represents Italian country cooking at it's best!

Bread And Bean Soup
This soup recipe was handed down from Nonna's own Mother, and expresses the traditional style of Italian peasant cooking where everything is used in a kitchen, and a meal can revolve around a few pantry ingredients masterfully put together.

Saverio's Soup
This simple soup recipe is real Italian comfort food, and is often requested by Saverio, Nonna Lina's husband when he is in the mood for something to eat, but wants something light and nourishing. This soup can be put together in minutes, and requires only a few ingredients most people have on hand in their kitchens every day.

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