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I am Italian, so pasta night is a staple each week. Making a traditional Italian meal takes time and much preparation. However, after learning about the new Bertolli items available at Kroger, I knew I could add a few more Italian dishes to our Pasta night.
Did you know you can make a three-course Italian meal in 30 minutes, and on a weeknight? I know that you are probably thinking, “How is that possible? It takes 20 minutes to just boil water. And who makes three course meals on a busy weeknight anyway?”
Well, you can and my husband even admitted that he was not expecting an “Italian Feast” on a Wednesday night. You can create an amazing 3-course Italian dinner for the family, just pull out a bottle of Chianti, light some candles and set the table for a trip to Italy in your belly. O
ur three-course Italian dinner included Chicken Florentine, an Italian Chopped Salad and a Short Cut Tiramisu in a jar. Is your mouth salivating yet? As we say in our house, Mangia or let’s eat.
My kids are starving when they get home, and since my daughter gets home around 5:30, I hate for her to grab a big snack and ruin her appetite. So having some options for an easy 30-minute dinner is always key.
Three Course Italian Dinner in 30 minutes
You won’t prepare this 30-minute dinner all at once. You’ll need to prepare dessert at least the morning before, though the night before is best. Tiramisu in a jar is a fun way to finish this Italian feast. It takes just 10 minutes to make, and your family we are forever grateful.
HOW TO MAKE SHORT CUT TIRAMISU IN A JAR
Start by mixing heavy whipping cream in a mixer until it forms heavy peaks. Add a container of mascarpone cheese and set aside.
Use some leftover coffee or make a new strong batch to dip your ladyfingers. Dip quickly on both sides (you don’t want them falling apart but definitely dampened).
If placing your Tiramisu in a jar, I recommend breaking the ladyfingers in half to fit.
Layer the ladyfingers in the jar.
Then, add a layer of whipped cream mixture and repeat.
Cover the jar opening and store in the fridge for at least four hours. The longer, the better.
When you are ready to serve, sprinkle some cocoa on top. Easy, right? And it only 10 minutes!
Ok, so I cheated a little…but coming from an Italian girl, it is ok. After all, if you were able to smell the Bertolli Chicken Florentine cooking on the stove, you would have thought I was slaving over this all day!
Twenty minutes before dinner, pull out a nonstick saute pan and pour the entire contents of Bertolli Chicken Florentine inside. Cover and cook over medium/low heat for about 15 minutes or until heated thru. You will need to stir every once in a while.
THIRD COURSE: AN ITALIAN CHOPPED SALAD
While the pasta is cooking, you can start chopping up your salad ingredients. This is not a recipe, as much as an idea.
Chop up some Romaine lettuce, olives, marinated red peppers, fresh mozzarella, red onion and celery and place in a bowl. Add some canned chickpeas and serve with your favorite Italian Dressing.
I added some chopped chicken I had in the fridge in case there was not enough pasta to go around.
30 Minute Italian Dinner
You are ready for dinner! There was enough sauce in our pasta to add a little more cooked chicken, about a cup, into the pan to heat up.
I knew this would make the already generous family size meal go a little farther. I also topped it off with some freshly ground black and red pepper.
I told you that you could serve your family a three-course dinner in under 30 minutes! Instead of saying “let’s eat” tonight, be sure to say “Mangia.” Pick up a bag of Bertolli frozen pasta and some fresh veggies and ingredients to create the perfect Italian night in your home, any day of the week.
Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 258Saturated Fat 14gCholesterol 71mgSodium 29mgCarbohydrates 7gSugar 5gProtein 2g
What other Italian dishes would you include in this “Mangia Tonight” Italian Dinner?