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It's a light mouthful of silky pasta that will transfer you to a happy place. And thanks to my secret ingredient, it will leave you satisfied and refueled without feeling heavy.

10 oz spaghetti
2 c tomatoes ( chopped )
1 clove garlic ( thinly sliced, optional )
4 oz mozzarella ( chopped or shredded )
2 oz basil leaves ( thinly sliced )
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp Diamond Crystal kosher salt
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 c pasta water
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2
Nutritions

Calories
610

Sodium
7564mg
315% DV

Fat
36g
56% DV

Protein
22g
44% DV

Carbs
47g
16% DV

Fiber
6g
27% DV
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What better way to enjoy this juicy, sweet fruit than in a strawberry cocktail (and mocktail) that's super refreshing and thirst-quenching on a hot sunny day. (Each recipe makes one drink. Simply double, triple, or quadruple the recipe when company stops by!)

2 strawberries, hulled
1/8 c honey
Juice of 1 lemon
7 oz sparkling water ( plus another 1/4 c sparkling water )
Mint or basil leaves ( optional )
Strawberries and slice of lemon for garnish
Nutritions

Calories
388

Sodium
72mg
3% DV

Fat
102g
157% DV

Protein
35g
71% DV

Carbs
126g
42% DV

Fiber
40g
160% DV
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10 strawberries, hulled and cut into quarters
10 leaves basil
1 oz vodka
1 oz limoncello
2 Tbsp simple syrup
4 ice cubes
Strawberries and basil for garnish
Nutritions

Calories
750

Sodium
25mg
1% DV

Fat
14g
21% DV

Protein
14g
29% DV

Carbs
145g
49% DV

Fiber
35g
141% DV
54

Loaded Macaroni Salad Recipe

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This macaroni salad recipe is loaded with goodness. The perfectly creamy dressing over lots of flavors and textures. It is truly a LOADED macaroni salad!

1 lb elbow macaroni
1 c mayonnaise
1/2 c plain Greek yogurt
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 pint cherry tomatoes ( chopped )
2/3 c black and green olives ( chopped )
6 slices thick-cut bacon ( cooked crispy then crumbled )
6 oz feta cheese ( crumbled )
1-1/2 c cucumber ( chopped )
1 c red bell pepper ( chopped )
2 hard boiled eggs ( chopped )
1 whole avocado ( chopped )
1/2 c scallions ( chopped )
20 large leaves of basil ( torn into small pieces )
Salt and pepper to taste
10-12 servings
Nutritions

Calories
1651

Sodium
2378mg
99% DV

Fat
87g
134% DV

Protein
69g
138% DV

Carbs
149g
50% DV

Fiber
32g
129% DV

This creamy tomato basil soup is healthy, fragrant, and savory! Ladle it into bowls. For deliciously-rich flavor, garnish with twists of ground pepper, an olive oil drizzle, and a splash of heavy cream. Sprinkle it with grated parmesan cheese and a scattering of torn basil!

Get your spoon and soup bowl ready! This is the best tomato basil soup recipe. It's quick and easy to make with common garden and pantry items. Enjoy the comforting taste of homemade goodness. Make it in 35 minutes!

Cans of crushed tomatoes
Yellow onion
Garlic cloves
Virgin olive oil
Butter
Crushed red pepper flakes
Dried thyme
Sea Salt
Black pepper, freshly-ground
Chicken broth or chicken stock
Fresh basil leaves
8

To make this easy recipe, follow these simple step-by-step instructions:

  • STEP 1: Chop the onions. Peel the garlic. Mince or press the cloves...

See the full directions on my site
Nutritions

Calories
0.0

Sodium
0.0mg
0% DV

Fat
0.0g
0% DV

Protein
0.0g
0% DV

Carbs
0.0g
0% DV

Fiber
0.0g
0% DV
This is the best tomato basil soup! Delicious, fragrant, and satisfying, it’s the perfect comfort food recipe. Take it from stovetop to table in 35 minutes!
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5-Minute Ricotta Garlic Herb Dip

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This garlicky, herby ricotta dip is ready in 5 minutes, and that's a good thing. As soon as you start chopping the fresh basil leaves and start smashing the garlic cloves, you want to start dipping.

15 oz ricotta chese
1/2 c Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil - plus extra to drizzle
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 c fresh basil, chopped
1/2 c fresh parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp sage, chopped
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt - to taste
Nutritions

Calories
467

Sodium
243mg
10% DV

Fat
32g
50% DV

Protein
16g
32% DV

Carbs
27g
9% DV

Fiber
6g
24% DV
Photo by Erich Boenzli

I went shopping the other day and while I was looking around in the produce department, I got hit by a whiff of fresh basil...let's make a one pan pasta...

12 oz spaghetti
1 dry pint grape tomatoes, halved
3 large leaves of basil, roughly chopped
1 shallot, chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp hot pepper flakes
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt, add more to taste
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 anchovy
1 Knorr beef bouillon cube
4 c water - add more as needed
4 slices cooked bacon, cut into bits - optional
Parmigiano-Reggiano, freshly grated
4
Nutritions

Calories
628

Sodium
150mg
6% DV

Fat
23g
35% DV

Protein
19g
39% DV

Carbs
59g
20% DV

Fiber
11g
47% DV
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The words French Bread Pizza have always elicited feelings of excitement and almost giddy anticipation of mouthwatering flavor. It's such a quick & easy dinner and I guarantee this recipe will be the best you've ever tasted!

1 loaf French or Italian bread
2 tomatoes, chopped into small pieces
8 oz block mozzarella, thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, finely grated
3 Tbsp olive oil
6 leaves fresh basil, torn into small pieces
oregano
salt and pepper
your favorite pizza toppings
2
Nutritions

Calories
597

Sodium
790mg
32% DV

Fat
44g
68% DV

Protein
28g
56% DV

Carbs
14g
4% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV
106

Peaches and Cream Parfait

Photo by Viana Boenzli
peaches, sliced
pistachio nuts, crumbled
Greek yogurt
granola
honey
basil leaves, torn into small pieces
Nutritions

Calories
0.0

Sodium
0.0mg
0% DV

Fat
0.0g
0% DV

Protein
0.0g
0% DV

Carbs
0.0g
0% DV

Fiber
0.0g
0% DV
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4 oz cream cheese
1/4 c Greek yogurt
1/3 c mango juice - found in the international aisle of the supermarket
strawberries, sliced
granola
basil leaves, torn into small pieces
Nutritions

Calories
554

Sodium
464mg
19% DV

Fat
40g
62% DV

Protein
13g
27% DV

Carbs
30g
10% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV

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