Welcome to Mama's Italian Recipes Blog

So who is Mama? Mama is a full blooded Italian woman raised in Brooklyn New York surrounded with good food and Italian culture. I want to share the recipes of the old world with the new world. Known for her exceptional dishes she loves nothing more than to prepare and serve these recipes to her friends and family.

Now, we share them with you.

Friday, January 25, 2008


3 cans diced tomatoes ( 14.5 oz)
2 cans tomato sauce ¼ cup onion ( 5oz)
1 clove garlic- minced
2 tsp basil (we love fresh and diced but dried works well too)
½ tsp oregano (same as above)
¾ cup milk
1 cup parmesan cheese
extra virgin olive oil

Start, mix and cook all in your soup pot!

Sauté onion, oregano, basil, and garlic in olive oil.
Add tomatoes and tomato sauce - bring to a boil.
Add milk and stir while reducing heat to simmer.
Add ½ of Parmesan cheese .
Simmer 1 hour and top with remaining parmesan cheese right before serving!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


2 lbs boneless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3/4 cup heavy cream
½ cup sour cream
1 lb fettuccini
½ tsp parsley

Heat oil in skillet. Cut chicken breast into strips. ( I sometimes cut AFTER frying) Fry on medium heat until cooked through.


Melt butter in saucepan; add cream and cheese.
Cook over low heat, stirring constantly. Be careful not to boil.
Cook fettuccini in 3 quarts boiling water. Mix chicken and Alfredo sauce together. Drain noodles. Put sauce and chicken over noodles.
Sprinkle with parlsey.


Tuesday, January 15, 2008


1 c. olive oil
3/4 c. balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp Honey This is just enough to cut a bit of the tartness of the balsamic!
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese

Whisk together vinegar, garlic, honey and grated cheese. Gradually add the olive oil. We make this ahead of time and use it throughout the week.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Italian Baked Fish Recipe

1 lb. any white fish (we always try to buy what is fresh and in season in our area)
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 c. crushed tomatoes, fresh or canned
2 tbsp. parsley
3 tbsp. basil
1 full medium size onion, chopped
½ lb fresh or 1 can mushrooms
¼ cup parmesan cheese

Sauté in olive oil:
4 tbsp. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 c. crushed tomatoes, fresh or canned
2 tbsp. parsley
3 tbsp. basil

Place fish in baking dish. Pour sautéed mixture over fish and place in pre heated 350 degree oven.

Bake for approx. 20 minutes or until fish is cooked through. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over top and keep in oven just long enough to melt.

Great with salad and pasta of your choice!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008


2 c. cake flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
2 c. sugar
2 sticks butter (1 cup)
2 eggs
8 oz. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla


4 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Cream sugar and butter then add eggs (one at a time) beating well after each one. Fold in sour cream then add flour, salt, baking powder and vanilla.
Mix well.
Pour 1/2 of batter in a greased and floured bundt pan.
Mix topping ingredients.
Add 1/2 of topping on batter in the pan.
Add remaining batter over top of topping.
Finish by adding remaining topping to the top of cake.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until pick comes out clean.

You can’t beat this with a good cup of coffee!

BTW…I have been on the good coffee maker extravaganza and I found the BEST! I will post more here about the coffee maker soon!

Monday, January 7, 2008


1 loaf of Italian bread
1/2 c. Tomato Sauce
2 c. Italian diced tomatoes, drained & chopped
1/4 lb. Mozzarella cheese, cubed
1/4 lb. Swiss cheese, cubed
1/4 lb. Italian sausage or salami, cubed
1/2 tsp. Oregano
1/4 tsp. Rosemary
1/2 tsp. Sweet Basil
1/2 clove garlic, crushed
1/4 c. Romano cheese, grated
Olive oil

Cut off top of bread and hollow out.
Brush inside and out with a bit of warm olive oil.
Place in a hot oven for 5 to 10 minutes until the inside is dry and only lightly toasted. Do not brown.
Combine tomato sauce with chopped tomatoes, basil, Mozzarella, Swiss cheese and the sausage or salami.
Fill the hollowed bread with the mixture. Sprinkle lightly with oregano, garlic and grated cheese.
Place the pizza on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and the filling is bubbly and piping hot. Cut into slices and serve!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Mushroom Spinach Italian Garlic Bread Recipe

4 cups spinach leaves, remove stems
1 cup sliced mushrooms
4 cloves garlic, cracked from skin
1 stick softened butter
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 loaf Italian bread
Preheat broiler or oven to 375.
Place the spinach in a food processor with mushrooms, garlic, butter, and cheese,
Blend until smooth.

Cut the bread in half lengthwise and cover it with the spinach butter. Broil or bake the bread until browned, about 2 minutes under the broiler or 5 to 6 minutes in the oven.

Cut bread and serve warm as an appetizer or as a side to your favorite pasta recipe!