Recipes from Today’s Show: Italian Comfort Food

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TODAY on MHTV: I’m sharing a recipe for Italian meat loaf, aka polpette. This version has a few secret ingredients that add tremendous depth of flavor. Chunky ricotta mashed potatoes and steamed spinach make no-fail sides, and my Great-Aunt Carolina’s taralli cookies have a touch of Marsala wine and a light lemon glaze. It’s comfort food with an Italian twist. More from the show.

Get the recipes from this episode:


Chunky Ricotta Mashed Potatoes

Steamed Spinach

Wine Taralli Cookies

Get the recipes from the 11:30 am ET show: Homemade Soup Recipes

Watch ”Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn” Mondays at 11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. CT, Tuesdays through Fridays at 11 a.m. ET and 11:30 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.

  • Elaine September 20, 2011 at 11:59 am

    What type of Marsala wine did you use…sweet, dry, etc? My mother is very happy with your recipe, thanks.

  • Jenny Steffens Hobick September 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Lucinda,

    I will be attending The Martha Show on Oct. 4th and would love to make my trip to NY as productive (and as fun!) as possible. I plan to document my experience on my home entertaining and food blog ( Is it possible for me to be able to interview a staff member, witness a photo shoot, tour the office(s) or get a behind the scenes experience?

    Thanks for your time!

    Jenny Steffens Hobick

  • Alvin September 22, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    If you are looking to cook the different style of steaks or any other meat dishes then this is the right collection of recipes for you:

  • Carol September 22, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Do you use sweet or dry marsala wine in the Taralli Cookie?

  • Donna Strussione Abrams September 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Love the new picture of you and the boys! Aren’t all we Italian mothers proud of our boys! They are both so handsome and I really enjoy them when they appear on the show.

  • Carol Gentile September 26, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Last week you made steak pizzaiola. I can’t find the recipe.


  • italian restaurants denver January 13, 2012 at 3:48 am

    The foods were based on home cooking, including pasta, a paste or dough item made of wheat flour and water (plus eggs in northern Italy). Spaghetti, from the word spago, meaning ”string,” is a typical pasta. Macaroni, another pasta, is tubular in form. In the north of Italy, ravioli pasta is stuffed with cheese or meat; in the south, it may be served in a tomato sauce without meat. Pastas take various shapes, each with its own name. Pizza is native to Naples, and it was there that many American soldiers, during World War II, learned to enjoy it.

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