Chef Ellie Espo's Recipes

Homemade Manicotti

GETTING READY 1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees. MAKING 2. For making crepes - In a mixing bowl, combine egg, flour, salt, pepper, nutmeg and olive oil, and mix thoroughly. 3. Gradually whisk in 1 1/2 cups of the milk to make a smooth batter. 4. Set aside... - 119.765

Roasted Beets With Feta Cheese Over Baby Arugula

MAKING 1. On a baking tray place the beets, rub olive oil and sprinkle pepper powder over it. 2. Pop it into the oven and roast until tender enough at 400 degrees. 3. For making pomegranate reduction - in a saucepan, simmer pomegranate juice with sugar. 4.For... - 119.853

Lattice-topped strawberry-rhubarb Deep-dish Pie 

A classic and delicious pie which has an old-timey charm. The sweet fresh strawberries taste like cotton candy and the tart pink rhubarb is the perfect almost citrusy-sour contrast coupled with a hint of cardamom, everything encased in a buttery pastry. An... - 104.643

Grandma Valentino's Sweet Pie

This sweet pie is a hallmark of an Italian Easter Sunday feast. Known as Pastiera in Italy, this dessert seen around Easter time, has many names but simply put, it is a sweet ricotta-based pie with citron and grain. This recipe is a classic Italian... - 121.783

Roasted Butternut Squash And Spinach Farfalle

Thanksgiving is an all-American holiday but you can add some great Italian-style recipes to your Thanksgiving dinner such as this farfalle pasta dish that has the colors and flavors of the season and makes a great side dish for your holiday roast. The little... - 131.384

Hot Artichoke Dip By Chef Ellie Espo

Hot Artichoke Dip is an amazing dip for the sliced French bread, crackers or breadsticks. The creamy Hot Artichoke Dip is flavoured with the artichoke hearts, shallots, aged asiago, perorino romano cheese, pesto, parsely, mayo, sour cream and lemon zest. Try... - 104.907

Creamy Caramelized Onion Apple And Fennel Soup

MAKING: 1) In a saute pan, caramelize the onions until golden inn olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter. 2) Add the shallots,garlic and leeks. Saute it all together and add to the stock pot. 3) Then in the same saute pan add your fennel and apples. Cook for 5... - 109.421

Pork Tenderloin Cutlets With Apple Cider Mustard Pan Sauce

Pork Tenderloin With An Apple Cider Sauce is a wonderful dish with a scrumptious taste. The seasoned crispy pork loin cutlets are served with an amazing sauce prepared with the apple cider, shallots, apples and flavoured with the thyme and champagne mustard,... - 112.136

Stuffed Poached Pears With Brandied Vanilla Cream

Baked Spiced Pears With A Vanilla Ice Cream Sauce is an amazing dish. The pears are nicely baked in the cooking liquid with the apricots, cranberries, cherries or raisins and walnuts. Then served with the delicious vanilla ice cream sauce. Try out this... - 111.871

Herbed Lamb Chops In Port Wine Sauce With Butternut Squash Puree And Sauteed Spinach

If you are not a traditionalist and are you looking for a main course idea for the holiday season then this lamb chop recipe is indeed an excellent choice! This is not only an easy recipe, but also lamb chops are one of the more affordable lamb cuts which... - 134.521

Gnudi With A Wild Mushroom Sauce

In this amazing wild mushroom sauce dish, the Ricotta and spinach dumplings are bathed in a wild mushroom sauce. This sauce is excellent over most grilled meats, including veal or beef medallions. A standard mushroom sauce can be prepared by substituting all... - 116.422

Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass

Pan Roasted Chilean Sea Bass is a straight forward way to cook this delicious moist fish topped off with a Mediterranean compote. The wonderful sauce has the capers, orange juice, thyme, raisins and the caramalized onions. Try out this simple, easy to make... - 114.058

Pork Cutlets With Roasted Tomatoes And Arugula

Pork Cutlets With Roasted Tomatoes And Arugula is an amazing dish with the crispy pork cutlets with dressed the arugula,tomatoes and shallots. This is nice change from veal and chicken,topped with a delicious arugula and tomato salad with a sherry vinegar... - 110.742

Stuffed Peppers With Sausage And Spinach

Stuffed Peppers With Sausage And Spinach are Holland peppers cut in half and filled with sausage, spinach and asiago cheese and baked in a tomato and white wine sauce.For a vegetarian version, omit the sausage and saute a medley of vegetables ie:... - 108.95

Lentil And Butternut Squash Soup

After eating all the heavy, fancy gourmet food in the holiday season, your body literally screams for rest! What you need is some delicious lentil soup bursting with flavors of sweet butternut squash, earthy mushrooms and chockfull of veggies. This is a very... - 126.793

Eggplant Terrine

A terrine makes such impressive appetizer and this one is surely destined to a part of your Italian table for a summer Sunday brunch with family and friends. This gorgeous cold terrine made of layers of roasted eggplant, mozzarella cheese, roasted peppers and... - 115.412

Christmas Ginger Strips

These ginger strips are spicy, ginger and molasses-y, flavors that make these cookies resemble ginger bread. They are simple to make and are perfect for the holiday season though these cookies are timeless. They are so scrumptious and irresistible that you... - 117.957

Savory Sweet Potato Layered Casserole

It just isn't a fall holiday without a sinful sweet potato casserole. Forget recipes that just season mashed sweet potatoes with sugar and spice before baking. This recipe is unlike any other sweet potato casserole you have ever had. Fresh sweet potatoes are... - 125.615

Thanksgiving Roasted Yam Bread Pudding With A Praline Sauce

Bread pudding is like a pallet! You can through in anything you want into it. This recipe stays with the Thanksgiving theme. Chef Ellie makes a bread pudding adding roasted yam puree to the custard, getting a gorgeous orange color and using sweet, rich... - 140.481

Italian Fried Salami And Cheese Mini Turnover

These are fried pockets of sinful goodness. This calzone-like Italian snack is simply a pocket of pizza dough filled with lots of cheese and salami and deep-fried. A nice non-mess alternative to pizza slices, that makes a great hand held snack for kid's and... - 126.837

Chitarrine With Pancetta And Brussel Sprouts

This pasta dish screams “Autumn” and is a great way of using the leaves of the Brussels sprouts. This pasta tossed with brussel sprouts and mushrooms is wonderfully flavored with crispy bits of salty pancetta and Parmigiano Reggiano. It makes a comforting... - 113.555

Corn And Chorizo Chowder With Cheddar Corn Muffins

Since the leaves are beginning to fall and the cold wintry nights are beginning to creep in, you are thinking of soup to warm your cold feet and satisfy your growling tummy that seems to be constantly screaming for food! Here is a hearty and nutritious soup... - 117.766

Flounder Francaise

This has to be the easiest “gourmet” method for serving fresh flounder fillets. Chef Ellie Espo makes a delicious versatile lemon sauce using three simple ingredients; lemon juice, wine and stock. This is an ideal recipe for French food lovers and... - 119.074

Mussels With Pancetta And White Wine

Mussels are a delicious, yet inexpensive seafood meal. Watch Chef Ellie Espo show you how to make poached mussels with salty pancetta in a beautiful garlic flavored wine sauce, the perfect marriage of flavors! When served with a hunk of crusty bread to dunk... - 119.102

Penne With Eggplant, Mozzarella And San Marzano Tomatoes

Penne With Eggplant,Mozzarella And San Marzano Tomatoes is a great way to use your garden eggplant using a quick pan sauce. This is a wonderful Italian main dish with the eggpalnt, tomatoes and cheeses. The Penne With Eggplant,Mozzarella And San Marzano... - 111.918

Gazpacho With Grilled Shrimp

Gazpacho with Grilled Shrimp is a quintessential summer soup is one of Spain's most successful culinary exports. Topped with shrimp, it is the heartiest and best of all the soups as it takes only minutes to prepare in a food processor. Try out this wonderful... - 111.273

Raw Jersey Corn Salad

Summer Corn Salad is an essence of summer. Sweet fresh corn and light flavors is a welcome alternative to corn on the cob. The vinegar dressing in the raw corn salad brings out the sweetness in the corn without overpowering it and the red onion, peppers and... - 124.464

Pan Seared Scallops Over Roasted Pepper Pesto

This simple and beautiful scallop dish using fresh seafood scallops over a red-pepper pesto, a blend of roasted red pepper, almonds, basil and oregano. This perfect summer seafood dish will transport you to a Mediterranean beach with sun, sand and surf. It... - 118.233

Summer Pappardelle

Summer is a time for fresh, light and refreshing dishes like this one! Pappardelle with wine poached lobster medallions flavored with the cayenne pepper, parsley, thyme and bay leaves tossed with sweet Jersey corn and teardrop tomatoes looks like summer on a... - 119.32

Zucchini Muffin With Streusel Topping

The best way to get your family to eat zucchini is by baking a batch of these healthy and delicious lemony zucchini muffins. These are fast and easy to make and are wonderful for breakfast, an afternoon teatime snack or even a sweet ending to your day! These... - 108.505

Balsamic Orange Glazed Chicken Thighs

The holiday season is here and it’s the time for the roasts to be put out on the table! This recipe is a nice twist on the classic Roasted chicken A’la Orange. This roasted chicken thighs recipe will really get “under your skin!” The secret to this... - 114.646

Broccoli Rabe And Sausage Crostata

Broccoli Rabe, Sausage, and Fontina Cheese Crostata is an amazing Italian main dish. Perfect for entertaining, this gorgeous crostata sheet layered with rich Fontina cheese, broccoli rabe and sweet Italian sausage won't disappoint. You shall be deliciously... - 109.025

Italian Tomato Ricotta And Basil Tart

There are some ingredient combinations that create magic, like tomato, ricotta and basil. This savory, quiche like tart makes the perfect summer brunch or a light lunch entrée and it a great way to use the abundance or summer garden tomatoes. Wonderfully... - 137.49

Dill Casserole Bread

If you love baking your own homemade bread you must try this recipe. Chef Ellie Espo shares her Italian aunt’s secret recipe for Dill Bread that is baked in a casserole. Well it’s not entirely a secret recipe and comes from behind a packet of yeast! This... - 135.342

Roasted Beets And Goat Cheese Towers With Chef Ellie Espo

This is a gorgeous, delicious and easy salad which takes little time and makes a great meatless appetizer or main course for your holiday dinners. It uses roasted beets, goat’s cheese stacked on a bed of greens with crispy pancetta drizzled with a balsamic... - 120.467

Pancetta Wrapped Chicken Breasts

This recipe for Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken is straightforward yet wonderfully full of flavor. For those whose mouths water at the smell of bacon, try this delicious recipe. Roasted chicken breast wrapped in pancetta and served with a warm orange wine sauce.... - 116.96

Easter Fresh Fruit Tart

If you are looking for a dessert recipe for your Easter Dinner, this is it! Fresh, colorful, light and beautiful, this tart represents spring! A classic French dessert, this elegant fruit tart has a shell of tender biscuit-like pastry filled with a thick... - 135.167

Eggplant Rollatini By Chef Ellie Espo

This delicious vegetable and cheese dish is destined to sit atop a beautifully set table and passed around in the midst of fabulous conversation, perfect for "Family Time" celebration. Fresh eggplant rolled with a melted cheesy filling and topped with a deep,... - 117.771

Spaghetti Carbonara By Chef Ellie Espo

Spaghetti Carbonara is an “Absolutely no cream” an authentic Roman dish using pancetta. Spaghetti Carbonara is one of the most popular Italian pasta dishes. This version combines pancetta, eggs, butter, Perorino Romano, Parmgiano Reggiano and white wine.... - 113.158

Mamma Hackett’s Irish Soda Bread

If you love baking your own homemade bread you must try this recipe. The delicious smell bread infused with caraway seeds and bejeweled with currants and plump golden raisins baking in your kitchen makes it almost impossible to wait for it to come out of the... - 120.296

Baked Orzo With Tomatoes And Sausage

Baked Orzo with Tomatoes and Sausage is a simple and easy dish for entertaining as long as it’s assembled in advance and can be baked off just before your guests arrive. Try out this amazing Italian main dish with the sausages, tomatoes, celery, fresh... - 115.818

Nonna's Stuffed Sundried Tomatoes

Nonna’s Stuffed Sun Dried Tomatoes is a wonderful dish with the sundried tomatoes stuffed with the Pecorino Romano Cheese, marinara sauce, breadcrumbs, pesto and olive oil. Nonna is Italian for Grandmother, so this is a traditional dish for us to relish and... - 111.421

Spinach Cannelloni

Spinach Cannelloni is an amazing Italian main dish with the spinach and cheese stuffed in tubular pasta or cannelloni covered with oodles of cheeses as ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano. Well made cannelloni cannot be achieved without some... - 112.907

Puree Of Asparagus Soup With Lump Crabmeat

Puree of Asparagus Soup with Lump Crabmeat is an amazing dish with a scrumptious taste. The beautiful pale green soup is all the more fragrant because I use the asparagus trimmings for the broth. This Puree of Asparagus Soup is vibrant and light, full of... - 114.318

Italian Sausage And Bean Soup

Who doesn't like a hearty soup during the cold winter evenings or on a rainy day? There are several winter soup recipes but this rich Italian-style bean, sausage and fennel soup loaded with veggies is one hearty and soul warming one that must be in your... - 130.859

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate mousse is a great dessert for entertaining because it looks pretty, everyone gets their own serving, and you need to make it at least several hours ahead of time. A chocolate mousse is a form of dessert typically made from eggs, cream, sugar, and... - 110.826

Sweet Onion Dip With Chef Ellie Espo

Forget about those jars of sweet onion dip that are available on supermarket shelves. This recipe is the quintessential sweet onion dip. It is outrageous and the perfect match for salty crispy potato chips and crackers! This dip is what you should be making... - 118.665

Scampi With Linguini Fini With Chef Ellie Espo

Enjoy the flavors of Italian surf and turf with this delicious quick and easy shrimp pasta dish. This is a quick recipe that looks like you were in the kitchen for hours which results in lots of garlicky shrimp tossed with some linguine, white wine, and... - 92.486

Rigatoni With Sausage- With Chef Ellie Espo

Rigatoni with Niecy’s Sausage is an amazing Rigatoni pasta with spicy Italian sausage and cannellini beans in tomato sauce. Tubes of rigatoni hold the tomato sauce, giving you a burst of creamy flavor with every bite. Use either hot or mild Italian sausages... - 110.994

Penne Vodka With Chef Ellie Espo

Penne Vodka is Penne with a creamy, tomato and Vodka Sauce, is very quick and easy to prepare. Wonderfully flavoured with prosciutto, red pepper, fresh basil leaves and grated cheese. Try out this amazing Penne Vodka and enjoy!! - 110.699

Chicken Piccata With Chef Ellie Espo

Chicken Piccata is an America main dish with sliced and sauteed chicken served in a sauce prepared with the lemon, butter, capers, parsley and white wine. Try out this amazing Chicken Piccata with a scrumptious taste and enjoy with your family and friends!! - 115.645

Chicken Marsala With Chef Ellie Espo

Chicken Marsala is a wonderful Italian dish prepared with the chicken cutlets, mushrooms, and Marsala wine. The chicken cutlets are dredged in the seasoned flour and briefly sauteed. The Marsala sauce is then poured over the warm chicken and served... - 111.825

Christmas Snow Ball Cookies

Pecan Snow Balls are wonderful round, white little snowball cookies that are a tempting and delightful treat on the Christmas dessert table. Pecan Snow Balls is a perfect Christmas cookie because is simple, easy and loved by all. Enjoy!! - 120.174

Puree Of Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

Soup in summer? Why not? This creamy cold roasted bell pepper soup is perfect for summer. Watch Chef Ellie Espo demonstrate this easy to make and delicious pepper soup made with home-roasted fresh red bell peppers and potatoes. This is the perfect summer... - 135.481

Piedmontese Warm Anchovy Dip

It is Christmas season and you are going to be entertaining! Here is a really easy but fancy recipe using gourmet ingredients and is perfect for the holiday season of wining, dining and enjoying with family and friends! This Piedmontese warm olive oil and... - 98.083

Butternut Squash Pie-with Chef Ellie Espo

Add a special touch to your holiday menu with this creamy butternut squash pie. See this step wise video where the chef demonstrates the recipe so that you can easily prepare the same in your kitchen. Impress your family and friends with this awesome pie,... - 117.845

Cheddar Cheese And Beer Spread

Serve your favorite crackers, crispbreads, pretzels, apples or pears with this super delicious and appetizing cheddar cheese beer spread. Watch this interesting video and impress your guests with this unique delicacy that would leave them finger licking.... - 113.442