Laura shows you how to stay relaxed and looking great in and out of the kitchen.
Cook restaurant-quality meals at home with just a few simple ingredients and techniques.
After a long day, preparing a meal from scratch can often seem like a daunting task. Before you reach for the takeout menu, Laura Vitale shows you a simple and delicious crowd-pleasing supper that's ready in a flash. She starts off with a tasty Sauteed Mushroom Bruschetta. For the main course, spicy Linguine with Shrimp Al'Amatriciana and a light Insalata Tre Colori with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette. But that's not all, Laura shows us that on even the busiest of days, a delectable dessert is within reach with her Toasted Hazelnut Twists and Affogato.
Laura Vitale began her culinary career in her dad's pizzeria, and they still love getting in the kitchen and cooking together. Laura makes some of his favorites recipes before he joins her in the kitchen for a pizza-making reunion. First up is Sal's Grilled Seafood Salad with Calamari and Shrimp, followed by a Classic Neapolitan Margherita Pizza and a White Pizza with garlic oil, prosciutto and arugula. For a sweet finish, Laura makes a crave-worthy Chocolate-Hazelnut Zeppole.
There's nothing more fun and creative than making a new meal from yesterday's leftovers. Laura Vitale shares her tricks for turning everyday leftovers into a delicious meal with her mouthwatering Smokey Black Bean Rice, a Mexican-Style Chicken Pot Pie, a Tomato Avocado Salad with Creamy Yogurt Dressing and phenomenal Brownie Truffles.
Brunch can be one of the most delicious and easy ways to entertain loved ones in a casual setting. Laura Vitale makes a mouthwatering brunch that pairs both sweet and savory ingredients. She begins with her light and crispy Belgian Waffles topped with her famous Savory Sausage and Apple Hash. On the side, there's a Roasted Fig Salad with Goat Cheese, Arugula and Prosciutto. Laura makes Almond Madeleines in individual packages as a fun favor, and because no brunch is complete without a special drink, she makes a quick, refreshing Orange and Raspberry Mimosa.
Laura Vitale shares her secrets to creating a meal that will impress a crowd without stressing the chef. She starts off with crispy Pancetta Wrapped Pork Loin with creamy Polenta Parmigiano. Then she whips up a refreshing Roasted Fennel Salad with Oranges and Baby Arugula. For the finale, her silky Gingerbread Tiramisu is a twist on an Italian classic that's sure to become a favorite among your guests.
Laura Vitale makes a restaurant-quality meal to enjoy with her husband, Joe, at home. Inspired by their love of steakhouses, Laura splurges on a beautiful cut of beef and pairs it with steakhouse-worthy sides without the hefty price tag. The date night menu is Seared NY Strip Steaks and Green Beans with Herbed Butter, Crispy Ribollita and Amaretto Tiramisu for Two.
Laura Vitale has a busy day ahead of her, and only 15 minutes for each of her meals today. Eggs in Purgatory fuels her morning workout, while Portobello Melt on 7-Grain Bread is the perfect meal to bring to her husband at work -- and some co-workers. She fits in Scallops with Wine and Pancetta for dinner in-between working on her cookbooks and shows.
Laura Vitale hosts a casual game night. Everyone has a job to do, including Papa Sal, who joins Laura to prepare his Spicy Steamed Mussels. Her guests make their selections from the Classic Italian Antipasti and enjoy Short Rib and Bechamel Lasagna. For dessert, there's White Chocolate and Raspberry Layered Panna Cotta.
Growing up in Italy, vegetables were the star of Laura Vitale's plates and now, she has recipes to turn local New Jersey veggies into standing ovation dishes. Inspired by old family recipes and seasonal offerings, she makes Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili, Broccoli Rabe Pesto Pasta and Roasted Tomato Tart.
Laura Vitale is on the hunt for a versatile little black dress for upcoming events, and this inspires her to repurpose her dinner plans! She makes Marinara Sauce her culinary little black dress, accessorizing it in dishes like Italian Pot Roast with Porcini Mushrooms, Velvety Tomato Bisque and Greek Mini Pizzas.
Laura Vitale creates some comforting one-pot meals for her cousin Kate and her husband, who are adjusting to life with a new baby. She arrives at the new parents' door with oven-ready baking pans filled with Veggie Mac n Cheese, Spanish Chicken and Rice, and Cannoli Bundt Cake!
Laura Vitale grew up eating eggs for dinner in Italy, and is inspired to create an all day breakfast menu. For breakfast, she makes Creme Fraiche and Veggie Frittata, there's Smoked Salmon and Dill Quiche for lunch, and a Breakfast Bruschetta Bar for dinner.
Laura is spending a full day with her girls, and before heading out for some shopping and pampering, she tackles some finger foods that she can assemble before the fun. Back at the house, the girls break open the bottle of wine, and Laura heats up Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce, Spinach and Potato Puffs, Cheesecake Brownies and Sea Salt Caramel Corn.