February 3, 2016

Easy Anytime Italian Dinner Menu + Tomato Mozzarella Caprese Salad Recipe

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In this busy season of life (and which season isn’t busy) quick and easy meals are a must but that does not mean they have to be mundane. Combine our Tomato Mozarella Caprese Salad with your favorite Bertolli Classic Meal and the mundane turns into mangia! Mangia is Italian for eat but eating the italian way is so much more than just eating, it is making memories over delicious food.

Eat the Italian Way Easy Italian Dinner Menu and Table Setting to help you set the mood. Try our tomato mozzarella caprese salad for an easy fresh salad that is the perfect addition to any Italian dinner.

Easy Italian Dinner Menu:

When creating your Italian Dinner Menu be sure to take a look at all the varieties of Bertolli Classic Meals. I chose Chicken Florentine and Farfalle because our family loves that dish. I also went with a super simple appetizer and a simple red wine. That is it. The menu is simple but the flavors are memorable.

Easy Italian Dinner Menu

 Easy Tomato Mozzarella Caprese Salad Recipe

Tomato Mozarella Caprese Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

fresh tomatoes

fresh mozzarella

fresh basil leaves

balsamic vinaigrette

Directions:

Slice the tomatoes and mozzarella. Tip: I bought the mozzarella pre-sliced to save a step. Remove basil leaves from the stems.

Tomato Mozzarella Caprese Salad is made with fresh ingredients including tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil

Layer the tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil on a service dish starting with the mozzarella as the bottom layer, then a tomato slice, and on top a basil leaf.

layer the ingredients for tomato mozzarella caprese salad

Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette

drizzle the tomato mozzarella caprese salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Tomato Mozarella Caprese Salad is a simple and very pretty appetizer

 

Main Course – Bertolli Classics Chicken Florentine and Farfalle

Prepare the main course – Chicken Florentine and Farfalle – according to the package directions. It only takes 10 minutes and ones skillet to create Italian meals, just cook the chicken florentine and farfalle in a non-stick skillet until the sauce is bubbling and everything is piping hot. Serve immediately.

bertolli classics Chicken Florentine and farfalle

Bertolli Chocken Florentine and Farfalle is ready in 10 minutes

Take the time to add some simplet touches to make dinner memorable and mangia

How to Create a Simple Table Setting to Set the Mood:

Make a lovely centerpiece using fresh herbs. I just took several bunches of the basil leftover from making the Tomatoa Mozzarella Caprese Salad and added some rosemary and cilantro since I had those at the house. The fragrance was wonderful and the fresh herb arrangement complimented the meal nicely.

Make a centerpiece with fresh herbs to complete your Italian Table Setting

Use an uncooked manicotti shell as your napkin ring. A sweet simple touch that will make your meal a bit more memorable. Just follow these steps:

Fold the napkin in half to form a triangle

Step 1: Fold the napkin in half to form a triangle

Roll the napkin starting at the longest end of the triangle

Step 2: Roll the napkin starting at the longest side of the triangle

Fold the rolled napkin in half sort of like a horseshoe

Step 3: Fold the napkin in half, in a sort of horse shoe shape, then gently push the ends through the manicotti shell.

Insert the ends of the folded napkin into the manicotti shell

Step 4: Finish pulling the napkin through the shell.

Use an uncooked manicotti shell as a napkin ring for your Italian dinner table setting

 

Italian Meals Made Simple Start with Bertolli

Keeping your italian dinner menu simple gives you more time to add special touches to the table setting. This is Mangia! This is how memories are made. It’s like having a mangia restaurant in your home.

bertolli at kroger

You can find Bertolli items at some of the lowest prices of the year in a Kroger or Kroger banner store near you. Kroger banners include Fred Meyer, Smiths, Frys, Dillions, King Soopers, City Market, and QFC. Find a store near you.

Share which variety of Bertolli Classic Meals your family loves the bets in the comments below!

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Amee

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