Date Night In #7 – Italian

Now that the cool, fall weather is here, I am craving warm, comfort foods.  This Date Night In’s theme, Italian, definitely took care of that!

For the appetizer, Matt and I had mozzarella sticks.  At first, I wasn’t going to do one because I didn’t really have the time to make another dish and I knew we would have plenty of food.  But I changed my mind and grabbed frozen ones.  No picture because that’s nothing special.  But they were delicious!

The dinner was lasagna.  I got the recipe from the cookbook Comfort and Joy: Cooking for Two.  The lasagna is made in a 9×5 loaf pan and with no-boil lasagna pieces, it was so quick and easy to throw together.

lasagna in pan

This gave 2 large pieces, but you could probably squeeze 3 or 4 out of it.  I think it makes a perfect amount for a small family.

lasagna slice

As you can see, we just went for it and had the large pieces.  This is was delicious for such a simple recipe!  We had this with fresh Italian bread from a local bakery and Caesar salad with homemade dressing and croutons.  The Caesar dressing is also in the Comfort and Joy cookbook.  For the croutons, I tossed pieces of the Italian bread in a little olive oil and Italian seasoning and baked them for about 10 minutes.

caesar salad

For dessert, I went with apple pie.  It doesn’t necessarily go with an Italian themed dinner, but it is fall so it worked!  And Matt keeps complaining that I’ve already made too many pumpkin desserts and not enough apple ones.  So lucky for him the Comfort and Joy cookbook has an apple slab pie recipe.  This is also made in a 9×5 loaf pan.

apple pie without top crust          apple pie with top crust

Again, this was so easy to put together.

apple pie baked

Like the lasagna, this also gives two large pieces, but you could get 3 or 4 smaller ones out of it.

slice with ice cream

And you can’t have warm apple pie without homemade vanilla ice cream!

No date night is complete without a fire…the first of the season!

fire

The whole meal was delicious, and very filling!  And if you haven’t noticed yet, I absolutely love the cookbook Comfort and Joy: Cooking for Two.  The recipes are so simple to make and they are perfect for two people or a small group if you want to double a recipe.  Any ideas for the next Date Night In theme?!

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