2017 Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Yea! Thanksgiving is ALMOST here!

As I was compiling the list on my site of all the best Thanksgiving style recipes I realized I didn't have that many. Things will have to change! In the mean time, below are 22 recipes that you can bring to your Thanksgiving dinner and wow your guests! 

Just click the picture or link below the pictures to get the recipe!







Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza

I don't remember ever eating anything pumpkin flavored as a child. I remember pop tarts and lucky charms... But I don't think I ever even dared to try pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, nor did I ever smell pumpkin bread baking in the oven. And I definitely don't remember pumpkin bagels with pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin flavored hot chocolate and spiced pumpkin whipped cream.

Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

Oddly enough, I can't stop shoving pumpkin flavored shenanigans down my family's faces and throats. Pumpkin cookies? Pumpkin pasta? How about a pumpkin smoothie?

You know what would taste good with that? Let me just sprinkle a bit of pumpkin pie spice right on top of your dinner there!

It doesn't go over well and I don't understand...

Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

Shockingly when I announced we would be having pumpkin pizza, I was expecting a full blown expression of love but instead I got SO.MUCH.HATE.

I promised they would love it, if they just trusted me. They didn't and my husband started to cry for Papa Johns...But I stood my ground because dang it! It's 2016!! EMBRACE THE PUMPKIN!

Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

The star of the show is this Pumpkin Cream sauce which could be consumed alone! It's so easy and comes together in under 10 minutes, and you could put it on top of any pasta dish! Or on your face! Or on your husbands face! Get pumpkin freaky.

Too far.

Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 1 TB. chopped garlic
  • 2 TB. shallots
  • 1 TB. chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 cream (can sub coconut milk for dairy free, or a non dairy milk for a lighter version)
  • 1 c. pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 c. parmesan cheese, opt. if you want to keep this dairy free
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp. salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. coconut sugar, or brown sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 veggie broth(Depending on how thick you want your sauce. The sauce will thicken once in the fridge, so you can add the broth later on if needed, or all at once.)

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan, heat your olive oil on med heat. Add garlic and shallots, toss and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Next add in fresh sage and stir. Cook for about 1 minute.
  3. Slowly add in cream, while stirring. Then add in pumpkin puree, spices, sugar, and broth if needed.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Use for pastas, pizza, etc. The sauce will thicken in the fridge, so if you like the consistency, keep that in mind. To thin add, drizzle a little more broth or cream till desired consistency is reached. May need to adjust spices.

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Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

And then we have this...

This pizza. You see that savory pumpkin cream sauce just oozing off the pizza with cheese?! I promise you, this will be a pizza to remember!

Also, we tried are darnedest to make this a 'Jack-O-Lantern' face...I blame my 5 year old.

Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

Pumpkin Pizza w/ Butternut Squash, Tomatoes, and Herbs

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe pizza crust, I use [url href="http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/03/garlic-bread-pizza-crust/"]THIS[/url] recipe all the time!
  • 1 recipe Pumpkin Cream Sauce
  • 1 c. roasted butternut squash
  • 1/2 c. baby tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 TB. fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 TB. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 c. parmesan cheese
  • 1-1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Prepare pizza crust according to directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  3. Roll out your dough onto your baking sheet or pizza stone.
  4. Add your pumpkin sauce and spread evenly throughout pizza.
  5. Spinkle on cheese, then the rest of the toppings. (Herbs, tomatoes, and butternut squash)
  6. (Toppings aren't necessary but do add a delicious touch!)
  7. Cook for 10-20 minutes, or until crust is golden and cheese is nice and bubbly!
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish
Pumpkin Cream Sauce + Pumpkin Pizza via The Diva Dish

Savory pumpkin recipes may be my new favorite thing! What are your favorite pumpkin recipes, and do you have links to share?

I have about 17 cans of pumpkin puree needing to be used so....

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup

*This is comfort food at it's finest. Meatball and Spaghetti Soup is the perfect combination of two comfort foods, soup and pasta, mixed into one! It's a quick and easy dish, and it's hearty and filling. Your kids will love slurping up the noodles! And maybe adults too ;)* *******************************************************************************************

Here's the deal. I know reading blogs is a thing of the past. So 2012. 2010? Either way, we are a visualworld. I know that most of you might just scroll past this and not even read what I'm writing, look at a few of the pics, and go right down to the recipe. You will check the ingredients and then, "Hmmm that sounds doable...I'll have to remember that, Oh wait! I have a new Instagram notification!"

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish
Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

So basically, I could really say whatever the flying fargin bastage I want. I could tell you the most embarrassing story about my husband, and no one would know. Except my mom, because I think she still reads my blog? Maybe.

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish
Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

So for now, mom, and maybe some random person from France, thank you for getting to this point. I know it was painful, and excruciating. Have you ever typed out excruciating? It's excruciating.

I'm sorry there is no clever hilarious story, but I'm going to be honest. This day light savings thing has me screwed up and Real Housewives of Atlanta is on. I am not thinking straight.

Here is the recipe you've all been waiting for....The End.

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish
Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 TB. olive oil
  • 3 TB. tomato paste
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 c. marinara sauce (jarred or homemade)
  • 4 c. vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 TB. dried basil
  • 1 1/2 TB. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 12 oz. thin spaghetti, uncooked
  • 18-20 cooked meatballs, I used the following recipe:
  • http://thediva-dish.com/dinner/hubby-meals-simple-turkey-meatballs-over-spaghetti-squash/
  • (Can sub for vegetarian meatballs)
  • Parmesan cheese, for topping

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, add the olive oil.
  2. Then add in the onions and garlic. Stir and cook down the mixture until the onions are translucent.
  3. Next add in your tomato paste. Mix it around for about 30 seconds, then add in your crushed tomatoes, marinara sauce, broth, spices, and spaghetti.
  4. Cover and cook soup until the spaghetti is al dente.
  5. Add in the cooked meatballs, cook for an additional 5-10 minutes on low heat, covered.
  6. Serve with parmesan cheese on top, and enjoy!

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Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish
Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

A little about this soup. It's the perfect combination of 2 comfort foods, soup and spaghetti. It makes a lot of leftovers if you have children who eat like birds, which makes for a perfect mommy/daddy lunch!

Don't forget a side salad to add some veggies to this heavier carb dish, because you also can't forget the garlic bread! If you make your own meatballs, I LOVE this recipe. It's my go-to every time. I made the meatballs while the soup was cooking, and then threw them in at the end! It also has veggies in the meatballs, tomato veggie soup, and if you include a side salad, you are on track! It's the perfect Sunday dinner meal or when you are having guests over. This is a really long paragraph, so hopefully you get my point :).

Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish
Meatball and Spaghetti Soup from The Diva Dish

If you made it this far, go ahead and eat some chocolate. You deserve you unique one of a kind son of a gun! Bonjour! xo

Lightened Up Pasta Primavera

I ordered a bathing suit online last week, so... Lightened up Primavera Pasta it is!

Lightened Up Pasta Primavera, The Diva Dish
Lightened Up Pasta Primavera, The Diva Dish

If you've never had pasta primavera, it's basically a pasta dish with cooked, yet crisp, veggies and a nice creamy sauce. Cream as in heavy cream.

I love heavy cream.

My grandmother always had heavy cream in her fridge for her tea, and one time I poured myself a glass thinking it was milk. I remember drinking it thinking it was the best tasting milk I had ever had in my ENTIRE life.

I then proceeded to pour myself another.

Lightened Up Pasta Primavera, The Diva Dish
Lightened Up Pasta Primavera, The Diva Dish

Eventually someone told me what I was really doing, but unfortunately it didn't stop me. I snuck a glass every time I was at her house. And after that I licked my finger and dipped it in her sugar jar.

Oh my gosh, no wonder...nevermind.

Lightened Up Pasta Primavera, The Diva Dish
Lightened Up Pasta Primavera, The Diva Dish

This recipe makes a huge amount of pasta, and would be perfect for your weeknight family dinner. (It only takes about 30 minutes total to make!) You could add a nice herbed lemony protein to it and it's a complete meal! OR, you could do what I did and make it on a sunday so you have a 'mommy' lunch ready for you everyday! Because busy mamas don't always have time for lunch, am I right?

And when that happens, that's when we start drinking heavy cream and dipping our fingers in the sugar jar. Take my word. Make this pasta, and save your digestive system.

Lightened Up Pasta Primavera, The Diva Dish
Lightened Up Pasta Primavera, The Diva Dish

Lightened Up Pasta Primavera

Prep time:

5 mins

Cook time:

25 mins

Total time:

30 mins

This dish takes only 30 minutes to make!

Ingredients

  • 2 TB. coconut oil or EVOO
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 1 head of broccoli, stems removed
  • 1 red bell pepper,cut into strips
  • 1 TB. coconut oil or EVOO
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, bottoms chopped off
  • 1 box bowtie pasta
  • 3/4 c. chicken broth or veggie broth
  • 2 TB. EVOO or butter
  • 1 1/2 c. non dairy, unsweetened, regular milk (Like cashew, coconut, soy)
  • 1/2 c. chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 bag frozen peas, 12 oz
  • Salt, Pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced and zested

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil on the stove and cook your pasta until al dente. Do not over cook.
  2. Meanwhile, in a sauce pan add your oil and cook your onion and garlic for a few minutes, until translucent.
  3. Add your carrot and broccoli and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove ingredients from the sauce pan and add to a plate and set aside.
  4. Next add the peppers and cook for 1-2 minutes. Remove and add to the plate and set aside.
  5. Next add the additional oil and add the zucchini and squash. Cook for 1 minute, then remove and set on the plate.
  6. Next add your asparagus, toss, and cover. Steam for a few minutes until it has softened a little. Remove and add it to the plate.
  7. Drain your al dente pasta.
  8. Next add your broth and butter. Using a whisk, scrape the bottom of the pan and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Then add in your milk and fresh basil and cheese. Let it cook for about a minute, then add the frozen peas, pasta and cooked veggies. Toss and season generously with salt and pepper. Then add the lemon juice and zest. Toss and adjust seasonings and extra cheese if desired.

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Lightened Up Pasta Primavera, The Diva Dish
Lightened Up Pasta Primavera, The Diva Dish

Thank goodness my grandma doesn't read my blog, otherwise I don't think she would be too happy...

Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Meat Balls

*Need a quick weeknight dinner? Meatballs are one of our family favorites and it's super fast to whip together! Add the meatballs to your favorite pasta and you are done! Plus, these meatballs have a hint of veggies in them!* I find myself making meatballs almost weekly for my little family because it's fast and one of the dinners that my kids eat without hesitation.

I think it's their Italian blood that doesn't have a problem eating meatballs and pasta. It's also that same Italian blood that makes our family look like a performing broadway show with all the singing, yelling, animated gesturing and dramatic exits...

Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Meatballs via The Diva Dish
Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Meatballs via The Diva Dish

Dramatic as in when you are picking up your 2 year old from preschool and she doesn't want to leave. So then you have to drag her to the car as she screams, flailing every body part only for the unlock button to stop working. Don't worry, the kids and their parents stopped in their tracks and watched every single moment.

Why do moments like that feel like slow motion?

Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Meatballs via The Diva Dish
Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Meatballs via The Diva Dish

Back to meatballs. Italian hot headed or not, your family will thank you for these meatballs. And, this recipe is pretty versatile! This recipe originally came from THIS meatball recipe, and I've adapted it so many times and tried new flavors! Add your favorite pasta, or simply use the rest of your pest0 and sun dried tomatoes to your pasta (kind of a version of THIS recipe), and you have a complete meal!

Side Note: I can't guarantee that the side effects from these meatballs won't be a little dramatic...

Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Meatballs via The Diva Dish
Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Meatballs via The Diva Dish

Sun Dried Tomato and Pesto Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1/3 c. parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/3 c. bread crumbs
  • 1 large carrot, finely grated, plus extra for topping
  • 4 TB. pesto
  • 1/3 c. chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 grated garlic clove

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, add all ingredients together and gently fold and incorporate until combined. Do not over mix.
  3. Using a large casserole dish, 9 X13, coat the bottom of the dish with 2 TB. olive oil.
  4. Using a cookie scoop, shape meat into 1 inch size meatballs and arrange in the baking dish. Sprinkle the top with more parmesan cheese, lightly coated.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the meatballs are cooked all the way through. Cover with foil and allow them to sit for a few minutes before serving.

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Preschool again today...Wish me luck!

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes

*This is probably one of my families favorite meals to eat, and my favorite meal to make. Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes. It's the easiest thing to throw together on a busy weeknight, and it's great dish when you have to bring meals to others!* 

When Boo was first born, I will never forget all of the emotions I was experiencing. Scared, excited, overjoyed, blessed, freaking out, worried, emotional, irrational, tired, delirious, thirsty, and hungry.

And probably 456 other emotions that I can't remember...

Oh yea, memory loss.

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!
Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!

When Boo was about two weeks old, and all of the family had headed back home, I remember feeling like "Oh my gosh...what do I do? How do I take care of her? What if she coughs? How come I can't hold my pee when I laugh? Also, I am I seeing things or am I just tired?"

My husband was deep in the middle of finals for grad school and I was scared out of my mind every time he left that morning for school. I knew it would be at least 10 hours before I saw him, and probably 6 hours before I talked to him. I was eating random things here and there, and drinking straight from a bottle of cranberry juice...

It was kind of...a beautiful mess. (So to speak.)

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!
Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!

I was fully in love with my little new born, but hadn't quite figured out how to live life as a new mom. I felt alone a lot, but at the same time so comforted knowing that she was always with me.

Then one night when my husband was studying late at school, there was a knock on my apartment door. I opened the door to find a lady and her young daughter smiling so big with handfuls of food. I knew this lady just a little bit from church, and had maybe talked to her once. She had just moved to our area after going through a horrible experience in her life and had ended up living in our apartment complex.

She stood there with this hot pasta dish, bread, a huge salad, and a delicious homemade strawberry pie.

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!
Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!

I'm pretty sure I balled my eyes out (and tried not to pee my pants) as she told me she had brought our family dinner because she knew the joys and stresses of being a new mom. As they held sweet Boo in their arms, all I could think about was how in that moment I wasn't alone, and there was someone watching out for me. And even despite what this beautiful woman was going through, she had found the time to serve someone else, and help someone in need.

I'll never forget that experience, and to this day I can still taste that strawberry pie.

At the beginning of this month, my girls and I made a goal to bring someone food every week. Not always a full meal, maybe some homemade bread or fresh cookies. For me, food is such a comfort, and I love sharing that with others.

This pasta dish has been one of my tried and true recipes from time to time as I've brought dinners to others. It's SO easy, which is kind of a necessity if you are making dinner for not only YOUR family but someone else's.

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!
Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!

Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes

This dish is SUPER simple and can come together quickly when you need a quick weeknight dinner! Also, it's the perfect dish to deliver to other families!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound, or a little more, pasta of choice. (The recipe works best with a tortellini pasta filled with cheese.)
  • 1-1 1/2 c. pesto, jarred or fresh (or 1 jar.)
  • 1-2 cups sundried tomatoes, we prefer more :)
  • 1-1 1/2 c. chopped canned artichokes
  • 1-2 cups shredded chicken
  • 8 oz mozzarella pears

Instructions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Strain pasta and place in a large bowl. Add the pesto, tomatoes, artichokes, and chicken and mix until combined.
  3. Sprinkle the top with the mozzarella pears.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!
Chicken Pesto Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes & Artichokes, via The Diva Dish. Easy dish for a weeknight, and perfect to bring to others when making dinner for them!

I'm so grateful for moments like that. Times where I felt comfort even when I was scared.

Also, I'm grateful I don't pee my pants any more. Unless I cough, sneeze, jump on a trampoline, and run...

So so grateful.

Would you guys like to be apart of something amazing?! Join my girls and I bring others a food of comfort one time each week for at least a month!  Let's make others feel loved! xoxoxo

Pesto Zucchini Pasta

Say What?!? A Post!!!

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zucchini pasta-eleven

That's right! I'm sure there are pigs flying somewhere right?

Well today's post is featured on Venus Williams Eleven By Venus Blog!

Zucchini Pest Pasta! I am LOVING myjulienne peeler! I have so many ideas in my head on how I can play around with it!

To check out the recipe, GO HERE!

ALSO...

We are back home as of yesterday, and we aren't leaving town for another week and a half so I have PLENTY of time to share things with you! Be looking out for new recipes and etc.!

Thanks again for all of your support! Much love!!