Plate of pappardelle with ragu bolognese.

Tender Ragù Alla Bolognese (no milk)

white pot of chicken and dumplings sprinkled with parsley and some parmesan cheese.

Chicken and Ricotta Dumpling Soup

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

black bowl with Italian Wedding Soup and a spoon, plate of bread and a spoon on a blue napkin.

Stracciatella Italian Wedding Soup


COOKING SCHOOL

HOMEMADE RAVIOLI

Gather family and friends and make homemade ravioli with this easy dough recipe and filling ideas too!

More Ravioli

a fork with a bite of meat ravioli with red sauce and fresh basil

How to Make Italian Beef Ravioli, Step by Step

close up of a butternut squash ravioli cut in half with sage on a white plate.

Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli (Filling) with Browned Butter Sage Sauce

black dish with tomato sauce covered cheese ravioli and fresh basil leaves.

5 Minute Ricotta Cheese Ravioli Filling



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MEET LORI

Hey there! So happy you’re here! Josie + Nina was named in honor of my two Italian grandmothers who made putting food on the table look easy every day. Through this site, I hope to help you do the same thing but with a fresh, modern perspective, lots of Midwestern hospitality, and flexibility for where you are in your life.

Welcome to my table…there’s always room for more!


My Favorites

stackd brie grilled cheese sandwiches with fig jam on parchment

Creamy Brie Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam and Prosciutto

Baked finished white pizza topped with fresh julienned basil on a wooden pizza peel.

Crispy White Pizza with Ricotta and Asiago

white serving dish of cooked farro with chopped dates, pancetta dressing and kale

Warm Farro Salad with Kale, Roasted Sweet Potato and Dates



Pull up a chair! There’s always room for more …Good food and friends!

Appetizers

Pizza

Salads

Pasta

white oval baking dish with boneless pork roast ready for roasting with fresh rosemary nearby.

Mains

Dessert


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Let’s make…


Plate of pappardelle with ragu bolognese.
Pasta Sauces

Tender Ragù Alla Bolognese (no milk)

black dish with tomato sauce covered cheese ravioli and fresh basil leaves.
Pasta

5 Minute Ricotta Cheese Ravioli Filling

black bowl with zucchini noodles and a piece of roasted salmon on top with blackberries.
Main Dishes | Salads

Honey Sriracha Salmon Salad

white platter of sliced roast turkey breast with the skin on it and some sage and parsley.
Main Dishes

Dry Brined Roast Turkey Breast

a fork with a bite of meat ravioli with red sauce and fresh basil
Pasta

How to Make Italian Beef Ravioli, Step by Step

close up of a butternut squash ravioli cut in half with sage on a white plate.
Pasta

Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli (Filling) with Browned Butter Sage Sauce

Close up of two baked ricotta cheese manicotti topped with meat sauce
Pasta

Baked Ground Beef and Ricotta Crepe Manicotti (Crespelle)

a finished white pot of meatballs cooking in sauce
Meatballs

Grandma’s Meatballs Cooked in Sauce

Close up of two baked ricotta cheese manicotti topped with meat sauce
Pasta

Baked Ground Beef and Ricotta Crepe Manicotti (Crespelle)

full Philly tomato pie in a sheet pan with bowl of parmesan cheese and spoon
Breads | Pizza

Sheet Pan Philly Tomato Pie

hand dipping bread into baked reuben dip
Appetizers & Snacks

Baked Reuben Dip Recipe with Everything Bagel Seasoning

beef tenderloin sandwich with arugula and horseradish sauce on a gray slate board.
Main Dishes | Sandwiches & Wraps

Beef Tenderloin Sliders

Finished bowl of chicken meatballs and parmesan with Italian red sauce with lacy napkin and spoon.
Meatballs

Juicy Ground Chicken Italian Meatballs

close up of skillet of meatballs Alfredo topped with parsley and parmesan.
Meatballs

Tender Italian Meatballs in Alfredo Sauce

close up of meatball stuffed shells in a white round baking dish
Meatballs | Pasta

Mini Meatball and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

close up of cheese stuffed meatball baked in pizza dough.
Appetizers & Snacks | Meatballs

Cheesy Meatball Bombs

bite of of an amaretto semifreddo parfait with chocolate shavings on top and a spoon and amaretti cookies
Desserts

3 Ingredient Amaretto Semifreddo

white bowl with chocolate ganache and a whisk on a wooden cutting board.
Desserts

2 Ingredient Creamy Chocolate Ganache

two marshmallow and chocolate cookies on a white plate with some chocolate drizzle
Cookies

S’mores Cookie Recipe

triangle piece of peanut butter pie on a white plate with ganache, pretzels and candy on top
Bars & Brownies | Cookies

Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

All the Latest


Black bowl with farrotto farro risotto on a cream napkin with salt and pepper.
Side Dishes

20 Minute Creamy Parmesan Farrotto

Close up of a wooden bowl of homemade ricotta cheese drizzled with olive oil and a brass spoon in it
Dips, Dressings & Seasonings

15 Minute Creamy Ricotta Cheese from Scratch (with white vinegar)

Sliced Detroit pan pepperoni pizza on black pizza peel.
Pizza

Cupped Pepperoni Pan Pizza with Brick Cheese (Detroit-style)

Beef tenderloin slider sandwiches with horseradish sauce on it
Dips, Dressings & Seasonings

Two Minute Horseradish Mustard Sauce

LEARN HOW TO MAKE

Pasta from Scratch

Making homemade pasta is easy with some simple tips and tools.

Try it:

Finished baked pan of meatball lasagna uncut

Small Batch Meatball Lasagna with Ground Beef and Pork

Long white platter with black spoon serving caramelized zucchini with ricotta and basil.

30 Minute Caramelized Zucchini Pasta with Lemon and Ricotta

a bowl of bucatini with lemon garlic sauce topped with parmesan and lemon breadcrumbs on a tiled marble background with a serving pan of pasta and a bottle of wine, wineglass and a bowl of toasted breadcrumbs and sprinkling of crushed red pepper.

Easy Lemon Garlic Pasta with Zesty Breadcrumbs

Italian Classics


two bowls of pasta with tomato sauce and bowl of meatballs and cheese.

Red Pasta Sauce with San Marzano Tomatoes

piece of cheese lasagna on a white plate cropped

Baked Italian Lasagna with Ricotta

blue plate with fettucine alfredo and basil sprinkled on the plate with a spoon of parmesan, a bowl of cheese and blue polka dot salt and pepper shakers.

Butter and Cream Sauce

halves of vodka sauce pizza with pepperoni and burrat on a black board

Vodka Sauce Pizza with Charred Pepperoni and Burrata


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Top 10 Favorites

tablescape of white plate and fork with large piece of crispy chicken parmesan garnished with basil

Very Crispy Chicken Parmesan (Parmigiana)

black dish with tomato sauce covered cheese ravioli and fresh basil leaves.

5 Minute Ricotta Cheese Ravioli Filling

white baking dish with wooden spatula serving some tomato bread pudding and cherry tomato garnish.

Easy Tomato Pudding Recipe

closup of wooden bowl with seasoned pretzels.

The Original Seasoned Pretzel Recipe

Fig bars on cake dish with spatula and napkin on dark background.

Oatmeal Fig Bars

baked pizza in a sheet pan with spatula removing a piece.

Grandma’s Sicilian-Style Sheet Pan Pizza

white pan of baked breaded eggplant with tomato sauce, cheese and basil.

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

a bite out of a mint chocolate chip ice cream cake on a white plate.

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

blue plate with fettucine alfredo and basil sprinkled on the plate with a spoon of parmesan, a bowl of cheese and blue polka dot salt and pepper shakers.

Butter and Cream Sauce

beef tenderloin sandwich with arugula and horseradish sauce on a gray slate board.

Beef Tenderloin Sliders

FAVORITE DINNER RECIPES

white bowl of cavatelli pasta and broccoli sprinkled with fresh parmesan and crushed red pepper.
Pasta

15 Minute Buttery Cavatelli and Broccoli with Garlic

close up of handmade cavatelli pasta on flour dusted board
Pasta

Handmade Ricotta Cavatelli (step by step)

Plate of pappardelle with ragu bolognese.
Pasta Sauces

Tender Ragù Alla Bolognese (no milk)

No Cook Neapolitan Pizza Sauce
Pasta Sauces | Pizza

No Cook Neapolitan Pizza Sauce


COZY SOUP RECIPES

green floral bowl with chicken soup and spoon
Soups & Chilis

30 Minute Chicken Pastina Soup

light blue scalloped plate with a dark blue ramken filled with tomato soup and a cheese crisp.
Soups & Chilis

Creamy Tomato Soup from Canned Tomatoes

white pot of chicken and dumplings sprinkled with parsley and some parmesan cheese.
Soups & Chilis

Chicken and Ricotta Dumpling Soup

stockpot of tortellini soup with two white serving bowls of soup with spoons in them.
Pasta | Soups & Chilis

Turkey Tortellini Soup

Gathering Dishes


two gratins of baked macaroni and cheese on a sheet pan.

Four Cheese Baked Mac and Cheese with Garlic Breadcrumbs

heaping portion of cavatappi pasta with tomatoes and goat cheese sauce.

Baked Goat Cheese Pasta

overhead shot of a full pan of baked ziti with bowl and spoon of parmesan cheese nearby

5 Cheese Baked Ziti al Forno (no meat!)

piece of cheese lasagna on a white plate cropped

Baked Italian Lasagna with Ricotta