This is a look back at 15 years of Sarah’s Cucina Bella through the most notable recipes. These are the all-time best recipes because they’re beloved.
What’s your favorite recipe you’ve developed? This is a question writers ask of cookbook authors, blog writers and other people who work in food. But much like children, it’s hard to choose. All have their merits and memories.
As we countdown to the 15th anniversary of the launch of Sarah’s Cucina Bella on Nov. 9, though, I wanted to do a retrospective of some of the most notable recipes published here. These recipes represent some of my personal favorites along with crowd favorites and ones that got the most attention.
Of course, with thousands of recipes on this site, this only represents a small smattering of the reliable, delicious recipes that have been delighting readers since 2005. I hope you enjoy these, and then go dig through the archives as well.
What’s in the list?
Sweet potato fries — actually, a pair of recipes for sweet potato fries — got discovered overnight once. They represent my first (and second) recipe to ever go viral. I didn’t know what to do with the attention.
Pumpkin is a favorite around here, so there’s a number of pumpkin recipes on the list including the cupcakes I adore, the pancakes a long-time reader adores and more. Likewise, blueberry dishes are a favorite too. The blueberry white chocolate pancakes, in particular, are my son Will’s favorite.
Pasta is always on rotation in our home, so I’ve included several recipes for pasta. It was hard to narrow down though — I have so many favorite pasta recipes with shrimp, for instance.
The turkey and gravy recipes I make every year for Thanksgiving are also on the list. So is the special overnight French toast my family craves.
And more! Have a look through.
Do you have a favorite?
Regular readers, I want to hear from you! Do you have an pick for all-time best recipes from the first 15 years of Sarah’s Cucina Bella? Share in the comments so new readers can find more beloved suggestions.
Best Recipes from the First 15 Years of Sarah's Cucina Bella
There have been thousands of recipes published on Sarah's Cucina Bella since its launch in 2005. These represent my personal favorites, reader favorites and ones that got the most attention over the years.
When we lived in Connecticut, I used to order a salad like this from a local pizza joint on the regular. When I made this copy-cat version, my kids fell in love with it too. So, of course, it made the list.
As far as appetizers go, this is one I could eat every single day. The roasted shrimp are a nice alternative to the typical shrimp cocktail. The sauce is perfectly balanced. And it's all around good food.
This recipe was one I made often in late summer and early fall when my family and I used to spend time together at my family's beach cottage. It's also one Will took for the first day of school once. So there's a lot of happy memories associated with it — plus it's absolutely divine.
This pasta is fantastic as a meal served with a big garden salad and some crusty bread. If desired, add a half-cup of fresh, lightly cooked peas to the mix for a little added nutrition (and sweetness).
I love your broccoli slaw.. yumm and those double chocolate salted cookies 😋😋😋😋
Sarah Walker Caron
Sunday 15th of November 2020
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
About The Author
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, writer, editor and recipe developer who loves fresh tomatoes from the garden, juicy burgers and tacos every day of the week. She is an expert on quick and easy cooking from scratch who loves to help others discover their own cooking prowess. She lives in Maine with her two kids.