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Best Recipes of 2012

By Parmesan.com | 02.01.2013

As 2012 fades into memory, it’s a joy to reflect on how the Parmesan.com community has grown. With over 33,000 Facebook fans since our launch in May 2012, your continued support makes it possible for us to bring new life to your everyday meal routine.

We’ve pulled together a countdown of the top 10 most popular recipes from the past year for you to enjoy. Let us know in the comments which recipes you’ve tried and loved!

#10) Arugula and Parmesan Salad

Arugula Parmesan Salad boasts a winning combination of robust Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese, crunchy almonds and zesty lemon on a bed of arugula.

#9) Parmesan Popcorn

Avoid drowning your popcorn in butter and salt and take the low-fat, low-calorie route by adding a little grated Parmigiano Reggiano® and maybe even a pinch of red pepper.

#8) Chickpea and Pasta Soup

Chickpea and Pasta Soup provides a great source of protein, vitamins and minerals.  Chickpeas, called “ceci” in Italian, have a rich, nutty taste and are highly nourishing. 

#7) Chicken Parmesan

Tender, pan-fried breaded chicken takes center stage in this classic Chicken Parmesan recipe. Bake the cutlets with tomato sauce, Mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese and serve them on a bed of spaghetti or Zinguini with more sauce for a complete meal.

#6) Stuffed Pasta Shells

The family will flock to the dinner table for Stuffed Pasta Shells and busy cooks will love how easy it is to prepare this dish ahead of time. You can cook the shells a day in advance and stuff them with a combination of Ricotta and Parmigiano Reggiano® cheeses mixed with spinach. Bake in a simple tomato sauce and enjoy!

#5) Baked Ziti

Baked ziti never seems to wear out its welcome on the dinner table. Add browned and seasoned ground beef or spicy Italian sausage to the first layer for a complete meal in a single dish.

#4) Macaroni & Cheese

Homemade macaroni and cheese has only risen in popularity in the United States since Thomas Jefferson served it at Monticello in 1802. Put a new spin on this classic comfort food with our flavorful Four Cheese Sauce.

#3) Artichoke Parmesan Dip

Subtle, creamy and rich-tasting, Artichoke Parmesan Dip is always a hit. Serve it warm with raw vegetables, pita chips or slices of pumpernickel bread.

#2) Parmesan Pinwheels

These hot savory pastries filled with Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese and Prosciutto di Parma® are light, flavorful and always a favorite. Serve them at your next game day party and you’ll score major points with your guests!

#1) Parmesan-Crusted Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops

An elegant choice for special occasions, Prosciutto-wrapped scallops may be served as a starter on a bed of Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese "snow" or presented as a main course on a bed of linguine tossed with butter, Parmigiano Reggiano, lemon zest and black pepper.

Here’s to another great year filled with success, superb recipes, and delicious food!

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