Baked Ziti and Lasagna Bolognese
Convenience has never been more delicious. 

Fully prepared and ready to reheat. You can store these in your freezer for the times you don’t want to cook. Our selection of meal kits and frozen meals are prepared from scratch in Howie’s kitchen with the same quality ingredients and attention to detail you have come to expect from us. 


There are as many ways to make a good lasagna as there are Italian grandmothers to make them. I’d go toe to toe happily with any ‘nonna’ suggesting that ricotta cheese has no place in a respectable lasagna, but I have this thing about ‘wet’ food. In any case, Howie’s Lasagna is a straight up Bolognese classic.  Layers of ruffle edged lasagna noodles layered with a slow simmered meat sauce, three cheeses and besciamella, a creamy white sauce.


A lasagna should be subtle and balanced, rich but not ridiculous. A simple salad or green vegetable is a sensible accompaniment, but I’d forgo the green stuff and finish the evening with another glass of Sangiovese, biscotti and re-runs of The Crown.

Instructions for Reheating

  • Pre-heat oven to 400.

  • Remove the clear plastic cover

  • Place the item directly onto your oven rack (frozen is best)

  • Bake for 50-75 minutes or until heated through (bubbly) and the top is golden brown  


Lasagna Bolognese Ingredients

Wheat Flour, Olive Oil, Milk, Butter 

Mozzarella Cheese, Pecorino- Romano Cheese, Parmesan Reggiano Cheese

Bolognese Sauce: Beef Chuck, Pork, Chicken Livers, Chicken Stock

Carrots, Onion, Celery, Garlic, Diced Tomatoes in Puree, Tomato Paste, Red Wine

Herbs and Spices, Salt


Recommended Wines: 

2016 Bocelli Sangiovese 

Available at Howie’s in Palo Alto, CA


Baked Ziti? Fuhgettaboutit! If you grew up in the outer burroughs of New York, had a grandmother you called ‘Nonna” or have seen a Scorcese film, you know what I’m talking about. The Iconic Italian American comfort food. The casserole that defines the genre. Pasta tubes baked in a creamy tomato sauce with withs gobs of melty mozzarella cheese, savory Parmesan-Reggiano all under a golden herbed crumb crust.

Instructions for Reheating

  • Pre-heat oven to 400.

  • Remove the clear plastic cover

  • Place the item directly onto your oven rack (frozen is best)

  • Bake for 50-75 minutes or until heated through (bubbly) and the top is golden brown  


Baked Ziti Ingredients

Wheat Flour, Butter, Parmesan Reggiano, Pecorino Cheese, 

Mozzarella Cheese, Milk, Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Olive Oil, Herbs and Spices, Salt 


Recommended Wines: 

Bocelli 2016 Sangiovese

Available at Howie’s in Palo Alto, CA


In the hands of an experienced cook, the humblest of ingredients; potatoes, eggs, and a bit of flour, can transform into something marvelously delicious. Gnocchi is culinary alchemy. There is the belief that Gnocchi are supposed to be ethereal, light enough to float off the plate, but I have found that gnocchi are best with a bit more ‘tooth’. 

Our Hand Made Gnocchi are delicate little creatures so at each step of the way, treat them gently. Have a colander, strainer, or slotted spoon at the ready. As soon as they float to the top of the boiling water, remove them to a serving bowl (no need to get a pan dirty). Pour the sauce over the steaming Gnocchi and toss gently with a rubber spatula or a regular tablespoon. There is more cheese than you need and the Pecorino is more boldly flavored than Parmesan, so hold some aside until you get into the groove.

Instructions for Preparing your Gnocchi Kit

  • Bring a pot of water to a full rolling boil. 

  • There is no need to salt the water.

  • Meanwhile, remove the lid from the container of Frozen Pesto in you Gnocchi Kit.

  • Microwave the Frozen Pesto for 1-2 Minutes or until pesto is fully thawed and warmed.     

  • Add the frozen gnocchi to the boiling water. 

  • Cook until all the gnocchi are floating at the surface of the water (3-4 minutes)

  • Drain the gnocchi and place them into a serving bowl.

  • Pour the Pesto Sauce over the gnocchi.

  • Toss (very) gently until well combined.

  • Sprinkle some of the grated pecorino over the top.

  • Eat!


Potato Gnocchi Kit Ingredients

Wheat Flour, Butter, Potato, Egg, Parmesan Reggiano, Salt, Spices 

Basil, Parmesan, Pecorino, Olive Oil, Cream, Garlic 

Recommended Wines: 

Scarpetta 2018 Pinot Grigio

Available at Howie’s in Palo Alto, CA