Category Archives: Pasta Recipes

Squash Blossoms with Yellow Squash and Spaghetti

How adorable is this dish? Squash blossom spaghetti is so very Italian, yet you’re not going to see it on a menu anytime soon. These squash blossoms are accompanied by yellow zucchini that grows in my backyard garden. It seemed … Continue reading

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Anchovy Basil Pesto Sauce with Seared Scallops and Toasted Breadcrumbs

I recently saw a facebook post from a blogger that complained that her readers were asking for fast and easy dishes. A few joined in, and to my surprise, sided with her complaint, saying those people could go buy processed … Continue reading

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Cacio e Pepe – Bucatini with Pecorino Romano Cheese and Black Pepper

Cacio e Pepe is pasta dish with cheese and black pepper. I got inspired to make this when I was interviewing the chef at Moto Cucina Enoteca and they were making a Cacio e Pepe inspired pizza. This is such … Continue reading

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Ten Minute Buttery Spaghetti with Peas & Bacon

Spaghetti with butter is one childhood’s greatest comfort foods. At least it was for me. This might be that bowl of cereal for someone else. There is just something about the bite of good quality pasta with butter, salt and … Continue reading

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Make Heart Shaped Beet & Goat Cheese Ravioli with Won Ton Wrappers

If I knew it was so easy to make ravioli with won ton wrappers, I would have done this ages ago. Easy, heart shaped, goat cheese and beet ravioli are just the kind of fun Valentine’s Day food I like … Continue reading

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Homemade Italian Spinach Lasagna

If it weren’t for my quest to make spinach lasagna, I may have never started Spinach Tiger. One night six years ago, I googled  the words green lasagna in preparation for a dinner I was planning for Christmas Eve. I … Continue reading

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Penne alla Vodka

Vodka sauce with penne pasta,  known as Penne alla vodka,  is not a centuries old Italian recipe brought over on the boat. We never ate this growing up, and Italians are not typically at the ready with a vodka bottle … Continue reading

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Ground Beef Italian Style with Pancetta, Kale, Sweet Peas

This is an upgraded version of a dish my family eats all the time. I first discovered the amazing combination of two simple ingredients, when put together are magical, at an Italian Club potluck. At first I was put off.Who … Continue reading

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Papparadelle with Prosciutto Meatballs, Chunky Tomato Sauce

I didn’t grow up eating papparadelle with prosciutto meatballs. I didn’t grow up eating chunky tomato sauce either. It was always spaghetti or rigatoni, meatballs and a smooth sauce that looked like this. The food rules in our family (unwritten, … Continue reading

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Homemade Whole Wheat Pasta Made with Freshly Milled Prairie Gold Wheat

Homemade freshly ground whole wheat pasta is all new to me. I’ve never had freshly ground flour as that is almost too homestead for me.   Writing this blog has changed me forever and my cooking has  evolved to a level … Continue reading

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Roasted Fettuccine and Broccoli

I have a rule in my house. No fighting in the kitchen. No tantrums or moodiness.  I tell little boys, if you’re going to pull a fit, you have to leave the kitchen. This is our happy space. This is … Continue reading

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Manicotti for Red To Remember

Manicotti is my husband’s favorite red sauce Italian dish. I’m not sure why I only seem to make it once every few years. Part of it might be that it’s so good that I’m afraid I’ll eat the whole pan … Continue reading

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Roasted Zucchini, First Fruits from our Garden

This is our 4th year growing a small garden.  We still don’t know what we’re doing, but we seem to have green thumbs.  This year we decided to have organic soil delivered, and we can already see the difference. Organics … Continue reading

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Penne Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Lemon, Capers, Breadcrumbs

Pasta with brussels sprouts! Not typical. Not seen on any menu with my eyes. Not served during my childhood. But, after putting these together, I wonder why no one has thought of this before. The delivering punch of flavor can … Continue reading

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Hazelnut Crusted Ahi Tuna with Tagliatelle in Olive Anchovy Sauce

Post edit: This dish made it into the top five and is being voted on now. I would appreciate your support. You can vote here. This is all dressed up food crack. One bite and you’re hooked, because it’s a … Continue reading

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Four Cheese Sweet Potato Lasagna and an Oxo Handheld Mandolin Giveaway

This dish will be featured on So So Simple Food with other pasta dishes as part of Presto Pasta Nights on Friday, April 13, your lucky pasta day! This is not an ordinary sweet potato dish, nor is it an … Continue reading

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Roasted Beet Pasta with Beet Gnocchi, Cream Cheese, Poppy Seeds

This dish is a little over the top. Beet pasta with beet gnocchi, in cream cheese sauce topped off with toasted poppy seeds is not likely to be found on too many menus or in anybody’s kitchen. I wanted it … Continue reading

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Brussels Sprouts Gnocchi Pan Fried with Sage Browned Butter

Thanksgiving is over and it’s time to change flavors and go Italian. You can do it with your Thanksgiving leftovers. All you need are your left over mashed potatoes and some fresh brussels sprouts. Left over roasted sprouts will do … Continue reading

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Five Star Makeover: Bacon and Eggs, Toast Becomes a Pasta Dish

Lazaro of Lazaro Cooks, an outrageous foodie  created a new cooking club. The classics will get a five star makeover. The first challenge is as Amerciana classic as you can get. Bacon and Eggs. I could have gotten out some … Continue reading

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Broccoli Rabe with Orecchietti: A Classic Pasta Dish that Leans Healthy and Hearty

Do you know what broccoli rabe is? It’s not broccoli. And, it’s not broccolini. It is, however, also known as rapini. A few years ago, I didn’t know that it existed. And because of that, the first time I ordered … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Angel Hair with Toasted Almonds and Pomegranate

Are you as busy as I am? You might even be busier, but Christmas time is the worst time to compromise your food choices. If you are like me, you still want delicious, and, I hope you want something nutritionally … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Spaghetti with Spicy Eggplant Sauce and Isnello, Sicily

It’s been a long time since I posted a real recipe. My travels to San Francisco put my cooking on hold, but I’m back in the kitchen with another delicious Marcella Hazan recipe that is more in keeping with my … Continue reading

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Chocolate Pasta with Broccoli Rabe

Some of you are going to be appalled. But, some of you may applaud. Let’s see what category you find yourself in. When I started this blog, I wanted to stretch myself, perhaps learn a few new things and exercise … Continue reading

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Hand Rolled Tarragon Pasta, Chanterelle Mushrooms and Blogger Collaboration Part 2

Can you tell the difference between these two pasta dishes? One of the dishes is made with hand-rolled pasta (no machine) and one is made with an Atlas pasta machine. I never thought it could be done. I have gone … Continue reading

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Summer Garden Spaghetti and Meatballs

I call these naked meatballs. They have no sauce; they need no sauce. They are just too good all on their own. We love pasta, but in the summer, it has to be on the lighter side. Even my meat … Continue reading

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La Fritteda and the Fava Bean: Food Worth Fighting For

This is not the most beautiful looking pot of food. All the work that went into this dish, and I still ended up with the ugly step sister, but delicious enough for the princess. My baby artichokes could look better. … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Spaghetti Carbonara

I can’t believe how many times I have made this recipe, trying to get it to work. I have a frame of reference for perfection, as spaghetti carbonara was the first pasta dish I ate my first day in Rome. … Continue reading

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Roasted Sweet Potato Lasagna

Post Edit: I have an new version of sweet potato lasagna made with four cheeses posted here. My husband  told me when we got married, “I don’t eat sweet potatoes. I just couldn’t accept this statement, and upon investigation, discovered … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Pizzoccheri and Making Buckwheat Pasta

This is a two-part post. Pizzoccheri, an Italian pasta casserole made with buckwheat pasta, swiss chard stalks, potato, fontina cheese and the making of buckwheat pasta. It’s a safe bet that you are probably like me and not too familiar … Continue reading

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Sausage and Cream Sauce over Orecchiette

Sausage in a cream sauce was not love at first thought, or at first sight, but it was love at first bite. It just didn’t sound good, but a friend told me it was one of his favorite Marcella recipes. … Continue reading

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Mamma Mia, Umami: Mushroom Mascarpone Sauce with Nori Sea over Heart Shaped Pasta

I don’t know why mushrooms don’t excite me…that is, until I eat them. I rarely find myself looking at mushrooms and swooning. They are not attractive.  They are a muddy beige color. They are rubbery. I would not have been … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Pasta with Broccoli and Anchovy Sauce

This dish is more exciting than it appears. Many years ago, my cousin Sam and I were room mates. He was my foodie/cooking hero and he told me I should make a broccoli anchovy sauce. I gave him that kind … Continue reading

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Baked Green Lasagna with Meat Sauce, Bolognese Style

This is probably not the recipe people are looking for the first week of January, but there are many reasons why you should store this in your arsenal: • Bolognese is a great winter favorite that can be served over … Continue reading

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The Big Night and What You Need to Know About Spaghetti and Meatballs

You have to watch this movie clip from The Big Night to understand what I’m about to tell you about spaghetti and meatballs. This is a very funny scene about a topic the Italians take very seriously. And, it’s no … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Pasta with Scallop Sauce, Olive Oil, Garlic, Hot Pepper

My husband’s favorite food is scallops, followed by shrimp, followed by seared tuna, followed by scallops, followed by shrimp, followed by scallops. You get the picture. So it’s a guarantee that when I’m looking through Marcella’s cook book, any dish … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy – Pasta all’ Amatriciana, Not Just Another Dish of Spaghetti

Today we are going to Rome. Technically, this sauce originated in the town of Amatrice, but I say “we’re going to Rome, because Bucatini All’ Amatriciana is served everywhere in Rome. When I ate my first fork full sitting at … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Cappellacci–Ravioli Filled with Sweet Potatoes, Autumn Browned Butter

In Italy, Cappellacci means a square pasta dumpling that is stuffed with pumpkin. It is the specialty of Ferrara and can also be found in other parts of Emilio-Romagna. Marcella explains in her book that she could not get the … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Cesar Benelli’s Spaghetti with White Clam Sauce

  Tonight we had dinner in Venice. Well, not really, but Marcella has shared the recipe for the most delightful and delicious white clam sauce that Cesare Benelli makes at Al Covo, his restaurant in Venice. I can see why … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Bolognese Sauce with Fresh Pasta

Post Edit: Note: After making this, I tried another bolognese sauce that is also delicious and can be found here.  Today we visit Bologna, capital of the northern region of Italy, Emilia-Romanga, for the very best Bolognese sauce I have eaten … Continue reading

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Homemade Gnocchi with Tomato Onion Butter Sauce

Today we visit Venice and prepare gnocchi. When made Venetian style (no eggs), they are light, pillowy treats of potato and flour that are good with just a bit of browned butter, or even better with a sauce that will … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy: Zucchini Sauce with Garlic and Basil

A sunny summer day awakens the anticipation of an afternoon at the pool, and not just any pool, but an olympic size pool, surrounded by a hill of trees on all sides, making a sticky, hot day livable. It is … Continue reading

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Purple Hull Peas and Two Pasta Recipes

Until last summer, this was a new bean for me. Purple hull peas are members of the cow pea family and are another version of black eyed peas. The only place I ever see them is at Reed’s a local … Continue reading

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Cooking Italy – Spaghetti and Pesto, Green Beans, Potatoes

GENOVA or Genoa, located in the region of Liguria, is the home of pesto, a combination of basil, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, parmigiano-reggiano and pecorino cheeses. Pesto has a deep meaning for us as we make it for every … Continue reading

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Rosemary Walnut Pasta with Eggplant

If you find yourself asking, “what can I do with this one small eggplant,” or one piece of sausage, or maybe even just one left over serving of roast chicken, know that you can make some pasta and have it … Continue reading

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Making Homemade Saffron Pasta

The idea of a saffron pasta isn’t my own. A few months ago, I bought some pappardelle flavored with saffron at World Market. But then I thought of you, and that perhaps you didn’t have access to such a flavored … Continue reading

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Saffron Pasta with Mussels and Sausage

When I posted Mouclade, a few days ago, remember, I promised an Italian version of mussels made with fennel, onion and sausage. I made the dish from Bon Appetit Magazine and while it looks fantastic and appetizing, the flavors and … Continue reading

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Bucatini with Shrimp and Roasted Tomatoes

If I had my way, it would always be summer and I would have an unending supply of fresh tomatoes to eat in a thousand different ways, 900 of them served with some kind of pasta. I really don’t like … Continue reading

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Ravioli, Orange Basil Browned Basil Butter and Pine nuts

Yesterday was National Ravioli Day. In researching this, I found out there are all kinds of national food days and I look forward to celebrating National Spinach Day next week. This recipe looks long and complicated. It’s not. The way … Continue reading

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Scallops with Orange Vodka Shallot Sauce with Homemade Citrus Tarragon Pasta

Sweet, savory, pretty. That’s how I would describe this month’s ingredients for the the Royal Foodie Joust, a food contest hosted by the Left-Over Queen. I just happen to choose, as I won the February Joust for best overall dish … Continue reading

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Nutty Pasta Haystacks

What do you serve when you are entertaining your mother’s church ladies, (all 15 of them) and she wants something other than tea sandwiches or chicken salad? First, you spike the punch; and, then you fall back on your “go … Continue reading

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