Penne Con Fagiolini

Penne con Fagiolini You don’t need a fancy culinary school degree to sauté green beans in olive oil and garlic and toss them with penne, but that doesn’t mean it still isn’t a great idea. Fagiolini are green beens, also known as string beans. Green beans sautéed in olive oil with garlic are delicious on […]

Homemade Fresh Pasta

Homemade Fresh Pasta

Making fresh pasta at home might seem like a daunting task, and while it is time consuming and with definite effort involved, it is not all that difficult and you will be handsomely rewarded for the extra work. Fresh pasta is not a replacement for the dried, factory produced pasta you find on the supermarket […]

Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagana

Although this vegetarian spinach lasagna varies slightly from the traditional version of this classic Italian dish, it is equally delicious and filling. A flavorful homemade tomato sauce enrobes three layers of pasta filled with a creamy, cheesy spinach mixture and topped with golden baked mozzarella for an irresistibly mouth-watering meal. Although authentic lasagna is made […]

Penne Arrabiata

Penne Arrabiata

Penne Arrabiata translates to Angry Penne, which is an apt name for this spicy pasta dish. My father didn’t typically put too much spice into his cooking, but this was one exception. If people wanted the pasta angry they got it angry! If you look at and try different people’s versions of Penne Arrabiata, you […]

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca is loosely translated to “street walker’s pasta.” There are a lot of stories about how this name came about. The most popular is that the ladies of the evening in Naples used to make Pasta alla Puttanesca and put it out on the windowsill so that the aroma of the sauce would attract prospective clients. […]

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe

I really love Roman cuisine, especially the pasta dishes. I have featured classics like Carbonara, Buccatini all’Amatriciana and Spaghetti alla Gricia here in the past. Cacio e Pepe is another one to add to our repertoire of crowd pleasing Roman pasta dishes. Cacio e Pepe literally means cheese and pepper, which are the two main ingredients, […]

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Sausage and broccoli rabe is a great combination. Even if you are not a big broccoli rabe eater, you need to try them together. The contrast between the bitterness of the broccoli rabe and the sweet Italian sausage just works. One of my favorite sausages of all time was one with little bits of broccoli rabe […]

Penne Filetto di Pomodoro

Penne Filetto di Pomodoro

Filetto di Pomodoro, with prosciutto and onion, is a rustic and hearty tomato sauce that goes great over penne or your favorite pasta shape. Filetto di Pomodoro is the first of my Dad’s recipes from the restaurant that I learned to cook well. I worked as a waiter at the restaurant and didn’t have my […]

Aglio e Olio

Aglio e Olio

Pasta Aglio e Olio, or oil and garlic, is quick easy and delicious. A perfect combination! Aglio e Olio Mondays used to be a thing in our house, but we drifted away from that, replacing it with takeout way too often. Well, it’s time to get back to basics. Sometimes I run the two busy working […]

Trenette al Pesto

Pesto On Fork

In modern times the term Pesto has become a generic name for just about any combination of herbs blended with garlic, olive oil, nuts and cheese. However, the original Pesto is from Genoa in the Liguria region of Italy and is basil based and contains pignoli (pine nuts). Some people are turned off by the […]