Whole garlic cloves are caramelized stove-top in an olive oil and butter bath until they turn a gorgeous shade of warm, golden brown all the way through to their very centers. The cloves are briefly simmered in tomato sauce then tossed with spaghetti and fresh basil before being served with Romano cheese.
Pasta Puttanesca has a dark and murky past! It’s said to have origins with Italian “ladies of the night” who used the pungent aroma to lure men into their lair. The story goes on to say they were too busy to shop for fresh ingredients or spend a lot time cooking. The result was a quick dish made exclusively from pantry ingredients.
This is a very non-traditional recipe for Macaroni and Cheese made with creamy Brie, fresh tomatoes, spinach, black olives and a crusty Garlic Bread topping. This is a bit fancier than the childhood classic. And definitely not your run-of-the-mill mac ‘n’ cheese!I considered combining the mild-mannered Brie with a sharper cheese but didn’t want to over power it or change the consistency. Instead, I tossed… [Read more]
I have a hearty soup recipe today for Italian Wedding Soup. The name refers to the meat and vegetables marrying well together. Minestra Maritata means married soup. And it truly is a harmony of flavors with tasty, tender, little meatballs swimming in an herby broth with tubettini pasta, spinach, carrots, onion and garlic. It is the sort of soup you wish was served in a… [Read more]
I have a super comforting and delicious recipe today for Pasta tossed in a Ricotta Cauliflower Cream sauce with a Toasted Garlic Bread Crumb topping. If you have a hard time getting your family to eat their pesky vegetables than this is your calling. They’ll never detect the cauliflower in the finished dish and after tasting it they won’t even care. You can serve this… [Read more]
I have a delicious dinner recipe today for artichoke chicken with parmesan orzo that will quickly become a favorite. The artichoke sauce is started in a skillet and then poured over top of thin chicken cutlets and baked. The sauce is flavored with onion, garlic, white wine, lemon and chicken broth. It is served over a simple Parmesan orzo. It isn’t at all labor intensive… [Read more]
I have another ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ type of pasta recipe to share today with Prosciutto di Parma, Spinach and a Lemon Mascarpone sauce. Sounds lush and decadent doesn’t it? Prosciutto is quickly pan-fried, then a simple sauce is made with sauteed garlic, grated lemon peel, mascarpone cheese, Parmesan and pasta water. The sauce is light and rich at the same time, not at… [Read more]
This is a bold and sassy recipe for pasta with fried red chile peppers and bread crumbs. It is a traditional recipe from the region in Southern Italy known as Basilicata. A special pepper is grown there called peperone di Senise; a sweet red pepper with a flavor much like a mild red Mexican chile. The peppers are dried on strings like ancho chiles. For… [Read more]