Orecchiete with Broccoli rabe and Sausage

Even though this dish is traditionally from the Puglia region of Italy, and this is the region where my father’s family originated, I have no memories of anyone on this side of the family ever making this dish.  Even the pasta shape, orecchiette, is a home-made pasta typical of this region.  I’m sure you already know … Continue reading

Bucatini with Amatriciana Tomato Sauce

It’s Fall and cherry tomatoes have lost their appeal, but Sunday comes every week and we Italians need a red sauce.  For most of my childhood, this meant meat sauce with meatballs and all sorts of “gravy meat,” such as beef and pork ribs, sausage and braciole.   (You’ll find my recipe for Sunday gravy under … Continue reading

Maria’s Poolside Pasta

This is one of my favorite summertime pasta recipes.  I already know what you’ll be thinking when you read the list of ingredients.  “Not another pasta recipe using cherry tomatoes and/or zucchini!”  I understand.  It is a bit much, but I simply must share this recipe, too.   You’ll be glad that I did.  I … Continue reading

Traditional Pasta with Zucchini

I know that I already have posted several recipes  for pasta with zucchini, but it’s that zucchini time of year here in New Jersey, so I find myself constantly trying to figure out new ways to prepare them.  Of course my mind is always drawn to the idea of putting whatever it might be on top of … Continue reading

Pappardelle with Sausage and Red Peppers

I’ve become a bit of a “Mamma Agata Groupie!”  I just can’t stop making (and sharing with you) the fabulous dishes that we made in our cooking class with her.  Since it’s summertime here, I can get fresh, farm produce and am able to almost duplicate the delicate flavors that are characteristic of her cooking.  When … Continue reading

Mamma Agata’s Spaghetti del Contadino

Have you wondered where I’ve been these past few weeks?  Well, I’ve been in “bella Italia” for three weeks, collecting lots and lots of recipes for you.  Italy is a treat for all your senses.  Visually, you are spellbound by it’s beauty.  The air is perfumed with the sweet smell of flowers, sea and mountains. … Continue reading

Spaghetti with Arugula

  This is a very simple, light dish, but full of flavor.  The peppery taste of arugula, combined with garlic, oil and a little broth, makes each mouthful burst with fresh goodness and intensity.   Who thinks of these combinations?  And how many ways are there to make pasta with vegetables?  In the late 1980s, … Continue reading

Pasta with Sausage & Butternut Squash

How many recipes can there possibly be for pasta dishes?  It’s got to be in the thousands…tens of thousands.  It never ceases to amaze me.  My sister and I have probably shared hundreds, if not thousands, of pasta recipes over the years, and we continue to do so.  We’ve shared recipes from our family, other … Continue reading

Spaghetti with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Obtaining recipes from chefs in restaurants was very common in my family.  Before 1980, there weren’t many Italian cookbooks.  We relied on our family recipes and those of our friends.  However, if we went to dinner at a restaurant, and particularly loved a dish, we would ask to speak with the chef, and one of … Continue reading

Pumpkin Tortelloni with Autumn Vegetables

I’m not sure if I should categorize this dish as a soup or as a pasta, but either way, it’s a winner.  This dish saved our family Thanksgiving many years ago.  For the first 25 or so years of my life, we began our Thanksgiving feast as all traditional, old fashioned Italian families do, with … Continue reading