Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

I can’t believe that I have been blogging for three years now, and have not mentioned the recipe for spaghetti aglio e olio. It is a staple for Italian families. For such a simple dish, it has many facets to it, and several medicinal properties….or so we Italians think. Many believe that a big bowl … Continue reading

Spaghetti al Limone

The temperatures are finally warming up here in New Jersey, and I, for one, have had all the heavy, winter Sunday dinners that I can bear. So what did I do the first Sunday that it hit 80 degrees? I brought out the lemons and made one of my favorite, light pasta dishes of all … 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

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

Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato Sauce and Basil

When I think of the Amalfi Coast of Italy, with it’s dramatic coastline and picturesque seaside towns, I recall so many happy memories with family and friends.  My mind will forever hold on to my “mental snapshots” of the moments shared in this special place.  From the Isle of Capri, to the beautiful city of … Continue reading

Spaghetti San Juanil

Here’s another quick pasta dish that I’m certain you will love.  If you don’t like anchovies, you can leave them out.  It will still be delicious as I am a firm believer in “your sauce is as good as your tomatoes.”  My preference by far, is to use only canned San Marzano Italian peeled plum … Continue reading

Pasta e Fagioli

I apologize for seeming to be obsessed with beans (fagioli) lately, but it’s winter, and beans make for a hearty meal. I don’t really think about beans as much in the summer. It’s in winter that we want our meals to have a bit more substance and earthiness. And beans do the trick. Besides, who … Continue reading

Spaghetti with Broccoli Rabe

After all that cooking and baking associated with Christmas, it has been nice to sit back and relax for a bit. I made “Mom’s Chicken Soup” the other night. I needed some comfort food and that soup certainly soothes the soul. We decided to get away for a few days to our mountain house in … Continue reading

Little Nonni’s Baked Spaghetti

Little Nonni’s Baked Spaghetti My grandmother on my paternal side left her native country of Italy to come to the USA with her husband and three small children.  She left her sisters and all her relatives in a small town in Puglia, Santeremo en Colle, and settled in Jersey City, New Jersey.  In the 80+ … Continue reading