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Pasta & Sauces

Spaghetti a la Genovese…..quick and simple

By On March 27, 2014 · Leave a Comment

If you’re a spaghetti bender and enjoy caramelized onions, I encourage you to treat yourself and make this dish! It’s my (deconstructed) version of my mom’s Spaghetti a la Genovese. In a nutshell, this is caramelized sliced onion ...

Pastina…Italian comfort food

By On March 1, 2014 · 2 Comments

By definition, pastina means tiny dried pasta, and Acine di Pepe is the pastina my mom always made for us – in the form of (two) quick soup-like pastas for a simple lunch or snack. As a comfort food, it’s great when off your ...

Turkey Gravy From Homemade Stock…so you won’t run out!

By On November 10, 2013 · Leave a Comment

I’m counting down to Thanksgiving, and not having enough (or running out) of homemade gravy is not an option. It used to be my Thanksgiving pet peeve and it drove me crazy – after waiting all year long and having to go light (on the ...

Marinara Sauce

By On October 20, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Marinara is a classic staple in Italian kitchens, and like most red sauces every family has their own recipe. My mom and grandma used it in specific recipes, religiously – unlike Tomato Basil Sauce, this Marinara is tangy and employs the aromatics ...

Orecchiette With Mozzarella and Prosciutto

By On July 20, 2013 · 1 Comment

Call it a salad, main course or side dish…and you can serve this simple, fresh and flavorful pasta year round. Here’s how it goes: Orecchiette (ear-shape) pasta with fresh basil, fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and Romano cheese, ...

Garlic Tomato Sauce

By On June 2, 2013 · Leave a Comment

If you like garlic, this sauce is for you. This is not one of the red sauces I grew up on, although it bares resemblance. A boatload of fresh garlic (cooked in olive oil) is simmered with fresh Roma tomatoes and canned tomatoes, for one hour. Then a ...

Aglio e Olio…spaghetti with garlic and olive oil

By On February 24, 2013 · Leave a Comment

Aglio e Olio is possibly the simplest traditional Italian pasta recipe. Italians and Italian-Americans love it and rely on it to fill their hunger gaps. I’m talking about a bowl of spaghetti tossed with fresh garlic and red pepper flakes ...

Benedetta’s Lasagna With Meatballs

By On January 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

I think it only fitting to introduce this recipe in honor of my mother, Benedetta – Wednesday is her birthday (as well as mine). I strive to be as great a cook and more importantly the kind of person she was. Mom’s lasagna is our ...

Pizza Sauce – Two Kinds…Basil and Marinara

By On October 8, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Recently pizza making at home has been gaining popularity by leaps and bounds. It’s here to stay because without a doubt it can be done well and simply. Cooks are out there searching for the most reasonable ingredients and techniques they can ...

Spaghetti & Garden Tomato (Meat) Sauce

By On September 6, 2012 · Leave a Comment

One of the best quick-cooking meals that satisfy, is a bowl of spaghetti and red sauce – especially to a person like myself who grew up on pasta at least twice a week. Adding meat to our family recipe for Fresh Garden Tomato Sauce wasn’t ...

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