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Pasta Piccata

Tweet One of my favorite dishes is piccatina di vitello al limone, which translated, means veal piccata. Realizing I had no meat in the refrigerator and not wanting to go to the market, I turned to a pantry staple … pasta. The farfalle absorbs the tasty tangy sauce, creating a meal that is both quick […]

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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Tweet This is a simple pasta dish that can be ready in the time it takes for the spaghetti to cook. The original Roman version uses guanciale (cured pork jowl), Pecorino-Romano cheese and raw eggs. You may substitute pancetta (Italian bacon) or bacon for the pork and Parmigiano Reggiano for the the Pecorino. By mixing […]

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Macaroni and Peas

Tweet When I was growing up, we called “all” pasta maccherone, regardless of its shape. My grandmother made this particular recipe with spaghetti and canned peas. I use orecchiette instead of long pasta (strands), because it captures the tiny peas perfectly. I also prefer to use frozen peas rather than canned because I think they […]

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Capellini and Clams

Tweet Canned clams are an economical, low-fat source of protein and can be used to make soups, stews and pasta dishes. I use wild-caught, Maine Whole Cherrystone Clams for this dish (available at various markets and Trader Joe’s). The ingredients for this quick and easy meal are pantry staples so, dinner can be ready in […]

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Tortellini Salad with Red Pepper Hummus Vinaigrette

Tweet This boldly flavored warm pasta salad is a crowd-pleaser and a great dish to bring to a pot-luck. The Kalamata olives compliment the red pepper hummus and for more of a Greek taste, add the optional feta cheese and use a Greek olive oil. Store-bought tortellini and a dressing quickly made from hummus will […]

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Summer Spaghetti

Summer Spaghetti

Tweet In Sicilian cooking, green olives and capers go together like pine nuts and currants and the classic combination gives personality to this bursting-with-flavor pasta dish. This is a fresh sauce with no cooking required. The ingredients are merely chopped and combined and rest in the refrigerator overnight. The next day let the sauce come […]

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Orzo Chicken & Fruit Salad

Tweet Whether it’s a simple meal for game night, a light lunch with the girls or the solution to what to bring to a potluck pool-party, this orzo salad works every time. Cook the orzo first and let it chill in the refrigerator while you prep the other ingredients. I usually poach the chicken but, […]

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Pasta con le Sarde

Tweet Of all the delicious dishes (dolci excluded) I have enjoyed in Sicily, my most memorable meal is Pasta con le Sarde. My mother and I were vacationing in Italy. This was the first trip to the “old” country for both of us and we were making the journey together. What you should know about […]

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Antipasti Pasta Salad

Tweet All the flavors of an antipasti tray …  in a bowl! This pasta salad is loaded with salami, cheese, garbanzo beans, pepperoncini, olives, cherry tomatoes and more. This is the kind of dish that lends itself to substitutions. If you don’t have (or like) garbanzo beans, use cannellini or kidney. No sopressata, no problem, […]

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Pappardelle Pasta

Tweet My inspiration for this dish came from my friend Luca. Earlier this year, I was in northern Italy and his place was my first stop. He and his beautiful wife, Elenora, own Due di Moro, a charming Bed and Breakfast with a breath-taking view of Lake Garda. Luca is a phenomenal  chef! Not only […]

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