Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe & Garlic Toasted Bread Crumbs (Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa)

  Broccoli rabe, or rapini, is a bitter green that comes into season in autumn. It is a member of the turnip family and you will find it at selected greengrocers in bundles of large leaves with broccoli-like flower heads opening into small yellow flowers.   It’s earthy and rustic – a peasant-style Puglia dish …

Pasta Alla Carbonara – best one ever from Rome!

I have been on the search for the best way to make Pasta alla Carbonara for years as there are many different opinions on this in Italy. In America they usually don't have a clue as they don't even use real eggs but cream instead. So my last visit to Rome in September at an …

Butternut Squash Fresh Pasta Dough – Easy! spinach, beets, zucchini, herbs, garlic can be substited!

So I discovered an easy way to peel and prep the butternut squash. The microwave! Just poke holes in it about 10 times and nuke it for about 5 minutes until it's soft enough to cut in half. It's so easy to peel too! No more sore muscles! Then throw it in the food processor …

Butternut Squash Artisan Pasta with 5 Ingredient Skinny Pumpkin Sage Sauce

So everyone wants to eat lighter around here so came up with this light version of pumpkin sauce using cottage cheese instead of cream and going for lots of pumpkin, galic, sage flavor. Skinny Pumpkin Sage Sauce 5 ingredients only! 1-cup pumpkin pure – I prefer freshly roasted but canned is ok too 2 tbsp. …

Pasta with broccoli, anchovy, garlic and hot pepper – my version of orecchiette con cime di rapa

After drooling over Italian recipes of orecchiette and cime di rapa (broccoli rabe) I was craving it and wanted to have it today! So I made do with what I can get here which is regular broccoli and fusilli pasta. I am not going to spend 4 dollars on a tiny bunch of broccoli rabe …

Which pasta should I buy? Read this and find out!

Pasta De Cecco and Del Verde are actual Abruzzesi dried pasta producers, and their US counterparts are true to the quality of the original Italian product. Barilla, on the other hand, is an entirely different (and lower-quality) product here in the States. I am personally offended by this total lack of respect for US dried …

Mushroom,red onion, tomato, paccheri pasta with peperoncino

Mushroom tomato onion hot pepper Paccheri  (or other favorite pasta) 2-cups mushrooms- chopped rough 1 large ripe tomato chopped in bite size pieces 1 red onion sliced rough 3 cloves garlic sliced 1 cup of the pasta water Basil for garnish 12 oz paccheri pasta or rigatoni, penne or whatever you like ½ cup wine …

butternut squash, radicchio, spinach pasta sauce

Pappardelle or Paccheri Pasta with Butternut Squash, Spinach and Radicchio These Beautiful colors = good for you! 6-8 ounces pasta (or about half of 1 pound box) 1 small butternut squash (about 1 pound) can substitute sweet potato or acorn squash 5 cups packed spinach leaves (about 1 bunch) plus radicchio optional 2 garlic cloves …