baked pasta with cauliflower

Baked Pasta With Fontina And Cauliflower

This baked pasta with cauliflower is my latest and greatest easy meal and I can’t praise it enough. Baked pasta is a classic comfort food that’s been around, in some form, for centuries. Food historians can trace baked pasta dishes to the ancient Greeks, who would toss cooked pasta with eggs and cheese before baking […]


Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca and I go way back; to culinary school, to be exact. Without getting into too many details, let me just say it involved cooking for the schools restaurant, an all-nighter (to which I blame, my now husband for) and the last minute suggestion he made for me to run this flavorful classic as […]

stuffed shells

Stuffed Shells

Everyone needs another pasta recipe. And a quick meal is even better, which works here if you take shortcuts like buying tomato sauce instead of making your own. The truth is, I was never really a huge fan of this well-known Italian-American favorite. To me, stuffed shells often seem bland and textureless. But this classic baked […]

macaroni and cheese

Macaroni And Cheese

Let’s talk about macaroni and cheese. It’s not health food, but it is a much-loved comfort dish that has been around for a long time. Kids love it, and grown-ups love to hate it–but only because they typically love it themselves and can’t resist it. To be honest, what’s not to love?  It’s indeed comforting. […]

meatballs with tomato sauce

Classic Meatballs With Tomato Sauce

Spaghetti with meatballs and marinara sauce, is considered an American family favorite.  Many think this well-known favorite is Italian, but it isn’t. Italy has its version of meatballs, but they are called “polpettes” but they are not served with pasta.  Unlike most American meatballs, polpettes are typically made from turkey or fish and are much […]

bucatini pasta with shredded broccoli

Bucatini Pasta With Shredded Broccoli, Crispy Bacon And Lemon

Pasta is an incredible thing.  I love that there are a million ways to make the same type of pasta taste quite different.  And if I am being honest, I could eat pasta every day.  I could live in Italy and eat homemade pasta for every meal.  But neither of those options is reasonable.  When […]

Pappardelle With Wild Mushrooms

Pappardelle With Wild Mushrooms

Pasta served with a shallot white wine sauce is much lighter than the cream-based alternatives that permeate Americanized Italian food.  Paired with mushrooms, the sauce has a rich, earthy flavor. Pappardelle with wild mushrooms is as simple as it gets, but don’t be fooled by its simplicity, it’s delicious. I served this dish recently at […]

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