Category Archives: Pasta

Joe Famularo’s Sicilian Rigatoni with Eggplant, Zucchini and Curry

This recipe came from a wonderful memoir/cookbook that I recently read entitled “Perdutamente–Crazy for Italian Food” by prolific cookbook author and friend, Joe Famularo. Greeks, Arabs, Byzantine, Normans–all of these civilizations have occupied Sicily at various times throughout history, and all … Continue reading

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Lasagnetti with Artichokes

It’s been a while since a dish inspired me to write about it, but a couple of weeks ago, I was invited to dinner at the home of friends who’ve been living in Italy for the last 30 years and have … Continue reading

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Lasagna Two Ways

This is the perfect dish to feed a crowd.  We’re expecting a houseful of twenty-somethings this weekend, so this dish will be served Friday evening, upon everyone’s arrival, and will provide us with decadent snacks all weekend long. Lasagna is always an opportunity for me … Continue reading

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Pasta with Lobster, Leek and Tomato

This is a springtime twist on Pasta with Lobster, Chilis and Mint.  In the spring, when leeks have just begun to show up at our local farm stands, it’s nice to add them to whatever I’m cooking, just for that … Continue reading

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Dinner for One–Cavatelli with Kale, Leek and Toasted Breadcrumbs

Cavatelli with toasted breadcrumbs, garlic and olive oil was something my mother used to make for us as children.  I always loved the combination of gummy, doughy cavatelli with the crisp, oily breadcrumbs. This weekend, one of my guests gave  … Continue reading

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Ragu Bolognese

I’ve made this iconic dish for years and experimented with it in many different ways, using many different ingredients, and this is the culmination of my best efforts, while maintaining the most authenticity. Many years ago, my cousin Rosanna, who’s lived … Continue reading

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Duck and Winter Squash Ragu

This is a simple and deeply satisfying winter dish that tastes as if it takes hours to prepare, but doesn’t.  Thanks to ready-cooked duck confit, this dish can be made in about a half-hour total.  Admittedly, not every supermarket (or … Continue reading

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