Category Archives: Pasta

Pasta alla Gricia, Italian-Ate Style

This is my version of the classic Roman pasta dish made with pasta, pancetta and pecorino.  In Rome, the dish is made with guanciale (cured pig jowl) instead of pancetta (cured pig belly).  This is the perfect example of a dish whose ingredients are so … Continue reading

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Pasta alla Norma, Italian-Ate Style

This time of year, eggplant is at the front and center of many of my meals.  This is my version of a classic pasta dish with fried eggplant, tomato and ricotta salata. The eggplants at my local farm stand today … Continue reading

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Pasta with Fava Beans and Speck

This past weekend, I had my 90 year-old neighbor Beppi and his family over for dinner.  Cooking for Beppi is always a challenge, since he was the owner of the former San Marco Restaurant, one of New York City’s only … Continue reading

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Orrechiette with Chorizo, Kale and Cranberry Beans

The combination of smoked sausage, beans and greens is one that I never tire of.  Chorizo is a particular favorite of mine, with its extra-smokey bite of Spanish paprika that turns everything it touches a deep scarlet color. Generally I … Continue reading

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Pasta with Seafood, Calabrese Style

The big decision when making pasta with seafood is whether to add tomato (“in rosso“) or to make it “white” (“in bianco“).  Although I love it both ways, there’s something more delicate about the sauce without tomatoes.  My mother always … Continue reading

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Pasta, Ceci e Cicoria

This dish is built around those dandelion stems that I saved when making my dandelion salad the other day.  Like spinach, the stems on dandelion greens are worth saving and savoring.  They are bitter, but when boiled and sauteed, have … Continue reading

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Pasta with Spinach, Pesto and Peas

As I mentioned in my last post, large, curly spinach leaves with fat stems are in local markets, and they are the best and tastiest kind of spinach. We’ve all gotten a bit used to the varieties of spinach that … Continue reading

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Pasta with Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Sage Butter

Yesterday I made a special trip to a farm stand about a half-hour away which is always first to open and the last to close every year (closing day is New Years’ Eve).  I was planning dinner for guests and I needed some … Continue reading

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Pasta with Fava Beans, Shrimp and Pancetta

Every once in a while, I like to mix shellfish with pork–a combination more common in Spanish cooking than Italian (e.g. paella).  In fact, these two flavors complement each other beautifully and are both enhanced by the earthy richness of fava … Continue reading

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Pasta with Baby Artichokes, Mint Breadcrumbs and Chili Flakes

It’s springtime on Long Island and, although I’ve only been back in New York for a week, my winter getaway in Florida seems like a distant memory.  I’m enjoying the Spring weather and the early profusion of flowering bulbs and … Continue reading

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