Category Archives: Pasta

Pasta al Forno with Cauliflower and Sausage

I just returned home from a nice long vacation in London and the English countryside, and the food is still fresh in my mind.  The flavor of those wonderful English sausages was intoxicating (they produce so many great varieties–one more … Continue reading

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Whole Wheat Pasta with Cauliflower and Pancetta

The earthy flavor of cauliflower is the perfect complement to the nutty, full-bodied flavor of whole wheat pasta.  Although this dish could be made vegetarian without the pancetta, I think the cured pork is a natural flavor enhancer for these … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Spiced Sage Butter

Now that it’s sweet potato season, I’ve been experimenting to create the perfect sweet potato gnocchi.  These are predominantly made with sweet potato, with a touch of white potato added for starch and dryness. The white potato is necessary because … Continue reading

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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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