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Casarecce with Squid and Shrimp

There are many Italian Americans traditionally celebrate Christmas Eve with the Feast of Seven Fishes. Cooking seven seafood dishes can be an onerous task, especially if one person is responsible for cooking the entire meal. In my opinion, seven courses for dinner is a crazy amount of food. So, over the years I have paired […]

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Butternut Tortelloni with Browned Butter Sauce

Fall has finally arrived and that’s when I get excited about cooking with seasonal ingredients.  Butternut squash is one of my favorite choices to cook with.  I especially love butternut squash ravioli but, I don’t really like making them unless I have an army of helpers.  In my opinion, tortelloni are easier to make than […]

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PastaRicotta

Pasta with Pasta, Peas, and Walnuts

Pasta with ricotta is one of the simplest Italian pasta dishes to make.  The only basic ingredients you really need are pasta, ricotta, salt and pepper.  Other added ingredients enhance the dish further.  You can really get creative. Try adding sauteed pancetta or diced ham, for example.  I love to add peas, but I have […]

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Pasta with Swordfish

Preview in new tab Pasta with swordfish, or Pasta con Pesce Spada, is a quickly made pasta dish popular throughout southern Italy.  It takes about 30 minutes to prepare.  Pasta con Pesce Spada is typically a one skillet dish in which the swordfish is cooked along with the sauce.  I prefer to cook the fish […]

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Spinach Ravioli

Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli

There is nothing better than homemade ravioli.  Making fresh ravioli is time consuming but rewarding.  Get a small group of family or friends together to help and the task will be done in no time.  Ravioli can be made ahead of time and frozen, unlike lasagna or manicotti.  You can make a great meal in […]

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Redclam

Linguine with Red Clam Sauce

It’s customary in my family to prepare seafood for Christmas Eve dinner. Not quite the traditional seven courses but I make around three or four dishes because not everyone in the family is fond of seafood. The first course is always a pasta dish. Pasta with red clam sauce is quick and easy to prepare […]

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Lasagna

THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC LASAGNA – SICILIAN STYLE

When I make lasagna, I go all the way.  If you’re going to go through all the trouble of making it, it might as well be a showstopper.  Go big or go home is my motto when making lasagna.  I like my lasagna five-layers high, with lots of cheese and smothered in a thick, flavorful […]

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Tortelloni

Veal Tortelloni

Last month I posted a recipe for Pistachio Cream Sauce with Pancetta and Peas.  The sauce goes incredibly well with veal tortelloni that I make.  I felt that I would be remiss in not including the recipe for these incredible pasta morsels.  I admit that making homemade tortellini is labor-intensive and difficult for some.  But […]

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Tortellini with Pistachio Cream Sauce, Pancetta, and Peas

Give me anything pistachio! This rich pistachio cream sauce can be served over any type of pasta but it is the ultimate combination when paired with veal or other meat-filled tortellini.

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Busiate

Einkorn Wheat Busiate

Busiate are long corkscrew shaped pasta noodles.  The province of Trapani, Sicily gave birth to this unique pasta.  The classic way to serve these noodles is with pesto Trapanese.  The name comes from the long, thin wood or metal rod (busa or buso) that is used to shape the pasta.  Making busiate gives new meaning […]

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