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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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Pasta with Peas: Pasta e Piseddi

Pasta with peas is one of the simplest dishes to make in Italian cuisine.  There is something earthy and comforting in eating a dish of pasta with peas.  Forget about adding anything other than onion – like pancetta or herbs.  I’m a purist when it come to my pasta and peas.  Other ingredients tend to […]

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Besciamella and Pistachio Pesto Lasagna

This is a lasagna recipe that I came up with.  It’s not your typical lasagna with tomato sauce.  It’s a creamy white lasagna made with a béchamel sauce (besciamella in Italian) and a pistachio pesto.  The pesto adds subtle flavor to the otherwise bland white sauce.  Mushrooms and pancetta add a little meatiness to the […]

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Baked Ziti al Forno with Meat Sauce

Baked Ziti al Forno with Meat Sauce

Making baked ziti is like making manicotti or lasagna, only much easier to prepare.  It is the perfect one-dish meal to make for a family dinner served with a salad and some crusty Italian bread.  These days it’s just me and my hubby, so I don’t make it as much as I would like because […]

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Pasta with Anchovies and Toasted Bread Crumbs

Pasta with Anchovies and Toasted Bread Crumbs

Pasta with Anchovies and Toasted Bread Crumbs (muddica atturata) is one of the simplest pasta dishes to make in Sicilian cuisine.  The seasoning sauce (olive oil, garlic, and anchovy) takes 2 minutes to cook.  Dinner ready in 20 minutes or less (if you toast the bread crumbs ahead of time)!  How’s that for in a […]

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Baked Pasta with Pork Ragu and Eggplant

Baked Pasta with Pork Ragu and Eggplant

My grandmother Vincenza would make this delicious baked ziti dish for special family occasions.  The ziti is combined with a tomato sauce ragú made with pork, currants, and pine nuts and then layered with slices of fried eggplant.  It’s a great dish you can make ahead of time and heat before serving.  I’m planning a […]

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Pasta with Potatoes and Peas

Pasta with Potatoes and Peas

This week was an exceptionally challenging time for me.  When I’m having a bad day, I find solace in foods that I find comforting.  Everyone has their favorite comfort foods.  My husband loves meatloaf, fried chicken, and mac and cheese.  My concept of comfort foods, having grown up in an Italian family, might seem odd […]

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Linguine with White Clam Sauce and Tomatoes.

Linguine with White Clam Sauce and Tomatoes

While pasta with clam sauce is traditionally part of Neapolitan cuisine, the dish has been adopted throughout all of Italy.  It has become the standard fare of most Italians, especially those living along the coastal areas.  There is a white version and a red version.  The white version is made with white wine and the red version […]

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Baked Pasta Milanisa with Sardines

Baked Pasta Milanisa with Sardines

This classic Sicilian pasta dish is made with sardines and is also known as pasta con sarde (sardines).  Pasta Milanisa, or Milanese as the Italians say, is a marriage of wild fennel, sardines, currants, and pignoli nuts – native ingredients that are abundant along the Sicilian coast.  Currants add a little sweetness to the dish.  […]

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PASTA ALLA PUTTANESCA

Pasta alla Puttanesca

Puttana, or buttana in Sicilian, means a slut or whore.  The name of this pasta dish, “alla Puttanesca,” translates as pasta in the style of a whore.  Although this dish was not originally called Pasta alla Puttanesca in Sicily, it is now universally recognized by this name.  The exact origin of the dish is not […]

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