Tag Archives: Italian Pasta Dishes
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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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Pistachio Pesto

Pistachio Pesto

The word pesto comes from the Italian verb pestare which means to pound or crush.  I heartily recommend making pesto using a mortar and pestle rather than using a food processor or blender.  By pounding herbs or garlic with a mortar and pestle, you release more of the essential oils.  Their flavors will be more […]

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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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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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Pasta with Tomatoes, Canned Tuna, and Capers

This dish is the Italian version of tuna noodle casserole.  Several years ago while visiting family in Sicily, a cousin invited me to dinner.  He was cooking what looked like a simple marinara sauce to me.  Then he proceeded to put canned tuna in it.  My initial thought (or horror) – when I saw him putting […]

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Anelletti al Forno: Baked Anelletti Pasta

Anelletti is a regional pasta shaped like little rings (anelli in Italian) that is popular in Sicily.  Anelletti al Forno (Baked Anelletti) is an awesome baked pasta dish layered with ham, pancetta, sautéed eggplant, grated cheese and mozzarella and made using two different sauces – a red (tomato based) meat sauce (ragu) and a white […]

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