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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 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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Manicotti

Guaranteed, these authentic manicotti are not like the ones you’re used to eating in Italian restaurants.  Manicotti are traditionally ricotta filled crepes, covered in tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese – just like lasagna.  Most manicotti you find on a restaurant menu or in American homes are made with tube-shaped pasta shells, which really […]

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Fresh Pasta Dough: Pasta Fresca

Making fresh pasta is not as hard as it seems if you have the right equipment.  I use my Kitchen Aid mixer with a pasta roller attachment – it takes the headache out of cranking that ole pasta machine all day.  It cranks out pasta in short time: otherwise, it can be a long drawn […]

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Baked Sausage Mostaccioli

Most of the recipes I post are from my Sicilian friends and family.  Today I’m making one exception, my friend Jim McNeal’s recipe for baked mostaccioli.  Jim was so excited when he heard that I started this blog – he immediately offered his recipe to me.  It was such an honor that I couldn’t pass […]

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Pasta with Dried Fava Beans and Swiss Chard: Pasta cu li Favi Sicchi é Giri

Fava beans have been a food staple throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East since ancient times.  Fava beans, also known as broad beans, are very nutritious.  Fresh and dried fava beans are a fundamental food in Sicilian cuisine.  In Sicily, Maccu – an ancient dish made of mashed or pureed dried fava beans and fennel […]

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Pasta cu Sparaci, Funci, é Piseddi: Pasta with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Peas:

Today was a busy day, I spent the entire day running errands. Sometimes it seems as though there aren’t enough hours in the day.  Being pressed for time, I decided on making pasta with asparagus, mushrooms, and peas.  This is a great pasta dish to prepare when you don’t have a lot time to invest in the […]

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