Pasta al forno (baked pasta) is to Italy what macaroni and cheese is to the rest of the world. In the good, homemade, festive way, not – heaven forbid – in the Kraft dinner way. I was amazed to discover that the recipe was originally imported to the US by no less than President Thomas…… Continue reading classic white pasta bake with peas and ham
This pasta is good for: when there is no time to make dinner but you still want real food the pantry is empty (or almost) it’s Monday you are on low cal before leaving for holidays returning from holidays unexpected informal dinner guests whenever This pasta has a sad version and a happy version. To…… Continue reading no-cook pasta sauce with tuna and cherry tomatoes
Pasta is such a convenient food and it’s made in a million ways all over the planet. Accordingly, it will taste everything from boring, to vibrant, from disgusting to heavenly. Don’t believe anybody who tells you they don’t like pasta. Most likely they have not tasted the real thing. Sorry to be smug, but the…… Continue reading pasta for beginners
PUTTANESCA aka THE WHORE’S SAUCE. With a name like this you can only expect something spectacular. There are several metropolitan legends that try to explain the peculiar name. The one that makes more sense to me refers to prostitutes not having time or opportunity to shop and therefore making a quick sauce with ingredients available…… Continue reading pasta alla puttanesca
SPAGHETTI WITH (WILD) ASPARAGUS Foraging is all the rage nowadays, but Italians have never stopped these sort of primitive habits. My father has never made a walk for the sake of it in his entire life. He actually drives to my aunt’s house 300 mt away. For a bunch of wild asparagus however, at 77…… Continue reading spaghetti con asparagi
Porcini mushrooms and wine are made for each other. Pasta brings it all together, and the fresh pasta makes it a luxurious dinner. Make this for dinner tonight—even for one!
ROMANESCO BROCCOLI or CORAL BROCCOLI, it is actually a variant form of cauliflower. Awesomely beautiful, it is also a mathematical plant. Its shape is fractal, meaning that each bud is arranged along a logarithmic spiral and each small spiral participates to a larger spiral to obtain the final form. Fascinating, isn’t it? This recipe -…… Continue reading penne with broccolo romanesco