classic white pasta bake with peas and ham

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 Jefferson in 1802. He even had Parmigiano and pasta imported … Continue reading classic white pasta bake with peas and ham

baked Sicilian style pasta with eggplants

baked pasta timbale with eggplants and basil (pasta incasciata)

  When it gets as cold as it is now here, I need to dream of the sun. Or of sunny food. This recipe is for those of you who still have summer somewhere, probably very far from here. It’s a vibrant dish, with all the colors and flavors of the Mediterranean. To get it right, you do need good sun-ripened eggplants and plenty fresh … Continue reading baked pasta timbale with eggplants and basil (pasta incasciata)