Pasta, Gnocchi and Polenta

Tin Italian Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Fresh Tomatoes, Garlic
Pasta, Gnocchi and Polenta

Tomato Sauce With Herbs

This is my standard go to when I need a quick tomato sauce. Besides using it  to dress pasta,  I use it for pizza and for eggplant parmigiana among other things.  I hate anchovies, so I leave them out! Makes Enough Sauce For 3/4 lb. –  1 lb. Spaghetti or Spaghettini 1 clove garlic, minced […]

Ingredients for Making Spaghetti Trapanese
Pasta, Gnocchi and Polenta

Spaghetti With Pesto Trapanese

There is nothing like making this famous Sicilian pesto with ripe cherry tomatoes and fresh basil from your own garden!   Failing that your local farmer’s market is a great choice. The “sauce” is so easy to put together and the pasta is the only thing that requires cooking.  Thanks goes to “Lidia’s Italy” for this! On […]

Saute Pan With Ingredients for Butter Sage Sauce
Pasta, Gnocchi and Polenta

Butter Sage Sauce For Gnocchi

Gnocchi only needs a light touch with sauces such as the following ones. Sage Butter Sauce (Version 1) 12 Tbsp. unsalted butter 8 large fresh sage leaves (or the equivalent if leaves are smaller) Freshly ground black pepper This will make enough butter sauce for 1 batch potato gnocchi Put butter into a sauté pan […]

Tomato Shown for Oven Dried or Roasted Tomatoes
Pasta, Gnocchi and Polenta

Tomato Sauce For Gnocchi

A simple Tomato Sauce that is the perfect thing to dress either potato or ricotta cheese gnocchi.  But…don’t hesitate to dress other pasta with it too.  I like it on “shapes” (my name for short pasta). 2 cups tinned Italian plum tomatoes, chopped 2-3 Tbsp. each EVO & butter 1 small clove garlic, minced 2-3 […]

Bowl of Potato Gnocchi
Pasta, Gnocchi and Polenta

Basic Potato Gnocchi

Up until I received “Lidia’s Italy” cookbook as a Christmas gift a few years ago, I had never tried to make gnocchi. We used to buy gnocchi from an Italian store/deli made by the owner’s wife. Delightful little pillows; so no need for me to! Sadly the closed and we were forced to give it […]