Rigatoni With Lentil Ragu

Fall Pasta, Spring Pasta, Summer Pasta, Winter Pasta

When my friend Deb. Mele posted a recipe for Lentil Bolognese I have to say, it got my attention!  As I am always on the lookout for interesting pasta sauces, for vegetarian meals and lastly but by no means least, I’m that woman who stuffs Castelluccio lentils into her luggage when packing to come home …

Mary’s Spaghetti Sauce

Fall Pasta, Winter Pasta

I’m pretty sure this was my very first experience of Italian cooking and I have to say it was love at first bite. I simply had to have the recipe so I could make it at my house.  Now…my family were not big into garlic and certainly nothing spicy…so that cayenne was quite the surprise …

Fettuccine Alfredo As It Was Meant To Be

Fall Pasta, Fundamentals, Spring Pasta, Summer Pasta, Winter Pasta

Some time ago I read how Fettuccine Alfredo was first created, using only butter and cheese.  So you can imagine my delight when one day I saw Italian butter at our favourite cheese shop, Les Amis du Fromage!  Wow, I could hardly wait to get home and make some Alfredo.  Of course, there’s no question but Alfredo …

Phyllis’ Leek & Pancetta Tagliatelle

Fall Pasta, Spring Pasta, Winter Pasta

My “take” on a Lorenza de’Medici recipe. We think the addition of pancetta and a splash of white wine to the sauce makes it even more delicious.  I often make half the recipe for our primo which goes especially well with lamb marinated in my go to marinade for lamb.  And I hone in on local leeks, which are so sweet and …

Basil Ricotta “Cavatelli” With Tomato Sausage Sauce

Fall Pasta, Summer Pasta

When the garden puts forth wonderful basil each summer, there are so many delicious choices of things to be made!  This version of cavatelli has ricotta cheese in the dough is not quite as soft as potato gnocchi.  This “pasta” is another end of summer, last of the basil, dinner in our house!  If you have …

Cauliflower Italian Sausage Strozzapreti or Casarecce, Da Leo

Fall Pasta, Spring Pasta, Summer Pasta, Winter Pasta

I was inspired to create this pasta after tasting my husband’s lunch at Trattoria Da Leo in Lucca, Italy.  It’s not exactly the same but it’s still damned good. I like to use cauliflower when it’s in season because I think it’s sweeter, but this can be made anytime and will still be a great …

Cacio e Pepe

Fall Pasta, Spring Pasta, Summer Pasta, Winter Pasta

This is the best version of Cacio e Pepe I have made so far, although in Rome, where the dish originates, we found that they used tonnarelli, a  thick spaghetti, instead of regular spaghetti.   I would recommend the Spaghetti alla Chitarra pasta made by either GiGi or La Molisana. I use it as a substitute for the tonnarelli which,  I …

Red, White And Green Lasagne

Fall Pasta, Winter Pasta

The colours of the Italian flag! I am always on the look-out for really good vegetarian pasta dishes and think this one is really, really good. Makes 8 Servings 2 Tbsp. EVOO 3 large red bell peppers, chopped 15 oz. ricotta cheese, (I prefer Scardillo Geniuna** it’s creamy & not grainy) 1 ½ lbs. broccoli, …

Turkey and Eggplant Pastitsio

Fall Mains, Fall Pasta, Spring Mains, Spring Pasta, Summer Mains, Summer Pasta, Winter Mains, Winter Pasta

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. When we get a craving for Greek food in the fall and winter, there’s only one thing to be done, either Pastitsio (sort of a Greek macaroni and cheese) or moussaka …this is the macaroni and cheese favourite. The sauce can easily be made a …

Mushroom Filled Ravioli

Fall Pasta, Winter Pasta

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. Ahh…ravioli, a labour of love filled with mushroomy goodness accented with a bit of prosciutto, finished with a butter-prosciutto sauce and a sprinkling of Parmigiano Reggiano. Makes Approximately 36 Ravioli One 3 egg batch of homemade pasta dough** For The Filling: 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter ¾ lb. …