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 …

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 …

Spaghetti With Ramps

Spring Pasta

Years ago I read an article about ramps in Gourmet Magazine. I was really curious, what the heck are they? Turns out they are hunted & gathered in the spring and are also known as wild leeks.  A good friend, who is a chef, used her connections & got us some. Still don’t know the secret places they are found though! …

Spaghetti With Green Onion Pesto

Spring Pasta

This is my take on “ramp” pesto as no matter how hard I look, I never seem to be able to find local ramps here in B.C. There was a whisper from a friend that they grow on Vancouver Island…need to follow up on that. Otherwise we have to bring them in from eastern Canada, …

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 …

Clarisse Schiller’s Pasta With Asparagus Sauce

Spring Pasta

For a printer friendly version of this recipe, click here. This is an excellent recipe for pasta dressed with an asparagus sauce from Julia Della Croce’s cookbook, Umbria. I made it this last spring and it was excellent. It’s worth tracking down really fresh, locally grown asparagus, either your own or from your Farmer’s Market …

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 …

Ragu Bolognese

Fall Pasta, Spring Pasta, Winter Pasta

I previously posted a recipe for the “official” sauce from Bologna. This version has the same basics but with the addition of beef stock and red wine. Some recipes use beef, pork and veal but I think the pancetta covers the pork part! Marcella Hazan’s recipe uses a little EVOO and butter, all beef, no pancetta, …