Pasta

Spaghetti with Bacon Sauce

Spaghetti with Bacon Sauce

Posted on Apr 25, 2017
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Spaghetti with Bacon Sauce, simple and rustic version of the Italian classic all’Amatriciana, adapted from my dad’s Romeo Salta cookbook. I grew up in the 70’s with a father who was an amazing cook.  He used to make a spaghetti with bacon sauce that I loved.  If I came home from school and asked what’s for …

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Classic Bolognese Ragù

Classic Bolognese Ragù

Posted on Apr 11, 2017
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Full disclosure here ~ if I take my favorite jarred marinara sauce and doctor it up with browned ground beef, some onions and spices, Meathead thinks it’s the best pasta sauce he’s ever had.  And it’s good, but it’s not Bolognese ragù.  I’m not talking a quick 15 minute sauce here ~  this is a …

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Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce

Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells in Marinara Sauce

Posted on Mar 16, 2017
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Pesto Cheese Stuffed Shells ~ pasta shells stuffed with creamy ricotta, Italian cheeses and basil pesto, baked in marinara sauce. I found myself staring at one of my last jars of homemade marinara, wondering what I should make.  Then I remembered a baked pasta dish I made years ago in Chicago.  I would come back …

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Piece of pumpkin lasagna on white plate. Pumpkin Sausage Lasagna

Pumpkin, Swiss Chard and Sausage Lasagna

Posted on Mar 2, 2017
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Pumpkin sausage lasagna ~ creamy layers of pasta, savory pumpkin parmesan cream, Swiss chard and Italian sausage. I don’t know about you, but I’m a pretty good home cook who learned from my parents, friends, cookbooks, food magazines and cooking shows ~ just to mention a few things.  Isn’t that how most of us learn …

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Pasta with Bacon, Onions and Mushrooms Pasta with Bacon, Onions and Mushrooms

Pasta with Bacon, Onions and Mushrooms

Posted on Feb 28, 2017
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Quick and easy Pasta with Bacon, Onions and Mushrooms, all in one pan and on the table in 30 minutes. Adapted from Martha Stewart. I remember clipping this recipe out of Martha Stewart Living and tossing it in my recipe drawer.  Rummaging through my drawer a few months later, it caught my eye and I thought it’d …

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Italian Baked Spaghetti

Italian Baked Spaghetti

Posted on Dec 12, 2016
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My great granddad’s Chicago-style Italian baked spaghetti, beef-mushroom sauce layered with cheddar cheese and spaghetti and baked in a casserole dish. Granddad’s Spaghetti, my favorite comfort food of all time.  This is a baked spaghetti dish that my great grandfather made, and my grandmother and mom and aunts continued to make it and pass down …

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Mom's Lasagna, piece on serving plate with fork Mom's Lasagna

Mom’s Lasagna

Posted on Dec 5, 2016
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My mom’s lasagna recipe, classic beef lasagna with cottage cheese and mozzarella.   I got a text the other day from Always Hungry in New York.  “Can you put your lasagna recipe on your blog soon?  I’m craving it.”  She read my mind as I was planning to make it that weekend.  This is the lasagna …

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Creamy Italian Sausage Peasant Pasta

Creamy Italian Sausage Peasant Pasta

Posted on Oct 27, 2016
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My love for one-pot meals has no end.  I used to make this peasant pasta dish, from Rachael Ray, all the time.  I haven’t made it in awhile, and for some reason I started craving it.  It’s loaded with Italian sausage, Meathead’s fave, and it’s a little creamy, but not overly so and gloppy.  Creamy …

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Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta in large skillet with tongs Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

Creamy Cajun Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

Posted on Aug 23, 2016
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A spicy and creamy Cajun pasta dish with blackened shrimp and andouille sausage. Do you have a dish that you always order at a favorite restaurant?  I do, and it’s Creole Pasta at this lovely little bistro in our new neighborhood.  I crave it and I wish I could try something else from the menu, but I …

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Spaghetti with Mussels and Chorizo

Spaghetti with Mussels and Chorizo

Posted on Mar 9, 2016
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Hands down, this is one the best new dishes I’ve made in a long time, spaghetti with mussels and chorizo.   I got the idea from the new recipe app called Yumavore, from the user Light yet Right.  She posted a recipe for mussels and chorizo that caught my eye.  If you haven’t already, you need to …

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