Pasta

PASTA FAGOLI!

PASTA FAGOLI!

FROM "FOOD FOR THOUGHT" Beans are “heart healthy” and contain an abundance of soluble fiber, which can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They are loaded with nutrients our bodies crave, such as vitamin B, calcium, potassium, and folate. They are also low in...

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PASTA WITH FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

PASTA WITH FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

Fresh Roma Tomato Sauce 16 (approximately 2-1/4 pounds) Roma (Italian plum) tomatoes 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 8 scallions, chopped 1/4 cup white wine 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 ounces of your favorite semolina pasta Freshly grated...

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Light Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Light Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Pasta with Fresh Peas 4 to 6 servings I happen to love peas, and with this recipe for spaghetti carbonara I get plenty! I also love light—not heavy—creamy sauces. I often end up with a stomachache if I eat a sauce that’s too rich. This recipe has a wonderful balance...

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PEA PASTA

PEA PASTA

PEA PASTA! The season for garden peas lasts from spring through the beginning of winter. Not only are they delicious, but green peas also provide nutrients that are important for maintaining bone health, such as vitamin K. They also contain magnesium; vitamins C, A,...

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TRATTORIA MOLLIE

TRATTORIA MOLLIE

Montecito Restaurant Find When ever I head up to Montecito in California where I live I always stop at my favorite restaurant Trattoria Mollie. It is one of my all time favorite places to dine. On many occasions I drive up there to have lunch or dinner with friends....

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Linguine and Clams

Linguine and Clams

Montecito Restaurant Find When ever I head up to Montecito in California where I live I always stop at my favorite restaurant Trattoria Mollie. It is one of my all time favorite places to dine. On many occasions I drive up there to have lunch or dinner with friends....

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Pasta Broccoli

Pasta Broccoli

  I can’t tell you how many countless times I’ve reached into my pantry to make this pasta. It is one of my go to favorite dishes when I need to prepare a meal quickly and it is an elegant dish to serve for a dinner party. You would never believe that some of the...

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MACARONI & CHEESE WITH TRUFFLE OIL (OR NOT)

MACARONI & CHEESE WITH TRUFFLE OIL (OR NOT)

One of my favorite go to meals! It's ready in 20 minutes and is perfect for lunch or dinner. In the winter I leave some of the pasta water and because it is flavored with olive oil and garlic it turns into a satisfying hot bowl of soup! In summer I serve it for brunch at room temperature!
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PASTA WITH BROCCOLI RABE AND SWEET ITALIAN SAUSAGE

PASTA WITH BROCCOLI RABE AND SWEET ITALIAN SAUSAGE

Everyone's all time favorite, Macaroni & Cheese, just saying those words makes you smile. It's the ultimate comfort food. I love my Mac & Cheese creamy inside with a crispy crunchy top. I prefer not to bake the macaroni and cheese in the oven which has a...

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 BUCATTINI CACIO E PEPE

 BUCATTINI CACIO E PEPE

ORECCHIETTE WITH BROCCOLI RABE AND SWEET ITALIAN SAUSAGE! This is an easy dish to prepare and I serve it all year round. Many different flavors and textures to enjoy in this dish enhanced by the fruity extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice. I serve it often ...

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Angel Hair With Olive Oil & Lemon!

Angel Hair With Olive Oil & Lemon!

 BUCATTINI CACIO E PEPE This is a simple, quick, delicious pasta dish. All you need is pasta, olive oil, Parmesan, Romano Pecorino cheese and plenty of cracked black pepper. Of course, I have to embellish the presentation a bit because I think eye appeal is so...

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Tomato Sauce In The Raw

Tomato Sauce In The Raw

ANGEL HAIR PASTA WITH OLIVE OIL AND LEMON! Serves 6 This is one of my favorite pasta recipe for a light lunch or dinner, it's also one of the easiest and only takes less than 20 minutes to make. You experience lovely clean flavors from the extra virgin olive oil, the...

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PASTA WITH TURKEY MEAT BALLS

PASTA WITH TURKEY MEAT BALLS

Tomato Sauce in the Raw! I got this recipe from Sony Bono many many years ago when he had a restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles called, “BONO”. I use to love going there on a Friday night after a hectic week. He always greeted you with a great big mustached...

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SWEET POTATO RAVIOLI IN LEMON SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE

SWEET POTATO RAVIOLI IN LEMON SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE

ORECCHIETTE WITH BROCCOLI RABE AND SWEET ITALIAN SAUSAGE! This is an easy dish to prepare and I serve it all year round. Many different flavors and textures to enjoy in this dish enhanced by the fruity extra virgin olive oil and fresh lemon juice. I serve it often ...

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FIVE MINUTE TOMATO SAUCE

FIVE MINUTE TOMATO SAUCE

SWEET POTATO RAVIOLI IN LEMON SAGE BROWN BUTTER SAUCE When we were on our family vacation in Italy where we enjoyed the heavenly cuisine, I ate some form of  pasta, risotto, gnocchi or ravioli every day. I especially enjoyed the ravioli dishes. Long gone are the...

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PESTO WITH FARFALLE PASTA

PESTO WITH FARFALLE PASTA

Tomatoes are a powerful anti-oxidant and contain a lot of vitamins A and C, mostly because of beta-carotene. These vitamins act as an anti-oxidant, working to neutralize dangerous free radicals in the blood stream that can damage cells. The more red the tomato, the...

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RISOTTO WITH FRESH ENGLISH GARDEN PEAS AND ASPARAGUS

RISOTTO WITH FRESH ENGLISH GARDEN PEAS AND ASPARAGUS

PESTO 4 to 6 servings INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts 1 bunch fresh basil (about 3 cups), rinsed and spun dry 1 bunch Italian parsley (about 2 cups), rinsed and spun dry 1 garlic clove peeled 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1-1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil 8 ounces...

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PAPPARDELLE PASTA WITH BOLOGNESE SAUCE

PAPPARDELLE PASTA WITH BOLOGNESE SAUCE

Montecito Restaurant Find When ever I head up to Montecito in California where I live I always stop at my favorite restaurant Trattoria Mollie. It is one of my all time favorite places to dine. On many occasions I drive up there to have lunch or dinner with friends....

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What To Do With All Those Summer Tomatoes!

What To Do With All Those Summer Tomatoes!

  I can’t tell you how many countless times I’ve reached into my pantry to make this pasta. It is one of my go to favorite dishes when I need to prepare a meal quickly and it is an elegant dish to serve for a dinner party. You would never believe that some of the...

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SUMMER FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

SUMMER FRESH TOMATO SAUCE

PEA PASTA! The season for garden peas lasts from spring through the beginning of winter. Not only are they delicious, but green peas also provide nutrients that are important for maintaining bone health, such as vitamin K. They also contain magnesium; vitamins C, A,...

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