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Category: Pasta

Orecchiete with Spring Greens in 25 Minutes Start to Finish

The way it works in our house is that I leave the recipe for whatever I am making for dinner sitting conspicuously on the kitchen counter.  It’s the first thing Andrew sees when he gets home and walks into the kitchen.  The only advance warning […]

Chicken Arrabiata

         I confess to being a tomato junkie.  I adore the fruit, and yes, botanically it is a fruit.   Nothing made me happier than the arrival of great little tiny tomatoes variously called ‘cherry’, ‘grape’ and most recently, ‘heirloom mixtures’.   They arrived in this country […]

Ana’s Salmon Pasta with Capers, Lemon and Dill

Chewing the Fat has been on a brief hiatus as I have been traveling gathering material for some new travel pieces for The Daily Meal. Pardon my absence but I think it will be rewarded with some new food ideas for you that will be […]

Gemelli with Broccolini, Sriracha and Sweet Sausage

         There are times when all I crave for dinner is a big bowl of pasta and the infinite possibilities it presents.  First of all there are the almost unlimited varieties of pasta spanning all shapes and sizes and textures.  From tiny orzo all the […]

Ruth Reichl’s "Favorite" Recipe from "My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved My Life"

A short time ago, we went to the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan (344 Amsterdam Ave, NY NY 10023 Tel: (646) 505-4444). Judging from the smell of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies, the place has a robust culinary arts program in addition to all its other […]

Fresh Fettucine with Sausage, Asparagus and Mushrooms

     A great bowl of pasta is one of my favorite comfort dishes.  I must admit that this particular variation hits the mark. The fresh asparagus and mushrooms seem made for each other and for the Italian hot sausage I combined them with. There’s cheese […]

White Bolognese with Pennine adapted from Amanda Hesser in The New York Times

Amanda Hesser of Food 52 and The New York Times         This terrific recipe checks off at least 3 boxes on my list. First, nothing is more comforting on a winter night than a bowl of pasta with a really great sauce.  This fits that […]

Sara Jenkins’ Incredibly Easy Sausage Ragù or Ragù Done Right

   Julia Moskin of the Times When I was growing up, my WASP mother often made a dish called “Spaghetti Meat Sauce”.  I loved it.  The recipe came from a neighbor in our WASPiest of WASP enclaves. It later turned out that its author was a […]

Florence Fabricant’s Fettucine with Asparagus and Smoked Salmon

Florence Fabricant Is the asparagus better than ever this year?  Or is it just more welcome than ever?  How did it manage to poke its heads through ground that remained frozen far later this year than last?  And, once thawed, how did those same shoots survive […]

The Five Biggest Food Trends for 2015 plus Fine Cooking’s Rigatoni with Roasted Cauliflower, Currants and Pine Nuts

         Food Trends are an annual pursuit for everyone from Bon Appetit to the BBC.  The list that intrigued me most, however, came from Pinterest, the on-line picture sharing site where anyone, anywhere can post any image at all that interests them.  “Food” makes up […]

Baked Pasta with Pesto, Cheese and Meat Sauce

Here’s true comfort food that you can play with to your heart’s content.  It’s virtually impossible not to make something warming and filling out of this recipe because the recipe is as flexible as can be.  It’s also a great way to empty the fridge, […]

Pappardelle with Braised Chicken and Figs Adapted from Chef Kyle Bailey in Food and Wine Magazine

             Who isn’t always looking for fresh, new ways to cook that workhorse of the kitchen, the skinless chicken thigh?  That’s why I was intrigued by a recipe in October’s Food and Wine Magazine that was said to be “Spanish-inspired pasta”.  First of […]

One Dish Pastas: One with Spaghetti and Tomatoes, One with Orecchiette, Chicken Sausage and Arugula

Last summer, in the course of one week, I saw three recipes posted for an identical dish.  Authored by Martha Stewart, it involved putting the entire contents of a pasta dinner into one pot and firing the stove up to create a meal that was […]

Vegetarian Lasagna adapted from Saveur’s “New Comfort Food”

A few years ago, I got a call from a guest who was about two hours away from coming to dinner.  He’d called to tell me that he and his new wife had become vegetarian.   Quite frankly, my initial impulse was to continue cooking the […]