About Beth

Beth, along with her husband, Mike, is co-owner of two Italian Deli/Markets in St. Louis - Viviano’s Festa Italiano. When not creating yummy new menu items for the deli, she’s the pediatric research lab supervisor at Washington University School of Medicine. Read more out about Viviano’s Festa Italiano.

About Irene

Irene loves to think, read and dream about food. She enjoys cooking & eating in general. Although she demures about her talents, Irene has a finely-tuned palate that her friends envy. She bakes on occasion. The rest of the time she's creating memories with her family and friends. . . or she's learning a new needlecraft technique.

About Deborah

Deborah is a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, bootlegger, and a very poor speller! As Victor Hazan so eloquently puts it, Deborah has chosen Umbria to be the home of her soul. When she can’t be there in body, she spends her free time cooking & reading about Italy. She blogs mostly about food and about trips – past and future – here: Old Shoes New Trip.

About Doug

Doug lives in Eastern Ontario in a farmhouse built in 1903. He is a retired teacher with four adult children, a wife, a son-in-law, two Irish step-grandchildren and one grandson who he is lucky to hang with a lot. He has way too many books. Doug also blogs at To Slow Time Down.

About Cindy

Cindy lives in Eagle River, Alaska where her freezer is always full of salmon, halibut & shrimp. Cindy participates in several regular cooking challenges. You can read more about her cooking and life in the last frontier on her blog, Baked Alaska.

About Sandi

Sandi is a true Southerner, but a traveler & Italian cook at heart. She lives in Alabama and knows more about fried green tomatoes than fricassees. Her family owned the WhistleStop Café for many years. Sandi also blogs at Whistlestop Cafe Cooking.

About Jan

Jan, a serious home cook, has owned “Essentials” since 1992. She is passionate about all things Italian, especially the cuisine & the language. Jan blogs about her travels (next trip Italy May/June of 2010) at: Keep your Feet in the Street.

About Jerry

Jerry is a food obsessed Canadian. He learned to love Italian food as a child while eating the meals prepared by his Napolitano uncle. He learned to cook Italian foods by watching his uncle cook these feasts for the family. This love of Italian food has been honed through serious personal experimentation in eating and cooking. Willing to try most anything once, Jerry isn't so sure about tripe! Jerry also blogs at Jerry's Thoughts, Musings, and Rants!

About Palma

Palma is a Marriage & Family Therapist in Palm Desert, CA. She’s an Italian-American with a passion for cooking, entertaining, & travel to Italy. She’s always planning her next culinary adventure to Italia on her blog, Palmabella's Passions

About Kim

Kim is our permanent sub and the image above gives you a good idea of the look on her face when she realized she was drafted. Kim loves to eat, drink, travel and cook - probably in that order. When she's not here, you can find her organizing and leading food, wine and beer tours in Europe as co-owner and operator of GrapeHops or blogging at What I Really Think.

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Smothered Onions Sauce

Pasta with caramelized onions. A fantastic idea! Totally rich, sensual in the mouth and delicious.
Because I am in Venice, I bought some beautiful flat white onions—cipolle.
I used butter to slowly stew a whole bunch of onions (about 6 cups sliced) for about and hour.


After that I raised the heat the temperature to get them a perfect golden brown, added some wine, black pepper chopped parsley and freshly grated parmigiano reggiano and there it is. A fantastic dish!


I just have to add a personal note. It is really a thrill to feel the connection to Marcella, here in this beautiful city. I can so easily imagine her walking these streets and shopping in the stalls. Thank you again, Marcella, for enriching an already wonderful experience.

Comments (6)

Jan, It is so cool that you are cooking while in Venice! This looks so yummy.
I'm really pleased that so many of our pasta sauce recipes are tomato-less. New experiences for me.

I want to eat that now! How great that you are cooking in Venice.

What could be better than preparing your recipe in Venice? It sounds wonderful!

I do love this dish.

What a great site.I'm cooking my way through but it will take me years. -- David

Deborah responds: Very cool David. I went to your blog. You ARE ambitious to do this all by yourself!


Looks great!

Marcella Hazan:

Did Sandi and Jan work on this together? And did Jerry make the pasta? I have never found anyone who didn't adore this dish. One of my first guests, a long time ago, when I began to live in Venice, was a famous glass sculptor. I made the smothered onion dish with homemade pasta that evening and Luciano- that was his name - barely got to finish it that he asked for seconds. What is in this sauce, he asked? Onions, I said. Onions?!?, How can that be, I hate onions. Then he accepted a third serving.

Jan responds:
What a wonderful little story!
I actually made it all by myself. I bought the pasta, dried, at the Billa and it was very good! I tried to but one that looked special. These were in a package with a cardboard bottom so I thought they might be better than the others.

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