Entries from Palmabella's Passions tagged with 'Pasta'

Spaghetti with Langostino and Mascarpone

This was a quick Sunday night dinner. 1 lb spaghetti 6 oz mascarpone (room temp) 3 T. butter zest from one lemon 2 T. butter 6 oz. langostino (or shrimp) Cook pasta. Saute langostino in melted butter. Put 3...

Cheese Tortellini with Pumpkin-Parmigiano Sauce

This was a hit at our house! First I made a parmigiano sauce, then added half a can of pure pumpkin, and served it over cheese tortellini with some sage leaves fried in butter for garnish! 4 T. butter...

Asparagus Lasagna Roll-ups

These make an elegant side dish, or meatless main course. They come together quickly, and are rich and delicious. Parmigiano-Bechamel Sauce 2 T. butter 2 T. flour 1/4 t. salt 1 cup milk 1/2 cup grated parmigiano or granna...

Lobster with Lemon-Mascarpone Pasta

I love lobster, and kept my dish this week very simple for the FLAVORS blog. I used curly pasta, but any shape would work. Toss hot, drained pasta with 4 oz. of room temp mascarpone, 2 T. of butter,...

Pesto Lasagna

I did some catering on Friday. One of the ordered items was a pesto lasagna (hence the disposable pan). This is a great vegetarian dish, and a refreshing change from a heavy, traditional meat/red sauce lasagna. I had enough pasta...

Italian Dinner Party Part 2

The garganelli were finished, the water was boiling, and my sausage sauce was simmering. That chef hat did a great job of covering my gauze turban! In 7 minutes, we had a huge bowl of pasta, and were ready...

An Italian Dinner Party

It started with an Italian flag we hung in the dining room, and took on a life of its own! Red white and green flowers, an Italian flag runner, some homemade paper placemats, green chargers, white pasta bowls, and...

Lasagna with Spring Lamb Ragu

Having guests who love Italian food was as good a reason as any to make a big pot of lamb ragu for a lamb lasagna. I don't make it often because there is too much for Brad and I to...

When in Rome...

In my six visits to Rome, I have learned that there are two ABSOLUTES! There are many things I love to do in Rome, but two I MUST do: eat spaghetti carbonara and eat a plate of pasta with...

Spaghetti with Langoustines

A simple weeknight dinner is pasta with langoustines. 1/2 pound angel hair pasta 1 T. olive oil 2 T. butter 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 t. crushed peperocino 2 T. chopped Italian parsley 1 bag Trader Joe's langousties, thawed...

Tortellini en Brodo

The highlight of our holiday cooking was homemade tortellini en brodo! I used Biba Caggiano's recipe for the broth and filling (but my standard perfect pasta dough from Rafaella in Bologna). It was wonderful! I have two large tubs...

Old and New Friends Make Pasta

We spent a great weekend with old and new guests! A few weeks ago, at my 40th high school reunion, I reconnected with Jeff, a classmate from Junior High and high school, who lives in southern California. I also invited...

Pasta with Langostino

God Bless Trader Joe's! I picked up a package of frozen langostino. According to Wikipedia, "Langostino is a Spanish word with different meanings in different areas. In America, it is commonly used in the restaurant trade to refer to the...

Pasta Rosettes

I made a tiny batch of pasta dough: 1 cup of flour and 1 1/2 eggs. (I beat an egg, and used half with the whole egg for the pasta, and the other half egg for the ricotta filling.)...

Garganelli Party

My friend Janie is quite an accomplished cook. Check out her blog, Panini Girl, for some wonderful Italian recipes, baking, and gorgeous photos of her travels to Italy. We decided it would be fun during her visit to make some...

What to do with Leftover Tortellini Filling

The last pasta I made for the Pomodoro and Vino blog was hand-made tortelloni. It had a simple ricotta and parsley filling. I was so pleased that my fingers remembered what to do. The tortelloni went pretty fast. I ended...

Pasta with Sausage Sauce

One of my FAVORITE dishes in Bologna is "Gramigna con Salsiccia". My new little Cucina Emiliana cookbook had the recipe. I used casarecce shaped pasta, but any short twisty or grooved pasta such as penne would work with this...

Farfalle with Zucchini and Fried Mozzarella Balls

Judith came to visit me and spend a day in Rome. She brought me lovely gifts of Italian magazines and movies, an Umbria cookbook, and an Italian cooking magazine. On my flight home, I read the magazine, and came...

Sunday Slow Suppers #11: Butternut Squash-Leek Lasagna

I wasn't convinced, until the last few minutes of cooking time, but this was very tasty! I kept myself from adding a layer of gruyere, and from adding butter, cream or at least some 2% milk to the bechamel,...

Spring Dinner Party

Friday night, we had our friends Jan and Les, and Fiona and Steve over for dinner. Due to all three couples' busy lives and travel schedules, we haven't all gotten together for a long time. It was a very fun...

Pasta of the Week: Noci Sauce

This very simple dish is both vegetarian (not vegan), and takes almost no time to make! There are many different twists on how to make it, from adding ricotta, milk or cream, bread or breadcrumbs, boiling the walnuts for...

Pasta of the Week: Fettuccini with Marscapone, Lemon and Asparagus

Remember all those lemons? Try this for a fabulous, quick pasta: 6 oz. fresh linguini, taglitelle or fettucini zest from 3 lemons 4 oz. marscapone fresh asparagus 1 T. olive oil freshly ground pepper 1/4 c. parmigiano or Pecorino...

Pasta of the Week: Penne with Leeks, White Cheddar and Pancetta

I made HALF a batch of this recipe from Bon Appetit, but added chopped pancetta to the leeks in the first step. It is rich, yummy comfort food. Penne with Leeks, Farmhouse White Cheddar and Pancetta INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup...

Lamb Lasagna

My mom used to make a delicious lamb sauce with cubed lamb shoulder. I searched the internet for lamb ragu, and most were made with ground lamb. The closest recipe I could find was in my own cookbook, Bugialli on...

Carrot Orzo

Carrot Orzo(from Bon Appetit March 2007) 2 T. butter 6 oz. baby carrots, fined chopped 1 c. orzo 1 1/4 chicken broth 1 1/2 c. water chopped green onions (I didn't have any, so I left this out) 1/4...

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe

This is the dish that brought Brad to tears (literally) on our first night in Rome. Imagine my excitement when I found a chunk of "Cacio da Roma" at my Bristol Farms (I went in for the duck and came...

Sunday Salad Samplers # 18: Tortellini Salad

Here is this week's wonderful recipe from Ida for Tortellini Salad: 1 lb or a little bit more Fresh or frozen tortellini or a Barilla bag of dry tortellini Boil as per package instructions and set aside.Don't overboil them! COOL...

Linguini with Tonnato Sauce and Arugula

This delicious pasta dish came from the August, 2009 issue of Gourmet . I did a little tweaking of the recipe, so I'll share mine. (There's would be way too salty and runny for me) 6-8 oz of Italian...

When NOT in Rome

We had a delicious pasta dish at La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali in Rome that I tried to recreate at home for dinner. I began by caramelizing an onion. Slice it thin, then cook over medium heat in some olive...

Terra's Good-bye Luncheon

On Wednesday mornings, I am usually at Catholic Charities providing supervision to individual interns as well as "Group Sup" to 4-5 unlicensed therapists-in-training who work under my Marriage Family Therapist license. I have a great group of interns who are...

Vegas Uncorked: Fiamma

Wow. What a frustrating day for a blogger who is bursting to share our Vegas weekend. The battery on my laptop DIED. I was finally able to get a new one this afternoon, but then it had to charge for...

15 Minute Dinner

While Brad grilled baby lamb chops marinated in garlic, rosemary and olive oil, I cooked some creamy lemon-garlic orzo. I also sauteed some sugar snap peas with a little pancetta. The 15 minutes included setting the table and pouring...

Fabio's Ravioli and Lamb

We had an incredible dinner last night to celebrate Palma Sunday. We made fresh pasta on Saturday and tried out Fabio's recipe for the filling of Cashel blue cheese, marscapone and potato. Oh, what a wonderful combination. On Sunday,...

Pasta with Caramelized Onions, Brussels Sprouts, and Pancetta

I recently had a lovely surprise in my mailbox. Fabio sent me a Thank You photo for the taralli I brought him on our recent visit to Cafe Firenze. I might just have to make him a whole batch when...

Mandolina Wine and Orchetti con Broccoli e Salsicce

Our favorite find in Solvang was the tasting room for Mandolina wines, a division of Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards. The tasting room itself is a wonderful shop full of Italian gourmet food products, cookbooks, gifts, art, ceramics and wine-related items....

A Quiet Christmas Eve

We had a very quiet and restful Christmas Eve. Brad wrapped my gifts, as it was his first free moment, after weekend guests. At least he wasn't still out shopping! I napped, trying to get rid of my cold, and...

Pastitsio

On Sunday, I had less cooking to do. In the morning I assembled this recipe to bake for dinner. I used my own ragu (meat sauce) that I always keep in the freezer. We loved it with a salad, and...

Baked Pasta

On June 27, 2008, Judy (Diva) blogged about her visit to an agriturismo (working farm in Italy) where the BEST pasta is made in Gragnano. Coincidentally, a friend received a bag of this pasta from an Italian house guest. She...

Bursting Summer Flavors

What to have for dinner? This is a constant topic for thought and discussion at our house. Last night I came up with lemon-garlic orzo with grilled squash and peach-bourbon-rosemary pork brisket. I gathered a few ingredients to combine with...

Pretty Leftovers

Lots of leftovers, not much motivation... We started with a delicious salad of leftover figs, gorgonzola and spinach. 2 ounces of leftover marscapone mixed with leftover pesto sauce made a delicious, creamy pasta! This was the platter of stuffed fruit...

Zucchini-Saffron Pasta

I wanted something different for dinner. I decided to try to create something I had seen once on a menu in southern Italy. I really wanted to try this beautiful curly pasta, and I had an over-abundance of zucchini! Grate...

Our Tuesday Montisi Dinner

Though a couple of people munched on some pecorino with their afternoon wine, we advised everyone to "come hungry" for dinner. MENU: Salad with figs marinated in balsamic and honey, red onion, gorgonzola and balsamic dressing, garnished with a warm...

When in Rome... Eat Spaghetti alla Carbonara!

When NOT in Rome, YET, eat it anyway! It is said that this sauce came from the charcoal workers in the Appenines to sustain them during their long days of work. Others say, the pepper looks like charcoal dust, giving...

Dinner with Kim and Chris

We had a lovely evening last night with Slow Travel friends, Kim and Chris, who are visiting from New Jersey. Glad to share our sunny temperatures in the 80's! It was a balmy night, so we enjoyed appetizers and prosecco...

When Life Gives You Lemons...

Make lemon pasta! Brad walked in with these from our tree. BIG puppies! Hmmmm, what can I do with them? Another lemon cake? Nah, we just had one. I peered in the fridge and decided I could throw a few...

Sublime Lime

This is what I threw together to try out my new lime olive oil from Pasolivo: I sauteed some garlic and green onions in 2 T. of the lime oil, then cooked scallops, and added some red chili flakes, lime...

Slow Bowl Mac & Cheese (or should I say cheese and mac?)

Easy, and just the way Mom made it! The key is GOOD CHEDDAR! Depending on where you live, use the best you can get. I like Wisconsin (and I have a source), but NY, Vermont, or Tillamook from Oregon will...

Book Club Lunch

I hosted this month's Book Club Lunch. We read One Thousand Splendid Suns, by Kahled Hosseini. It was an excellent, but very sad story about women and family relationships in Afghanistan during the past thirty years of political struggles....

An Anniversary Suprise!

Sunday was our "real" anniversary (7 years), and relentless taskmaster that I am, I kept Brad in the kitchen all morning! He had made pasta dough on Saturday, while I zested lemons, grated 6 bricks of gruyere, and made lemon-artichoke...

Pot Luck Zucchini-Yogurt Pasta

I love to read and try new recipes. I read at least four food magazines a month, but many wonderful recipes are posted on Slow Travel. There are many great cooks and even chefs as members, so each day you...

Ragu for You?

My Godson, Casey, came for a visit, and brought his girlfriend, Sarah, for us to meet. Sarah and I bonded instantly, finding we had much in common: enjoying food and shopping (among many other things)! We spent two days...

Strozzapreti: "Priest Chokers"

According to one legend, these ricotta and spinach dumplings were named when a gluttonous priest ate too many too quickly. Another story says that wives would customarily make the pasta for churchmen as partial payment for land rents (In Romagna,...

An Italian Evening

We've been home a week. My body is on California time, my ankles are "normal", and I have survived a week of work and usual errands. My heart, soul, and most of the time, my brain, remain in Italy....

Lamb for Dinner

How about a break from the jewelry? I finally fixed us a nice dinner. We had lamb chops on the BBQ, zucchini, and Brad's favorite baked orzo. Baked Orzo: 1 cup cooked orzo 2/3 c. light sour cream (I used...

Recipes for Sheena

Hot Crab Dip: (I doubled this) 8 oz. cream cheese, softened 1 can crab 2 green onions, chopped 1 c. grated sharp cheddar 1/4 c. grated Romano cheese enough mayo to blend (1/2 c.) Black pepper Combine ingredients and...

Yummy Pasta with Shrimp and Gruyere

For dinner, we had the delicious pasta with shrimp, gruyere sauce and veggies from Jerry's Blog. I substituted leftover asparagas and grated zucchini for the peas in his recipe. It was quite a hit! Jerry and I must have the...

Good Friday

I am SO far behind on this blog, and have much to share, but had a very busy week. Though it is now four days later, I will blog about last weekend. On Friday, my friend, Jan, and I went...

Pasta all Amatriciana Bianca

This is a quick, easy recipe from Biba Gaggiano's cookbook, "Trattoria Cooking". The recipe is called Bucatini all Amatriciana Bianca, but I used a pasta shape that I had called, "cellentani". 1/4 c. olive oil 2 T. unsalted butter...

Countdown to Paso Robles

On Friday, February 2, we will be joining a large group of Slow Travellers for a wine and food GTG in Paso Robles, California! Twelve of us will be sharing a rental house, http://www.cottageatcapitolhill.com/, where large group meals will...