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Category: Pasta Dishes

Orecchiette with Sausage and Green Vegetables

Orecchiette with Sausage and Green Vegetables

I sometimes think I should have called Chewing The Fat “Chewing the Pasta”.  I have such fondness for pasta that I make it on a weekly basis.  I am well aware of how many people eschew its carbohydrates. Sorry, they’re missing one of life’s great […]

Fettucine with Asparagus, Peas and Alaskan Smoked Salmon

Florence Fabricant I started out with a recipe for this dish from Florence Fabricant of the New York Times.  Ms. Fabricant, whom I have had the pleasure of meeting, is a food and wine writer who contributes to the Times weekly with her columns “Front […]

Shrimp with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Strozzapreti

What cook doesn’t love Shrimp?  They are such an obliging partner in the kitchen. They not only cook in all of three minutes but they turn pink and opaque to tell you they’re done.  They’re wildly popular—in fact they’re by far the most popular of […]

Ina Garten’s Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

Ina Garten’s Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

Serve it straight from the pot on Night One… Or keep it refrigerated overnight and pop it in the oven for 20 minutes on Day 2. On more than one winter night at our house, pasta dishes have great appeal.  Hearty and comforting, they’re hard […]

The World’s Fastest Pasta Sauce? Chorizo "Bolognese" with Buffalo Mozzarella adapted from Donna Hay

     A classic Bolognese sauce takes hours on the stove where the sweetness of tomatoes, onions, celery and carrots blend with beef, and pork to come together in one of Italy’s most treasured sauces.  In Italian American houses, it is called “Sunday Sauce” because the […]

Springtime in a Bowl: Orecchiette with Sausage, Peas, Mint and Burrata

Last week, I went all the way back into the archives for Chewing the Fat.  I was astonished to see that an Orecchiette recipe that I posted very early on in the life of the blog has had precisely 40 visits. That is about 1/10th […]

Lazy Man’s Lasagna with Turkey Sausage Bolognese

         At our house, we seem to have gone into high Christmas gear this week. So I have decided to feature posts from now until the big day that minimize your time in the kitchen and maximize the flavor you get out of some terrific […]

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 […]

Shrimp Scampi, an amazingly fast Italian American Classic and the story of the Feast of the 7 Fishes.

                                                        Scampi  I first wrote this post a year ago. But I thought I would repeat it again […]

Melissa Clark’s Penne with Brussels Sprouts, Chile and Pancetta

Brussels Sprouts in Winter on the North Fork of Long Island As a boy, I cannot think of a vegetable I detested quite as much at the Brussels Sprout.  These nasty little cabbages were about as appealing to me as damp pair of socks. I […]

A Fish Story: Gemelli with Spicy Scallops and Snap Peas

You might want to hide after what I turned up… read on… Here’s a food writer’s dilemma for you:  Say you discovered a great recipe so full of flavor and so easy to make, you literally jumped on your MacPro and started to extoll its […]

Marcella Hazan’s Pasta with Abruzzi-Style Lamb Sauce

            Marcella Hazan just celebrated her 89th Birthday.  As a salute to this great lady, a Facebook friend of mine who has taken the time to answer many Italian food questions for me, I wanted to celebrate too. Fortunately, March 2013’s […]

Cazuelas de Atun y Farfalle from Grace Parisi in Food and Wine Magazine

         What’s in a name?  Plenty.  Today’s dish is an homage to Spain which may not need much homage as it has firmly planted itself on the New York restaurant scene.  I count no fewer than 42 tapas restaurants in Manhattan alone on http://spanishtapasnyc.com/. But […]