All posts filed under: Pasta

Tagliatelle al Ragù (Classic Bolognese) with Veal

Tagliatelle al Ragù (Classic Bolognese) with Veal

I’ve been told a bolognese cannot be called a bolognese at all and that a true and authentic bolognese is actually called tagliatelle al ragù because Italian chefs insist that it should be served with a flat pasta rather than thin spaghetti because the meat clings to it better…AND like all ragùs, it’s characterized by […]

Pesto Genovese Pasta

Pesto Genovese Pasta

My friend Magali writes that with chilly winter temperatures in Geneva so she has been enjoying a lot of pasta these days. Yes, don’t we all do that? Cold day, forget a salad, let’s go for something a little more heartwarming and satisfying, right? So from Geneva with love: Pesto Genovese Pasta. Traditionally, it’s prepared […]

Pasta with Oyster Mushrooms, Prosciutto and Fresh Sage

Pasta with Oyster Mushrooms, Prosciutto and Fresh Sage

Combined with the subtlety of pasta with oyster mushrooms and the delicate saltiness of prosciutto, this dish makes for an easy, elegant midweek meal and is a definite crowd pleaser! I absolutely love the richness of flavors in this dish. Admittedly, with mascarpone, this dish is a bit of a calorie bomb, but sometimes we […]

Ragù (Spaghetti with Meat Sauce)

This homemade recipe for spaghetti meat sauce is a traditional dish that never tires. It’s a wonderful sauce on all kinds of pasta and is best served with freshly grated parmesan cheese. It also makes the perfect filling for lasagna! Anyone who has kids knows that there is no such thing as life without spaghetti […]

puttanesca

Puttanesca: Tuna, Olives and Capers in a Tomato Sauce

Traditionally, puttanesca sauce is served with spaghetti in a dish known for being “in the style of the whore”. Oooh so devilish. There is a tale, saying its origins stem from the word “puttana” which in Italian means whore — why you ask? Well they say it’s so quick and easy. Ooooh dear! Although there […]

Pasta in a Gorgonzola Sauce

Pasta in a Gorgonzola Sauce with Spinach, Mushrooms and Fresh Herbs

This dish is inspired by a pizza that ABSOLUTELY love and used to quite often make for myself. I remember this phase well. I constantly had a hankering for wild mushrooms, gorgonzola and spinach. Something I secretly enjoyed when I had evenings on my own. Yes, we all have people in our lives that have […]

Pasta with Smoked Trout in a Creamy Lemon-Dill Sauce

What I love about this recipe, other than the ingredients (smoked trout, pine nuts, yum!) is that it can be pulled together so quickly. The essentials are smoked fish, garlic, lemon, dill and pasta with some olive oil, wine, and crème fraîche to bind them together in a delicious and tangy sauce. Topped with a […]

Pasta with Artichokes and Wild Mushrooms

One of the things I love about fall is the assortment of wild mushrooms available at the farmers market. I absolutely love mushrooms—they are fantastically hearty and filling. Together with artichokes they add so much flavor and texture to this delicious pasta dish. Harvesting mushrooms in Germany is big business. Germany has some 5,000 mushroom […]

Spaghetti with Smoked Salmon and Capers in a White Wine Sauce

This dish is delicious and quick to prepare, requiring only a few ingredients, making it the perfect mid-week meal. And one that remains impressive enough for a spontaneous dinner invitation. The subtle saltiness of the capers and smoked salmon will keep you coming back for more! This spaghetti with smoked salmon and capers in a white […]

Baked Pasta with Creamy Peas, Chicken and Prosciutto

Baked Pasta with Creamy Peas, Chicken and Prosciutto

This is an easy, breezy sort of recipe that is cozy and familiar as an old pair of jeans. Classic comfort food full of kid-approved flavors and ingredients, making it perfect for a family meal. I used Gemelli (Italian for “twins”) noodles for this recipe. They are corkscrew-shaped, resembling two thick strands of spaghetti twisted […]

Pasta with Lamb Merguez and Porcini Mushrooms

Sometimes you just crave something comforting. Comforting as I know it, usually means pasta. With 30 minutes, there is plenty of time to make this tasty dinner recipe, which takes about 3% effort! Lamb merguez and porcini mushrooms pair beautifully together. With porcini mushrooms earthy and somewhat nutty flavor and merguez signature spice, this dish […]

Pasta with Smoked Sardines and Lemon

This was one of those unintendedly successful dinners. I had planned to make a nice homemade corn chowder, however that takes time. Yes, the kind with real corn and soaked black beans. The no shortcuts kinda corn chowder. And actually the kind of chowder, sans the chowder, since what defines chowder is that’s it’s actually […]

Orzo Risotto with Peas, Prosciutto and Pine Nuts

To my relief a great family meal. One child wants rice, the other noodles. What to do? Okay, peas are a hit. Bacon too. I don’t like bacon, but I love prosciutto. Okay. Solution. Orzo. Abundant in Greece. Risotto too. Aahh relief. Orzo risotto. Yes, a family vacation with culinary possibilities despite only have 3 […]

Spaghetti with Anchovies (Spaghetti con Acciughe)

This dish tastes like it came directly from the Mediterranean. Literally. Yes, anchovies are harvested in the Mediterranean (and North Atlantic). I love anchovies, and I must say they are quite subtle in this dish, but my German boyfriend was confused by that unidentifiable sea-like flavor. I didn’t tell him beforehand. Yes, good strategy. I […]

Bird’s Nest Linguine with Chanterelles, Pink Peppercorns & Mascarpone

This quick and easy pasta dish with chanterelle mushrooms is a great option for a weeknight meal that gives the impression you put a lot of work into it! Pink peppercorns & mascarpone turn it into something delectable! I picked up a package of bird’s nest egg noodles which are somewhere between tagliatelle and linguine […]

Spaghetti with Pesto, Arugula, Prawns & Cherry Tomatoes

A simple pesto with spaghetti is delicious topped with fresh arugula, plump cherry tomatoes and juicy prawns. This is great stand back and throw pasta that is easy and quick to make – perfect for a midweek meal. If you are squeezed for time, feel free to pick up a jar of your favorite pesto […]

Spaghetti Carbonara with Pancetta & Prosciutto

Quality ingredients play a very important role in the success of a good Spaghetti Carbonara. Foremost the eggs: use farm fresh eggs from free range grass-fed chickens. These eggs will give you fatty orange yolks with an amazing depth of flavor needed for an incredible tasting carbonara. For the pasta to keep its creaminess the […]