Asparagus, Lemon and Walnut Pasta

I think this took just 15 minutes altogether–and I was good.  I didn’t include bacon or pancetta . . . but it would have been so easy to do!  The creamy (no cream, no butter) asparagus sauce made this taste like thousands of calories.  Five stars!   8 ounces dried spaghetti (or pasta of your choice) […]

Fresh Ricotta Gnudi with Hazelnuts and Sage

I finally know what I want to be when I grow up–an Italian grandmother who makes unbelievable pastas and that’s all anyone will ever want to eat. I had a couple moments of absolute fulfillment on Sunday when I made homemade ricotta cheese and fresh gnudi.  Check out the photo — YES, I MADE THOSE! […]

Midnight Spaghetti with Breadcrumbs and Pepper

It’s tough cooking on one leg.  My hours are all upside down right now because of naps that occur without a moment’s notice.  Maybe it’s narcolepsy?  I took a nap rather than making dinner the other night, and I woke up so hungry, so I decided to become Italian for one night and had Spaghetti […]

Pan-Roasted Asparagus w/Pancetta, Leek and Pine Nuts

Truly — one of the most delicious asparagus dishes I’ve ever made — all my favorite flavors!   4 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4 inch dice 1 tablespoon butter 1 pound asparagus, stalks trimmed and sliced into 2 inch pieces on the bias 1 1/4 cup leek, thinly sliced crosswise (white and pale green parts only) 2 cloves garlic, minced Zest […]