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Spaghetti in Spicy Tomato Sauce Recipe

Spaghetti in Spicy Tomato Sauce

02.17.11 by Jackie

I'm not a professional cook and I always appreciate learning something new. Recently, I posted a recipe for cacio e pepe, and one of the readers, Julio, told me I wasn't making it the right way. I decided to follow Julio's instructions on how to cook the spaghetti. The preparation was very simple: the pasta was cooked al dente and grated cheese and pasta water were added. I sprinkled a little freshly cracked pepper. To add a little twist, this time I topped the pasta with a spicy tomato and eggplant sauce.

The results were spectacular. Thank you so much, Julio for your much needed piece of advice! The sauce is optional but I think it makes a complete meal, and adds a little heat that lingers plus a kick just at the end. Perfecto!


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Cacio E Pepe Recipe Recipe

Cacio E Pepe Recipe

02.02.11 by Jackie

When it comes to pasta dishes, Romans are experts. With only a few ingredients, they are able to produce incredible creations. Cacio e pepe is a perfect example. Spaghetti is tossed in a simple, creamy Pecorino Romano and black pepper sauce. The level of flavor achieved with only a handful of ingredients is mind-boggling.

My husband Lulu and I recently took a very romantic trip to Rome, Italy, so I thought it would be nice to share some pictures. The city is very small (a few square miles) and I felt like we walked every square inch. The upside is that we were able to try a lot of restaurants all over the city. We discovered a lovely one called Mario's, located on a small street behind the Roman Ruins. It doesn't attract a lot of tourists because of its off-the-beaten-path location, but we noticed a lot of locals. We were so impressed by the quality of the food that after trying several other average restaurants, we ended up eating at Mario's for the rest of the trip.

Lulu and I spent only a few days in Rome and then returned to Paris, where I tried to replicate the delicious pasta dish. To make it more luxurious, I added a few pieces of black truffle I found in an open air market. Lulu loved it!

Valentine's Day is coming soon, and if you want to surprise your Valentine with a simple yet delicious dish, you should consider cacio e pepe. If you can’t take your love to Rome this Valentine’s Day, it’s a great way to bring a touch of Rome to your love!

Coliseum Roma Italy Photo


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Fusilli Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

Pasta is always a hit in my home. This time, I paired fusilli with roasted butternut squash, fresh edamame soybeans and creamy eggplant. The sauce is made from puréed grilled eggplant mixed with cream cheese, onions and garlic. The winter squash gives more body and a deep orange color to the dish, and of course a pleasant sweetness.

My poor husband caught a bad cold that kept him in bed all weekend. I've been taking good care of him, feeding him comfort food and lots of fluids. Even though it might not cure his cold, this creamy pasta dish will cheer him up a little!


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Gnocchi in Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Gnocchi in Bolognese Sauce

11.11.10 by Jackie

Bolognese gnocchi is comfort food at its best. And with the chilly temperature we've been having this week in the Bay Area, a warm bowl of potato gnocchi pasta in Bolognese sauce fits the bill.

It took some time to complete the meal but it was so worth it. I made everything from scratch. I started by simmering Bolognese sauce for over an hour. While the beef and tomatoes were cooking down in the sauce, I mashed potatoes and added flour to form the gnocchi. I also added roasted turnip to give texture to the dish.

I didn't add cheese to the dish because I've been trying to be healthy and hit the gym regularly, but I'm sure a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese wouldn't hurt the flavor. It’s up to you!


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Vegetarian Pot Pie with Lentil Pasta Recipe

If you’ve wanted to make comfort food healthy, this recipe is for you. As I've told you in the past, I often try to make vegetarian versions of the meat dishes I cook. One of my favorite dishes is chicken pot pie, and today I decided to make a variation of the dish with lentils and pastina pasta. I placed the mixture in mini soup bowls and covered them with puff pastry baked until golden and flaky.

The dish is fairly healthy, yet very flavorful due to the generous amounts of ginger, soy bacon bits, coriander, parsley and cilantro. The flavors and texture are spot on for a cold evening meal.

Lentil Pot Pie Recipe with Picture


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