Easy Marinara Sauce

This simple marinara sauce comes from Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking: 150 Delicious and Simple Recipes Anyone Can MasterĀ (Amazon link). It’s just got a few simple ingredients but if you start with good canned tomatoes, you’ll end up with a tasty marinara sauce. It’s great as is or you can add cooked meatballs to it and […]

Penne with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

This pasta with broccoli rabe and sausage is from Lidia’s Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees, which I borrowed from the library. I have other cookbooks from her and love them so thought it would be fun to see what her favorites are. This caught my eye and I […]

Spaghetti Carbonara

I remember the first time I had this, about 17 years ago. A neighborhood mom I’d met at the park invited the three of us over for dinner with her three kids. She threw this dish together with spaghetti, bacon, onions and eggs. She made it look so easy to feed seven people! The kids […]

Baked Ziti

You can use grated Mozzarella, which is how I always used to do it. Now I tend to dice it as I like getting a bite with a small chunk of melted cheese in it. It’s good with meatballs or meat sauce; just use what you have. I gave quite a variance on the cooking […]

Olio e Aglio Pasta (Angel Hair with Oil and Garlic)

This is a great easy side dish. Some people add anchovy paste to it but we like it plain. 8 ounces angel hair pasta 1/4 cup olive oil 2 -3 large cloves of garlic, minced Grated Parmesan cheese Boil the water for the pasta in a large pot. Add some salt. When the water boils […]