Gorgonzola Sauce for Pasta

Gorgonzola cheese

Gorgonzola, a creamy Italian blue cheese, is one of my favorite flavors. This creamy sauce goes especially well on rigatoni or other ridged or spiral pastas that can catch a lot of it. For a sauce this complex in flavor, the recipe is quite simple. Gorgonzola sauce for pasta Recipe   Author: olives-n-okra Prep time:  5… 

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Sausage and Cream Sauce for Pasta

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Another standby–probably the one we make most often–based on Marcella Hazan. Chris has mentioned how much we use her Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking; our copy has 6 or 7 bookmarks in it, some clearly from the mid-90′s, which I would only remove if I had a death wish. You can use hot Italian sausage, but I… 

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Caprese Pasta Salad

Caprese Pasta Sald

We celebrated my granddaughter’s first birthday today, and as usual, we had a rather large cookout. Hamburgers and hotdogs and Lidia’s empanadas showcased the cookout along with macaroni and cheese, sliced fruit, caprese pasta salad, and cupcakes (wine, too). We’re remodeling our kitchen, so I made the pasta on the grill, and the caprese in a chair… 

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Spaghetti Aio e Oio

Spaghetti Aio e Oio Plated with Green Salad

Spaghetti aio e oio is a classic Roman dish, and according to Marcella Hazan the Romans (who pronounce it almost as one word) think using anything but spaghetti or spaghettini for this recipe is just unnatural. The name means “spaghetti, garlic, and oil” in the Roman dialect (it sometimes appears on menus as spaghetti aglio… 

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Linguine with Little Neck Clams

littleneck clams

My husband and I are clam fanatics.  Whenever we go out to eat, if clams are on the menu, we get them.  One of my favorite pasta dishes is Linguine with White Clam Sauce (actually,  Spaghetti with Anchovies is good competition for my all time favorite pasta dish). I like Linguine with Red Clam Sauce too…. 

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