Pasta with Sausage and more…

Pasta with Sausage and more…

Pasta with Sausage, White Beans and Mustard Greens – I wanted to post a recipe that my wife made for me the first time she cooked me dinner.  It was almost 30 years ago while we were just starting to date. The recipe itself is a good one and has becomeRead More…

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca a great fall/winter weather meal. It is a comfort food. What does Pasta Puttanesca mean? There are almost as many explanations for the origins of pasta puttanesca as there are ways to make it. “Puttanesca” literally translates to “in the style of prostitutes.” It  is supposedly because theRead More…

Pasta Carbonara Alla Luke (DeSando)

Pasta Carbonara Alla Luke (DeSando)

My son, Luke DeSando, shows a simple way to cook Pasta Carbonara. In his recipe, there is no added cream or butter. And you avoid scrambling the eggs by tempering them. The result is a creamy texture and fully cooked eggs. I think creaminess is the main goal. The explanationRead More…

Meatballs – My Dad’s Italian Meatball Recipe

Meatballs – My Dad’s Italian Meatball Recipe

We conclude our Meatball Series with what meatballs really should be: Italian, handmade, little round balls of flavor, served with a red sauce over pasta.This is part of the DeSando Family Spaghetti & Meatball recipe (Desando Family Spaghetti & Meatball Recipe). My dad cooked the meatballs in the red sauceRead More…

Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille

Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille

Those of us of a certain age grew up with stuffed shells and stuffed peppers as “gourmet” cooking back in the day. I remember how proud my mother was to present such an interesting way to serve a meal. These Stuffed Shells with Ratatouille are an easy weeknight meal, readyRead More…