Years ago, when Chef Rosario was the Executive Chef at a restaurant chain, he paid tribute to the founder, who was born in the Abruzzi region of Italy with this recipe. He called the dish Rigatoni Abruzzi, and it was an instant classic and best seller. The reason for its popularity is that it embodies […]
For this month’s recipe, Chef Rosario reminisces on his childhood in Italy and the hearty, autumnal meal his mother used to create each season. “Every year after the hot days of summer were over in my native valley, I would hear my mother get up early in the morning to go mushroom hunting in the […]
The Italian Island of Sicily is rich in culinary traditions and home to great artists like the opera composer Vincenzo Bellini. Bellini’s most famous opera is NORMA, and Sicily’s tribute to him is Pasta alla Norma, an irresistible preparation of tubular pasta shapes like ziti, rigatoni, or penne, with eggplant, tomatoes, basil and ricotta salata. […]
In the Mediterranean island of Sardegna (Sardinia), locals call this pasta “frègula.” In current Italian, it is known as “fregola.” At home, Chef Rosario simply calls it a delicious pasta option! Frègula resembles a large size cous-cous, but it is also reminiscent of other “berry sized” pasta varieties, like “acini pepe” or orzo. The word […]
EVVIVA, è arrivata la PRIMAVERA! Spring is here. To celebrate, we’ll make the pasta that takes its name from the season. After the heavier comfort food of winter days, our bodies and souls demand light nutritious dishes made with colorful fresh vegetables. A springtime celebration calls for us to “pop” a cork and toast with […]
This month’s featured recipe from Chef Rosario is two-fold: Fusilli Pugliesi (Fusilli with broccoli) with Muddica (Sicilian toasted bread crumbs). As a matter of fact, Fusilli pasta was Chef Rosario’spasta of choice in his first recipe published in the United States almost forty years ago. At the time, he and his wife owned a small […]
Some say, “Pasta fazool,” others, “Pasta e fasoi,” and still others, “Pasta e fagioli.” It all depends whether you are in Naples, Venice, Florence or even Brooklyn. Whatever dialect you are familiar with, this homey soup is a quintessential Italian/Mediterranean comfort food guaranteed to cheer you up in winter. Try out Chef Rosario Del Nero’s […]
This recipe is a delicious autumn-inspired variation of the classic Italian “spaghetti aglio-olio” (garlic and olive oil) recipe. No matter how bare their cupboards, most Italians will always have the needed ingredients on hand. Pumpkin and mushrooms have been added to this old favorite to celebrate the fall season! This recipe comes courtesy of Chef […]
This light and refreshing Vegetable Hummus Pasta from Dixya Bhattarai, MS, RD/LD is perfect for warmer months and is our July Pasta Spotlight. Hummus serves as the base, giving it a light and creamy taste that makes it delicious and easy to cook at home!
Enjoy a taste of the Big Apple from the comfort of your own home with this recipe provided by our February Pasta Spotlight, Abbie Gellman, MS, RD, CDN. Presenting the NYC Smoked Salmon “Everything Bagel” Penne; a perfect blend of flavor, healthy ingredients, and easy prep and cooking time!