Pasta Sauces

Different kinds of sauces for pasta or risotto such as shrimp sauce, Genovese sauce or butter, carrot, onion sauce, marinara sauce, tomato ragu.

Tomato Sauce with Meatballs
Beef and Veal, Italian Food Culture, Pasta Dish, Pasta Sauces

Tomato Sauce with meatballs

While tomato sauce with meatballs is a popular dish with Americans, Italians serve it as a first course and never as an entree. Nevertheless, this family recipe is hearty, rich and delicious no matter how you serve it. I use san marzano tomatoes even though they have become hideously expensive just because I cannot skimp on the ingredients or the sauce won’t have that fresh, homemade taste. Also, grandma and mom might make a scary appearance if I change the formula, and neither of them are residing on this planet right now. Have you looked at pasta sauce ingredients? They all begin with tomato paste. Seriously? No self respecting Italian family makes their sauce using tomato paste. Tomato paste is added in small amounts, but the base of the sauce is made with 2 or 3 large cans of imported Italian plum tomatoes in juice NOT TOMATO PASTE.

 
Entree Dishes, General, Italian Food Culture, Pasta Sauces, Vegetables

Stuffed Red Peppers

As a girl growing up in Mt. Vernon, NY I remember how happy we were when my mother would serve her stuffed red peppers. Even though today most of my friends stuff their peppers with rice and meat, I am still a purist who loves my mother’s recipe that only calls for fresh breadcrumbs, olive oil, black oil-cured olives and capers, and I think you will love them too

 
Entree Dishes, Fish, Pasta Sauces

Shrimp Sauce For Pasta

Quick Shrimp Sauce Everyone adored my mom’s shrimp sauce, but I never tried to make it, so she never told me how. After Mom was gone, I was still living in our house when I called her best friend, Bobbie, to invite her for dinner, mentioning I was making the […]

 
Beef and Veal, Entree Dishes, Pasta Sauces

Genovese Sauce

I love this butter based sauce so much and everyone who ever ate it at our house always asked for the recipe, but I don’t think they ever made it. I could tell by their eyes as my mother was reciting the recipe that they already were thinking “Why did […]