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V’s Cavatelli & Sauce

A big bowl of cavatelli & homemade sauce is the best! Italian comfort food at its finest and most delicious. I purchase Ricotta Cavatelli at a local Italian grocer here in Scottsdale called DeFalco’s but you can find it in specialty grocery stores in the freezer isle. Find it. Trust me on this.  My sauce is made from scratch, easy, and delicious. You can vary using onion, adding mushroom, whatever you like. You can also double, triple, even quadruple the recipe, can, and save for future use. Enjoy!

 

*Serves 6 


Ingredients

  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 2tbs of minced garlic
  • 28oz crushed tomatoes 
  • 6oz of tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp of dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp of dried oregano
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 bags of 15oz of Ricotta Cavatelli  


Instructions

  1. Fill 3/4 way with water in a large 6qt pot and bring to a boil. 
  2. Meanwhile in a another large pot or dutch oven heat 2tbs of EVOO over medium heat.
  3. Add chopped shallot and garlic and cook about 3 minutes. 
  4. Add crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and bring to a low boil. 
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let all those delicious flavors marry together. 
  6. Put frozen cavatelli in boiling water and cook according to instructions (mine was about 16 min to the way I like it). 
  7. Drain and add cavatelli to the sauce. 
  8. Serve hot with parmesan cheese and crusty bread to soak up sauce!

By: Virginia Olivieri

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Pasta with peas in cream sauce!

Here’s a delicious, easy, and crowd pleasing weeknight meal you can make in a pinch! Pasta with peas in cream sauce! 

 

*Serves 4-5


Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb of your favorite pasta
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2tbs of minced garlic
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup of cream (room temp)
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Instructions

  1. In a large pot bring water to a boil and cook pasta according to instructions. 
  2. In a large skillet or pan heat 2tbs of EVOO over medium high heat. 
  3. Add onion and garlic and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 min. 
  4. Lower heat to medium, add peas and cream and mix well until sauce is boiling. 
  5. Add Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and mix well. 
  6. Reduce heat to low and keep warm while pasta is cooking. 
  7. Once pasta is done, drain and then add pasta to sauce and mix well. 
  8. Serve with a little more cheese on top and voila! Enjoy

By: Virginia Olivieri

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Pasta with Vodka Sauce

A classic American-Italian comfort food~ Pasta with Vodka Sauce! My family and I love this creamy sauce over rigatoni but you can use whatever your favorite pasta shape is!   

 

*Serves 6 


Ingredients

  • 16oz of pasta 
  • 2tbs of butter
  • 28oz of Marinara Sauce
  • 1 cup of vodka
  • 3/4 cup of Heavy Cream, room temperature
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to directions, drain, toss with a little butter, and set aside. 
  2. Meanwhile in a large sauce pan bring marinara sauce to a slow boil over medium heat. 
  3. Add vodka to the sauce and bring to a steady boil. 
  4. Cook for about 20 minutes until vodka is reduced and the alcohol is burned off. 
  5. Next add your room temperature heavy cream to the vodka marinara. It is important for the cream to be room temperature so it doesn’t curdle! 
  6. Mix well and cook for another 5 minutes on med/low heat. 
  7. Add grated Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste to the sauce and mix well. 
  8. Combine pasta and vodka sauce and top with more grated cheese if you like! 
  9. Serve warm but also makes great lunch leftovers the next day. Enjoy!

By: Virginia Olivieri

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Mussels & Clams over Linguini

Seafood and pasta go together like peanut butter & jelly (or mom & wine)! This delicious dish is super easy, fast, and most of all economical! You can feed a family of 4 for $20! Enjoy my take on Mussels & Clams over Linguini! 


Ingredients

  • 1pkg of linguini 
  • 1tbs of butter 
  • 2tbs of minced garlic 
  • 1/4 tsp of crushed red pepper 
  • 1/4 tsp of salt 
  • 1/2- 1 cup of dry white wine Juice of 1 lemon 
  • 1, 10oz can of boiled clams 
  • 1, 16oz bag of frozen mussels 
  • 1, 16oz bag of frozen clams Optional: Italian parsley, oregano, or basil to taste.


Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil. 
  2. Add pasta and a drop of EVOO so it doesn’t stick. 
  3. Cook according to directions and drain. 
  4. Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-high heat. 
  5. Add garlic, crushed red pepper, salt and cook until fragrant. 
  6. Add white wine and stir well. Cook about 3-5 min until wine is reduced. 
  7. Add lemon juice, boiled clams and cook about 5 min. 
  8. Drain frozen mussels and clams out of their bags and add to the Dutch oven. 
  9. Reduce heat to medium and cover, stirring often, allowing the clams and mussels to fully open for about 5-8 min. 
  10. Put cooked pasta in a large serving dish and pour seafood medley over the pasta. 
  11. Top with some Italian parsley, basil, or oregano. Viola! A delicious seafood dish your whole family will love!

By: Virginia Olivieri

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Gnocchi

Gnocchi is traditionally a kid favorite dish. So many ways to mix it up for a quick, healthy, & easy weeknight meal! 


Ingredients

  • 18oz gnocchi
  • 2tbs of minced garlic
  • 4oz pancetta 
  • 3 cups of fresh spinach 
  • 1 1/2-2 cups of tomato sauce 


Instructions

  1. In a large pot bring 6quarts of water to a boil. 
  2. Cook gnocchi according to package, until it floats. 
  3. Drain and set aside. 
  4. Meanwhile in a large pan add 1-2tbs of EVOO over medium high heat. 
  5. Add garlic and cook about 1 min. 
  6. Add pancetta and cook about 3 min until it starts to brown. 
  7. Add spinach to the pan and mix well with pancetta and garlic until wilted. 
  8. Add tomato sauce to the pan, reduce heat to low, and simmer all the flavors together about 5 min.
  9. Add gnocchi to the pan and mix well. You can add some grated Parmesan cheese if you like! Enjoy!

By: Virginia Olivieri

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Pasta Puttanesca

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 2-3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 5 cups veggie or chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 bunch broccolini, tops chopped and stems discarded
  • 1 pkg fresh or frozen cheese tortellini (If using dried tortellini cook longer, according to package.)


Instructions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large dutch oven. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add broth and water to pot and bring to a boil. Add chopped broccolini and cook for 5 min. Add fresh or frozen tortellini and cook according to package, or until the float. Serve with crusty bread or on its own. Voilà!

By: Virginia Olivieri

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