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Tagliatelle with Pumpkin and Chestnuts from Nonna’s Kitchen by Jody Scaravella

It’s pumpkin season and time to marry those pumpkin flavors in fall Italian dishes: risottos and pasta. When it comes to pasta, nothing can surpass the luscious body feel in your mouth of tagliatelle. These “torn” lengths of pasta seem to ooze comfort with every bite. In Naples, a traditional pasta toping is chestnuts with…

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Garganelli with Prosciutto and Peas form Four + Water: Pasta by Thomas McNaughton

Spring is the time for peas. In Italy, peas are a seasonal food to be relished on the spot. Yes, you can get frozen peas there, and peas do freeze well. But suggest frozen peas to one of the “little old pasta” ladies working in Bologna, and you’ll get a cold stare. Search out for…

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Strings and Beans from Modern Pasta

From Pasta Modern by Francine Sagan comes this complex vegetarian dish. Not complex to prepare, but on so complex in flavor, so satisfying that you will not be asking yourself: where are the meatballs? The delight here is the string beans, cooked with tomatoes, garlic and pepper flakes, and simmered until they are ready to…

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Orecchiette with Ricotta, Peas and Lemon Zest from Pasta by the CIA

Spring brings new and wonderful opportunities for pasta. From Pasta: Classic and Contemporary Pasta, Risotto, Crespelle and Polenta Recipes by The Culinary Institute of America, here’s a beautiful and marvelously satisfying elegant pasta dish. It’s filled with lots of spring peas. [Yes, you can use frozen but that spring flavor cannot be surpassed.] This recipe…

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