Pasta Entrées

Pasta with Sicilian Lentil Sauce

I first heard of this dish from a friend whose Italian mother-in-law makes it regularly. Always one to go for hearty and offbeat combinations, I couldn’t wait to try it. This is a filling dish, and you’ll need only a simple salad and a green vegetable such as broccoli to make a satisfying meal. more→

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Fettuccine with White Bean Sauce and Chard

Ruby Chard

Chard is a beloved kitchen-garden vegetable in Italian cuisine. Combined with white beans and tomatoes, this stick-to-your-ribs dish will satisfy the heartiest of appetites.

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Creamy Pasta with Asparagus and Peas

slender asparagus spears

For this simple and delectable dish of pasta, asparagus and peas, use slender asparagus and you won’t need to scrape the stalks. If you still believe that asparagus should be a harbinger of spring (even though it’s in the market nearly year-round now), make this dish a tradition by serving it every April or May.

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Pasta Twists with Cauliflower and Spinach

Whole wheat pasta

One evening not long ago, I had about one hour to make dinner for the family—and eat—between getting home from one activity and going out to another. I improvised based on what was in the fridge rather than following a recipe. This was the result; everyone liked this simple dish so much that I was compelled to compose a recipe for it, and have followed it many times since.

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Spaghetti with Zucchini, Garlic, and Fresh Herbs

Sliced Zucchini

This is an embellished version of pasta aglia olio (garlic and oil), an Italian classic suitable for warm weather, but welcome any time you crave a light yet satisfying pasta dish. It’s especially good when tender small zucchini come to market in midsummer.

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Pasta with Spinach, Chickpeas, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

You need only a salad and some crusty bread to accompany this hearty pasta dish that’s welcome all year around. more→

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Tuscan-Style Rotini with White Beans

This pasta dish, combining rotini with white beans, needs only a tossed salad and a steamed green veggie to complete the meal. Try this with whole-grain or spelt pasta for an even heartier result. more→

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Pasta with Red Beans and Broccoli

This hearty pasta is a sturdy, everyday kind of dish, with a fusion of Italian and Asian flavors. You can use any kind of small red bean, but adzuki beans are especially good in this. You’re less likely to find them in cans, but they don’t take as long as other bean varieties to cook. more→

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