Category Archives: Pasta, Rice and Grains

Pasta alla norma

We’ve been trip planning. This July we will return to Italy, stopping in Rome to visit family and then proceeding on to Sicily. The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily has been at the crossroads of Western civilization for … Continue reading

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Gnocchi al sugo di fagiano

We are, undisputedly, children of the ’80s.  3 decades ago, here in the States Cara wore leg warmers, jelly bracelets and Swatch watches, while a continent away in Rome Stefano sported Levi 501 jeans, Doc Martins, and a pried Charro … Continue reading

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Risotto alla zucca (butternut squash risotto)

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves have turned to brilliant hues of red, orange and gold, and the succulent late summer vegetable harvest has given way to Minnesota’s own Honeycrisp apples and earth-toned, odd-shaped squash. Those of you … Continue reading

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Fettuccine ai funghi

Sometimes, on a whim, Stefano brings home flowers, or dark chocolate, or a great, musty-smelling French cheese.  His most recent find, however, was a triumphant one.  Morels.  Spugnole in Italian. These crinkly, cavernous, conical mushrooms emerge in spring and are … Continue reading

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Supplì al telefono

We’ve had this recipe and accompanying photos ready for a week now, but the time and more importantly the inspiration to write a post around them have been missing. It arrived last night in the form of an 11-month-old bundle … Continue reading

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Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino; and a variation on the theme

Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino is an Italian classic.  When someone says, “Facciamo due spaghetti,” or in Roman dialect “Famose du’ spaghetti” more often than not he or she intends spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino – spaghetti cooked al dente … Continue reading

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Fettuccine ai funghi porcini

Alas, 2012 is behind us. Although our celebration was more subdued than that of the Romans who filled  the streets for the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration, we nonetheless welcomed in 2013 with good company, a lot of laughs, and … Continue reading

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Sunday dinner: spaghetti alla chitarra con sugo d’agnello e costolette d’agnello alla griglia

Despite ourselves, the fast pace of American life has swept us into its whirlwind.  We have tried to shield ourselves from it, mainly by honoring mealtime and cooking the food we know and love.  It’s becoming increasingly difficult, though.  It’s … Continue reading

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Sugo di pomodoro fresco

We’re all packed for Rome.  It didn’t take much – with this heat there simply are not that many clothes we need to bring.  Our weather app showed 100°F/38°C in Rome today, and 97°F/36°C tomorrow.  It’s sizzling. It doesn’t matter … Continue reading

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Pasta fredda al salmone e sedano (Smoked Salmon Pasta Salad)

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve posted a new recipe on Due Spaghetti.  The pace of summer is supposed to be slower and more relaxed, but June has been a whirlwind so far.  On a positive note, we are … Continue reading

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