Billy Joel Cooks a Pasta Feast with His Daughter Alexa Ray

08/06/2014 at 02:06 PM ET

Billy Joel's Italian Feast
Courtesy Alexa Ray Joel

Billy Joel may be the “Piano Man” to his millions of fans but, around here, he’s also known as the Pasta Man.

On Tuesday night, the singer’s daughter Alexa Ray Joel shared photos on Instagram of a “Pasta-Fest With Pop” — with an apron-clad Billy at the stove — and the caption “Here’s our own lovingly-prepped ‘spaghetti aliolio e pepperonicino [con basilico]’ (Dad’s original recipe)….Brought to you by The Godfather & A Modern-Day Apollonia!”

The name loosely translates to spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, pepper and fresh basil leaves — although, we spy some crushed tomatoes nestled in among the noodles, too.

The Joels are apparently big fans of Italian night. Alexa Ray has posted several of their recent culinary creations, including grilled vegetables, fresh caprese salads and, of course, pasta, pasta and more pasta.

While we wait for our invite to come in the mail, we’ll console ourselves by making this pasta with warm tomatoes and basil, which closely resembles the ingredients in the Billy’s original.

Pasta with Warm Tomatoes and Basil
Makes 4 to 6 servings

2½ tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 1-lb. box of spaghetti
2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes
¾ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1½ cups torn fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan (optional)

1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes and cook until they burst and release their juices, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper then add the garlic.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the pasta is done. Just before draining the pasta, ad the basil to the tomatoes and stir.
4. Remove pan from heat. Drain the pasta and place it in a serving dish. Spoon the tomato mixtrue over the top; sprinkle with the Parmesan, if desired; and serve.

—Kristin Appenbrink

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belinda on

I think that is great!!!

Chris on

Billy Joel has such a pretty daughter. I love her eyes. Surprised she isn’t one of Holywoods “it” girls with her looks.
…and the pasta looks great too!

Riza on

I love how close they are. That picture of Alexa Rae reminds me so much of Eliza Dushku from That Night. I love that movie. Crazy resemblance.

Anonymous on

I’m impressed, food looks really good! Alexa is so beautiful!

disneymommy75 on

Alexa is strikingly beautiful. Her dad’s smile lights up a room. What a great father/daughter pair!

ser0630 on

I’m going to try Billy’s spaghetti recipe for dinner tonight! The food looks great!

michelle H. on

Looks so delicious. I would love to break bread with them. I’ll bring the wine. Alexa is simply gorgeous. .

Jim on


rhapsodie on

Love Billy so so so so much, keep hoping he will quit smoking and allow us to enjoy his genius for years to come! Highland Falls…..And So it Goes….Pressure….


so glad he has just the one kid, makes it (and her, and them) so special

Paul on

The food looks delicious!

Dan on

Looks Great! I’ll bring the wine . . . a bottle of red, a bottle of white, it all depends upon your appetite . . .

Katie on

Can I come over now? That just made me SOOO hungry. It all looks amazing.

Amy on

How amazing would it be to spend an evening in the kitchen, drinking wine and cooking with Billy Joel?? Lucky Alexa!!

mary on

Those aren’t crushed tomatoes in the first picture, dummy. Those are the pepperonicino.

amyinoaktown on

I’m on my way over….

Anna M on

Alexa is so beautiful and she looks exotic with her eyes. What a treasured time to be enjoying with her father. Looks delicious!

Selena on

Yum! Love this!!

Anonymous on

There was a photo of Alexa Ray and Billy years ago, when she was just a toddler. She is sitting on top of the piano, and he is playing and singing to her. I’ve always loved that photo, and am glad they are still so close!

Irish on

Alexa, you look great! Ditch the heavy make-up; you look great more natural-looking!

Francesco on

Those ARE crushed tomatoes in that photo – not pepperoncini.
They would add just a bit of sweetness to offset the garlic and red pepper.

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