Oprah Truffles
Courtesy Gayle King

Oprah Checks Another Thing Off Her Bucket List: Truffle Hunting in Italy

Originally posted 10/16/2014 12:41PM

When you’re as crazy about truffles as Oprah Winfrey is, you’ll go to the ends of the earth to seek them out. In her case, the earth was in Umbria, Italy.
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Lobster Roll
Michelle Ward

The Best Things We Ate, Cooked & Drank This Week: Lobster Rolls, Coffee Ice Cream & More

Originally posted 10/03/2014 06:10PM

From mini pulled pork sliders to cheesy prosciutto pasta, check out the most delicious things our PEOPLE staff couldn’t stop eating — and talking about — this week.
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Sophia Loren 80th Birthday Pasta Recipe
GILBERT TOURTE/GAMMA-RAPHO/GETTY

Celebrate Sophia Loren’s 80th Birthday With Her Gorgonzola Pasta Recipe

Originally posted 09/19/2014 04:25PM

Maybe the the secret is in the sauce?
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Jimmy Kimmel ALS Pasta Challenge
Courtesy Jimmy Kimmel

VIDEO: Watch Jimmy Kimmel’s Hysterical ALS Pasta Challenge Spoof

Originally posted 09/10/2014 10:00AM

We thought we’d seen every funny twist on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but Jimmy Kimmel has raised the comedic bar once again.
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Olive Vine Pasta Pass
Courtesy Darden

Olive Garden’s All-You-Can-Eat Pasta Pass Sells Out in 45 Minutes

Originally posted 09/08/2014 05:02PM

The gluten-free need not have applied, but marathon runners, budget-conscious college students and anyone who literally couldn’t get enough pasta rushed to buy Olive Garden’s Never-Ending Pasta Pass, which went on sale at 3 p.m. today and sold out in 45 minutes, a rep for the chain confirmed.
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FILED UNDER: Food News , Pasta , Restaurants

Mac 'n' Cheese in a Bread Cone
Courtesy DisneyFoodBlog.com

Carb Explosion: Eat Mac ‘N’ Cheese in a Bread Cone

Originally posted 09/04/2014 01:51PM

Mac ‘n’ cheese could be one of the world’s most perfect foods, except for one major flaw: You can’t really eat it on the go. Well, that was a major flaw.
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FILED UNDER: Food , Food News , Pasta , Recipes

RECIPE: Lea Michele’s Burrata and Roasted Tomato Lasagna

Originally posted 09/02/2014 02:00PM

Claire Thomas
The Kitchy Kitchen
Served at Lea Michele’s Birthday Dinner

Burrata Roasted Tomato Lasagna
Serves 8

Bolognese Ragu:

3 tbsp. olive oil
4 tbsp. butter
1 large yellow onion, finely diced
¾ cup carrots finely diced
¾ cup celery stalks, finely diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup pancetta or bacon, diced
1 pound beef chuck, ground
1 pound pork shoulder, ground
1 cup dry white wine (such as sauvignon blanc)
1 1/2 cups milk
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
salt and pepper
1 cup beef stock
2 tbsp. butter
¼ cup freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano

1. Place a large saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter in the oil.

2. Add the onion, carrot, celery and garlic with a good pinch of salt and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring often. Increase the heat to high and add the meat and pancetta a third at a time, stirring and breaking lumps with a spoon between each addition (this whole process will take about 15-20 minutes).

3. Turn heat down to medium and cook for about 15 minutes, letting the meat get thoroughly brown (don’t worry about crispy bits in the pan) but not burnt.

4. Pour the white wine into the sauce pan. With a wooden spoon, scrape all the brown bits stuck to the bottom of your pan. Push the meat all around to make sure you scrape it all off. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, to let the alcohol cook off. Add milk, diced tomatoes (with liquid), 1 teaspoon salt and a good grinding of pepper.

5. Bring to a boil and then lower to the lowest heat and let simmer very slowly, half-covered, for 2 hours, stirring from time to time. In the end, the sauce should be more oil- than water-based and thick like oatmeal. Season to taste.

6. When ready to serve, mix in the butter, freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, and about a 1/2 cup of pasta water (or some hot water). Set aside for assembling lasagna.

Bechamel Sauce:

1 pint milk
2 sprigs of parsley
5 peppercorns
½ small onion, sliced
¼ teaspoon chili flake
1 bay leaf
3 tbsp. butter
¼ cup flour
⅓ cup grated parm
pinch freshly grated nutmeg

1. Bring the milk and everything else except for the butter, flour, and parmigiano to a simmer.

2. In a separate sauce pan, melt the butter and add the flour. Stir until doughy and smelling a bit nutty (about one minute).

3. Strain in the milk about a half-cup at a time, whisking to incorporate with the butter and flour mix. It should be smooth and velvety, not chunky or too thick. If it is, just add some more milk to thin it out.

Lasagna:

1 lb. lasagna strips (enough for three layers)
4 balls burrata (or about 2 cups regular mozzarella)
¼ cup grated parm (or any other hard cheese, I sometimes use gouda)
1 cup basil, julienned
olive oil
13-14 roman tomatoes, halved lengthwise
2 tbsp. thyme
¼ cup olive oil

1. Preheat oven to 425F.

2. Place the tomatoes face up across two baking sheets. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of thyme. Roast for 30 minutes, turn in the pan, and then for another 30 minutes.

Roasted Tomatoes:

1. Preheat the oven to 375F.

2. In a pyrex dish, place a layer of noodles, a ladle of ragu, a ladle of béchamel, a third of burrata, and a layer of herb roasted tomatoes, add the basil, and cover with a 1/4 of the bechamel. Repeat three times, and finish with the remaining bechamel and grated parm.

3. Bake for 25 minutes, or until bubbling. Turn the broiler on and bake for another 5 minutes, or until brown and crunchy on top. Allow to sit for 20 minutes.

FILED UNDER: Lea Michele , Pasta , Recipes
 
 
 

Billy Joel's Italian Feast
Courtesy Alexa Ray Joel

Billy Joel Cooks a Pasta Feast with His Daughter Alexa Ray

Originally posted 08/06/2014 02:06PM

Billy Joel may be the “Piano Man” to his millions of fans but, around here, he’s also known as the Pasta Man.
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Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner at La Scala
Courtesy Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian Swears Off Carbs, Then Goes to an Italian Restaurant

Originally posted 08/06/2014 12:38PM

She might be blowing up her social media feeds with concerns about losing the last of her postpartum weight, but that didn’t stop Kim Kardashian from going with her sister Kylie Jenner to the pasta temple La Scala Beverly Hills Tuesday night.
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Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups
Georgia Johnson/The Comfort of Cooking

10 Easy Dinners with Only 3 Ingredients Each

Originally posted 07/09/2014 02:20PM

It’s summertime and along with living, dinners should be easy.
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