Deconstructed Lasagna with Low Carb Pasta

On a busy weeknight, this recipe can come in handy!  Don’t spend time laboring over your family’s lasagna…it’s time to deconstruct!  Super easy, cheesy, and absolutely delicious.  Making it all in one pot is a timesaver and leftovers are “gold” the next day! Let’s start with the noodles.  You can use regular lasagna noodles and […]

Deconstructed Lasagna with Low Carb Pasta

Seafood Pasta & Bean Soup

This is a great recipe to make at your home in the http://www.starloftspgh.com

4 Servings:


10 ounces Bartolotti beans, drained and cooked with a pinch of bicarhonate
8 oz. cleaned tiny mollusks; baby Octopus, baby squid, curled octopus, mussels and tartufo (warty venus)
3-1/2-5 oz. lobster bisque
1/4 cup white wine
1/4 cup olive oil
2 oz. smoked pancetta bacon
Salt and chilli pepper
2 cloves garlic
1/2 onion, thinly sliced
5 0z. tomato pulp
Aromatic herbs: parsley, etc.

7 oz. fettuccine-type pasta cut in small, irregular pieces
Cook the beans. Sauté in oil the cloves or garlic, onion, chilli pepper and smoked bacon. Remove the garlic when brown. Add the tomato pulp and
the mollusks, which have been previously cleaned and prepared. When the cooking is completed, mix beans, mollusks (plus the cooking liquid) and pasta (which may be cooked separately or together with the rest).
Add the lobster bisque, which will provide a good base and mix
all the ingredients together. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Delicious Pasta for You

I made this again for dinner!

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Spicy Sauce Bucatini

Bucatini are like slightly bigger diameter spaghetti with a hole in the middle.

LIST OF INGREDIENTS

  • 14 OZ. of bucatini
  • 9 OZ. of eggplant
  • 5.5 OZ. of white onion
  • 4 tomatoes
  • Fresh chili pepper
  • Anchovy fillets in oil
  • Capers
  • Basil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

METHOD

Quarter the eggplant and fry the pieces in plenty of hot oil; add salt and set aside. 

Peel, seed, and roughly chop the tomatoes to create a concassé.

Slice the onion and sauté in a large pan along with a drizzle of oil, 2 garlic cloves, 3 minced anchovy fillets, the whole chili pepper, and 1 tablespoon of capers.

Allow everything to simmer with a small ladleful of pasta cooking water.

Add salt and pepper to taste, then add the tomato concassé and immediately add the fried eggplant and torn basil. Quickly toss everything and serve.

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Penne with Tuna “Puttanesca” | Share the Pasta

Penne with Tuna “Puttanesca” Penne shares the award for being one of the most popular pasta shapes in the world with spaghetti. In Italian, “penne” is the plural of the word “penna,”which means “quill.” But let’s switch to the deliciously edible variety of penne: Penne pasta! The recipe that Chef Rosario is featuring this […]

Penne with Tuna “Puttanesca” | Share the Pasta

Spaghetti with Clam Sauce

This is a simple, but delicious dish you can make at your home here at the http://www.starloftspgh.com

1 dozen littleneck clams

1 lbs of thin spaghetti

1/2 bunch of parsley

2 of garlic clove

extra-virgin olive oil

salt to taste

In a large bowl or pan, soak the clams in lightly salted water for at least 2 hours; every 30 minutes, use your hands to gently drain them without stirring up any sand that has filtered out; transfer them to a plate, change the water, which will have become cloudy, and add a pinch of salt. Be careful not to break the shells during this process.

Trim the parsley, removing only the leaves; wash and dry with a paper towel and finely chop. Crush and mince 1 garlic clove. 

Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Season with salt; add spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until about 2 minutes before al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water. 

Meanwhile, in a pan large enough to hold the clams and spaghetti, sauté the garlic with 4 Tbsp. oil for 30 seconds, then add the parsley.

After a few seconds, add the drained clams: cook them for 1-2 minutes until they start to open, then add 3 small ladlefuls of pasta cooking water.

Drain the spaghetti and transfer to the pan with the clams. Cook together for 1 minute, adding extra water pasta cooking water if needed. Cook until the pasta is al dente and a dense sauce forms due to the starch being released from the clams. Top with chopped parsley to taste and serve. 

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Coke & StarloftsPgh

On this day in 1886, the syrup for Coca-Cola was invented by Dr. John Pemberton, an American pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia. Pemberton combined the syrup with carbonated water, brought a jug to a local pharmacy in town for others to sample it.  Everyone pronounced the new drink as “excellent” and “delicious and refreshing.”  It was then put on sale for five cents a glass at the pharmacy’s soda fountain.  Soon others caught on and started selling the new soda beverage at their stores. Today, daily servings of Coca‑Cola beverages are estimated at 1.9 billion globally and the company has expanded to different geographies and market segments around the word.

Have a Coke at your starloftspgh.com home.

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My Mom is the BOSS!

One Christmas morning the family went skiing (this was our tradition) and my mom stayed behind to “clean up Christmas.” That was code for I’m going to put it all away. As in, when we returned, any indication of Christmas was put away in storage. (She has always been a woman of action.)
With all the décor stored, the only thing remaining was the tree.
She had a brilliant idea. “I could just feed this tree slowly into the fireplace and then EVERYTHING from Christmas would be put away.” She maneuvered the tree into position and started to slowly feed the tree into the fireplace. It seemed like the plan was working. But then, in an instant, she realized the plan was NOT going to work AT ALL. There was a moment of panic and a moment of decision.
You see, the dry needles on the tree were burning faster than the trunk of the tree and the fire was burning the tree faster than she could push it into the fireplace. The details are sketchy – but in the end there were only 3 quarter-sized burns in the carpet.
Thank you mom for being exactly you. Happy Mother’s Day!