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Basta Pasta – U.S. vs Italy, Episode 1009 of Sara’s Weeknight Meals just went up.

It’s a stuffed pasta showdown as I travel to an ancient Tuscan villa to learn the secrets of homemade tortelli from a real Italian chef. Then I make my homemade ravioli back home in my kitchen. Find it here.  

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Chianti Tortelli

(Recipe courtesy of Allesio Bagnoli based on the family recipes of Veronica d’Entreves) Makes: 6 to 8 Servings Hands on time: 45 minutes Total preparation time: 3 ½ hours For the pasta dough: 3 ½ cups semolina flour 3 large eggs 2 to 2 ½ cups of Chianti Wine For…

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Wonton Ravioli Stuffed with Spicy Greens

Servings: 4 Start to finish: 40 minutes Hands on time: 30 minutes 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 9 cups packed spicy or bitter greens, such as arugula, escarole, watercress or, mustard, chopped fine 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons homemade ricotta cheese (see recipe below) or store bought ricotta 3 tablespoons…

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Episode 1008: Suns Out Buns Out is just up! Take a look.

A sunny day any time of the year and there is nothing so tasty as grilled meat or fish nestled in a buttery bun. I’ve got three great choices starting with a poor man’s version of the New England lobster roll, with shrimp taking the starring role on a budget.…

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Shrimp Rolls

Start to finish: 40 minutes Servings: 4 4 ounces seedless cucumber, cut into ¼-inch dice (a scant cup) 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp (about 24- 26) ½ cup mayonnaise 1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons…

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Pork Sliders

Makes 8 Sliders, 4 Servings Hands on Time: 30 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 30 Minutes Suggested accompaniment cabbage and pepper slaw 1/8 small green cabbage 1/4 small red bell pepper 1/4 c fresh basil leaves 1 medium scallion One 1-inch piece fresh ginger 1 garlic clove 1/2 pound lean ground…

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Greek Style Turkey Burgers

Start to finish: 45 minutes Hands on time: 20 minutes Servings: 4 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1/2 cup finely chopped onion 5 ounces baby spinach Kosher salt and ground black pepper 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise 2 tablespoons minced seeded pepperoncini 1 tablespoon…

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On November 22nd I appeared on the Rachael Ray Show carving a holiday turkey.

Here is a link to the Rachael Ray Show segment where I demonstrate how to carve and serve your holiday turkey. I thought you might like to watch it as you get ready to carve your bird on the next special day.  

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You’ll find “Cozy Casseroles” in Episode 1007 of Sara’s Weeknight Meals.

On a cold night there is nothing more satisfying than a warm and hearty casserole. I’ve got a winner with my baked penne with prosciutto and gooey fontina because each person gets their own mini casserole. Another slam dunk – a filling chicken cassoulet. Then my buddy Ming Tsai has his own version…

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Baked Penne Pasta with Prosciutto and Fontina

Start to finish: 1 hour 30 minutes (25 active) Servings: 6 10 ounces penne pasta ½ teaspoon kosher salt plus extra for salting the water Olive oil for oiling the mini casseroles 3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 1-inch pieces 3 ounces coarsely grated Italian Fontina cheese 1 ½…

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