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Pasta & Noodles

Lobster Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese is the quintessential comfort food, noodles, cheese, cream; what is there not to like. Adding a little protein is a perfect way to balance out this one dish meal and lobster was our first choice.

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Brandied Shrimp Penne

Brandied Shrimp Penne aka Pasta Alla Ines is one of my all time favorites. The flavors are rich, creamy and absolutely delicious. The cut and pureed shrimp is slowly cooked down in rich, ripe San Marzano tomatoes, brandy and then a touch of cream is added to round out the flavor. If you enjoy shrimp, the complementary flavors put this sauce in a category all it’s own.

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Cheddar Mac and Cheese

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? My second Dad, Bob Hightower has been making us Mac & Cheese since we were kids. We played around with his recipe and decided if two kinds of cheddar (medium & sharp) are good then four kinds would be great.

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Grandma Maronis Meatballs and Sauce

As with everything we make, the trick to a sublime bowl of spaghetti and meatballs is using the best quality ingredients. It is always preferable to have the butcher grind fresh chuck instead of buying packaged ground beef. Same goes for grating aged Pecorino Romano, using fresh basil and San Marzano tomatoes.

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Fresh Pici Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

This summer we spent a few days in Cortona, Italy at Il Falconiere, a Relais & Châteaux hotel/spa and home to the Baracchi winery and cooking school. One of our favorite dishes at the resorts Michelin star restaurant was the Pici con Pomodorino ed Erbette (Fresh Pici Pasta with tomatoes and herbs).

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Sweet Corn, Basil & Poblanos Lasagna

We love this recipe, and wanted to make it even better. We roasted poblano pepper’s for heat, grilled the corn for extra flavor and added layers of whole corn kernels for texture. The basil rounded off the dish nicely. The combination was just perfect, a symphony of amazing, sweet, creamy and slightly spicy deliciousness!

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Tri-Colore Orzo

Orzo is an easy and delicious side dish, complimenting it with some new and flavorful ingredients makes it extra fantastic. The dried cherries offer a bit of chewy tartness, the salata ricotta offers a sharp saltiness and the arugula and basil some peppery and sweet freshness. The colors of the finished dish celebrate Italy!

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tagliatelle with bolognese sauce

Ragù Bolognese

If you love a good Bolognese Meat Sauce, you have two choices either make it yourself or go to a restaurant that really knows what they are doing. Sadly many restaurants like to keep their ragù on hand for several days. To...

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Lasagna Bolognese with Spinach

If you love Lasagne Bolognese, you will fall in love with this recipe. This is the most amazing traditional Lasagna Bolognese, we have ever tried. The first bite will make you feel like you have been transported to Italy. The dish is flavorful, light and completely authentic. Pour yourself a beautiful glass of wine, put on some Italian music and create something your friends and family will never forget!

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Meyer Lemon Spaghetti

Meyer Lemon Spaghetti is fresh and light and can be served as a first course or entree. Use the freshest, best ingredients possible. We like Barilla thin spaghetti pasta for this recipe. It is important to reserve pasta water to adjust your sauce. If your lemons are huge like ours adjust zest and juice to your liking.

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