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Holiday Gift Guide: The Silver Spoon Book of Pasta Review & Giveaway


The Silver Spoon Book of Pasta is pretty much the only pasta cookbook you will ever need. If you are looking for delicious, authentic Italian pasta dishes, this is the book for you! It includes 350 mouth watering recipes. You can find very simple, basic recipes, along with more advanced, gourmet dishes. The book is filled with gorgeous color photos of the recipes, a feature I really enjoy in a cookbook. The recipes are easy to understand, so even a beginning cook could easily use this book. I've made three recipes from the book so far and all were meals I would be proud to serve to company. You can pick up your own copy of The Silver Spoon Book of Pasta online or at retailers nationwide.

Check out these great recipes!



Three-Color Ricotta Lasagna

Lasagne Tricolori alla Ricotta

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serves 6

1 quantity Lasagna (see below recipe)

5 tablespoons butter, plus extra for greasing

Salt

For the filling

2 cups ricotta cheese

3 ounces cooked spinach, drained and pureed

1 cup bottled strained tomatoes

1 cup grated pecorino cheese

Salt and pepper

To make the filling, rub the ricotta through a strainer into a bowl and beat well with a pinch of salt and pepper. Put one-third of the ricotta into another bowl and beat in the spinach puree. Put half the remaining ricotta into another bowl and beat in the tomatoes. Leave the remaining ricotta plain. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an ovenproof dish with butter. Make a layer of lasagna in the base of the prepared dish, spread the spinach and ricotta mixture on top, and sprinkle with grated pecorino. Make another layer of lasagna, spread the white ricotta on top and sprinkle with pecorino. Make a final layer of lasagna, spread the ricotta and tomato mixture on top, and sprinkle with the remaining pecorino. Dot with butter and bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Lasagna

Lasagne

Preparation time: 40 minutes, plus 15 minutes resting

Cooking time: 5 minutes

Serves 6

Makes about 12 lasagna sheets

2 ¾ cups all purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

3 eggs

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt

Sift the flour into a mound on a counter and make a well in the center. Break the eggs into the well and add a pinch of salt. Knead for about 10 minutes, adding a little flour if it is too soft or a little water if it is too firm. Shape into a ball, cover with a clean dish towel, and let rest for 15 minutes. Roll out into a fairly thick sheet on a lightly floured counter, then cut into 4 x 8-inch wide rectangles. Cook, a few at a time, in plenty of salted boiling water to which the oil has been added, until al dente, then remove, and spread out to dry on clean dish towels

The Silver Spoon Pasta p. 281 and p. 270




Orecchiette con Broccoli

Preparation time: 12 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves 4

1 ¾ pounds broccoli, cut into florets

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 fresh chile, seeded and chopped

10 ounces Orecchiette

grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese, to serve

salt

Cook the broccoli in salted boiling water for 8 minutes, then drain. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the garlic and chile, and cook for 3 minutes, then add the broccoli, and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, cook the orecchiette in a large pan of salted boiling water until al dente, then drain, and toss with the broccoli. Serve with Parmesan or pecorino.

Tip: Alternatively, the broccoli may be cooked with the orecchiette. In this case, drain everything, then drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with the grated pecorino. This recipe works well with other types of short dried pasta, such as rigatoni.



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Lynette said...

Well for College Girl it is Manicotti and me just any pasta with butter, salt and pepper.

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I love pasta with ricotta.

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Charity said...

My favorite past dish is Fettuccine Alfredo!! I love it. And it is so versatile. You can add broccoli, chicken, spinach, etc to it. I would really love this cookbook!! You can never have enough recipes:) Please enter me. Thanks!!
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My favorite pasta dish is actually left over spaghetti only you add some jarred pesto to it and either heat it up or eat it cold. It is the best! bekki1820cb at gmail

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suburban prep said...

Stuffed shells with ricotta and spinach with marinara sauce.
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Renee G said...

We love homemade cheese raviolis.
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My favorite pasta dish is Baked ziti.

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marybelle said...

You can't beat 'Spag Bol' on a cold night. I make it from scratch so it is full of goodness. I often use it as the meat sauce for my lasagna too.

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Daniel M said...

i'd say me mom's lasagna, can't go wrong with that! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Jennifer T. said...

I love a Mushroom pasta dish I make with white wine, cream and onions. So good!

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Ravioli!

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I love Pasta Fagioli which is Pasta and beans.


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~ Cee ~ said...

My favorite pasta dish starts off with minced garlic sauteed in a pan with olive oil (however much you'd like), and next add a carton of cherry tomatoes, each tomato halved. You can cover this or keep watch until the tomatoes seem sufficiently cooked. Then add as much basil as you'd like, cut into thin strips, and stir until the basil is just wilted.

When the sauce is done, just add warm cooked pasta of your choice, and parmesan to the top to serve.

So good and so fresh tasting in the summer!

Thank you for this giveaway! We LOVE pasta in our house ;)
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Amber said...

Lasagana is my favorite pasta dish!
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socmama said...

I have a recipe for whole wheat spaghetti with broccoli and chickpeas that's wonderful!

janeh said...

fettucine alfredo.......

Kimberly L said...

Manicotti

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sherison said...

Shrimp Primavera - a family favorite!

Carol W. said...

Shrimp Fra Diavolo with fettucine is my favorite.

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clc408 said...

My favorite dish is a Seafood Pasta with garlic and shrimp.

Tarah said...

I LOVE spaghetti - it's probably one of my all time favorite meals.

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Anonymous said...

Gnocchi in red sauce!

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mindy said...

artichoke ravioli thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

Colengal said...

MMM homemade pasta with olive oil, lemon juice and garlic.

Heather said...

there is NO question my favorite is lasagna!

Hotsnotty2 said...

I love baked ziti! Thanks!

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missrantsypants said...

I love anything with the word fetuccini in it!


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chromiumman said...

lasagna

Aisling said...

Toasted ravioli (made properly) is pretty much a regional thing and every good Italian restaurant in the St. Louis are makes it properly. I love it.

chazvgo said...

I love Seafood Alfredo :)

Gianna said...

Lasagna a la bolognese :)

Melissa said...

My favorite pasta dish is a Pumpkin Baked Ziti.

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