Dear Friends: I Need Your Advice (Pasta Recipe Porn For You In Return)!

/ Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My boyfriend and I booked a trip to Italy, have you been!? It's our first time. We're planning a road-trip through Emilia-Romagna (plus visiting Florence and Cinque Terre and Milan). Do you have any recommendations!? Life-changing Gellato? A hotel you enjoyed? 
And as promised, here are some heavenly pasta dinner recipes I've been obsessing over (more than usual in preparation for this trip). Look at all of the different shapes! *Sigh* Is it dinnertime yet?

First pasta, Tagliatelle with Strolghino Sauce (think salami ragu) by Alessandro Guerani of Food-o-Grafia. Above, from Martha, Fresh Angel-Hair Pasta with Bacon and Peas and 25-minute Linguine Arrabbiata!  
Fettuccine with Artichokes and Lemon by La Casa Sin Tiemps!

Spaghetti with Mussels and White Beans by Sarah Jenkins for Bon Appetit magazine.

Prosciutto, Tomato and Olive Spaghetti by Tartine and Apron Strings.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce by Martha Stewart Living.  

Penne with Roasted Beet Sauce by Bev Weidner of Bev Cooks. 

Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce, Toasted Pecans and Sage by Katie Quinn Davies of What Katie Ate (LOVE)!

Above,  Pasta alla Carbonara by Williams-Sonoma and Gnocchi Gratin with Gorgonzola Dolce by Victoria Granof for Bon Appetit. 

Speaking of pasta, what is your go-to weeknight pasta recipe? We're a carbonara family. For even more pasta-inspiration, head over to my "Pasta Recipes" board on Pinterest! I'm always updating it :) xox Erin

[Tagliatelle with Strolghino photo by Alessandro Guerani / Angel-Hair Pasta from Everyday Food / Linguine Arrabbiata by Everyday Food / Fettuccine with Artichokes photo by La Casa Sin Tiemps / Spaghetti with Mussels photo by Ditte Isager for Bon Appetit / Spaghetti with Prosciutto photo by Tartine and Apron Strings / Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce photo by Marcus Nilsson for Martha Stewart Living / Beet Penne photo by Bev Weidner of Bev Cooks / Pumpkin Ravioli photo by Katie Quinn Davies of What Katie Ate / Pasta Alla Carbonara photo by Noel Barnhurt for Williams-Sonoma / Gnocchi Gratin photo by Christopher Baker for Bon Appetit]


  1. My favorite place I went in Tuscany (in college) was Volterra, which is a teensy town with a TON of history. Not only is it incredibly beautiful but it is SUPER old and historical--surrounded by an Etruscan wall that is 2000 years old, home to an ancient Roman amphitheater, and, if I remember correctly, they also had great gelato. I also loved Siena, there is a cathedral there that is one of the most spectacular things I've ever seen.

    Oh man, you guys are going to have a blast.

  2. Mmm all of these pasta dishes look absolutely mouthwatering!

    Life-changing gelato?? I can help you with that ;) Try Gelateria Il Porticciolo in Vernazza, the most charming (in my opinion) village in Cinque Terre. Ahh I'm so jealous, Cinque Terre is just magical in the summertime. Enjoy!!

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  5. Ashleigh thank you so much!! I will definitely, definitely put that on the list :) I love old walls and theater and cathedrals, so that's perfect! Much appreciated

  6. Hey Christine! I am writing down Gelateria Il Porticciolo RIGHT NOW—we haven't decided where to stop and stay in Cinque Terre yet but Vernazza is at the top of my life (glad to know if gets an endorsement for you)! Thank you for the advice. Love you blog by the way!


  7. I know I'm late to the game, but Il Latini in Florence is a life changing meal! The food was phenomenal, and they sent me home with a bottle of wine (which never hurts) I've had Italian friends recommend it which lends to the credibility!


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