garlic tomato pappardelle

Garlic Tomato Pappardelle with Mushrooms

Pappardelle is my favorite type of noodle. I love the look of its wide shape, and it holds sauce well. In keeping with our transition to vegetarian weeknight meals, I made this pasta dish with mushrooms. I experimented with a combo of vegan cheese that's made to be similar to parmesan and actual parmesan. The… Continue reading Garlic Tomato Pappardelle with Mushrooms

Shrimp fettuccine

Shrimp Fettuccine

Fettuccine is my favorite Italian noodle. Toss it up with shrimp, minced garlic, chili flakes, and lots of parm and olive oil, and you've got a very tasty meal. To enhance the umami, try adding a couple chopped slices of bacon. I experimented by mincing mint leaves picked from my garden and stirring them into… Continue reading Shrimp Fettuccine


Pappardelle with Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella

We picked up a pack of pappardelle, my favorite type of pasta noodle, from an Italian chef called Flavio in Nadi (stay tuned for a post about this colorful character). I was inspired by the pasta dish Flavio made for us when we visited his store for lunch. I riffed on it at home, adding… Continue reading Pappardelle with Prosciutto and Fresh Mozzarella


Tagliatelle with Fresh Pesto

It's a treat to find fresh basil in Fiji. It's not a common item in grocery stores, but a new supermarket opened up that carries it. I made a fast, hearty and pretty meal using the basil for fresh pesto and tossing it with tagliatelle, another rare find at the new supermarket. I cheated a… Continue reading Tagliatelle with Fresh Pesto


Squid Stuffed with Ground Beef and Peas

This is my take on an Italian classic. The prep is easy and relatively quick, and the result is a juicy filling. Ingredients: 2 squid tubes, cleaned ground beef peas parmesan to taste salt and pepper to taste Saute enough ground beef and peas with salt and pepper to stuff the squid tubes. Add parmesan… Continue reading Squid Stuffed with Ground Beef and Peas