Gnocchi Al Pesto with Chicken

Tonight I wanted gnocchi, but I didn’t have tomato sauce and thought, why not try pesto? Pesto is a classic sauce to put on gnocchi and happens to be one of my favorite sauces. A good pesto will be rich with sweet basil flavor and plenty of garlic, not watered down with too much olive…

Tangy Clam Pasta

Clams in a lemon-wine broth served over noodles from the spaghetti family is a common combination on Italian menus. It’s a simple dish, is easy to make, and if you use canned clams (which I do; I’m not picky about seafood), it’s fairly inexpensive. As far as ingredients, this dish has a lot of flexibility….

Gnocchi with Pear and Goat Cheese Sauce

Tonight I decided to experiment with a dish that had been developing in my mind all week, ever since eating a gnocchi dish with an eye-opening play on sweet salty, and spicy. I wanted to make something similar, but original enough that I could safely call it my own. What resulted was one of the…

Mexican Chicken Risotto with Goat Cheese

I’m too exhausted to go into great detail about this dish, but here’s a recipe. The ingredients are fairly flexible. What’s important is that they play on both Mexican and Italian flavors, a fusion of cuisines. A note about risotto: DO stir it often. It’s unnecessary to stir it “constantly” for the full twenty minutes…